Wednesday, October 1, 2014

october letters

dear october,
well, you're not my birthday month.  but i think we can still be friends, especially since you are associated with lots of orange, which is my favorite color.  my one request: can we have some warmer weather here and there?  jeremy and i want to get some golfing in. 

dear pumpkin,
let's explore your gluten-free potential this month.  it's going to be great.  i just have to find some recipes and then we can get to work. 

dear halloween,
am i too old to collect candy this year? do i have to pass it out instead?  oh boy... maybe i am really growing up.  but i am loving the skulls.  sugar skulls are my fave!! also, what am i to do with a husband that doesn't like to dress up?

dear husband,
i love you. despite your dislike for costumes. and it's only one day a year.  be a good sport, eh?

dear leaves,
you are starting your fall show.  and it's just going to keep getting better.  hopefully we can intentionally slow down... and enjoy.  and then make a game of crunching you under our feet.

dear general conference,
we always look forward to your spiritual enlightenment. it's a treat for us twice a year.  church is good for the soul.

dear apple orchard,
we are coming!!!  please stay open... just a few more days.  we have had a busy couple of weekends.  but we are going to make it happen.  promise!

xoxo, katie

Sunday, September 28, 2014

change of plans

richie and nicole came to visit us in boston and we had decided to do some good old sight-seeing on saturday.  around 10 am we got to chatting and decided that we really needed to be at the red sox game.  they were playing the yankees, it's jeter's last season, and it's the last series of the year.  so.... we did some frantic searching for decent tickets online and scored seats a couple sections behind home plate by calling fenway directly.  it worked out great! it was impulsive, a bit of a splurge, and totally worth it.  so we gathered our stuff and headed into the city!

it was reported that jeter would sit out this game, but to our surprise he batted twice.  the whole stadium was chanting his name.  it was pretty cool.

it was an afternoon game and the weather was weirdly in the 80s.  it felt like july.  i love some sun.  we got lunch at the game and i was super grateful that fenway franks are gluten free (minus the bun of course) and jeremy just had to have a helmet of ice cream. 

the game was pretty amazing.  the red sox scored 8 runs in the 2nd inning and ended up beating the yankees 10-4.  there were some great hits.  it was so fun to share fenway with richie and nicole.  i love going to baseball games.  i'm glad we got to fit in a game this season.  it was a good one.

after the game, we showed them jeremy's school and saw part of the freedom trail.  at that point, we were exhausted, so we went on home to eat delicious food and chat the night away.  we love having visitors in boston!  who's next?!?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

acadia is my homegirl

sunday we slept in, made a delicious hot breakfast, and packed up our campsite.  as we were pulling away, it rained for a quick ten minutes and then stopped.  we were so grateful we had everything packed up before the rain came.  we decided to explore some of the ocean views before we headed home.  first up was sand beach. 

then we stopped by thunder hole and played on the rocky shore.

 the thumbs up picture is right after jeremy saw the seal we spotted again.  he was pretty excited.

gorgeous views!  acadia is AMAZING!

then we drove on home , i opened presents (they rocked!), and we had ice cream.  check out those 26 candles... i might have to go with a bigger ice cream next time.

birthdays are seriously the best.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

hiking and biking

on saturday morning, the ladies (noelle, amber, and i) woke up before the crack of dawn to go on a sunrise hike while the boys slept in.  we hiked the beehive and were mesmerized by the every changing sky.

can you spot the moon?

the hike was so fun. there were cliffs and iron rungs to keep it extra exciting. and with the sunrise show??  i just loved it.  we kept saying, "i feel alive!" (shout out to saydi who tends to say that a lot.) how could we not with our hearts wildly beating, our lungs breathing in the freshest air, our muscles hard at work, and our eyes beholding the slow ascent of the sun?!  bodies rock and nature is the best.  it was a perfect start to the day. 

 the boys were standing around a morning fire when we got back.  so we started up breakfast: hot chocolate, hash browns, sausage and eggs.  tasty!

then we went to watch eric and noelle run a 5k and they both took 2nd place overall.  they are running maniacs!  we watched miles for them while they ran.  we just pushed his stroller around the cute streets of Bar Harbor.  after the awards ceremony and while the kiddies napped, everyone surprised me with a pinata for my birthday.  amber made the beauty herself! 

with a few more hits (jeremy threw it in the air while i hit it with the sledge hammer), we finally got the candy out.  it was a most delicious assortment which gave us just the energy we needed for our biking adventure.  jeremy and i walked around to do some souvenir shopping and met everyone at the bike rental shop.  we just had to ride bikes on the old carriage roads!

we biked and biked and biked our hearts out.  the scenery was gorgeous. there were some monster hills and i was pretty excited when we finally got to go down hill and found that we had arrived at the lovely Jordan Pond.

we got some popovers, not GF :(, and soup at the restaurant overlooking the pond.  it was quite picturesque.  and a little chilly!  we couldn't wait to get back to the fire and put on lots of layers to keep us warm. 

saturday night we had a feast.  we had taco salad nachos for dinner, lots of s'mores, and amber whipped up a gluten free peach cobbler in the dutch oven.  tasty business.

 it was a great day exploring acadia!