Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Keep The Rally Alive! I Made It Again!

Remember that time I moped about not going to Cooperstown this year?  I had really accepted that I wouldn't be going.  Between trips up to Connecticut for wedding planning and the Maine weekend, I just couldn't afford it or take the time off.  Well, about two weeks ago, I got a call from my dad and he was all whispery.  All he said was that he was paying for me to fly up to surprise my mom.  Remember how awesome she was with that whole move freak out thing?  Well, he knew how much it would mean to her [and him, of course] if I went.  So, I found flights where I could leave work only an hour early on Friday, fly into CT where Mike would drive me to Cooperstown.  [Yes, he was always planning to go up with just my parents - how fun is that?]  Then, Monday morning, I found a flight where I would only get to work an hour late - do the math on that one.

The best part of the whole weekend was how I snuck in at 12:30 am on Saturday morning without my mom knowing it.  Then I got to surprise her on Saturday morning.  It was amazing and it was the perfect family weekend!  We got to see 3 fantastic players and 3 managers inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and I kept the rally alive with now 26 straight Hall of Fame inductions!

perfect Cooperstown breakfast

My dad just chatting it up with Gaylord Perry

 Okay, so we did one new thing - spent time at the Lake Otsego, at the very beginning of the Susquehanna River

The two most amazing men I've ever known

The parade of Legends with all of the Hall of Famers

Yeah, that's a lot more people than last year


And because Meg and Mike don't have enough to deal with over the next couple of months, on the drive back to CT Sunday night, Mike's dad's van we were driving broke down and started smoking, so we enjoyed a lovely 100 mile tow back to East Hartford!

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Perfect Summer Beach Giveaway!!

It's the last week of our Christmas in July giveaway!  Welcome to all of the new faces around here who've stopped by over the past few weeks.  I want to check out your blogs, too!  Leave me a comment below with your link :)  Alright, now to the good stuff...

I have to say, this might be my favorite giveaway yet - just look at all of these goodies!
A reusable tote filled with: large beach towel, plastic mason jar water bottle, Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen, SPF Lip balm, Tickled Pink Detoxifying Facial Wipes, Revlon Lacquer Balm in "Demure," Organix Curl Perfecting Creme, Organix Argan Weightless Oil Hair Spray, Essie Nail Polish in "Rock the Boat," Essie Nail Polish in "Full Steam Ahead," Bath & Body Works "Endless Summer" Travel Sized Lotion and Body Spray, Orbit Gum

Friday, July 25, 2014


I saw this post on Steph's blog earlier this week and thought it was such a fun idea.  So, on Wednesday, I decided to try it for myself and took a whole boat load of photos throughout the day.  Check out what a typical more-exciting-than-usual day looks like for me in Charleston.

Shadow pats my head with her paw and I pull the covers over my head

Breakfast and Boy Meets World before work

Helping out with summer camps

Drive to the office

My sad, hour old iced tea

Prepping for the following day's board meeting

Soup and salad for lunch at Five Loaves. There is SO much good food here in CHS! I can't wait to start a series about it soon.

Come on, I had to take one selfie!  And my shoes even matched my outfit, too.

Afternoon snack

Obviously listening to awesome music

Typical Charleston afternoon commute: sitting in the sun, looking at the storms I'm about to drive into

Luckily that little clear spot in the distance of the previous photo was my house, so it's a perfect night for a run!

Big lunch Laziness means cereal for dinner

Wedding arts and crafts... I'll figure out how to get everything back up to CT eventually...

Nail painting, local beer, and Full House

Bloggy blogging before bed

Bed, 30 Rock on Netflix, and Shadow!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Our Bridal Party Getaway

This winter, Mike and I had the idea that we'd love to get all of our bridal party together for a weekend before the wedding.  Well, we put it out there in January and somehow we found one weekend between May and September that 12 twenty-somethings were all free.  Let me tell you, that little fact that I now live 900+ miles away in South Carolina was NOT going to stop me from going.  I paired it with some wedding appointments, including my first dress fitting [!!!], and I made a long weekend out of it.

Friday, we all packed up [5 cars across 3 states] and headed to Otisfield, Maine where Mike's family has a fantastic little cabin and camp right on Pleasant Lake.  We hadn't been there in two years and boy was it nice to be back!

Well, I have to say, it was the best weekend ever and everything went off without a hitch.  Our wedding is going to be absolutely amazing and we are so thankful that everyone could come and really get to know each other!  We really do have 10 of the best friends that anyone could ask for.  Here's what we did...

Immediate jump in the lake when we got there

Camp fires

We swam [and kayaked] across the lake [3/5 of a mile] and back!

Spent lots of time out on the dock

 Lawn games... tailgate toss, Polish horseshoes, and Kan Jam

Ate... a lot

Met a new friend... and tried to lure him onto the grill

Took plenty of group photos

And lots and lot of cuddling...

Here's what we did: Meg and Mike's Wedding:
The Proposal
Will You Be Our Flower Girl?
Will You Be My Bridesmaid?
October Wedding List Update
Will You Be His Groomsman?
Will You Be Our Ring Bearer?
"Save the Date" Magnets
Engagement Photo Shoot
February Wedding List Update
ABCs of Our Wedding
Wedding Workouts
Pre-Wedding Marriage Counseling
Wedding Giveaway from Passion & Love
How To: Calligraphy
June Wedding List Update

Linking up for a couple of Wedding Wednesdays with Mary and Meredith&Jordon!

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