Sunday, July 24, 2011

4th of July Recap

I know the 4th of July was several weeks ago but better late than never, I guess!  We spent the week up in the White Mountains.  Chris was finally able to relax after a busy couple of weeks at work (not to mention that hour-plus commute each way).

We managed to fit a hike in every day, despite some rainy weather.

{here we are hiking the Sugarloaf trail}

{the next day we hiked the Falling Water trail.  it was full of, you guessed it, beautiful waterfalls.}

{the third day we let Bailey tag along while we hiked Frankenstein's Cliff.  he loved it!} 

{he got a little tired but he LOVED it!}



{yikes...I could barely bring myself to peek over the edge!  it was a LONG way down!}

{relaxing on the porch at the gorgeous Mt. Washington Hotel}

Saturday was finally clear enough to do a BIG hike.  We hiked up to Mt. Pierce, then to the top of Mt. Eisenhower, then back down to Pierce, then to the Mitzpah Springs Hut, then finally back down to the car.  Phew!  In total we hiked about 10 miles.  Lots of water, one injured knee (that happened to be mine), and eight hours later, we were finally done.  A long day but well worth it!
{on Mt. Pierce}

{beautiful views!}

The fireworks from the Mt. Washington Hotel were amazing, as usual, and we had a great time visiting with Chris' mom and dad.  Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Our New Stone Wall

What is the opposite of DIY?

That would be WAC, or "write a check".  In our case, it actually meant "go to the ATM and take out cash because Jorge will give us a discount for cash".  Regardless, we recently added a lovely stone wall to our property that was definitely NOT a project Chris wanted to tackle himself.

When we moved into the house there were railroad ties holding up this little area of greenery (and the Propane tank) around the side of the house and going down the driveway.  Railroad ties don't last forever and they had seen better days.



Not great, huh?  Jorge recemented our front steps a month or so ago (all the salt in the winter is terrible for the grout) and we thought he did a great job.  The first day they knocked down the old wall...



And then the wall started coming together!






And here is the finished wall!  It looks amazing.  I'm confident it will be standing long after we've moved onto a different house.




What a difference!  We love it.  :)


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Don't Go Chasin' Waterfalls...

Oh, yes I did.

I did just quote TLC's Waterfalls circa 1995.  The reason?  Because when Chris and I got to visit Niagara Falls several weeks ago, he would NOT stop singing it.  Loud enough that everyone around us, including tourists from the far reaches of the earth, could hear him singing it as well.

Thanks Christopher...the song has been stuck in my head for weeks.  :)

Monday, June 20 was our last day of school in Waterbury so Tuesday, June 21...I got to go to Buffalo with Chris!  He's always traveling there for work and this is the first time my school schedule has ever allowed me to go with him.  I got to see all his favorite spots there, including Duff's Famous Wings.  (Technically the Anchor Bar claims to have invented buffalo wings, but all the 'locals' go to Duff's.  It's also where President Obama stopped for wings on his visit.  Not that anyone on my side of the family would care about that little side note.  :)

Chris had seen Niagara Falls before but this was my first visit...and I was amazed!  Yes, it's totally built-up and cheesy and an obvious tourist trap but the falls themselves are just incredible.  Absolutely breathtaking.  Can you imagine what it must have been like to be the first people who stumbled up them?!!  Unreal.









The Maiden of the Mist...just like the one Jim and Pam got married on.  Aww...  :)
 


And, in case you can't remember the grammy nominated awesomeness that was TLC's Waterfalls you can see it here.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Great Howldini

Despite being five years old, Bailey still has "accidents" in the house.  Don't misunderstand me, they're quite rare, but they do happen.  And I use the term accident fairly loosely since I'm pretty sure when they happen Bailey's just gotten tired of waiting for me to get home.  I know he could hold it.

Anyway, for whatever the reason, yesterday I came home from work to find some unpleasantness in the office (his favorite place to "go").  Bailey was following me and as soon as I looked at him, his little ears dropped.  He knew he was in trouble!  His punishment?  A serious time out in his kennel.

Chris came home from work shortly after (where he was given strict instructions to please leave Bailey in the kennel for awhile longer.)  I went to the park for a run and when I came home...Bailey was sitting in the living room.  And as it turns out, Chris was as surprised as me!  Somehow our dog had had finagled his way out.

Now I've seen Bailey make entire sandwiches disappear, but this?  This was a brand new magic trick.  :)




And, like any great magician, it's imperative that Bailey get a good night's sleep.

Which means he must be directly in front of the window-unit air conditioner.

With all four legs in the air.