Winter Walks

This winter has been one of the coldest in recent memory, and for the month of January it was mostly too cold to spend much time outdoors with the kids.  We were all getting a bit stir crazy a couple weekends ago and needed to get out of the house so we decided to head to Frenchtown for lunch.

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The Brooklyn Museum

As I was thinking of fun activities for us to do this weekend in the city, I started looking up exhibitions at a bunch of museums to see if there was anything interesting.  Going to a museum with the kids is such a great cold weather activity, and something we haven’t done at all this year as we have been…

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Our First Farmhouse Christmas

This year was our first Christmas at the farmhouse and was also the first time we’ve ever hosted family for the holidays (which is something I had long dreamed of doing but never had the space to do).  Aside from the insanely cold temperatures, and the fact that it took me 9 hours to cook the turkey (more on that later),…

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New(-ish) Parent Health

Back in 2016 I got sick over Labor Day weekend, and then proceeded to be sick fairly consistently until the end of April 2017.  I was sick more in that 8 month time frame than I had been for the last decade combined.  I lost track, but I think I had something like 3 severe upper respiratory infections, which all…

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Banana Bread

By popular demand, here is my new favorite banana bread recipe that I have been posting about in my insta stories a lot lately!  I wish I could say that I perfected the recipe myself after years of baking and fine-tuning, but really I stumbled across this after googling “best banana bread” or something equally original and nuanced.  But I have to say, this one really was as advertised and I have found myself making it almost every single weekend since as it is such a crowd pleaser

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Big News!

We are so thrilled to announce that Baby Melling #3 is on its way . . . and (as the pictures above announce) we’re having another boy!  I still can’t believe that we are going to have 3 kids.  🙂

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Holiday Train Show

This past weekend, we took the kids to see the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens and it was awesome.  It’s basically a ton of model trains zipping around replicas of 150 NYC landmarks, all created using natural materials like bark and leaves.  The details were unreal, and I can’t believe how much work must have gone into creating it all.   People are awesome.

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