Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

Grace had a very Merry 1st Christmas! We had a marathon celebration this year, beginning Friday night when Matt's Aunt came to town and the bubbles started flowing.
Bubbles
Then on Saturday, Grace and I packed up the car, picked up Auntie Jessica in Boston and headed north to Portsmouth, NH to spend a night with my long lost, but dear friends Val and Jen. Portsmouth seems like a random destination for a girl's trip, but it's actually quite cute and the mid-point between Rhode Island and Boothbay, ME where Val lives. If you're looking for a good restaurant recommendation for Portsmouth, try Popovers on the Square. It was pretty busy so we did have to wait for a table, but we had a great time. If pizza is more your thing, I was thrilled to remember that one of my favorite New England pizza establishments was in Portsmouth, Flatbread Company!! Now I could wax poetic about those Flatbread Co. Hippies and their pizza, but the short story is this: I adore Flatbread and go every time I find myself in North Conway, NH (which is pretty often due to my Attitash connection). There's also a Flatbread in Somerville, MA right down the street from where my sister used to live. The pizzas are made with organic ingredients and always ask for the specials! My favorite, although it is a special and not always available, is the Buffalo Chicken, followed by the Homemade Sausage and Coevolution (menu fixtures). Ok, that was my attempt at restraint. Anyway, we had a wonderful time and I'll leave it at that!
Auntie Jessica, Auntie V and Auntie J
Christmas Eve was a whirlwind tour of both West and East Bay, that took us from my Mom's house in Saunderstown, to my Aunt's house in South Kingstown, then over to Grace's godfather's parent's house in Portsmouth, with a grand finale ending (and collapsing into bed) at Matt's parent's house (again in Portsmouth). If I plotted our Christmas Grand Weekend out on a map you would see that we started in Portsmouth, traveled to Portsmouth, NH, and eventually landed back in Portsmouth (RI).
Trying out her new sled at my mom's house on Christmas Eve

Christmas Morning at Matt's Parent's house
All dressed up for Christmas Dinner
Family Recipe Rum Cake

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