Sunday, June 29, 2008

Block Island Paradise

We left for Block Island from the ferry terminal in New London, CT, which is an hour and a half from where we live in Redding. Chris had heard a lot about the island and we thought yesterday's hot weather made it a great day to check it out. The island was so picturesque! We rented a moped to drive around and see the island and it was the perfect way to take it all in. The main street of the town was lined with cute shops, historic hotels and loads of restaurants. Once you drove away from the downtown area, the island was full of calm lakes, island cottages with pretty stone walls and green fields as far as the eye could see. Each stretch of beach we discovered was a little bit different than the one before, but all equally beautiful. The day was perfect, even with the late afternoon fog that rolled in as we were returning our moped and heading for dinner at The National Hotel. We are looking forward to returning someday soon for a longer visit!

It's WINDY going forty miles an hour on the high-speed ferry!
One of the beaches on Block Island we found when driving around on the moped. Halfway up the steps...there were 143 of them! The beautiful beach was worth it, though.
Can you tell Chris was REALLY enjoying his lobster roll??
At a beach on the northern most tip of the island- we had the whole thing to ourselves!
On the jetty waiting for our ferry to was hard to see through the fog!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Weekend in Maine

Chris and I spent this past weekend in Maine with his family. On Friday we went for breakfast at a quirky little place in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (the town where Chris' Dad works) called The Friendly Toast. Friday evening all of Chris' family came over for dinner...some of them I hadn't seen since two summers ago! The food was fantastic, it was a ton of fun and really great to visit with all of them again.

On Saturday we went to one of the beaches in New Castle, NH. I was unsure how Bailey would react to the frigid New England ocean water but he loved it! That afternoon Mary Pat and Caroline came with me to try on wedding dresses at Madeleine's Daughter. I thought I was going into my appointment already knowing exactly what dress I wanted...and of course I ended up finding another one that I loved just as much! So, I still have no wedding dress but I don't think it will be too much longer before I make up my mind!

This is Chris' "dreamy" gaze...

You can't tell from this picture, but Bailey REALLY liked the water and was VERY wet!

The Gibsons on the rocks at the beach in New Castle

Friday, June 13, 2008

Goodbye, Delaware...Hello, Connecticut!

I can't believe that there are only two days left of this school year!  As has been the case for the past few years, summer brings a mix of emotions.  While I am sad to leave Overbrook, an amazing school with students that I love, I am excited to see what Connecticut has in store for Chris and me.  Chris is so happy with his new job- moving is definitely the right decision for us.  And while it's a bit overwhelming trying to plan a wedding, pack up and move from Delaware, and move to and find a job in Connecticut, I know that in the end everything will work out.  After all, I was nervous about moving to Delaware and now I love it!  It has been so much fun teaching in Philadelphia and getting to experience the city- I've become a huge fan of the Philly Cheesesteak!

Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New York City were also close enough for day trips and we loved getting to visit each of those cities.  Now, in Connecticut, we'll be even closer to NYC!  Moving around has not been easy, but I feel lucky that we've been able to do it.  We have truly loved each of the places we've lived...we loved Louisiana so much we're getting married there!  Of course I am sad to leave the things we have grown to love about Delaware, but am even more excited about the new memories we'll get to make in Connecticut.

The students in my class who are moving up to high school next year.
I am very proud of them!