Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Barnegat Lighthouse.

Ever since we took a trip to Maine 10 years ago, and discovered the lighthouse in Cape Neddick I automatically fell in love with lighthouses. And when I first stepped foot inside a lighthouse I was amazed at the history as to how they are built, and to look at the ocean from atop of a lighthouse is absolutely amazing! Growing up near the gulf in Texas really made me a beach girl, and for that I will always be grateful! I'm a beach girl through and through, and love venturing out to the beach no matter what season it is. This past spring break brought us so many small adventures, and the fact that we kept it low key, and close to home are the best trips ever!
Over the break we ventured out to Long Island Beach, and even though it was cold we managed to check out the lighthouse, and walked around looking at dead crabs, and playing on rocks. 

At least Noah was! 
This time Lexie graced us with her presence in joining us. She missed out going with us to spring lake beach where she missed out on having a tornado at Coney Waffle. But I think the fact that we were going to check out Ron Jon Surf shop caught her attention. 
Noah has become extremely fond of the beach no matter what time of year it is, and has informed me that he wants to take surfing lessons! Recorded this little video of him pretending to surf!
The sun was about to set, and Noah wanted to see it through the lookout telescope viewer.
The shore around sunset is a perfect time to go! We watched the sun go down as were walking back to our car. So beautiful! 
So glad we discovered this gem, and that we found the time to go out without spending any money to walk around, laugh, talk about the sea, relax, and enjoy each others company. We will definitely come back here during summer! 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Blossoms In The Garden State!

I don't know how long they're going to last because I forget every year how beautiful and how quickly spring comes to an end, but these blossoms are absolutely dreamy, and for the first time since moving here I have been totally taking advantage of the outdoors to experience spring. These blossoms are everywhere! There's a cherry tree in front of my house, there are blossom trees in front of Noah's school, our church, and they are literally all over my neighborhood, and all over the Princeton area! The garden state truly is a beauty in the spring, and regardless of April being dreary at times because of the rain seeing these blossoms up, and blooming bring nothing but joy. And when the sun is shining makes it even more beautiful, and my heart more grateful! 
As I was running an errand near Rider University last week I spotted a grove of blossom trees. I didn't bother using my phone, and decided to go rogue which is nice because in all honesty sometimes that GPS acts up, and I say to myself, "forget you siri, I'm just going to find my own way!" And there they were....a street lined with cherry blossoms! I was amazed at this gem that I found! When I posted it on social media friends thought I was in D.C.! We did manage to capture some of the blossoms in D.C. this year which was nice, but these bright pink blossoms are gorgeous and perfectly created! These photos will never do it justice, but I captured a few of my boy surrounded with them, and because he's a tree climber wanted to catch him in the act. I didn't see any harm in him climbing the tree so I let him have a little bit of fun. It was fun having him be my model for the day!
Someone should publish a "blossom" magazine because I think this would make an amazing cover! 

This is the cherry tree outside my house! Isn't it beautiful? When the previous owner told me last July when we moved in that we had a cherry tree I was so excited, and looked forward all winter to watch it bloom, and it finally did! 
We also scouted out this street lined with more pink trees! 
Ever since Noah was like three he would always pick flowers for me. Whether it was a dandelion, or a wildflower he would pull it from the ground, and hand it to me. I was recording the blossoms when all of a sudden Noah handed some to me! You can watch that 14 second video here. Such a sweetie! 
his area in Lawrenceville is absolute beautiful. I tell ya there are parts of jersey that make the seasons worth changing. I never want to take them for granted. Spring is one where we tend to forget because it doesn't last very long. Petals begin to fall, and then before we know it the trees are bare again. And then comes summer. Luckily we have a few places to go to capture the beauty of it all. Earth day was rainy this year so we didn't get to go to the Botanical gardens in Brooklyn. That was the first time I absolutely began to appreciate the beauty of spring in Jersey! One doesn't need to drive so far to capture the essence of blossom trees because sometimes you can literally spot them in your own backyard! 
This photo was taken two years when we went to the botanical gardens in brooklyn, and it was a perfect sun shining day! Oh...if spring can only look like this until summer began! 

Hope y'all are enjoying this beautiful season without letting the rain put a damper on your mood! 

***You can view more D.C. blossom posts here, here, and the botanical gardens in brooklyn here, and when Noah was a toddler here.

Friday, April 21, 2017

My Spring Date With Noah.

So yesterday Noah decided to play a bit of hookey from school. Well, not really because the other night he developed allergies that turned into a bit of a cold that turned into a slight fever, and even though his fever broke in the middle of the night he woke up a bit groggy from the medicine and so I kept him home. But that didn't last long. Soon enough he jumped out of bed, went downstairs, and asked if he can watch the movie Sing. I wanted him to relax, and rest and he did just that throughout the entire movie. So after doing my motherly duties such as cleaning up from breakfast, and putting a load of laundry in (which is endless by the way) I rolled up the windows, and there it was...sunshine!! Since the weather was sooooo beautiful yesterday, and Noah was feeling a lot better after the movie I couldn't waste this day to just be cooped up in the house having Noah staring at brown panel walls. We got dressed, and headed out to walk around down Nassua street. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Princeton area it is absolutely gorgeous! A quaint college town with a lot to do! We've ventured out a few times here way before moving to this area, and we love it! It's funny how now that we live close to Princeton that we don't quite come here as much! Since I had an order to pick up at J.Crew for Noah I decided to make our day a little date. 

And boy do I miss those days of having one on one time with Noah all day, everyday!! 
Spring decided to show itself off with tulips, and yellow flowers. It's so beautiful here, and I captured a few random  moments of my cute son being surrounded with spring beauty!

As we were walking along Nassau street Noah asked if we were in New York because of all the stores, and people that were were walking along the street. He said it reminded him of that street 5th avenue. It's only about a 15 minute drive to Princeton, but I guess with being a little under the weather made the drive for him longer! I guess that means we have to come here more often! Maybe if Cheeburger Cheeburger, and Naked pizza didn't close down we would be here like every week! But luckily Princeton has a big variety of restaurants to choose from, and man they did not disappoint! 
We had some ice cream at the Bent spoon which has baked treats, and different flavors of sorbet, and ice-cream. Noah is pretty plain when it comes to ice cream, and because they didn't have cookies and cream he got sweet cream vanilla. It was delish! We walked around some more, and then had ourselves a white pizza with asparagus for dinner from teresa caffe in Palmer Square! 
I had never been to the Princeton library, and when we walked in I felt as if I was inside a Barnes and noble bookstore. It is so clean, and organized, and huge! Very quaint, and the people are so savvy, and polite. It's a good thing it's not that far from my house because Chelsea wanted to come too, and so I brought her along with us towards the end of our little date. 
They have a wall inside filled with a collage of tiles made by students. So creative, and artistic. Noah wanted to take a photo in front of it next to the tennis racket! 
This day by far was so good, so good. I sure do miss having a little one at home all day to explore, and venture out with. Time definitely is fleeting, but these are the days that I will lock in my mind forever! 

Let's hope spring lasts longer than usual! 

Happy Friday! 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Easter Sunday '17.

Easter this year like all our past years was simple, and fun! "Aunt" Maggie joined in on our celebration, and attending her little church branch in East Orange felt like home. Everyone was so warm, and as always it was so nice meeting more of our "brothers and sisters." 
We decided this year that there would be no cooking so we had ourselves a little picnic at Memorial park in Maplewood. Beautiful area to have had a picnic. We made our traditional cascarones, and the kids had fun cracking them on all of our heads. We had yummy ham, and turkey sandwiches, chips, and ended filling up our bellies with carrot cake. All of sudden the sky grew dark, and then it began to rain! We were lucky to have finished our lunch before it began, and it's a good thing that we had ourselves a little easter egg hunt earlier last week because had we had it this day it would have been a bummer! Everyone was running amuck-it was crazy, and we were all laughing! Luckily we parked the van close enough to the table where we were sitting at that we didn't have to run far! Then again it was pretty fun to have had a little rain drop on us!  
Chelsea got Maggie real good! 
 And I tried to crack a cascarone on Noah's head, but he was a tough little dude! I swear I thought I was going to break his arm, but alas I got him! 

After the rain, the sun came out, and the sky became so clear that I captured a few random photos of us. 
A special thanks to the random stranger who took this photo of us. So grateful for fun family time, and to have been able to enjoy this day while reflecting on the Lord's resurrection! Truly one of my favorite days to document! 
Hope everyone enjoyed their Easter holiday!