Hi everyone! Happy May! This is probably one of my favorite months — behind September and December, of course. A few great things about May: 1) The spring weather, 2) I can hang out on my patio/deck with my new plants and flowers, and 3) Mother’s Day. The only bad parts about May are my spring allergies. I’ve never had bad seasonal allergies, but something about North Carolina’s climate just destroys my eyes, nose, and throat. All in all, I’m excited for what’s to come in May.
April was a pretty busy month for us. During this time of year, our weekends are packed. I’m assuming because everyone is tired of being cooped up inside all winter. April consisted of a small Easter celebration, some volunteering for Earth Day, and a short trip to Virginia to celebrate birthdays.
Of course, April 1st was Easter. We decided to stay home and not travel. Easter isn’t a big deal for Bobby and me, so we kept it low key. With that said, I love having an excuse to cook an elaborate meal. If you read my post about my failed dinner, then you know we didn’t have dinner. We did, however, have an awesome pancake brunch with some friends.
And because Easter baskets are a thing, I convinced Bobby to let me make small baskets for us and Mowgli. Typically, like Christmas, Bobby would fill my basket and I would fill his. This year, I filled all of the baskets (mostly because I had my eye on a cheap phone tripod). The contents of each basket were less than $20 courtesy of 5 Below and Target.
After our friends left, we ventured out to the grocery store. To our surprise, everything was closed. I mean, I know we live in the south, but EVERYTHING was closed ALL day for Easter. This is definitely not what we’re used to! After driving around for a little while, we finally found a Walmart Grocery that was open. We grabbed a few ingredients to make homemade pizza, and I snagged an egg dyeing kit. Then, spent the last bit of our Easter weekend “tye-dyeing” our eggs!
Next up, we celebrated Earth Day by volunteering at Whole Foods and Horton Grove Nature Preserve. Bobby and I love being outside so much that we had a wedding registry at REI. We spend a lot of time camping and hiking, so Earth Day is an important reminder for us to give back to our planet.
On April 19th, six local Whole Foods Markets agreed to donate 5% of their net sales to the Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC). I spent a few hours volunteering at a booth in one of the Whole Foods. As people walked through the produce section, I greeted them and educated them on what TLC does for the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.
Over Earth Day weekend, we spent Saturday helping TLC build trails at the Horton Grove Nature Preserve in Bahama, NC. Bobby and I learned a lot about “cutting” trails. From looking at topography and where to map the trail, to digging out all vegetation and how to properly fill holes from roots or rocks. We found that building a trail required a LOT more work than we thought. It definitely gave us a better appreciation for our park system and trail crews.
On Sunday, we attended the Meadow Lark fundraiser for Learning Outside at Irvin Nature Preserve in Carrboro, NC. We got to tour the new gardens, take a carriage ride around the property, make flower crowns, and bid on items in the silent auction. I actually won a set of herb/veggies in the silent auction! Can’t wait to plant them!
At the end of April, we traveled to Virginia for Bobby’s marathon. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out because a few days before the race Bobby started complaining about pain in his Achilles. He rested his legs the entire week of the race but decided to push through and continue with the race. As some of you know, Bobby is extremely headstrong. When he puts his mind to something, he’d rather fail than quit. So when I dropped him off at the starting line, you can probably imagine how nervous I was that I’d get a call from the medics saying he needed to go to the ER. I reminded him of how proud I was and kissed him goodbye.
It was about 2 hours in when I got a call from Bobby. He said, “there’s no way I can finish the 2nd half”. I met him at mile 12 and picked him up. He was in a decent amount of pain, but no ruptured Achilles. I was so thankful that he listened to his body and decided to stop. I’d rather play it safe than go to the ER for surgery.
We spent the rest of the day Saturday celebrating Bobby’s brother’s and stepmom’s birthdays. Bobby’s Aunt and Uncle from Maryland came to celebrate as well! We had a great time catching up with everyone.
It was a busy month, but lots of memories were made! In case you missed it, here are my blog posts from April:
Hi friends! I’m glad everyone loved my February Rewind post. It’s a little easier for me to recap my month versus each weekend. Today, I’m sharing my March rewind. Last month I was bitten by the travel bug and found myself traveling to Florida AND Virginia.
I started the month by heading to Daytona, FL to visit my parents. Raleigh’s weather in February was grey and cold, so I was definitely craving some Florida sunshine. I got really excited and pulled out ALL of my spring/summer clothes. Unfortunately, Florida was under a bit of a cold snap. Temps were in the lower 60’s with a constant cold breeze. It wasn’t warm enough to bust out my shorts, but luckily I packed several extra outfits and layers.
When I arrived Friday afternoon, I was pretty tired from the 9-hour drive. But my mom was really excited about a surprise event she had planned. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University was hosting their annual Open House. Having previously worked in the aerospace industry, I was really excited to check it out! Embry Riddle had a lot of really neat activities for guests. Activities included 3D photos of Mars’ landscape, a night sky simulator where we can see 200+ years in the future (used to project meteor’s, comets, etc), a gravity well, telescope displays, and a scale model of the solar system. The best part of the night was getting to see a star cluster hundreds of lightyears away via the largest telescope in Florida. VERY cool! #spacenerd
Over the next few days, I was able to relax and rejuvenate. My mom and I got to watch the Oscars and The Bachelor Finale. Mowgli got lots of attention, too! My parents allow him to swim in their pool so he gets a lot of exercise! Plus, what labrador doesn’t love the water? One day we went to Barkley Square, a 14-acre dog park with a HUGE pond. He was able to swim and socialize with other dogs. Lastly, we went to a dog-friendly section at Ponce Inlet. Again, more swimming and LOTS of attention!
And, of course, we ate great food!
During my last day in Florida, my dad found out that his long-time friend, Joe a.k.a. “Red”, was in Daytona on vacation. Growing up, Red and my dad traveled to Florida each spring for Bike Week. Red was like a distant uncle to my brothers and I. He was really funny and would let us climb and pick on him when he visited. The last time I saw Red was at my high school graduation in 2005. So when I found out that he was in Daytona, I had to see him. It had been over 10 years and he hadn’t changed a bit (well, a little led red and a little more grey)! My parents, Red, and I had a great time catching up!
On my way back from Daytona, I stopped in Charleston to visit my friends Ricky and Amanda. They moved from Virginia to Charleston in December and I was their first official house guest. It was my first time in Charleston so Ricky and Amanda gave me the official tour. We walked around Battery Park, saw Rainbow Row, visited Shem Creek Park, and drove down Meeting Street.
A few things I learned about Charleston:
It’s a peninsula. I had no idea! It’s surrounded by the Ashley River and the Cooper River. Unless you’re coming from North Charleston, you have to cross a major bridge to get to the city.
There are a lot of abandoned buildings. The downtown area of Charleston is pretty condensed, and the more famous landmarks are on the southern tip of the peninsula, so you have to drive through some low-income and abandoned areas. Luckily, the Charleston population is growing exponentially and the surrounding areas are getting renovated.
Rainbow Row is only 5 houses. And the homes aren’t as bright as the photos in magazines! Officially, there is a series of 13 houses that represent Rainbow Row, but only about 5 of them are brightly colored. Rainbow Row really represents the longest cluster of Georgian homes in the city. Now you know!
Overall, I loved Charleston. The home and building architecture is beautiful and the history is fascinating. I can’t wait to go back and spend more time exploring!
Less than 2 weeks later, I pack my bags again and headed to Virginia. I decided to take the scenic route and take Interstate 81-N so I could stop at my alma mater, James Madison University, and visit my sister-in-law. Maddie is rounding out her freshman year at JMU and I can’t explain how awesome it is to see her blossom and grow, especially in a place that heavily influenced who I am today. Maddie and I have a special little bond and it has me grinning from ear to ear!
If you’re a JMU Alum, you can’t stop in Harrisonburg without visiting The Outpost — JMU’s unofficial bookstore. I was in dire need of a new sweatshirt (mine had holes in it), so Maddie and I did some shopping. We both got new sweatshirts and a few trinkets. Mission accomplished!
Before I left Harrisonburg, Maddie and I decided to grab dinner. Honestly, I was so wrapped up in nostalgia that I really wanted to eat on-campus but unfortunately, Maddie really wanted to get away from campus food so we headed to downtown Harrisonburg. We tried goes to Jack Brown’s (a staple my senior year), but it was too busy so we settled for Clementine Cafe (another favorite). It was great to catch up and spend some one-on-one time with my little sister!
On Friday, I decided to surprise my niece, Kylie, with lunch at her school. When I walked into the cafeteria she was just opening her lunchbox and sitting down. When she saw me her jaw dropped. She said, “what are you doing here?!”. After the initial shock, we were able to sit in the auditorium and enjoy our lunch. Honestly, I’m glad we didn’t sit in the cafeteria. I haven’t been in an elementary school in nearly 2 decades and holy cow it reeked of cleaning chemicals. Yuck!
It was pretty cool that I got to spend some one-on-one time with my niece. She’s SO funny, smart, and kind. She’s a straight-A student, just got accepted into the Gifted and Talented program, she’s on two competitive cheerleading teams, and just started a new season of lacrosse. I’m a proud aunt!
After lunch with Kylie, I was able to hang out with my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew. My nephew, Blake, showed me how to play Fortnite — the latest and greatest video game that’s taking over the world. Now that he’s a teenager, I’m able to tease and pick on him a little more. Again, I’m pretty lucky to be able to spend one-on-one time with my niece and nephew and get to know them.
Later Friday night, I grabbed a quick dinner with a friend then met up with Bobby’s step-mom and sister to watch The Greatest Showman. Oh man! What a FANTASTIC movie! It’s entertaining and has a great message. I’d recommend going to see it in the theatre before it’s on DVD. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack ever since!
On Saturday, I spent the whole day with my friends Lauren and Nick, and their 2 daughters, Ella and Olivia. We started the day with an Easter Egg Hunt at Morven Park in Leesburg. It was unusually cold and we were underdressed so nobody was ecstatic about being outside. We participated in a few activities before the egg hunt including face painting, making bunny ears out of craft supplies, and real bunnies available to pet and hold.
My friend Lauren runs a small business where she makes custom shirts, bibs, banners, teething toys, and more! Check out how cute their shirts are! Visit Ella + Olivia on Facebook.
After the egg hunt (and while both girls took a nap), we went to Petsmart to get a fish for Ella. She just celebrated her 3rd birthday in February and really wanted a fish, so Auntie Lauren just HAD to get her a fish. She was so excited when we got home with all the supplies!!
It was really great to spend the day with Lauren, Nick, and the girls. It made me realize how much I missed them and wish we lived closer!
By Sunday, I was exhausted from running around the past 2 days. I decided to sleep in and stay in my PJs until mid-afternoon. Since I was staying at Bobby’s parent’s house, I was able to spend a few hours catching up with his dad and step-mom. Usually, when we visit, we arrive late Friday night and leave Sunday around lunchtime. Depending on the occasion, we don’t have much time to just catch up, so I was really grateful for the downtime.
I eventually made it out of the house later that afternoon to visit my brother and his girlfriend, as well as my aunt, uncle, and cousins. I’m borrowing a sewing machine from my cousin, so stay tuned on my new sewing projects!
On Monday, I had plans to grab lunch with 2 of my former colleagues at Audi, Ti and Mark. Both Ti and Mark were extremely influential during one of the most vulnerable times in my life — my wedding and the big move to North Carolina. They gave me some sound advice that helped me get through those periods. I really value their friendship and it was great to see them!
While I was in VA, Bobby’s younger brother, Kyle, spent the weekend in North Carolina with Bobby. It sounds like they had a fun brothers’ weekend. They had a movie marathon (Aliens series), played disc golf, and toured downtown Raleigh. I made it back to NC just in time for Kyle’s last dinner at Bobby’s aunt and uncle’s house. It was great to spend time with family and get a little bit of time with Kyle before he headed back to Virginia.
WHEW!! March was a busy month for me! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to write as much as I wanted. I’m trying to catch up and double down on April posts, so make sure you subscribe to my updates!
In case you missed it, here are all of my blog posts from March:
Hi friends! I don’t know about any of you, but it felt like February just flew by! We had a few days of warm weather at the beginning of the month (highs in the upper 60s). This is our first February in Raleigh, so I was hoping this would be the end of winter. Unfortunately, we got hit with another cold snap at the end of the month. I guess I’ll hold off on packing up my sweaters!
At the beginning of the month we traveled to Virginia to celebrate Bobby’s sister’s 14th birthday. We surprised her with a ticket to iFly Indoor Skydiving. She had a blast! Bobby and I tried indoor skydiving with some friends before we moved to Raleigh and had a lot of fun. It’s nothing like actual skydiving (we’ve done that, too), but worth trying if you’ve sworn off the real thing.
Bobby and I celebrated Valentine’s Day a day early because he was heading to Minnesota to visit his family on the 14th. We typically don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but we decided to do a little something since we were overdue for a date night. When I got home from work, Bobby was cooking dinner and there was a dozen roses and a bottle of non-alcoholic rosé on the table! Aww!
Bobby and I decided to spend one of our Saturdays touring Durham. We went to a Durham Bulls baseball game last summer and have been wanting to go back to walk around the city. We met up with some of my friends from work and visited a few breweries: Bull City Burger and Brewery, Fullsteam Brewery, Durty Bull Brewing Co., and Pour Taproom. We wrapped our day with some ice cream from The Parlor and a visit with Major the Bull.
Also, in case you missed it….I cut my hair!!! I visited a local salon for a consultation. I’ve wanted to cut my hair, but wasn’t sure if I wanted highlights or needed a keratin treatment. The stylist suggested a deep conditioning treatments and a few strands of baylayage highlights. So, the next day I showed up for my appointment and chopped of 5 inches! I love it!!
Last but not least, in case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of the blog posts I published in February:
Last year, we drove 22 hours straight to surprise Bobby’s mom, sister, and brother in Minnesota. This year, we opted to spend Christmas in Virginia. Even though we’ve made a dozen trips back to Virginia since we moved in April, 36 hours isn’t enough time to squeeze in everyone we want to see. Luckily, Bobby was able to take a few days off work and I was able to work remotely. Off to Virginia for 6 days!!
On Saturday, we met up with our friends Nick and Lauren and their little girls, Ella and Olivia, at Bowlero in Leesburg. Nick and Bobby have known each other since 2nd grade and Lauren and I have become great friends. We had a blast playing with the girls and catching up. They couldn’t be any cuter!
On Sunday, Bobby and I met with my brothers for brunch at Anita’s Restaurant. My brother’s girlfriend, Liz, joined as well as my nephew, Blake. It was a casual gathering for us this year. No gift exchange. We decided to just hang out and enjoy each others’ company. We have a great time making jokes and teasing each other. Anita’s is a tradition in my family. My dad would bring home breakfast burritos from Anitas just about every weekend. As we got older, it became a special place for us to gather. It was the perfect place to spend Christmas Eve brunch!
Sunday night, Bobby’s dad and stepmom made a delicious Christmas Eve dinner. The dining room table was set with china and crystal. It was beautiful! We ate turkey, sweet potatoes, corn casserole, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, salad, and cranberry sauce. It was nice to gather around and enjoy the company.
After dinner, everyone gathered around the TV and watched White Christmas. Can you believe I’ve never seen it? Such a great movie! Maddie, Claire and I made Gingerbread houses while watching the movie. Had to check that off my Christmas bucket list!
Christmas morning, Claire and I woke up early and took Mowgli for a walk. We didn’t make it very far because it was a bitter 15 degrees outside and super windy!
When everyone finally woke up, we gathered in the living room to watch the kids open gifts.
Something I look forward to every Christmas is Bobby’s stepmom’s Monkey Bread. I never had it before I met Bobby…and boy was I missing out! I don’t have her recipe, but here’s the one that I follow. In addition to the Monkey Bread, we had ham, an egg and sausage casserole, powdered donuts, hard boiled eggs, and clementines. I’ll be dreaming of that food until next Christmas!
Bobby’s brother, sister-in-law, and niece, Willow, came over around noon to open presents. Willow was the only person we bought a present for this year. Since she’s a little young to understand that we donated gifts to another family, we decided to get her the book “Do Princesses Make Happy Campers?” and a pair of pink walkie talkies.
Before Willow arrived, we turned on one of the walkie-talkies and put it in her gift bag. Bobby kept the other walkie-talkie in his pocket. After Willow opened a few gifts, Bobby stepped outside. I notified Willow that she had to get really quiet for her next gift. I gave Bobby the signal and he buzzed “breaker breaker — this gift is for Miss Willow”. Willow’s eyes lit up as she hunted around the living room for her talking gift. She finally found it and opened the other walkie-talkie. It was a HIT! She LOVED buzzing back and forth as we hid in various rooms of the house. Such great memories!
Later Christmas Day, Claire wanted to drive around and look at Christmas lights. We hopped in the car and traveled to Fairfax, Herndon, Sterling, Ashburn and Leesburg to look at the best light displays in the area. Some lights were beautiful (like the first photo below) and others were tacky (like the last photo below). Either way, Claire and I had a great time blasting Pantatonix’s Christmas album and driving around.
On Tuesday, we traveled to DC to see the Christmas decor at US Botanic Gardens, Union Station, and the Capitol. The US Botanic Gardens had a beautiful display of historical building made out of natural materials (bark, moss, seeds, leaves, sticks, etc). And they were pretty large!! It was my first time to the Botanic Gardens and Union Station. I’m so glad I was able to experience them during the holidays.
It was a busy week for us, but we’re happy to be back in Raleigh. We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Next Christmas, we’ll be sitting in sunny Florida 🙂
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! Bobby and I travelled to Florida to celebrate with my parents.
We left town after work on Wednesday, so we didn’t get in until late. Surprisingly, we only hit a little bit of traffic which only extended our drive by an hour. We were expecting pretty bad traffic and planned on being zombies on Thanksgiving Day. (YAY for not being zombies!)
My mom tasked me with making pumpkin pies, so I jumped in the kitchen pretty early Thanksgiving morning. I follow the Pumpkin Pie recipe on the back of the Libby’s Pumpkin can and EVERYONE loves it! Bobby was tasked with making deviled eggs. My mom and I LOVE deviled eggs…but we hate making them. Funny enough, Bobby doesn’t like deviled eggs but he enjoys making them. Wow! I sure did marry the right guy!!
And while we were busy in the kitchen, Mowgli was having a blast in the pool! It’s the first thing the grandkids (or grandpup) do when they get to Nana and Pop Pop’s house. Mowgli learned how to swim in my parent’s pool last summer and now we can’t keep him out of the water!
Since it was just the 4 of us, my mom pulled out the china for dinner. The tablescape was beautiful! The menu consisted of turkey breast, honey ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, stuffing, applesauce and broccoli slaw. Of course it was WAY too much food, but the best part about Thanksgiving is the leftovers!
Friday morning we ventured to the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill at De Leon Springs State Park in DeLand for breakfast. My parents rave about the pancake mix, and they were right! The pancakes were awesome! Plus, you get to cook your breakfast on a griddle at your table. It was a really neat idea. We purchased a bag of their pancake mix. Can’t wait to try it at home.
We didn’t do ANYTHING else on Friday. I think everyone needed a day to just relax. I convinced my mom to catch up on This Is Us (side note: do you guys watch this show? It’s SO good!), so we were on the couch from noon to 8pm.
For breakfast on Saturday, my dad made breakfast on the grill. My brothers and I bought him a hibachi grill for his birthday this year and he loves it! We used leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner (ham and potatoes). Bobby got to try his first potato pancake! We make patties out of mashed potatoes and fry them. Add a little cheese….SO GOOD!
After breakfast, we went to Daytona International Speedway to checkout the Turkey Rod Run — a car and vendor show. There were over 5,000 cars on display in the infield of the speedway. The infield is about 180 acres and it includes the 29-acre Lake Lloyd. We walked nearly 2 miles to look at all the cars…and we didn’t see them all!
Lastly, it’s not a trip to Daytona unless you eat at Our Deck Down Under. This is our #1 must-eat restaurant! My dad has been eating at the restaurant for almost 20 years. They have the BEST seafood!! It’s always packed, so we go early. Bobby and I ordered the seafood platter which came with clams, shrimp and crab legs. It was so good! I was so full!
We rounded out our night watching Passengers. I watched it back in September on my flight to Colorado. I’m not one for sci-fi movies, but this one was really good! I’d recommend it!
We had a great weekend in Daytona. I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend.
Last weekend Bobby and I traveled to Virginia to celebrate my Grandma’s 90th birthday. It was the first time that my entire extended family has been together in over 10 years! My dad is one of 6 kids: 3 brothers and 3 sisters. There are over 30 cousins including 3 great-great-grandkids. So, you can imagine the amount of family in one room!
Nearly 150 people were there to celebrate my Grandma. She volunteered at the Vienna Fire Department for over 40 years and was very active in the local community. She always hosted dinners for my dad and his friends. Her home was the place to hangout in Vienna.
I was able to catch up with some relatives that live on the west coast. I got to catch up with my twin cousins who live in California. Last time I saw them they were just babies! I was pleasantly surprised by their interests. One of them is a very talented artist who is REALLY into Hamilton. The other is a talented guitarist.
I also got to chat with my cousins from Seattle. We are about the same age and use to see each other every summer, however we haven’t seen them in 10 years. They are both newly married, so I got to meet their spouses. Bobby has never been to Seattle, so I think we need to plan a trip!
I managed to make it around the room and catch up with all of my family members. I even got to meet some of my dad’s extended family, like his cousin who lives in London!
My Grandma was overjoyed with the event. After the party, we went to my aunt’s house to continue catching up with relatives. I’m so glad Bobby and I dedicated our weekend to seeing everyone. As we get older, it’s harder to keep in touch with everyone — specially 30+ cousins!!
We celebrated our 1-year anniversary this past weekend at Linville Falls, NC. Well…at least we tried to celebrate in Linville.
We left town Friday with plans to camp out and return on Monday. After a 3 hour drive, we set up camp and started a fire. Just as we sat down to enjoy the fire we felt some rain drops. We sat through the drizzle hoping it would pass, but it only got heavier. Bobby and I would have been fine sitting in the rain (we have awesome rain gear), but Mowgli was visibly uncomfortable. We decided to put out the fire, head to the tent and call it a night. The rain only got heavier and eventually turned into a thunderstorm. Then, our tent started leaking. Needless to say, we didn’t get any sleep.
The rain lightened up Saturday morning to a drizzle. We decided to go on our planned hike to see the falls, even though the visibility didn’t look promising. But first, we stopped at a cute coffee shop in Crossnore. I ordered a small cappuccino and a cinnamon roll. It was AMAZING! Also, they had a TON of flavored coffees. We snagged a bag of Sticky Bun and a bag of Coconut Blend.
While we were waiting for our coffee, I talked to one of the teens behind the counter. Crossnore is home to the Crossnore School & Children’s Home, a community-based foster care, outpatient therapy, and educational service. The coffee shop, as well as the sales store, weaving room, fine arts gallery, etc are a part of campus. It’s a really awesome program and I’m glad we stumbled upon it.
The teen recommended that we checkout Fresco, a famous mural inside of the church. After coffee, we walked up a stone path to check out the church. It was a beautiful establishment! The mural brings to life the scripture from Mark 10:14 – “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for such is the kingdom of God.”
After checking out Fresco, we hopped in the car and headed to Linville Falls. The visitor’s center was fairly busy (for a rainy day) and we saw a good amount of people on the trails. It rained for the whole hike, but we pushed through. The first part of the hike was to the top of the falls, then we continued to hike about 150ft to the overlook. Linville Falls is known as the “Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians”. It was beautiful, even for a rainy day!
After the hike, we realized that the rain wasn’t going to stop. The dog was soaking wet and our camping gear was wet from the night before. There’s nothing worse than being cold and wet when camping, so we decided to pack up and head home. I was very thankful to get a full night sleep in my warm bed!
However, when we got back to Raleigh I noticed our refrigerator was cracked open. One of the shelves prevented the door from shutting so ALL of our food was room temperature. I had just gone grocery shopping on Friday before we left for Linville, so I had to throw away a TON of unopened food. UGH! On the bright side, glad we weren’t gone alllll weekend.
Sunday morning we were slow moving. We tried our new Coconut Blend coffee from the coffee shop in Crossnore and it was AMAZING! The weather in Raleigh was perfect — sunny and 70! We couldn’t pass on the opportunity to be outside, so we headed to Apex for a round of disc golf. It was the first time I actually kept score…and I lead MOST of the game by 1 or 2 strokes, until the final hole. I hit every tree in sight and lost by 1 stroke!
If you know Bobby and I, you know how we celebrate special occasions — SUSHI! We rounded out the weekend at our favorite local sushi restaurant, Waraji. We were stuffed after two rounds of sushi, soup, and seaweed salad.
That rounds out our anniversary weekend. It was one we’ll never forget!
I hope everyone had a great weekend. Bobby was in Vegas for rock climbing, and I didn’t want to be alone in Raleigh for Halloween, so I travelled back to VA for the weekend.
This time, I took a half day on Friday and visited my little sister-in-law at James Madison University. I graduated from JMU in 2011 and loved every minute of it! I was so excited to see Maddie and find out how much she loved being at JMU.
There are two must-see things for me in Harrisonburg. First, the Arboretum. It was my favorite spot on campus. I use to spend hours just lying on a blanket or doing homework. When Bobby and I started dating, we would go for walks around the pond and through the woods. There is a specific bridge on one of the trails that we consider “our bridge”. We would sit on the railing and just kiss each other. Ahhh! Young love!
The other must-see is where Bobby and I etched our initials in the concrete outside of the townhouse I lived in when we started dating. Sure enough, it was still there! It was pretty cool to show Maddie that her brother and sister-in-law were permanently engraved in Harrisonburg.
After some off-campus exploring, I treated Maddie to a Mexican dinner and hung out in her dorm room. I gave her a little gift box that I put together with some fuzzy socks, pumpkin-scented soap, snacks and candy, Halloween crafts, and other fun stuff. She loved it!
On Saturday (after driving from JMU to Sterling late Friday), I was able to catch 2 of my other little sister-in-law’s softball games. They lost the first game, but won the second one. She’s such a talented player! I’ve been watching her play softball since she was 6 or 7.
After the games, we went back to Bobby’s parent’s house for dinner. Bobby’s oldest brother and niece decided to join, so it turned out to be a great gathering!
Later Saturday night, my friends and I went to a Halloween party. We dressed up as The Price is Right contestants and won “Best Original Costume”. You can read about our costume here. I also won the “Guess Which Body Part” game where you stick your hand on a tissue box and try to guess which body part you’re touching. Sounds gross, but it was only plastic/rubber items (thank god)!
The costumes were fantastic this year! The hosts of the party mentioned they were dressing up as Marvel characters, so a lot of guests played into the theme.
On Sunday, I stopped by my brother’s apartment before heading home. I hadn’t been by his new place since he moved in. It was good to see the apartment all set up and catch up. My brother and I lived together last year before Bobby and I moved to Raleigh. Sometimes I miss him….sometimes (HA).
Overall, it was another great weekend but I’m happy to be home.
If you guys know me, I’m a sucker for a carnival! The 150th anniversary of the NC State Fair was this past week in Raleigh. Unfortunately, Bobby and I were so busy that we only got to go after work on night. MAN! That was a mistake! The NC State Fair was awesome!!! Next year we’ll have to take a full day off work so we can eat all the fair food and view all the barn animals.
First of all, it was my first time at a state fair. Growing up we always went to the county fair. This place was like a theme park! It was MASSIVE!
I heard the food at the fair was to die for, so we walked around for a while scouting out the perfect spot for dinner. Bobby ordered a Italian sausage sub and I got an egg roll with fries. Nothing crazy, but we were starving and we didn’t want to stand in line.
When I was younger I LOVED riding the rides. As I get older, I start to appreciate the crafts, plants, and produce. We didn’t have a lot of time, so we only got to see a few displays.
After walking around (about 5 miles) and getting lost…we finally decided to head home. While we were waiting for the shuttle, we caught the fireworks!
Next year I’m definitely going to take a day off work so I can experience the whole fair!
I just got back from a long weekend in Fort Collins, CO. My best friend, Kate, had a baby in February and I (finally) made it out there to meet her!
Isn’t she cute?! She looks like a mini Kate…red hair and all!
I didn’t have any expectations for the weekend…other than not working. Also, I really wanted to be helpful with the baby. Most of my friends have kids, so I’ve been through the “first time mom” thing a couple of times. I wanted to help out and give Kate some flexibility to relax.
We stopped by the Horse & Dragon Brewing Company on Saturday. Kate’s husband, Nate, is a big fan of their Sad Panda Coffee Stout. I loved the open rafters and the natural wood seating!
We wanted to go for a hike but the foothills got 1-2ft of snow, so we opted for a bike ride on Sunday. Evie was a good sport — all bundled up and strapped in.
After we got back, it was time to bottle Kate’s homebrew. I’m not a drinker, but the whole process of making and bottling beer looks fun. Maybe Bobby will want to brew his own beer one day 😉
The weekend was short, but much needed. I’m planning to go back to Colorado in February for Evie’s 1st birthday. I’m thinking about staying a little longer and heading into the mountains for snowshoeing. Any recommendations on things to do/see in February?