Deep End

Last week Steven and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. The week before we celebrated twenty one years since the evening we met.

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We are definitely jump in feet-first kind of people. We knew quickly we were in it for the long haul. Within a month of our meeting we’d met family members, within three months we were engaged, we had bought our first home by eight months and by a year and a week married.

  The Night We Met  Thank God Steven let himself be dragged to my house-party September 27, 1997.

The Night We Met Thank God Steven let himself be dragged to my house-party September 27, 1997.

We jumped into the Deep End… and we’ve never regretted it.

Here’s our Story.

  Family Introductions  Halloween October 31, 1997.

Family Introductions Halloween October 31, 1997.

I apologize for the quality of some of the million images in this piece.

  Our First Home  July 1, 1998

Our First Home July 1, 1998

  Wedding Day  October 4, 1998

Wedding Day October 4, 1998

We celebrated our marriage on the front porch of an Inn in Spring Lake NJ with a total of 37 in attendance. It was a day centered around vows, libation and good food. We had Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding - in keeping with our British theme - we traveled to London for our honeymoon. It was fantastic.

 At the  Tower of London on Our Honeymoon  October 9, 1998.

At the Tower of London on Our Honeymoon October 9, 1998.

We’re planning a trip back to London and the British Isles in a few years with Liam.

  Chalet Ownership  July 24, 2003.

Chalet Ownership July 24, 2003.

Most of you know the story of the Chalet - How our first home had sold and the house we hoped to purchase fell through. I was driving with a girlfriend when we spied the For Sale By Owner sign for the Chalet. It was March and it took a few months to finalize the transaction - because the gentleman who was flipping the chalet needed the paperwork to go through the county government before he could sell; and unfortunately in that time he tried to renege on our agreement unless we paid an additional 20K. Well this saying is true my friends -

A HOUSE IS WORTH WHATEVER SOMEONE IS WILLING TO PAY.

 I love love love  My Home.  Center Hall Colonial Momma just doesn’t have the same ring! Ha

I love love love My Home. Center Hall Colonial Momma just doesn’t have the same ring! Ha

 my first  Red Sox Game  September 30, 2006

my first Red Sox Game September 30, 2006

 Celebrating our  Tenth Anniversary  at Chatham Bars Inn Chatham, MA. September 19, 2008.

Celebrating our Tenth Anniversary at Chatham Bars Inn Chatham, MA. September 19, 2008.

 Our Favorite Beach  Ocean City, NJ  August 22, 2010

Our Favorite Beach Ocean City, NJ August 22, 2010

I know some of you won’t believe a gal from New Jersey could be a Sox fan… I was not a baseball fan at all until I watched the 2003 playoffs… it was exciting and fast paced - I was hooked! I’ve been lucky to be at Fenway Park twice.

We are baseball loving family. It is the sport we spend allot of time enjoying.

One of our favorite towns is Chatham, MA it’s an idyllic spot on the elbow of Cape Cod full of wonderful restaurants, shops and art.

We are secret New Englanders.

  A Neighborhood Dinner  at Tabor Road Tavern October 15, 2010. I was pregnant with Liam.

A Neighborhood Dinner at Tabor Road Tavern October 15, 2010. I was pregnant with Liam.

 As Lucy and Ricky Ricardo  Bienvenido A Cuba  for our neighborhood  Pubs Around the Hood  celebration March 19, 2011.

As Lucy and Ricky Ricardo Bienvenido A Cuba for our neighborhood Pubs Around the Hood celebration March 19, 2011.

  The Guide  March 19, 2011.

The Guide March 19, 2011.

I’ve kept the walking map all these year - These are very good renderings of our homes.

 Our  First Family Christmas Card  with Fred and a 6 month old Liam December 2011

Our First Family Christmas Card with Fred and a 6 month old Liam December 2011

 Dinner out with Friends  Look at this Cute Baby  March 8, 2012

Dinner out with Friends Look at this Cute Baby March 8, 2012

 Headed out for  My Birthday  Celebration July 12, 2012

Headed out for My Birthday Celebration July 12, 2012

  Lovebird Selfie  July 26, 2013

Lovebird Selfie July 26, 2013

  Willkommen in Deutschland  Our Second Pubs Around The Hood June 7, 2014.

Willkommen in Deutschland Our Second Pubs Around The Hood June 7, 2014.

We’ve celebrated Pubs Around The Hood twice - I can’t recommend this fun Drink & Food Crawl with neighbors enough.

Its a great not having to drive.

Each home picks a country - everyone always adds some decor and dresses in celebratory garb of the land.

Offer a signature drink and small taste of said country staying at each for about an hour before moving on.

First time we were Cuba the Second time we were Germany!

  Pubs Around The Hood Foreign Exchange Program Itinerary .June 7, 2014

Pubs Around The Hood Foreign Exchange Program Itinerary.June 7, 2014

to my neighbors - we need to do this again and soon!

 Liam’s first  Phillies Game  June 14, 2014. The day Jimmy Rollins hit for the Franchise Record.

Liam’s first Phillies Game June 14, 2014. The day Jimmy Rollins hit for the Franchise Record.

  My Bow Tie Men  April 18, 2015

My Bow Tie Men April 18, 2015

 Liam’s  Fifth Birthday Party  June 12, 2016 (nothing to do with Target)

Liam’s Fifth Birthday Party June 12, 2016 (nothing to do with Target)

I still have this image from Liam’s 5th Birthday Party - A Star Wars theme on my phone.

It makes me smile.

 Documenting Liam’s  T-Ball Game  Spring 2017

Documenting Liam’s T-Ball Game Spring 2017

  The Day our Marriage was Blessed  February 17, 2018.

The Day our Marriage was Blessed February 17, 2018.

  Meeting Minnie Mouse  September 25, 2018

Meeting Minnie Mouse September 25, 2018

Disney was amazing. Every bit as magical and wonderful as you think it will be and more.

  Silly Mom and Dad  in 95*degrees photo by Liam September 27, 2018. Twenty-One Years to the Day We Met.

Silly Mom and Dad in 95*degrees photo by Liam September 27, 2018. Twenty-One Years to the Day We Met.

We’ve been blessed and I wouldn’t change a thing. Every event - good or bad has gotten us to this moment. We are wed to the person we were meant to be with. The years we waited for Liam taught us much and we know he was always the boy we were waiting to welcome. Happy Anniversary to my wonderful Husband. I’ll stay in the deep end with you forever!

YOU HAVE GIVEN ME MY LIFE AND I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SAY THANK YOU ENOUGH. xoxoxo

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til next time.

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so long summer

We woke Sunday to a most chilly day! Brr Shiver it was 57* and raining! I know many are hankering for fall days - full of sweaters, plaid, pumpkins and sitting by the fire. But, sorry friends not this Momma... Nope! The weather in the Northeast means we usually have about five nice (warn to hot) months a year. So I hope you'll understand - I'm not in a rush to say so long summer.

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I chose images from our time at the Swim Club to keep feeling summer - like! Enjoy!

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This kiddo was thrilled to tackle the diving board this year!

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The weather this summer was tough - lots of rainy days - but, if it was hot - we went and sometimes it was almost like our own private pool.

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No one had more fun!

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The sun low in the sky at the end of the day -  when the hardest decision all day was which Ice Cream to choose from the snack bar! Aah summertime I love you! I'm hopeful today may hit 80* and the weather fingers crossed might hang around for at least the week! Yay!

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Have a wonderful week! Til next time!

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a little trip (part 3)

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The weather was picture perfect in Lake George, NY during our visit.

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We enjoyed a lovely dinner at The Sagamore Resort.

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Canada Street in the Village of Lake George has great shopping and dining. How stunning is the Old Courthouse that's been repurposed as an Art Gallery. 

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You all know how much I love Libraries. This building is no exception! It's charming and look behind you see the Lake! Lovely...

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Walking along the Lake on our way back from a little shopping on Canada Street.

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Old fashioned Ice Cream with a few sugary Lego bricks and gummy worms!  What could be better!

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After a pit stop for Ice Cream and our Hotel to drop off packages. We took the mile walk down Beach Road by the Lake to one of the best Mini Golf experiences I have ever had. Around the World Mini Golf was so fun! We chose to do the Around the USA course. Here's Liam at the hole for the state of Maine.

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The Roulette was Nevada, the lovely water feature and you actually went down steps into the last hole which was the New York Subway. I really can't tell you how fun it was and the holes were doable. with the exception of Texas - it was up hill! 

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Beautiful Vistas!

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 I brought home a little book - of course!

 

After a yummy dinner at Sushi Yoshi and finished off the night watching Fireworks from the Rooftop of our Hotel.

Lake George you are lovely spot that I look forward to visiting again soon!

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til next time.

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