Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kindness of a Stranger

Quick story that I want to remember. Today, Sawyer and I were walking around Faneuil Hall-or really he was running around trying to catch the pigeons-when he tripped and fell on one of the uprooted bricks. He started crying and I quickly went over to pick him up for a kiss and a cuddle. A sweet couple came over with a stuffed bubble bee and started "buzzing" it around him to distract him from crying. He stopped, smiled and then the couple gave us the bee. Since then, he's been carrying it nonstop and "buzzing" it around our hotel room. This is the second time in 2 weeks a stranger has been so good to us. Its been such a reminder for me to pass it on in the upcoming weeks because both of these small acts really brightened up both of our days.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Attract What You Expect.

Loved this thought for today. Happy Tuesday! 

Monday, July 28, 2014


Happy Monday! We're in Boston this week and it's a trip that I didn't know how much I needed until this weekend. Z will be busy working these next few days, but my days will be free and open. I'll be out exploring with Sawyer and there won't be any agendas` or no rushing or errands or  obligations. Things that I seem to get caught up in whenever we're at home. So this week, I'll be reading during his nap-time and enjoying playing with him when he's awake.

I've noticed this summer just how fast time flies. Sawyer is now talking and has opinions on what he likes, what he doesn't, and what he wants. He likes to jump and he is pointing at every park or bus he can find. This whole time, I can't help but think about last summer-just a short 12 months ago-when he was being carried around in Spain and his only trick was being able to give high fives or waving. Seeing how fast he's grown and how quickly he's learned, now all I want him to do is to stay here in this moment because I think we all are enjoying it so much.

It feels good to be so content in this period of life. To feel so okay in what I have, what Z and I's goals are, and how much we enjoying this time with Sawyer. I really like how we've settled into our roles and how there isn't any more rushing or trying to figure it all out. This is in stark contrast to when I just became a Mom and learning how to adjust to a self-less life could be so frustrating and hard at times.

So to celebrate this summer-or really the end of this summer-I'll be coloring our driveway with chalk, swimming with Sawyer in the pool, and being just as excited whenever Sawyer points out a bus, taxi, or boat. This is my blessing and where I'm supposed to be.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

112 Weddings.

I loved watching this marriage documentary on this weekend. I thought the film was a real, honest and refreshing look on marriage and how bittersweet and challenging it can sometimes be. For me, I was so glad that I watched it with Z because it brought up a lot of questions and comments about the couples and how they related to our own experiences and ideas on marriage. I thought it was greatand a must see.

Z and I watched it on HBO, but I'm sure you can find it other places as well.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Quick Trip To NYC

This Tuesday, Sawyer and I flew up to New York to spend time with a few friends and also to hang out with Z. Its been such a great trip with Sawyer. He's enthusiastically pointed out every taxi, bus, and truck, so he's been nonstop yelling, "Mom! Bus! Beep beep! Truck!". Aside from Sawyer's obvious enjoyment, the trip's been great--it's been sunny and having all 3 meals with Z has been amazing. Plus, getting to catch up with friends from California has been such a breath of fresh air. 

Since we've been here, I haven't looked at my phone all that much. We've just been too busy, so I don't have a lot of pictures of our NYC adventures, but some of fun things that we've done so far are:

Dylan's Candy Bar: We went yesterday afternoon with a girlfriend and Sawyer got to pick out candies for his Dad. Aside from the 3 floors of candy, he also spotted some stuffed bunnies that he absolutely had to have. 

Central Park: Yesterday, a girlfriend and I walked for 3 hours through Central Park. I got a much needed workout, Sawyer got to see some turtles and ducks and I got to meet my sweet friend's new babe. It was heaven.

Dishes: We met Zach and a friend for lunch at dishes, which is a salad, sandwich, and hot bar place with great food that is all been made from scratch.  I loved their fresh juices and my applewood chicken sandwich was delicious. The only downside was that it was incredibly crowded, which was a little frustrating, but not the biggest of deals.

Angelos Pizza: A girlfriend recommended Angelos to us, so after picking Z up from work we walked over. Once I got there, I had realized I had been there before! The service was still great and the pizza came over within 10 minutes, which was perfect when your toddler doesn't like waiting. 

And a favorite moment from the trip was last night at dinner Sawyer started to act up and a few minutes later a little boy cautiously walked over to our table holding a Superman doll. He handed it to Sawyer and said, "He can have this." We said, "Are you sure? Don't you want it?" The little boy shook his head no and then his Dad walked over and said, "When I picked him up today, he said he wanted to get a toy and give it to the next child we saw that didn't have one." So sweet. People can be so awesome sometimes.

(L: The Superman doll R: Sawyer's been waving at everyone passing by, but sadly most people are in a hurry here and haven't noticed except for the sweet construction worker on 65th who waved back.)
Tomorrow, we head to Boston to spend time with Z's aunt and uncle and with Z for the week before heading home. Hopefully, I'll be better at taking more pictures then. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Spinach & Burrata Stuffed Shells

I was inspired by Julia from Pawleys Island Posh's instagram picture of stuffed shells this weekend and decided to make some on Sunday. I've always loved stuffed shells and I thought this would be a winner for everybody because one of Sawyer's favorite meals is pasta with meat sauce.

I found this recipe from Fork Knife Swoon and loved it. The only change I made was instead of using mozzarella, I used a 1/2 cup of burratta and also, mixed the ricotta with the spinach while it was still on the stovetop. Yum!

  • Ingredients: 
  • 16 jumbo pasta shells 
  • 1-1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 4 cups (packed) fresh spinach leaves, roughly-chopped
  • 12 oz skim-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup of chopped burratta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups marinara sauce

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cook the pasta al dente, according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the garlic and cook until it begins to brown, about a minute or two. Add the spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leaves begin to wilt but are still bright green, about 3 to 4 minutes. The spinach should be reduced by half. I also added the ricotta at this point and mixed the the spinach and ricotta together for a minute before turning off the stove. 

3. In a mixing bowl, stir together the spinach, ricotta, burratta, Parmesan, egg, basil and salt and pepper until thoroughly combined. Pour 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce into the bottom of a shallow 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish. Stuff each pasta shell with a generous amount of the spinach and ricotta mixture, and place in the baking dish.

4. Cover with the remaining sauce and bake covered with aluminum foil for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until the top begins to brown and the sauce begins the bubble, another 10-15 minutes.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Favorite Summer Book: The Husband's Secret

It's no secret that I love reading and being in a monthly book club is one of my favorite things. It keeps me accountable to actually finish a book and every month I get a night with my friends where we drink wine, have good food, and a good discussion. Aside from book club, I personally love reading because its a great way for me to unwind and relax. 

All that to say is I lost myself completely in our July book club pick and have to recommend it. The story centers around a letter that was written by one of the character's husband and contained his deepest secret. The characters and stories that surround this book were all great-complex, relatable, and compelling. I loved it and highly recommend it. 

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