Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend 09....a LONG overdue getaway :)









































So....of course we have been living in fear this last year....like so many other people in our country. In fact, it has been even more tough lately with the instability at my company. So instead of feeling sorry for ourselves and not living for today we decided to seize the day- Carpe Diem! Ahhhhh and it was so worth it.

We booked a last minute overnight trip to the Cape and it was one of the best weekends of our lives.

We stayed in Chatham and decided that if we hit the lottery, Chatham will be the town where we will build our beach house :)

We also decided that it was meant to be...little signs from God- no traffic on the way down and none coming back. The best part though? We get to the Chatham Bars Inn to check in and the Concierge tells Rob...."well you are not in this main building" and he has a slight panic attack thinking of the complaining he will get from me when he gets back to the car....BUT WAIT "it is like you are hitting the lottery sir...you are in our new SPA building...you will have one of our spa suites for no additional charge...we have upgraded you." Ummm.....cha ching?

We had to drive around the corner to the building so at first we were thinking "where are we going?" and then we get there and all I can say is WOW! One of the best places if not the best place we have ever stayed....our SPA building was accompanied by a beautiful spa-like pool complete with a japanese garden and cabanas.

Inside...well you will see the pictures...UNREAL!!!!! Our suite had two giant beds with pillow top mattresses...down comforters and down pillows....we had a HUGE flat-screen tv mounted to the wall ABOVE a gas fireplace...a SAUNA...in the room! A huge glass shower complete with a steam shower option AND the kicker....a giant jacuzzi bath tub which was HYSTERICAL...getting to that.

We enjoyed a dinner in the Tavern on Saturday night...I finally got oysters on the half shell which were great...actually the best part of the dinner...I got a personal pizza after which was just ok...gave Rob half because he did not like his sirloin parpadelle..pretty bland especially for the price.

The next morning after my power walk on the beach...we decided to try the jacuzzi tub out and as Rob was trying to figure it out...he turns the faucets.... and asks "well where the heck does this thing fill up"....all of a sudden...from the ceiling comes a hard blast of water in a stream...he takes one look up and looks at me in awe...it was HYSTERICAL! We enjoyed it as Monk watched on from her car seat....the bath was great...especially with the fireplace going and then the robes were GREAT!!!

After our baths, we headed to breakfast in the main dining room and that was SO WORTH IT!!!! It was a great buffet and Monk had her first taste of breakfast potatoes and pancakes along with her normal bananas and cereal ;)

After breakfast, we headed to the beach to experience Monkey's first time there...snapped some pix and then headed out. It was not a beach day but we are not complaining after that gruesome winter. We checked out and went into town to the shops.

It was such a special weekend and I will never forget it!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mother's Day 2009!







My favorite yes? Well ONE of my favorites of course...my first year as a true "biological" mom...I got so many Happy 1st Mother's day wishes..too cute.

Honestly, like most of you already know, I have been a mom for over 7 years now...a stepmom that is. Last year, I was pregnant with Baby Diana during Mother's Day so that kinda counted too right?

Anyway...I have enjoyed all of the joys of motherhood through my stepchildren but yes Baby Diana has allowed me to gain the full experience.

I experience pure joy watching her explore and discover things...or when she merely smiles or laughs which is pretty much all the time!

I am so grateful that God blessed me with this gift and I intend to provide her with the best life I can.

We had a great time this year! We visited with Grammy and Papa and had breakfast and then we headed over to Mimi and Papa's for a cookout...I made Raspberry Mojitos which threw everyone over the edge...ha ha a classic Griswold day...Dad cooked for us on the grill and Matt whipped up his famous eggplant parm.

Rob got me the baby carriage charm for my pandora bracelet which I felt was so special. Love you babe :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Picture Montage of Diana's 1st 8 Months

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Girls Night Out with Mum!











Mum took me out on Friday night! We enjoyed a little bar hopping in Boston.

It was the PERFECT night...a breezy 75 degrees:) So instead of rushing inside we enjoyed a drink and some nachos on the deck of Joe's American Bar and Grill on the waterfront. I took the waiter's suggestion and went with the "Back Bay Sangria" and it was FAB...not too sweet and just the right amount of fruit...made with shiraz...unreal!

Then we headed over to The Living Room across the street...we collapsed in the oversize couches and endulged in martinis...mum had the Manhatten Martini which was ultra-strong but oh so good and I had a summertime fave...the Watermelon Martini which came with a honeydew ball as a garnish...just perfect!

We topped the night off with a stroll through the North end park and a "nightcap"- enjoyed a nice Pinot Noir at the Marriott Long Wharf bar "Oceana" one of our faves. South Quincy High was having their prom there so it was hopping.

Enjoy the pix...as you will see, we are boasting three generations...Baby Diana stayed with Papa until Daddy came to pick her up :)
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