My (forever ago) Roman Holiday

I stumbled across some old photos on an old jump drive yesterday.  There were photos from the summer of 2008, right after I graduated from college, hiding on there.  I was incredibly fortunate to be able to travel to Europe for two months after graduation.  This was before I had started a blog and its not documented anywhere.  It seemed to daunting to post so much to Facebook.  So I’ll #laterblog and post some of my favorite shots here!  Maybe I’ll do Venice next week.  And Cannes the week after that.  And maybe I’ll convince Scott to move to Southern France the week after that.

After a six week program in the South of France, I traveled a bit in Italy.  I loved Rome.  The history.  The gravity and age of everything.  The beauty. The charm.  The gelato.  The pasta!  The pizza!  Oh, it was glorious.

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I didn’t expect to fall in love with Coliseum the way I did.  I think it was standing in the very place where thousands of Christians died – for the very same faith that I have – knowing that I didn’t have to live with that fear of persecution.  It was humbling and reminded me to never take that freedom for granted.

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Antibes and Rome 645It was wonderful.  Absolutely wonderful.  While I wish I was there, New York has pretty great pizza and it’s own kind of charm.  Now if 5:00 pm will hurry up and get here so I can go out and enjoy my own city!

Down the Shore

Scott and I went “down the shore” to his hometown this weekend.  It was a bit of a roller coaster, as the trip was on, the trip was off and then the trip was on again.  But ultimately we found ourselves on the ferry, rolling past the beautiful NYC skyline.

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Aah, suburbia!  Grilling on a real MAN sized grill in a backyard.

We had planned a beach day with our friends, Stu and Leslie, but the weather couldn’t make up its mind, so we just stayed on their back deck most of the day, talking and laughing.  When the sun came out for good, we hopped in the jeep and went to the beach to catch the sunset.IMG_1819

 

It was so late that parking was a breeze and the beach was basically ours.IMG_1821

 

Girl pic!
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Who knew that they still made boom boxes!?  Best idea ever.
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Splitting an adult beverage first-date style.IMG_1826

Check out my handsome husband and his beard.IMG_1829

 

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That’s the thing about East Coast beaches – the sunset is always behind you.IMG_1831

 

We honestly had the best time.  I think we literally just laughed our way through the day.  Like, work out your abs, bring tears to your eyes type of laughing.  It was the best kind of day.
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First toes in the sand shot of the summer! Hoping there are many more!IMG_1843

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I. Went. Golfing. (sorta)

If you know me at all – especially if you knew me from ages 14-18, you will know that this is a big deal.  I went to a driving range.  And didn’t just sit and watch Scott hit some golf balls.  I actively participated.  And furthermore, I enjoyed it!  Missed swings and all!

We went with some of our sweet friends, Maggie and Jonathan, to the driving range at the Chelsea Piers.  You know the one in the movies, such as Serendipity? (I’m sure it is in other movies, but I only know chick flicks.)

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I’ve never seen Scott golf before and he is so good!  I had an idea that he is, but it is different to see it in action.  Mah man!IMG_5303

We all took turns hitting (and missing, as the case may be cough*me*cough) the golf balls.  It was actually really fun!  And I didn’t feel pressure or anything! IMG_5325

Scott watched me edit the photos and told me I needed to bend my knees more.  I told him I was busy trying not to bend my arms like he told me while we were there.  Apparently my joints can’t be in different positions at the same time?  Its way too hard to bend my knees but not my elbows.  Geesh Rebecca, you were a dancer for pete’s sake!IMG_5328

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We had so much fun but my favorite part might have been the photo shoot at the end…IMG_5335

And the margaritas we got as a treat after!IMG_5332Thanks for the suggestion, Maggie (& Jonathan!).  We had so much fun with you two and would looove to do it again soon 🙂

Owen Chase

Last week I got a pedicure and the name of my polish is “Where’s my chauffeur?”  Well, I got my answer when a studly man picked me up right outside of my office building on Friday evening!  My wonderful husband had picked up a car and whisked me off to Boston to meet our new nephew!

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It was one of the first truly beautiful New York summer days, so we had the windows down, blaring country music.  That is a rare treat, friends!  I MISS singing in the car.  You just can’t do that on the subway.IMG_1734

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Four hours later, we were in Boston and we met the little guy!

Owen

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It was such sweet time to spend with the new parents.  Jess and Dan clearly love their new roles.  Screaming child from 10 pm  – 2 am?  No big deal.  Getting peed on multiple times by said child?  Met with loving words (after some initial shock, to be fair).IMG_1744

Dan wanted to jump in and help wherever he could.  He seems to have taken naturally to fatherhood.  I mean, in a matter of seconds, he got Owen to go from screaming (above) to zonked (below).
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Enter Aunt Becca to coo and love and dote.IMG_1748

I couldn’t get enough.  He was just such a sweet, little nugget.
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Jess and Dan DID want to get out of the house, though.  One week in and they had a bit of cabin fever.  So off we went for lunch, where Jess and I had our traditional Bloody Mary’s.  That is one happy momma to be out of the house!
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Owen was a dream through lunch.  Jess needed to feed him after, so the boys and I took a walk around the harbor while we waited.IMG_1754

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They live in such a cute, New England-y town.  It will be a fun place to raise kids.IMG_1758

The rest of the afternoon was spent around the house.  Owen settled in for a long nap with Aunt Becca.  Oh my word, it was perfect.IMG_1770

Do I look a little sweaty? Well, the AC broke, and Boston was having 90 degree weather…what!?
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And sorry for the bad iPhone pics.  I brought a camera with NO MEMORY CARD.  Bad blogger, bad Aunt, bad bad bad.  I pouted for a second and then decided to move on.  Better to have iPhone pics than none at all!

I think that Owen actually looks like Scott.  He has the exact same mouth!  A preview of things to come…?
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I remember looking at pictures of myself as a baby and remarking at how young my aunts, uncles and parents looked.  Or laughing that so-and-so had a beard and it looked so funny!  And everyone’s hair was so dark (read: no gray).  It struck me that I am now the aunt in this scenario.  Owen and his cousins will look back on the pictures from this time in their young lives and think we, the older generation, look so different from the aunts and uncles they will come to know as they grow up.  Does that make any sense?

Speaking of having a beard and no gray hair…check out my husband and his beard!  What do you think?  I kinda like it!
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On Sunday, it was time for us to move on so that the next set of visitors could come and have Owen time.  We left in time so we could stop at our favorite place for lunch!IMG_1788

We went to our usual place, The Landing, because you get this view while you eat your stuffies.

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On beautiful days like this, I want to throw everything to the wind and move to Newport.  It’s so easy to forget the sub-zero winters while you are eating fresh clam chowda outside with the sun on your face.IMG_1794

After lunch we took a quick drive through town before getting back on the road.  The beaches were packed and you could tell that summer was in full swing.  IMG_1797Great weekend!  Congratulations again to Jess and Dan!  You guys are great and we can’t wait to watch you raise your little gift.