and on we go…

lately

Things are busy around these parts. Summer is in full swing, and with it we are doing all the things. Days spent in the city, or out of it, weekends visiting with family and night spent picnic-ing outdoors. But seemingly the most significant for us, at least lately– a move is in the works! Not far from where we are now, just a few towns over {and much closer to my work!} but dang moving is HARD. And busy! And SWEATY. And exciting.

We will be saying goodbye to my sister who has lived with me and Zan for the past 3 years and me for the past 7! That part makes me incredibly teary {what will I do without her!} but she’ll still be in Boston and also, I will just make sure to spend time with her often and much. She is my favorite, after all.

Mostly, I’m excited for a fresh start in a new place. This month we are slowly slowly shuffling stuff over from one house to the other. We have the month to transition which has been really honestly the best because we can take our time and paint and figure out how we want to set the space up. I am so excited I get to decorate again! Interior design! A real dream of mine. Pinterest has been my most favorite lately {here and here if you’re interested in my style ideas} and it’s also been just so good to CLEAN OUT. All the stuff, but certainly not the memories. I’m sad to leave this place, it’s been so good to us, but change is good, too, and I’m ready for it.

And so, on we go— a fresh start, to new beginnings. 

fireworks on the third of july.

Boston Fireworks!

For a few days this week, by the chance of luck and a good friend, we are staying in what I’m calling “our very own pied-a-terre” in Beacon Hill. I’m trying not to overreact too much about it, but if I was going to be honest I’d basically tell you I’m living in a magical dream right now. We are steps away from Charles Street, the Public Garden, and really truly anything we want to do. Boston is so walkable and I love that about this place. I hope if you live here you enjoy it. I hope when you walk around you look up at the pretty that is everywhere. When I lived in the heart of the city for a few years after college I don’t know if I appreciated it as much as I should have. But now… dang! This place is special!

Last night we watched the fireworks from the roof of Rachael’s apartment. It’s the same place we had our picnic from this post and it is perfection on a summer night. Add another extravagant food display and a dose of fireworks and you’ve got yourself a real party.

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A staycation in the city and we are just loving every minute of it.

H A P P Y   F O U R T H   O F   J U L Y!

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P.S. The fireworks were on the third this year because of heavy thunderstorms forecast for the fourth. The celebration was supposed to start at 10:30, but at 10:07 the sky lit up with the prettiest sparkles there ever were. 20 minutes later, the fireworks were finished, after a grand but seemingly short finale. The sky was so bright pink even though it was close to half past 10 in the evening. The most exciting part of the night was hearing a wave of screams suddenly from the Esplanade. We could hear it all the way from Beacon Hill! I looked over to see what the noise was about and you could SEE the crazy rain pouring down from afar— you could see the rain crystal clear in the distance and although we were dry at the time you could also see that it was quickly heading right towards us! Zan’s yelling “LIGHTNING! LIGHTNING!” and I’m all “Ahhhhh!” so we scooped up our picnic just as fast as our hands would work and headed inside just as the thunder, lightening, and POURING RAIN came down. We closed all the windows and laughed and laughed. I feel bad for all the crowds that were down by the water, but am VERY thankful for our quick cover and a good memory for the books!

almost summer.

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Although summer hasn’t officially started for me yet, it’s so close I can taste it. Three and a half more days of school and I’ll be doing my Nannerdance all the way to fall. The past few weekends I have been everywhere! From Nantucket to Maine, Cape Cod to the North Shore. New England is the best place for a spring and summer lover, I am sure of it.

I have a lot to do over the next few days, closing up shop at school, finishing all my paperwork, and saying a farewell to my kids. I will get emotional on the last day of the school year, I just know it, I always do. This year has been extra special because it was my first year at a new place– a place I’ve slowly grown to love, one that finally feels like home. I had a really good year and I’m so proud of the work I’ve put into my students, and even more so, proud of the work they’ve given back. I’m ending the year in a great place, which makes it hard to say goodbye, but happy, too.

This weekend (today!) I’m heading up to Maine to spend time celebrating little Cooper’s first birthday. Cooper’s mom Hannah is one of my best college friends and I just can’t wait to get up there and love on them all. I have plans to leave early so I can make a few stops on the way. Gus and Ruby and More and Co. are just a few on my list of sweet spots, and Portsmouth and Portland are both as sweet as New England towns get.

What are your favorite spots in Maine? I’d love to hear about the places you 

Happy weekend to you! Happy almost summer!

right as rain.

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Hello sweet springtime, hello sweet friends.

Life lately has just felt so full. Full and good of weekends and workdays and somehow every day passes by and there’s not a minute to sit down and write. I think about this space a lot and all the pictures I want to post and all the things I want to say, but for now life is happening fast and busy and I am just running though it— speed on high, senses turned up.

It’s the time of year when my brain is spinning and I can’t for the life of me keep my house clean and mornings are early and nights are late and weekends are GLORIOUS and summer is ALMOST H E R E! And I love my job, adore it! But I  just can’t wait to sit the frack down and DO NOTHING. Imagine! What does that even feel like? I’m not sure I remember but I can’t even wait.

Spring is the best isn’t it? Before I get all high on summer I feel like it’s only right to take a moment to really love on spring. It’s such a sweet spot in the year— WAY BETTER than fall in my personal opinion. I’ve wondered to myself quite often, how can anyone say their favorite season is fall when they’ve come through the depths of winter and felt the glory of May? I just don’t understand it. SPRING WINS.

Spring and it’s rain and it’s flowers and it’s newness and hope will always and forever win.

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A few favorites lately:

Kate’s soundtrack {always}.

Mary’s “A Picture is Worth” series.

AmeliaMeghan, Belle and Sheena’s instagram feeds.

And! I also managed to get a few reads in this spring. Whoo!

Delancey // Mumbai New York Scranton // We Were Liars

All very different from each other– all very good!

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Until next time. xo