Saturday, November 25, 2017

Another Thanksgiving in the Books! 2017

After we get home from the Cape, I like to take a few minutes and look at all the photos and videos from the few days we spend down there for Thanksgiving. It's usually a whirlwind - lots of packing, traveling, unpacking, handling life with three toddlers, all the while trying to catch up with family and have a few minutes to ourselves. Nonetheless, we have a good time. Here are a few highlights - and check out my instagram video "shazbythesea"....I love making those compilation videos!

And in case you are interested, here is a recap from our 2016 Thanksgiving

For those who don't know, Jim's side of the family usually goes down to the Cape for Thanksgiving. They've been doing it for about 20 years. I personally love it. I started going in 2008 when Jim and I got engaged - and I think it's an awesome tradition fun for Conor, Caden, and Cal to experience. We typically arrive in our house and get settled. I try and make most of the sides/appetizers at home and then bring them down. After about 10 minutes the boys ask to go to Nana's house to play. We trek through the backyard (haha its like 50 yards) and the kids are SO excited. They can't get there fast enough. Here we are walking over!

The boys were able to spend some time with Uncle Joe and Auntie T!

On Friday morning, we paid Gramps a visit on his boat. He rides the ferry to Nantucket. We went to visit him around 8am and Conor and Caden toured the boat. They thought it was SO cool. Cal hung out with Mommy and Daddy while we waited for Caden and Conor to be done with their tour.

Even if just for a few minutes, we always try and make a stop at the beach. The boys associate Cape Cod with the beach - so whenever we have a few minutes, we pop over. They freak out and start screeching as we pull into the parking lot. Most of the time they ask us to get out - but not always. Today they did and we had so much fun.

The boys call our Cape house "our little house" and they enjoy watching TV and relaxing there. They don't sleep the best in the Cape, mainly because our house is real small and they are SO excited to be there - they don't want to sleep. So we try and rest as much as they will allow...

As I mentioned, my parents joined us this year for Thanksgiving. They stayed at a hotel in downtown Hyannis. They made sure to stay somewhere that had a pool. The boys haven't swam in a pool since their swim lessons last year - or "Kiki's pool" a few times over the summer. They kept calling it Papa's pool because it was at my Dad's hotel. When they saw it, they couldn't contain themselves.

Jim and I made a stop downtown with the boys to do a little shopping. We grabbed some coffee and walked around. We also bought them a new pair of Crocs! Totallyyyy needed. We may give them to them for Christmas, or we may just bust them out tomorrow. Their current pairs are completely falling apart. I don't know why - but this was the FIRST time they went out to try on a new pair of shoes. I usually just amazon prime them! They had fun trying them on and looking in the mirror. Thankfully it was pretty quiet down the Cape, so we were able to take over the store.

We had a little photo shoot on the beach today just prior to leaving. It was an absolutely gorgeous day!! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Now it's time to take out the Christmas decorations...yay!


Monday, November 20, 2017

Cake Bakin' and Leaf Rakin'

Tis season to rake all those leaves that have been piling up outside. I managed to snag a few quick pics while Jim and his brother, Joe were outside raking the leaves with the boys over the weekend. It was pretty crisp out there, but they had a blast.

Cal -

Caden -

Conor -

Daddy and Caden with their matching chainsaws -

Cal and I were playing peek-a-boo...his fav! Ha :)

Also, tis the season to warm up those ovens and bake some sweets, right?  I've baked a few pies and cakes over the last few weeks, and I am still trying to think of something fun to bring down the Cape for Thanksgiving on Thursday. I skipped the frosting part because you know, having three toddlers kind of hinders my cake-baking time, so I used a package from the store.  I may re-do this cake recipe and add some crushed Oreo cookies to the top this time! It was supposed to be two tiers, but the larger one me, Conor and Caden ate the "brownies". Ha fail?

1 cup baking cocoa
1 cup boiling water
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2-1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream


Dissolve cocoa in water; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with cocoa mixture and sour cream. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round cake pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.  I made two different size circle pans - so the larger one didn't make it. 

This was us baking the cake - with our "baking hats"

Also - here's some more of what we've been up to lately. I often make the boys "protein" milkshakes - and when I do, they share with Cal. I think it's adorable and Cal feels included.

Preschool pickup last Friday:

My Cal.

The aquarium, also known as Petco.

Visiting Papa at work!

Conor -

Caden -

We are planning to kick off Thanksgiving once again in Cape Cod either Wednesday or Thursday. I am hoping Wednesday traffic isn't too bad after work!

Have a wonderful, plentiful, and safe holiday everyone!