Lately: smiles and celebrations

Hello, hello, long time, no talk! I didn’t intend to be absent for so long, but things got a little exciting around here last week…Brandon came home! Lately there’s been a lot of smiles and celebrating going on around these parts : –)
Obviously I couldn’t resist making a sign, and because I’m a secret poet I had to rhyme Winking smile

I wish I could bottle-up the emotions I felt as I saw him walking towards us; it is a feeling I’ll never forget. Having him home is so surreal! Simple things like getting coffee and bagels together, going to the grocery store, watching t.v.; it’s these little things that I missed the most. I’m so happy to have him back.  Even just being in the same time zone is SUCH a treat because we can actually communicate throughout the day. This may not sound major, but it was something we couldn’t do as a result of the Australian/U.S. time difference so it’s a wonderful feeling.
We met my best friend Julia’s newborn baby boy, Jackson, the day after B arrived home…he is so precious!

Brandon planned a Vermont getaway for us over the weekend which was unforgettable. A fun road trip with just the two of us was the perfect way to celebrate his homecoming together. We toured (and gorged on ice-cream)  at Ben & Jerry’s, visited Lake Champlain Chocolates and Cabot Cheese, had (too many) drinks, danced and sang the night away at a David Nail concert, and mostly just enjoyed being together again.  I don’t think I stopped smiling all weekend!
Is there anything better than free ice-cream samples? I think not.
What a small world…we even saw friends at the concert! Hi girls : –)
This would be my hang-over cure bagel. Maple walnut cream cheese

To top off the weekend, I headed to Connecticut to celebrate my sister & the bride-to-be at her bridal shower hosted by her future sister and mother-in-law. To say this shower was beautiful is an understatement. It was EXQUISITE. The decorations, décor, food, festivities, and people were amazing. What a special day for my sister. Love you Deb and Lauren!
Future sisters!
It is truly the season of bridal showers! Last week I also attended my friend Suzanna’s shower and it was such a fun day. Can’t wait for that wedding!

There’s one more thing that’s been celebrated around here lately:
Last week I received my acceptance letter into the Master of Science in Food and Nutrition program at Framingham State University in Massachusetts, beginning in September of this year. I am BEYOND excited. This program acceptance is what I’ve been working towards for the last year-and-a-half, and besides that, it also means that Brandon and I get to move back to Massachusetts this fall. Hip-hip-hooray!  Thank you all for the kind words and support <3

The celebrations will be continuing this weekend, too! I’m off to Atlantic City for Kimmie’s bachelorette with 8 beautiful ladies. It’s her last fling before the ring and I can’t wait! GET ME TO FRIDAY. Have a great rest of the week, friends. xo

Ever been to Ben & Jerry’s headquarters in VT?
What’s your favorite B&J flavor?
I am a die-hard cookie dough lover, but I tried the ‘candy bar pie’ flavor this past weekend and now I’m hooked!
New Jersey friends, any recommendations of fun, girly, day-time activities in Atlantic City in case the weather isn’t conducive for bathing suits?


9 thoughts on “Lately: smiles and celebrations

  1. SO much to say about this post. I AM SO EXCITED for your upcoming schooling. OH MY GOSH! This is huge. Congratulations. Equally excited that Brandon is finally home, and that you two had an amazingly romantic and fun weekend getaway!! PERFECT!

  2. Oh I totally understand how good being in the same time zone feels – and actually being able to text and call with a NORMAL phone and know you’re not going to be slammed with ridiculously high phone bills haha.

    Congratulations on your acceptance!

  3. YAY so glad Brandon is home with you! :) I’m sure you are still on cloud nine and you should be <3 Also, it looks like we will both be going to school for the same thing come this Fall, many congratulations on your acceptance!!!! Cheers to new beginnings! Have a total blast in AC! It's always a fun time there ;)

  4. YAY!! I am so happy to see you and Brandon reunited!!
    and MAJOR congrats on your acceptance!! you have worked so hard, you’ve earned it!!
    hugs to you girl!! xoxo

  5. Congrats on your acceptance! HOW EXCITING! These pictures are so beautiful because you can just tell how genuinely happy you both are just to spend time together again, in-person. I’ve never been to the Ben&Jerry’s headquarters but it’s definitely on my bucket list!

  6. SO exciting- all of It!! Vermont will always have a soft spot in my heart (as does ice cream) and I’ve been to the B&J factory a number of times, including last summer! I’m SO JEALOUS that you got to see all of my friends while you were there… let’s copy and paste my face into those pics, mmkay?? Julia’s baby is adorable! and Kimmie’s second shower looks beautiful. have a blast this weekend- so wish I was there! xoox

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