Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New England Getaway

Hello Bloggers and readers!

I hope your summer is going amazing so far. 

I have less than a month before school things start to happen, but I am excited to say that this summer has been fantastic so far. 

Last week, I had an assignment from one of my students parents. 

After my student got a full scholarship to Attend Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, I was asked to fly with her to Boston and deliver her to the camp itself near Keene, New Hampshire. I gladly accepted this request since I myself attended this music camp 15 years ago, yes 15!

Since I know the the driving atmosphere of the Boston area, and I am not much of an explorer when it comes to the unknown, I decided to ask my husband to come along and drive us to the camp. He loves the New England area, and decided to spend the weekend there after we completed our assignment.

So as usual, I will let my photos describe the trip for you!

Apple Hill was sooooo beautiful, even more than I remembered. It smelled unbelievable with fresh flowers and perfectly manicured gardens!






Our journey to and from New Hampshire was a sight to see, New England is just a part of the country everyone should drive through at least once in their lifetime.




Rivers, and mountains, and lakes, oh my!

From there on our trip back to the city of Boston was full of walking around the new area of Seaport  by the Boston Harbor and eating at yummy restaurants the for our first day and a half, 




The rest of the trip we stayed in Cambridge thinking it would be cool to stay around the Harvard area, boy were we wrong, it was more quiet than the city, but Harvard Square didn't really do it for us.

This was the only cool picture I took in one of the Harvard courtyards, of course I loved the head sized hydrangeas...

The next day, we headed to Crane Beach, it was wonderful. We enjoyed driving up Massachusetts and to the coast, there were beautiful colonial homes everywhere!









The beach was beautiful of course!

The next stop was Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a beautiful costal area with the coolest town square, 
We stopped by a lobster place (kind of a shack) that had this 2 pound lobster and some amazing lobster chowder, how cute was this little stand?


The town of Portsmouth was so charming, we grabbed some ice cream and walked around



We had a nice relaxing time exploring New England, as well as eating some of the best seafood possible!

We were in 3 states in a matter of 5 hours, 

 




A trip that started out as a favor, ended up being a great getaway for the Mr. and I

Thanks for stopping by, 

~Mrs. S 





Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vacation in Cabo

Hello All!

As of his moment, I am recovering from a fabulous vacation in Cabo San Lucas we took with my in laws last week. 

We try to go on one big trip a year, and since my parents in law offered to take us on vacation this summer, we decided to tag along for our 3rd family vacation.

We knew we wanted beach, and we had a choice between Jamaica, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo.

I have never been to Cabo, and we are huge fans of Riu hotels with their all inclusive deals, so we decided on the Riu Palace right off the beach.

As soon as we got there, we were blown away with the beauty of this place, 
bougambilia heaven and of course the famous rocky beaches.


We were able to lounge in the many beautiful patios throughout the hotel


We took a boat ride over to lovers beach, right by the rocks


Famous Cabo arch


Unfortunately, the beach waves were very strong and we were barely able to swim in the beach. I personally am terrified of waves so I didn't dare get close to them, but they were pretty cool to watch


Therefore, I stayed in the pool most of the time


Beautiful sunsets with yummy drinks


This was from our last day there, it was a blast!


If you are looking for a place to vacation, I highly recommend this place.

Hope you are all having a great summer so far, 
thanks for stopping by!

~Mrs. S








Thursday, June 5, 2014

June

Hello Everyone!

June is by far my favorite month of the year. 

It is the month in which I reflect on the month of May, where my birthday, mothers day, orchestra/guitar concerts, recitals, and school winding down happens. 

It is also the month when we usually get out of school, we have some sort of trip planned for summer, and our anniversary!

This will be year 6 of teaching completed, and I am more excited for this summer than I ever have been before because I feel like I know how to do summer now. 

I now know to plan lesson days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so that I have Thursday-Monday to spend time having fun and spending time with my family/friends.

I now know not to sleep in, and actually get stuff done.
I'm talking going to the gym, eating a healthy lunch, laying out by the pool, get some cleaning done and have enough time to make dinner and wind down from the days activities.

I also know now that even though I have almost 3 months off, it goes by quickly so I can't take my time off for granted. Early on, I try not to over exaggerate that I have so much time , and I don't whine about when school is nearing in August. I read too many posts on FB by my fellow teachers with far too many countdowns leading out of and into school and I just get annoyed. 
(too much attention to the past/future, not enough on the present) 
I just take each day as an opportunity to live life to the fullest, and now that I am the big 3-0 it seems like taking care of my mental and physical health is living life to the fullest :)

In honor of summer coming, I have decided to share some of my favorite summer moments from the past...

Cancun 09'

Bachelorette Party June 10'

Marrying this stud June 10'

Honeymooning in the Bahamas June 10'

Nephews baptism August 10'

Bahamas 11'

London 12' 
Yes, that is Kensington Palace behind me!

Cancun July 13'

Vivaldi Mixer July 13'

I can't wait to see what summer has in store for me.
I'm looking forward to...
Relaxing
Spending time with family and friends
Vacationing
teaching lessons
attending a guitar conference
and blogging more!

Hope you guys are having a great week, 
~Mrs. S














Monday, May 5, 2014

Birthday Fiesta

Hello All!

My 30th Birthday couldn't just end with a night at the W Hotel on Friday and a Kentuky Derby Party on Saturday, I had to host a Birthday Fiesta on Sunday too!

I invited all my of my family for an afternoon of fun, food, and feasting.

My Mexican Spread included watermelon punch, Jarritos sodas, 7 layer bean dip (in martini glasses), Mexican shrimp cocktail, "Frijoles a la Charra" (Mexican bean soup), rice, fajitas, and of course cake!


My sisters and mom came over early to help me get everything ready


I am still overjoyed that my grandpa came and was able to play accordion for me, then we played together like we used to in my visits to Mexico. 


A birthday party in my family is never complete until we dance, which was so much fun having my grandpa play! We are sooooo Mexican!


My sis and cousin 


Turns out my dad and Paisley became good friends while he was over :)


I feel so lucky and blessed to have such a wonderful and fun family, I wish it could be my birthday every day!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Mrs. S






Lee Park Junior Conservancy Derby Party

Hello Everyone!

Saturday May 3rd, I was able to attend the 6th Annual Lee Park Junior Conservancy Derby Party at Arlington Hall.

I have always wanted to go to a derby party, give me big hats and nice weather anytime!

I attended the event with my best friend Michelle who ended up wearing the perfect outfit to match mine


Hot Pink and White ladies :)


Everyone watching the races inside the hall, check out that lady's bird hat!


The fabulous Ashley Mahon was asked to sing "At Last" she sounded amazing!


I wore Amanda Uprichard and it was such a hit, I got a lot of compliments. My hat was from Sam Moon, the Mr. helped me choose it.

The photo booth was my fav! 


Great fun!

Next up, my Birthday Fiesta!

~Mrs. S