Nov 4, 2013

a fall weekend + a big birthday!

This weekend ushered in another year for Jim (happy birthday husband!) and also fall weather, which seems like it's here to stay. It was an easy and slow weekend until last night, when we had a (spoiled by Ellis) surprise party at Lee's!

We woke up early on Saturday, bundled up and went to the farmer's market. I go every week to buy bread and sometimes fresh veggies. We love the slow-paced aspect of it, seeing all the people and farmers, and sharing a ham & cheese croissant with Jim while Luca watches cozily in our sling. It's a Saturday morning ritual we all look forward to. My friend Natty Michelle had her paperie booth set up with a sign saying "52 days til Christmas". Can you believe that?! That girl is smart because it totally made me buy a few things! ;)

After, we had warm beef stew at our neighbor's house and Jim blew out birthday candles. Luca took a long afternoon nap and I got started on the cake, a delicious caramel one with double icing, per the birthday man's request. Okay!

That night, we got take-out from The National and ate it with Luca beside us in her highchair. She's a real eater these days, which is all sorts of messy fun. (Luca then proceeded to have her worst-night-ever, buttt let's not talk about that..)

I loved waking to DAYLIGHT on Sunday morning! I may not have been a fan of daylight-savings in the past, but I love it in this year of baby. Jim picked up Ellis and we spent time outside visiting neighbors and our chickens, then came home to finish the cake. That afternoon, Luca took the greatest baby nap and then we went for a short run to look at the falling leaves while the boys went to on a mule-drawn hayride at a friend's house.

Lee and I planned a surprise dinner for Jim (much to his chagrin, sorry!), and I let Ellis in on it yesterday. I made him promise to keep it a secret, but he totally gave it away within the hour by saying to Jim, "I promised mama I wouldn't talk about your surprise party tonight." Ha! It was fun anyways, Lee cooked, Jim lit a fire and we had a cozy night with friends. This life is good, and our weekend was too. xo


  1. Amazing big day celebrations. Just loved this cute baby. Few days back went to my friend’s baby birthday party at one of local NYC venues. It was very fantastic and all preparations were done fabulously. Had a great time there.

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