Friday, September 20, 2013

A wedding in the eyes of my girls

About a month ago, Caroline introduced a new game - "Wedding". Here is how the game goes:

1) Adam or I one have to walk to the end of the hall and stand flat against the wall. We are told we are the Flower Girl, but I'm pretty sure we are acting as the Bride.
2) Caroline or Lucy come walking down the hall holding their skirt/dress/shirt with the tips of their fingers ever so gently.
3) C/L ask "May I have this dance, child?"
4) We respond yes and let them guide us back down the hall to the family room.
5) In the family room, we take them by the hands and spin them around 2-3 times.

Wedding complete. Married.

In my next 30 years

I can't think about turning 30 without thinking about Tim McGraw =)

I used to think 30 was sooo old.

I thought that when I turned 30, I would long for the days when I was younger. 

Little did I know...

It just keeps getting better.

My second parents came down to take us out to eat the night before my birthday. We had a lovely dinner at Pasta Fresca and a red velvet cake from Tiffany's.  Then on Saturday, our little family of four drove to Charleston for the day. We ate, shopped and played. Perfect =)

P.S. I bought a sun hat at the market and wore it the rest of the day =)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Random fun - Zoo and a Parade

On Labor Day weekend we had some random fun. We went to the zoo on Saturday and then on Monday we went to the Chapin Labor Day parade. Adam was working at the parade that morning so we just tagged along. Here are just a couple of pictures from those two days.

Blowing "trumpets" at the parade. 

Collecting candy that people threw out.

Lehigh Valley Marathon

Adam ran his 4th marathon two weeks ago. He has now trained for 5 and run 4 marathons. I say "trained" because of the Myrtle Beach debacle 3 years ago

This marathon was in the Lehigh Valley area in Pennsylvania. Adam and I decided to make a long weekend of it. We drove up to Pennsylvania on Thursday while the kids stayed with grandparents. We took our time and met up with our good friends the Bajans for lunch in Richmond. 

After delicious fish tacos and lively, true conversation, we hit the road again. I love sweet friends who even though you don't see often, you can pick right back up again with true conversation. The drive took a total of 14 hours including all the stops and the long lunch. 

We slept in on Friday and had a delicious brunch at this place called Griddle 145. Seriously if you are ever in that area, you need to eat a brunch there. I even took pictures.

Eggs Benedict Florentine

Bananas Foster French Toast

A cute couple in a chic booth

It's probably the fanciest breakfast place I've ever been to. They had fresh flowers and artwork on the walls. OK - done talking about breakfast!

We then drove to Philadelphia for the day - where we did it all. I had a list of the top 10 things to do in Philly and we did 4 of the top 5 and all were free!

We toured Independence Hall

We toured the Liberty Bell.

We went to the Reading Terminal Market - definitely the coolest part. Adam and I each got something to eat there - just something to hold us over until dinner. We salivated over the homemade cheeses and the fresh from scratch pastries.

Couldn't believe all the spices in this store.

After the market, we walked to Rittenhouse Square. On our way we found this cool building and it took us a while to figure out what it was. Apparently it is city hall.

And the subway used to come up through the middle of it.

And we saw 2 couples getting their wedding portraits taken in the courtyard of this building. I wanted to reenact some of their poses, but alas I don't trust strangers with my camera. Oh well, I did my best Samson impression of pushing the columns apart instead.

 We saw a topless woman in Rittenhouse Square. Apparently she is a protester and is there often. Everyone acted like it was no big deal - Crazy!

Also, people constantly yelled "Roll Tide" at Adam out their car windows. IT'S A BRAVES SHIRT PEOPLE! KNOW YOUR LOGOS! (Actually, I can't tell the difference either.)

After our fun afternoon of touring downtown Philly, we headed to the Braves/Phillies game. The first game of the series.

We got there early and got to watch the Braves batting practice. A couple of the players saw Adam's hat and gave him a nod.

Justin Upton batting

Evan Gattis

We began the hike to our seats, which happened to be in the last row in the stadium. That is on the 4th deck!

The weather was quite chilly. I wore long sleeves, jeans and a sweater. The Braves lost, but we had a good time anyway. And I almost forgot to mention the Philly Cheesesteaks! We got them at Tony Luke's, which has a stand in the stadium. They were highly recommended by Adam's coworker and they definitely lived up to the hype. 

Friday was very low key. We went to the expo to get Adam's bib number and goodies. The expo was at Bethlehem Steel's old mill. They have now turned it into a museum and art center. It was so cool.

Adam and I got a little weepy for our girls when we saw that in addition to the expo, they were also hosting PBS Kids Day at the steel mill. Lots of children and bouncy houses and popcorn and fun.

After the expo and lunch, Adam rested in the hotel while I went to get a pedicure and do a little shopping - weeeee!

On Saturday, we were ready. Adam had his stuff laid out.

And I had my plan ready.

We thought we were ready, but we didn't even make it to the start line. The logistics of this race were not planned very well. Adam had to jump a fence on an interstate exit ramp to make it to the Start on time. And I had to find a different route and rethink some of my spectating plans. Adam made it on time with about 5 minutes to spare.

And I saw him for the first time around mile 5.

Feeling good!

And again at mile 12. 

I also saw him at mile 14, 17, 22, and the finish. Here he is coming in for his strong finish.

Training through the summer wasn't exactly ideal. Adam decided his goal for this race was to finish and not be dead and hopefully get in at 4 hrs and 30 min. And that's exactly what he did. He even ran without a watch. 

Adam and Barrett after the race

Me and my babe

The weekend was great fun and we were ready to go home on Monday. We were excited to see our girls' faces. This is a picture of FaceTime with Caroline. She spent most of FaceTime making faces into the camera and moving the phone close to her eyes/nose/mouth while she said "Woahooowoah".

On the ride home, my car Roxy hit 150,000 miles. I've know for about a month that we would hit this milestone on this trip to Philadelphia and I've been excited about it. This is me driving the 150,000th mile.

We went back home a different way. We took a detour stop in Roanoke, VA for lunch. Wow, Roanoke is gorgeous!

Our lunch stop was delicious. We want to go back there sometime and check that city out some more.

Pennsylvania was a world wind trip. I'm so thankful we got to go. It was a great little retreat for Adam and I, and the girls got to spend a fun weekend with grandparents.