Thursday, May 12, 2016

Top of the Rock.

One of my favorite New York activities is visiting the observation deck at Rockefeller Center and I was lucky enough to go this week! The amazing city views never get old and it's a fun group outing when you're looking for some great pictures and outside time. While visiting the ONA office in New York, we took a field trip up to the Top of the Rock since a few people hadn't yet been - it was such a treat to spend time with my team and enjoy the city views at once. See a bit of our photo fun below!
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See pictures from past visits here and here

Monday, May 9, 2016

A Weekend in Maine.

After our wonderful friendship weekend last May in Bucks County, Christine and I decided to make these trips an annual thing and this year we ventured to Maine! When we booked our trip in late January we were fed up with winter and had our sights set on sunny, blue-skied coasts, endless lobster rolls, and lighthouses for days. What we failed to think of in our winter misery was how far north Maine actually was! As it turns out, Maine is still pretty cold in May ;) Despite the weather woes, we had a wonderful weekend exploring the charming city of Portland, along with some other coastal towns farther north like Rockport. We did manage to eat all of the lobster rolls, found several great lighthouses, and happened upon a calf unveiling festival #onlyinmaine! Be sure to watch the video Christine complied as well here!
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Thank you to The Press Hotel and The Samoset Resort for providing our lodging - we'll never stop talking about those Press Hotel mattresses and the Margherita pizza at Samoset!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

21 Weeks!

I realized I hadn't yet written anything about being, you know, PREGNANT and I figured it would be fun to keep track of a few things. I tend to use this space as a way to document various life events and pregnancy is certainly a life event I wouldn't mind having documented somewhere. It's easy to forget the different parts as the weeks press on and I haven't been great about writing down the things I've experienced so far, but why not start half way through!

A quick recap seems in order as the first trimester is certainly an unforgettable one (as much as I'd like to). We found out I was pregnant on January 3 and it was definitely a bit of a surprise! I did as every good pregnant woman should do and ate sushi that night for dinner (don't worry, just shrimp tempura) and we pretty much just stared at each other in a stunned happiness of like, NOW WHAT DO WE DO? But seriously, no one really tells you what you're supposed to do after you find out this crazy news. I felt relatively normal that first week, but the next 7 or 8 weeks afterward I was nauseated and / or vomiting throughout the day. It's a great thing we lived in New York at the time because I ate a LOT of bagels during those first few months. The tough part was that we knew we were going to make the move back to Maryland soon and it was hard not feeling well while we tried to enjoy the last few months of living there.

Once we moved back to Maryland I was nearing the end of the first trimester and began to turn a corner and feel a lot better. It was also around this time that I was finally able to give this pregnancy some more thought space. During the first trimester people kept asking me about different things, and I did not have the space in my brain to even think about this huge life change. We had so much going on with moving, buying a house, figuring out job situations, and leaving New York that I just couldn't go there yet. It was such a gift that I started to feel better once we moved back as I was able to be more thoughtful about the pregnancy and preparing for everything to come.

The fun part really started a few weeks ago when I felt the first flutters / kicks and we found out we are having a GIRL. Unfortunately, Aaron couldn't come along for the anatomy scan so I asked the ultrasound tech to put the girl or boy outfit I brought into a box and we would open it together later on. We went to a favorite restaurant in DC and had one of the most unforgettable dates of our lives. Once again we sat together in stunned happiness as we'd both really hoped for a girl! Since then I've felt more connected to her (!) and it's been sweet to pray specifically for her little life and our growing family.  photo IMG_6595_zpsmmzpytju.jpg  photo IMG_6814_zpsspztu7fh.jpg  photo IMG_6627_zpsv3w3ut97.jpg  photo IMG_6799_zpskhnquewa.jpg  photo IMG_6848_zpsknm8qr7u.jpg

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

St. Michaels, MD.

I'm pretty convinced St. Michaels is one of the cutest towns in America. It's nestled on the eastern shore with idyllic historical homes, sailboats, and ice cream shops on almost every corner. We made a quick trip over on Saturday to enjoy afternoon tea at The Inn at Perry Cabin and some time by the water. We also got to meet up with Jess and Sam who were having a little parents-only getaway to celebrate Sam's birthday. It felt like the perfect day to welcome the glorious spring weather we're finally seeing! It was also sweet to be back in St. Michaels because when Aaron and I were newly dating and (quickly) falling in love, we came out for the day and it was one of the first places we seriously talked about getting married. It was surreal to be back 5 years later, still as obsessed with each other, and with a baby on the way. Time is flying!
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Pictures from our visit 5 years ago are HERE.