Hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend celebrating all the mothers in your lives.
What. A. Fantastic. Weekend.
Let me start with Friday. Per usual, it’s a holiday so I treated myself to a new pair of earrings that I have been coveting for a while. They finally went on sale, so, of course, I bought them. Love them?? They’re blue and green snakes by Betsey Johnson.
Then Saturday was a mix of work and fun; but more fun than work.
Saturday was my last free full day before going away, heading to New Orleans with my husband this Sunday. I was saving it for us to scrub the house, pack and do some laundry. But my sister ended up asking me and the girls to go out for pedis and lunch with our mom, which was tough to squeeze in. So, we met up with them for pedicures. We had so much fun, well, me and my oldest did anyways. We got seated together, then a few seats down were my mom and sister, then a few seats down from them was my youngest. But, regardless of how we were spaced out, our pedis came out great and it was nice to spend the time with my family.
We rushed home after the nail salon to clean up the house. My girls really did an amazing job cooperating on cleaning up. My husband ended up having to work last minute, so it was just the three of us. With one man down, we worked so well together, they turned out to be so helpful, that we got through the major parts of the house in record timing. My gosh my kids have a lot of things! All that hard work left us the night free. Since my husband worked most of the day, and we were tired from running around all day, we decided to meet up with our besties last-minute for dinner at Biltmore and Main, which was super-fantastic.
The blood orange whiskey I got there was pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Sunday; Mother’s Day, started off perfectly!
My kids slept in late, which is a bonus in the parenting department. Especially at our house where our oldest is up and out of the house by 6:45AM! The skies were gray but that didn’t put a dent in our moods. The girls and I hung out making coffee as my husband went to grab some morning treats for us. He insisted on grabbing us breakfast. Even though I said it was crazy since we were going to brunch! Well, he persisted, and got some pastries and cooked bacon from Whole Foods. Their bacon is off the hook good, and bacon is like my all time favorite food. And he brought me flowers. 🙂 We hung out a while eating as I was opening cards and gifts, which I have to say is a great part of Mother’s Day! ahaha Then we lost track of time! We had to adjust our brunch reservations so we could get dolled up beforehand.
It is the most perfect meal ever created.
My husband surprised me taking us to Chickadee down in the Seaport area by the Innovation and Design building. (I love birds and I love brunch, he gets me so well!) They just started offering brunch, and since we are brunch nuts he thought it was a good time to check the place out. This meal was a lot of fun, and their cocktail selection was so peculiarly great. There were a lot of mixes on there that I thought were unique..maybe I am wrong, but look at the menu below and you tell me.
The place was so pretty, all dressed in grey and white, with birds. I just liked it so much. It smelled so good as we were seated, and the amount of families there celebrating Mom made me smile. The cocktail menu was, like I said, unique, but what was truly cute about it was that all the drinks were named after birds. SO CUTE!! I highly recommend the SnowBird; which was a lemony, elderflowery, vodkay, thymey deliciousness. YES, those are all words.
We started off the meal with a few donuts to share. We got the s’mores crunch donut and rhubarb jelly donut. I am not normally a rhubarb fan, my husband is, but the rhubarb jelly donut was terrific. I could’ve eaten all of them on my own. haha Our entree choices made me laugh. Out of the four of us, three of us got spicy chicken and cheddar waffles!! My husband got the dutch baby with blueberries. The food was great, and we all agree to make a trip back to try more of the selections they had to offer. Especially the chick-shuka and chickadee bowl. Now I want to drive down there to eat.. arg!!
We dined for a while, really enjoying the atmosphere, food and cocktails..and each other’s company! After we left the restaurant, the rain was coming down a little bit. We wanted to surprise the kids by taking them to Taiyaki on Seaport Blvd. I don’t know if you guys remember my trip to California last year. We had taken the kids to an ice cream shop that made Japanese Taiyaki, that is ice cream in koi fish-shaped cones… ring a bell? Well, a few companies making Taiyaki started opening up across NYC and one came to Boston. Unfortunately, the parking situation down on Seaport Blvd really blows. It won’t stop me from being there all Summer, but it does deter us from time to time when the weather stinks. We couldn’t find a spot for twenty minutes around that shop, and opted to getting an ice cream closer to home. So we did.
We ended the night cuddling on the couch, catching up on our latest family binge, Parks and Rec. We have a season left; I know we plow through binges like nobody else. The girls and I may finish it this week while my husband is away..because we can and will! haha When they went off to bed, my husband and I started our binge of Sneaky Pete. Such a good show!!
That was my Mother’s Day! I wish it didn’t have to end, it was really a good time.
I am so lucky with the family I have cultivated here. My kids are the shining light in my life, who bring so much compassion, laughter and happiness to my days I can’t even explain it with any justice. And none of this wonderful mother-life would be possible without my heart’s soulmate, my husband. I have the most selfless, hardworking, caring and loving man. Thank you, and our girls, for making me feel so loved and thought after. Not just one day a year, but every day.
This morning we are taking a stroll through my top ten favorite things to do as the weather starts to sizzle in late Spring.
Let’s get it going:
Gardening. Though some see yard work or gardening as a chore, I enjoy it.
Being able to shop at SOWA, Boston’s outdoor market in the South End.
Wearing fun, colorful sundresses and sandals. Or buying new ones!! haha
Hiking Ward Reservation while it’s blooming.
Eating outside! My favorite part of the warmer weather is dining outdoors.
Opening the sun roof in the car!! woo!
Catching glimpses, or seeing a full on ‘Geese Walk’, of the baby Canada geese around Spot Pond.
Being able to ride bikes!
Waking to amber-colored, much earlier, sunrises from my bedroom window, and, watching neon-fuchsia, much later, sunsets from my kitchen window. (Sometimes I walk up the street-up the hill- to check out the full displays.)
Walking the Back Bay, Public Garden, and Boston Commons hand in hand with my husband, and …WITHOUT a coat!
What are your favorite things about Spring? List below or on FB! xo
Today I am starting my latest trend segment called Travel Escapes. Still working on this title. Ideally, what I would like to share on these segments are single post photos, tips/travel advice or any quick-read travel related information. A true snapshot share. This may evolve into something different, but for the past few weeks I had thought about a quick (almost wordless) post.
Here’s the first post, of I hope many.
Travel Escapes- Tempio della Concordia
Today I am listing out my top animated series that have influenced me.
Not in any particular order, just off the top of my head.
Valeria’s Top Ten Thursday- Animated Series
- Scooby Doo
- The Flintstones
- The Jetsons
- The Simpsons
- Aeon Flux
- Bob’s Burgers
- King of the Hill
- Ren and Stimpy
- South Park