The Adventure Starts Here: August 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Weekend Fun - Happy 5!

Recently, our weekends have become even more precious to us. In the last month or so, Chris has been working late so much, that coming home on time has been the rarity.  That means that instead of leaving at 6 am and being home by 6:45 pm, he isn't getting home until after 9 pm!  It makes for a super long day for Chris as well as a long day for me!  I've moved Noah's bedtime back a little as a result, but it still means that Chris only sees Noah for about 10-15 minutes each day and they don't really get to play.  We've tried to take back our summer a little bit by having Chris take off every other Friday.  Since our 5th wedding anniversary was this past Friday, we made that one of the Fridays he took off :)  

The highlights of Friday included having our handyman come over to fix the closet doors in the basement, I was able to go out and get my hair cut and colored, and Chris and I got to go celebrate our anniversary with a dinner out :)

Noah wouldn't attempt saying "Happy Anniversary", so instead, we taught him to say "Happy 5"... it was super cute and he kept saying it all day long :)  While I went to get my hair done, Chris took Noah outside to play with the chalk and texted me this super cute message!

^^^ I've known my hairdresser longer than I've known Chris.  She did my hair for my wedding, so I had to get a picture of us exactly 5 years later ;)

My mom came over to watch Noah so that we could go out to dinner.  Since Noah won't go to bed without me, we try to go to an early-ish dinner and be home in time to put him to bed :)  Before leaving, we made sure to get some family pictures.  Chris had the idea to take a picture of us holding a framed wedding photo.  On our 10th anniversary we will take a picture of us holding a framed photo of the picture below.  We hope to do this every 5 years :)  It was too funny when my mom commented that it reminded her of Modern Family, since that's where Chris got the idea and how he described what he wanted to do!

my dress - Loft (old)

Before going to the restaurant, we headed to our wedding venue.  We just so happen to now live in the same town where we were married.  I drive by it almost every single day, but we haven't walked around the grounds since our wedding.  Originally we thought we'd eat dinner there, but when I called to make the reservation I found out we would just be sitting in a lounge area since it's just a hotel restaurant and not a real stand alone establishment.  We opted to find another restaurant.

^^^ I had to get a picture in this spot... I took quite a few photos by myself and with my bridesmaids in this location!

We finally made it to dinner at Focacceria and were so excited to get a table outside since it was such a beautiful night!  I had driven by this restaurant a few times and was interested in trying it.  Once our friends told us it was a must try, we knew we had to go for our anniversary!  The food was delicious and the service was great!  We shared a caprese with prosciutto appetizer, I had a fettuccine bolognese and Chris had linguini with clams, and we each had a berry tart for dessert :)

Not only did we make it home for bedtime, but also to sing "Happy 5" and let Noah blow out a candle.  I had no interest in eating the cake (so full from dinner), but Noah was beyond excited for the cake and candle!  

As for gifts, Chris surprised me with a few things throughout the day.  Some pretty flowers (purple for me and yellow for Noah) and an anniversary balloon :)  He also gave me a beautiful personalized card and a gift card for a massage.  I went the traditional route and got Chris a wooden "map of NJ" with our anniversary date engraved as well as a card :)  

On Saturday, Chris went to the Mets vs. Red Sox baseball game with some friends.  I always laugh, because whenever I ask Chris what he wants for birthdays, Father's Day, anniversaries, he tells me nothing, but that he'd like to go to a sporting event or the golf outing through his work.  I've lost track, but for all I know this baseball game could have also been an anniversary gift ;)

Since he was gone all afternoon and into the evening, Noah and I decided to go to my parents' house for dinner.  I didn't have to worry about dinner and Noah got to play with Grandma & Papa.  I even brought over the supplies for a craft I had wanted to do with Noah and my mom ended up doing it too!  Stay tuned on Wednesday to see what they made :)

On Sunday, Chris stayed home with Noah while I went to get my massage.  It was super relaxing and I would love to make them a regular thing :)  As soon as I got home, we headed to Open Gym at Gymboree.  They had just changed the set up of the room, so we had lots of fun exploring.  As we were leaving I asked Noah what he wanted for lunch.  I was having trouble understanding what he was saying, but finally realized he wanted a smoothie from the Red Mango next door.  I'm amazed he remembered it since my mom has only taken him there once and it was a long time ago!  We shared a strawberry banana smoothie and then headed home for lunch and a nap.  

We had planned to go to the pool after nap, but Noah didn't want to go and I had a headache.  Instead, we played around the house and then I took some pictures of Noah for his birthday invitation.  We bribed him to take photos by promising a "jump rope" that was really just a piece of twine ;)  He was also pretty excited to find a leaf and an acorn in the backyard.

How was your weekend?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Five Years on Friday!

Happy Friday!  Today is extra special for me... Chris and I are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary!  In honor of this special day, I thought I'd share some past anniversary photos.  I feel like  each year has had a "theme"... travel, pregnancy, new baby, new house, etc :)  It will be exciting to see what the next five years has in store for us!     

2010 - Our wedding day!  

Our wedding day was amazing!  Everything went well, we had amazing weather, and I got to marry Chris :)  We spent our first year married getting used to living together and just having fun.  We even took a few vacations.

2011 - 1st anniversary at Capitol Grille

Shortly after celebrating our first anniversary, we decided we'd like to add a baby to our family.  Our second year of marriage was spent trying for and then being pregnant with Noah.  As a result, after our anniversary trip to California, our year was completely baby focused!  

2012 - 2nd anniversary at David Todd's

While our second year of marriage was all about trying for a baby, our third was all about adjusting to our new family of three :)  Life as we knew it was all about Noah and we liked it that way.  

2013 - 3rd anniversary at Book of Mormon

In our 4th year of marriage, I feel like we finally fell into a groove as parents.  We started planning more dates just the two of us.  We also started looking to buy a new house and move out of our 2 bedroom apartment.  We moved in a month before our 4th anniversary.  

2014 - 4th anniversary in front of our new house before dinner

This year has been spent enjoying (and decorating) our new home.  We are also just really loving life.    Noah is at such a fun age and we get to do a lot of fun activities as a family.  Sure, I would love to say that Chris and I fit in tons of date nights.  But right now that's just not the stage of life we are in, and that's okay.  Regardless of how many (or few) dates we go on, I'm beyond happy to be able to call this man my husband and Noah's dad!   We will be celebrating tonight, just the two of us, by going out to a nice Italian dinner and stopping by our wedding venue :)

Happy Anniversary Chris!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Guy Behind The Blog - August Edition

In hopes to share some more random information about Chris, I'm back today for  The Guys Behind the Blog link-up.   Chris mentioned that this month's questions were not his favorite.  But I have to say it's kind of fitting for them to be "love related" since this is also the month we were married... we celebrate 5 years of marriage tomorrow!  

1 // Share a funny wedding story with us - it could be from your own or one you attended.
Not that funny of a story but I was at a wedding maybe 6 years ago, and the best man gave literally the worst speech I've ever heard, and that includes all oral presentations in high school, etc.    A year or so later, I was asked to be a best man by my great college friend Joe.    I said yes, but then panic set in as I realized that I would have to give a best man's speech, to upwards of 300 people!   Anyway, I prepare and wrote out a very thorough speech.   This was the first Meghan and I had ever attended together.   Also, my parents were there, so I had quite a few key eyes on me as well.   Anyway, the speech went fairly well, but the big joke was that in my printout of my speech, I actually wrote my first and last name in the first sentence, as if I was going to be so nervous that I'd even forget my own name.    Oh well, better safe than sorry!

2 // On the topic of love, who was your childhood crush?
Probably the first girl that I ever had a crush on was in like 2nd grade, and her name was Kelly.   She and I were both shy and we both seemed to have a crush on each other, but before I knew it, her family moved away to another state and my dreams had been crushed, haha.

3 // What is your top love language? What is your significant other's love language? 
I guess my top love language is acts of service.   I like doing the manly chores like taking the garbage and recycling out or mowing the lawn or fixing something, or getting things ready for a trip or washing the car, etc.     Meghan's love language is maybe words of affirmation.

4 // How did you meet your significant other? 
My mom knew Meghan because Meghan worked at the dentist's office during high school, and my mom has been a fixture at the dentist's office for years.  Years later, when Meghan went in for a routine cleaning, my mom found out Meghan was single and got her number and email address and gave them to me.    It's ironic because my brother was also single at the time, and he's closer to Meghan's age, but somehow I won the phone number lottery that day.   haha

5 // If you're engaged or married, how did you propose? If you're not, how did you ask your girl out? 
I didn't want to get engaged at a restaurant or something like that, so I thought about a unique place that I could propose.   I had planned to take Meghan to a Penn State football game in mid-Oct, so I planned everything around proposing that weekend, at Penn State.   My idea was to watch the football game, then walk across campus to the nittany lion shrine, which is a big photo op site, and pop the question.   At the time, somehow assumed there's be very few people there, but since it was a football game, I was very wrong.   There were probably 50-100 people standing in line to take a picture with the shrine, so when I got on one knee, I was way more nervous than I thought I would be.   From what I remember, people who saw what was going on cheered and stuff, so that was pretty cool, but it was kind of a blur, so I don't remember a ton from that moment.   Looking back, it would've been cool to have a video of the moment, and the crowd reaction, but we have some pictures of the before and after, so that'll have to do.

Also, don't forget to link up your back to school posts!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Penn State!

While we were visiting our friends in Williamsport, we all drove an hour to spend the day at Penn State in State College.  We figured since we've taken Noah to my alma mater, University of Delaware, it was time to take him to Chris' as well!  Chris and his friend, Joe, both went to Penn State and actually met each other 20 years ago this weekend, when they lived on the same Freshman dorm floor!  It just so happened that we went to visit on move-in weekend!  We were getting a little nervous that it would be super crowded because of it, but since move in day was Friday for Freshmen and Saturday for upper classmen, it wasn't so bad by the time we were there on Sunday.  

We stopped by the "Clothesline" for some Penn State merchandise and I feel like we bought the entire store!  Noah had outgrown all his Penn State clothes, so we had to get him a few new things.  Chris wanted a few new shirts and we also had a few requests to pick up some things for friends and Chris' dad.  

^^^ how cute are these boys in their matching Nittany Lion helmet hats!?

We then headed across the street to have lunch at Primanti Brothers.  The majority of their locations are in Pittsburgh, but they recently opened one on campus.  Their signature is putting coleslaw and french fries in their sandwiches!  I opted to have the coleslaw on the side (since I don't like coleslaw), but it was still super yummy! 

^^^ We should have had our waiter take the photo from the other side of the table!

^^^ we had a little too much fun making it look like JJ was drinking my root beer float ;)

From there, we walked around campus.  The guys told us a few stories (the PG ones) about their time at college.  We even stopped at their Freshman dorm and the apartment they lived in together Senior year.   These comparison photos are unreal...  

^^^ Chris outside his Freshman Dorm in 1995 | Chris & Noah, Joe & JJ outside same dorm in 2015

^^^ Chris & Joe outside their Senior year apartment in 1998!

We also stopped by the Nittany Lion statue (where Chris and I got engaged 6 years ago) for a bunch of photos.  We were lucky to have a very kind student offer to take a photo of our entire group and it actually turned out amazing! 

^^^ don't worry, JJ's mom was standing right behind him making sure he didn't fall ;)

^^^ the boys!

^^^ Noah's "roaring" like a lion :)

We ended the trip down memory lane by stopping at the famous Berkey Creamery.  The last few times I've been to State College with Chris was for a football game.  The lines are always crazy long those weekends so we always skip going.  But it wasn't bad at all on Sunday so we got some delicious ice cream... and Noah even got some blue and white sprinkles on his!

After ice cream, we let the boys play in the grass.  Noah would run back and forth, grabbing leaves from this tree and bringing them to JJ... it was so cute!

I'm so glad we were able to spend time with our friends this weekend!  I find it amazing that Chris and Joe have been friends for 20 years now and haven't gone a single year without seeing each other, even with the 3 hour drive.  When Chris was going up for football games, he would stay at Joe's house and see him 7 times each fall!  Chris was Joe's best man and Joe was in our wedding as well.  Definitely a special friendship :)

As usual, I'm linking up with Jess for "It's the Little Things" link up!  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Little League World Series

This weekend, we went to Williamsport, PA to visit some friends.  We decided to go this past weekend so we could also go to the Little League World Series.  It's funny, because Williamsport is otherwise a small town without much going on.  So to have this annual event held there with teams from all over the world is pretty remarkable!  The tournament includes 8 US teams and 8 "international" teams.  The US teams play each other and the international teams play each other until there is only one of each in the final game.  We went early on in the tournament and got to see two games.  They give tickets to the family members of the teams, but otherwise, it's free and general admission.  Technically, you could come and watch games all day.  Seats fill up fast, so unless you get there super early, there's slim picking.  

We got there at 5pm for the 6pm Canada (British Columbia) vs. Asia-Pacific Game (China) game.  The game was held in the smaller stadium that has bleachers instead of real seats.  The weather was beautiful, but the sun was blinding us as it was setting... no wonder our seats were available ;)  Saturday was all elimination games, meaning the teams lost their first game and now were playing to see who was out of the tournament completely.  We were obviously rooting for Canada and even had Noah wear his Team Canada shirt!  Unfortunately, China beat Canada pretty badly... the final score was 16-4 and only 3 innings long!  In Little League, they have kind of a pity rule where if one team is beating the other by more than 10 points, they call the game after 3 innings.  

^^^ using Noah's hat as an attempt to block the sun and actually see the game!

We only watched the 1st inning (after China scored 9 runs) and then went to walk around the premises.  We decided to check out the main (and larger) stadium and saw that people were getting ready for the 8pm US game... New England (Rhode Island) vs Midwest (Missouri).  Most of the seats were taken, but when 2 opened up, we grabbed them.  Our friends (who have an almost 1 year old) decided to sit in the lawn seats since they knew their son would need to go home soon anyway.  Most of our time there was spent waiting for the game to start, but we still had fun!  We got some M&Ms and danced in our seats... Noah liked that more than the actual game!  We only lasted one inning at this game too since it was getting late and we had a 30 minute drive to our hotel.  We found out later that we were "luckier" this time and were actually rooting for the team that won... Rhode Island (where my older brother lives) won 6-3!

^^^pointing to the blimp and the moon :)

Even though we didn't really watch much actual baseball, we still had a really fun time.  We are already talking about making this an annual tradition with our friends.  We figure it will only become more fun for the boys as they get older :)

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