Helloooooo there! I hope you all had an awesome weekend! Mine turned out pretty fantastic, and I’m a little bummed that it went by so quickly. Why does that always happen in the spring and summer?

Anyway, let’s take a little peek at what I was up to…sorry, it’s long!!

Friday

On Friday evening Fabio and I were supposed to go out with some friends, but due to a crappy day at work and even crappier weather (we are talking torrential downpours here) we decided to stay in. Luckily I received a text from the friends we were supposed to meet saying they’d rather reschedule for another day, and I could not have been happier with that decision. Who wants to get all dressed up to go out when it’s that awful inside?

Instead, Fabio and I cooked a quick and easy dinner and then spent the rest of the evening getting more familiar with my good camera (I want to practice with it a bit before our trip to Italy!!), watching Breaking Bad (newest addiction), and drinking one two two and a half bottles of wine ;) It was a perfect way to spend a rainy Friday night!

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All three of us snuggled on the couch!

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Saturday

On Saturday morning, Fabio and I woke up nice and early so we could get to the Farmer’s Market as soon as it opened.

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There were a ton of stalls and, naturally, I wanted to buy everything. 

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Luckily I had Fabio there to rein me in (and save my wallet) because we were only there for one thing: fresh herbs!!

Last week Fabio had to go to Home Depot to pick up something to fix our leaky air conditioner, and while he was there he surprised me by purchasing a little flower box from our windowsill!

I’ve had a lame basil plant sitting on our window for more than a year now, and Fabio thought this little window box would be a great way to expand our collection of fresh herbs. What a great surprise!

At the Farmer’s Market we bought four sweet basil plants, a chive plant, and a cilantro plant. Last time I had a cilantro plant for only a few weeks before it started to die and then got covered  in these little teeny bugs (causing me to have a MAJOR freak out), so let’s hope for better luck this time.

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Here they are on the windowsill!

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It’s not as nice as a real garden, but considering that we don’t have any outdoor space it works for the time being. Now let’s just hope I can keep them alive…

After the Farmer’s Market I had a fun shopping date with my mom! We headed over to Tyson’s Galleria where my mom got me a bunch of fun spring outfits that I can wear to work and while we’re in Italy. The clothes are going to be my early birthday present (wayyy early, since my birthday’s not until September) but now that the weather is warmer I realized that I don’t have any nice spring/summer work clothes. Problem solved!

My mom got me a ton of new clothes from J. Crew and Lilly Pulitzer and I can’t wait to wear them all/show you guys :) I also bought Fabio a new bathing suit from Vineyard Vines since he’s going to the beach this weekend with his friends, and he’s always doing nice little things for me like that. I think he really liked it!! :-D

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After our shopping trip I headed back home where I quickly packed up some overnight clothes and hopped back in the car. We had an important dinner date for my stepsister Maggie’s 21st birthday celebration!

Maggie actually turned 21 a while ago, but with busy schedules we were never able to get together for a family birthday celebration. Finally we were able to all come together on Saturday.

We went to The Comus Inn, a cute little place overlooking Sugarloaf mountain and only five minutes from my mom’s house. The last time we went there was for Easter brunch, but we also went for dinner around Christmas-time!

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It’s such a beautiful restaurant and we all had a great time :)

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There was a lot of wine consumed at dinner (don’t worry, I didn’t drive) so I have to warn you that my food pictures turned out pretty crappy. Woops? Clearly I had more important things on my mind ;)

Anyway, I started off with some Maryland crab soup. Always a winning choice.

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For my entree I split a filet mignon with Fabio, who got a Cornish hen at my urging, haha. You can see my half of the filet on this plate, and the piece of the Cornish hen on my bread plate to the top left. Everything was delicious!!!

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For dessert Fabio and I split the “chocolate pyramid” which was some sort of chocolate and vanilla ice cream thing. I only wound up eating the vanilla part because the chocolate was so rich, but it was still delicious. saturday11

After dinner we went back to my mom’s house, stayed up chatting for a few more hours, and then eventually went to sleep. It was such a fun evening!

Sunday

Sunday morning started with one of my stepdad’s famous breakfasts: a bacon and egg sandwich with potato hash. YUM.

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Just look at that runny egg!! His breakfasts are always the best.

After breakfast Fabio and I said goodbye to my mom and stepdad and hopped in the car to go to my grandparents’ house on the Chesapeake Bay! I always love going there in the summer because we have great BBQs and go out on the boat. It’s like a mini-vacation every time!

Here I am with my little sister, Nicole; look how big she’s getting!!

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Check out Fabio’s new shirt that he got in Annapolis over Memorial Day Weekend ;)  I know, I know, we are obsessed with our dog. I’m aware.

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Boat time!

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Here’s my grandma with Nicole!

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I wanted to see where we were geographically, so I took a little screenshot of my Google map. As a point of reference, my grandparents’ house is in the “Prospect Bay” area.

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After boating around for a little while, my dad steered us in to St. Michael’s for a quick drink. I hadn’t been to St. Michael’s since the half marathon, so it was nice to be back :)

While parking (docking?) the boat, we saw this cute westie in a life vest, which of course reminded me of my friend Megan’s westie puppy, Tully. I told her she should get him a life vest like this one!

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Hey little guy! So cute!

Once we had parked/docked, we walked over to the St. Michael’s Crab and Steak House to sip on a refreshing drink.

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Fabio and I went with the St. Michael’s ale. When in Rome St. Michaels, right?

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It was really good, and exactly what we needed on the hot day.

Back to the boat!

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Once we got back to my grandparents’ house, we took the dogs for a little swim in the bay.

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This is my grandparents’ dog, Cindy!

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And here’s Jack! Love this picture :)
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Once the dogs got out of the water, we gave them a bath and then headed home to do some laundry and watch Game of Thrones, which totally did not impress me. What kind of season finale was that? 

Anyway, it was the perfect summer weekend :)

Question of the day: What activities “kick off” summer for you? For me, I always think of the first boat ride of the season as a good summer kick off!

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  9 Responses to “First Boat Ride of the Summer!”

  1. You went home and did laundry??? Really??? :)

  2. I love all the pictures! looks like such a great weekend

  3. The egg on that breakfast sandwich looks SO good! Yummy yolk :) .

  4. I love early birthday presents…especially wayyyy early ones!! :) I can’t wait to see what you picked out. I was at the mall on Tuesday, and J Crew had a ton of cute stuff!! We just got an H&M so I had to go a little wild there too! :)

  5. I love your little herb garden! So cute. I had a window herb garden at one point but forgot to water it and they died. Whoops.
    Your dress in the boat pictures is so pretty! perfect summer attire :) And what a lovely way to spend the weekend! I’m not really a boat person per se, but it looks like you had a great time.
    I love how dog-friendly you guys are, so similar to Ben and me in that respect hehe.

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