Adventures in the Park

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june. still blogging about june, you guys!

on this particular day, we decided to pick a new spot to park in at this huge park in queens and let the path guide us to new to us places. we picnicked, we ran, we explored, we fought with the kiddies and made up there. it was the best decision.

Poconos Part 3

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we didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity of actually enjoying the warmth and sun, so bright and early we made it out to the lake. this time i deemed it warm enough to kayak and gave the boys a ride too.

later on we packed up, loaded the car and went out back for a few more pictures. it was father’s day and i was not going to pass up such a gorgeous backdrop.

we then said our goodbyes, hit the road and tucked away the fun memories safely in out hearts and minds.

Poconos Part 2

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the boys woke us up ready to tackle the day with their cousins. they were so excited that the “family sleepover” was under way. we went to down, had breakfast and when the littles went off to play in the game loft with their beloved nana, nelson and i snuck in a mini coffee date overlooking the lake.

it only took a few minutes before the kids realized that there were adults by the lake and despite the cold temperatures, they came on down to play on the lawn, at the beach and to skip some stones on the water. soon enough, nelson deemed it necessary to go into the open water in the kayak and everyone else couldn’t wait to get a turn….except for me. it was freezing! my brother-in-law and nelson took over pushing the kiddies in the kayak parallel to the shore while all the other kiddies kept the toes wet in the lake.

later on in the evening, the cold weather seemed perfect for a little fire on the beach. after diner we got into our sweaters, brought along our blankets and all the fixings for some s’mores. it was the perfect first bonfire, not just for the kids but for me too. brandon fell asleep in my arms, jonathan in nelson’s and the adults enjoyed talking the night away while adding more wood to the flames…

Poconos Part 1

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we planned and organized a family getaway and finally the day came to hit the road and head on to the poconos mountains for a relaxing weekend retreat. we were the first to arrive at the house, and once it stopped pouring rain we set out to discover the grounds we’d been dying to explore for a few months now.

gosh it was beautiful. and you’d think my city boys were born and raised on this beautiful lakefront property! throwing rocks into the grassy puddles, rolling around on the wet sand, trying to touch the fish in the lake and wanting the ducks to come close to them. i’ll admit nelson had to remind me a time or two that they were just doing what children do and that it was okay for them to do it.

we had such an amazing time with the rest of the family, but these first couple of hours alone on the property was the perfect start to an unforgettable weekend. there are so many images that i must post, that i will be back soon with more images of our family trip.

Stephanie’s Bridal Shower Fiesta

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my gorgeous cousin is getting married soon. her mom, sisters and future in-laws helped fete her with an amazing bridal shower fiesta. i was in personal heaven….mexican food and drinks? i’m there! add to that the fact that i was able to leave my boys at home and just have a grande time with the ladies in my family and you can call it an amazing time.

the decor was on point, the food was delicious and everyone there just wanted to celebrate the bride to be. the place was just full of love for a very deserving woman.

Kiddie Date

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we had a kiddie date with our lovely gaby a few weeks back at chuck e cheeses. the place was empty, the kids had fun and the food was good! to be fair, i was starving, but i had never eaten there before and i was pleasantly surprised. but i digress…

now, while i can assure you that brandon was not neglected and that he had a ton of fun with some of his favorite people, i just had to post these pics of jonathan wrapping his arm around his gabrielle.

oh, these two sure do love each other! i almost can’t take it.

images taken on mu iphone.

Nelson’s Birthday

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the truth is my husband deserves the very best everyday and his birthday is no exception. in fact, his birthday should require all the fanfare the world could muster! now, while this is often not the case, i decided to take matters into my own hands and plan a big diner outing with his family. the birthday boy also requested to be home, cuddle his boys and take a nap for the actual big day, so i just made sure he got the best of both worlds, by planning his diner the night before.

we went to our favorite hibachi spot in city island, ohana. we had an incredible meal, the funnest entertainment and truly enjoyed each other’s company.

it was an amazing time celebrating the best man i’ve ever known. a night all about him. something he thoroughly deserves.

and the children L O V E D that place!

i know my man had a great time and we are so thankful the family came out to celebrate him!