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Monday, August 24, 2015

Life Lately

Well, summertime is officially drawing to a close, as this is my final week of "real" time off.  School begins two weeks from tomorrow, but I'm back for inservices next Wednesday and Thursday, which totally propels me back into "teacher mode".  It's been a good summer, though time has flown by WAY too quickly!  The blog has taken a backseat, but that's kind of the way of the season, right?  I'd rather be out there living my life than inside writing about it.

Here's what we've been up to lately...

...My sister-in-law sister came to visit last week!  When Walker and I got married, Isabel and I decided to drop the "in-law" from our vocabulary and just call ourselves sisters.  It was so wonderful to have her staying with us (she was our very first houseguest in TWO years!) and we got to take her around to some of our favorite places.  She's a history major, so we did a very abbreviated Philly tour on Sunday, a beach trip Tuesday, and time around our town on Monday.

...I was fully trained in Responsive Classroom a few weeks ago and it was amazing!  If you're a teacher, I highly recommend these three books (there's an "Every Teacher Needs to Know" for each grade level).

...We had to say goodbye to Kelley who left for college this morning.  My family's selfie taking skills are so pathetic it's kind of adorable. 

...I've officially bonded with my friend Sara's dog, Joey.  He used to bark like crazy whenever I would come over, but now he's allllllll up in my business, all the time, which is so sweet!

...And speaking of Sara, we made French macarons the other day.  They turned out pretty well, considering we were missing some key utensils (parchment paper, anyone?) and had never made them before.  These were lemon - yum!

...Walker and I spent a glorious day at the beach on Saturday.  There's nothing more beautiful than a "Top 10" August beach day.  There's a nice breeze, the water's warm, and the sun isn't too hot.  Amazing.

...My mother-in-law sent me a gorgeous coral dress from Modcloth for my birthday.  I wore it the other night and fell in love! Pretty sure I found my first day of school dress!  Excuse the grainy selfie!

What have you been up to lately? 

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!