Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summer Bucket List 2016




This past weekend was the unofficial start to summer, but up here in the north, we still have 3 weeks of school left.  So although I may be a little late with this post, I think I'm still in the realm of acceptable!

So, without further ado,


LIFE AS I KNOW IT 2016 SUMMER BUCKET LIST

1.  Take a week long beach vacation
It's booked!  This year we are trying out Cape May.

2.  Have friends over for dinner and drinks on the deck
I make excellent kabobs and pasta salad!  Want to come over?

3.  Make S'mores in our fire pit
OK, first we have to purchase and then put together said firepit.  But once it's good to go, I want to make S'mores!

4.  Take the kids to the Drive In Theatre
 
Maybe see The Secret Life of Pets?

5.  Visit a couple state parks
Swimming and picnics please!

6.  Take a day trip to a water park
 
Enchanted Forest?  Zoom Flume?

7.  Pool day at mom's house once a month  
Hopefully more than once a month, but it's an hour and a half drive, so we'll see...

8.  Go to a concert (not sure which concert yet)

9.  Hit another Red Sox/Yankees game


10.  Impromptu weekend getaway with the hubby
(any ideas??)

11.  Continue reading!
 
My goal is 6 new books this summer

12.  Ice cream dates with the kiddos
One of the best things about summer is soft ice cream at our favorite ice cream spot!

I think it's a pretty do-able list.  And although I do hate the heat (um, why is it already 85-90 degrees in NY??) I do love the longer days, getting outside, and the relaxed pace of summer. 
What's on your summer bucket list? 




Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

Here's the 411 on all things me lately...

I have a new TV addiction... Dinner at Tiffani's.  I'm not super big on cooking shows, but this one is fun!   And really, how can you not like a show starring Kelly Kapowski (aka Tiffani Thiessan for those of you too young to remember Saved By the Bell)?!  Check it out on Cooking Channel.

I'm feeling very emotional lately.  I just got the invitation to Nick's Kindergarten Celebration (our school does a Celebration rather than a Graduation).  How is my baby almost done with kindergarten already? How did he become an almost 1st grader? Time is going WAY too fast, and I need to slow it down!

I want a pool.  Like REALLY want a pool. Our old house had a pool and I have literally been having dreams that we moved back there so I could have my pool back.  No joke.  Unfortunately, we will not be getting a pool any time in the near future. We are only allowed to have inground pools in our development, and since our backyard is basically a giant hill, it would be crazy expensive to put one in (think gigantic retaining wall). So my plan for the summer is to take many weekend trips to my parent's house to use their pool!

I'm doing Weight Watchers.  Time to shed some pounds!   Do you have any awesome WW recipes to share with me??  I am always on the hunt!

I love Spring!  May brings the prettiest greens and pinks to NY!  It also brings the Mango black tea lemonade back to Starbucks!   #yesplease

I have been reading!  Finally finished Station Eleven, My Grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry, and The Silent Wife.   Up next is When Breath Becomes Air and then I plan on ordering A Man Called Ove and Britt Marie Was Here (written by the same author that wrote the Grandmother book).  What are you reading?  Any recommendations?

We booked a last minute Memorial day weekend family trip.  We originally had plans to go to Hershey Park, but instead we will be headed to Maine and Boston.  More about our weekend plans coming soon!

Baseball, baseball, and more baseball.  Oh, and karate.

So that's what's up with me.
What's up with you?

Saturday, May 7, 2016

For you, in heaven




I think about you so very often.

I think about how old you would be, what you would look like, what you would be doing in your life right now.

I wonder how my life would be different if you were here. 

I have guilt.  Did I make the wrong decisions?  Did I do something wrong?  Was it karma?  Was I being punished for sins of the past?

I feel sadness.  Sadness I will never know you.  Never see you.  Never hug you or smell your sweet skin.

I remember when I lost you.  I remember the pain.  I remember the room, cold and bare.  I remember the stained ceiling and the parade of doctors.  I remember KNOWING but praying for a miracle.  I remember the ride home from the hospital.  I remember the pit in my stomach that took so long to dissipate.  I remember the emptiness. 

I want you to know I am sorry.  I’m so sorry if it was my fault. I’m so sorry you never got the chance to see the world outside my womb.  I’m so sorry your life ended before it even began.

You are always with me.  You are a part of my heart, forever.

I love you.

Mommy


Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday Favorites-Boston, pizza and cookies!

Friday... you are here!
This week has been all about baby shower preparation (and work, baseball, mom and wife duties mixed in of course).  I actually almost forgot that Mother’s Day is Sunday!  Ooops.  Oh yeah, and also a little thing called my wedding anniversary was on May 4th.  14 years!

So on to the favorites.

Number 1 and 2:  Baby shower favors!
Our shower colors are hot pink and lime green.  My cousin is doing an ocean animal theme in the nursery, so we have also mixed in whales and seashells into the d├ęcor.

Favor 1 is from favorsbyangelique on Etsy.  How adorable are these soap whales and the tag attached?!  And I even got them baby powder scented!


Favor 2 are these amazing cookies my friend Katie makes.  She has some serious cookie artistry skills, not to mention her cookies are delish!  These are the only pics she would send me (I am picking them up this afternoon and it's against her "cookie code" to show you your cookies until they are delivered).    I am super excited to see what else she has created!




Number 3 and 4:  Anniversary trip and pizza!
So as I mentioned, we celebrated 14 years of marriage this week.  We hit Boston and the Red Sox/Yankees game to celebrate.  We had a great time!   






I also found my new favorite pizza on the trip.  If you are pre-gaming at Max and Leo's, you HAVE to try the pizza!  So good!


Number 5:  This funny!
I laughed and laughed because this is SO me in the morning!  My co-workers can totally vouch for that fact.


To all my fellow mommies out there... I hope you have a wonderful Mother's day and get spoiled rotten!!  And don't forget to show some love to your own mom, or a special woman in your life!  As for me, I think we are going out to breakfast/brunch and I am really hoping the hubby lets me sleep in!  It would be sooo amazing if he would clean the house too, but I'm not holding my breath!  
What are your Mother's day plans?

Linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals

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