Hill Collection

Monday, October 24, 2016

Pumpkins, Apple Butter & Mountain Views

You just can't keep me away from the pumpkin patch! Happy Monday, lovelies! The Hills are coming off of a perfectly fall weekend filled with pumpkins, chilly temperatures, and family. The crisp air has been a long time coming. The unseasonably warm (hot) temperatures have been putting a little damper on my fall, but the low 50's and bit of a chill was so welcomed on Saturday. When it's so perfectly fall, there's no better place to head to than the pumpkin patch with a pumpkin spice latte, knit hat, and a baby in buffalo check. And that's exactly what we did after Greer girl's first nap. Don't worry, she had a blast unlike her face is telling you in the photo. She loves pumpkins just as much as her mama. 

One of my favorite parts of the pumpkin patch is the view. You can't beat being in the mountains while also being surrounded by gourds and Christmas trees waiting to be tagged and cut. I've been coming here with my family since I was little tot, and I just adore that I get to pass this sweet seasonal tradition on to my children. This place, Joe's Trees, is the inspiration behind the Twine & Cotton Mountain-Side Tree Farm scent. So if you were to smell this burning candle, you would be sharing a little bit of how I experience the tree farm and pumpkin patch :) 

I think one of the fun things about having a daughter is that she gets to be a part of the girl time that my sister and I share. She loves her Aunt Rynnie!

A pumpkin in one hand and a PSL in the other. Couldn't get much better, could it?! It was so chilly while we were on the farm, so baby girl stayed snuggled up on me for most of the trip. She has fallen hard for the front-facing carrier (thanks to my friend Kelly for this life-changing gift!) because she LOVES to be a part of the action and look out. When she has to face me, she's not such a happy camper. But, this new carrier makes her all kinds of happy. 

Since we planned that I would be wearing her in the patch, we knew we could snuggle her up to keep her warm and content. Her second coat ended up going on her front (as you can see in the photos), and she quickly figured out how to get her arms into the arm holes. Greer loved having flappy arms to wave about from then on out. 

It's rare that we ever get a family photo of all of us. So when we remember to do so, we do it and quickly before we let the opportunity pass us by. The trick with photographing so many people is getting everyone to look/smile in the same photo. Someone is bound to have that not-quite-smiling-about-to-talk face. Take husband for instance ;) He was telling his dad to watch out for the approaching tractor. #farmlife

Speaking of family, where I come from a smaller family, I have one sibling, husband comes from a family of four children. In the photo of us with his parents, we're missing 11 more people to make it a complete family photo. Can you imagine the Christmas cabin with all 16 of us??

There is nothing in this world like making homemade apple butter. It gives me the coziest and happiest feeling. To my delight, they were making some on Saturday. It reminds me of making it as a child at my Grandmom's. And the last time I had the pleasure of making it, and helping to stir the big ladle through bubbling apple butter was my senior year of college. I took a class on Appalachian studies and part of the class was to experience Appalachia (Appa-LATCH-uh, y'all!). So I headed to a local church's apple-butter making and had the best time. They even sent me home with a large mason jar full of the fresh and hot apple butter. Heaven, I tell you. I feel certain this will be an everyday-fall thing in heaven. 

We  had such a good time roaming the hillside for pumpkins, our cheeks kissed with sweet and cold mountain air. While this was our last trip to the pumpkin patch this season, we'll be back shortly to tag our tree! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Evening Glow

There is nothing I love more than simple time spent with my little family. Yesterday evening we found ourselves out in the backyard raking leaves. As first-time homeowners, we're really loving having our own space to take care of. So with the weather just right, some time on our hands, and the longing to get outside, the three of us enjoyed raking all the leaves into piles and soaking in the evening light. And since it's been such a long time since I've pulled out my good camera, I grabbed it on my way out the back door. Of course, I captured my two favorite people being the two peas in a pod that they are. Because really....what is cuter than than your husband wearing your baby while doing yard work? Not much, that's what :)

So here's a little peak into what we hope will be typical evenings at the Hill house once we are all settled. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Life Lately No. 2

Sorry for the radio silence around here, friends! If you were here, I'd invite you in to enjoy the sweet, cool breeze coming through my living room windows and listen to Johnnyswim while we chat over iced peppermint mochas. So let's pretend instead :)

Last week was a week, and well, blogging just didn't happen. Mostly the lack of blogging is thanks to a screen issue with my laptop. I had to send it off to be repaired on Tuesday, and it's still out of commission. Blogging at my desktop is a little tricky with baby girl these days. Her naps have been shorter than I would like/what she needs, plus all of my photos are on an external hard drive, which isn't synced to my desktop. Oui! Needless to say, I just decided it wasn't worth driving myself crazy over, so I took the week off. 

Life around here lately has been all about settling into our home. We have a project list that keeps growing (mostly because I keep adding stuff), and it is keeping us so very busy. But, our house is starting to feel more like home every day. I can't wait to share more with you!

We're also so busy with this little peanut. She is growing and changing constantly at this point. Every day she is discovering how to do something new. She babbles all of the time, crawls like a seasoned pro, and is enjoying this cooler fall weather (she gets it from her mama). We've been enjoying mama/daughter trips to Starbucks, Target, and TJMaxx during the week; and it's the sweetest time with her. Her personality is budding and she's beautiful from the inside out. I still can't believe I get to be her mama. 

October is a full month for us as we try to pack in all the seasonal activities. Because you can't go through the month and not celebrate all that goodness. I wish October was longer. Don't you?? We're all decorated for Halloween over here, and hopefully I'll be sharing that d├ęcor soon. We're also putting together our Halloween costumes, and I can't wait to share them!

In the downtime at night, husband and I are making candles and churning out our new Twine & Cotton Christmas scents. You all, I know I'm biased because I make them, but they smell SO darn delicious! They have me so ready for the most wonderful time of the year and all that Christmas cheer! Check them out, and if you place a pre-order between now and next Monday you'll be entered to win a free Christmas candle of your choosing!

So besides the other odds and ends of our day-to-day, that's life lately. What has your October been like?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

October Goals

It's the best month of all, y'all!! October is my very favorite, and I can't get enough of it. I'm worried it's going to come and go too fast. So I'm hopeful to slow time down this month and be more intentional with what we do as a family. I'm hoping these goals will let us do just that!

S E P T E M B E R    G O A L S

  • Finish all of the painting projects in our home
    • Ha, that's a joke! I always think things will take less time than they actually do. 
  • Move into our house!
    • Hallelujah, we are all moved in! Now to unpack everything! 
  • Decorate our house for fall (I'm so darn anxious to do this!)
    • I've done this, but I keep changing my mind. It's hard to decorate a space you haven't put your year-long touches on. It's not stopping me though!
  • Go apple picking (here is last year and the year before)
    • Done! And although it was hot, we had such a good time.
  • Work on a couple of new pumpkin/fall recipes
    • Unfortunately, this didn't happen. I know, I'm shocked too! But I have some good fall recipes to try out for this month!
  • Make plans for our wedding anniversary date (Oct. 5 makes three years!)
    • We did, and we'll be enjoying a nice dinner out this weekend!
  • Celebrate our 5th date-iversary on the 15th
    • We worked on our home to get it ready for move-in and then split sparkling cider that evening. Time flies!
  • Make a list of fall bucket list want-to-dos
    • I made it in my head, but not solidified on my calender. 
  • Go to Greer's 9 month well visit
    • She's growing like a weed! I missed her 8 month update, but plan to get her 9 month one out next week.
  • Celebrate husband's 26th birthday 

O C T O B E R    G O A L S

  • Decorate for Halloween
  • Plan a gathering or two to host (I need to get back into hosting now that we've moved and somewhat settled ourselves)
  • Visit the pumpkin patch
  • Hang curtains
  • Decide where our photos are being hung
  • Watch Halloween movies
  • Figure out our Halloween costumes
  • Pre-order Southern Weddings V9
  • Get my hair colored
  • Conquer some house projects 
  • Take Greer trick-or-treating for the first time
  • Take Greer to our church's harvest festival 
  • Have our first real fire in our fireplace
  • Enjoy another girls night out
  • Tag our Christmas tree 

What are your October goals looking like? I'm hoping to check each of these off! 

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