Tuesday, September 22, 2020

This & That: End of Summer

 We have jumped right into fall this past week or so and have been having the nicest sunny, cooler days.  It's hard to believe going to the pool and things like that were just a couple weeks ago.  We finished up the summer with many pool days.


Golf continues to be Tatum's favorite sport - he plays daily around the house with his many clubs and putting sets, packs his clubs for walks with me to stop and play outside and goes to the country club with Derek any chance he gets.


Just before Labor Day we got some baby brother announcements out into the mail for a few family members and friends - crafting and activities like this are getting more fun with Tatum and he has tons of excitement for baby brother - a few baby updates finally coming soon!


Weekend before last when we were up in New York we enjoyed wedding events the whole weekend - we had a great time kicking things off at the rehearsal dinner.


It's been so nice getting back into a weekly routine now that summer is over, Tatum is in his preschool pod and I've had time to catch up and get things done.  It's been earlier to bed, earlier waking up and many days you can find me taking a break with Tatum during nap time.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Weekend Wedding Scenes

Last weekend we headed up to New York to celebrate our best friends' wedding.  It was rescheduled from June and smaller than expected but we all had the best time celebrating them - they had the perfect wedding weather too.


Derek and I were both in the wedding as well as Tatum, who was the ring bearer - he had a blast and also loved getting to stay up late all weekend and all the attention too. 

Friday, September 11, 2020

First Day of School

 


Back to school all ready!  This year Tatum will be in two day preschool - hopefully in person at somepoint.  His school is closed for now and reevaluating in October.  For now we have a preschool pod with some neighborhood kids that meets twice a week.

We did the same easy back to school breakfast as last year of powdered sugar donuts and posed for his pictures.  He was so excited about his backpack and going to school with friends even if it wasn't into the actual school as planned.



Thursday, September 10, 2020

Gender Reveal

Over the summer we had a gender reveal party with a few friends.  We kept it simple with roast beef sandwiches, chicken wings, pasta and salad plus items for the kids and desserts.


We were thrilled to share the blue news of baby brother.  With Tatum's gender reveal we had confetti poppers so we kept with the theme and did confetti balloons.


With Coronavirus we tried to keep it small with a few neighbors and told family at the lake with a homemade cake and other family via FaceTime with Tatum holding up a baby brother sign - fun to spread it all out.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Nantucket Travel Guide

Like Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket has been on the bucket list for a while, especially after reading so many Elin Hilderbrand books.  It was worth the hassle of getting there and a beautiful island with so many fun experiences.

Travel & Overview:

Smaller than Martha's Vineyard with one main town, the streets in town are a little more spread out which makes things like pushing a stroller easier!  You know you're on Main Street when you see the cobblestone and if staying close to the heart of town, you can walk to most things.

Definitely on an island here - it was breezy and windy (I wore a headband a lot!) and could get much cooler at nights.

Stay:

Nantucket Hotel & Resort: This is where we stayed and it was a great spot.  Walking distance into town, great for families with two pools, shuttle service to the beach and shuttle service to pickup your luggage at the ferry as well as cottages and hotel rooms.

White Elephant: Another  great spot for families with hotels and cottages (and other locations around the island - lofts, inn) and right across from Children's Beach, walking distance into town.

Eat:

Millie's: Delicious Mexican food and worth the wait - our wait was about an hour but during normal summers  they said 2-3 hour waits can be normal.  You can walk to Madaket Beach to play or watch the sunset so it goes fast.

Brant Point Grille: Probably our favorite meal on Nantucket, the fresh tomato and burrata from Bartlett's Farm is amazing and the lobster mac and cheese is hard to pass up.  Lots of open grass for kids to play (usually lawn games are out) and boats in the distance.

Something Natural: The best sandwiches - they are huge, we got whole sandwiches when we could barely eat half but very tasty.  Lemonade/ice tea, chips, fresh cookies - great for a picnic - usually there are picnic tables outside there but we ate on our cottage porch.

Provisions: Great spot on the wharf for coffee, breakfast items and sandwiches.

Juice Bar: Always a wait and for good reason - the best ice cream on the island and tons of flavors to choose from.

To Do:

Beaches: Brandt Point was my personal favorite - great for kids and you can watch the boats come and go.  Children's Beach was another great spot for families as it's walkable from the hotels. Jettie's is bigger but not many waves so again good for kids - many people were complaining about jelly fish stings thought. Steps Beach has the most gorgeous entry, definitely instagram worthy.  Madaket is a great spot with plenty of beach, lots of waves and the best sunsets on the island.

Shopping in Town: Favorite shops listed below, I've even place an online order since being home.

Endeavor Sailing: This was a first time sailing for each of us and such a fun way to spend an afternoon.  I was a little nervous for the minutes we were out on the Nantucket Sound and water was really splashing but the calmer sailing in the harbor was great.

Sconset Bluff Walk: A mile or so long walk behind the gorgeous homes of Sconset.

Sunset in Madaket: The best spot on the island for a sunset and one not to miss - it was gorgeous.

Shop:

Nantucket Peddler: Right near the Hyline and our favorite spot for Nantucket gear - they have all you need

Kidding Around Nantucket: The cutest kids store - I've even placed an online order for the boys since we've been home.

Peach Tree Kids: Another cute kids shop, preppy/summery outfits and toys.

Nantucket Surf Shop: Good spot for classic Nantucket items.

Vineyard Vines: Martha's Vineyard might have the original but Nantucket has the nicer store in my opinion - there was more options for both Derek and Tatum here.

Four Winds Gifts: Christmas ornaments, souvenirs, gifts to take home, etc. this is your spot for it all

It's a Shore Thing: home items and nicer gifts.

Nantucket Book Works: Adorable old fashioned book store with books, a special Nantucket section and a great kids area with toys/books in the back.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Baby Brother

Very excited to share that baby number two, a little brother is coming in January!  We're all very excited, especially big brother, Tatum!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Martha's Vineyard Travel Guide

Martha's Vineyard has been on our travel list for a while but we aren't huge fans of road trips so it was just something we never got around to.  After many trips were cancelled this spring/early summer with more to come as the year goes on, we decided a road trip was our best bet this summer and to take the opportunity to try something new.  We had the best time and it was a wonderful week away after not traveling since the start of February.

Travel & Overview:

The ferry is the way to get onto the island, since we were going to Nantucket also, we took the Hyline Ferry out of Hyannis but the Steamship Authority out of Woods Hole is most popular for the Vineyard.

The Vineyard is more spread out and is made up of six towns - Edgartown (being the most popular), Oaks Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, Aquinnah, Chilmark, West Tisbury.

You can bring a car over on the ferry but we found it easy to get around without one.  The hotel had a shuttle into Edgartown and jeeps are easy to rent.  We didn't use them but taxis and ubers are usually plentiful too.

Beach season was a fun time to go but it would definitely be fun to go back and visit in the cooler fall weather or over the holidays.

Stay:

The Winnetu:  This is where we stayed and the only resort like hotel on the island.  It's great for families because there is plenty of space for kids to run around, a pool, short walkway to the beach, lawn games and cottages as well as regular hotel rooms and suites.

Harborview Hotel: This was our second option.  A plus is that it's a short walk into Edgartown and right across from Edgartown Lighthouse

Kelly House: There are many boutique hotels and smaller spots to stay on the island.  If we wouldn't have been traveling with a toddler, this would have been a good option too.

Eat:

The Atlantic: Our favorite meal out of our entire time in New England.  A great setting and the lobster mac and cheese is out of this world

Seafood Shanty: Views of Edgartown Harbor and casual seafood with plenty of indoor/outdoor seating

Black Dog Tavern: A total tourist spot as it's probably the best known restaurant on the island with Black Dog Gift Shops all over the island but for good reason.  The food was delicious and the clam chowder the best we had.

Nancy's: On the water in Oaks Bluffs, a popular spot for a big menu of seafood with indoor/outdoor seating.  They're known for the dirty banana drink so make sure to try one.

Ice Cream & Candy Bazaar:  Some people like Mad Martha's but in our opinion this was the best ice cream on the island.  We all tried different flavors but Tatum's campfire s'mores was beyond tasty)

To Do:

Rent a Jeep: The best way to see the whole island.  We rented one for a day and that was plenty.  

Aquinnah Cliffs: The best views on the island.  Also stop by Gay Head Lighthouse (we couldn't go in because of Covid).

Island Alpaca: Great spot for kids, you don't need to spend a lot of time here and it's only a few dollars to visit.

The Cove Mini Golf: If you have a little golf fan like us, this is a great spot to spend an evening after dinner.

Beaches:  We only did South Beach, one of the biggest beaches on the island but there are plenty to choose from whether big or small.

Shop:

We made our way to many of the shops on the island.  One thing to note is for more touristy shopping, head to Oaks Bluffs.  For nicer and boutique like shopping, head to Edgartown.  For a mix, it seemed like Vineyard Haven was a good spot.  Make sure to stop by the original Vineyard Vines too. 

Wish You Were Here: Our favorite spot for Vineyard gear.

Soft as a Grape: Another popular spot for Vineyard gear with a few locations.

Murdick's Fudge: A classic on the island and honestly the best fudge we've had.  We left with a bag to bring home to family.

Boutiques: Katydid, Bell, Island Outfitters, Lilly Pulizter

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

This & That: Summer Scenes

 Summer hasn't been quite like usual but we've made the most of it and had a great time.  Tatum's at a great age this summer and really coming into his own.  Swimming is always a highlight and as the days have gone on he's gotten brave enough to love jumping off the diving board, going down the slide and jumping into the pool by himself.

Another highlight continues to be golf.  He puts around the house with his many golf sets, cries if he knows Daddy goes golfing without him and asks "we go golf?" multiple times a week.  Getting to play on the real course at night with Dad is such a treat - you can see the excitement all over his face.

Even though with Covid we aren't quite back to normal routines, we've found ways to fill most summer days - though I do love our quiet mornings when we're home and just playing around the house.

A big helper - we made some dog ice cream for Stella to enjoy on hot days.  The plan was to make homemade ice cream or popsicles for us too but we haven't gotten to that one yet - maybe next summer.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Lake Scenes

 

We've had two wonderful weekends at the lake the past two weekends.  We'll get up once in the fall but I can't believe our summer weekends have come to an end - it feels like the season was just starting!

Weather was a little rainy two weeks ago but we were able to get in a dock day and boat ride and this past weekend was perfectly sunny and a great way to close out the weekend.  We were even able to grab some family pictures too.

Tatum has really thrived at the lake this summer - swimming, jumping off the dock, riding and playing on the boat, kayak ride and playing with them on the grass - he loves it all!