Maine

 

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Our bungalow

Howie and I were lucky enough to get to enjoy a little getaway to Kennebunkport, Maine. We were invited to spend the weekend at Hidden Pond Resort. Howie and I have always loved Maine. We use to go up almost every summer BF (before kids). I love everything about Maine, the people, the houses, but most of all the scenery.

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The Farm at Hidden Pond

We drove up Friday and made a few obligatory stops at some of our favorite spots. Allie’s Donuts is our favorite donut place in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Only as we are waiting on line did we realize it was National Donut Day, who knew?!, so of course we had to buy extra donuts to celebrate. We enjoyed our treats in Wickford, Rhode Island. It’s such a beautiful town with some of my favorite houses (think pink!).

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After a few more pitstops we made it up to Kennebunkport.  I wasn’t  sure what to expect from Hidden Pond Resort but it completely exceeded our expectations. The resort is spread out on 60 sylvan acres. Each group had their own bungalow or a two bedroom cottage (think small house). Since it was just Howie and I, we were in one of the bungalows. It was an adorable cedar shake little structure with a screened in porch, small kitchenette, lovely bathroom, fireplace, and best of all an outdoor shower. Since the resort is a bit spread out they have beach cruiser bikes that you can use to get around the resort and or to explore the area. Of course Howie and I took full advantage of the bikes! Hidden Pond has a sister resort, Tides Beach Club, one mile away right on the beach. As guests of Hidden Pond we had full access to all of the amenities at The Tides as well. We rode our bikes down to the beach and spent some time (think drinks like watermelon cosmos and yellow beach chairs with umbrellas) at The Tides.

 

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The Tides Beach Club

At night we ate at Earth at Hidden Pond. The resteraunt was amazing. Outstanding food, great people, great atmosphere, and fresh local ingredients. Then after dinner we went and hung out by the nightly bonfire and had a nice glass of wine and made s’mores.

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After two two nights I was ready to head back to my girls (although I think my mom was ready for us to head back even more). Howie and I are already planning to go back up to Hidden Pond in a few months but this time with the girls so they can experience the joys of Maine with us.

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(un)Offical start of summer

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Life seems so much better when you can throw on flip flops and hangout poolside all day. Memorial Day weekend was pretty busy. But we still managed to get a decent amount of pool time in.  Both my girls are truly water babies. Lilly is a little fish and swims for hours! Nora cries when you take her out.

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We had a few visitors this weekend which the girls loved. They always love when someone new is around to give them attention and play with them. Memorial Day weekend also means party hopping. We were lucky enough to get to go to a house warming party in Sag Harbor. Sag Harbor is one of my favorite towns. It was such a privilege to get to view a historical captain’s house up close and personal.

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As the count down to the end of school begins it’s time to start thinking about summer plans and what to do with the little ones. Anyone have any fun summer plans?

 

February

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What a crazy month this has been… One day it is -5 out and two days later it’s 50. I spent at least three days this month wondering why I have a horse…because shoveling manure at 6am in -5 degrees out is not fun. Good thing it was 50 a few days later!

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Lilly had winter break last week so we decided to go upstate to sled, ski, and ice skate. The day we drove upstate was 50 and rainy so unfortunately we didn’t get to go sledding or ice skating. I have been going upstate for winter week since I was Lilly’s age and this was the first time there was no snow. However, we did get to ski! This was Lilly’s first time skiing. I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure how Lilly was going to react. I put her in ski school for a two hour lesson. I decided to take a lesson myself while Lilly was in ski school since I haven’t skied since before kids. It felt good being back on the slopes and I must admit it was just like getting back on a bike. Although I did go down the green trail first just to make sure I could still ski.

 

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After my lesson was over I decided to go spy on Lilly. I was was shocked to see Lilly going down the bunny slope on her own doing a little pizza wedge. It was so cute! Of course she later threw a tantrum because she didn’t understand how come she couldn’t go down the big slopes with me. But at least I can say she enjoyed it and is looking forward to going again sometime soon. Guess the pressure is on for another ski date sometime before spring!

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The last few days have been so nice. It’s actually starting to feel a little spring-like. It’s a bit early to start dreaming about spring but lately I feel like it’s in the air. It was finally in the 50’s and all the snow has melted. Birds are singing and I was so happy to see a few crocus had opened up on my lawn. I am hoping that we have more of this weather in our near future. I want it to warm up a bit so I can get back into a walking routine and get these two girls outside and back to some playgrounds. I guess now it’s time for me to start breaking out the Easter decorations and to start dreaming of Spring.

 

 

 

January ?!?

 

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Not really sure what happened to January…not that I’m complaining because I despise the winter months but January has truly flown by. Nora turned 1… Not sure how that happened so fast but we survived! I think the first birthday should really be a party for the mom. A celebration of surviving the first year. Thank God Nora is so darn cute!

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We just got home from a week in London. I decided to tag along with Howie when he went to London on business. I made the hard choice to leave Nora behind with my parents for the week and just take Lilly. This was our first trip to Europe where we brought children. I wasn’t really sure what to expect traveling with Lilly on a red eye. Cannot say that was very fun. The one thing that I learned from traveling with a four year old is that you’re not going to get a lot done. I made a mile long list of all the touristy things that I wanted to do with Lilly. We ticked off a few boxes but not as many as I would have liked. Walking with Lilly anywhere took twice as long and triple the amount of stops than if she wasn’t with us. The positive side of this is that you get to see and experience more than if you were rushing around trying to get from place to place. Lilly was super excited to see the Paddington Bear statue! She also had fun visiting Windsor Castle. Her favorite part was the ginormous doll house. Lilly asked if we could buy her one…. A girl can dream! She has always loved playing princess… After this trip and seeing real castles Lilly’s comment to me is “mom I want to be a real princess when I grow up and I want to live here.” Sounds like a plan to me!! Prince George you better watch out, I think you may have an older lady on the prowl!!

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Glad to be home and get back in a normal routine. Can’t believe Monday is February. Guess it’s time to start thinking about Valentines Day…. Only 2 weeks!!💗

New Year

 

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Happy New Year….. Kinda crazy that it’s 2016. This year went by really fast… Although parts of it went quite slow (like newbornhood).  Hope everyone had a great New Years Eve…Can’t say I made it to midnight but I did manage to sneak away with Howie and go to a friends house for a few drinks and still be home and in bed by 11 (because kids don’t know you were out late and are still up at 5:30AM).

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I must say I am probably the only person who is excited that tomorrow is Monday. I’m ready for Lilly to go back to school and to go back to a normal routine. I feel like it has been a week and a half of staying in pjs until noon and eating Christmas cookies for breakfast. Being back into a routine again will be sort of nice.

 

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The weather has been getting cooler so it has started to feel like winter. We took a drive out to Shelter Island just to enjoy the quieter season.  Love going out east and to the Hamptons in the off season. It is so nice not having to deal with crowds. I hope everyone had a great Holiday week and that going back to work tomorrow is as painless as it can possibly be.

 

 

The Aftermath

 

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We are still picking up all of the pieces here… and by pieces I mean Barbie shoes… Calicoe Critters… Legos… and Disney princesses. It was fun watching Lilly and Nora open all their presents and see which ones were their favorite. It was also funny watching Lilly steal her little sisters toys saying “sharing is caring.” Of course if it was the other way around that would be a no go.

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It was such a warm day so I decided to take the horse for a nice Christmas ride before dinner and presents with the rest of the family. Then we proceeded to celebrate Christmas with the rest of our families. By the time we got home for the girls bedtime the amount of toys had tripled! So we spent the whole day today opening/assembling/sorting toys. I am still not done. I really feel the need to purge and donate some of the old toys.

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Although the weather has been nice and warm I miss the sun. So far we have had the last 4 days with alternating fog/rain/clouds. Although I kinda love the fact that we have had no snow to date and it is the end of December (but don’t tell Lilly that because she is dying to go sledding). Lilly has all next week off of school so now I need to be creative and come up with some fun adventures… Let’s hope the warmer weather keeps on coming!

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The countdown

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The countdown to Christmas has begun. And so has the craziness that surrounds it. I swear Lilly has become a totally different child the past few days thanks to the anticipation of Christmas. We have attended Christmas recitals, holiday parties, and ogled holiday decorations. Lilly keeps adding every toy that she sees on TV to her Christmas list. (Thank you commercials – I officially hate you!) Hopefully we are ready for the big day on Friday.

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This week is going to be kinda nutty so we tried to take it easy this weekend but we were not too successful at that. Sunday we took a drive out to Sag Harbor to see some friends. There is just something about the Hamptons around Christmas time. It is probably my favorite time of year out there. The summer is kinda crazy…. Christmas time is much quieter and everything is decorated so nicely. We ate at LT Burger right on Main Street in Sag Harbor. Always a great place to have a burger and a shake. Especially an rated “R” shake! And thanks to them Lilly got an orange balloon that has already been the catalyst to at least 3 meltdowns. I will have to make sure I pop it tonight and blame it on Gary, our Elf on the Shelf.

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Tomorrow I have guests coming in and staying with me, so I look forward to hanging out with some old friends and possibly going out to a kid-free dinner. Hope everyone is enjoying the last few days before the Big Day! Have a great Christmas everyone!

Plaid dress is Vineyard Vines

my red cape and dress is from JMcLaughlin JMcLaughlin

My hat is from Pinkpineappleshop