Monday, July 18, 2016

Something About A Sunday.

Sundays are the best days.

They are the days when we go out (or sometimes stay in), as a family and enjoy whatever comes our way. Most Sundays we go to the Farmer's Market and stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. We relax by the pool or hang out and watch a movie together. I've been saying for awhile now that I want to start bringing the kids to church. But then Scarlett started horse lessons every Sunday and now that she has begun horse shows, it seems that it's near impossible this summer. We WILL get there though. And can we just talk about how much Scarlett adores horse lessons!? There's a whole other post coming soon on that.

Last Sunday I cut up fresh cucumbers, watermelon & strawberries, made some Ginger, Cucumber and Lemon water as we listened to the Frank Sinatra Pandora station. I poured a glass of wine. Scarlett played with her toy horses and Maxwell stuffed as many watermelon chunks into his chipmunk cheeks as possible. Ty cooked up some dinner on the grill and everything seemed just right in the world. There is something about Sundays that I love. During the week, we are busy with either work or keeping the kids occupied. When the weekends hit, they bring that sense of family time that I love so much. Everything slows down on Sundays and we enjoy each other. Life. I find myself noticing the little details of everything just a little bit more. I hear Scarlett teaching Maxwell to groom her imaginary horse. I see Maxwell organizing toys. All of the blocks go into one bin, all of the books in another. Then I watch him take them all out again. He's a smart cookie. I watch Ty flip burgers and sip on his cold drink. The water in the pool shimmers right before I dip my toes in them. Ferns on the patio sway in the breeze. And fresh veggies just taste extra good. I've learned that these calm and sometimes seemingly unimportant moments are the ones that are really the most important. The ones that I try to imprint in my mind, hopeful that I won't forget them anytime soon. Writing them down here helps. No matter how crazy the rest of the week can seem...there sure is something about a Sunday that I do love.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Her Very First Graduation.

I'm not sure how it happened but this past month, but Scarlett graduated from Preschool. I sat there looking at my little girl as she sat in her chair singing the dearest songs and a reel started turning in my mind, playing moments of this little girl's life. Thankfully that day I wore large sunglasses. I know that all too soon, I will be watching her graduate from 8th grade, high even. The thought of this terrifies me because I love the littleness of my babies. I love their giggles and fear-free outlook. I love the way they play and all the wonder that they bring. I never want that to end. Inevitably, it will. I hope they take just a small bit of it with them.  I find it hard to swallow. I am so grateful for a smart, healthy Scarlett. I am so proud of the girl she is becoming. Horse lover, witty-remarked, creative, beautiful, imaginative little wonder that she is. The theme for their pre-k graduation was "Oh The Places You Will Go".  They went home with a bag of work that they had done over the last year. The sweetest notebook that they used every week. Seeing the difference from the beginning of the year to the end was so enjoying to look through. They also made a time capsule. Small little details that I love. 

I realized after we took a couple photos that our family looked like a picnic with our red, yellow and blue attire. Made me laugh but I'm so grateful for this family and all of the milestones that we get to live. What a blessing....

Scarlett, Oh the places you will go is right....dream on little love. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Pieces of June. 2016.

Farmer's Market season has arrived. Scarlett always wants a balloon animal. This time she picked a horse. We picked up fresh fruits and veggies to snack on by the pool later that day. 
 She has loved horses since she could speak. We began lessons this month. She is so excited for her Sunday lessons! I love watching her do something that she loves. Her eyes light up like magic. It inspires me.
 We went to see Finding Dory at the Drive Ins. This was Maxwell's first time and he did great. He slept the entire time. Ha ha. 
Our 3 year anniversary was the 21st. We went out for dinner and spent some time alone. Which is exactly what was needed. 
Had a Girl's Night In and I was pretty impressed with my cheese boards....what do you think? 
 I brought Maxwell to the lake early one morning to meet some friends and not a sole was there. It was therapeutic and Maxwell enjoyed the sand. I have a photo of Scarlett in this same spot.
S'mores. What more needs to be said about that? 
 My Maxwell Theodore is growing by leaps and bounds. His fedora collection is growing just like his Daddy's as well. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Maxwell Turned 1.

My Bubs turned one year old on June 9th. When they say that time goes quicker with each child, I believe it because I have lived it lately. The time has flown without asking if anyone wanted it to slow.

Maxwell walked just shy of his first year birthday and grew 6 teeth. Almost a month later and he is all over the place. No rest around here. I do not remember Scarlett being this mischievous...but maybe I don't recall correctly.

For Maxwell's first birthday, we had a small gathering with just immediate family and one friend. There is something to be said about small gatherings. I love throwing a big ole' party but I often enjoy the simple get togethers much more. No fuss, no hosting, just drinking a glass of wine and enjoying good company to celebrate a special time. This is what we did for my dear Maxwell Theodore. I have found that with our second child, we do things in a much more simple manner. Not that we don't put thought or effort into it, but we know the second time around that they don't need all the frill and lace. They only need love and a few good times.

We did a "Where the Wild Things Are" theme. It only seemed fitting since my little Bubs is a bit of a wild thing lately. I bought him a smash cake and unlike his dainty sister at this age, he dug right into that cake. We had planned on having a cookout but the weather did not cooperate and so we held the party inside. Since we had a small gathering, all was well with that. We did shish-ka-bobs, rice, grilled asparagus and of course, cake.

Maxwell got a few gifts and his favorite of all was a red push tricycle that can grow with him over the years. My sweet Maxwell won't remember his first birthday. He will only have this post and some photos to look back on. But I am here to inform him that he was so loved on his first birthday. His Nunna, Opa, Auntie Erica, Uncle Sean, Cousin Elyssa and Jameson, Grandpa and Grandma Doris and sister Scarlett were all there to wish him another wonderful year. Happy Birthday my beautiful boy!! I love you more than life.

Thursday, June 16, 2016


A couple of weekends ago, we took a weekend trip to Connecticut to visit Ty's grandparents. Since it was over 3 hours to get there, we decided to explore a little bit of the area. I hadn't been to the Mystic area since I was a young kid. On the way to Connecticut, we snap-chatted (itslaurenrebecca is my Snap Chat name if you want to find me) and sang songs and slept and had some laughs too. If you ever go to that area, you must eat at Old Saybrook's Soup and Sandwich shop. Their sandwiches are to die for and if they had one here, I'm pretty sure I would eat there weekly. We wanted to go to the beach since the kids were excited to see the ocean. When we lived in Massachusetts, it was the norm for us to go to the ocean but now that we are in NY, it's a little further away. So we picked a beach called Harvey's Beach. When we got there, we were REALLY dissappointed. The beach area was smaller than the local lake here and it was NOT worth the $20 that they wanted for the day. So we turned around and headed in search of another place. We found a beautiful beach in Waterford CT called, Eastern Point Beach. It was MUCH more of what we were looking for and surprisingly, not all that packed. We enjoyed exploring the rocks, turning Ty into a mermaid, eating cold treats and just enjoying the sun. It was the perfect temperature. Not too hot but warm enough to be at the beach. Once we left the beach, we headed to our hotel in Mystic. After showering and changing, we went across the street to eat at a restaurant called Latitude 41. We sat right on the waterside and watched a wedding while we enjoyed dinner and some drinks. The food was awesome.

We wanted to go explore more after that but in doing so, we were disappointed that Old Mystic Village closed very early! We walked around downtown Mystic instead. Scarlett and Maxwell insisted we stop for some ice cream, which we did. We watched the bridge open up and even took a photo at the notorious Mystic Pizza. Ty was not, he has no idea who Julia Roberts even is!!! But I still wanted a picture. The next morning we had planned to stop by the Mystic Village but it was pouring cats and dogs. We decided to head to his grandparents house. We enjoyed a whole afternoon there with the kid's great grandparents. She cooked us a 10 course meal with so much food that we waddled out of there. These little trips are just as fun as the big ones sometimes. All in all, it was a fun little weekend and we enjoyed our time with the kids.