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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
when i was pregnant with brandon, just around the time jonathan turned two, he became obsessed with sea animals. he asked to go to the aquarium every single day, watched sea episodes of all his favorite shows and splashed in the tub every single night with all his sea animals toys.
on a summer day that was pouring rain, we had just finished watching baby einstein’s neptune’s ocean dvd in spanish when he started saying “quiero ver pez!” over and over again. call it hormones, or just being a sucker for my kid, but i packed him up and headed straight to the pet store with the intention of getting him his first pet along with a small tank and some food. i didn’t tell nelson till after we were already home with our new fish!
now, i’ve had several beta fish in my life, but none that i got so attached to myself. this fighter even withstood brandon’s newborn phase when he was definitely neglected and overlooked.
here, in june of 2013, we decided to take some pictures of him with the boys with our new camera. we gave him some medicine changed his water and tried to commemorate him as we were sure rocky’s days were numbered. he was sick and according to our experience, we thought he was past the point of getting better.
of course he made an amazing comeback, we upgraded his tank to a larger one with a light and filter and grew even more attached to him. the little guy was older than brandon for pete’s sake!
it was with immense sorrow and a few tears that we said goodbye to our rocky on easter day this year. we found him in his favorite spot with no more life left in him. once we emptied the tank, brandon just thought it looked weird without him in it, but jonathan cried to have his fish back…
so here i am, posting the images i never had to use until now.
thank you for surviving with us for so long and for being jonathan and brandon’s first pet. hope fishy heaven is treating you well, rocky.
*images from june 2013
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!