Friday, September 28, 2012

San Francisco {California 2012 Recap}

Up, up, and away...

We touched down in California around midnight Friday, September 7th (that's around 3am east coast time!).  Needless to say, we were exhausted and headed straight to our hotel and face planted into the bed.  We had to be well rested for our Saturday morning frolicking around San Francisco!  Our itinerary for this trip had us only passing through San Francisco (since we spent a lot of time there on our honeymoon 2 years ago) on the way to our true first destination up in wine country.  But in our short time spent in San Francisco, we were going to make it worth it!

We kicked off vacation with a stroll through Golden Gate Park.  We roamed through the beautiful gardens, past the windmills that stood tall, and made our way down to the very edge of the west coast.  It was chilly and foggy and perfectly San Francisco. 

Around noon, we hopped in our rental car (a sweet JEEP!) and continued our journey north towards wine country, where we'd be spending the afternoon and all of Sunday.  Of course, not without a stop at this beauty...

 Gets me every time.
San Francisco, you are pretty swell.

(Up next... wine country!)

Monday, September 24, 2012

{5 Things I Loved About This Weekend}

I'm finally getting back into this series after missing 2 weeks due to being on vacation (recaps coming soon, I promise!).  This past weekend was awesome.  We took a little road trip (I know, we are always on the go!) over to Hershey, PA for Farm Aid 2012!  Good beers, good company, good music.  What more could you ask for.

Here are 5 things I loved about this weekend...

1.  Getting to visit two awesome breweries (Appalachian Brewing & Troegs Brewing)
with the bestest of friends before the show

2.  Getting to see some of my favorite musicians live in one place
(especially Jack Johnson & Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds!!)

3.  The weather turning out to be gorgeous after threats of severe storms

4.  The beginning signs of Fall along the highway on the road home from Farm Aid

5.  Indulging in the first pumpkin beer of the season

What did you love about this weekend?*

(See things I've loved about past weekends here!)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Vacation Instas

I don't think I could be anymore excited to finally say...
Happy Friday!*
 (does anyone else feel like this week has just taken for-ev-er?!)

I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things over here.
I have hundreds and hundreds of photos to sort through from our trip to California last week.
So until I get around posting those, some vacation instagrams will have to do. :)

I reeeeally could seriously move to California...
It's just so beautiful.

Do you have instagram?
Let's be friends!  (username: annat314)

Have a great weekend!!*
(We're heading over to Hershey, PA this weekend for FarmAid 2012!  Can't wait!)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Annnnd, we're home from our California vacation.
We got back late Monday night & I'm still trying to get adjusted back into the "real" world.
And until then, I will leave you with this beautiful sunset from our last night in San Clemente.
Gosh, I miss California already.

{Photo by me - San Clemente September 2012}

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Just wanted to pop in really quick today.  We leave for California tomorrow (!!) and things are craaaazy busy around here.  We found out at the beginning of this week that there is a deadly virus going around Yosemite (that has already killed 2 people & 10,000 may be affected) and we were supposed to be going there for part of our trip next week...  Here's an article with more info.  Needless to say, we have decided to change our itinerary a bit to steer clear of Yosemite.  Which makes us sad because we were SO looking forward to it.  But we figured, it'd be best to just not go anywhere near Yosemite for this trip.  So instead, we are exchanging our time that we were going to stay in Yosemite and heading down to the Kings Canyon area.  I think we will find lots of awesome hikes and things to see there, so positive thinking!  But thus explains the extreme craziness around here right now.  3 days before we were leaving for our trip and suddenly we had to figure out a whole new plan.

But everything is falling into place!  And I just wanted to say hi real quick in case I didn't get a chance to post anything else before we leave.  I had plans of scheduling posts for next week, but let's be honest here - that is most likely not going to happen.  :)  So please excuse the silence around here for the next week and a half.  I'll be back the week of the 17th.

So until then...

{Photo from our honeymoon in California - August 2010}

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

{5 Things I Loved About This Weekend}

This week's edition of {5 Things I Loved About This Weekend} includes 3 full days of goodness!  Thanks to the wonderful holiday that is Labor Day, Brett and I both had Monday off and it was glorious.

Here are 5 things I loved about this weekend...

1.  Trying and loving a new restaurant downtown (Meat & Potatoes)
and then meeting up with college friends at the Rib Fest

2.  Spending Saturday night camping with some college friends
(and the fact that Hurrican Isaac didn't rain down on us while we were there!)

3.  Taking a break during the drive home from camping to go hiking at McConnells Mill State Park

4.  The fact that it didn't rain (like it was supposed to) on Labor Day
and we manage to get in a 31 mile bike ride on the trail by our house

5.  Hanging at my parent's house & my mom setting up a homemade "froyo bar"
since she knows how much I love it

What did you love about this weekend?*

(See things I've loved about past weekends here!)