Wish I Were There Wednesday….BONAIRE!

A few years ago, Waring and I had the opportunity to travel to a GORGEOUS island next to Aruba and Curacao. Unless you a are diver or windsurfer, you have probably never heard about this little of piece of paradise. This island is home to pristine coral beaches and has arguably the best coral reef habitat on this side of the globe. We know divers who claim that this little island has better dive sites than the Great Barrier Reef. (It’s not that I don’t trust them….but I would like to see the Barrier Reef myself one day and make the judgment for myself.)

Once you are on the island, you can check into one of the many dive resorts on the island and pick up your rental truck. After a quick check out dive they give you unlimited air or nitrox and you are free to roam the island looking for great diving spots. Each dive site entrance is marked by a yellow stone with the site’s name written on it. You walk to the ocean and swim a few meters out the reef and embark on an adventure under the sea.

Take a look at the awesomeness that is Bonaire!

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Labor Day Weekend Camping

We made it back from our Camping Adventure Weekend in one piece. The camper has been unpacked, clothes are in the washer, the house has spruced up, and the bathrooms have been cleaned. As the workday looms near, the only remnants left of this weekend are the pictures and memories that we have made. This weekend reminded me that sometimes a little bit of nature can go a long way to ease the stress of every day life. I know a lot of people travel in order to escape something in their life, or to hide from a problem that just won’t go away, but for me travel is more about connecting with the ones that I love and seeing new sights and new perspectives. I hope the thrill of the unknown and adventure always excite me just as much as it does today!

Trey and Kristen on the paddle boards!
Trey and Kristen on the paddle boards!
27 Weeks and Counting!
27 Weeks and Counting!
being silly....
being silly….

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The trail was nice, but the bugs almost carried us away!
The trail was nice, but the bugs almost carried us away!
Acorns=Fall is on the way (even though you couldn't tell from the 85* temp!)
Acorns=Fall is on the way (even though you couldn’t tell from the 85* temp!)

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They call these little guys "sparkle berries!)
They call these little guys “sparkle berries!)

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Stand Up Paddle Board Fun!
Stand Up Paddle Board Fun!

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School and another busy week will start all over again tomorrow, so it is time for a little cat nap and snuggle time with Miss Lily!

Happy Labor Day!

“Wish I were there” Wednesday-Aspen, Colorado

All though Fall is right around the corner in many regions of the United States, in Georgia we still have at least two more months of warm Summer-ish weather! Don’t get me wrong, I love a Southern Summer day by the coast, but sometimes my soul longs for the crisp Fall air and a mountain view. Today I am dreaming about Aspen!

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For the Love of Fall

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So, I know that the weather outside has been rainy and muggy, but I still can’t help fantasizing about the crisp autumn breeze and cinnamon and pumpkin spice in the air! Honestly, I don’t think I really have a favorite season, but I am always ready for the NEXT one to come around. In the middle of dreary February I daydream about Springtime, and in March I can hardly wait to start my tan at the Beach. So, it should come to no surprise that on the brink of a new season I am chomping at the bits to get Fall started!

I have just hit the 6 1/2 month pregnancy mark, and if you can’t tell from the Color Run pictures from last week I am sporting a newly-found bump. Many of the students at my new school have noticed that I am carrying a little package in my tummy, however only one little girl has been brave enough to ask me! (She begged me not to give her extra homework or be mad at her before she asked me if I was expecting! I really wanted to play a joke on her and pretend that I had no clue what she was talking about….but the way she asked was too cute, so I told her the truth!)

This year we are sure going to have an eventful Fall (Welcome Baby Addie!), and I am sure that I will be tired carrying my “pumpkin” around with me all day, however I still want to enjoy this wonderful time of year (plus I still have some items on my 2013 Bucket List that I need to take care of ASAP!)

Here are some of our plans for Fall:

1. Music Midtown Concert in Atlanta (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Imagine Dragons, Journey, Weezer, and more!)

2. Read more from my “To Read Library Book List” (I have a few personal finance books that I want to check out, a few about parenting, and then some fiction fantasy just for fun!)

3. Carve a pumpkin (We try to do this every year. I like to pull out the pumpkin guts and cook the seeds, while Hubby does the actual carving!)

4. Apple Picking Weekend in Ellijay, GA (I think that we are going to rent a cabin with a few friends and celebrate on the very last weekend of pregnancy that I am cleared to travel….haha!)

5. Make some Fall Wreaths for all my family (Look at the one I made tonight at Ladies Craft Night at Church!)

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6. Make s’mores!

7. Go watch my sister’s high school football games and watch her during marching band performance.

8. Go back and see a college football game (and tailgate!)….I really don’t care too much for football, but I enjoy getting together with friends and eating! 🙂

9. Get a head start of Christmas shopping! (With all the excitement coming at the beginning of December, I need to start thinking about this now, or everyone will be getting a picture of Addie and a gift card!)

10. Go to a local Oktoberfest festival

11. Take maternity pictures!

12. Eat greasy food at the County Fair

13. Make my 2014 Bucket List!

14. Make chili

15. Go on a date night to a nice (read expensive) restaurant

16. Starting a Bible study with friends.

17. Having a baby! (ya know…no big deal… I got this….)

What do you have planned this Fall?

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Weekly Update/Ultimate American Bucket List?

Weekly Update

Well, we (my students and I) have almost survived the first week of school. I have managed not to hit the snooze at all this week, the house and laundry are still well-kept, and I have tried to do at least a little bit of physical activity each day after work. All in all I would say that this week has been a success. Today got even better when Baby Addie and I got a healthy check-up at the doctor. They still think that Addie is going to be pretty big, but her heartbeat is nice and strong and my blood pressure is right on target! Although I am definitely feeling more fatigued, I feel her kicking all day and that reassures me that we are on the right track. (She is trying to kick the laptop as we speak!)

How am I going to top off such a great first week of school? I am glad you asked!! Waring and I are signed up for the COLOR RUN in downtown Savannah this Saturday. It will actually be more of a Color WALK for me, but I am just excited to knock this one off the bucket list and have something out of the ordinary to do! Ran or shine, I am sure we will have a blast. Don’t worry, there will be pictures!

Can't wait!
Can’t wait!

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Ultimate American Bucket List

If you had to choose the 20 must-see/most iconic landmarks to visit in the United States, what would they be? Budget Travel has recently posted their must-see list! How many of these places have you visited? (Click here to read the full article!)

http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/places-every-american-should-see,8823/
http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/places-every-american-should-see,8823/

Here are the ones of the list that I have crossed off:
1. National Mall, Washington D. C.

2. Las Vegas

3. Times Square New York

4. Nashville, TN

5. Grand Canyon, AZ

6. Disney’s Magic Kingdom, FL

8. Independence Hall Philadelphia, PA

9. Fenway Park Boston, MA

10. South Beach Miami, FL

11. Civil Rights District Atlanta, GA

12. Gettysburg, PA

13. Architecture in Chicago, IL

14. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

14 out of 20…not too shabby…but still not satisfied!

Alaska…the Last Frontier

We had such a blast on our Seattle Adventure and Alaskan Cruise. It was one of the best trips we have taken since getting married. All the plans went smoothly, no one freaked out on the plane rides, Baby Addie played nice and didn’t make me sick, and Hubby and I really enjoyed spending time with each other and exploring new places and escaping for a little while. Isn’t that was travel is all about?

Exploring Seattle on our First Day!
Exploring Seattle on our First Day!

Here are just a few snapshots from the week. I miss it already!

Pike Place Public Market. We got here early to beat the crowd!
Pike Place Public Market. We got here early to beat the crowd!
The infamous gum wall down Post Alley...it smelled interesting...
The infamous gum wall down Post Alley…it smelled interesting…
Yummy!
Yummy!
Space Needle
Space Needle
View of Downtown Seattle From Our Ship
View of Downtown Seattle From Our Ship

1st Port of Call: Ketchican

Lumberjack Show
Lumberjack Show
Downtown Ketchican
Downtown Ketchican
Downtown Ketchican
Downtown Ketchican
Totem Bight State Park
Totem Bight State Park
Bear Chief Murdered by a Neighboring Tribe
Bear Chief Murdered by a Neighboring Tribe

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Port of Call #2: Juneau

Sailing the Inside Passage!
Sailing the Inside Passage!
It's was a little chilly!
It’s was a little chilly!
Glacier...dead ahead!
Glacier…dead ahead!
Beautiful Juneau Bay
Beautiful Juneau Bay
Fresh Catch!
Fresh Catch!
Here is Sasha, showing us some tail~
Here is Sasha, showing us some tail~
Mendenhall Glacier
Mendenhall Glacier

Port #3: Skagway and the Canadian Yukon

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Glacier Flow Waterfall
Glacier Flow Waterfall
Summer Training Camp for the Iditarod Mushers
Summer Training Camp for the Iditarod Mushers
Sweet-talking the Goats
Sweet-talking the Goats
The little one was begging...
The little one was begging…
North America's SMALLEST Desert (in Canada!)
North America’s SMALLEST Desert (in Canada!)