Sitting in Our Tree


Halloween 2017

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"Dress up like Dr. Ian Malcolm, Dr. Ellie Sattler, & velociraptor baby" has literally been on our shared calendar since last year, when I, barely pregnant, suddenly realized that my dream family costume could finally become a reality in 2017. I love Jurassic Park with all my heart (I even like The Lost World), so I've been plotting this for a few... years. Decades? Years. Now, I'd love to say that I handcrafted this costume, especially since they apparently don't make velociraptor costumes for babies? Causing us to settle on a dinosaur costume... But crafting in the city is harrdddddd. So or whatever it was, for the win! (It's this costume from Target, but it was cheaper on the other site.) I already know I'm going to have to craft Crew's costume for next year from scratch, so I cut myself a little break.


Yes, we already have next year's costumes planned. Turns out, having a kid makes Halloween way more fun? Jared's inner musical theatre kid loves it, & now that Crew's around to play with dress up, I'm extra motivated.


Let's just quickly gloss over my celebrity crush on Jeff Goldblum & how this was another dream come true to get Jared dressed up as him. I have to make sure you know how agonized he was over not having a solution for Jeff's curly hair and not owning bootcut 90's dad jeans... He's a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to costumes (again, hi musical theatre), but I think he got the job done. AAAANYWAYS. Giant huge shout out to my mother-in-law, who's incredible costuming collection once again saves the day. Not everyone can say that they had an Emmy nominated costume designer help them assemble their Halloween costumes. *hair flip* Also a giant thank you to my sister Lissy for snapping these photos - What would we do without our life photographer?

I'm off to go figure out how to keep myself from dressing Crew up in a dinosaur costume every day until next year. Happy Halloween!


baby in a pumpkin patch + hi!

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Hi blog world! It has been a hot minute. I have such a back up of posts I *still* need to write, & the time finally feels right to dive back in! July & August got pretty intense with a huge wedding I had with Tart Event Co. - A wedding that predated babies & required nearly all of our attention & energy, with the rest going straight to baby & husband. Then, quite frankly, it took all of September to sort of relax, regroup & reengage with my little family. October has been filled with travel & puppies & my birthday & most recently, our 7th wedding anniversary. So, things have been busy, but I unapologetically just didn't prioritize spending too much time here -- I've spent my days receiving the most slobbery kisses from my baby & my evenings soaking up time (& adult conversation, a respite after a day with a non-verbal baby) with my babe of a husband. It was a good summer/early fall.It's so crazy to look back at my last post over 4th of July & see how big our little bear has gotten! Crew's development has been incredible to watch this past month, with his independence & capabilities growing stronger every day. It's been way harder for me to register his newfound autonomy than it has for him to flex his little-human capabilities, but when I finally take a step back & listen to what he's telling me, I realize things like... He can play by himself on the floor for 30 minutes. He's ready for bed by 6:15pm. He enjoys napping in his own room. I'm not quite at the point that my heart breaks over my tiny baby getting older -- Honestly, most days, I'm over the moon about these little leaps and bounds of his aptitude & abilities, since the... Is paralysis too strong a word? of the newborn months is still rather fresh in my mind. But he's half a year old, & I'm sure the my-baby-is-growing-up heartache will begin soon enough.ANYWAYS, that's a lot of mom talk. I have so, SO many photos that I need to share, which I am forever putting off because there's is nearly always a monthly photo book I need to be assembling. Time, you thief. But this is a start!Crew got to visit TWO pumpkin patches when I took him back to my parents for a weekend while Jared went on his annual camping trip. His mind was pretty much blown -  I could hardly get him to look up at the camera, even after enlisting Poppy's help. Watching him experience new things, textures & places is just the best. He has the best little mind. With Halloween around the corner (& you better hold onto your butts for how cute a certain someone's costume is), the holidays are NEARLY here & I just can't wait to share it with our little family. Babies & Christmas? It's basically my lifelong dream come true. For now, I will soak up these photos of my 23 week old baby, as he tried his hardest to comprehend the wonderland of round orange objects that mom let him sit amongst ALL by himself. His chubby little nearly-6-month-old hands trying to touch as many pumpkins as possible at one time, as if they'd disappear if he took his hands off him. His squinty eyes trying so hard to peek up at his beckoning mama, "Crew! Crew! Smile!" with the bright grey sky behind my head, glancing quickly away with the most delighted smirk on his face, like he was getting away with something & couldn't believe his luck. The smell of outside lingering on his fine little duckling hairs when I picked him up & pulled his face to mine, & his chunky cheeks being so much colder than the rest of his warm body as I held him close. Brushing his diapered booty off, & thinking this is a first of many times that I'll brush grass & dirt off his little legs, or wipe dirt from his tightly fisted hands. Where do you store these mama moments? How do you keep them all fresh & close to your heart, ripe for reminiscing when he goes to bed too early or is suddenly 3, 13, 23 years old? I know there isn't any answer, but I sure am glad to at least have a blog to put away some of these moments.


The Bethune October Movie List

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We've just returned from an oh-so-needed vacation, & while I'm aching to edit photos, I've spent nearly all of today playing catch up on upcoming Tart projects, cleaning up the night-before-we-leave storm we left behind, & unpacking five days worth of clothes that smell like the great outdoors. MMMMMmmmm.

Our trip was great (you'll see), but it is actually very wonderful to be home. Nonstop access to my Brita filter, being close enough to my Whole Foods to walk there with my eyes closed to satiate this week's nonstop craving for fresh pineapple, sleeping on my own pillow... The comforts of home can't be beat. But! We're also able to resume our October movie-thon, which I'm probably irrationally excited about but also is a little bit one of the best parts of marriage.

This list has been unofficial for years, growing annually as we hone in on our favorites. We almost never make it through the entire list, but it's nice to have options. It includes some movies that are simply very autumnal, & some movies that are more Halloween-centric. Both of us grew up with Halloween not REALLY being a thing, so a lot of Halloween classics for other people won't be found here. In fact, last year was the first time either of us ever watched Hocus Pocus (& loved it), & this year, we're trying out Beetlejuice, Halloweentown, & Rocky Horror Picture Show. I guess you'll have to check back next year to see if they make the cut!

In general, I don't like scary movies, gory movies, horror flicks, anything dealing with demonic anything/spiritual warfare, or end of the world movies where the dog dies. Consider that your disclaimer that this should probably be titled The Tamest Halloween Movies You Can Watch With Your Kid Sister. Jk, my kid sister is way more intense than I am.


There's nothing about this movie that is particularly fall, except for the opening scenes. But! I love it, & Jared likes it enough to watch it once a year. Watching it this year was particularly hear-warming since Juno is a month behind me on the pregnancy timeline. Cue tears because Jennifer Garner is an angel.

When Harry Met Sally
Easily one of my Top 5 movies, & Jared is now a firm believer. This is usually the first movie we watch in October. This movie spans both years & seasons, but there's that one scene that is so quintessentially fall in NYC that this has always stuck with me as an autumn movie.

You’ve Got Mail
Easily one of Jared's Top 5 movies (he once watched this like 4 times in a row while sick, including the soundtrack-only version), & I am now a firm believer. Not that I wasn't before, but he just kinda... enlightened me. There are some fall-y elements to this one, though we also find it appropriate for Christmas & welcoming spring.

Garden State
Another movie that Jared got me hooked on, way back in 2006. We LOVE Zach Braff. Have fun exploring the infinite abyss!

Remember the Titans
If you've been reading this blog or following me on social media for any amount of time, you probably know that this is inexplicably my favorite movie. What better fall theme than high school football? (The only kind of football either of us can stomach, tbh.)

Nightmare Before Christmas
UMMMMM, duh. I see the case for this being a Christmas(ish) movie, so this is usually my preferred Halloween night movie of choice. Because yes, Halloween night is typically us on the couch, watching a movie. #apartmentlife #nokidsinthisneighborhood #wedontparty Side note: Vitamin String Quartet covered selections from the soundtrack. Listen here!

Just a good ol' cute but creepy but good movie, & a perfect follow up to Nightmare Before Christmas.

Corpse Bride
Have to complete the creepy stop-motion Halloween trifecta with this one. Aside from the pretty full storyline, the soundtrack is also really great in this movie.

Hocus Pocus
A new-to-us-classic-to-everyone-else favorite.

How can you nooooot watch Ghostbusters in October? We might give the new one a try this year, but I'm just not convinced there will be enough Bill Murray.

Harry Potter anything
This is a good option when we both still have work to do in the evening after dinner. Just pop any one of these in & we at least FEEL like we're being festive.

Young Frankenstein
I have Mama Essmann to thank for my love of this movie. It's an oldie, & if you've never experienced a Mel Brooks movie, be prepared for some weird humor. But you just can't go wrong with Gene Wilder, so trust us on this one.

Shaun of the Dead
Okay, this is for sure one from Jared, & I've fully adopted it. As previously mentioned, I don't like gore or horror, so most zombie movies don't make the cut. But this one is funny/British enough that I can get past the ick.

Honestly, I don't love this movie... It's pretty weird & makes me question everything I know about muppets. But thanks to my older sister, I usually watch this one every other year.

Edward Scissorhands
The first of the Johnny Depp trifecta. This was the first cult classic movie I ever forced myself to watch & like at probably too young of an age, but it stuck. Also, nice to revisit baby Wynona after a summer of Stranger Things, amiright?

Sleepy Hollow
This movie does not get enough creepy credit, in my humble opinion. If you haven't given this one a go yet, let this be the year. 2 of 3 for your Johnny Depp Halloween-athon.

Sweeney Todd
Maybe it's the musical theatre kid I married, maybe it's just the nostalgia of Johnny Depp's good years, but this is just a solid movie with plenty of tame *ish* gore. 3 of 3 for your evening with Johnny (this time he's the bad guy), but also how about a nice round of applause for Tim Burton, who is the personification of Halloween, basically.

The Mummy
Jared hates that this is on the list *heheheh* but GOSH I love this movie. Just enough scarabs to make your skin crawl, just enough Brendan Fraser to make you feel safe & warm. Bonus: There's a 70/30 chance that this is movie is playing on a cable channel RIGHT AT THIS VERY MOMENT. Seriously, it's always on.

The Village
Eerie, weird, & aesthetically beautiful, Jared would watch this movie once a week if I'd let him. The bad guys aren't what they seem = my kinda scary movie.

The Sixth Sense
I'm still surprised every. time. at the end of this movie. Besides Ghostbusters, this is about as ghostly as I get at Halloween. (Yes, including Casper. I didn't grow up watching it, & as an adult, I just can't deal.)

As a ps. I linked most of these to IMDB, only because it shows you if any of these movies are going to be broadcast on TV any time soon... Which is nice, if you don't have $3.99 to blow on 20 movies in 31 days. Happy marathoning!