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

 

 

 

 

Greetings from Caneel Bay

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As I write this I am sitting on a beach at Caneel Bay in Saint John USVI. Of course we planned this trip months ago so who would have thought it would have been in the 60’s back home in NY. But at least it’s 81 here and the water is warm. This might be my last swim until May so we are all trying to enjoy it. It feels a little strange being away so close to the Holidays and to be honest it’s my first time not being around home for the Holiday season, but I am enjoying some warmth and sun before the mad rush.

 

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To be to be honest I am really dreading how much stuff I need to do in the next two weeks. We have so many parties and engagements and kid’s birthday parties that I’m not sure how to fit it all into all the Holiday stuff I have to get done. At least for now there are donkeys, pelicans, sea turtles and the ocean to distract me from reality for the next 24 hours.

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Traveling with one kid now seems like heaven. Traveling with two kids is more like travling with 10…. and for those of you who have more than two, I have much respect! I swear one kid starts to cry and the other one joins in just for fun. We have managed to spend all day at the beach for the past 4 days and no one is sun burned so I call that a successful trip. Hope everyone is enjoying their week!

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Thanksgiving week hustle

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving (extra long) weekend. The weather could not have been any more perfect this week. I got to ride my horse Sean and Howie got to go paddle boarding. Thanksgiving came and went in a blink of an eye and then poof it’s Christmas time! The day after Thanksgiving we always go and cut down our tree at Lewins Farm. This year was a little extra special because it was Nora’s first time and the weather was wonderful. Some years we go and it is so cold we just cut down the first tree we find. This year we got to wander around and explore a bit before choosing our tree and heading home.

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We spent the afternoon decorating the house and the tree. This year Lilly was much more independent and really helped to decorate. I think only three ornaments were casualties. Then to stick with the holiday spirit Lilly and I went into the city. I wanted to see the big tree and visit Santa at Macy’s. But if you ask Lilly what we did in the city all she will say is we went to the American Girl store. We went to do a girls lunch at the store. I am happy to say I was pleasantly surprised. I had pretty low expectations for this lunch but they truly made it a magical experience for Lilly (and I must admit that I enjoyed myself as well). I would highly recommend this to everyone! And just an FYI they do sell wine and champagne there … Just saying!

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Overall this weekend was a wonderful start to the Holiday season. Howie and I also shot some photos for a JMclaughlin takeover this weekend. Follow along to see even more photos from this fun filled weekend.

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But first here is a little peek into our takeover.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying this exciting time of year. Oh and I’m sorry if there are any typos I am going to bed instead of proof reading! I know Nora is going to be up at 5 so I need to get to bed as early as I can! Night!