Happy 4th of July Post!

So I'm sitting in my office trying to climb the mountain of emails that were sent to me over the long weekend and I have to say that I have a severe "Case of the Tuesday's". Long weekends are GREAT but going back to work after them is always so hard. So here we are the day after the long 4th of July weekend and it's "photo dump" time. There are a LOT of photos in this post, but trust me editing down 450+ photos to about 25 or 30 was really hard, lots of great ones. Friday we planned on going to Boston's SOWA Open Artist galleries and studios and then were pleasantly surprised when Michael (the other half of THD) & Adriana (of Just By Living) said they were going to join us! What we did not plan for was everyone being STARVING and it being near impossible to find a place to eat that was kid friendly, had more than one high chair and also didn't have a 2 hour wait. We decided on The Beehive which is a self described "bohemian eatery" in the South End of Boston. The food was amazing and the kids has a great time playing at the outdoor seating area. Sierra even got to be part of a wedding party! By the time we finished dinner and hit up a playground everyone was pooped and it was late so although we didn't see any art we still had a great time.

Sierra sharing her flower with Henry @ The Beehive

Adriana enjoying her yummy sangria :)

Sierra pretending to be the flower girl for the wedding party!

After dinner we headed to a local playground.

Henry cruising in his

Not their best photos but I love it anyway, they look like they are at a dance party being photographed by our buddy James Colletta!
(p.s. check his stuff out here!)

I absolutely love this photo of mama and Sierra, Mama you forgot your purse!
p.s. Mama just wrote an awesome blog post on breastfeeding: here
So no art, but a great night none the less. We took the train (and a bus) home and all passed out of exhaustion. The next morning we went to our normal Saturday brunch with "Aunty Kiki" a.k.a. Kaitlin Maud. After a ton of coffee, bagels and (vegan) french toast we headed to this little parkish area and enjoyed some sun and flowers before heading home to straighten up our apartment before Uncle Will and Aunty Jill came to visit. Once they finally arrived we rented a Zipcar (our new obsession!) and headed out to Revere beach for a little late afternoon beach time fun. Aunty Kiki came with us too as her husband (Uncle A.J.) was away for work. The weather was really nice and fun was had by all of course.

Sierra posing for the camera at the "parkish" area after coffee.

When we leave the house we HAVE TO bring basically everything we own or it's meltdown time. So we brought Biddy Baby, Nini (aka bath baby), three purses and our
Maclaren Baby Quest Doll Stroller.

We finally made it to the beach and was a wonderful time. Sierra is a bit scared of the ocean so normally clings to either myself or mama for the first few minutes but eventually settles in and enjoys herself.

Me and two of my favorite ladies, Sierra was off burying Nini in the sand.

Sierra still a bit tentative about the whole beach thing but really cute anyway. 

I wish Nini's hand wasn't in this but I love this photo of her anyway.

Uncle Will snapping photos, Aunty Jill reviewing photos, Aunty Kiki checking Twitter
...Yeah that's about right.
So after the beach fun we headed home and put Sierra down to sleep and had a little pre-4th cookout and drinks. We listened to records, watched a little TV and played a little "corn hole". It was great to spend so much time with good friends and we had an amazing fun filled day. After about 4 hours of sleep we woke up and took a Zipcar down to the Freetown State Forest for a dual Birthday party for my sister's twin girls (2 years old!) and the most amazing man ever, my Father. (Happy 46th Dad!). All week my mother kept telling me she had a surprise waiting for me at home and couldn't wait to give it to me. I had no idea what it would be but after getting lost for about 45 minutes in the woods we made it to the party and were pleasantly surprised to see my other sister who lives in Maine with my 3 nieces and nephews had come down for the day too! This is the first time we have all been together in one place in years and it was an absolutely perfect day with my entire family.

This is my beautiful sister Sherrie who I love with all my heart and was so excited / surprised to see!

Here is my Dad with ALL his grand children in one photo!
From left to right: Dad, Ashley, Lexi, Autumn, Cora, Sierra and Timmy.

My father with all his children AND grand children!
From left to right: Dad, Ashley, Alison, Autumn, Lexi, Sierra, Sherrie, Cora, Me & Timmy.

Sierra on the catwalk apparently in her adorable new swimsuit.

Here is my sister Alison's adorable daughter Ashley.

Uncle Will & Timmy

My brother in law John and his darling daughter.

Sierra and Tia Jill playing a game.

Sierra and her cousin Cora modeling.

Sierra with her cousins Cora and Lexi (who has pink hair!! Radical!)

My sister Alison's big blue eyes daughter Autumn on her 2nd birthday!

My sister Sherrie snagging a kiss from Sierra during snack time.

After the party we stayed the night, got some laundry done and just relaxed as we were too tired to drive back to Boston. The next day was finally the 4th of July! I painted a bookshelf (an entire entry on that project coming when I finish it!), we cleaned our apartment and Sierra took a VERY long nap (growth spurt anyone?). After that we went to Uncle AJ and Aunty Kiki's apartment for some cookout shenanigans and then called it an early night. All and all it was a wonderful weekend spent with friends and family. We will have a new giveaway very shortly (for a hint to what it is click here) and a few new posts as well! If you have a spare second please click the banner below to vote for us on TBB, xo -C

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