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visit with leon!

The rest of the weekend was super fun though not document really.  We ate a lot of good food between Itzayana Ten, the food trucks under the high line and block heads and drank a lot of good beer and some not so snotty craft beer.   We saw the Upright Citizens Brigade  as well as Memphis.  The boys even took a surprise, well to me trip to Atlantic City.  All and all it was an amazing weekend and I am so happy to have spent it with such amazing people.

Chelsea Market

Kim, Kevin and Alex debating what to order.

The High Line is the one thing i did get to document because I walked it twice.  The high line is a old railroad track that has been converted into a lovely above the streets park where you can some amazing views of the hudson as well as cross town.  If you live in the area and have not been over there it is totally worth an hour or so and if you are visiting its totally worth it for the views and a little outside central park

Kimmy and I

Hello NYC! Oh how i miss you, even with your summer stench.  so the second leg of our summer vacation took up to the big apple for two very important events.  The first one being be big bros birthday!

The other thing is our bachelor/bacholoarette weekend.  Since we were staying the weekend we check into our hotel.  We stayed at the Hampton Inn Chelsea which we greatly enjoyed.  Not only the hotel but the location as well.  We choose it because my brother lives in Chelsea but it is really close to a ton of subways and an easy walk to a lot of major tourists stuff including the flatiron building which is one of my favorite buildings ever though we did not make it there this trip.

so once we checked in we headed over to my bros apartment and gave him his gifts.  this is how her normally looks.  he has gotten quite good at playing for the cameras since he spends most his days with photographers.

my mom and i.

my brother and i both love top chef, i mean who does not.  so i was thrilled that he picked Colicchio and Sons We ate in the Tap Room and had the prix fixe lunch menu which was amazing.  Everything that we hate was some of the best food I have ever eaten.  I did not take any pictures of the food, my family already looks at me weird, and I wanted to enjoy some quality family time.

  I did take a picture of the main room which was gorgeous.  More NYC to come!

Some how I got Vinny to take 4 days off from work!  I saw this as quite the accomplishment and I think he was happy in the end as well at least until he walked back into the office the following monday but that is not important.  What is important is the five mostly beautiful days we got to spend at my families lake house.  Hopefully more pictures to come.  My camera took a vacation as well.  Here is the one picture I have that my dad took of the view our lake house has, beautiful and relaxing.

Also while we were up at the lake house which is in the Berkshires we got to finally have our engagement shoot with our amazing wedding photographer, Christopher Duggan.  I met Christopher in 2007 when I was interning at Jacob’s Pillow under his wife Nel Shelby both still work at the Pillow in the summer and just bought a cabin near by and have the most adorable almost 3 year old.  It is pretty cool to see people, like my cousin Amy, become parents.  I have always loved Christopher’s work and since going into photography full time look at his work for inspiration constantly.  So I was thrilled, nervous and excited to have our pictures taken by him.  I am so happy with the results and the over all experience and am in even more envy of how amazing a photographer he is and how happy I am to be able to have him capture such a special time in our lives.

While I was home in Connecticut my mom and I made a day trip to Boston.  My parents house is about 2 hours from Boston which is not to bad and totally worth it to see my awesome cousins and this little guy.

Ben!  Ben is my cousin, Amy and her husband Joey’s first child and he is awesome.  He is about 8 months and is sitting up, eating everything and making the cutest noises.  All and all best baby ever, what can I say he is family.  We met at there apartment hang out and then headed to Fireplace for brunch.  It was very good.  Though I ordered a salad and when it came out it looked great but it was not enough food for a meal.  Dana, my cousin Justin’s wife had also ordered the same salad but being smart also got a roasted chicken on the side, so I quickly told the waiter that I also wanted some roasted chicken.  This is so not me.  It usually takes me forever to decide things and I hate inconvenience people even waiters so I guess I being hungry makes me a little bolder.

Ben and his Dad!

My mom holding Ben.

Dana (justin’s wife), Justin (cousin, dad’s side), Joey, Me and Amy (cousin, mothers side)

after brunch we headed to trader joes and picked up some dark chocolate peppermint patty things and some other fun trader joe treats I could bring on the plane with me because florida law (or lack of law) does not allow trader joes in the state.  so after this we started a search for shoes for my wedding dress you know since I left this to two days before my first fitting where I was suppose to have shoes.  I knew more or less what I wanted, a flat, comfortable, reasonable priced shoe but just had not found it yet.  We tried one store no luck and the second one went into had a ton of awesome “good for your feet” shoes and there I found my shoes.


I am so happy with them and ended up leaving them in CT because I did not want to be tempted to wear them to much.  It was great to be able to do this with my cousin, Amy.  She is my only girl cousin and I have always majorly looked up to here.  She was number one in her huge high school, went to Wash U, Harvered Dental and is now a pediatric dentist.  Did I mention she is like the sweetest most caring person as well.  So anyone it was very exciting to have her with me.  She also is a super great mother.

So after this we headed home and I got to play with Ben while Joey “did work” or fall asleep

after joey got all his work done we headed up to the roof of their building for a little family photo shoot.

After feeding Ben dinner and giving him a bath my mom and I hit the road.  We had such a great visit and I am so lucky to have such great family!