Halloween Fun!

I have always enjoyed Halloween. We live in a great neighborhood - the roads are windy and it’s pretty dark so it has always attracted a lot of Trick or Treaters. But, fast forward to 1998 when Marc and Andrea purchased my family home. Yes, this house… and bam! It went to a whole new level!

 The Halloween House 2017!

The Halloween House 2017!

And the display only became more elaborate every year - with moving ghouls and sound effects. When you say Halloween House everyone knows what house it is. Here’s a clip from 2017.

Halloween in the Hood is where it’s at!

 The Boys Ready to Head Out on some Ghosting Adventures.

The Boys Ready to Head Out on some Ghosting Adventures.

So do you know about Ghosting or Booing?

In the days and weeks leading up to Halloween you fill bags with fun treats and a bit of candy then go to your friends homes - bang on the door and run away.

The idea being your friends will wonder who ghosted them!

Nothing better than hearing a bang on the door - running to open it - and trying to figure out by voice or by car who it is!

It makes me so deeply happy to see how excited it makes my son!

 The Chalet with a Bit of Spookiness! I can not take credit for the Pumpkins in the window boxes. Its all Steven’s doing!

The Chalet with a Bit of Spookiness! I can not take credit for the Pumpkins in the window boxes. Its all Steven’s doing!

 some scary decorations.

some scary decorations.

 Jason Voorhees, A Warty Witch and a Stormtrooper 2016.

Jason Voorhees, A Warty Witch and a Stormtrooper 2016.

 not sure if he’s trying to get in or just leaving….

not sure if he’s trying to get in or just leaving….

 the boys picked up this mummy! I never mind when they bring me homedecor!

the boys picked up this mummy! I never mind when they bring me homedecor!

 Jason Voorhees (with improved blade) and the Swat Team Commander 2017.

Jason Voorhees (with improved blade) and the Swat Team Commander 2017.

While Liam changes his costume every year… his parents aren’t that creative….. hahaha!

 I think the pumpkin came out boo-tifully! the boys used a stencil and I toasted the seeds! Yum!

I think the pumpkin came out boo-tifully! the boys used a stencil and I toasted the seeds! Yum!

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Happy Halloween! Here’s hoping your night is a spooky and as eerie as you wish!

Til next time!

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Disney Fun!!!

Friends we spent the last week in September in Florida - if you follow me on IG than you saw a bunch of stories. I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I had, how lovely the accommodations were and how amazing the food was. It was a trip of a lifetime! Truly!

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 This was Liam’s first time on an Airplane. The Crew of our   United   Flight could not have been more delightful! he will have this memory forever!

This was Liam’s first time on an Airplane. The Crew of our United Flight could not have been more delightful! he will have this memory forever!

M...I…C…K…E…Y…..

M…O…U…S...E…!!!

 You can’t believe how thrilled we all were that the International Food & Wine Festival coincided with our trip!!!

You can’t believe how thrilled we all were that the International Food & Wine Festival coincided with our trip!!!

The Beach Club Resort is amazing! To think it’s based on the New Jersey Shore tickles me to no end friends! It’s a quick walk to Epcot which was wonderful especially during the Food & Wine Festival. If you get an opportunity to travel during one of these festivals GO GO GO!

 These passports were so fun! you fill in the country with a sticker once you enjoyed their treats!

These passports were so fun! you fill in the country with a sticker once you enjoyed their treats!

While I know many of you have visited Disney before - I was surprised by the number of friends who like us were waiting for their kiddos to be a bit older - So here’s a rundown of our trip.

We did not include a meal plan with our reservation at the Beach Club Resort instead we included the Stone Harbor Club - a concierge lounge offering food and beverages. We also dined at Rose and Crown in Epcot, California Grill in the Contemporary Hotel and the Biergarten Restaurant in Epcot. We enjoyed lunches at the Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom, the Brown Derby in Hollywood Studios, Coral Reef in Epcot, Sanaa at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and Skipper Canteen in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom. On top of these lovely eateries we enjoyed the Kiosks in Epcot. We ate dinner twice by simply walking around and purchasing several small plates from different countries! The food was incredible! I mean seriously!!!

We had the Park Hopper feature on our Magic Bands - enabling us to simple scan our bands and fingers to enter Epcot, The Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom easily.

 here we all are our first day! My sister- (who planned the entire trip), her husband and daughter completed our group.

here we all are our first day! My sister- (who planned the entire trip), her husband and daughter completed our group.

Arriving Saturday we headed to Epcot for dinner and the Test Track ride. We had scheduled 3 rides/events per day through Fast Pass prior to our trip. Once these scheduled events are used you have an option of going to kiosks located in the parks and adding more Fast Pass events but, we never needed to do this - since we were traveling during the school year we were able to walk onto many rides with no more than a 10 minute wait time. Sunday we started our day with the best - Pirates of the Caribbean - I still don’t think my son fully understands that the ride is behind all those movies! We enjoyed the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House, Tom Sawyer Island and lunched at the Liberty Tree Tavern. The rest of the group ran to make it to the 1:55pm Fast Pass for Splash Mountain. (Fast Pass allots you up to an hour.) From there they hopped over to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We closed out our day with It’s a Small World. That evening we dined at the Stone Harbor Club and capped off the day swimming in the sandy bottomed pools of the Beach Club Resort.


 When your son has battled Kylo Ren you share the image!

When your son has battled Kylo Ren you share the image!

 The Brown Derby In Hollywood studios. The Originator of the Cobb Salad did not disappoint! It was delicious.

The Brown Derby In Hollywood studios. The Originator of the Cobb Salad did not disappoint! It was delicious.

 Captain Phasma and Her Troops.

Captain Phasma and Her Troops.

Monday was all about Hollywood Studios. The boys got there early to sign up for Jedi Training (you have to sign up the day of) and Liam was speechless after battling Kylo Ren! I’m not going to say every ride or attraction made it on the agenda because we had to see it or do it… sometimes the crazy heat drove us indoors - this was the case with Muppet Vision 3-D - it was super fun - all the adults remember the Muppet Show it was great! After that we enjoyed the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. We didn’t have a plan for lunch that day and decided on the Brown Derby we only waited 10 minutes for a table and the food was super! A few went on the Tower of Terror while others walked around checking out the shops. Then we went to our 4pm Fast Pass for the very cute Toy Story Mania. We had a 6:50pm dinner reservation at the California Grill on the top of the Contemporary Hotel - which was accessed by monorail. We watched Fireworks while enjoying wonderful sushi. The Kitchen even accommodated Liam’s request for a plain Tuna Roll.


 I Love Donald Duck and was thrilled Liam got to Meet him during our Character Breakfast! ( I highly recommend!)

I Love Donald Duck and was thrilled Liam got to Meet him during our Character Breakfast! ( I highly recommend!)

 The pools were so great! Here’s Liam in orange waiting to go into the water tube! there was a lazy river and a baby pool… so fun!

The pools were so great! Here’s Liam in orange waiting to go into the water tube! there was a lazy river and a baby pool… so fun!

Tuesday started with a Character Breakfast! We were all thrilled to see Minnie, Goofy, Daisy and Donald. After that we headed to Epcot - the rest of the group went on the Soarin' Around the World ride - unfortunately my Vertigo prevented me from joining them. We did some shopping and headed into the Colortopia Exhibit by Glidden Paints - that was super cool. After walking around a bit more and grabbing some bites from the many kiosks in the World Showcase we headed back to the Beach Club Resort to enjoy the pool and dined at the Stone Harbor Club that night.


 Safari Ride - what beautiful birds!

Safari Ride - what beautiful birds!

 the most spectacular fireworks display ever!

the most spectacular fireworks display ever!

 Ireland Kiosk with much yummy treats!

Ireland Kiosk with much yummy treats!

Wednesday was Animal Kingdom day! There was a 10am Fast Pass for Expedition Everest! We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Sanaa Restaurant which is outside the park - in the Animal Kingdom Villas. The food a mix of African and Indian cuisine was delicious! After lunch we had a 2pm Fast Pass for the Safari and then a 3pm Fast Pass for the Kali River Rapids ride (you'll get wet & the seats are wet when you climb on board - It's a good last ride of the day). That night we enjoyed an amazing dinner and show at the Biergarten Restaurant in Epcot . After dinner we noticed all the small shopping stalls closing up and the lights going down. We were beyond lucky and thrilled to stumble upon the most amazing fireworks display I have ever witnessed! It was FANTASTIC - Walt Disney World Parks bring the Magic friends! Of course on our way back to the Beach Club Resort I needed to grab a Guinness and Baileyes Shake from Ireland! Slainte’


 Coral Reef restaurant - the view the food! it was outstanding!

Coral Reef restaurant - the view the food! it was outstanding!

Thursday was a day filled with great experiences in Epcot! First up was a 9:55am Fast Pass for Spaceship Earth. I’m such a history geek I loved this ride and wished it was longer. We popped into the Journey Into Imagination with Figment which was amusing. Next we made our way over to Coral Reef for our 11:55am luncheon - fantastic food with equally fantastic views!

 fun skeletons in the Mexican market.

fun skeletons in the Mexican market.

Thursday was also the day of Magic Band mishaps - after we got settled at the restaurant my brother-in-law noticed his Magic Band was gone. It was decided to enjoy lunch and then we’d circle back and look for it. While at lunch I visited the ladies room and to my horror my Magic Band was not on my wrist - thank goodness it was on the floor by my feet and the same thing happened to my husband. Well, the take away was to loosen the bands - even though they have double snaps we may have been wearing them too tightly for the very hot and steamy weather. Once loosened it didn’t happen again. I’m happy to report that after revisiting the rides we were directed to Guest Services and low and behold they had the missing Magic Band. Yay!!!

After that we went on The Seas with Nemo & Friends and enjoyed this great aquarium attraction. For dinner we walked around the World Showcase enjoying food and drinks from so many countries. We did a little shopping in Mexico - my son brought home a black skull and I a little orange kitty. We also took in the movie O Canada a 14-minute Circle-Vision 360° film - the vistas were astounding. We closed the day by enjoying the wonderful pools at the Beach Club Resort until past 10pm!


 This was at the haunted mansion - we all laughed and thought of our late cat fred.

This was at the haunted mansion - we all laughed and thought of our late cat fred.

 The Muppets Present...Great Moments in American History

The Muppets Present...Great Moments in American History

Friday our last day found us back at the Magic Kingdom. The Haunted Mansion was a 9:55am Fast Pass. There was a trip on Space Mountain for 1/2 the group while the other half had success locating a stuffed Porg! (Thank you Uncle Bobby). Then a ride on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Then I found myself wanting to revisit rides/experiences I enjoyed in Disneyland with my parents when I was 13 - and thank goodness my family were good sports. So next… we happened by the Country Bear Jamboree.

While most of us went onto the Hall of Presidents. My hubby and brother-in-law watched The Muppets Present...Great Moments in American History which they said was very entertaining! Our 11:55 Fast Pass Jungle Cruise did not disappoint - even after being at the Animal Kingdom with real animals on Wednesday.

 The Hall of Presidents. I loved it as a child and was delighted to share it with my son!

The Hall of Presidents. I loved it as a child and was delighted to share it with my son!

We had a yummy lunch at 1:05pm at the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen. Then we walked around and were amused by the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and Mad Tea Party!

 how sweet is this architecture??? sorta made me miss the chalet!

how sweet is this architecture??? sorta made me miss the chalet!

We has a 3:30pm Fast Pass for Peter Pan’s Flight. This was my favorite ride experience. I love the story of Peter Pan and we flew over my favorite city London. The boys did one more ride on Dumbo the Flying Elephant and then we were done.

We headed back to the Monorail platform and back to Epcot. We enjoyed dinner in the World Showcase one last time walking around enjoying small plates. We ended our time in France with the most delectable desserts and champagne!

 Epcot totally stole my heart!

Epcot totally stole my heart!


Saturday it was up and out. The trip home was equally as fun as the one down - we enjoyed lunch at Ruby Tuesdays in the Orlando International Airport as a group and the flight was super fun! I love Airline travel and it didn’t hurt that my hubby surprised me with row 1 for this trip as a 20th Anniversary gift. I wouldn’t change a thing about this trip! Cheers and Huge Thanks to my wonderful Sister - who planned an amazing holiday for all of us.

Much Love and Thanks Sis! xoxo

Oh and Disney I’m counting down the next 5 yrs til we come back!

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Til next time.

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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 a 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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