Brooklyn's Baby Blessing

 On Sunday Brooklyn received her first blessing at church. She looked like a little princess! We dressed her in a dress from when I was a baby, a matching white bow and an adorable bracelet. She was so happy and smiley all day. 

Rob gave her the most beautiful blessing asking for spiritual and physical welfare through her life. We love Brooklyn so much and could not be happier to be able to welcome her to our church.  

We had some of the CA family members over for a brunch after church. It was really fun to get everyone together. 


BOSTON Christmas

I love Christmas in Boston! I have never missed a Christmas here even in college, studying in Spain or living in California. It is absolutely a priority to book tickets in advance and make sure I get back at the very least for a full week. This year was extra special because we welcomed Brooklyn to Boston for her first Christmas.

Christmas Eve we spend with my father's side of the family. His cousin lives in Wakefield which is awesome because it is a super short drive. We go over in the evening for dinner and party all night. I remember leaving so late as a child my parents would say Santa was going to fly by our house if we didn't get in to bed before midnight. Its really fun because there are two ages of cousins, the tweens and then the ones in thier 20s. 

Christmas morning was such a blast with Brooklyn this year. Everything is so much more fun with her here. I also love to see my brothers open their gifts, they are so cute and animated. Rob and I decided to exchange out gifts at our home so we didn't have to carry them but packed stockings for each other. We got matching red velvet ones with our names monogrammed on the top! This is a really fun traditional we will continue each year. 

 In the afternoon we went to my aunt on my mom's side. This is where I see some of my favorite people. All the cousins are similar ages and we lived close by. As a family we did several vacations together. I have such fond memories of fun times with each of my cousins. I love now that everyone is beginning to get married and have children. Its amazing to see the family grow and expand. 

Picture with the Kennedy cousins and then cousins plus spouses below. The family is growing!

All in all it was such an awesome trip. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing network of people in my life. I love you family, I love you cousins, I love you friends, I love you Boston! 


At long last my gorgeous husband arrived! He surprised us all by wearing a Boston sweatshirt and of course bringing my mom chocolates. He's definitely a keeper :)

Being a mean mother and tempting her with the chocolates

Friday was the first legendary gym day for Rob & I. I have high hopes that this could one day again continue. 

In the evening we went to Rob's favorite Wakefield restaurant; Morenas. Amazing Italian food, very reasonably priced. Rob forced me to bring him back here the very next night for a date before my friends came over.


Saturday morning we went to the twins hockey game. Their team won 2-3, Matthew got the first goal and Michael got the game winner. We were very impressed with their skills! 

My little girl representing Boston!

In the afternoon we hit the barber shop aka Hannah's amazing hair cutting skills. This is becoming a staple in my trips home. I get a hair cut, Wakefield up dates and get to hang out with my friends, what could be better!? https://www.facebook.com/pages/Primp-at-Tiffanys/243498592395084

The after- short & curled! 
At night the butterflies annual gift swap commenced at my house. I love that these girls have been my best friends since sixth grade. We were missing two butterflies but gained a junior butterfly this year! 


the first junior butterfly! 
On Sunday we did one of the lowest budget things possible: family photo shoot, AT target from a Groupon. My mom and sister have been big on the Groupon lately. 

In the afternoon we took a road trip down to Cape Cod to visit my aunt and my cousin's new baby. The men lead the way to Buzzard's Bay. My cute aunt had a full spread of appetizers and a dessert buffet at the end. 

The new grandmas! 

My aunt lives near the beach so we decided in the spirit of ghetto photo shoots to have my 10 year old brother snap a few pictures of Rob & I. I think he actually did a pretty good job!