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puget sound cruise & the rose garden – seattle, wa

Our trip had to come to an end at some point, but we enjoyed every second of it!  On our last day, we decided to do a boat cruise around the harbor to get some more history and views of Seattle.

It was a beautiful sunny day in Seattle, so we had to take advantage of it!  We took a walk through Myrtle Edwards Park in the morning and stopped to snap some photos of the rose garden.

It was towards the end of rose season, but many of the flowers were still in bloom.

After our walk, we cleaned up and headed to the Pike Place Brewery for lunch.

Pike Place is very cool.  It is set under the market and is huge!

Apparently, I didn’t snap photos of the delicious veggie burger I had loaded with avocado, tomato, lettuce and cheddar cheese.  But, I did snap photos of Brant’s beer sampler!

Time for the boat cruise!

The views were gorgeous and the sunny day was a perfect time to be out on the water.

Look at all those boats!

Apparently, this is a grain mill.  The grain comes in, is sorted and loaded onto barges to be taken to other ports.

I will definitely be taking another trip out West to visit Seattle again!  We loved it! 🙂

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happy 2nd anniversary to us!

It is really hard to believe that two years have passed since our wedding day!  It seems so far away, yet so close at the same time.  So many wonderful things have happened in the past 2 years!

[I am taking a break from my vacation posts, to show you some pictures from our wedding day!  But, I have a lot more to fill you in on from vacation, so expect some more fun posts this week!]

September 13, 2008…2 years ago today

I was wearing a white dress…

…and carrying a bouquet.

I was getting ready with my mom and girlfriends.

Brant and I were seeing each other for the first time that day.

I was walking down the aisle with my dad to meet Brant and say “I-Do”!

We were celebrating as Mr. & Mrs.

We were attending our fabulous reception and realizing that all of the details turned out exactly how we had planned it (with a lot of help from our families!).

We had our closest family and friends by our side.

We were listening to our best friends toasting to us.

We were being goofy in our photo booth.

We were cutting our cake.

We were dancing our first dance as husband and wife (which we had practiced for many weeks!).

Most importantly…

We were spending time with each other.

We were spending time with all of the people we love.

We were having the time of our lives!

(and we were eating milk & cookies as a midnight snack!)

Our wedding day was the best day I could have hoped for!  I got to share the whole day with my best friend and everyone who loves and cares about us.  It could not have been any better!

Two years ago was long before I started writing this blog, so I hope you enjoyed this little recap of one of the best days of our lives!  Enjoy!

operation beautiful

Caitlin of Healthy Tipping Point started the movement Operation Beautiful, which is dedicated to ending ‘Fat-Talk’.

She spreads the word by posting post-it notes of inspiring phrases all over – on bathroom mirrors, in the grocery aisle, in dressing rooms, anywhere a person would look.  Hundreds of people have joined the movement and started following in Caitlin’s footsteps to end the fat-talk that so many girls (and guys) know about.

Caitlin came up with this wonderful idea to make people feel confident in themselves and their bodies.  She suggests that people post messages anywhere they can with words of advice and confidence for other people to see!  For example, on a mannequin in Lululemon it said, “Love your thighs!”.  There is so much pressure today for girls to be thin, so much so that it makes us crazy!  It is so important to be healthy and comfortable with who you are!  You can read all about Caitlin’s ideas behind Operation Beautiful here!  I love that Lululemon is being a part of this.  They had post-it notes at the front desk and told you to write something down.  There were notes everywhere, on mannequins, in the fitting rooms, on shirts – awesome!

This week kicks off Operation Beautiful’s book debut, so Caitlin is hosting a virtual book tour.  I really believe in this movement, so I just wanted to post a little something about the subject.  I hope you enjoy.

So many people, women especially, are too hard on themselves and their weight.  I was one of them.  I was overweight for the majority of my teens and early twenties and I really didn’t like myself or my body.  No one ever said anything directly to me, but I knew what people were thinking when I stepped out on the deck for my swim meets in high school.  I was so self-conscious.

This continued throughout college as well.  You can read my story here.

After college, something about me changed.  I was determined to lose weight and get fit.  I wanted to be the athlete that I never was.  I wanted to be happy with myself.

I started eating healthy, running and loving life.  I couldn’t run more than 2 minutes when I initially started, but over the past five years I worked my way up to running a marathon.  And, loved it so much that I ran another! 

Running makes me feel free.  Getting stronger boosts my confidence.  Eating healthy makes me feel great!

I may not be a size 2 or be the fastest runner or even be the healthiest eater, but I am happy with myself.  I look in the mirror on most days and feel good about myself.  I try not to compare myself to others (even though I do find myself doing it every so often!).  I am me.  And, I love me!

A few months ago, I was shopping in Lululemon and found myself in the dressing room looking at an Operation Beautiful note!

I was trying on a tank top and looked in the mirror and thought to myself, ‘I wish my stomach was tighter.’  Then, I looked at the note again and read it over to myself a few times and I instantly felt better.  If I wear the shirt with confidence, then I look good!

These notes really change the way that people think.  It is so important to teach girls, and boys, at a young age to be confident in yourself and to love yourself.  You are you and should not compare yourself to anyone else.  We are all unique in our own ways!

Help Caitlin and Operation Beautiful out by posting notes.  They really do help to brighten someone’s day!

union college memories

We stopped by Union College (our alma mater) on our way home from Saratoga.  It was fun to see all of the changes that have been made since we graduated in 2003!

The Nott is a historical landmark in Schenectady!

We had such a pretty campus.

West – our freshman year dorm.

Looks like some new building going on here.

Bailey Hall where the majority of my classes were held.

The track and field.

And, the fraternity we frequented the most.

Gamma Phi Beta house.

And, the idol – a landmark on campus that different groups paint…

…which just happened to be painted by Gamma Phi!!

A fun walk down memory lane!

lake george

The weather was a very overcast and a little rainy yesterday, but we headed up to Lake George for the morning to explore.  I had never been up there before and the downtown was a lot more touristy than I would have thought!  But, the lake was beautiful.

It was a little rainy, but still pretty.

A painting of the lake and surrounding towns.