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

meet ollie

ollie!  our teeny tiny spunky little ball of kitten fluff.  we rescued this guy a little over two weeks ago and he has quickly taken over our household! a customer of concord pet foods & supplies found him and his two siblings in a basement window well covered in snow [and frost bite… oh my breaking heart!!!] & brought them to the store hoping someone would adopt them.  we took one look at his cute little tiny baby face and could not say no!!  even though i had kind of swore to myself we would never have a cat again… the litter, the destroying of furniture, the cattitude… it’s no bueno but all of that went right out the window pretty darn quickly!

for a week or so we weren’t sure if he was a boy or girl because of how tiny he was… we soon learned he was in fact a boy and the kids really liked the name oliver… so we settled on shortening it to ollie!  however, he may never learn his name because he rarely is referred to by it.  danny insists on calling him “fieri” due to his obsession with guy fieri, i for some reason have just been calling him baby because he’s cute and small like a baby and it just fits… the kids call him “kitten” … this poor cat may never answer to a name!  oh well.. that’s ok, right?

let me just say that lola and the kitten have truly bonded… i never realized how good of a dog lola was until i saw how she treats the kitten!  so patient and gentle… allows him to steal her bed, drink her water… paw her face to death… it’s all love between those two and it.is.so.cute!!!!!

so, it is official – we have a new addition to our crazy clan and i couldn’t be happier [or more obsessed] with him!! ollie baby, you are so loved!  let the crazy cat lady shenanigans begin!

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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sunshine is the best medicine

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there really is something to be said about the beach.  rain or shine, it is so beautiful and calming to the soul!  my little fam & i spent 5 [short] days in ocean city, nj and it was just.so.nice!!  danny’s mom is generous enough to get a beach house each year for everyone to enjoy (thanks, nonna!), the kids had the best time… and so did we!

a lot happened in those 5 precious days… adriana overcame her fear of the ocean… (finally!!), we had a front row view of a really cool thunderstorm – my first time seeing one live at the beach, the girls had their very first sleepover together, which is pretty exciting stuff for them considering it was adriana’s very first sleepover and they have been asking to have one for the longest time! …  we had a boardwalk night which consisted of rides, ice cream, candy… late nights, early mornings, made new, wonderful friends… attempted to fly a kite (unsuccessfully), did some night fishing, photoshooted, star gazed on the beach… and most importantly spent quality time with my favorites.

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i am so, so grateful for my people!

summer happenings… as of late

graduation libraryweddingpoppielunchkidspizzabellevuemaeveadrianaso far the month of june so far has been pretty eventful!  nicky graduated from 5th grade!  there have been numerous library visits, a beautiful wedding, some nana & poppie bff time [they are seriously adorable together!! heart – melt.], dates with my mini at starbucks, beach lunch date with my babe, grammy & linda, porch watching thunderstorms, some twinning (love that!), pizza making and then my personal favorite… lakeside photoshooting with my two favorite beauties!  of course there has been so much in between all of that… there really is never a dull moment around here!  love my peeps!  oh! i am also on a serious mission to get my long hair back… so the blow dryer and flat iron have been put away, and i’m going the natural way with these crazy curls of mine!  we’ve been having what feels like 100% humidity the past few days… so curls work perfectly!  wish me luck 🙂

feelin’ lucky…

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just the other day i found my very first four leaf clover!  i can remember looking for them as a child, but never until this day did i find one of my own.  i thought maybe today will be my lucky day!  then i realized how silly i sounded… there are so many things that exist in my day to day life already that i have to feel ‘lucky’ about.  i have an incredible family, i’m engaged to the love of my life – my health is great (knock on wood!), we have a roof over our heads … and so many other little things that are so easily taken for granted.  so thank you little clover for reminding me that i am pretty lucky all of the time!

the loveliest

just last week my grandparents celebrated 59 years of marriage!  it’s crazy to think about just how long that is… they have been through and experienced so many things together – basically everything.  watching them together growing up has always been so special to me… from my grandmom picking out his clothes each day, to poppie picking her up a little glass vase or piece of milk glass at a yard sale in his travels… that he knows she will love… even though she’ll yell at him for adding another thing to the shelves!  they just have always been the cutest.  and really know each other inside and out, their banter is something i can’t get enough of.

watching adriana build the same strong relationship with them means so much.  it melts my heart and brings a bazillion tears to my eyes… to be so grateful and happy… there’s a lot of overwhelming emotions over here!  i was looking through a bunch of old pictures the other day with my mom and had to steal a few.  they are a bit embarrassing considering i was bald up until i was almost 4 and then my hair decided to be a huge puffball once it arrived… but, what can ya do?!

thenandnow**love, love, a million times love!!! 

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it’s no secret that i feel beyond blessed to have these precious, adorable people in my life… their love and support has always meant everything to me.  no matter what, they have always been there and i love their love and them so so much!! I can’t wait for the 60th anniversary and the celebration of it. happy anniversary, and many many more! xxoo

 

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