city birthday

This weekend Mom, Nick, and Mom’s cousin Susan came into the city for a fun tourist day! We went to see the reflecting pools at WTC, visited the museum, and enjoyed lunch and a walk in Williamsburg.  The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful!  Besides my tummy, it was a perfect day.  Plus, it was the first time family got to see Jay and I since our engagement…so fun!

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Sunday was Mom (and Susan!)’s birthday!  We celebrated with a ton of junk food, presents, and a drive around home.  How lucky am I to have grown up here…

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Then we watched the Celtics finally win a game, and I was back to Brooklyn to be with my boys.

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The most important take away from weekends like this is how lucky I am to have my family.  Mom, happy happy happy birthday.  I love you so much!

xo-j

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As always

As always life is insane.  Here are some fun ones from lately…

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(spring appears to be here but it is still so cold!)

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(celebrating with julie & doug)

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(catching rondo with the blanket & pep…if only they would be friends)

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(can’t stop making collages of things i love for the wedding!)

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(view from our street. look how huge!)

xo-j

Game of Thrones (Lemon Cakes Recipe)

This weekend was Jay’s birthday, but more importantly, Sunday is Game of Thrones night.  I wanted to do something fun to celebrate for him, but also GOT themed.  I decided to make Lemon Cakes!  I realize I am a total dork, but…I love it!

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You can find the recipe here.  They were a little weird, but delicious.

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If I make these again I will definitely cook them a little longer…maybe if you have a gas oven they cook a bit quicker than with electric…not sure.  Regardless, a delicious themed dessert for the birthday man!

xo-j

 

double birthday boys

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(look how tiny he was)

Saturday was Jay’s birthday!  We had a great time getting together with friends at Crown Vic, and celebrating not only his birthday but our engagement!  I had so much fun I forgot to take many pictures…oops.

And the second birthday boy is Rondo!  I can’t believe our little Rondo monster is 1! Love these boys so much ❤

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Here are some pics of Jay’s birthday…only a few like I said.  If anyone took any, send them my way!

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(trick candles, he was not pleased. thank you adie!)

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I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend!

xo-j

 

 

 

 

engaged

I can’t believe it…we are engaged!!  How did I get so lucky?!  I wanted to share the story of how it happened on here since it has been hard to find time to call and share with everyone (I’m so sorry friends & family…I love you all so much).

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Tuesday is Jay’s work from home day, and it was the warmest day we have had so far this year, so he suggested we take the dog on a walk down by the river after I got home from work.  I thought it was a bit funny that he wanted to take a walk so badly, but figured he wanted to get out of the house and enjoy the sun (finally!). 

So, we head down to the water with Rondo.  We’re walking along, enjoying our neighborhood, and right by the pier were at least 30 young kids playing on their bicycles and scooters.  We love Rondo so much…but children and bikes are not his thing (at all)…we hadto scoop him up to walk through the crowd of kids.  At this point, Jay must have been internally freaking out…all these kids, rondo barking, so much noise!

We get through the mania, and make it to the water, where it was basically just us.  We were looking at the city, enjoying the view, and Jay starts to talk about how we have a wonderful life here, and how even when we make our way out to the burbs (eventually) I won’t have to miss the city because we will still be here all the time.  I wasn’t thinking anything at this point, just thought he was being reflective while looking at the skyline!  He said he can’t wait to start life together and then…..asked me to hold the Rondo’s leash…ha!  I take the leash and still, didn’t think anything of it.  I was looking down at Rondo and the city, and then I turn around…

“And I have something to ask you…”

This would be when I totally lost my cool.  Jay was down on one knee!  I couldn’t believe it was happening!  I was, and still am, beyond excited.  I can’t believe that I get to spend the rest of my life with Jay!  It is the most amazing feeling in the world, and the proposal was so…us!  Dog barking and all!  Absolutely perfect.

Here are some pictures from right after it happened…

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(strangers took this one for us.  they thought we were tourists at first and didn’t want to.  but then i screamed “we just got engaged!!” and then they were more than happy to help!)

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We are both so excited!  The ring is more than I could have asked for…it’s so beautiful.  I’m obsessed with it, and terrified of hurting it!

To our families…I think I speak for both of us when I say we feel so lucky to join the other side.  We love you all so incredibly much.

Kate, thank you thank you for helping Jay find the ring, and keeping the secret when I kept telling you it wasn’t happening for a while. You are my baby angel and I can’t wait for all of the fun planning we get to do together!!!

Jay, I love you so much! I can’t wait to start a family and life together….you’re my favorite person in the world and always will be (promise). 

xo-j

A little sunshine

It is finally warm in NYC, and everyone is out and about.  Nothing feels better than being able to eat lunch in the sunshine!  Now all we need is full on summer to come so I can get these legs tan…

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(lunch date with erin on the trump tower deck)

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(ya see what i’m sayin?!)

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Welcome back sunshine…we have missed you!

xo-j

FR

Last night we went to see Frightened Rabbit at Terminal 5.  T5 may be the worst venue ever (or maybe I’m just too short), but the show was fantastic!  Also, we got to go with my brother and his gf and some friends which was so fun.  Loved having them in the city for the night!

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(crazy crowd below & torturing jay with biscuits before the show)

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(encore?!)

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(yes!)

Love them!

Now another weekend of mania.  Big plans ahead!

xo-j

 

 

Lately

We have been running around like maniacs since before Easter.  Here are some pictures from lately…

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(we got to meet this perfect boy)

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(he lives quite the life)

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(got to have lunch with a lovely visitor)

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(i don’t know where this guy was going with all that mcdonalds…)

xo-j

 

 

Film

On our vacation (almost 2 months ago!) we took pictures on a disposable camera…I thought it would be fun to have one roll of actual film.  I just got them back!  Some of them you would immediately delete on a digital camera, but overall I really love them.  Here are a few from the film…

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