A Sunny Day Spent at Lake Minnewaska

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Hi friends,

This past Saturday when I was still in upstate New York, I had a wedding to attend in Tarrytown that didn’t start until 7 p.m., and my sister had slept over at my mom’s the night before … so … we decided to go on a little adventure. We hopped in the car and drove about 40 minutes from Newburgh, through New Paltz, to Lake Minnewaska. Located on the Shawangunk Mountain ridge, the park has tons of hiking trails for any level hiker, waterfalls, places to have a picnic, swim, fish, or even rent kayaks or a canoe.

Steph and I decided to first hike the smaller loop around the lake (probably about two miles in total), and then hang out by the lake for a couple hours to relax.

The views are pretty spectacular, my friends …

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It really was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

That night it was on to Tarrytown for what was one of the most beautiful weddings we have ever been to at the Tappan Hill Mansion.

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Until next time — bis bald, my friends!

Happy Thanksgiving, From Our Family to Yours

Well friends, the holiday season is officially and truly upon us! Over the course of our almost seven years together (yikes!), the Thanksgiving holiday for myself and Chris has taken on a bit of a traditional feel. We usually have Thanksgiving with my mom’s side of the family on the actual day — where Chris runs the New Paltz Turkey Trot in the mornings and we make pumpkin soup to contribute to the meal — and then spend Friday with my dad’s side of the family for a second holiday feast.

Here’s a bit of what our holiday looked like this year …

Upstate New York Thanksgiving.

^^ The New Paltz Turkey Trot is held right around the super cute downtown shopping area.^^ The New Paltz Turkey Trot is held right around the super cute downtown shopping area.

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^^ This lovely business decided to set up some fire pits outside the Start line before the race. It was a lifesaver in the 18 degree weather!^^ This lovely business decided to set up some fire pits outside the start line before the race.
It was a lifesaver in the 18 degree weather!

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^^I loved taking shots here. Everyone is so nice and friendly, and so anxious to get their day of feasting on.^^I loved taking shots here. Everyone is so nice and friendly, and so anxious to get their day of feasting on.

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^^ Feisty running sneaks.^^ Feisty running sneaks.

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^^ And here's my husband, coming in with the fast people.^^ And here’s my husband, coming in with the fast people.

^^ My mom's dog was feeling thankful for my lap.^^ My mom’s dog was feeling thankful for my lap.

^^ Pumpkin soup beginnings ...^^ Pumpkin soup beginnings …

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^^ So thankful for this family^^ So thankful for this family

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^^ Grams, taking her first sips of beer in over a decade. The end result? "They're making them more bitter than they used to!"^^ Grams, taking her first sips of beer in over a decade. The end result?
“They’re making them more bitter than they used to!”

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^^ Birthday cakes for two birthday boys^^ Birthday cakes for two birthday boys

^^ A very happy birthday to my stepdad Robert, so will always be a kid at heart^^ A very happy birthday to my stepdad Robert, so will always be a kid at heart

New Jersey Thanksgiving.

^^ Our traditional NJ Thanksgiving Broccoli & Cauliflower Bake^^ Our traditional NJ Thanksgiving Broccoli & Cauliflower Bake

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^^ Chris and I brought back his favorite children's book from Australia for Rory. It's called "There's a Possum in the House," and we're told it's now one of his favorites.^^ Chris and I brought back his favorite children’s book from Australia for Rory.
It’s called “There’s a Possum in the House,” and we’re told it’s now one of his favorites.

^^ And of course it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without Chris concocting up some cocktails.^^ And of course it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Chris concocting up some cocktails.

So that’s it friends — another Thanksgiving in the books. The next few weeks before Christmas are so full of fun things, I can barely stand it. We have a Super Secret Birthday Trip next weekend for my stepdad (my second Super Secret birthday trip this year … how great am at keeping secrets!), lots of fun dinner and drink plans and a weekend in the city with my nephew and the rest of our fam. Then it’s off to Vermont for my Aunt and Uncle’s holiday gift to us, and a celebration for our one year wedding anniversary.

Bis bald, friends!

A Last-Minute Labor Day Trip

A row of sunflowers on the drive back from New Paltz. I made my stepdad pull over so I could take a picture. He obliged. Good man.

Hi friends,

So after a full week of dealing with some seriously hard-core jet lag (I mean, we’re talking serious jet lag here!), I’ve finally managed to drag myself out of the foggy haze.

It’s always worth the jet-lag in the end though, isn’t it? I can’t believe my trip to Italy is already a thing of the past. So sad.

Anyway, after pulling myself through the haze, I was facing a 3 and 1/2 day weekend, and I was feeling … antsy. Chris and I had plans to head to Far Rockaway with some friends for one last beach-filled weekend, but I bailed at the last minute. So instead, as Chris caught the subway to meet up with our friends, I hopped the train and headed upstate to my mom’s, where we took in a wine and crafts festival in New Paltz (which has seriously become my new favorite place to spend my falls, with its wineries, hiking trails, breweries and gorgeous fall foliage), ate dinner at The Gilded Otter and just generally chilled out.

I even managed to wake up early Monday morning and drag myself out to the back porch swing with my blanket, coffee and the book I’m currently reading.

I truly believe that only if you actually live in a city can you really appreciate what it means to get out of the city every now and then. I mean, I spent my entire high school career living in this same house, and never found as much solace in its back yard as I do these days.

So that was my Labor day! What did you guys get up to?