philadelphia.

oh hey!  i am pretty embarrassed at myself for going soooo long in between posts! i was all set to dive back into the blog world as if i had never really left it [like the last time] … fail.  life just has a way of leaving no extra time for the fun things!  plenty of time to stress about finances & the never ending to do list though!  ugh.

well, one day last week, on a gorgeous 75 degree february day… yes!!! 75 degrees in february!!! we decided to make some time for said fun things.  adriana & i drove into philadelphia (or “philly-delphia as my sweet little babe calls it)! for some quality time with our seesha which we never seem to get enough of! aside from crazy city traffic, getting there was relatively easy and made me question why i don’t do it more often… we are fortunate with where we live… right outside of philadelphia, a short car/train ride to new york city and washington dc… oh yeah, now i remember… limited time for fun things!

my sister works in a super cute office in center city – she’s so posh these days!  so, we toured her office and then went to lunch.  we wanted to eat outside because hello! 75 degrees outside!! so we settled on this adorable place called little nonna’s.  my goodness, the food was soooo good!!!  the outside seating area was seriously adorable and i already want to go back!  it was fun to watch my little lady be all adult like at the restaurant… i swear she is a city girl at heart!  we walked endless amounts of blocks and not one complaint out of her!  keep in mind when we are at home she can hardly make it around the block without saying she’s “tired of walking!” … on the ride home she told me all of the reasons she could live in ‘phillydelphia’ …

  1. she loves tall buidings with elevators
  2. she likes people and to watch them (me too, sista! and there’s no better place for that then a crowded city!)
  3. there’s “lots of restaurants and places to shop”

…pretty sure she has city life nailed down… aside from it being super expensive and way too far from me!!!

i love my people!! xo

halloween 2016!

ok so, I took what seemed to be a never ending hiatus from this whole blog thing BUT i i think that i am back!  life just got super crazy for a little while there and i never was able to find the time… and when i finally did have the “time” there were 25 other things that needed the attention. ugh, life – i swear!!!  but then one day i randomly clicked on this little blog link of mine through my instagram and smiled as i looked back on all of the past happenings of my said crazy life and realized that i missed it!  so, here goes… blogging round 2.

anyway…. halloween 2016!!!

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we had a butterfly fairy princess, a black kitty cat, & marty mcfly! how cute are they?!

as of late in my adult life i have drifted from being a halloween lover…. i mean don’t get me wrong, i love fall and all of the fun, festive activities… but my day of dressing up in halloween costumes is certainly over.  but that doesn’t mean i can’t live vicariously through these 3 little bunnies, right?! right!

this year we didn’t have maeve and nick to trick or treat with…. but we did have school parades!  adriana was with us and this was the first year where she was super into it… from picking the costume (btw pottery barn kids, you are amazing!) to insanely running from door to door… she was all about it!   it was really cute to watch and made walking around in the cold not so bad.  even lola got in on the action… not even against her will!  she was a purple butterfly just like adriana… danny refused to hold her leash but i can’t really say that i blame him… not very “manly”! ha!

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halloween 2016, you were a good one.  now i just need to get rid of all of the candy that’s in this house because good lord there is a ton…. and considering adriana is super picky with the kind she likes, it leaves A LOT for me to eat & that is just not a good thing.

peace out halloween, hello thanksgiving!!

just us, today

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today is g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s.!!! a little breezy… but can you really complain about a sunny 60 degree day in february?!  i certainly am not!  it has been so nice to open some windows and get the fresh air in (which hasn’t happened since christmas, which is kind of weird considering it shouldn’t have been that warm that day either… also not something i am complaining about!)

we are fortunate enough to live near some really great state parksbellevue being one of my favs!  it’s so pretty with the trees, lake… and usually the place we have our photoshoots! so naturally it was the perfect place for our picnic today… even lola came with us!  the kids had a great time and this little weather tease was just what i needed to help with my normal february funk.

they say march is ‘coming in like a lamb’ this year… soooo happy about that little proverb!

happy sunday!

moments.

i saw a quote today… “be in love with your life.  every minute of it.” it made me think… i’m not sure about your life, but loving every minute of it doesn’t always seem to come easy for me.  there is usually so much to stress about! time, money, the list sometimes seems endless.  but then, as i was syncing my phone to my computer all of these pictures popped up before my eyes and i suddenly understood… in between all of the chaos, there are still these sweet moments that are too often taken for granted.   these little blessings that are hidden underneath all the other nonsense that is going on in the world… do not get me wrong, my life is sooo in no way perfect, but i don’t want it to be either!  I am married to the love of my life, we have a beautiful family… we have our good days and bad but at the end of the day, we are happy.  that’s all anyone can really ask for, right?!

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xoxo

snowy staycay

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normally after 24″ of snow (or any snowfall amount for that matter) you would find me complaining and totally over it… but!! i do not have said attitude juuuuuust yet.  which, who even am i saying something like that?!  my skin is dry, my fingers are frozen, and let’s not even talk about my lack of suntan… all things that normally would send me over the ‘i hate winter’ edge! but… not yet. for now i am enjoying the insane amount of snow, the warm, cozy fires my babe has been making, the fort making, and how much adriana is over the moon in love with the snow!!  me, i have never been much of a snow person… but watching that girl make her snow angels and say on repeat how happy she is while playing in it is making me turn the corner… i think… for now anyway… ask me in february if i still love it and my answer may be a bit different!

actually, my answer would probably be different right now if poor danny hadn’t shoveled for 2+ hours this morning… thanks babe!!  i tried to snap a pic of his hard work, but he wasn’t having it… as you can see in the picture above!

nana & i attempted to make our first snowman…. he turned out…. interesting, to say the least. he has been named “stumpy” clearly based on his appearance!  my snowman making skills are in need of some serious help… it’s pretty bad.

there is one thing that i realized this morning (aside from how terrible i am at building snowmen) … that i need to bite the bullet and invest in actual snow boots.  love my hunter boots to death, but they are certainly not made for the snow… which i learned the hard way today because my toes may still be frozen from hours ago! i have my eye on these… love, love, loveeee!

to sum it all up…. thank you winter storm jonas for falling on a weekend, thank you danny for being the best, most adorable curmudgeon husband a girl could ask for, and nana! thank you for making me feel like a kid again with your contagious childish glee!  love love love you two!

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winterfest.

this past weekend, after a long hiatus (hiatus meaning give or take 17 years for me!) – babe and i decided to go ice skating!  keep in mind he is pretty much perfection on a pair of skates from all of his years playing ice hockey… me on the other hand… i think i saw a 5 year old or two whizzing past me! i was pretty horrifying, BUT it was still so.much.fun!!

we went to blue cross riverrink winterfest in philadelphia… it was adorable.  outdoor ice skating right on the water… everything was still pretty festive with lights and decor… fire pits, a lodge… it was the perfect place for a date night.  not to mention that danny was pretty much the most perfect date considering his incredible patience with my lack of ice skating skill and his tolerance for the crowd… that man does not enjoy a crowded place!  but!  we had the best time, and i love love trying new things with him.

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sunday was a much needed lazy day… which consisted of grocery shopping, football and me having the worst cold – but, cold aside… it was nice to have a day with a somewhat clear schedule.

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oh danny, you make life fun.  i love you!

2015.

i really cannot believe that today is the last day of 2015, how did that happen so quickly?!

our year was full of so much excitement… danny & i tied the knot on the beach! someone fiiiiiiinally became potty trained!!! … we vacationed a few times (with the kids and without), celebrated a lot birthdays… (my 30th & babes 35th… eek!),  nick started middle school, nana started preschool and turned 4!! how?! … pop pop & meemaw came to visit us from tucson… there was never a dull moment.

really it was a year full of family… and growing together as one.  there were definitely high points and some low, but the good most definitely outweighed the bad!

i could go on and on and on…. but instead of my rambles, i’ll show you in pictures just how amazing our year was!

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2015… you will always hold a special place in my heart.

i can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for this sweet little family of mine. xo

it’s the most wonderful time of the year…

IMG_1204… does it get any cozier than a fire with pretty christmas decorations all around it? love! …

TREE… our first family hayride to a tree farm to cut down the perfect tree followed by smores by the fire!  aside from getting stuck in the field, it was a great experience  …

prettytree… even lola has been enjoying the christmas tree! …

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christmasmorning… christmas morning with my little bunny…

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gigis… family time at gigi & poppies… love them so so much, i can’t find the words to express just how much …

gun… danny & maeve may or may not enjoy nick’s bb gun more than he does! …

withsanta… and of course, the season could not pass without a visit to santa…

christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year… even with the crazy long lines, ridiculous traffic, questionable songs (grandma got run over by a reindeer, really?!) there is just something so special about it!  all of the pretty lights, it being totally acceptable to have cookies with your coffee for breakfast…. watching the movie elf almost every night and of course… a christmas story on repeat christmas day… amazing!  it’s hard to believe that it’s already come and gone… and that in a few short days it will be 2016!! how did that even happen??!

i wish there was a way to just slooowwww everything down… to be able to actually enjoy moments without them flying by so quickly… but, that is life… go, go, go!!

but let me just add one thing, the temperature decided to hover around 70 degrees for the weeks surrounding christmas and i have to say that i am totally okay with it!  we didn’t have a white christmas… and i know some will argue that it didn’t feel like christmas because we were in short sleeves and flip flops (danny) …. but! i was a fan.  they say blizzards are coming in february… so you won’t catch me complaining about some current unseasonable weather!

oh christmas of 2015, you were a good one!

apple picking!

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apple picking  crossed off of our fall bucket list!

adriana has been begging to pick apples for weeks now and we finally made it happen today with some of our favorite girls!  we went to hills creek farms, my first time ever going to this particular orchard and it was adorable!

we did festive things like… pick apples (duh), purchase [more] pumpkins, took a “hay” ride (that had no itchy hay on the wagon…my kind of ride!), played on a playground, bought apple cider donuts (obviously), and had a cute little lunch date.  needless to say, we are living fall to the fullest around here!

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now it’s time to start baking with all of these apples we picked today!

happy fall xo

weekending and birthday celebrating

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popcorn movie date on a chilly, rainy friday with my favorite little mini… tinker bell and winnie the pooh movies all day… love! // saturday morning beverages while netflix binging with that husband of mine // couch cuddles with our new blankets that were a must purchase because i was fah-reezing all day long (good idea, babe!) // even lola joined in on the couch cuddle action… and there may or may not have been a nap squeezed in during said cuddle time // two of my most favorite humans on this planet doing their normal adorable thing each time we are there visiting // sister pic with the little nana nugget // partial family pic with the birthday boy // complete heart meltage after taking a gander at this pic and seeing the love that is shared between my poppie and nana, ah… too sweet for words.

happy, happy birthday [yesterday] to my sweet, adorable poppie!  we sure do love you!!