Sunday, December 3, 2017

o christmas tree, o christmas tree

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
How lovely are thy branches.

Our girls could not have been more excited that the day was finally here! We have made it tradition to have one of our first advent activities each year be a trip to the tree farm to pick out the perfect tree. This year was no different. 

As always when on an outing with small children, there was bribery and talks of hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks when all was said and done. We may have even taken them down the aisles of Target to pick out some Christmas decor for their rooms. 





Monday, October 16, 2017

Hello Beautiful!

Floors. It's all about the floors.

The first time we looked at our house I said the carpet would have to go. We closed on our house at 3:30pm on Friday, arrived back to the house at 4:45pm and by 7:30pm that same day I had ripped out all of the carpet.

I meant business.

I don't think my hands have ever ached as bad as they did this weekend. They were bloody, cracked and I could barely hold anything in them, but the floors were totally worth it. We lucked out big time with the condition of them and I can't wait to share the final product in a few weeks!

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Friday, October 13, 2017

We did a thing

We couldn't be more excited to share the news... We bought a house! 

It's our own little fixer upper (watch out Chip and Jo). There are so many exciting things planned and memories to be made within these walls and I can't wait to share it all. 

It has been three years since we have been homeowners and while not having projects each weekend has been nice, we have outgrown our tiny second floor apartment and are ready to get to work. The search was long and hard to find the perfect place to call our own but we finally did it. 

We are looking forward to life at 17 Hawk Street.  



Monday, October 9, 2017

Field + Supply

It was a balmy 85 degrees yesterday and we stumbled upon this beautiful scene in the Hudson Valley at the Hutton Brickyards. A modern makers craft fair and everything about it was absolutely amazing. Sure, there were some tears shed but we spent the day together and that's what is important. Delicious food, drinks, music, handmade goods and new memories made.

It really was the perfect Sunday.









Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The simple things and pumpkin dreams

Gorgeous fall days are few and far between here in New York. When the weather is as beautiful as it was today, you need to take full advantage.

The older girls were in school and I was home with the younger ones. I decided to buckle them into the car and head out on an adventure. About thirty minutes north of us is the cute little town of Ballston Spa where we stopped and dined al fresco (totally unheard of for NY in October!) at the Iron Roost before finding the most adorable pumpkin stand along the side of the road.

This place was truly what pumpkin dreams are made of. The girls and I walked around admiring the beautiful assortment of pumpkins and gourds before hopping back in the car to get home in time for the bus.  The whole drive home Lidia kept talking about her best day ever and it made my mama heart feel so good..

To them, it really is about the simple things like time spent together.







Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekend at the Blueberry Patch

One of my favorite annual traditions is taking the girls to the orchards for berry picking. It is something that I started when it was just Olivia and I, and it has been fun to add a little more company each year. The girls always look forward to the drive out to the farm and they love to take advantage of all the berries they can eat!

We had been anticipating the annual trip for weeks and the weather finally cooperated for us to go this past weekend. This year was the first year Brian has joined us on our typically "ladies only" adventure but it made it that much more fun (not to mention how nice it was to have some help with the girls). This was also Evelyn's first time berry picking and to say she loved it would be an understatement. If her tiny fists were not full of berries, her mouth sure was!











Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Perfectly Imperfect

I took the girls down to a small local lake that is about a quarter of a mile from our house. I had these visions of the perfect evening and the photos I would capture as the sun was setting. The girls, well, they had other plans.

Within minutes of arriving, they were soaking wet and covered head to toe in sand. They laughed, they played in the sand and they splashed in the water. Getting tired and running out of energy, we walked over to the local ice cream shop and grabbed a few cones (with rainbow sprinkles of course). It was the perfect opportunity to cool down and dry out. On the long walk back up the hill to return home the girls ran ahead and each took turns rolling down the hills.

I realized that this perfect evening that I had envisioned, the one that seemingly wasn't turning out at all like I had planned, was really the girls perfect evening.

I can't wait for them to look back one day at the spontaneous beach fun that was had that hot July night.





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