Happy Thanksgiving Day Vibes

Today is Thanksgiving! I am very thankful and happy to be spending time with my SoCal family this year. We started the day like we have every year for the last four years by running a 4 mile turkey trot-esque race. It is a tradition that I love and hate. I don’t enjoy running for that long, but I love getting a workout in before we hunker down to stuff our faces. I also really enjoy that I have this tradition with my cousins and Rob. I hope we can keep it up for years to come. IMG_5442

I am missing my sister who is on a European adventure right now and I am also missing my aunt, uncle and cousins on the east coast that we celebrated with last year. But I am grateful to be enjoying delicious food (especially the grits ***link***) and catching up with everyone!

Our Voyages: New England and Apple Picking

IMG_8004Labor Day through Halloween is the happiest time of the year for me. If I haven't mentioned it enough, I love the fall. I especially love fall on the east coast (particularly New England, but NY isn’t half bad!). It has been a top priority for me to cram as many fall related activities into our schedule before we leave since I don’t know when we will experience a true fall season again. October is gearing up to be a busy month of fall/Halloween activities such as shopping for pumpkins and gourds of all sizes, hosting a pumpkin carving party, taking a stroll through Central Park once the leaves have changed, cozying up on the couch with hot cider and a good book, and Halloween costume shopping. There were two things on my list for this fall that have already been crossed off: a visit to New England and apple picking!IMG_9053IMG_4258 Thirty minutes outside of Manhattan is Dr. Davies Apple Farm. When Rob’s parents were in town, we rented a car and drove up there for a Monday afternoon of apple picking. The leaves had changed a bit and the temperature was low but not cold so it really felt like a fall outing. We all had fun taking turns using the medieval looking apple picker to grab a limited variety of apples off the tall trees, though I think we had more fun posing my in-laws with said picker. We still have a few of the 68 apples we picked left and I am looking forward to making an apple pie!

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As I mentioned, the New England fall season is my absolute favorite fall season. The changing leaves seem to be more vibrantly yellow and orange, and the sun seems to shine brighter and set more brilliantly. Luckily for me, I have an aunt and uncle who live outside of Boston so when my mom, brother and sister came to visit we planned a weekend trip to visit them and enjoy some New England fall. We cozied up on the couches in our pjs and watched Netflix under heavy blankets, ate chicken noodle soup, took walks around their neighborhood and got some quality family time. And all of this was done with my favorite season as our backdrop.

Unfortunately, none of our New England pics show the changed leaves.

I hope to come back every October to breathe in the crisp air, gaze at the changed leaves and relive the two falls we lived here, but in case that doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, I am trying to savor as much of this 2015 fall season as I can before we leave.

Happy Lazy Sunday Vibes

This past weekend was our last free weekend until the middle of October. West coast family and friends are making the trip east while we are still here so each weekend will be full of sightseeing and showing them "our" NYC. We are very excited to see everyone and play tour guides, but it was nice having a weekend where we flew by the seat of our pants.    We walked around our neighborhood, enjoyed sunshine on our roof, tried out a new spot for bagels, walked around Prospect Park, laid under a gorgeous tree talking about all the things we wanted to show our various guests, won the Broadway lottery to see Matilda, and took in a showing of Trainwreck! It was a packed weekend, but it felt slow and meaningful which is how I hope all weekends will be from here on out! 

 

Happy Birthday America Rooftop Party!

The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. When I was young we would drive up to the water tower near my grandparents’ house in Los Altos and watch the half dozen firework shows we could see from there. Since then I’ve experienced personal fireworks at Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz (and I will never be risking my life doing that again), I have watched them in the bed of a pickup truck in a field in NC, and I have watched them over the San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. But one of my favorite 4th of Julys was when my family, Rob, and I went to Seabrook, NH and stayed at my aunt and uncle’s beach house. It was so magical celebrating the 4th on the east coast where the Declaration of Independence was signed and America as we know it was born. There were still BBQs and fireworks, but the atmosphere was different than any other place I’ve celebrated the 4th. From morguefile.com

I am excited to be on the east coast again and looking forward to seeing how NYC celebrates. We are throwing a rooftop party for a few friends and my sister will be in town so already the 4th is going to be a great celebration! We’re keeping it simple by using the Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty, and fireworks as our decorations. We plan to relax on the roof with some cold ones, pork sandwiches, and friends.

Menu

  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  • Cole Slaw
  • Baked Beans - we are going to go real simple and buy a few cans of Bush’s Baked Beans and heat those up.
  • Dessert - S’mores on a stick!

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What do you all have planned for the holiday weekend?