Easter and a first birthday!

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(This song though. Worth a listen, I promise….XOXO)

 

It’s been a busy few days! I am so so happy that the Daffodils are in full bloom and the pink trees are out and about.  Spring is seriously like a breath of fresh air.

I was in the city all day Thursday from super early in the morning until later that night with 15 teenagers for work! It was fun but definitely exhausting.

Then on Saturday we ventured down to Long Island for Frankie’s nephew’s first birthday. The theme was “wild one” complete with baby Kenny wearing his wild one shirt with fake mom and dad tats. LOVE.

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Dessert is life.

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That night we had a bonfire and a few drinks…

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The Easter bunny still found us!

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Lola was not impressed with Easter festivities…

 

Before we headed home I said we HAVE to go to the beach- it was about 80 out! And we don’t live anywhere near a beach so any time we are near one we have to go over…. we brought Frankie’s dog Renfield with us and it was Renny’s first time at the beach!

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So many smells, so little time!

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“Monica will you marry me? Marlon.” 

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I had a surprise when I came home 🙂

 

How was your weekend?

 

 

 

A Sunday in Spring

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This weekend started out being a lazy one, which was much needed, but then turned into a very productive one!

I listed things on Ebay, I did my homework, I answered blogger comments, helped my mom in the garden for hours today, cleaned out my car and did the dreaded dump chore!

It was in the upper 60’s on the mountain top today….so I definitely took time to enjoy the sunshine and felt so much gratitude.

 

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Isn’t it amazing when the ground thaws out, wakes up, and comes alive again?

You don’t realize how good dirt smells or how green the grass is until you’ve been deprived of it in the cold hard months of a long winter.

Is that our own faults for not remaining completely present in the moments in front of us? Or is that simply……human?

As humans, like the dirt and the grass, we, too, wake up in the spring again.

We roll over and stretch, yawning out the tiredness the winter brought upon us.

 

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Everyone was feeling the gratitude of the sunshine today….

 

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You could hear it in their songs. Songs of praise for the day we had in front of us…

 

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Perched politely, waiting for his friends to finish their Sunday brunch.

 

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Caught ya little chipmunk….

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Running away from Monday like…

 

What did you do to enjoy this Sunday?

Santorini, Greece Bucket List

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This is going to be a long list and I may add to it as time goes along and the trip gets closer. I will do an update post once I have actually visited with where I suggest to go and pictures from the trip itself.

There is SO much to do on this little island that I have read about, it is hard to compile one list. I am not sure if every single one of these things will happen, but we are going to try our hardest to make every day count as much as possible!

We travel to Santorini from May 10th to the 19th. If you missed my Currently in March post, it has been my dream to go here ever since the first Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie came out and that dream is finally becoming a reality!

From what I have read online (and there are SO many resources out there it’s a bit overwhelming,) there are quite a few must sees and must dos when in Santorini. When I read about all that Greece has to offer and look at pictures, I get chills.

Santorini is only 1 of the many islands in Greece, but with so much to do. It was devastated by volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, creating it’s rugged and cliffside landscape.

Hike from Fira to Oia and see the famous Santorini sunset. (With a bottle of wine)

It has been said that people travel from all over the world to Santorini simply to see a Santorini sunset. I can see why…

Walk the steps from Oia to Amoudi Bay.

I can’t even fathom the beauty of Amoudi Bay when I look at pictures online…

Visit these towns/villages & walk around, shop, eat in: Oia, Fira, Imerovigli, Kamari, Perissa

Each little village seems to have it’s own uniqueness to it and known for it’s own “thing.” We have read that Fira is where the party is at, Imerovigli is great for shopping, and Oia is great for dining by the water and their infamous sunsets.

I definitely want to take full advantage of Greek shopping and maybe visit a farmers market…!

I need to get some beautiful Greek souvenirs and am really hoping to come home with some really once in a lifetime kind of fashion pieces that I can cherish forever and remind me of the trip. 🙂

Beaches: Perissa, Red Beach, Kamari Beach

Santorini is known for it’s unique beaches- many of them are made up of dark volcanic sand, rather than the typical white sand you think of. But they seem to have a beauty all to their own!

Immerse into the history and culture of Santorini. 

The history of Santorini includes volcanos and tons of ancient ruins to explore. If you know anything about my blog so far, you may know that I love abandoned ruins. 

Specifically, I would love to go visit Ancient Thera in Kamari and the ancient archeological site Akrotiri. 

I also definitely want to check out the many museums of Santorini!

As for the culture…

We have read that Greeks are known for their hospitality. They are also very superstitious.

I want to come home with as much Greek knowledge as possible, including some language! I want to learn as much as I can about the Greek Gods and Goddesses. I would also like to feel as much like a Goddess while there as possible.

Scuba Dive down to a plane wreck…

I have to do quite a bit more research on this and it may have to be a day trip outside of the general area we will be staying in- but I definitely think it would be worth it!

Rent a quad or moped and ride around the island. 

Because I can’t think of anything more heavenly than riding on a quad along a coastline with your hair blowing in the warm wind…it is surprisingly cheap to rent a quad for an entire 8-9 days, too. So we can pretty much rent one and park it all over the place.

Swim in the hot springs. 

This is a must for me…

When else will you get the chance to swim in a hot spring other than Greece? Just don’t wear a good bathing suit I have read it tends to stay with you for awhile….. #takethehotspringhome

Food and Drink:

Where do I start?

Here’s just some of the yummies in Greece. From what I have found so far, Greeks love their pastries filled with cheese. Count me in. Also sweet custard deserts seem to be of top priority. Again….count.me.in.

More Greek food to make you hungry.

Among my list of musts to try: Baklava (pastry filled with filo and chopped nuts and honey,) Spanakopita (savory pastry filled with spinach, eggs, feta cheese, onions, seasoning,) and I absolutely need to try an actual Greek gyro, to name a few.

Also…. WINE.

The amount of wineries I have read about whilst doing research is making me so thirsty….

Also. Dinner with a view needs to happen- and is inevitable to happen while in Greece.

“Man: a being in search of meaning. “

-Plato

“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds”

-Aristotle Onassis

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