i’m in a new york state of mind.

Thanksgiving week went by in a flash. Madeline and I arrived in New York Tuesday morning and spent the day hopping from a meet-n-greet at my dad’s office to the Thanksgiving Feast at my mom’s nursery school to my sister’s for some quality cuzzie playtime. We ended up spending the night at her house, so that we could celebrate my dad’s birthday with Italian food (I had the ravioli parmigiana) and a Steve’s cake. (Steve’s is what we call ColdStone Creamery in our family- ColdStone’s ->StoneCold’s ->Stone Cold Steve Austin -> Steve’s.) The coffee ice cream/devils food cake/chocolate ganache/Heath Bar topped cake I picked out was sinful- a precursor to all of the gluttonous eating to follow in the week.

We started our Wednesday morning off right with some New York bagels with olive cream cheese (my favorite- I ate this two more times while I was home). Then we spent the rest of the day hanging around, watching the babies play. If you’re wondering if this could take up an entire day, the answer is yes. Our two little girls, just eight months apart, are night and day in the personality department. Madeline is an observer and Amelia is a doer. The girl is only eight months old, and she’s already able to crawl, pull herself up and almost stand on her own. Madeline spent most of the time watching Meelie scramble around to all of the toys, mastering them in seconds. But once she realized she was a threat to her own toy situation, Maddie started up with some non-gentle, non-loving pats to Amelia’s head. Amelia’s mommy laughed, while Madeline’s mommy sternly told her all about sharing and being gentle with babies. These are the days, guys…

Baby dressed as a Native American

Hoarding her toys.

world's cutest baby

My gorgeous niece, Amelia

babies playing nicely together

Playing nicely.


My parents’ sweet pup, Gracie girl.

Thanksgiving was spent in East Hampton, at my aunt’s house, with fifteen of our closest family and friends. Although Maddie was SUPER clingy (I couldn’t really blame her; it was the third house she’d been in since we started our trip- just a tad overwhelming), we had a really wonderful time. The food was fantastic (it always is when Aunt Patricia cooks)! My favorite dish? Hands down- the mac-n-cheese.

matt silverman and daughter, amelia

My brother-in-law, Matt, and Amelia. (photo credit: Javis Gibbons)

lauren mccullough and daughter, amelia

Amelia and my sister, Lauren. (photo credit: Javis Gibbons)

thanksgiving table

Our Thanksgiving table. (photo credit: Javis Gibbons)

crazy cousins

Coo coo bird cousins. (photo credit: Javis Gibbons)

babies in matching outfits, too cute

Cute and cry baby cousins. (photo credit: Javis Gibbons)

Friday I stuffed my face with veggie quiche, as I edited my 17 year old cousins college application essays. How he is applying for college already is beyond me. I’m pretty sure he’s still in diapers.


Cousins, college essaying. (photo credit: Javis Gibbons)

By the time we got back to my parent’s condo, it was a quick dinner for Maddie and to bed with her. Then it was sushi, some shows and to bed for the rest of us, before an early flight back home Saturday.

I love New York, and I can’t wait to go back in three short weeks for the most wonderful time of the year!


1. If I could be on any reality TV show, I’d want to be on The Amazing Race. Traveling the world with Andy.

2. This past Thanksgiving was tasty. My favorite dish was the green bean casserole (that I made).

3. I’m looking forward to December because we’re going to New York for 10 days to spend time with my family!

4. One thing I’d like to accomplish this month is baking some delicious treats- cookies, breads, anything really. It’s been too long.

5. To me, winter is a time to hunker down.


1. The best part of October was going to the pumpkin patch with a few couple friends. In addition to the patch, there was an awesome corn maze, which took an hour and a half to traverse. Plus delicious sweet corn and cider at the end! 

The other best part of October? The birth of my newest nephew, Joseph Oliver!

2. The worst part of October was that I skipped the gym for a week and now I’m struggling to get back on the wagon.

3. For Halloween, I’ll be a witch.

4. I hope that in November I finish my scarf that I’ve been knitting, I get to hold Joey and Sammy a ton at Thanksgiving and I eat so much that I pop a button during Thanksgiving dinner.

5. Wifey has posted MilSpouse Secret Santa

. I  will most definitely be participating. It’s my first one!