O Christmas Tree | North Cape May, NJ

We very patiently waited until a few days before Thanksgiving to decorate our tree this year. Yes, we still have pumpkins on the front porch and I respect not wanting to rush the holidays, but last year we moved between Thanksgiving and Christmas so the whole season was a bit of a blur. We decided to buy a bigger tree, purge our old ornaments in favor of fresh new ones, and go with a more simple look for 2018. I used to dislike these vintage, arguably tacky, glass ornaments but now they feel like a throwback. Michael’s carries the cutest selection, so we chose a few based on the things we loved this year. We made cocoa, turned on Michael Bublé, and even got a group photo at the end. I’m so thankful to be settled here and can’t wait to share more about life in Cape May, the new house, and these four humans.

The Boardwalk | Wildwood, NJ

The edges of off season in any shore town is the best time of year if you ask most locals. The visitors, who we love for their energy and hard earned vacation money, have all gone home. The streets are walkable, parking spaces are plentiful, and restaurants don’t require advanced reservations. This is our favorite time to explore and fall back in love with our charming little town. Being too small for most rides, Margo had a ball running freely on the boardwalk, buying her own pizza and shopping for souvenirs.

Scallop Trip | Cape May, NJ

Recently, through my work with Cape Resorts, I had the fun task of following fresh bay scallops from boat to plate. I grew up with my Dad grilling bacon wrapped scallops on Sundays and still order them whenever they’re on the menu. Keith Laudeman’s crew and the Blue Pig Tavern are a dream team when it comes to fresh seafood cooked to perfection.

Lunch Date George's | Cape May, NJ

It’s rare that I get time alone with the twins these days and I’m suddenly fully aware of how little time I have with them before they go off to college. I can’t imagine my home down two kids. We wandered the empty streets of Cape May, stopped into George’s for lunch and picked up dessert at the Fudge Kitchen.