The Magic of the Season

The last two months have been a bit of a blur! I recently started a new job and we’ve been busy with life, our home, and of course family. October was filled with fall fun like apple picking, pumpkin patches, our annual weekend away to the Wellfleet Oyster fest, Halloween, lots of trips to the park to enjoy the swings, the arrival of not one but 2 of Enzo’s teeth, and more. I think Enzo made the cutest little horsey for Halloween and we had a blast dressing him up for a couple of parties and a short trick or treating trip to visit neighbors and grandma and grandpa. In November we celebrated 2 years of marriage and counted our blessings at Thanksgiving. Looking back on the past two months I definitely remember our trips to the park, walks with Enzo, morning playtime in our PJs with a good cup of coffee, and fun visits with friends and family. I think those are all good things to look back on over the past two months.

We’re SO excited for the holidays this year. I’ve always loved Christmas and celebrating but this year feels extra special. I’ve been looking forward to sharing our traditions with Enzo and watching the magic and wonder on his face.

Thanksgiving was really special because it was so quiet. We visited my parents in upstate NY and enjoyed dinner together. Enzo loved sitting at the table with everyone and thoroughly enjoyed trying mashed potatoes and Gram’s homemade rolls for the first time. He even got to meet his new “cousin”, my brother’s black lab puppy. The had quite a bit of fun climbing on each other and slobbering all over. We visited my aunt and uncle, saw my cousins, took a trip to Saratoga for lunch and enjoyed the time with family.

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On our way home we stopped at the farm where we cut our tree down every year and got our Christmas tree. Enzo wasn’t quite sure what to make of it all and he definitely looked confused when we brought the tree in the house. It was magical to bring him downstairs the next morning and show him the tree all lit up. His little hand reached out to touch it and he stared at the tree with his mouth agape with wonder. Of course now all he wants is to touch the tree and stick his hand in the water at the base but he’s slowly learning it’s for looking not touching. I think chasing after him and keeping him from the tree will help us keep off any holiday weight!

 

We have a family outing to visit Santa planned, another trip to NY to celebrate Christmas, and of course are looking forward to seeing the magic on Enzo’s face as he gets to open his first gifts. I’m excited to be celebrating the actual holiday at our home in Massachusetts this year. It will be fun to be home for Enzo’s first Christmas morning and to have some family time just the 3 of us to sit by our tree and open gifts. He loves all things crinkly and noisy so we’re quite sure wrapping paper will be sheer joy for him. We even put some extra effort into decorating this year and I’m absolutely loving our new mantle decorations. Michael and I are looking forward to a couple night’s out for our work holiday parties too. We spend a lot of “date nights” at home (totally by choice) so it will be fun to get dressed up, dance, and enjoy some time together.

The magic of the season is upon us and this year it’s even more exciting. I feel pretty blessed for all that we have in our life and I’m excited to be sharing in the joy and love with my family.

What are you looking forward to this holiday season?

Summer Staycation

I love having time off from work to just be home. We had planned an overnight at Mohegan Sun, thanks to an awesome deal on Gilt City so I was taking the Monday of the already short week off. I decided that it wasn’t worth working just 3 short days and that I’d be grateful for some time at home. I’m so happy I did. I feel rested, recharged, and rejuvenated. Here’s a peek at how I spent my time.

Michael and I finally took our mountain bikes for a spin at Wompotuck State Park in Hingham. We brought my mountain bike back to MA from NY with us at least 2 years ago with the intention of going for rides. We never did. I’m happy we finally changed that. We rode around for about 2 hours. It was so fun to chat, get some exercise, and enjoy the scenery of the woods! We even got to pop in and see an old friend of Michael’s who lives in Hingham. It was a bit overcast and on the cool side that day so I feel like we planned the perfect activity for the weather.

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Sunday morning we woke up to downpours. We decided to sleep in, have breakfast, watch CBS Sunday Morning (I love that show) before getting our day going. We had originally planned to head to RI for a beach day before heading to Mohegan Sun for dinner and some fun. Since the rain spoiled our plans we decided to stop in Providence for lunch. Michael took me to East Side Pockets since I was craving falafel. It was so good and I can’t wait to go back!!! We wandered around in Providence a bit before heading to the casino.

East Side Pocket

We had dinner at Todd English’s Tuscany and it was great. I’ve been wanting to eat there for awhile, and it was worth the wait. We shared a burrata salad, fettucine carbonara, and a proscuito flatbread. The cocktails were awesome too. I had my favorite, a St. Germain martini with a twist of lemon. After dinner we hit the casino for a bit and had some fun on the slots before heading to bed.┬áMonday we slept in, had a lazy morning, had breakfast, and played some more slots before heading home. It was a fun little night away and felt so much longer than it really was.

Burrata Salad

I spent the rest of week enjoying time at home. I went for runs at Lake Quannapowitt- I love not having to cross a street for 3 miles and running by the water. It’s just so much better than running through town.

Lake Q

I took care of errands I kept putting off, like taking my wedding dress to the cleaners and getting the oil changed in my car. I baked. I baked so much. I made a batch of peanut butter cup cookies for the 4th of July. Lucky for you that recipe is coming soon. I took a stab at making homemade puff pastry dough and apple turnovers. They were delicious but there is so much more room for improvement. I already can’t wait to make them again- there is at least 10 things I’d do differently. I’ll share the recipe and tips once I perfect it but since they are loaded with butter that may take a bit. You can’t make those too often! I made a summer berry crisp┬áthat was so flavorful and good, and not terribly unhealthy.

I got to meet one of my best friends babies just hours after he was born. To see the excitement, happiness, and joy on my friend’s face was so special and I just loved holding that little peanut.

We spent time at the beach soaking in the sunshine. I finished a book I had been reading for months and took naps in the sun. I even swam, a lot. It was cold and so refreshing.

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We saw fireworks and celebrated the 4th of July with friends. It was my first time in the 6 years I’ve lived here that I saw the Boston fireworks. They were gorgeous and worthy of all the hype they get.

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And we closed out the week with a day trip to Maine to see our friends and spend one more day at the beach. We chatted, we swam, we ate, and we laughed. It was the perfect ending to the week.

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Heading back to work wasn’t so bad today but I’m already looking forward to the weekend. We are headed to NY to see my family and spend time at our summer house!

How did you enjoy the week of the 4th?