Day 3 of gratitude

I realize that I missed two days…. but I’m back on the bandwagon.

I’m grateful for my job. I’m an attorney and I work for a big law firm. My days are busy and demanding. But! I work with people who I mostly genuinely like, including one of my best friends. I love going to court. My firm was extremely kind and understanding throughout the whole baby process – literally from sharing the news I was pregnant, to my maternity leave, to coming back. It made me feel so much better about coming back to work. I really admire and respect the managing attorney of my office and feel like I’d want to have his job one day. I remember being told that if you didn’t want your boss’s job it was a bad thing – and now I finally realize how accurate that was! And finally – I feel like I have a career and not just a job. It took me a while to get here but I’m so glad I did!

Day 2 of gratitude

Sometimes you just have to be grateful for the simple things. Like right now, I’m in bed. The baby is sleeping. I’m getting some quiet time on my phone. And my bed is so comfortable. It feels so good to be in bed. And I’m grateful for that.

365 days of gratitude

I was driving earlier, and thinking about a long list of things I want. I’m in the process of organizing my home and getting rid of a ton of things…yet I still constantly long for more things! Consumerism, materialism…they are crazy things.

It got me to thinking that I should focus more on what I do have v. What I don’t have. I was driving my brand new Lexus SUV, with my beautiful Chanel bag sitting in the front seat and my perfect baby boy in the back seat taking a peaceful nap. To the majority of the world, I’m sure I look like I have it all. And, if I shift my focus a little bit, I really do have everything that’s important in life.

Today, I’m going to start with what I’m most grateful for. My son. I love this boy with the deepest part of my core being. My days begin and end with him, and to quote Faith Evans (who must’ve been singing about her child, duh) I never knew there was a love like this before. I just love this kid so much – sometimes It makes me cry because the magnitude of the love is so overwhelming. I’m grateful for having a child and having THIS child. I’m grateful for having had a healthy pregnancy. I’m grateful for having had an uneventful delivery. I’m grateful for having a husband who takes an equal part in raising our son. I’m thankful for family who have helped us out. I’m grateful for a job that gives me flexibility so I can spend more time with him. I’m grateful for the privilege and opportunity to try to raise a man who’s going to do good in this world. I’m grateful for baby cuddles and baby laughs. I’m grateful for getting to be a mom.

Gardening 101

I’m trying to learn how to garden.

Last weekend, we bought a ton of new flowers including hydrangeas, pansies, impatiens, petunias, begonias, flox, and azaleas. There might be more that I’m forgetting about!

I began planting them in our front yard, by the house. I’ll call this step 1…out of probably 20 steps? Maybe more?

Planting the flowers was a bit harder than expected! I actually got my heartrate up digging those holes and broke a sweat LOL! We’ve had some heavy rains this week so I’m hoping my poor flowers don’t get drowned.

I have big plans for the yard, including building a stone patio area off of porch, and creating a rocky/stone area around our fire pit. I’d like to do as much of the work as possible ourselves.  Which is FUNNY because neither of us know much about building patios, planting, etc…. AND we have very little time on our hands. Needless to say, this is a long term goal. And as far as the short term, we’ll be lucky if I get the chance to finish planting the flowers I bought by the end of May.

I’ll keep updating as we go!

The makings of an amazing first Mother’s Day

Time has been moving at a faster pace than ever before, and I feel like I just had my baby, but yet, here we are in mid-May…and I just experienced my first Mother’s Day!

It was an amazing day. Becoming Harrison’s mama is the best thing I’ve done.

For those who know me, I have very strong preferences of what I want to do, and yet, I am as indecisive as they come. This often is a recipe for disaster. But yesterday, for whatever reason, things fell into place.

I grew up in Manhattan and going back there always feels like going home (even though my parents have moved away). We had an early lunch. We showed Harrison some important spots, like where I grew up; where we had our first kiss; where we got engaged. 

I got a cookie at Levain bakery for the first time in years!

We sat outside for a nice meal. It was raining, but we managed to stay relatively dry and cozy!

My favorite tomato soup!

Harrison took in the sights of the big city! This was his first time there!

Becoming a mother has been the best, but also, most profound change for me. I say this all the time, but you’re still you, and yet you also become another person. So having a mother’s day where I brought my new life into my old life was really special.

Hopkins Vineyard

Over the weekend, we also went wine tasting at Hopkins Vineyard. We were there over the winter a few years ago, and kept saying we would make it back for a tasting during the fall. Well! We finally did. And it was just as beautiful as we anticipated. 


The winery is set atop a hill? Mountain? Probably not high enough to be a mountain, so I’ll go with hill. And it overlooks Lake Waramaug. It’s a sprawling property, inclusive of  a vineyard, a red barn (where the wine tastings happen) and a German restaurant. There’s ample place to sit outside on the grass or on a bench, overlooking the lake, and drinking a bottle of wine. It’s pretty serene, borderline, magical. 



I’m so regretful I didn’t get better pictures of the lake, but it was starting to get dark and the baby was crying…and it happens. We’ll be back, hopefully sooner than later.


The tasting room is on the first floor, and upstairs there’s a room to hang out, order snacks, drink a bottle of wine, and play board games. The last time we were there, there was also a classic rock cover band. 


Importantly, the wine is very good! We love their semi-sweet white wine called Westwind. It’s light, fresh and summery. We buy a few bottles of it every year. I also picked up a bottle of their Chardonnay. I guess I was in a white wine mood? My opinion is that good red wines do not come from the northeast. Hopkins has a few reds, they’re ok, but not for me. 

I’m thinking of trying to drag a group of friends to Hopkins for my birthday this year…but we might also plan a last minute getaway that weekend. To be determined. 

Traveling North 

My favorite thing to do on the weekend is pick a random destination to explore. This past weekend, we attempted tackling both the Connecticut wine trail and Connecticut antique trail. Our travels brought us to beautiful Litchfield County.

We were mostly on a mission to find a small antique cabinet for our living room, see colorful fall foliage, and pick up a few bottles of Connecticut wine. We did not find a cabinet. We also did not expect how special the town of Litchfield would be.  


It was pure New England quaintness. White clapboard houses lined the streets. Beautiful fall foliage. Old signs dating back to the 1700 and 1800s. Cute shops and eateries. I could’ve easily spent a weekend taking in this town. 

The town was surrounded by horse farms, winding roads and magnificent countryside that made you want to keep your camera in your hand for fear of missing another beautiful shot. 


We passed many antique shops on our drive north but unfortunately didn’t have time to check out as many as we would’ve liked (another weekend, another journey). We really enjoyed perusing Jeffrey Tillou Antiques, which had a large collection of “fine” (very expensive) antiques dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The shop was three floors, and I felt like I was walking through someone’s home/a museum! 

Since we were traveling with a newborn (who all things considered is so so easygoing), we didn’t get to delve into Litchfield County as much as we would’ve liked, but I’m sure we will be back very soon! 

Easy dinners

Meals with a newborn are tough. One of our favorite things is cooking dinner together every night, but since having Harrison, we’ve been ordering out for a lot of our meals. Unfortunately, this has not helped me lose weight as quickly as I’d like. It also doesn’t feel as healthy as our home cooked meals. 

After two weeks of takeout almost every night, we decided that we needed to commit ourselves to cooking quick, easy, healthy dinners.

This weeks menu included Mexican stuffed peppers with ground turkey; baked cod; pumpkin ravioli with steamed vegetables, and lasagna roll ups. 

I’ve made lasagna roll ups many times before. They’re simple, delicious and relatively low fat and calorie. 


Ingredients: 

  • Whole grain lasagna noodles
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Baby spinach 
  • Tomato sauce (if I’m not making my own, I use Rao’s) 
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • Parmesan cheese 


Directions:

  • Boil lasagna noodles, pour in a little olive oil to prevent sticking 
  • Spread thin layer of sauce on a baking dish
  • Lay one noodle at a time; put in tablespoon of ricotta cheese (more or less to preference); put a few pieces of spinach on top of the cheese and roll; repeat with each noodle
  • Cover with tomato sauce, sprinkle Parmesan and mozzarella cheese 
  • Place in over, uncovered and bake for 40 minutes at 350 


It’s that easy! And these are always a hit, especially with me… since I can have my pasta fix but it’s lighter than a full on lasagna meal. 

And on that note, it’s time to change the babe!