32.

it happened.  i turned 32 years old just a couple of weeks ago… i can’t even believe it.  i am so old!

i don’t know what it is about birthday’s though, but i have always loved them!  not so much the ‘happy birthday’ song, that’s a little odd… but the overall excitement that surrounds a birthday is just fun in my opinion.

on my actual day of birth we went to dinner at my new fav restaurant scalessa’s  [again] because i love it and it really is that good!  they have these gorgeous pink flowered trees that line the street in front of the restaurant and ever since danny and i went the week before i was dreaming about getting a little family pic under the pretty blossoms…. but! as my luck would have it, it rained pretty much the entire day and most of the petals made there way to the ground and it was not ideal picture taking weather. don’t worry, that didn’t stop me from forcing this little fam of mine to pose for a picture.  some members of said fam may or may not have been very thrilled. oops.  the girls still made the most of it and threw the petals in the air which made for a really cute pic, but also very itchy eyes. ugh, spring!!

luckily the following weekend it was finally somewhat nice!  a little humid… but no rain, so i’ll take it.  babe and i went to one of our fav places – penns woods winery !! my birthday wish [demand].  if you haven’t been there before you reeeeeeally need to check it out.  the wine is really good – something for everyone, sweet, dry and in between.  & the best part! they have live music on most weekends so you can just sit outside under the trees, overlooking the winery and sip your favorite wine – who wouldn’t like that?!  it was very nice, and relaxing.  a perfect belated birthday weekend with my love.

here’s to making year 32 the best one yet! xo

 

our easter weekend

i must say that this past weekend was probably one of my most favorites in a while!  holidays normally have a way of doing that, and this easter did not disappoint!  we hosted a little dinner party at our house on good friday and what really made the night special was my poppie was able to come!! he hasn’t been feeling well and leaving the house can be challenging… so having him there was so special.  i just love him so much!  not to mention we had little photoshoots which will go down as one of my all time most fav activities!!! it’s not every day all the girls are together, so when we are it needs to be documented/celebrated!  the only thing missing were maeve and nick who are vacationing with their mom this week (lucky ducks!).

oh!  saturday… we discovered my new most favorite restaurant… scalessa’s … why oh why was this not place in existence when babe and i lived walking distance from there!? ugh, isn’t that the way?  but now it’s just a quick car ride and i plan on visiting it quite frequently because the food was aaaaamazing!!! i am sad i don’t have a picture to document the amazingness that was our dining experience…. next time i’ll take one of those goofy pictures of my food that i catch so many people doing before they start eating… it’s corny… but would have been worth it now looking back!

as i’m typing this i’m realizing just how jam packed this weekend was… there was a weekly donut date with my tiniest bunny, easter egg dying, GOLFING with danny… probably the highlight of his weekend… minus the mother of all blisters he got (poor babe) but the weather!! ohhh the weather!!!!! 87 degrees? no humidity? please and thank you all day every day!! , there was also a pricey trip to iron hill brewery… which started off as a good idea because the weather was gorgeous but as soon as we sat down at our table outside the sun went in and the wind kicked up… WHY!!?!,  seesha and jarratt came over and things got a little wild with music playing/dancing… i may or may not have played my fav fool in the rain one too many times… (sorry about that peeps!)  i woke up monday morning with an interesting search history and some very odd songs downloaded that i now own… ay yi yi… but that must mean we had fun, right?!

this time of year is just my fav! things are warming up, all the trees have pretty blooms (like the one in our front yard…love!), on the negative side my allergies are slapping me in the face which is not fun but such is life.  next up is my birthday where i will be turning 25!!!! (plus 7) …. waaaah!

xo

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!

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!

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!!

weekending as newlyweds…

weekends always seem to go by so fast, don’t they?  they start out and before i know it, they’re over.  this weekend danny & i celebrated our one week anniversary! ok, so we didn’t actually have a real 1 week anniversary celebration, because that would be slightly obsessive (even for me!).  but babe did plan a special friday date night for us!  it consisted of some of my favorite things… indian food at our favorite indian restaurant, followed by martini night caps! and not just any martini, but the limoncello martini which can be found at one of our other favorite places, and is ah-mazing. ah! still thinking about it and it’s deliciousness!

saturday was equally as fabulous…. we ran errands, booked our honeymoon and did some wine tasting at penns woods winery.  this winery was so unexpectedly relaxing and fun!  after our tasting we sat outside overlooking the vineyard and a wedding that was setting up in the distance, there was a live band, food trucks… it was so nice.  it didn’t hurt that the weather was perfection…. just like my date!  we will definitely be doing that again (soon!).

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oh weekends… can’t you last just a little longer?!!

my most favorite day, and weekend…

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we did it!! danny & i tied the knot this past saturday on the beach in cape may, nj!  i had been having slight panic attacks leading up to the day thanks to the weather reports saying it was going to rain all day long… (just what a beach weeding needs) but! it ended up being gorgeous… well, the first part of the day anyway.  our ceremony began at 12:30 pm and the rain started 5 minutes after it ended (they say that’s good luck, right?! – or maybe they just say that to bride’s to help with their emotional state, who knows… either way, it was perfect!).

it was everything we had envisioned the weekend [and day] to be… surrounded by all of our family and closest friends, spending the entire weekend together celebrating… it was great.  barefoot on the beach with an acoustic guitar playing some of our favorite songs surrounded by the people we love most, my two favorite girls at the last minute walking me down the aisle, and danny writing the most beautiful vows… it was very, very special.  we had our reception at the seasalt restaurant and they really did the most fabulous job!  the food was ah-mazing, the ambience and location was just what we had wanted.

i found myself reflecting on the ride home as the kids were passed out in the backseat at just how lucky i am and how much i didn’t want the weekend to end.  from pool days, to walks on the beach, sleepovers with the girls practically assaulting me in their sleep, all the love that our family and friends made us feel by their generosity and kindness all throughout the weekend, to marrying my very best friend… does it get any better than that? so, i will count every rain drop as luck and be thankful every day for this wonderful family of mine and for my danny… the love of my life.

at the reception my sister handed me my cell phone, i was confused because i had purposely left it in the hotel room.  she explained that adriana insisted she bring it because i would want to take pictures… (i swear that little nugget knows me best!!) … so after an hour or so i whipped out the phone and seemed to go on a selfie mission!  so thank you, my little nana (and seesha!) for bringing my phone and allowing me to capture moments of the day… dan’s dad flew in from tucson, arizona for the wedding and was also our photographer… so me being able to take a few shots of my own bought my new father in law a little extra time without my harassing him for the pictures!

here is a glimpse of our perfect wedding weekend… i feel so so blessed and thankful to be married to the most wonderful man.  i love you danny, and i love love our beautiful family. xo

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“Well the sun is surely sinking down, but the moon is slowly rising.
So this old world must still be spinning round and I still love you.”

a weekend in the poconos

plp14we spent this past weekend in the poconos with danny’s family and it was so nice.  his aunt and uncle own a beautiful piece of property nestled in the woods of the pocono lake preserve.  i have never been much of an outdoorsy person… i tend to prefer sandy beaches to mossy woods… but what i learned this weekend is that even the girliest of girls (me!) can appreciate the beauty of nature.  it doesn’t hurt that where we were staying is far from “roughing it” … their camp is beautiful and not quite like any place i have ever seen!  the kids had the best time… there was so much for them to do!  we could barely get them out of the lake, they really loved it.  we also had an early birthday celebration for danny, made smores, had quite the ping pong game going…. it was a lot of fun.

our weekend was spent doing exactly what i love most… making memories with my most favorite people & i can’t wait to do it again and again.

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weekending!

let me just say that weekends around here always seem to go by waaayy too fast… before i know it they are over.  i don’t think that i am alone in that feeling.  there just is never enough time to fit in all of the things that we want to do… and when we do find the time to do all of those things…. there isn’t enough down time to just relax and enjoy “doing nothing” … i shouldn’t complain though, busy or relaxing i wouldn’t trade the people i am doing it with for anything!

saturday morning we had the amazing idea to have a beach day!  we set off on our journey to the jersey shore at 8 am only to find traffic every single way we turned… it was a horrific experience.  after 2 hours of solid traffic we turned around and met my mom & linda in atlantic city.  this is not our typical destination with kids, however, we were pleasantly surprised at how “kid friendly” it actually was! (please note that we stayed in the resort and did not venture out onto the streets… we aren’t that crazy!) the kids enjoyed a “rooftop pool” which they thought was pretty spectacular, not to mention my new found fishy adriana would not get out of the water!!! followed by dinner at jimmy buffet’s restaurant, landshark  (if you ever find yourself there, you must order the fish tacos…. they were perfection, seriously!!) we sat outside on the deck right next to the live band which the girls took full advantage of… they danced so much that the band referred to them as the “landshark dancers” … it was so cute! the girls loved it, of course! … we ended our impromptu trip with rides on the boardwalk and hermit crabs.  the start of the day was stressful, and the thought of driving to the beach again gives me heart populations…. but with that aside, it was a perfect little day and something we want to do again, this time traffic free, hopefully!

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how cute are these little people?! ah… they make my heart so happy!

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