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Friday, July 31, 2015

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!  I just cannot believe that today is the last day of July.  Slow down, summer!

1 // My favorite moment from the week was seeing Holly!  We were roommates freshman year of college and have been friends ever since, but we hadn't seen each other since my wedding.  Lucky for me, her family likes to vacation in Ocean City, NJ which means I try to come and visit her when she's in my neck of the woods.  We had a lovely day chatting and laughing.  We decided that we can't let two years go by without seeing each other again. 

2 // Another highlight was getting to go into my classroom and do some work for the coming school year.  Moving rooms is no joke -- it's a whole lot of work.  Right when I got the last room where I wanted it...oh well.  This picture was taken from a very strategic angle but we made lots of progress.

3 // I hit the Target teacher jackpot the other day in the dollar section.  I'm set for the year and am even ready for Read Across America in March.  Hit that up, teacher friends!

4 // I love my conversations with Walker.  Anyone else communicate using emojis?  (And for the record, no booze was had that night)

5 // I loved seeing so many of my family members worship at our church's camp on Sunday.  My dad is on the left, Courtney is in the maxi dress, and obviously Walker is all the way to the right.  They sounded wonderful!

How was your week?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Anniversary Trip: Year Two

Year two.  I cannot believe 730 days of married life have flown by so quickly!  Walker and I loved our anniversary getaway to Cape May last summer, but as we were trying to think of a vacation spot for this year, we were both a little lost.  It's no secret that we both want to go back to Mexico where we honeymooned, but we have a Europe trip in the works for next summer which will be big bucks, I'm sure.  Originally my idea was to go to Boston later in the summer, but Walker announced about two weeks before our anniversary that he wanted to go away on the actual day.  I was very taken aback and unsure if we could find anything to accommodate our schedule on such short notice.

One phone call to my mom and she suggested the perfect place: Saint Michaels, Maryland.  It's an adorable little town on the eastern shore of Maryland, right on the Chesapeake Bay.  We found a quaint bed and breakfast there (The Old Brick Inn) and booked it on the spot!

The location could not have been more perfect!  We were right on the main drag and often stopped back into our B&B to freshen up on our way to the next location.  Our only issue was that we were, well, spoiled by last year's getaway.  Turns out, where we stayed is the #3 rated B&B in the country - ooops!  Guess nothing is going to quite measure up to that impeccable standard, is it?  Regardless, our accommodations were pretty darn nice!

It didn't take very long to drive from Jersey to Maryland - about two and a half hours, I'd say.  The drive was quiet and along back-ish roads, so it wasn't stressful at all.

When we arrived, we had lunch right down by the water at a place called Foxy's and then walked around the town (stopping for ice cream at Justine's, of course!) 

There was tons to do and see.  We even stopped into a local brewery (I believe it's one of the oldest on the east coast) for Walker to try a flight.  

That evening, we had the most delicious meal of our trip -- Mexican food at a hole in the wall place called Gina's.  The ingredients were fresh as could be and the flavors blended together perfectly.  There wasn't a non-fish dish on the menu, so I (the non-fish eater!) went for the shrimp tacos.  They were amazing!  We also loved the fresh squeezed margaritas.

It was a fantastic start to our weekend anniversary getaway.  Stay tuned for part two coming next week!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Happy Wednesday, friends!!  Time to link up for What's Up Wednesday.

What We're Eating This Week ...

This recipe for meat sauce.  I made it several months ago and Walker loved it, which is unusual because he isn't a big fan of red sauce (or "gravy" as my Italian relatives call it!)  Anyway, I made it on a whim last week and he gobbled it up, even asking me to make it AGAIN right away.  So needless to say we've had sauce with zoodles and noodles both of which are husband-approved.

What I'm Reminiscing About ... 

We were in Maine about this time a year ago!  What a fantastic vacation.

What I'm Loving ...

Leisurely mornings.  I wake up when Walker gets up but since it's summer, I rarely have anywhere to go right away.  Nice and easy - definitely the way to go!

What We've Been Up To ...

Sweet summertime!  Though I will admit that I've been hard at work in the midst of taking that time off.  Curriculum writing is no joke!

What I'm Dreading ...

Going back to school!  (just kidding)  I was back in there yesterday and was surprisingly happy to be back.  I moved grade levels and classrooms, so I have my work cut out for me.  We made a lot of progress, but this photo was taken from a very strategic angle!

What I'm Working On ...

Re-reading the Harry Potter series, as I do every summer!  Walker and I have a special tradition that we started to celebrate our first anniversary.

What I'm Excited About ...

I get to see Holly tomorrow!  I cannot wait to catch up with her.

What I'm Watching ...

My latest obsession is Parenthood.  SUCH an amazing show if you haven't already watched it.  They tackle such tough topics yet do it with grace and so much love.

What I'm Listening To ... 

This amazing sermon by the senior pastor at our church.  If you have a few minutes to listen to an incredible message on a really tough topic, please do.  You won't be sorry.

What I'm Wearing ... 

Dresses, dresses, and more dresses.  They are my go-to summertime outfit.  Easy, breezy, and pretty!

What I'm Doing This Weekend ... 

Not sure yet!  I bought a Groupon for a few hours of kayaking nearby because Walker wanted to go.  Maybe this will be our chance!

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month ...

An ENTIRE month of summer.  That's the best part about living in New Jersey - we literally have all of August off!

What Will You Miss Most About Summer?

I'll miss the freedom.  I love teaching more than almost anything else in the world, and I am SO glad that I work where I do, but it is very difficult to balance my schedule during the school year.  There's very little time off and not a whole lot of spontaneity.  Add to that the slew of fall activities coming our way (The Nutcracker, Alpha, youth group, etc.) and free time to be leisurely goes out the window!