"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." Roald Dahl

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Favorites

This summer I am enjoying...

...hanging out at the pool.

...eating healthy.

...wine nights with friends.

...quiet workouts at the pool.

...Seeing the sunrise!

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Best Sweet Potatoes

I pinned a recipe a few weeks ago and then tried it recently.  Wow.  These sweet potatoes are easy and oh, so delicious!!

First, I cut them into small pieces.  Then I added 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg. I mixed them all together and made sure that each piece of sweet potato was coated with the mixture.

After that, I baked them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes.

Honestly, these were so good! Try them.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Quonny 2013

Quonny is my happy place.  A few years ago I skipped out on the trip because I was too busy and this year I was worried the same thing would happen - but I figured it out!  I rearranged my schedule and snuck away for four days and it was amazing.  Everyone got to come this year except Cath (and we missed her a lot!).  It was a blast!  To learn more about Quonny and what it means to me, click here Cottage Story.

Ben and my mom.  We spent quite a few hours sitting on this deck.  So peaceful.  Here is the view over the railing... You can't beat that. 

My Grandma and Ben.  The left is one year ago.  The right is this summer.  Special.

 And here are a few more of Ben, hanging around... I am ashamed to say it, but I have very few pictures of anyone but Ben...I should remember that for next time.  But, what can I say?- He's a cutie!

I'm so happy Sandy was not worse to us.  It was so nice to spend the time with my family and I can't wait to go back again!  

Here are links to some of my other trips to the beach!  Quonny 2012  More Quonny 2012  Quonny 2011

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Summer Life

As a teacher, I don't technically work my normal job in the summer.  I still work about 25-30 hours a week, but it leaves me with a lot of free time!  Here's what I've been up to lately...

A few of us teachers got together on a random Monday night for some cards, some hydration, and some puppy love.  This is Balou, my friends great dane puppy!  I was told that this guy is not even half of his full size yet!

Meghan and I were in love.

Balou loved Clarke and clearly, still thinks he is a lap dog :)

 I headed to the lake last week for a team-building trip with my swimmers...

I've spent quite a few days at the pool with my gals...

And I went on vacation!  Because what is summer without a good vacation?!  More on that to come soon, but here is one of my favorites from the trip...

Clearly I don't do make-up or hair on vacation.  Don't judge.  Ben seems to be alright with it.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Yes, it's true.  This happened.  I am in love with my new, and improved house key!

I started with a coat of green polish.

Then I added some blue sparkles and glitter and finished off with a clear topcoat to make sure it doesn't chip.  :)

No one will mistake my keys for theirs.  They are unique, indeed.  I love it! 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Napa Part 2: Family Wedding

My cousin Tommy got married to his beautiful bride Roma and there were a whole bunch of cousins in attendance.  What a fun night!  Friday was the actual wedding at Carniaros Inn.  It was so gorgeous, I felt like I was in a movie the entire time.  It couldn't have been real life it was that pretty, but it was!

On Saturday night the newlyweds hosted a wine tasting happy hour at Cuvaison.  It was another gorgeous setting with great food, great wine, and we got to hang out with our family again!

All the cousins!

When can I go back??