Thursday, August 17, 2017

Happy 10th Birthday John! ♥

August 16th, 2007: As I was in my hospital room, relaxed and completely comfortable thanks to an epidural, ready to give birth, Rob and I were watching CNN’s live feed from Graceland.  It was the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.  Over 50 thousand people were marching the grounds of his Memphis home, lighting candles and singing songs, paying tribute to their favorite singer.  Little did we know at the time, that ten years later we would have a little man running around our house, wearing slicked back hair, singing Jailhouse Rock, and Elvis  t-shirts he got himself at Graceland.  Life is funny that way.

Yesterday we celebrate John’s 10th birthday!  I can’t believe my little baby boy is 10.  Double digits! This is getting scary!  Last night before he went to bed he told me this was his BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!  And I can tell you, as a mom, there is nothing more satisfying and heartwarming than hearing those words from your child.  Thank you God.  We did good this year!

On Saturday he had his friend’s party. He truly wanted a party at home this year because we are moving soon and it would be the last party we have in this house.  The answer was naturally, YES.  So we rented a bouncy house, filled some water balloons, got some super soakers (because that’s what you do in August when it’s hot and you don’t have a pool  : ) and prayed for good weather.  Things turned out beautifully!  All the kids had a blast!  We had pizza, cake, and make your own sundaes, which I think was a highlight!  There was whip cream everywhere! 

He decided he wanted to wait and open all his presents on Wednesday, his real birthday.  Honestly, I can’t believe he held out that long, but he did!  He requested take-out dinner and a cheesecake that my mom made.  We had a quiet family dinner at my parent’s house and he enjoyed opening all his gifts.  You can see the joy on his face.  

This is my 10 year old. 

He was so grateful for all his gifts, cards, phone calls, texts, and emails from friends and family.  It made me happy to see the gratitude he expressed.  His next project is thank you cards!! 
Watching him grow has been the joy of my life. The once little bald baby I held in my arms is now almost as big as I am!  I really miss the past, but I’m looking forward to the future!

So now that John’s birthday celebrations are over, I really have to get myself organized and motived to pack.  I’m moving two weeks from today! Eeeek!  I took tomorrow off from work to start filling boxes.  Say prayers for me friends.  I will be happy when this is all over with and I can resume to my regular boring life. 

Love you all! ♥♥

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I highly recommend... ♥

When life gets stressful....get away from it all~
When you are in the middle of moving and your deadline is steadily approaching and you are probably the most stressed out you've ever been in your whole entire life the best advice I can give you is pack a bag, get in your car, drive 3 and half hours, and get away from all the madness. 
That's what I did.  For three beautiful days in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ♥

Rob's family's annual trip did not disappoint.  In fact, it may have been the most fun we ever had!  Despite one rainy day, which we made up for with pizza, an unforgettable game of Family Feud, and lots of laughs, the weekend was perfect! 
It was just what I needed ♥

The house we rented was located right on the Saco River
Just a short walk across the grass to the water.
One afternoon Rob and I snuck away and spent some time here walking and talking. 
I've found my happy place ♥

On Sunday some of the group went kayaking. 
Some of us went on another walk, drank coffee on the porch, and watched a movie.  

 Thank you to Rob's cousin Sonya for this picture.  And thank you to my husband who does all the things I don't want to do.  I love him ♥

S'mores night!

Cousins ♥

We stopped at a water park on our way up to the house on Friday. 

It's a fun place with a beautiful view of the mountains!

John loved it! He was a little sore the next day from all the slides but said it was worth it! : )

Our group!
I felt better coming home after getting away for a few days. I was able to clear my  head, talk about different things, and catch up with people I don't see all the time.  It made me most happy to see John have fun and enjoy his last summer as a 9 year old - running, playing, swimming.  All the things he should be doing! 

And now it's time to get back at it.  The packing, packing, packing....ugh! 
I might just need another one of these getaways after the move.  I miss those mountains! ♥
PS.  I also highly recommend playing with Snapchat filers while you are in Boston traffic (see me above...: ) It really passes the time!
Happy new week, friends! xoxo

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thank you ♥♥♥

Hello, my friends! I wanted to first say a big THANK YOU to all of you for your kind and supportive words regarding my move.  Thank you to all my blog, twitter, and Instagram friends that messaged me with kind thoughts and well wishes on my new adventure.  It truly means the world to me knowing I have your support.  Change can be hard, but I know in my heart this is  right for me and my family ♥
The past few weeks have been CRAZY busy.  I'm honestly surprised my head hasn't spun off my body like a top!  AND I haven't even started packing my house yet! We've been spending all of our time getting our new place ready and I'm happy to say we are just about done (big sigh of relief...).  This weekend we are taking a well deserved trip to New Hampshire to enjoy mountain air and family time.  I need it more than you can imagine. We'll be back on Monday and the madness will start up again, so I'm going to enjoy our down time and live in the moment as much as I can. 

Quick question? How does one pack up a house? Hmmm...I guess I'll find out! :)
I also wanted to say thank you for all of my birthday wishes last week! You made me feel so special! As a little birthday treat to me from me...I bought myself this bottle of Amazing Grace. It's my favorite perfume!  I had run out of it a very long time ago and never replaced it. I had been missing it so I splurged for my birthday.  I'm so glad I did.  There is something about this scent that brings a feeling of peace over me and just makes me happy.  A friend on Instagram asked me to describe the scent and I said "if grace had a smell, this would be it".
It's hard to explain, but I love it so much and if you've never smelt it, please run out to the store and get a sample. 
It's absolutely lovely ♥♥♥

We've scheduled our movers for Saturday September 2nd.  That's officially one month from today.  Something I've been doing these past few weeks is taking a few minutes each day in my yard, walking around and trying to notice things I've never noticed before.  Now that we have a specific moving date I feel like I need to soak in all the memories I have of our little yard before she belongs to someone else.  This week has been hot, humid, with lots of rain.  Apparently the flowers love it, because everywhere I look they are in bloom. 

Either that or they are saying goodbye to me. And thank you for taking care of us all these years.

Or maybe a little of both.....♥

Happy August, my friends! 
It's going to be an interesting month : )

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Life update ♥

Hello Friends! 

I’ve been absent from my blog for over a week now and I wanted to explain what I’ve been up to.  Big changes around here!  I’ve been wanting to share this with you for a while now and I guess now is the time.  I’m moving!  Not from this blog (don’t worry : ) but I’m moving houses.  I’m staying in the same state, same town, just going a few minutes down the road.  We’ve made a family decision to convert my parent’s house (the house I grew up in) into a two family home and move in with them.  What this basically means is that I’m moving back home.  My parent’s house is quite big for just the two of them and they basically live on one level, which leaves TONS of room on the second floor.  Rob and John and I will make our home there.  We’ll have a living room, kitchen area with a pantry, two bedrooms and two full bathrooms.  There is also a finished basement for John to have his playroom.  I’ll be taking all my furniture with me and luckily will be able to not only fit everything but set up the rooms pretty much exactly how they are now.  I cannot tell you how excited we are.  It’s something we’ve talked about for years and now it’s finally happening. 

It's a strange thing to see a for sale sign in front of your house....:) 

It’s been a stressful month.  I’ve never sold a house before and I’ve only moved once.  From here to there.  And now I’m moving from here….back to there. Are you following me? Good.  Anyway, to make a long story short, our house was on the market for two weeks.  We had two open houses, and on Sunday two offers came in.  We accepted the second one.  So that’s that.  The closing is the beginning of September, so for the next month I’ll bouncing in between houses – cleaning, packing, organizing, moving, etc.   

I’m not going to say I’m not sad about leaving my house.  We’ve lived here for almost 19 years.  I’ve loved every day in that house and I have shed a few tears this week. But I know it’s time to move on and do what’s best.  Rob always says there is strength in numbers.  I feel that this is a perfect example of this and I’m looking forward to making a new nest in my new/old home.  We’ve plastered and painted and Rob put down shiny hardwood floors.  I’m excited to share pictures with you soon!

By the way, in case you were wondering  John is beyond excited for this move!  He’s there every day as it is and basically lives there now! The only difference is that now he can sleep over….every night! I’m looking forward to having coffee with my Dad in the morning and spending quiet afternoons with my mom while John is at school.  I will have more folks to cook for and try my recipes (which I can’t wait for!).  And the best part is we get to have two Christmas trees….one upstairs and one downstairs.   That’s how my mind works.

However, through all the chaos and confusion – dealing with realtors and painters (thank GOD Rob does most of that)…. summer rolls on.  I quietly celebrated my birthday this week (43!!!!)  and John and I celebrated Christmas in July. I will share some pictures on this blog soon!  I still have a whole list of things we have planned for August and I am trying not to let this move disrupt John’s summer too much.  He turns 10 on August 16th.  Double digits!!!!  He asked me if we could have his birthday party at the house, as it will be our last big party there.  I said of course.  I just booked the bouncy house today.  The party is on Saturday August 12th .  We have a lot of water balloons to fill.  We are also going to New Hampshire next weekend with Rob’s family.  Every summer we rent a big house and spend two nights in North Conway.  There is almost 20 of us going!! It’s a lot of fun!  I think a getaway will be good for us. 

I’ll continue to do my deep breathing exercises and try not to stress about things too much.  It’s hard for me because I am not a person who enjoys change.  And I hate having too many things going on at once.  I like it boring.  I’ll get there.  I keep thinking about Fall.  I can’t wait to put a pumpkin in front of my door, go apple picking, and take long walks around my parent’s neighborhood.  It’s much bigger than mine now and perfect for walking.  I can almost smell the wood burning stoves on the street.  When all the smoke clears, life will be good.  And I’ll be back to baking real soon.  Just in time for the beginning of school and sweater weather.  

I’ll keep you all posted! 

My new/old home.  Our door will be the one on the left ♥ 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

York, Maine ...short and sweet ♥

Hello Friends!

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you may have already seen some of these pictures but we had such a nice getaway I thought they deserved their own blog post ♥

This past weekend my nephew David got married.  We were invited up to York, Maine for the wedding.  I had never been to York and had heard it was lovely. 

 It was! It was quaint and beachy and I wish we could have stayed longer.  

My parents and my sister and her family all made the trip with us, so that made it even more fun.

This is the venue, but we'll get to that in a minute.... : )

Saturday morning we loaded up the car and off we went.  It's about a 2 hour drive from Boston to York. 

Somehow I ended up in the backseat which I was ok with as long as I had provisions.  I'll trade you my front seat for all the coffee stops I want need. 

We ran into some traffic (naturally!) but we finally arrived!

Can you smell that ocean air?

Our hotel was called Stone's Throw.  And it was.  A stones throw from the ocean!


The room was absolutely the smallest hotel room I have ever seen. 
But it was cozy and quaint and I kind of loved it. 

Here's the bed...

Turn around and there's the bathroom.  That's it people. 
Tour is over : )

John slept the trundle bed.  It slid out from the side. 
Kind of cool, right?

Because of all the Boston traffic we had no time to waste. 

Jump into our fancy clothes and go.

Looking cute!

There was shuttle hired to pick us up and take us to the venue. 

Which was spectacular!

The most beautiful place, right on the water.

 What a view!

The ceremony took place outdoors on a deck overlooking the ocean.

My nephew David, the groom. 

Hugging his bother and best man, Chris.   

 Here comes the bride!

She looked gorgeous!


Congratulations David  & Amy!

My Mom & Dad

On the left is my sister Laurie and on the right is her daughter Alycia. 
In the middle is Alycia's husband Mike.  They got married last August. 

(yes, I am the only one in my family with big hair, yes)

A selfie with sun in my eyes.... ♥

A little jazz music during cocktails. 


And dessert!

We had a small crisis during dinner because the caterer could not confirm that the cupcakes were nut free so John could not have one : ( 

He got very upset, but then my sister came to the rescue and found some ice cream! 
She had the waitress read the label and it was completely nut free! 

He devoured it in 5 seconds. And felt extra special because "hey, no one else got ice cream! how'd he get so lucky?!" Whew! Happy once again!

We spent a good amount of time taking in the view.  I could not get enough of it. 

There was dancing and celebrating but then it was time to get back to the hotel. 

First thing in the morning, I crossed the street and took a walk on the beach.  I drank my coffee and watched people walk hand & hand, and walk their dogs.  So laid back and relaxed.  I could get used to this.  It was really beautiful. 

I was curious about the temperature of the water. I saw people swimming but I heard it was really cold.  I dipped my toes in and OH MY... brrrr!  No one seemed to care though. 

Maybe after a while you just go numb ♥

But alas, it was time to go. 

We had breakfast with my parents at John's favorite restaurant (IHOP) where they put the pot of coffee on the table....♥

and then homeward bound. 

The trip was short and sweet, but long enough to make me fall in love with York and want to go back one day.