Weekending-Special Birthdays

12/19/2016 8 Comments

What a special weekend!

It was birthdays upon birthdays upon actual birth-days!

Christmas came early this year since my cousin was scheduled to deliver her twin boys on Friday afternoon. I knew it was the start of an exciting weekend. Before the birthdays started I had a fun night with some girlfriends watching Christmas movies and making gingerbread houses.

Apparently gingerbread houses are hard to find late in December because I stopped at Target, the grocery store and Michaels looking for one. Michaels had one kind left, which already came preassembled, my friends didn’t let me live that down lol.

I decorated pretty quickly since I only had to frost and stick on the candy. Something you should all know about me is that I’m not very crafty. I’ve gotten better as the years have gone on but it usually looks like a five year old created my projects haha. The other girls had very intricate and beautiful gingerbread houses. I wish I took a picture of all of them but I had too much frosting all over my hands.

Watching Home Alone while decorating was a perfect way to get in the holiday spirit!

We celebrated my best friend Mallory’s birthday that night because she was leaving for Nashville the next day. Mallory and I met in third grade and have been best friends since. She’s my person (to my grey’s people!). You even came to visit me when I studied abroad in Australia in college. That is a dedicated best friend 🙂

On Saturday I got to meet the newest additions to the family! I’ve never experienced twin babies and I’m so excited to watch these two little boys grow up. My cousin and her husband are great parents and I love getting to watch their little family. Their daughter,who is my god daughter, will still be my main girl though 🙂 I cherished the time I got to spend with her this weekend since they were at the hospital.

Yesterday it was off to Rhode Island to celebrate my Uncle Joe who turned 90 on the actual day. I’m thankful for any chance I get to go to RI

My family’s house in Portsmouth is so special.

Newport, RI // Cupcake N Dreams

We headed to a family favorite, The Lobster Pot in Bristol, RI. I always order all the seafood I can when I’m in New England. Give me all the lobstah 😉

Every year when my mom’s family takes my Uncle Joe out to lunch for his birthday he gets a pound of lobster and a martini. I think it’s part of what’s keeping him young! Since my mom’s parents passed away young, he has felt like a grandfather figure on that side of my family. He is a true New Englander and an Army man. He believes in walking and staying in motion everyday along the beach. He eats on a very regimented schedule with lots of fruit and vegetables. He is a great role model for living well in your later years. He’s going to make it to 100 🙂

I’m so thankful to experience such a joyous weekend especially during the holiday season. I’m thankful for all my family and friends and the happy occasions we got to celebrate this weekend!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week before Christmas 🙂


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    What a great weekend of celebrations! Love that every year your uncle gets a pound of lobster and a martini! What a great way to celebrate your birthday! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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    So many birthdays! How fun! I haven’t made a gingerbread house before, I don’t believe….but I kind of want to do one with my niece and nephew. I’ve seen some at Walgreens!


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    I’ve actually never made a gingerbread house and it always looks like so much fun! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      As always thanks for hosting Biana!

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    We did gingerbread house kits a couple weeks ago and it was too funny! Some of the girls bought cheap kits from the dollar stores and their gingerbread houses came broken and falling apart. The finished products were hilarious, but it’s the effort and Christmas spirit that counts, right? I’d love to visit Rhode Island someday. Merry Christmas!

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      Ugh I hate when they come broken, one of my friends had that happen. I think you can tell by my design that I don’t make them that often. Merry Christmas Kaitlyn!

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    Kelsey Bang


    what a fun time! I want to make a gingerbread house now!


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      Cupcake N Dreams


      Thank you for stopping by Kelsey!