Luke and I had a really fun time renting a house with some friends of ours who moved away last year. They now live in North Georgia where Barrett coaches the Young Harris tennis team. They were in Florida for some tennis matches so we drove a couple hours to meet them and spend the week with them. The tennis team had an awesome week where they went 3 and 1 and even beat a nationally ranked team! The house was awesome with beautiful views of the bay. It was all a big surprise to me as Luke and Barrett planned the whole thing. I have to say I was quite impressed with the house!The house was just a few miles from Honeymoon Island. We spent most of our time by the pool at the house but we did get to the beach one day. It was the perfect day for the beach, 70’s with a cool breeze.One of our favorite things about the house was the zip line into the pool and the hot tub! Below are some animated photos of the boys being boys 🙂…and Aimee and I 🙂The house even had a kayak that Luke took out one day. He went all around the bay looking at all the big houses.It was a super relaxing trip …as you can see from the pics below. Luke definitely had a relaxing time 🙂 He cracks me up! But alas…we had to say goodbye and leave our friends and the beautiful bay. We’ve been back to work for about a week but Luke has a conference in NYC next weekend so I should have some more travel pics up soon!
Merry Christmas! Luke and I spent our Christmas visiting his family in Oregon this year. I hadn’t been there since last Christmas so it was wonderful to be back and see everyone! Almost as soon as we got there Luke was asked if he would play in the Alumni basketball game at his high school. He was an all-star back in high school and he’s still got it! He hasn’t been able to play much basketball in recent years since he tore his ACL on both knees but he decided to put on a brace and go for it. I’m so glad he did! It was so fun watching him in action! 🙂If you remember last year, we spent Christmas at Luke’s family’s cabin in the mountains. You can see my post about it here. This year we spent Christmas at their home in Heppner and then headed up to the cabin the next day. Below are some of the awesome gifts everyone got. I’m especially excited about my photography and knitting books and all the classic movies 🙂 A really cool gift that Luke’s brother Sean got was a book titled The Way of the Kings. His brother Ian got it for him while in Europe this past semester and had it signed by the author. Pretty cool!Luke and I gave his parents an album from Pinhole Pro with photos from last Christmas. We had it shipped directly there so I hadn’t seen it when they opened it. It turned out really nice! I will definitely use Pinhole Pro again 🙂 We also received an entire binder full of the best recipes from all the family members. Very excited to try out some yummy dishes! Luke also got a Kindle HDX from his parents…he loves it! Yes, we are spoiled! The next day we headed up to the cabin which is always super relaxing. We spent time reading, watching movies, hanging out by the fire pit, I finished some knitting projects, and I took lots of pics! We had a LOT less snow this year. We could actually drive to the cabin. Usually it can only be reached by snowmobile in the winter time. It was actually kind of nice being able to drive there…but I would have preferred lots of snow! Oh well, next year 😉Speaking of taking lots of pics…I took A LOT of pics of Luke and I :). Luke got me a really awesome travel tripod for my birthday this year and I recently ordered a wireless remote for it…so we had to test it out…in several different locations 😉 We even got Luke’s dog Bella in some of the shots! I can’t talk about the cabin and not mention the new sauna Luke’s dad built! What a great way to escape the cold weather! The sauna sits just to the left of the cabin in it’s own little house. When you walk in, there is a room with a shower, towels, and some water to cool off with. To the left is the sauna. My lens wasn’t quite wide enough to get the whole sauna in the picture but it’s just about big enough to fit 6 or so people. Below are some more pics taken with my new tripod and remote :). I had just finished knitting that headband for a friend and wanted to get some pics of it before mailing it off. We also got a family pic out on the lake, minus Ian who was still in Europe 🙂 I was afraid we might fall through…but we all made it out with our lives!Last but not least, Ian came home! He had spent the last semester studying abroad in Italy. We all drove to Portland on the 30th to pick him up from the airport. We had dinner together and then we spent the night at a hotel near the airport so that Luke and I could fly out early the next morning. I’m so glad we got to see Ian, but wish it would have been for longer!At least we got one family picture together with everyone! Merry Christmas from the Murrays 🙂
I guess I should really say, Happy New Year! I’m finally getting around to posting about Thanksgiving. By the time I have Christmas photos ready it will probably be Easter 🙂 Just kidding. Luke and I spent Thanksgiving in Kansas City with my mom’s side of the family and it was great fun! Below is a family pic followed by pics of some of my cute little cousins!
After we spent some time outside taking pics of my older cousins we had to go inside and take pics of our new little cousin, baby Elise! After Thanksgiving dinner at my Aunt Donna’s, we all headed over to our hotel on the Plaza to watch the Plaza light ceremony! A bunch of us then walked down to the Plaza to grab some Starbucks (and check out just how long the line would be this year), a Thanksgiving tradition!The next day, before my cousin Melissa and her kids headed out of town, a bunch of us met at Crown Center to go ice skating! Afterwards, my Mom, cousin Kelly and I, hit the mall for some fun 🙂 Last but not least, we were blessed to be able to attend a football game at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Denver Broncos (Luke’s favorite team) beat the Kansas City Chiefs! A special thanks to my Aunt Becky and Uncle Gary for the tickets! We had great seats in the end zone and got to see lots of action! We bravely wore our Broncos jerseys and were fortunate to escape Arrowhead with our lives!!
Our final day in Michigan arrived and I realized I had not taken any pictures of the beautiful fall colors like I had hoped! To remedy this situation my mom pulled over on the side of the road on our way home from Mass that morning and we hopped out of the car and took these pics 🙂 I think they turned out pretty nice for just picking a random spot on the side of the road! Glad we were able to make it happen! PS wish my dad had been with us! He drives to Mass separately because he’s a sacristan and has to get there early. Oh well, next time!
While in Michigan we celebrated my bday a little early. Luke had me totally fooled about my gift. He had dropped subtle hints that he had gotten me something totally different so I was completely surprised and so excited that he actually got me exactly what I wanted which was a really nice tripod! I love how happy he looks in the pics below…he’s so happy he could make me happy! Love my hubby!Below is a family photo we took with my new tripod! Worked like a charm 🙂 PS we missed you Paul and Lauren!Later in the afternoon we all drove to Frankenmuth which is a town in Michigan known for it’s Oktoberfest! No one could believe that my parents have lived in Michigan for 10+ years and have never been to Frankenmuth! It was a first for all of us. Of course before we could do anything we had to stop at Bronner’s where it’s Christmas all year round!After Bronner’s we headed to the Bavarian Inn for a yummy German meal 🙂
Luke and I just got back from a little vacation visiting my parents. It was so nice to have a break from work and to experience a change in the season. It was a tad cold for this Florida gal but I absolutely loved seeing all the beautiful fall colors! Wish we could have stayed longer 😦 Our first day there we went to Westview Orchards to pick up a yummy pie! Luke picked out a Very Berry pie and I’m told it was delicious! I’ll be posting some more pics from our trip tomorrow 🙂
Today is my sweet husbands birthday! We celebrated this weekend by having some friends over for a Dessert and Game Party. We offered five different delicious desserts and spent the remainder of the night playing Reverse Charades. It was really fun! The dessert menu featured:
Happy Birthday to the most handsome, intelligent, hardworking, loving, caring, sweet and simply the best husband in the world! I love you so much and I am so thankful that God brought us together. Looking forward to celebrating many many many more birthdays with you! XOXO 🙂
I’m finally getting around to posting about our trip to Charlottesville where we spent a few days visiting with family before my brother’s wedding June 1. Below are some photos from our outing to a few vineyards outside of Charlottesville. The scenery was absolutely beautiful.We also visited Devil’s Backbone Brewery one day for lunch. My brother’s company does all of the design work for them, so that was neat to see. Below are some pics of our family 🙂
This will be my final post from our DC trip! I still have lots of photos to post from the second half of our vacation spent in Charlottesville but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post those any time soon as I am headed out of town this weekend, but I’ll try my best!
Ann’s boyfriend Reza was kind enough to take us out on his boat. It had been a beautiful day, but just as we arrived to the boat it started to sprinkle and very soon after started to pour down rain! We were super bummed but that didn’t stop us! We went from bridge to bridge taking shelter until the rain cleared and we were able to dock at the Georgetown waterfront. From there we had dinner at PaperMoon, a yummy Italian restaurant. After dinner Reza took us on the boat to the Reagan International Airport where we could watch airplanes fly in literally right above our heads! It was super cool! I have no idea how we were allowed to be that close to where the planes fly in without security all over us!
In addition to seeing the monuments, we also stopped by the Library of Congress which was situated right next to the Capitol. Luke enjoyed reading the ancient Bibles and seeing the exhibit on the Civil War. Neither of us had ever been there before, it was really beautiful inside…just wish we could have had more access to the books 🙂After the Library of Congress, Luke’s dad told us we should check out the Botanical Gardens across the way. Ann met up with us and we all enjoyed seeing the different types of plants. My favorite were the cacti!