Monday, June 18, 2018

Best Father's Day Present Ever!

Happy Father's Day to all the amazing Dads out there - especially Frankie, Tom, and Jimbo! We had such a great weekend! Thanks to my Mom and Dad for having the boys over for their first sleepover!


Below, I posted a few pics bringing it back to our days with two newborns in Washington, DC. Feels like forever ago and yesterday all in the same.

Also - Happy 36th Anniversary to Barbie and Frank!






To celebrate my Dad and my kiddos Dad, I had a little cookout yesterday and thankfully both Jim and my Dad were able to be there. Chrissy and Linds were also in town so they were able to come by. We had a great day! Gorgeous weather too!! Jimbo opened a few presents - and Caden helped.

I'll work backwards through my weekend to recap the super fun weekend. :)

Sunday:

BBQ, bounce house, presents, and strawberry shortcake...yum!



We had garlic/cheese sausages, chinese sausages, and sweet Italian sausages - along with hamburgers and hot dogs. My sister brought a few sides like potato salad and macaroni salad which were awesome. I made corn a couple different ways - I boiled a bunch because I know my Dad loves things "plain". And then I used this corn recipe for corn on the grill:

Aluminum foil wrapped corn
Garlic/garlic salt
Salt
Butter
Parmesan cheese
Roll in the aluminum foil and grill (rotating) for 10 minutes



Then I made some strawberry shortcake for dessert with the "heart healthy" bisquick mix. All you do is mix the bisquick with some milk - and optional cinnamon/nutmeg - and mix together. Plop on a baking sheet and bake at 450 for like 9-12 minutes. Slice the "biscuit" open and add ice cream and strawberries. Note: Before you start, pour a little sugar to the strawberries and let sit for about an hour. It will draw out the moisture and make a yummy fresh strawberries "sauce". You can also top it with whipped cream...


Prior to the cookout, we went to Lowes and Calareso's in Reading. We bought three different kinds of sausages, corn on the cob, strawberries, watermelon, apples, bread, rolls and tomato plants! We are email club members so we get some amazing prices. Love it there!!




Saturday:

We set up the slip n slide on Saturday and the boys didn't love it haha. They walked through it very carefully - there was no slipping or sliding at all.







Saturday night:

For Father's Day this year, my mom and dad took all 3 boys for their first sleepover at Grammy and Papa's house! (Cal has slept over but not Conor and Caden - and DEFINITELY not all 3). This was an exciting adventure for the boys. Plus, earlier in the week, Conor was asking to sleep at Papa's, so timing was pretty perfect. My parents said they were really well behaved, so that made me happy.

Jimbo and I ventured in to the North End - first stop, BRICCO! They have the absolute best espresso martinis, so we figured that would be a great way to start the night. Then we grabbed a loaf of olive bread and headed over to the Hyatt where we got married via the water taxi.








We checked into the hotel, grabbed a few drinks and sat outside overlooking the skyline. This is literally one of our most favorite things to do. A big thank you to the Hyatt for the room upgrade. It is the best view ever!




Later that night, we took the water taxi AGAIN and ventured over to the Seaport for dinner at Legals on the water. Jimbo drove the boat right into the Legals area - he loved it!






A HUGE thank you to my Mom and Dad for taking the boys for the night. My Dad had to work Sunday early, so my Dad said my mom did a great job with them solo. Thanks guys!! And happy anniversary today!

Friday:

We took the boys to Woburn's annual "Flag Day" at Library Field. We live close by so we took the wagon/stroller and walked.


Conor and Caden's favorite ride was this dragon roller coaster. Conor absolutely loved it and was so care free - Caden loved it, but was trying to figure out how the thing worked the entire ride haha. They are so similar and so opposite sometimes.


Ice cream on the way home!

This was one of my most favorite weekends - we had loads of family time, a date night, and the best weather ever. So thankful!

Til next time....

xo,
Shaz

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Phelan Phive Visit Brooklyn!!

About a year ago, myself and Cal took a road trip to Brooklyn for what I think was my first visit to see Chrissy and Lindsey since they had moved to NY. He was just shy of turning 1 and Chrissy and Linds had been there for a few months. Around my birthday this year in January, we took Conor and Caden to New York while my parents watched Cal for the weekend.

Needless to say, this was our first family visit to Brooklyn and it went a lot better/easier than expected! When we've stayed there, Conor and Caden sleep in their second bedroom and me and Jim stay on an air mattress in the living room. This trip wasn't much different, as we brought a pack n play which we put in Chrissy and Lindsey's room - the rest stayed the same! We were very busy throughout the day and the ride there was pretty draining for them too, so they all slept great! Cal even napped there - which is crazy. He often doesn't nap if we're not at our place or his daycare.




Anyway, we started the drive Friday morning and we stopped in Bridgeport, CT at a little area called Seaside Park. What I liked most about this place was that it was about 1.5 hours fro Chrissy and Lindsey's, it had a view of the water that we could walk along, and surprisingly there was a playground! It was a great place to stop. When we've stopped in the past (in January) we stopped at Skyzone at "toddler time" which is their discounted rate, so it was perfect. However Friday was beautiful so I wanted to go somewhere and be outside.




We arrived around 1:30PM Friday and headed out on the little ferry on the East River. We walked over there, Cal in his stroller and Conor and Caden took their scooters.


See them WAYYYY far away?!




We took the boat to Dumbo where there was a cute picnic area, a carousel for the boys, and plenty of people watching. This area was so great! The kids were pretty tired from the long drive so they didn't last long, but it was still really cool to see a different area of Brooklyn.



We all had some snacks and beverages - it was pretty hot out! Hi Auntie Linny!!!






That night, the kids went to bed pretty well and me and Jimbo headed out for dinner. We didn't stay out too late (like our last visit to NY haha) and we were home after a somewhat quick dinner. The next morning, Chrissy and Linds took the boys to a bagel shop to grab everyone breakfast. Then we walked around/relaxed until the pool area opened at 10AM.


We literally spent about 6 hours down at their pool. It was the most beautiful day. The water was great, the boys LOVED swimming, and the view was gorgeous! Tried to get a good phelan phamily photo here - 






Cal took a nap upstairs, while Conor and Caden rested with Jimbo outside - how sweet.


Don't worry - we all enjoyed some ice cream after our BBQ by the pool!


We headed out pretty early Sunday morning because the weather was pretty much like this:



"Bye Chrissy's York!!" Thanks for such an awesome visit!



Til next time...

xo,
Shaz