Holiday scenes from New Jersey

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December, 2014.

Another lovely Thanksgiving

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Another lovely Thanksgiving spent in New Jersey, this time with 100% more cute baby nieces.  All the cuteness plus a lot of desserts and visiting with friends and family made for a wonderful holiday weekend!  Hope yours was great, too!.

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She don’t even break the branches where she’s gone

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Hoboken, NJ.  November 2014.

The words are written in the air

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Hoboken, NJ. November 2014.

I’ll wait for you until the stars dominate the skies again

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Hoboken, NJ.  November 2014.

Wanderings: Hoboken

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Earlier this month we had a chance to visit Hoboken for a family event and we were excited for a chance to explore the city on the other side of the Hudson.  It was windy and drizzly during our stay, but we had a few great meals, visited some beautiful homes, and I was surprised by how much certain streets reminded me of Brooklyn.  Our visit was ever so brief, but now that we have family in the area we’re looking forward to getting to know Hoboken better.

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Wanderings: Asbury Park

Some cities will always photograph well; I’m drawn back to the loveliness of New York and Paris again and again.  Lately though, I’m in love with small town Americana, preferably by the seaside on a cloudy day.  I like the contrast of new and old, the unabashed use of color, the giant structures tempting fate right at the edge of the waves.  I had so much fun taking photos, that I practically had to be dragged back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

Wanderings: Ocean Grove

When I’m feeling a little world weary, there is nothing more appealing to me than a quiet town by the seaside.  On our little New Jersey getaway, we spent a few hours exploring the lovely town of Ocean Grove.  The town has a history of being a religious camp destination for Christian pilgrims, and while we enjoyed stopping to watch the pilgrim tents and cottages be assembled for the summer, I was even more fascinated by the rows and rows of colorful Victorian houses in the city.  There were so many that I felt a little like a young girl, bicycling through a dream world of charming dollhouses.

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Wanderings: A quiet weekend on the Jersey shore

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Life often gets in the way of special days.  Some days, anniversaries give way to demands from work, and some years we set aside birthdays to be present for milestones in the lives of people we love.  And that’s alright.  We make other time to celebrate each other.

This year our anniversary got sidelined by demands from my job, so at the last minute we used an invitation to a baby shower in New Jersey for the following weekend as an excuse to plan a last minute getaway.  A historic hotel in Asbury Park had an open room that overlooked the sea, and before we knew it, we had rented beach cruisers and set off south along the boardwalk.

It was cool and breezy, and we spent lazy hours biking down the boardwalks of town after town along the Jersey shore, the beaches still quiet in the days before the summer season.  Sometimes we stopped for coffee or food, or to warm our toes in the sand and collect sand dollars, all the while enjoying the crashing waves and each others company.

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Wanderings: Thanksgiving in New Jersey

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This year we drove up to New Jersey to celebrate Thanksgiving with our new sister-in-law and her family.  It was a lot of fun to blend two families together and I enjoyed the nods to both families’ Irish and Italian traditions.

The Mister and I both really enjoy cooking so we were glad to get there a day early, roll up our sleeves, and get started with the cooking.  I baked an apple pie and did a lot of the food prep work; he helped our sister-in-law with most of the dinner’s heavy lifting–turkey, stuffing, gravy, etc.  He also spent the night before we left making a large lasagna with meatballs to take up to New Jersey with us.  It was great to have something ready for everyone to eat for the dinner and lunch before the big meal.

We probably won’t see either of our families again until next year, so it was really wonderful to have time together to laugh, share food, and snuggle adorable babies.  Here are a few photos of family and food.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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We’re celebrating with family in New Jersey.  Hope your day is full of laughter and amazing food!

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Hitting the road

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Today we are hitting the road to visit family in New Jersey for Thanksgiving.  We’ve been lying low since our two week trip to California in September, so I’m excited to stretch my legs and have a change of scenery.  While I’m sure there will be some traffic, I’m feeling pretty good about not having to spend time in airport chaos.

The Mister is half Italian and his family typically does half traditional Thanksgiving fare, half Italian-American fare.  Tonight he is baking a lasagna to share with the guests who arrive early.  I’m looking forward to it!

Where are you heading for Thanksgiving?

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