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Hiking Mount Watatic

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Chris and I both had some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday and I’m not going to lie, we have been pretty lazy over the last couple of days. We have been holed up in the apartment for the majority of the long weekend, Chris watching football and me reading. There is a chance that there were days when I didn’t even change out of my pajamas. Maybe.

So when we were invited to go hiking on Sunday, I had mixed feelings. I was really excited to go see Chris’ cousins and spend time with family, but I was also a bit conflicted about leaving the comfort and coziness of our apartment. I also didn’t really want to wear real pants, let’s be real.

But, family is one of the most important things in life and I didn’t want to miss the chance to spend time with them and get outdoors. We spent the day hiking Mount Watatic, about an hour and a half outside of Boston. Dogs are welcome, so Barley got to come too. I’m so glad that we went!

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I tend to be the slowest one in the pack whenever we hike, so I spend a lot of time pulling up the rear and trying to catch up with the group. I used to think that I was always falling behind because I have short legs, but apparently I’m just really slow!

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The climb was a bit steep in a few places but relatively easy. It took us about an hour and half to climb up to the top and back down again. The hardest part for me was making sure I avoided the slippery leaves because I’m so clumsy. We loved it though and the view from the top was incredible!

Although I wish the long weekend could continue forever, I’m so happy that we had the chance to get outside and realize just how much we have to be thankful for this year.

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A Weekend in Vermont

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We got back from our weekend in Vermont yesterday and to be quite honest with you, I contemplated calling in sick today just so that the weekend wouldn’t have to end. I thought of ignoring my alarm this morning and closing my eyes to keep the bliss and happiness that was this weekend as long as possible.

But, reality had to creep in like the cool weather and alas, the goody two shoes in me wouldn’t let such a thing happen. Off to work I went, the whole time replaying this weekend in my head on a loop with a goofy grin on my face.

Now I won’t lie and say that the weekend in Vermont was perfect, because it wasn’t. It rained all day Friday and the hills on the drive were so steep that Chris and I both worried we wouldn’t make it there in his Jeep. The drive took hours longer than it should have. On the other hand, it was completely relaxing and peaceful and quiet. It was the first trip in ages that we did completely on our own, with no schedule or agenda. It was just us doing whatever we wanted, together. I loved every minute of it.

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We stayed near Montgomery, VT in the cutest pet friendly cottage called Sheady Acres. I was not sure what to expect, but it was absolutely adorable. The location was great, right near Jay Peak and nearby  hiking options. It was perfect for us.

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On top of having the best time I could imagine with my husband, the fall foliage and the scenery was unbelievable. Apparently we had a late summer so we were lucky and right on time for peak leaf peeping this year. We drove through Hazen’s Notch in VT and the White Mountains in NH and it was breathtaking. It was like driving through a painting. I have never seen anything like it.

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Even though I have lived up north for a number of years now, I feel like this was the first time I truly had the chance to experience the fall season and the heart of New England life. It was so amazing and beautiful, I’m so grateful that we were able to visit. There is so much of New England to explore, but I wouldn’t complain one little bit if this trip became a new family tradition.

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Fall and a 5k

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I realized at some point about the middle of this week that fall had officially arrived in Boston. We have cool, 50 degree weather with crisp, fresh air and changing leaves. I honestly have no idea where September (or the summer) went, but I always love the fall. I love this time of year so much that I don’t even care that I’ve been jammed at work every day and that I come home completely exhausted or that I haven’t been feeling well. Everything about this season makes it worth it.

September was such a blur because we were actually busy with plans and exciting things every weekend, what a life! We went home to Florida to celebrate with our friends for their wedding (congratulations Jordan and Kasey!). It was such a joy to be there and to see everyone that we miss so much every day. I had not been home since our wedding in November and it was a blast.

Then last weekend, Chris and Barley cheered me on for the Shape Diva Dash 5k and obstacle course that I did with my friend Cassie. Cassie and I had signed up for it on a whim ages ago and I had every intention of doing some kind of training beforehand, but I never got around to it. Typical Audrey.

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Needless to say, I was a bit worried that my athletic abilities wouldn’t be up to par and that I would have to “pass” the obstacles. Despite what it looks like in the photos, I did okay and we had so much fun! We ran almost the whole 3 miles and aced the obstacles. Plus, Chris and Barley were on the sidelines every step of the way, trying to sneak in and run with me or waving and wagging as we ran by. It was a lot of fun and I realized that running really isn’t as scary and hard as I always think it will be. Maybe one day running will be a new hobby of mine…but maybe not!

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Today, Chris gets to plan our Saturday date night. I have no idea what is in store for us, but the nice thing about fall is that it’s the perfect weather for staying at home in your pajamas all day. That counts for date night right?

Happy weekend!

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Escape to Gap Mountain

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Inspired by my sister and her husband, Chris and I have decided to have a weekly date night (or day) on Saturday’s. Each Saturday we will take turns planning a date for one another. I’m pretty excited about it because I think it is a great way for us to spend extra quality time together, but also an excellent excuse for us to get out and explore!

This past weekend was Chris’ turn to plan our date. I was pleasantly surprised as he actually went above and beyond, offering me three options to choose from for our date: an evening picnic in the park, dinner at a neighborhood restaurant we have been wanting to try, hiking Mount Monadnock with Barley.

They were all excellent options, but I had endured a surprisingly stressful week at work and thought spending some time outdoors would be the perfect way to unwind, so on Saturday we set off to hike Mount Monadnock!

Here’s the kicker though. After our scenic two hour drive passing corn fields and farm stands we pulled up to the park and found out that dogs aren’t allowed at Mount Monadnock. I’m sure you can imagine our disappointment. Luckily, there was a dog friendly trail nearby at Gap Mountain – crisis averted!

We pulled up to Gap Mountain and Barley was so excited to be outdoors. Nose in the air, ears on the alert. She was completely in her element and it was just the cutest thing ever.

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The trail was quiet and for the most part we were the only hikers around. Everything was incredibly green and lush, the sun peeking through the tree tops. Barley chased chipmunks and jumped over rocks, Chris right next to her every step of the way. They are the greatest together, it makes my heart so happy!

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The trek to the top was pretty easy, a little over a mile climb and not too rocky. Once we made it there we were greeted with a view of Mount Monadnock, the mountain we had originally planned to climb. I guess that if we didn’t get to climb it, at least we did get a nice view from the top!

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On a side note, you may or may not notice that I cut my hair.

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A Weekend With Mom In Boston

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Wowza this weekend is just one big blur.

It was a busy, busy weekend. My mom and our family friend B were up visiting. It was my mom’s first time in Boston, the first time that she met Barley, and the first time we had all seen each other in almost a year since our wedding in November! We had plans to squeeze in plenty of Barley snuggles, city sights and catching up in just a few days. Like I said, it was busy.

My mom and B arrived on Thursday and we all got caught up over dinner. Friday is a bit hazy, but we saw Quincy Market, walked around Back Bay and Barley finally got to meet her grandma! She was a happy little girl.

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On Saturday, we met up for lunch at Shake Shack in Back Bay, one of our favorites from when we lived in NYC. We were so full from lunch that we needed a break/nap and then we finished up the night with dinner at Precint and a duck boat tour.

Chris and I had been wanting to do a duck boat tour because our knowledge and history of Boston is lacking, and the duck tour with mom and B was perfect! We learned so much and were able to see more than we do on any normal (or abnormal) day. It definitely made me feel even more grateful and thankful for the city that we live in.

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The weather all weekend was a bit temperamental and of course rain was predicted for the entire weekend, so it was cloudy and muggy almost every day. Sunday was the rainiest day, with a constant drizzle all morning and afternoon. Despite the bad hair, Sunday was my favorite day because it was filled to the brim with good food and history. We started out the morning with brunch at The Gallows in the South End, an area that I love but that we don’t often get to explore. Brunch was amazing and Chris and I cannot wait to go back another day. Then as anyone would, we followed up brunch with doughnuts from Blackbird Doughnuts because duh. Delicious.

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The next stop on our tour for the day was a visit to the Paul Revere House in the North End (did you know he had 16 kids?). Followed by a visit to the Old North Church, Boston’s oldest church and the site that signaled to Paul Revere with two lanterns that the British were coming by sea. I can be kind of a snob about churches (St. Paul’s is my absolute favorite) so I wasn’t expecting much, but the Old North Church surprised me because it was so neat and unlike anything I had seen before. It is well worth the visit.

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We ended the day by filling our bellies with delicious and decadent Italian food in the North End at Panza. We drank too much prosecco and I personally had too many lobster raviolis. It was delightful. Plus, mom really wanted to try an authentic Boston cream pie, so we topped the night off with dessert at the Omni Parker House hotel where the dessert originated, and also where JFK proposed to Jackie.

Overall, it was a really wonderful weekend. I’m so happy that we finally had the chance to show my mom the city and let her see why we love it here so much (yes, even if it snows like crazy). We had a great time catching up and laughing, eating way too much and exploring. Plus, it was a great excuse to pretend to be a tourist and learn more about the places I walk by every single day. Thanks for the great weekend!

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Cape Cod Part 2

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After we celebrated Rob and Grace’s engagement on Wednesday night (more on that here), the four of us spent the next day exploring a bit before we all had to head back to reality.

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Rob and Grace are the best people to travel with because they are prepared for almost anything and always know what is nearby and fun to do. So on Thursday morning, they took us to Wood’s Hole for a mini-hike.

Chris and I are maybe the worst people to travel with because we don’t prepare hardly at all, so I had no idea what was in store for us. We walked a short while through the covered, shady trails and I kept thinking how lovely everything was. Chris kept eating berries off the bushes. Then, we turned the corner and the ocean was suddenly sitting right in front of us, big and blue as could be. It was so magical and such a nice surprise.

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I am not a big fan of beaches, but I wouldn’t mind hanging out at this beach for a day. It was almost as if we had crossed over an invisible barrier into a tropical and exotic land. It was so peaceful and secluded, like a private island just for us. I had a strange and unfamiliar urge to lay around like a beach bum and drink margaritas all day.

But alas, no margaritas were to be found. So we kept walking.

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As we all raced to the top of the hill, I kept thinking how much fun I was having and how lucky I was to be somewhere so beautiful with my best friends. It was just us and the cool breeze from the ocean. Chris eventually climbed down the rocks and slipped his feet in the water. He is always so silly like that.

It was a really special day.

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Cape Cod

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You might be surprised by this, but August is going to be a busy month for Chris and I. We haven’t really had any visitors or plans for pretty much the whole summer, and as luck would have it everything is jammed into this month. That’s okay though, we are ready for it and super excited!

First up on the agenda for August was visiting Chris’ parents and our closest (and possibly oldest) friends Rob and Grace in Cape Cod. We drove down to the Cape last week to spend a few days with everyone. I had never been to the Cape and I hadn’t seen Rob and Grace since our wedding in November and missed them both so much. Plus, there was something in the works for this trip that Chris and I were very, very excited about. More on that later.

We drove up on Tuesday night and as often happens with old friends, we stayed up way too late chatting. By Wednesday morning, I was remembering how silly Rob and Chris are when they get together. They have been friends for ages and whenever they are together it is like they are ten years old again. It makes me so happy to see Chris laugh that much.

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The boys started a game of bocce ball and as you can tell, things quickly heated up. They had to take it to the streets and the beach.

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Once Rob was announced as the victor, we packed up and headed out on the boat for the day. We were staying in Mashpee and sailed past Martha’s Vineyard and a few other islands, eventually ending up at the small island of Cuttyhunk.

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Cuttyhunk Island is the outermost of the Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts and is arguably one of the first English settlements in the US. The island is incredibly small, beautiful and peaceful. At its peak in the summer there is only about 400 residents and most people drive around on golf carts. Super tiny.

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So remember how I mentioned that Chris and I were really excited about something happening on this trip? Well, there was  another reason for our stop at Cuttyhunk. Rob was planning to propose to Grace.

We got to the top of the island and were all trying to play it cool while Rob picked out exactly where he wanted to do it. We kept trying to distract Grace and move her around. I’ve never been a part of a proposal (other than my own) and it was one of the most exciting and special things I’ve ever experienced!

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She said yes!

There were tears and cheers and huge smiles all around. It was honestly such an incredible and special moment. Rob and Grace mean so much to us and we are just so unbelievably happy and excited for them both.

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Wipeout Run

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Have you ever heard of the ABC show Wipeout? I have no idea if it is on these days, but Chris and I used to love it. Five or six years ago when the show first came out Chris would drive over to my house once a week and we would watch it together. I would die laughing at the commentators and Chris would critique the contestants, wanting to prove how he could do it better. It was so entertaining and I always looked forward to those nights.

A few months ago I had been looking for new things for us to do together and I stumbled upon the Wipeout Run 5K. I knew just by looking at the obstacles that it had the potential to be a total disaster, but also a ton of fun. Chris could finally prove his talent and I wanted to be along for the ride. It wasn’t something we could pass up.

I was pretty nervous leading up to the race because I’m really not at all coordinated. I knew there would be running (which I hate), and water (not a fan), and things that would be hitting me in the face (which hurts). Needless to say I was worried about how I would look when I showed up to work on Monday morning.

As a surprise to pretty much everyone, I finished the race almost completely unharmed except for a scrape on my knee from the Big Balls. Chris and I spent the entire race laughing, smiling and saying “this is so much fun!” We slid down giant water slides, bounced across a huge bounce house, climbed over walls, attempted to jump across the big balls and loved every minute of it.

By the end of the day we were tired, soaked from head to toe, and smiling from ear to ear. It was awesome.

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