A New England Summer Day

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Last weekend, Hobson and I had to venture up to the sweet little town of Lee, Massachusetts because, well, we won a cruise! Or at least that’s what we were told. Back in July when we attended the Connecticut Wine Festival, we stopped by this booth just for fun and because my sister did the same last year and won. Even though we weren’t too sure of the catch and how much the added fees would be, we thought we’d make a day of it and venture up to Lee to claim our prize. And venture we did, right after a morning breakfast stop at J.P. Gifford Market… yum.

After driving through a jam-packed but adorable-looking art festival in downtown Lee, we arrived and got down to business. The catch of this whole cruise thing? We had to sit through a much too long presentation in hopes of persuading us to buy into ownership (or something like that – I’m still confused by the whole idea) of Silverleaf Resorts. Well, persuading they were, but we managed to keep our wallets in our pockets and our pens away from any signature lines. Success!

After we left, in need of some laid-back fun, we drove down scenic Route 7, stopping where we pleased. Many antique shops, the Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge, and eventually found ourselves back down in Kent, CT to pick up some groceries and drop off more copies of Men Cook Too at the House of Books. Below, some pictures I (okay, we) snapped along the way… Enjoy!

DSC_1877 DSC_1878 DSC_1870 DSC_1871 DSC_1879 Quick photoshoot at the bridge, because well, New England & covered bridges. Need I say more? That shirt is from the newly opened online shop, Clad & Cloth. Shannon has an absolutely fabulous collection going over there – check it out! I’m in love with this top. Pants seen here.

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I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of crow and apple art. I like to consider myself an open-minded person, especially when it comes to people’s creations, but this whole idea just throws me off. I lived in an apartment a few years back, and when my landlord decided to install one of these babies in the backyard, I think that’s when I knew it was time to move on… Anyone else with me on this one? DSC_1897 DSC_1893 DSC_1896 DSC_1898

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Happy Birthday, My Love!

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Today, Hobson turns 21 (kidding! although I bet he wishes). Anyway, this guy. Oh man, you guys. What can I say? He’s silly, crazy, kind-hearted, and a 5 year old at heart (really though… I’m not kidding about that one). He makes me laugh on a daily basis, picks me up when I most need it, and he does so in a way that no one else can. When I hear that loud, belly laugh of his from the other side of the house, I can’t help but giggle. And that million dollar smile? Well, that can brighten anyone’s day. I think everyone needs a person like Hobson in their lives, if not to make you laugh then to remind you that life is fun and meant to be smiled through. And while he manages to always see the bright side and the fun side to life, he’s also one of the hardest working people I know, constantly working his butt off in an effort to make my dreams come true. Seriously, this guy, he never, ever stops, and I’m so thankful.

Happy birthday, babe, and here’s to the best year yet. Thank you for bringing an overwhelming amount of joy to my life. Today, and everyday, I’m grateful for you.

Note: for a bit of background on the silly picture above, click on photo. And, for a series of fun photos that explain just a few of the many reasons why I love this man, scroll down.

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Beautiful Chaos

August_BeautifulChaos A few months back, the lovely Trina from Of Trees and Hues began this great little series titled At This Moment in an effort to be more mindful. I found it truly inspiring and so I’ve decided to begin putting together some of my own. As someone who is a planner by nature, learning to live and feel and appreciate the present moment has always been trying for me. When there are big and exciting things happening in the future, it becomes difficult to live for the present. Now more than ever, I think this practice is an important one for me to adapt. There’s some milestones coming up for us over the next few weeks, ones that we are absolutely over the moon about! But recently, it feels like the waiting game has set in, and it feels like some days I’m just wishing away, and I hate that feeling. The days are chaotic and unorganized and I’m dreaming of when I can fall into a routine again. But at the same time, these days are beautiful and ones I know are necessary.

Through these trying days, I keep reminding myself how much I love summertime and all the sweet things that come with it. I’m trying to find the beauty in the early morning sunrises, the warm late nights, and even the sweltering days. That ice cold glass of rosé in bed at night, the fireflies flickering in the darkness outside our window, Zooey constantly snapping at the warm summer air in an attempt to capture the gnats that surround her little face. The mornings at the dog park in an effort to wear this energetic pup of mine out so I can settle into work for the day (a routine that never seems to come), the late afternoons spent at the lake, the evenings of softball games, cold beers, and grilled dinners. It’s all so beautiful and it’s all my meaning of summer. But amidst it all, there’s a longing for the exciting things to come next month. I can’t help it. I’ve been trying to remember that each day is a new one, is so precious and deserves to be truly lived, but I still have yet to find the patience I need to wait this one out. That’s why I call it beautiful chaos. It’s chaotic and it’s beautiful and it’s crazy and it’s life. I think recognizing that life is really and truly good is the first step to truly appreciating each moment of it.

Last week, Megan wrote a great post over at The Fresh Exchange on the importance of having patience. It’s like she wrote my thoughts exactly. When there is so much good coming just around the corner, finding patience is hard. But I’m learning, and by living for today, I think the practice of patience is one that will come.

Have you ever had days like these? How do you practice patience when the time calls for it?

On that note, my friends, a very happy Monday to you!

photo sources: boat, car, florals
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