Archive for the ‘Holiday’ Category

As usual, this last month has been fairly hectic and I am slacking again on sharing with the world the most recent excitement in our lives.

The Vaughan’s came to Bar Harbor!  Richard spent a whole week, count ’em… 7 WHOLE DAYS!  In the past, he has only had the opportunity to come up for the weekend, and we attempt to cram a month’s worth of catching up in some very short hours.  This time…. it was awesome!  My in-laws were also able to join us for a week’s worth of adventures… and seeing that it was over 4th of July holiday.. it was an booming week of fun!

Richard arrived from North Carolina.. where he had spent the weekend training at a church the company had just recently installed some equipment in.  It was a nice surprise.. as he arrived about 5 hours earlier than we had originally planned.  His parents were driving up from Florida, and made several stops along the way, with family and friends, and arrived early afternoon on Monday.

Our first night, we headed over to Stewman’s Lobster Pound,, for dinner.  My father-in-law dug into a full downeast lobster experience… clam chowder, lobster, mussels, corn, potatoes and blueberry pie!


Richard’s Downeast Lobster Experience

With rain expected for Tuesday, we headed into Acadia National Park.. I don’t care what the weather is like, the Park is beautiful every time.  We hit Park Loop Road and saw all the highlights: Sieur de Monts Spring, the Abbe Museum, Park Loop Road, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Bass Harbor Head Light, Sea Wall… the Jesup Path was amazing… Richard remembered walking it on one of his first visits to Bar Harbor… we headed back out to find it, and some wildlife along the way.

The next morning may have been the highlight of the whole trip… at least, for the boys.  As a Father’s Day gift, the boys hopped into an open cockpit biplane,, and took off for about 18 minutes of exhilarating fun!

We headed back into Acadia National Park with a box lunch in hand… and to Otter Cliffs, which is one of my new favorite locations.

And then we headed up to South Bubble and Balance Rock… one of my absolute favorite hikes!  It is sooooo gorgeous once you get up to the top, and the hike up isn’t so bad either.  Keeping in mind that it had been raining in Bar Harbor for what felt like days on end, it was quite a wet hike up, but totally worth the view from the top.

We rounded out the evening with a trip up to the top of Cadillac Mountain, and watched the sunset from the Blue Hill Overlook – it was spectacular!

July 4th!  One of my absolute favorite days in Bar Harbor…. simply because it is celebrated small town style.  What that means specifically…. good ole’ fashioned pancake breakfasts, a parade with more than 1,000 participants, lobstah races in the baseball fields, arts and crafts market, lobstah meals, ice cream, pies and other yummy desserts for sale, to raise money for local non-profits and other local groups.  We headed to Cherrystones for breakfast, and front row seats of the parade, it is always so much fun to see what the floats will look like every year!  After, we headed down to the ball park.. it was sooooo hot that day, and a Sno-Cone was in order!  While waiting for the fireworks over the Harbor later that evening, we headed to Pirate’s Cove for a little competitive putt-putt,  I lost.  Good news?  I got a free ice cream across the street at Udder Heaven,!  The fireworks were awesome… best I have seen in 5 years, check it out here!

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Friday was back to work, and the in-laws were leaving the island.  What a fun week!


Happy New Year!

Posted: January 14, 2012 in Holiday
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Thanks to Groupon… we had plans for New Years Eve (and more importantly, my birthday!)

Richard and I headed out to Cocoa Beach with Reid and Wendy for a night of food, fun and drinks!

We started out the night with dinner at a local Mexican place, which turned out to be massive plates of delicious food.  We headed down the road to play Putt-Putt Golf and the boys went Go-Karting.  We got down to the pier pretty early, and found seats right on the dock.  It was great to have a server coming to us all night long… and we didn’t have to move or get squished by anyone.  We stayed at a hotel within walking distance of the pier and had a great night!

My New Year Resolution’s include:  no soda, sign up AND work out at a gym, and travel!  (Hope I can stick to it!)

What a wonderful week of Christmas!  Christmas Day turned into a full week for us… and it was awesome!

The highlight was certainly having everyone in New York City together, and, even though it didn’t snow, it was still a great time.  We did so much, and yet, still didn’t accomplish all we had set our sights on.

We flew up on Sunday, Christmas Day (a first for me, NO ONE in the airport!), and while everyone headed to the hotel to rest and relax, Richard and I headed to Times Square.  We went to dinner at Wall and Water,  The dinner was okay, it turned out to be a buffet, and only beer and wine was available, but, we made the best of it.  Mom had a great gift exchange idea, and before we left Tampa, we all got assigned another person to by a $15 gift for.  That turned out to be pretty funny.  Alex forgot to buy Richards’ gift, and ended up with cash wrapped in tissue paper, wrapped in a shower cap.

Richard and I, NYC Times Square

On Monday, we headed to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Museum,  It was a super neat experience, that was actually housed on an aircraft carrier, and we got to see a lot of different aircraft.  We even got a guided tour on a Concorde!  That night we had tickets for the Rockettes, which was a wicked amazing show!  It was super neat to finally see a show that is such an iconic part of Christmas in the City.


Inside the Concorde

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Tuesday was a trip to the World Trade Center Site, which is now a site of hope, instead of despair.  It is amazing how the construction has been coming along… Mom, Richard and I were in NYC for Thanksgiving two years ago, and it didn’t look like much had been happening.  It was pretty neat, Alex had a hotel room overlooking the site, on the 53rd floor of the Millennium Hilton.  To see the site at night was pretty amazing, the buildings had all the floors lit with different lights and the memorial pools were beautiful.

In front of the Memorial Pools

1 WTC, the Freedom Tower

Memorial Pools, at night

We sprinkled in a little bit of shopping, checking out the windows on Fifth Avenue, and taking pictures with all of the amazing sidewalk displays.  And sadly, Wednesday, we headed home.  It was quite a tragedy getting back to Tampa, but I will have to save that for a post all on its’ own!

along Fifth Ave, Christmas Lights...

and Christmas Tree Ornaments...

and beautifully decorated windows!


Posted: November 1, 2011 in Holiday
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Happy Halloweenie!

I’m proud to be an American…

Posted: July 11, 2011 in Holiday

…where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

Happy 4th!

Richard and I spent the day with Reid and Wendy… and had a great time!  Lunch was Green Iguana and we headed out to the St. Pete / Clearwater area, and down to the beach we were married on!  This time, the beach was covered with cars, and vendors were all over the place selling foods and goods.  Dinner was at Sloppy Joes,, and it was GOOD food, as usual.  We headed down to the beach, the boys played frisbee and Wendy and I FINALLY got to catch up.  Fireworks started late, and went on for about an hour or so… we had a great time, and started planning for next years celebration… in the North Carolina mountains!  Here’s hoping it all works out!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Holiday
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My wonderful hubby sent me a dozen red roses at work….. :D.