Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas

It's Christmastime again!  Tim and I of course got a real tree Christmas tree to celebrate the season.  We decorated it with ornaments we have collected thus far on our trips and with his traditional Hershey Kisses lights. 



We met up with the Yeagers and celebrated together.  It was Michael's first time meeting everyone together!
 

 
 
We also visited my family up North and Michael came too!!!  It was his first time to the farm and he had a blast with all his second cousins (there are A LOT!)


 
 


 
So Merry Christmas to all and enjoy the holidays!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Homecoming Tailgate, WV

Tim is turning 30 and we will be doing his most favorite thing EVER: tailgating for the West Virginia Mountaineers!  It's the homecoming game and we are meeting his family who will be traveling from all over to Morgantown.

We watched the homecoming parade, which included alum band members and all the talented local school bands.  The night consisted of trivia and kamikazes for wrong answers.  Meredith competed in the annual hot dog eating contest while drunk college kids passed by in confusion.


Saturday we all met in the famous blue parking lot to tailgate.  Tailgating is a fine art that requires planning, preparation, and getting up at 5:00am to secure the right spot (that's Tim's job!).  We are also celebrating Tim's 30th birthday.  I prepared 2 posters with awesome pictures of Tim throughout the years.  I taped them outside our tent for the whole lot to see, but modest Tim preferred them inside the tent.  We also completed a power hour before the game began at 7:00pm.  That's a long time to drink beer and kamikazes and stay awake for the game!


 
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Chuck Norris Roundhouse Kick.  Watch out!


We lost to Oklahoma State in overtime and Tim and I were the last ones standing at the game.  The next day we went to Cooper's rock to take in the beautiful views.  Then we headed home.  West Virginia is becoming dear to my heart as well!


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Lake Tahoe Visit

My very good friends who I traveled to Nepal with (Katie and Bradford) decided to get married on the Truckee River near Lake Tahoe.  Tim and I made our way west!

We rented a car in Reno and headed into the Sierra Nevada mountains.  We stopped in Truckee along the way and ate at the delicious Full Belly Deli.  I sat among ski bums and hikers, bikers and star gazers.  Everyone wanted to be outside and enjoy the Cali sunshine.  I felt very much at home.


We checked out the little old western town that has grown since my last visit to the area.  Donner Lake looked the same though, still holding on to its history and stories.
 

We then stopped off at beautiful Squaw Valley, USA!  I used to drive into that valley every day to work or ski.  It felt very familiar and I was pumped to share it with Tim.  I gave him a short tour and then headed over to Squaw Kids.  The front door was open so we went in and the memories flooded back!  My old boss Karen was in her office, so we had a nice little visit with her.  I absolutely LOVED that job!


 



We then headed into Tahoe City and I showed Tim a few other places.  We drove to Carnelian Bay to check out where we would be staying, which was at a friend's rental house right on the lake.  Could we be any luckier?  The place was huge and gorgeous with stunning views of the lake.  We had it all to ourselves!  That night, my friends and former bosses, came over for some wine and socializing!  It brought me right back to the old days!



The next morning showed us a beautiful sunrise (the skies were smoky due to fire season) and we got up early to paddle board on the still lake.  It is so blue and clear, the most beautiful lake in the world!  And no one was around.  How peaceful.




We ate breakfast at my favorite place: the dam cafĂ©.  Then we headed up to Squaw Valley to meet Katie, Bradford, and the crew for an afternoon hike to Shirley Lake.  I was surprised to see some old friends I didn't know would be there!  And I had forgotten how difficult it can be to hike in the altitude.  Living in the city lends way to getting out of shape!  We swam in Shirley Lake and then continued the hike to High Camp where we had some drinks and Tim and I had a very nice discussion.  We took the Cable Car down to the village and went over to the Resort at Squaw Creek where I held my summer job at the golf course.  Some of the old valet guys were still there telling me stories of Burning Man and the ski season.  Things change very slowly in the mountains!  We ate at Lanza's Italian Restaurant that night, the best in town!





 


 
 
The next day brought another beautiful sunrise and an epic tour around the lake before attending the afternoon wedding.  We hiked to Eagle Rock and stopped at the BEST breakfast place, Fire Sign, for breakfast.  Robyn stopped by to say goodbye again.  I love the intimacy of Tahoe and how everyone seems to have the time and means to be around.  After breakfast we went toward Emerald Bay.  We hiked to the bottom to scope out Vikingsholm.  Tim was becoming enthralled with the beauty of Tahoe.  He told me he understood why I stayed so long and that he would have done the same.







We swung around the east shore and got out to see the stunning blues of the lake, then it was time to go back to the lake house and get ready for the wedding at River Run.  I have to say we matched ourselves quite nicely; people thought we were going to prom =)



Katie and Bradford had a humorous (of course) and beautiful wedding.  Brooke told some great stories of the pair before she married them.  A lot of familiar faces were there, including Clay, which was a surprise because you never know where in the world Clay is.  The band was awesome, Bradford split his pants, Katie changed twice, Casey's husband and son went on a little bike ride, Tim dipped me a million times on the dance floor as I became three sheets to the wind, and there was a trail mix bar and karaoke after.  It was AMAZING! 






 
I was pretty hungover the next day, but we managed to get up and make our flight out.  Tim and I only had a few days in Tahoe, but it was worth the trip!  I will always have a home in Tahoe and I was so happy to share it with Tim.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Celebrating 2 Years!

Tim and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary together.  He took me to The Precinct where I ordered a delicious steak and Moscow mule!  It's always fun to dress up for dinner and be in a fancy place. 


 
After dinner, Tim started driving us toward Lunkin Airport for a surprise.  I didn't know what was up his sleeve, but we were almost late for whatever it was we were about to do.  Then, I saw the helicopter!  We were led out to it and lifted right up over the Ohio River Valley.  It was so cool to see the area from above.  Hills are on one side and the city is on the other.  It was beautiful and thrilling!  Tim is such a romantic and is so thoughtful.  Happy Anniversary!