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An open letter to 2016

Just love. XX M

Just love.

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Weekapaug // Short Stories

Summers are short.  And they feel even shorter as we get older, right?  And even shorter if the weather is challenging.  This summer may have been short, but Mother Nature proved to be at her best, delivering exceptional weather, allowing us to spend quality time at the beach with good friends and granting us many hours on the patio of the phenomenal Matunuck Oyster Bar. Summer is a great time for reflection.  So many great summer memories.  And so many more to create.

Paris // A Glimpse

This past summer, I had the opportunity to visit Paris again.  I had only been once before, over a decade ago, so it was super exciting to come back at this different point in my life and view it with fresh eyes.  One of my favorite things to do when traveling it just roam aimlessly through streets, snapping at the various scenes I happen upon.  I look for the light, the color, the texture, the shape, and the humor in all things.  I take my time and since I shoot predominately film with a manual medium format camera, I am forced to slow down, which in turn, helps me to make better decisions before snapping the shutter.  Here are just a few scenes from my trip.  Enjoy and stay tuned!  Up next on the blog is a gorgeous Parisian engagement session you won’t want to miss! :)

Little Compton

It still amazes me how small Rhode Island is and yet there are still so many places here that I have never seen or spent any quality time in.  Little Compton, located in Newport County, is one of those places.  Quick history, according to 17th century land evidence, Little Compton originally belonged to the Sakonnet tribe, who were led by Awoshonks, cousins of Metacomet (commonly known as King Philip).  In 1682, the town was incorporated by the Plymouth Colony and renamed Little Compton.

Some friends of ours who were renting a fantastic house in this this sleepy little beach town invited us to join them for a few days at the very beginning of the summer.  It was the perfect weekend getaway with gorgeous weather and lots of exploration to beaches, nurseries, and farmer’s markets.  This place is so picturesque and I can’t wait to get back here for another visit next summer.

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Keep your face always toward the sunshine…

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.

– Walt Whitman

Round Hill

I was so excited to be able to attend my cousin Timmy’s wedding in Jamaica.  It was beyond spectacular.  The details were amazing, the guests were so lovely, and the staff at Round Hill could not have been nicer.  Complimenting it all was the perfect weather.  My goodness.  I never wanted to leave this place!  Absolutely incredible.  Congratulations to Timmy and his beautiful wife Alexis.  I am so happy for you two.  Wishing you both lots of love and happiness for many years to come.  X M

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Another Summer Gone By

This summer was great, especially since we were lucky enough to live by the beach the entire time!  It has been quite some time since we have felt those warm summer nights for such a long period of time and I, for one, will never tire of that feeling.  Memorial day weekend had us off to a bit if a cool start but things warmed up quickly soon there after.  This summer, we had tons of visits from friends, we went to pool parties and BBQs.  We took daddy out to a fancy brunch for father’s day, hung out with our cousins, graduated to balance bikes, and even met Smokey the Bear (with great apprehension, that is).  I was also able to get together with some dear old college friends for a girls getaway weekend that was SO MUCH FUN.  As much fun as the summer was, we are very excited for the fall where we are planning more trips and visits with friends.  This time of the year always seems to fly by the fastest for me and before you know it, we will be into the new year with even more change coming our way.  I am very excited about what the next 6 months will hold for our little family.  We shall see!  XX

Finally Thawing Out

This winter was brutal.  Oh my goodness.  I’ll admit it, when the first snow fell, it was really beautiful and I was excited for the twins to experience their first snow storm.  But when we lost electricity for three days, I was over it.  So over it.  On top of that, everyone was getting sick and spring just couldn’t come fast enough.  Well, spring kind of got robbed a bit by this long winter but summer is right around the corner and I am so psyched for some warm beach weather.  Despite the long, dark, cold days we endured, we still managed to get out and enjoy ourselves quite a bit.  We went to the beach in star pants and moon boots, we fed the animals at the farm down the street, we played at the playground and visited the ducks at the park in town.  One of us even got his first haircut!  So long winter.  See ya next year!

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Finish each day…

Finish every day and be done with it.  You have done what you could.   Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.  This day is all that is good and fair.  It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson