Thursday, December 9, 2010

Brownie Crackles

Check out my Mom's guest blogger appearance here:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone had a fun-filled Thanksgiving.  We sure did!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Gettysburg, chocolate, and the Amish

Where can you find all of the above?

In Pennsylvania, of course!  A few weeks ago you might have seen us as well, celebrating our anniversary.  We really do live it up, don't we?

We had a free weekend, a few extra bucks, and a tank full of gas.  We started our adventure in Gettysburg.  Neither one of us had been there before.  I'm ashamed to say I've lived this close most of my life and had never been. 

Anyhoo... Gettysburg is lovely, both the town

 and the battlefields.


After a few hours in Gettysburg, we headed to Hershey, PA.

We thought we'd be able to go to Hershey Park that evening, but apparently we needed to wait one more weekend before the park was open weekends for Halloween.  This is as about as close as we got:

The next morning we went to the Hershey Gardens, which sits on the hillside overlooking the town of Hershey. 

Everything was decked out in its Fall best.

It was gorgeous.

They had a kids garden... where the big kids seemed to enjoy themselves.

If nothing else, it was a great backdrop for a better-than-normal self portrait.

After our garden adventures, we stopped for a bit in Lancaster, PA, home to a large Amish population.  We soooo played tourist and went to the Amish Village.  This was all new to Michael.  I guess you don't learn much about the Amish growing up in Tucson, AZ?

This was above the door to the Amish school, one on the outside and one on the inside.

Sound familiar, anyone?

Of course, no trip is complete without dinner at a delightfully tacky Mexican restaurant. :)

Fun times were indeed had by all.  See you next time, Pennsylvania!

Friday, October 15, 2010

In case you'd forgotten

This is what we look like:
I know it's been a while.  :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Scenes from the Fourth

Some of you may be surprised to find out that Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. 

OK, seriously, if you didn't know that about me then you obviously don't know me very well.  Take a gander at the background of this blog or look at how my apartment is decorated if you still don't believe me.  :)

The 4th of July is a pretty big deal to most of my family.  It stems from my maternal grandmother and her sisters who grew up in Washington, DC.  They spent their respective childhoods roaming the streets of DC and celebrating the birth of our nation in their backyard - our Nation's Capital.  They passed that love of July 4th to their children and grandchildren.  Many a July 4th in my life has been spent with my Mom's side of the family.  Parades, BBQs, and fireworks are always on the agenda. 

This year's 4th of July festivities were relatively tame.  For a variety of reasons none of my extended family were able to make the trip to DC for the day/weekend.  I spent the weekend with my parents, brother, and grandparents.  We had a couple of BBQs, watched "A Capital Fourth" on TV, and otherwise relaxed and enjoyed the time off of work.  Todd and our next door neighbor Chris provided us with a fireworks show of the homemade variety.  I had fun, but missed my hubby and my Utah-4th-of-July-loving friends, too. 

Scenes from our Independence Day weekend: