Tuesday, August 30, 2011

18 Days...


Remember when I said AirTran was giving Brett & I both free round trip flights for the inconvenience of our delayed flight to Hilton Head in May?  Well, we cashed those babies in!

Brett & I are packing our bags & hopping a plane to Southern California next month!  And I am so ridiculously EXCITED.  We fell in love with California when we went there on our Honeymoon last August.  So we're going back!  Only this time, to Southern California.  We're staying in a cute little beach rental right near the ocean and we plan on surfing, relaxing in the California sun, going on lots of brewery tours, and eating as much Mexican food as humanly possible.

The countdown is on.
18 days!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Camping Mini Movie

Hello & happy Friday!*

We are soooo close to the weekend!  What are your plans?  Tomorrow, my family is throwing my Grandma a surprise party for her 80th birthday.  I feel pretty confident talking about it here because I'm prettttty sure my Grandma does not use the internet.  So our cover is definitely not blown.

So last week, I made a little video of our camping trip.  But then an insane storm blew through and we lost internet, so I couldn't upload it.  Well, here we are... a week later and Comcast finally decided to show up to fix the internet.  The first thing I did was upload my video.



Ah, we had so much fun on this trip.  West Virginia often gets a bad rep, with people thinking all that's there is a bunch of crazy hillbillies running around.  But West Virginia is actually an extremely beautiful place.  I count myself very fortunate to live so close to such beauty.

Speaking of West Virginia, I think we might head down there to go rock climbing on Sunday.  That is... if we aren't super hungover from my Grandma's big bad crazy birthday party... ;)

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!*

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I Heart Sunrises


 Mornings are so much better with a pretty sunrise...
and coffee...
and a smooch from your husband before leaving the house.
:)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Camping at Blackwater Falls


I know I am posting my camping weekend recap over a week late... bear with me.  We had a crazy storm Friday night and have been without internet since!  Better late than never, right?  

As I mentioned earlier, last weekend Brett and I set out for a camping adventure with Lee & Jess at Blackwater Falls State Park.  This place was beautiful.  Our Friday evening run in with a gorgeous sunflower field was only the start of a really amazing and fun weekend.    






















We spent the days biking, hiking, and taking in the gorgeous scenery.  And spent the nights building campfires, making s'mores, and drinking lots of delicious beers.  We were outside for 3 days straight and I wouldn't have it any other way.  I can't wait until our next camping adventure!

Friday, August 19, 2011

The One Where I Fall in Love with a Sunflower Field

Something amazing happened last Friday.

Brett and I were driving through Maryland, on our way to Blackwater Falls for a camping trip with Lee & Jess.  Brett was driving and I was in the passenger seat.  I was mindlessly staring out the window at the scenery passing by as we drove down route 219, heading towards the state park.  Next thing I knew, I caught a glimpse of one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.

A sunflower field.


I'm not kidding when I say I literally started geeking out.  I looked over to Brett wide-eyed and before I even knew it, he was turning the car around and pulling into a little pebble lane that ran along side of the sunflowers.  We drove down this little lane and I was completely in awe at how gigantic this sunflower field was.  About half way down, we parked the car, jumped out, and I literally raced over to the sunflowers.  I had the biggest, geekiest smile on my face for the entire time we were there.  We had to have taken over 100 photos.  The sun was starting to set, providing the most perfect lighting for this moment.  I'm pretty sure the exact words "this is God's anniversary gift to us!" came out of my mouth on more than one occasion.

It may seem trivial to you, but I have been dreaming of coming across a sunflower field for years.  I've even gone as far as googling locations of potential sunflower fields nearby, but never came up with any results.  Taking a photo in front of a sunflower field has been on my "life list" for a long time.  And last Friday, I finally got to cross that goal off my list.


It was seriously one of the best days ever!*

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I Love the Outdoors


I . love . the . outdoors .

This past weekend was awesome.
In so many ways.
And I even crossed something off my bucket list (more on that later!!).
Still getting all my pictures uploaded
and putting a little film together.

Just wanted to pop in and say hi!
Hope your weekend was fantastic, too.
Busy week ahead over here:
Vacation planning,
family visits,
biking,
and more outdoors time!

Have a happy day!*

Friday, August 12, 2011

Camping Weekend, Wee!

I will be HERE this weekend:


Quick post.
Camping with some of my favorites this weekend.
Hiking.
Biking (with my new bike!).
Campfire.
S'mores.
FUN.

Cya after the weekend!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My New Bike!!

Over the weekend, Brett surprised me with my very own bike!!


I've been lusting after a bike of my very own for a couple years now... I had one before, but it was honestly a piece of crap and basically didn't work.  Brett is an avid mountain biker and looooves biking.  I love biking, too but I have always just rented a bike because I couldn't take the plunge to buy myself a new one.  Well, this weekend, Brett surprised me with my very own!  He let me pick it out and everything.  And I.LOVE.it!!!  We picked it up on Saturday and went on a mini bike ride that night.  Then, on Sunday morning of our anniversary, Brett took me to Frick Park to ride on the trails.  It was a little frightening at first, since I have never really "mountain" biked before, but after a little while of getting used to it, I LOVED it!  Maybe I'm not a super pro going on all the crazy hard single tracks like Brett does, but for now I am perfectly content taking this baby on the wider, easier, safer (read: not crazy hills) trails.  I am in LOVE!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Opening the Box...

This weekend was a great one.  Brett and I had such a wonderful time celebrating our one year anniversary.  We ended up not going out of town and thought it would be fun to just stay home and relax, instead of dealing with the hustle and bustle of traveling somewhere else (we'll save that for September!!).  We slept in, relaxed, went to some fun restaurants, watched fireworks, got a bike (!!), went bike riding, and just overall enjoyed each other's company.


As part of our wedding ceremony, we came up with the idea of a "wedding box".  I wanted to do something other than a unity candle or the unity sand.  Before the wedding, we got a nice wooden box with a lock and key.  We put a bottle of wine and two wine glasses inside.  Then, we each wrote a letter to each other before the wedding and asked our four parents to also write letters to us.  We could not look at them or open them.  Then, during our ceremony, the "wedding box" was front and center and at one point, we had our parents join us and we each placed our letters in the box with the wine and glasses.  Then, Brett and I locked the box up not to be opened until our one year anniversary.  The idea was that we would open the box on our one year anniversary, drink the wine, and read the letters, remembering why we fell in love and got married in the first place.  Then, each year thereafter, we would write new letters and add a new bottle of wine to the box to be locked up and not opened again until our next anniversary.  And so on and so forth.

So obviously, on Sunday we opened the box!!  Reading those letters and drinking the wine, sitting at our dining room table together last night made me so.happy.  The letters were unbelievably sweet, touching, and mean so much to us.  I am so so so happy we decided to do this.  We each wrote new letters on Sunday, sealed them up in the box with a new bottle of wine not to be opened until August 7, 2012.  We've decided to leave all the letters in the box from the previous years, so when they really start adding up we can look back and read them all.  I can't wait to see what the future holds and I love that we have a way to remember all the amazing things that have happened to us along the way.


It truly was the perfect one year anniversary.
I love this guy times a million.