Weekend Getaway

Hey Everyone!
What a great weekend!
We took a drive up North to see friends who invited us up for the weekend; Well, we left after my husband’s job Saturday night and returned home last night around 7PM. This friend is my husband’s bestie from HS, and his family house is up in Weld, Maine, about 3.5 hours away, which isn’t such a bad ride. This was our third time together up there, once when our kids were 3yr and 1yr, and then last year.  We had such a great time last year, our kids especially. So much so, that we had to make this trip this Summer for the kids.
This trip was great.  I never relaxed so much in such a short amount of time ever.  Never.  My only goal this weekend was to enjoy some downtime with friends, eat and drink like I was 26, and maybe, maybe, get a tan.  We spent one full day there flanked by the two nights, and that one full day was literally the best Summer day!  It started off cool but then progressively got warmer and sunnier, till it felt like 85 by 11 AM(though it was only 76~).  Their house is right on Webb Lake, literally.  You walk out the back porch to a ten foot patch of grass then boom there is the sandy beach overlooking this massively beautiful lake and mountains-scape.  There were times Sunday that I was alone on the beach,  just getting lost looking at the view; watching an eagle fly by or listening to a family of loons squawking in the distance.    I’d then realize where I was and just get lost again looking at the sun glimmering off the water.  JUST PERFECT

Here is a slide show of the weekend.  You can click through or let it stream, that is up to you!  🙂  

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Next time you hear from me here I will be back to the Cape for one last Summer week away, ending the week with my husband’s big 40th bday party!  Wooo! Then it is our last Summer weekend with Labor Day and then IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL!  The girls go back September 7 this year.  We haven’t had an after Labor Day start since my oldest started Kindergarten.  Which is great!  Except it’s my baby’s big tenth birthday on the first day, which she keeps groaning about.  So I am going to try my best to make it the greatest first day of school ever for her.  On the flip side, my oldest is going into her first year at the middle school, and she can’t contain her excitement.  We literally haven’t had a day go by where she hasn’t talked about starting school- I had to take her supply shopping already!!  (She is an academically inclined kid, very smart, so she keeps telling me in a sweet way how much she likes Summer, but can’t wait for school to start cause she LOOOOOOOVES school.  Yes, she is my child!! tyvm).  
I can’t believe I just talked about back to school, it’s still Summer here!! No more jumping ahead.  
And.. Yup, I married a young one. :)~ 
Ok, tty all real soon!  xxoxoxoxo

Cape Cod July 2017 (in photos)

Hey Everyone!

Back from our Cape vacation, sadly. :(((((    

We had a blast even though the weather wasn’t totally cooperative the whole time. We started off great, with a super beach day… then the clouds settled in a bit.  Our one rainy day opened up to sunshine, though!  Which was great for go kart racing, arcades, ice cream for lunch and then a last minute beach day!  But not for my hair.. my god the humidity and my hair do not mix. (You know I am Sicilian when the humidity comes around…holy white girl afro!)

This vacation, however, we tried to disconnect to unwind.  Since my husband owns a business he can’t totally go off grid, people are always messaging him about stuff, but he did way better than me outside of his work.  Me?  Welllll, I didn’t fair toooooo well, but I tried a whole lot!  haha  Damn you snapchat!!  

We did get very lucky to come home with toasty brown tans though (first time!), and lots of fun memories to boot.  

So here is my pix rundown from this trip!  Each one is captioned for your pleasure.  hahah

We have a few other trips penciled in for this Summer…but … we will see you in August again my dear, Cape!

xoxoxoxo

Fourth of July 2017

Happy 241st Birthday,Merica!

Hope you all had a fun (safe) Fourth of July!   Man, I can’t believe the Fourth has just passed us by!  I sound like a skipping record, I know, but…’time flies when you’re having fun’.

We threw the Fourth of July bash this year, again.  I just love the Fourth, ya know.  There is an electric vibe that I get on this holiday; something about the fireworks, all the family, the sunshine, the great food and drinks, all the colorful outfits and gear, relaxin’, the decorations…it all makes me happy.

This year my husband and I wanted to change it up a lil bit by not being slaves to the grill. Usually, we are grill side cooking (in the heat) while drinking (sweating) and talking to everyone, which we love, but last year we grilled sooooOOOooo much food that we felt like we missed out on our friends.  We decided to do a lot ourselves again this year, but cater the two main dishes from Pit Stop BBQ.  Which worked out pretty great because that helped me immensely with not being stuck cooking all day, but mamma mia!, we had so much food!  haha Not that this is a bad thing.  

Fourth of July Menu

  • Raw Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Kale Salad
  • Corn on the Cob (thanks Gabriella)
  • Carrot Salad (thanks Trina)
  • Cornbread
  • Cole Slaw
  • Mac N Cheese
  • Pulled Pork
  • Beef Brisket
  • Baked Beans
  • Hot Dogs
  • Potato Salad (thanks Mum!)
  • Eggplant Parmigiana (thanks Mum!)
  • Veggie Plate (thanks Aunt Helen)
  • Roasted Zucchini and Summer Squash
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Roasted Onions

We did end up cooking; I made all the veggies, hot dogs, and mac n cheese in the oven in the late morning before the party.  This was a big task with the time, but so worth it.  Everything was hot on the sternos, cooked fresh, tasted great and looked delicious in their pans, and we were free to hang out!

There was a ton of drinks, like beer and wine..  oooh, I made a white sangria for the first time.  YES, first time..for me sangria is red, and red only, but I was aiming for a fruity, dryer, refreshing drink. It actually came out great!   I got drunk, I mean, it was delicious, and, I had to make two large batches of it as it disappeared fast. So I am taking that as a sign that my family and friends liked it, too.

My White Sangria Recipe (party sized)

  • 2 ripe peaches, cubed
  • a pint of raspberries
  • a pint of blueberries
  • three liters of dry white wine (I used a pinot grigio)
  • 3/4 cup triple sec
  • 32 oz peach flavored seltzer

So there you have the food and drinks portion of the party, which is uber important right?  haha

We peppered our lawn with a tent, chairs, beach blankets, bocce, some other lawn games then at the end of the yard it was anchored by an inflatable waterslide, which was a huge hit.  I have never seen the kids enjoy an inflatable we have gotten like this one before.  It was a large slide that went into a good-sized pool at the bottom, so when the big kids weren’t in it the lil ones could hang out in the pool.  I didn’t see a kid fight, cry or anything..which was grrreat!  Everyone enjoyed that.

I did manage to get the kids together to take a group picture, which I love doing..and I also got them to take a LIVE video for my sister in Italy, through Fbook.  It was super cute with them all screaming “HAPPY FOURTH!” and I know she loved it.

 

From the food to the drinks, to the kids playing so well, and the relaxing with family, it was a pretty great day.

Hope you all had a wonderful day too!  xoxox