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15 Months of Tommy

Tommy Fall Domes Show October 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

This past week, our Tommy turned 15 months old.

Tommy’s big milestone this past month has been learning to walk! When we left for Montana in early September, he was just starting to take a couple of steps independently. By the end of the trip, he was walking whole lengths of our friends’ house. He’s just been building his skills from there, walking more confidently on his own every day. He still falls down fairly frequently but doesn’t want much hand holding assistance anymore.

Tommy at the Playground Early October 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Currently, Tommy’s favorite activities include walking everywhere, opening doors and drawers and cabinets in every room of the house, playing with the spatulas and wooden spoons and hand mixer attachments in the kitchen, stealing the remotes (and sometimes pretending that they’re phones), snatching cell phones and Kindles, following us around like a little shadow, talking to people whenever we go, busting out dance moves (with or without music), getting pulled around on his sled, and trying to talk to Alexa.

Tommy says “dada,” “mama,” and “hi” all the time and imitates tons of other words and sounds that we make. He uses the “more” and “all done” signs all the time. I’ve started using the “please” sign when I say it, but Tommy isn’t signing it yet. I am constantly surprised at how much he understands when we talk to him, especially when it’s about him, such as “Tommy’s food” or “it’s time for Tommy to take a nap.” Tommy waves “hi” and “bye” consistently. He has also started doing high five consistently with me and Jake and somewhat consistently with other people.

Tommy with Family September 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy has slowed down a little on milk consumption, drinking 5-6 oz. at a time for a total of 20-25 oz. per day (as opposed 7-8 oz. at a time for a total of 25-30 oz. per day last month). He also isn’t as frantic about needing milk right away when he’s hungry. His food schedule is the same as last month with fruit (usually blueberries or grapes) and buttered toast for breakfast, a snack around lunchtime or mid-afternoon, and whatever we’re eating for dinner. At least a couple of days a week, Tommy will sit with us in his high chair for the full duration of dinner, 20-30 minutes, and eat the whole time.

I’m not sure that Tommy has gained a lot of weight or height in the last month. However, since he’s taken off with walking, he’s building so much new muscle and standing taller. Consequently, he looks a lot taller and much more like a toddler and less like a baby. He went up a shoe size to size 5 for the fall. He’s still wearing mostly 12-month and 12-18-month clothing. All of his warm pajamas and jackets from the spring still fit (for now ha), which is nice.

Tommy at the Playground Early October 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy has his two middle bottom teeth fully in and the two middle top teeth and one of the top teeth right next to them about halfway in as well. He has one more bottom tooth and one more top tooth primed to start making their way up any day.

Montana Highlights 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

It’s been an eventful month. We kicked off month 14 with a week-long trip to visit some good friends in Montana. In addition to being the trip where Tommy learned to walk, it’s also the trip where Tommy made a dog friend, Seamus. He had such a blast petting, chasing, and playing with Seamus all week, as well as occasionally trying to use him as a pillow. You can read more about our trip here.

Jake and Tommy Ian's Wedding | http://www.roseclearfield.com

The day we got back from Montana, we attended a wedding for an old friend of Jake’s, right in the Milwaukee area. Tommy had been to two weddings previously but both before he turned three months old. Not surprisingly, he had a fantastic time, despite getting into town the night before and getting a total of 10 minutes of nap in the car between the ceremony and reception. (Also, don’t mind Tommy’s outfit. This is what happens when your kid blows through the one spare outfit, still in your bag from vacation and not with a wedding in mind, within minutes of arriving for the ceremony.) We socialized with everyone – both families, the entire wedding party, all of the kids in attendance. Tommy wanted to be on the dance floor for a solid hour and a half, busting out tons of moves.

Tommy Fall Domes Show October 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

This month has included time with all four grandparents, Aunt Katie, and Tommy’s birth mom and grandma. The two of us took day trips to Madison and Chicago. We also did a short stint of Doors Open Milwaukee and visited the Mitchell Park Domes for their fall show (more pictures coming soon!), and saw China Lights 2018 (pictures also coming soon!). The highlight of the Domes for Tommy is that he’s now tall enough to operate their wheelchair door buttons. Who needs flowers when you can go in and out of the dome doors over and over again?

We’re kicking off month 15 with a little trip to Washington D.C. Tommy and I are tagging along with Jake for a medical conference. By the time this post goes live, we’ll actually be back. I’ll have a trip post up later this month.

To see all of my past Tommy updates, head to the Family section of the blog.

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Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

For the fall show this year, the Mitchell Park Domes are featuring coleuses. The Show Dome is home to over 30 varieties of coleus in a range of colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes. The vivid greens, yellows, reds, and pinks are the perfect camouflage for the forest animals hiding among the foliage. As you’ll see in my pictures, we spotted a handful of squirrels, rabbits, and other little creatures. The display is filled out with vines and grasses as well as a selection of gorgeous chyrsanthemums.

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

When we last visited the Domes in mid-summer, Tommy was crawling. As such, this was his first time visiting the conservatory fully mobile. While he enjoyed checking out the flowers, he mostly loved being able to socialize so much easier. (Jake and I are so curious/just a little worried about what his socialization will look like once he can talk because it’s already pretty intense.) He also enjoyed swinging in the swing in the Show Dome, watching the fish in the Tropical Dome, and operating the wheelchair buttons at the entrances/exits to all of the domes.

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

I have no idea how long Tommy would spend working the wheelchair buttons and going in and out of the Domes. Toddler entertainment at its best.

Where the Coleuses Grow Fall Domes Show 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Where the Coleuses Grow runs from September 22 through November 4, 2018. In addition to the Coleuses show, the Domes has a Dinos Under Glass exhibit up in the Tropical and Desert Domes that is running through this weekend. Dinos Under Glass will wrap on October 21.

The Mitchell Park Domes are always free on Monday mornings from 9:00 a.m.-noon except major holidays for Milwaukee County residents. Consult the website for more details about current hours, admission, and upcoming special events.

Check out past Mitchell Park Domes special exhibits!
For more local happenings, visit the Milwaukee section of my blog.

Railroad to Wonderland Garden Train Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Railroad to Wonderland Garden Train Show at the Domes

Shakespeare in Love Spring Floral Show at the Mitchell Park Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare in Love Spring Floral Show at the Domes

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes

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DIY Halloween Mason Jar Decor

DIY Halloween Mason Jar Decor - Candy Corn Mason Jars for Halloween via Mason Jar Crafts Love | http://www.roseclearfield.com

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Mason jars are one of my all-time favorite craft mediums for seasonal and holiday decorating. They are so affordable, versatile, and readily available, allowing you to create simple, fun DIY Halloween mason jar decor in minutes. With a few coats of acrylic or spray paint and some Halloween accents, you’re ready to celebrate Halloween. I’ve rounded up just a few of my favorite DIY Halloween mason jar decor projects for your home decorating needs this fall. Happy crafting!

DIY Halloween Mason Jar Decor - Haunted House Halloween Mason Jars via The Country Chic Cottage | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Haunted House Halloween Mason Jars – The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Halloween Mason Jar Decor - Halloween Painted Luminaries via Crafts By Amanda | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Halloween Painted Mason Jar Luminaries – Crafts by Amanda

DIY Halloween Mason Jar Decor - Halloween Boo Mason Jars via View From the Fridge | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Halloween Boo Mason Jars – View From the Fridge

DIY Halloween Mason Jar Decor - Spider Halloween Mason Jars via Cosmo Cricket | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Spider Halloween Mason Jars – Cosmo Cricket

DIY Halloween Mason Jar Decor - Pumpkin Mason Jars via The 36th Avenue | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Pumpkin Mason Jars – The 36th Avenue

DIY Halloween Mason Jar Decor - Halloween Village Mason Jar Luminaries via Oh So Savvy Mom | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Halloween Village Mason Jar Luminaries – Oh So Savvy Mom

DIY Halloween Mason Jar Decor - Stenciled Halloween Mason Jars via Happiness is Homemade | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Stenciled Halloween Mason Jars – Happiness is Homemade

DIY Halloween Mason Jar Decor - Mummy Mason Jars via It All Started With Paint | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mummy Mason Jars – It All Started With Paint

DIY Halloween Mason Jar Decor - Spiderweb Mason Jars via Momdot Crafts | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Spiderweb Mason Jars – Momdot Crafts

DIY Halloween Mason Jar Decor | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Did you make one of the DIY Halloween mason jar decor projects?

I want to see it! Tag your photos #RoseClearfield on Twitter or Instagram.


More fall fun:

Grown Up Halloween Inspiration - Halloween Party for Grown-Ups via Camille Styles | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Grown-Up Halloween Inspiration

Free Fall Printables Round Up - Fall Tree Printable via Evalily | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Free Fall Printables Round-Up

Puffer Vest Sweater Fall Outfit via Sequins and Things | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Casual Fall Fashion Inspiration

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October Fall Inspiration

Fall Photo Inpsiration - Fall in the Mountains | http://www.roseclearfield.com

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I’m kicking off this Friday with some lovely fall photo inspiration!

Fall Photo Inspiration - Fall Teepee on the Beach Tessa Tadlock tessatadlock via weddingchicks on Instagram | http://www.roseclearfield.comFall Photo Inspiration - Fall Pumpkins | http://www.roseclearfield.comFall Photo Inspiration - Bike in the Woods in Fall | http://www.roseclearfield.comFall Photo Inspiration - Waterfall in the Fall | http://www.roseclearfield.comFall Photo Inspiration - Autumn in the City | http://www.roseclearfield.comFall Photo Inspiration - Pumpkins in Front of a Church in Fall by Zio and Sons on Instagram | http://www.roseclearfield.comFall Photo Inspiration - Fall in New York City by Zachasato on Instagram | http://www.roseclearfield.comFall Photo Inspiration - Road Winding Through Fall Trees | http://www.roseclearfield.comFall Photo Inspiration - Looking Down on a Fall Day | http://www.roseclearfield.comFall Photo Inspiration - Carousel in the Fall | http://www.roseclearfield.comFall Photo Inspiration - Fall Leaves by Meghan Davidson via Flickr | http://www.roseclearfield.comFall Photo Inspiration - Fall Lake Reflection | http://www.roseclearfield.com1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12

Have a wonderful weekend!

More fall inspiration:

Early Fall Inspiration | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Early Fall Inspiration

Mid-Fall Inspiration | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mid-Fall Inspiration

New England in the Fall via Photoz Hub | http://www.roseclearfield.com

For the Love of Fall

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Alhambra Reflecting Pool | http://www.roseclearfield.com

After a month’s break, I’m back with my next installment of my Mediterranean cruise tour: the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. If you’re taking a cruise, Alhambra will be a tour option from the Malaga Port. It’s about an hour and a half drive each way. One of the furtherest destinations from port and longest overall excursions, it was definitely worth it.

Like most of our excursions on the Mediterranean cruise, pictures don’t begin to do justice to the scope and grandeur of Alhambra. It would take an entire week to see Alhambra in its entirety, if not longer. As such, in half a day, we barely scratched the surface. Also, can we talk for a second about the stunning landscape in Granada? This area of Spain is beyond beautiful.

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Spanish Countryside Granada June 2017 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise 2017 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain | http://www.roseclearfield.com

To learn more about the Alhambra Palace, visit Britannica. As always, with any majorist tourist destination, I highly recommend purchasing tickets to Alhambra well in advance of your trip. Tours do sell out. You can’t ever count on getting tickets the day, or even the week or month, of your trip. Visit the Alhambra website or purchase tickets through your cruise or travel group.

Next up: Gibraltar. Stay tuned!

More Mediterranean cruise destination installments:

Mediterranean Cruise: First Wanderings in Rome
Mediterranean Cruise: Colosseum and Roman Forum
Mediterranean Cruise: Exterior Florence Walking Tour
Mediterranean Cruise: Accademia Gallery
Mediterranean Cruise: Pisa, Italy
Mediterranean Cruise: French Riviera
Mediterranean Cruise: Monte Carlo
Mediterranean Cruise: Sagrada Familia Exterior
Mediterranean Cruise: Sagrada Familiar Interior
Mediterranean Cruise: Around Barcelona

More Mediterranean cruise posts:

Mediterranean Cruise 2017 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise Highlights

Mediterranean Cruise Tips | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise Tips

Mediterranean Cruise Camera Gear | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Mediterranean Cruise Camera Gear

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