David

So Thankful For…

…my wonderful husband, who has put up with my crazy mood swings and still thinks I look beautiful. 🙂

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…my family and in-laws who have always been, and continue to be, so supportive and loving.

…a job that allows me to grow and bring my own special touch to the position (I just had my yearly review and I exceed expectations! :-))

…the fact that our latest ultrasound has highlighted that our baby is looking healthy, and growing. Oh, and the it? It’s a GIRL. 🙂

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I think she has my head-shape and nose. 😉

Thanksgiving this year was quite low key. My parents had their annual Soupsgiving the weekend prior, and Thanksgiving dinner was spent with the in-laws. I have yet to put up our tree, and I think this year I’ll just light it but not deal with ornaments. I’m saving my energy for when Christmas will involve the little lady above. 🙂

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! What are you most thankful for?

B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill

In 2012, David and I had the chance to visit B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill in Connecticut, but unfortunately it was late in the season and there was minimal cider to be purchased. It was always in the back of our minds that we would visit again, and we were finally able to a few weeks ago.

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The cider mill is steam powered (operating since 1881), and they have cider pressing demonstrations on the weekends. We tried to go the weekend after Columbus Day but the line was to the street! A couple of weeks went by and thankfully this day was far less crowded (still crowded, as their season is pretty short).

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We went to the earliest demonstration, and we were able to watch them press all of the juice out of the apples. You can imagine that it smelled heavenly.

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After watching that for about 15 minutes, we went on a search for some hard cider. David tried a few samples and purchased some of their original and a few flavored ciders. I enjoyed a cup of mulled cider and a cider doughnut. They also had a few vendors there selling jerky, maple syrup, and kettle corn. It was a lovely afternoon, one that I am so glad we were able to experience right in the middle of their season.

Have you ever been to a cider mill? Ever gone somewhere that was so busy you just drove right on past it?

B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill
129 N. Stonington Rd.
Old Mystic, CT 06355

Life Lately

I guess that’s the generic title for those posts that are just a mish-mosh of things going on in my life. 

It’s all been same ol’, same ol’ around here. Work, garage, work, garage. Thankfully a(n) (somewhat) end is in sight since we’ve been working on getting the garage ready for our BBQ this weekend. That means go-go-go for the past couple of weekends.

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First step was to grind down the concrete so that it was more level. Then we vacuumed and mopped up all of the remaining dust.

I was in charge of getting the epoxy on the edges of the floor, then David followed me around with the roller. All told it took about 3 hours of painting, with a full day to let everything dry.

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And it looks fantastic! The weather is looking a bit dreary (80% chance of thunderstorms) so thankfully we have the space inside for our guests.

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And this is under the overhang! The pavers are on back order so we may have to make due (do?). 🙂

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Thankfully the weather was gorgeous all weekend!

CELEBRATIONS

As you may have read online, or seen on the news, Marriott International has acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts…the company that I work for. So in a few weeks time, I will be a Marriott employee. It’s exciting, but a bit saddened to see Starwood disappear. Before the acquisition goes through, hotels were encourage to show that they were #StarwoodProud. We had a few days of department decorating, ice cream trucking, and having the executive committee serve lunch and dinner in the cafeteria.

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Aside from the garage work, we were able to go to a friends house for a BBQ and pool party. Unfortunately the pool was too cold, but we did enjoy the food and company. I contributed Janae’s delicious s’mores bars again. Always a hit! 🙂

And that’s our life up until this point! I can’t wait for the party this weekend; should be a great time!

How were your Fourth of July festivities?

A Loving Weekend

After this past weekend’s events, love is just so, so important and should be embraced by all. ❤ 

Last Friday I got to watch my cousin, Tony, marry his best friend, Kacie, up in Maine. It was a beautiful ceremony (where the bride and groom politely asked that no one have their cell phones) and the reception was one big dance party. (They met while members of the Young Americans.)

As you can see, love was in the air and we were having a great time!

And the cupcakes were delicious! This was carrot cake with salted caramel frosting.

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It’s blurry because I was ready to dive in!

The wedding was on a Friday, and David and I were back home on Saturday afternoon. Sunday was spent putting up another wall in the garage and some grocery shopping.

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After two packed weekends, it’ll be nice to have some relaxation this coming weekend. Oh, aside from a family party to celebrate birthdays and holidays! The fun never ends. 🙂

How was your weekend? Anything fun planned for the one upcoming?