Last night we got to go watch polo for the very first time. It was such a cool experience.
We have the most incredible neighbors here. They are helpful and kind and generous…and their kids are our kids best friends. We just adore them.
So when they invited us to watch USA vs. Scotland at the Newport International Polo Series we said "of course!".
What a way to experience our last weekend in New England. I felt so sophisticated and British. So pretty woman-esque! Haha!
I thought I'd share some photos from the match. It was a beautiful night.
stomping the divots at half time:
miss harper and her crazy poses:
sweet sadie bug:
yep. she is going to miss them so much.
giving the players high fives after the game…they were going pretty fast and the girls thought it was scary but awesome!
some cutie scottish polo players:
this is minnie. she plays for the USA. what a cool,cool thing for my girls to meet her. i always tell them they can do anything they want to do and be anything they want to be…and she was living proof.
a pink helmet in a sea of boys!
I loved every moment of the night. Good friends, good food and wine, happy kids, and a new sport to learn.
my emotions are so very conflicted right now.
on one hand, i am overjoyed and full of anticipation. we are moving to ITALY!
on the other hand, i am sad and full of trepidation. we are leaving a place where we saw each other every.single.day.
we had dinner as a family every night. jimmy could come to school events and we could go on plenty of date nights.
he was here. the whole year.
newport isn't our forever place. but it was magical while we were here. and it's familiar.
and we are leaving it and that's a little bit scary.
and let's be honest…it's hard to watch your children leave the friends and teachers they love.
but i know, as always, that bigger,better,and more beautiful things are ahead. things we could have never imagined.
but it's hard to let go.
so as i begin the next two weeks of packing, sorting, donating and letting go…i will let myself be a little bit sad. a little bit nervous.
i will miss the togetherness we had here. but i'll always have the sweet memories. and i will revisit them time and time again. this blog has given me the avenue to ensure i never forget the time we had here.
reason 2000 i love blogging.
well, off to work. thanks for letting me share what's on my heart today.
hey y’all! so i know i’ve been pretty absent lately…
life’s just really full and crazy right now. in a great way. 🙂
lots of company and getting ready for italy. i cannot BELIEVE that june is our last month in this house. i’m equal parts terrified and exhilarated.
i was sitting here drinking my coffee and thinking about how i really wanted to blog. but I couldn’t figure out what to blog about.
looking back through my photos from the past few months, i realized i haven’t talked much about our favorite places in newport.
so that’s what i’m talking about today. is anyone interested in reading this? i have no idea. HA! but i thought it might be fun.
here are some of our favorite places to visit in and around newport.
1. The Cliff Walk – we almost always take visitors here. the ocean, 40 steps, walking by the most gorgeous houses in newport…you just can’t beat it.
2. Ocean Drive.– breathtakingly beautiful. the beaches are lovely, the homes are amazing. it never gets old.
4. Anthony’s– best seafood in town. hands down. i have had their lobster rolls 2918302840238 and i NEVER get tired of them. so so SO good.
6. Purgatory Chasm– the best place to have a picnic.
7.Newport Creamery- i don’t even want to begin to try to count the number of Awful Awfuls we’ve consumed this past year.
8.Fort Wetherill– can’t even put this place into words. creepy, beautiful, decayed, amazing.
9. Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge– peaceful and beautiful.
10. Favorite Restaurants
Best Seafood/Best Chowder- Anthony’s (see above)
Best Bakery- The French Confection
Best Pad Thai- Siam Square
Best Date Night/Best Tacos- Tallulah on Thames . hint- you can find the food truck at the Farmer’s Market!
Best New Restaurant- Muse by Jonathan Cartwright
Best Creme Brulee/Steak Frites: White Horse Tavern
Best Margarita (Blood Orange)- Diego’s
Best Nachos- Brick Alley Pub
Best Burger- Boss Man
Whew!! There you have it. All of our favorites. We have LOVED living here. It was like a year long vacation and it has been an absolute New England dream!
Happy Monday, y’all!
It started like this (on Friday)…
And snowed all day and all night and all day the next day. At first it was magical and beautiful and soft.
But soon the soft snow became great, billowing gusts that caused the house to creak and the power to flicker off and on incessantly.
Snow was blowing sideways and up…it was crazy.
Snow covered the windows and we couldn't see out.It was LOUD! I peeked out the front window and saw this:
It was actually all very fun and cozy until the power went out. Then it got cold pretty fast.
We all bundled up for the night and woke up to this:
I couldn't open the doors to take photos because with no power we were trying desperately to keep things warm.
Our house has so many windows..it honestly got very cold very quickly. Luckily we have a master fire maker in the house.
The Howell girls spent the day like this:
The babies had to take a nap like this:
Have you ever tried to get two 2 year olds to keep hats on their heads? It's a losing battle.
Meanwhile, J spent the day like this,bless his heart:
We had dinner by candlelight and witnessed one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
I started to get really worried about the babies because it was so cold.
I prayed a little prayer, tucked the babies in, and went to the basement to find the Christmas footsies for the big girls.
And…just like that…the lights came on! We totally had a dance party. HA!
It was 40 degrees upstairs and it would have gotten so much colder. I was so grateful.
I woke up early the next morning (yesterday), put on my winter gear, and went out and took some photographs.
We are still snowed in today. Roads are pretty bad and there's no parking. Schools are closed so looks like it's another pajama day.
I have to say that I am so so dang grateful that Jimmy was here for this. I mean…I know I can do anything myself, but it's so nice to have him here.
He makes me feel safe. And that's something I don't ever want to take for granted.
And I have to tell you…now that we have electricity I'm really loving it.
I actually really loved it when the power was off (minus the being really cold part). We spent all day together with no electronic diversions and it was lovely.
And being in a cozy and warm home with beautiful snow outside? TOGETHER? That is the loveliest thing I can imagine.
See y'all soon. xoxo
I love living in New England this time of year.
It's just magical. Don't get me wrong…Christmas was magical when I lived in the South,too.
But there's just something about Rhode Island in December.
Autumn flew by in a windy,leaf-filled gust. I didn't get to do half of what I wanted to do.
It's a shame we only have one year here. I love it so and there's so much more I want to experience.
I feel like I'm trying to cram everything in and I'm missing so much!
Because of that I'm determined to really experience the holiday season here.
This is what Newport looks like in December:
There are wonderful traditions here. Last week Santa came down our street on a float pulled by the Fire Department.
Down at the Yachting Center they make an ice skating rink for the season:
And we attended the Newport Christmas Tree Lighting there last night:
Afterwards we wandered down the street to look at lights and get some coffee/hot chocolate.
We saw a bar bouncer Santa on the sidewalk and thought he was HILARIOUS.
He was clearly wearing the worst costume ever, with the fakest beard ever known to man.
I told him "you sit on a throne of LIES" and he laughed himself into a coughing fit and told me "AWESOME reference".
side note: i am NOT wearing white hammer pants here. those are baby blankets.bahaha!
And then we climbed in the car and went to look at the Christmas house…it's famous for having a CRAZY amount of lights.
And MAN…though this time in our lives is full of diaper changes,
double fit throwing,
getting frustrated because it takes us SO LONG to leave the house (no matter how early we start),
so much dirty laundry,
a million papers to sign,lunches to make,messes to mop…
it's also full of so much magic.
trying hard to embrace more of the magic and less of the MESS.
a little bit of housekeeping first.
1. i have loved reading each BYH entry. thank you for the privilege. i have many left and i'm hoping for a little "catch up and comment time" today. please feel free to continue to link up. there's no cut off date.
2.i will pick the winners for last week's giveaway sometime in the next day or two. make sure to enter!
i want to share my favorite part of newport with you…ocean drive/10 mile drive.
the homes are amazing and the view is jaw dropping. what's not to love?
this was our second time to visit. the first time was pretty cool, there were some massive storm clouds rolling in. check out h's face and those muddy legs. bahahaha!
this time it was overcast again but we still really wanted to visit.
check out the shacks we saw on the way to the beach. okay, but seriously…the amount of money in newport is mind blowing.
note to self…invest in windbreakers STAT. holy windy.
a half family portrait. 🙂
lucy is on the left and cate is on the right. i love the tiny piggies. 🙂
the babies look angry and harper looks scared?!?!?
j took cate out to see the water. do you see all of those sailboats on the horizon? so beautiful.
the big girls brought ziplocs so they could explore and collect treasures. they found lots of shells and seaweed and snails.
the babies LOVED being there. they were so interested in everything. so curious.
the look on cate's face (to the right) makes me laugh so hard. can you tell how excited they were?
we picked up rocks and watched the crabs scurry into the water. the girls were fascinated. i was a little bit creeped out. i don't like things that scurry. shudder.
when i was bending over looking at one, jimmy goosed me and i swear to all that is holy that i have NEVER screamed that loud. i almost peed my pants. it goes without saying that he thought this was highly entertaining.
and as we were leaving, we saw this. seriously? i don't even know what to say.
all i could think of was gob bluth going to the banana stand. please tell me that someone gets this reference?!?!?
we also went apple picking! i'll share pictures soon.
happy monday y'all!
ahem…i'm sorry…LOBSTAH rolls. geez. 🙂
today we ate our 2nd set of lobster rolls this week.this time we tried the ones from here.
anyone want to take bets on how many we will eat this year? j says 50. i'm thinking that might be a tad conservative. 🙂
p.s. still working my way through responding to each comment on the last post. y'all are AMAZING.
p.p.s. still no household goods. found out today that all of our worldly posessions are crated and sitting in a warehouse…
so there's that.
but who cares, we've got lobstah rolls.
i know four little girls that think their back yard is heaven.
and with a backyard like this…who needs household goods? ha!
yes…a riding lawnmower came with the house. 🙂
as for me, as much as i LOVE the yard. and the house…i miss crafty goodies. how sad is that? i had them right under my nose for 5 months and barely touched them. now i crave creating. makes no sense, i know. 🙂
have a beautiful and blessed friday!