It's chilly here. And, for the last 48 hours... rain. The whole weekend! Rain! Usually this would have me all up in arms with Mother Nature but lately the house is feeling extra cozy. In part because we've had a few fires going, Parker is pretty content with his newfound walking, I make a meeeean (boxed from Trader Joes do-nothing-but-add-an-egg-and-oil) banana bread, I've got a spicy candle burning almost all the time, jazz streaming from Pandora, and a cup of hot chai with some cream and honey and boom! Being house-bound isn't half bad. By Wednesday if this keeps up, my story will change though.
This weekend we took advantage of the Smithsonian Free Museum Day and headed off for the Crane Estate--another tip thanks to Rachael! One of the most beautiful places in the Boston area. Heck, in Massachusetts! (USA! WORLD! I'm done.) We'd been on the grounds a couple times (family pictures, remember? Which reminds me, we're desperately in need of an update!), but never inside. Do you know that the Crane family only lived here for 8 weeks of the year? It was their summer home, folks. That is just silly.
I've also been making good use of the beaches before they're covered with snow. Parker and I have been arriving at the beach shortly after William and Lindsey get on the bus, and returning in time for his nap. They are the perfect thing for exhausting a very busy 14-month old. We get all layered up, he points to the birds, eats a snack, looks at the water, walks all around, eats the sand... you know how it goes. And William! He had his first cross-country meet. It was a two-miler and he did awesome. I'm going to enjoy going to his meets this year (cross-country was my favorite sport in high school.). I get all goose-bumpy when I cheer for him.
Hope you're staying warm and cozy wherever you are. Though, some of you are probably heading into summer?
And Parker too: green snapsuit (bought on Zulily) // pants (my favorite... I keep ordering the next size up because I love them so much) // shoes (Lindsey's wearin' em too!)