Hiking and Camping Weekend

Jun 28, 2017

Bekah’s sister, Hannah, lives just under an hour away from us and last weekend we visited her and went hiking and camping for the weekend! Many of our pictures in our photo albums are of us hiking—we love it and we feel so blessed to live near some of God’s best creations, MOUNTAINS!

We wanted to challenge ourselves with a long and rigorous hike. The day started off cloudy and looked like it might rain but it ended up very hot and humid! The hike was definitely rigorous but unfortunately this may have driven away many hikers before us. The trail was basically completely over-run with bushes and branches and trees! There were also these little flies that kept flying into our eyes…it made for quite the scene as we basically had to swing our arms in front of us like windshield wipers for a lot of the hike to keep the bugs away. Thankfully we like a challenge and we can laugh at ourselves and have fun anyway! We pushed through it and made it to some beautiful views of the Shenandoah Valley.

After hiking (and stopping for water and diet coke and chips), we headed to the campground to set up camp. Bekah’s parents gave us hammocks for Christmas so while Jeremy set up the tent, Bekah and Hannah set up the hammocks and tested them out! One of the hammocks is a two person hammock, and while it certainly is comfortable for one person, it turned into a laughing fit when we both tried to fit into it together! We had such a great night playing card games, grilling chicken for dinner, and talking by the fire late into the night. And of course we made S’mores!

We love that Hannah lives so close by and we are able to see her so often. And we love being outside and exploring and hiking—something that we cannot wait to share with our kids!

Outer Banks Trip with Jeremy's Family

Jun 07, 2017

We were able to take an extra-long weekend over Memorial Day and join Jeremy’s parents and sisters on vacation on the beach in Nags Head, NC.

We drove down Saturday morning and carpooled with Jeremy’s sister, Emily, who lives in Richmond along with her friend and boyfriend. Expecting to sit in a lot of beach traffic, we loaded up on coffee and snacks but were pleasantly surprised to hit NO TRAFFIC! Probably a first for a trip to the outer banks! This allowed us to meet up with Jeremy’s parents and sister, Olivia, grab subs for lunch, and hit the beach!

The house we were staying at was right on the beach so the majority of our days were spent hanging out on the beach. We played a lot of corn-hole (we went undefeated as teammates!), threw the football around, went on many beach walks, and went into the water numerous times. Coming from New England, we aren’t used to such warm water and I think we hit a record for how many times we went into the ocean. We also got some running in by chasing a run-away canopy (it was really windy one day). Thankfully no one was hurt but our canopy didn’t survive the journey. Thankfully Jeremy’s parents had a back-up that we used to get some shade as we read on the beach every afternoon.

We were able to go out for seafood one night to celebrate Jeremy’s mom’s birthday. It’s always fun to try out restaurants in new places and we chose a winner! We were able to get a windy group photo on the deck afterwards.

We also went mini-golfing one night with the whole family. Now, to give you some background, Jeremy loves to golf. He and his dad were actually able to golf one afternoon while we were down on vacation. Bekah, on the other hand, golf isn’t quite her thing, but despite that she got the second overall score AND a hole in one!

We had to come back to Richmond on Tuesday to work for the week but Jeremy’s family stayed down in North Carolina and stopped back in Richmond on their way home. The best part of that stop was when Jeremy’s sister’s boyfriend (now fiancé) Mark proposed to Emily in Maymont park. We were all there to celebrate the surprise and the newly engaged couple! What an eventful May we had!!

Bekah's Parents Visit!

Jun 07, 2017

Bekah’s parents came to visit Richmond a few weeks ago! We had a great time with them and Bekah’s sister Hannah, who lives close-by in Charlottesville!

As you can tell from our photo albums, we love to be active and hike and Bekah’s family is exactly the same way. Bekah’s mom had surgery on her knee recently and she still has to wear a knee brace but that didn’t stop her (or us) from going on a long hike. We walked all the way from our apartment down to the river and hiked a trail that led to Maymont, a free park/nature reserve in Richmond. We walked so far that it was lunch time and so we ended up taking an Uber home! It was the perfect day for hiking, cloudy and threatening to rain, but it never actually ended up raining!

That afternoon we decided to paint as a family! Sometimes we all paint the same picture but this time we all decided to paint something different. Bekah’s dad, Jim, even did a copy of a painting hanging in our living room that was painted by his mom, Bekah’s “Gramma B”, who was an artist and always encouraged Bekah to be painting growing up. Gramma B would be proud of us.

We all got cleaned up and dressed up for a dinner out at SpoonBread, a fairly new restaurant in Richmond that we couldn’t wait to take Bekah’s parents to!

Sunday morning we woke up together and worked out and then went to church! After church we went to brunch and after brunch you can guess what we did…..took a long walk down to the river! We were not so lucky this day and did end up getting caught in the rain but still had a ton of fun! Bekah’s parents came back on Tuesday afternoon and Jeremy and Bekah’s dad were able to get in a round a golf—one of their favorite things to do together, while Bekah got some good girl time in with her mom and sister.

We always have so much fun with Bekah’s parents and are slowly convincing them that Richmond would be a great place for them to live as well!

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