Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is blowing through New England

First of all, I'm glad I got this post in before we lose power! Our town is notorious for losing power for days so I know it's coming...
Hurricane Sandy is currently pummelling the East Coast from North Carolina to Maine. Where I live we are experiencing very windy conditions. We're not expecting to get too much rain, although it has been raining all day. I'm more concerned for the coastal areas (well for all of the coastal areas on the East Coast) around Rhode Island and South Eastern Massachusetts.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Yes Mom, let's go to this pumpkin patch. You know how that thrills me.

Columbus Day was a perfect fall day for the pumpkin patch! My mom and I bundled Grace up and drove off into the Rhode Island backcountry to Spring Hill Farm in Exeter. I'd never be able to make it back there if you paid me.

OOTD Pumpkin Patch - perfect orange handmade sweater and matching hat from my mother-in-law

Sunday, October 07, 2012

A Roasted Chicken Soup fit for a cold

 I pride myself on escaping most colds. Usually I'll feel like I'm coming down with something during the day, drink plenty of water, get a good night sleep and my immune system does its thing overnight so when I wake up I feel ok. This time however, the cold couldn't be kicked. It stuck and yesterday's trip to the Aquarium was really exhausting and didn't help my recovery. Luckily, Matt decided that he was going to make a chicken soup for the first time so I found a recipe for him to follow.

I searched through a number of recipes online and finally found one that looked promising at How Sweet Eats. 
Source: How Sweet Eats

The verdict: Awesome soup, but a lot of work! It's going to take you a decent amount of time to 1. Roast a chicken 2. Boil the bones to make a stock and then finally 3. Assemble the soup.
Matt is definitely a trooper to follow through with this for my cold. Love his love of cooking on Sundays!
Now.. back to the How Sweet Eats blog. You should see her desserts! OMG!

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Welcome to the Aquarium

We spent a wonderful day with friends at the New England Aquarium in Boston today. Although it was a "fish out of water" type of day that new parents can relate to, I'm so glad we got to spend some time with our friends who are packing up as we speak for a move to Philadelphia.
The day started out with the best of intentions, as they always do... Until a glance at the clock reminded us that we needed to be out the door in 10 minutes (as it always happens). Suddenly you remember the 15 little necessities that a 7-month old requires for a day away from home - change of clothes, bottles, Mum Mums, pureed mango, diapers, binkies, toys to keep her entertained, tiny baby shoes, a headband that matches the outfit, etc. etc. You can see where organization comes in handy. (Put that on the list.)
 Our first stop in Boston was at Papagayo for lunch to meet my sister. We actually made it here smoothly and almost on time. The draw to this place was tableside guacamole, but sadly no tequila sno-cones for lunch today! All was going well until it was time to give Grace her first bottle. She started to get a little fussy so Matt walked around with her for a bit. As I was assembling the bottle I realized we had a problem. No nipple! Oh no, this can't be - [search high and low, in every pocket, every bag, in the car] we don't have a single nipple! Ayyyy.... so we finished lunch, said our goodbyes and followed directions to a CVS. After frantically searching the smallest CVS in Massachusetts I came up empty handed. I mean, this place didn't even carry diapers! Imagine! I trudged back to the car empty handed. Anyone who has 1. driven among Boston's one-way cow paths 2. had to navigate them with the help of a stressed out spouse and 3. have had to listen to a wailing hungry baby can attest, the stakes were high. We finally found a Mega CVS in Downtown Crossing, got our nipple and were on our way to the Aquarium. So as you can see, it has already been - A. Day.

And we haven't even made it to the Aquarium yet, where we would soon discover that the penguins were On. Vacation. That's right! NO PENGUINS! 
Fun times at the New England Aquarium

Salmon swarm

Since when are the penguins allowed to take vacations?

Babies with Moustaches

Here is our "I Survived the Aquarium" badge for parents.We earned this sucker. Feel free to snatch it up if you too have earned it. 
A petting zoo of sorts...

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Family Beach Photos with Elizabeth Watsky Photography

For Grace's 6 month photos we decided to invite the whole family to a beach photo shoot. I have the most amazing family and they have been so involved in Grace's life that I desperately wanted to have some pro-photos to include them in while she was still tiny. 

On a late summer evening in September we all gathered at Narragansett Beach with our photographer, Liz from Elizabeth Watsky Photography. She was such a pleasure to work with and captured the essence of what we were looking to accomplish - family, our native Narragansett Beach, and beautiful light.
 Four outfit changes later for the little one and we had our shots!

So happy we were able to include Grace's Auntie, Great Grandparents, and both Grandparents. Memories to last a lifetime. Thanks Liz!
Photos by: Elizabeth Watsky Photography * Narragansett Beach, Rhode Island