Wednesday, December 5, 2012


The website Mommypoppins is giving stuff away and you get extra entries if you write about it on your blog. More usual blog stuff soon. Promise.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lyla's Actual Birthday

Lyla's Birthday Day, October 24 was a FUN day. 
I love being home with my girlees and making their birthday's extra special. We started out by going to our favorite donut shop- Ohlin's Bakery. Apparently they were voted Best Donuts in Boston. I would have to agree. We sat outside and Lyla ate the entire thing. The nice ladies at the store even gave her a free cookie for her birthday. (hint: if you want free stuff for your kids, have them wear clothes that say it's their birthday).

Next we went to our local candy shop Chocolate Dreams to get a brand new Hello Kitty stuffed animal friend and free balloon (once again from the shirt). There is a story behind getting this particular stuffed friend. 

A few weeks ago while we were going for a stroll around town we stopped by this candy store for the first time. Outside of the store, they keep a little dog bowl with dog treats in it. We went inside and the girls got suckers and looked at all of the Beanie Babies. Lyla loved the Hello Kitty ones, especially the giant one. For the next week or so, if I asked Lyla what she wanted to do she would say, "Go to the candy store with the doggy treats and get a Hello Kitty."

So for her special day, thanks to my Grandma Alice, we went and got her kitty.

After nap time (even birthday girls need naps) our whole family went to the zoo. It has become a tradition ( 2 years) that we take Lyla to the zoo on her birthday. There is a gorilla that is the same age as Lyla, by a couple weeks, so it's fun to watch that gorilla baby grow up too. Here's Lyla and Daddy watching the Lion take a little rest. Earlier he was roaring a lot and of course I told Lyla he was singing her Happy Birthday :).
If you look closely you can see the Lion in the background.

 Playing by the Gorilla's. This time Lyla kept saying, "Those gorillas so scary mom. So scary."

 Playing in the crashed truck. 

Really excited, and incredibly cute. 
When we got home I asked her what her favorite animal was. She told me, "The hippo. He was so funny. He was poopin', he was so funny."

After a delicious dinner of tacos, Lyla opened her presents. She got fantastic presents this year, if I do say so myself.

First up, Little People Airplane. Lyla LOVES airplanes. Like really loves them. She is constantly asking me to take her to the airport and always finds them in the sky. So was really excited to play with this. The sound effect says, "Ready for takeoff." She picked the plane up, yells "READY FOR TAKEOFF" and then threw the plane across the room. Obviously it fell to the ground. She turned to me and said, "Airplane's broken Mom." 

Justin's parents got her this fabulous Little People Princess Castle and Emily got her the princesses to go with it. Another hit. She loves this thing, especially the princesses. She plays with them all.the.time. 

We let the girls stay up way past their bedtimes playing that night. I enjoyed sitting on the couch watching my little sweethearts play together. I love Lyla so much. 
Happy Birthday Lyla girl!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lyla's Birthday Party

Lyla turned 2 this week and we celebrated Care Bear style. I actually had too much fun planning her party. 

Here is the invite we sent to lots and lots of friends. 

This is our food table. Mostly rainbow themed with a dash of Care Bear here and there.

My friend Brittney made these awesome cupcakes for me. 
 Here's my Care Bear cake. 
 Fruit Rainbow

Veggie Rainbow & Care Bear gummy bears (sent from Arizona because a dollar store had them!!- thanks Mom).

Rainbow lollipops for the big kids.

The beautiful birthday girl.

For additional fun we had
bounce house
swing set
ball pit
rainbow noodle necklaces
design your own "belly badge"

The birthday crew.

The birthday girl blowing out her candles.

Rainbow cake!

Opening presents.

It was such a fun party. I am so glad we were able to celebrate Lyla with all of our wonderful Boston friends. I don't know what we would do without them!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


A couple weeks ago my best friend and cousin (1 person) came to Boston to visit. She brought her 1 year old daughter Stella, but left her toddler home with Grandma. Thanks Susan!! 

This post is about our day trip to Rockport, MA. I was first introduced to Rockport as I ran through it in my half marathon a few months ago. It looked like a charming town and Heather would be the perfect friend to explore it with. 

First, we checked out the little harbor. Emily was hamming it up posing her normal picture poses. Our fellow tourists (elderly people) got a huge kick out of her. To me it's normal, but they thought she was hilarious. 

Little Stella was such a good sport. She was tucked in comfy in the back seat :).

One of our first stops was to a local candy shop. Isn't this boat of salt water taffy dreamy!! We came back later for some yummy treats. 

"Way Too Old Boat Ramp" 
I feel like most things in Mass should be labeled Way too old ____

Our gorgeous travel mates

One of the many cool houses/shop

We ate lunch at the Roy Moore Lobster shack. For me this was a dream. It is what I feel like should be all over New England. It was this little hole in the wall restaurant that was not much to look at. 
Inside was a pen that held tons of lobsters (caught that morning). The workers had fun pulling then out and pretending to "get" Emily and Lyla. So you order a lobster, they pull on out and boil it for you. Pretty cheap too. I think we had 2 lobsters (1 each), clam chowder for the girls, fish cakes, and stuff clams. All for less than $20. The stuffed clams were definitely the best. 

I get a little skeeved out eating lobster, but it was pretty good dipped in lots of butter- especially the claw. 

Here are a few of the other store fronts. I particularly love the ice cream store. 

 We stopped in a fudge shop that was in the movie The Proposal! Well, Saundra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds walk by it. Anyways, I thought this Elephant Ears sign was pretty cute.
 Making their fudge
 This is how we roll. 
 Me and my sweetsies. 

Preschool Pics

Here are some pics of Emily with her friends from preschool. I cropped the first one of just her and one other friend, because they are just too darn cute. 
 The whole class
 Being goofy
 My gorgeous little princess.

I LOVE Emily's friends. If I didn't really REALLY love family, we could easily stay here and be happy. If she could grow up with this bunch of friends she would be the luckiest girl on the planet. 

Red Sox Game

Back in August, Justin and I attended our first Red Sox game. Can you believe it, we've been here for 3 year and this was our first one. Anyways, not the best picture of us, but proof we were there. Next time I'm springing for better tickets, it was really hard sitting out where we were. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Apple Picking

i LOVE apple picking.
i LOVE apple cider doughnuts.
i LOVE fresh apple cider.
Apple picking at Honeypot Hill Orchard with my family has been a favorite Boston tradition. We went last Saturday for our annual pick. Even though it was Saturday and ultra crowded, we had a wonderful time.

Emily loves to climb the ladders to get the apples up top. Sadly, this year on her first ladder, in the first 5 minutes she got stung by a bee! It certainly didn't ruin the day, but she was scared to go up any more ladders.

Lyla liked the ease of just picking them up off the ground.

Since ladders weren't an option anymore- Daddy's shoulders work great.

Strong woman pulled off a little more than just the apple.

Eating apples along the way :)

Apples as big as her face.. almost..

This activity was PERFECT for Lyla. She was able to wander around and eat apples, 2 of her favorite things, I didn't even speed her along. 

Pumpkin patch!!
I didn't tell Justin, because I was slightly embarrassed, but I almost got teary as we were leaving. This is going to be our last time here. I guess this next year is going to be full of that, but it's sad to say goodbye to the places we've grown to love.