Family, friends, food & wine, always makes for a good time

This past weekend was so much fun! My grandpa is home and feeling/looking great, the weather was beautiful and I got to hang out with my sisters, my parents and my best friends. Not a bad weekend. :)

Saturday evening we had my best friend Heather and my Aunt Maureen and Uncle Kevin over for dinner. We sat outside and grilled (thanks Mom and Dad, dinner was delicious!) It was such a nice night out. The food was wonderful and the company was even better!

The star of my blog this weekend, Uncle Kevin!


I <3 burgers

S'more? S'more what?

After dinner we hung out, chatted, looked at pictures from the wedding and whatnot. Afterward my cousin Catie who lives across the street came over to hang – it was so good to see her!

(*Side note, Catie grew up five blocks away from me – well, for most of our lives anyway – and she married “Chris across the street” (from my family.) Basically, Catie my cousin married Chris my neighbor, who is like a brother to me! Quite romantical.)

Anyway, Colin, Catie, Heather and I went into town to meet my other best friend, Mary and her boyfriend Matt at Horace and Sylvias for a few drinks (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATT!)

Sunday Colin and Pops went out to Greenport to golf and my Mom and I got up early, went to mass, then headed out east ourselves. We had a different agenda though. Golf? No thanks! Wine? Yes please!

We packed a kick-ass lunch and brought it with us to Jamesport Vineyards, a beautiful, sustainable vineyard in Jamesport, NY that has been around since 1981.

From their website:

“Sustainable farming attempts to minimize environmental impacts and ensure economic viability in a safe and healthy work environment. We incorporate environmentally and economically sound production practices in our management of vine growth, weeds, diseases, insects, and soil fertility. We encourage you to come visit us to learn more specific information about how Jamesport Vineyards practices sustainability.”

Jamesport is one of my parents favorite wineries out east on Long Island. They also love Pellegrini Vineyards which is gorgeous as well…Both nice places for weddings. :)

My mom and I had such a lovely time together!! I literally LOVE when I get to spend some one-on-one time with my mom. We laugh so much, and she always makes me feel better about all my worries. I feel like I have a lot going on right now and a lot on my plate so it was so great to just let it all out and have my mom be there to listen and make me feel better.

While we were there we tried all whites – The Reserve Chardonnay 2007, The Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and Riesling 2008. I really loved the Sauvignon Blanc – very tasty. I literally could have hung out here all day; the sun was shining, there was a nice breeze, we had food and wine and to top it all off a great band was playing. What more do  you need on a Sunday afternoon?

Mom :)

Jamesport Vineyards

Our wines


So pretty

Friggin love a good turkey sandwich

The band

Enjoying my vino



Such a cutie

Hi Birdie

After the vineyard, my mom and I met up with Dad and Colin along with the O’Doherty’s (close family friends who have a house out in Greenport) for lunch. I had an amazing lobster roll at Claudio’s.

When we finished lunch we said bye to Mom and Dad and headed to the ferry. Back to Boston!

Overall, an A+ weekend. SO happy to see my parents, my sisters and my best friends. :)

The weekend in pictures

This past weekend was awesome. I got to spend some solid quality time my family. Mom, Dad, Par, Meg, Kelly and Molly were all around and it was so nice to get to just hang out and laugh all weekend. I also got to see my two best girlies, Mary and Heather which is always a joy! My brother Patrick wasn’t able to come home (he’s über cool – lives out in Cali) which was sad. It’s weird when a bunch of us are together and there’s one or two missing. I got to chat with him on Saturday though, so it was nice to catch up. I miss you brothaman!

We did a lot over the weekend – a bbq Saturday at our (pretend) cousins house where we got to see all the kiddies – such a treat! Did a little shopping for Meg’s honeymoon Saturday night, had tea with Mary and Heather, went out to Bellport to visit Fr. Jerry, saw SATC2 (awesome!), made the seating arrangements for the wedding, saw Kelly’s Brian who is home from Ireland (he was did a semester over there), went to the Babylon Memorial Day parade, another bbq at our other cousins, etc. etc. The weather was beautiful and I was surrounded by people I love. A wonderful weekend indeed.

Some photos for you –

On our way!

Just got off the ferry

We're home!

Welcome to LI wine country :)

The beautiful beach we stopped at quickly


The Garden of Eve - what a beautiful name! If you're in Long Island anytime soon, this is a must visit!!

Garden of Eve Riverhead, NY

The farmers market we popped into

Don't forget to eat your veggies!

Cutest little guys

The Lavender Labyrinth

Meg washing off our DELICIOUS strawberries

The most delicious strawberries I've ever had in my LIFE

Once we got home to Babylon, it was time to head over to our pretend cousins (do you guys have any of those??) house for a bbq. It was such a good time!

Ella on the slip n slide!

Kelly and Brian!

Delicious bbq dinner

Me and my boys - Uncle Kev and Pops

Ella going in for the kill

My beautiful family - Mom, Molly and Kelly


Pretty Moldy


Moll is stealing Patrick's signature move!



Me and my little friend

Megan and her little friend - we each got one! Love twins!

Aw, my little friend isn't happy anymore!

Looking at the boobies

Look at those curls :)

Mmmm dessert

Sunday we drove out to Bellport to visit  our dear friend Fr. Jerry (Mom and Dad have been friends with him since we were little – he even baptized Molly, or ‘Angelina’ as he calls her… He’s one of those ‘Italians’…) We went to mass at his parish, Mary Immaculate and afterward we went to brunch in town. Fr. Jerry will be celebrating mass along with Fr. Jim at Meg and Matt’s wedding so it was good to talk some wedding details with him and get to see him before the big show!

Fr. Jerry's church

Grammy, Popper and Nana's brick outside the church :)

Moms present to Aunt Nancy!

Beautiful church

Rose bush right outside of the Rectory

Love this

'Many people have eaten my cooking and have gone on to lead normal lives.' Apparently Meg doesn't think so Mom!

Food pantry at the church

Kelly posing with the food ;)

Awesome bench!

Brunch at the Bellport Restaurant

Such an awesome restaurant - very cute decor and delicious food!


Yummy lemonade


Kelly's fritatta

A buggy we saw on our walk around Bellport

Tilted? haha

Down by the dock

Meg also had her final fitting while we were home! She looks AMAZING in her dress – I can’t post any pictures because Matt can’t see it yet! However, here is a picture of my gorgeous Mother all dolled up. Meg was practicing my Mom’s makeup for the big day.

My beautiful Mother - Meg was practicing makeup on her for the wedding!

Happy Memorial Day!

My grandfather (Par) was in the Army. I was home this weekend and got to ask him what Memorial Day meant to him. He said, ‘It means paying respect to all those who have fought in a war, who were in the military. Especially the men who went over to Korea. Some of us didn’t have to go, but for the ones that did, I remember them.’

For me the first thing that comes to mind are all the people who have had to go over to Iraq and Afghanistan. Particularly two brave young men – Chris and Rory. I truly admire those who fight for our country. Where would we be without them? So a BIG thank you to all those who have served, who are serving and who will serve!

Today, I went to the parade in Babylon for a little bit with Mary and her parents (always so good to see them!) Mary’s boyfriend Matt was marching with the fire department so we hooted and hollered when he came by of course. After that we went over to our cousins for a nice little bbq. Then it was time to come back to MA (always sad to leave the fam.) And, finally we’re home and I’m going to bed! But first, here are a few pictures…

Happy Memorial Day!

At the parade :)

AOH - Babylon


Matt's back there... can you spot him??

Babylon Fire Dept.

Our little Lola lounging at home after the parade

Just got on the ferry, headed back to MA

OK, more tomorrow.. I hope everyone had a great weekend! Goodnight :)