Days 364 – 366

One Year.
Happy Anniversary!

We celebrated by spending the weekend in Little Compton, RI. We have been to Little Compton to go to the beach, but hadn’t really spent any time there or realized how quaint and adorable it was.



There was a fireplace in our room and a couch with a view out into the snowy goodness. IMG_61410

We spent the weekend relaxing, reading, watching the Bears win in the playoffs, channel surfing with cable, going to the spa, and eating at local restaurants. reading


I was so impressed by our hotel room book selection. They had authors ranging from Oscar Wilde to Henry David Thoreau and James Patterson to Max Lucado. Andrew and I felt inspired to create a little book shelf in our guest room with equally diverse authors.books2 

We went to the Sakonnet Vineyards winery and loved it! It was warm & cozy, the staff was super friendly, and we were the only ones there for the tour. We watched a video, toured the winery and then enjoyed a little tasting. It was great! We found the video and tour to be extremely informative and interesting. We learned so much about grapes and wine-making. Our favorite quote from the video was that the owners fell in love with Little Compton and said: “Little Compton looks like the Hamptons did 35 years ago.” IMG_62240


When we arrived back to the hotel we realized there was a GIANT pig in a pen next to the parking lot at the nearby house. It was definitely the biggest pig I have EVER seen. Loved being in a rural town.


We celebrated our first anniversary with traditional gifts of paper. Andrew got me stationery and a personalized stamp; I gave him a book and subscription to RI Monthly magazine. IMG_62860


View from the Stone House. Beautiful sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.


We drove around scoping out the beaches and planning ahead for summer—where to go and where to park. lighthouse


It was so interesting to see beach houses and cattails on a frozen pond. Beach + Sand = Warmth to this Florida girl. Not snow:)IMG_6346


Handsome Hubby. We walked to the beach behind the hotel. I wanted to see what a beach covered in snow looked like. We had no idea how cold it was or that the wind, which was at our back for the first half, was unbelievably cold and coming from the north. IMG_63520




We loved, loved, loved, Little Compton. It was so quaint and quintessential New England. We loved the colonial houses on rustic farms. We seeing kids playing hockey on frozen ponds. And driving around the commons which had a general store, family diner and white steeple church. Straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting.

Below are some awesome address markers. I love how they are classy, yet rustic and unique with different fonts.IMG_6396

We had a great time and cannot wait to come back when the temperatures are warmer and the beach beckons us. IMG_64020

Days 352 – 363

Happy New Years! We laid low last night and had a few friends over for dinner.


I saw an adorable lobster set (crackers, butter warmers, chowder bowls) at Crate & Barrel this summer. During my post-Christmas pursuing of the website I found the set on clearance; so I made a deal with Andrew. [He loves lobster so it seemed like it would be an easy bargain.] We already know where the best lobster rolls are, our problem is that it's over an hour drive and the store owners are pretty grumpy/rude. Plus, our off-season visitors miss out since they are only open May – October. Because we have encountered more negative interactions then we’d like to remember, I tried to persuade Andrew into getting the set so we can become experts at making lobster rolls at home for our guests. They seem pretty straight forward to make and we even know the bakery the Grumpys use for the rolls. I figured if we can conquer steaming lobster and smothering it with butter, we’re in business. Andrew obliged. Our package arrived. And we set out to practice. Crab for dinner. [Lobster rolls for Valentine’s Day dinner]



We took down our tree. I was so sad to see it go. I kept begging to wait one more weekend. I guess since we kept it well into January, I did pretty well:) IMG_58420


More snow.
Snow, snow, snow everywhere.
We went on a little mid-storm expedition to get some pictures.IMG_5904


A beautiful snow covered Providence house front.


Andrew’s favorite house. He wants to buy it. It’s not for sale.IMG_5918 

Wickenden Street with a parking ban and snow plow.IMG_5950


Andrew wedged his coffee in the snow to stop and throw snow balls.IMG_5974

Aiming at stop signs.IMG_5975

Freshly plowed Benefit StreetIMG_5998


Clock tower





Cable Car Cinema. Their bike racks are made of old movie reels. Cool! IMG_6019


Downtown.IMG_6032[We took this from nearly the same spot as I did my first year here]




Snow day sledding.  IMG_6096


Beautiful colonials. IMG_6116