Life Got In The Way

July 7, 2009 at 7:47 pm 21 comments

 

I can’t believe I disappeared for so long.  Usually this is where I would apologize and give excuses as to why I wasn’t blogging.  But I have no excuse, Andrew and I both had last week off, and it’s the only time we’ll have extended time together for the rest of the summer, so we made the most of it.  This is a monster post!
We went camping, went to a graduation party, went to the beach, hung out with friends, watched the fireworks, ate burgers, went out for brunches, watched fireworks, shopped, booked a wedding venue and put a deposit down, sleeping late,  and spent lots of time with our families.  I wouldn’t change a thing about last week, (except of course make it longer).  I missed blogging though and I’m excited to get back to a normal schedule, but it was kind of liberating eating without taking pictures, at first it felt weird but by the end I enjoyed it, but I’ve seen so many creative things out there in blogland while catching up yesterday that I can’t wait to try.  (Hello Banana Soft Serve!)
Camping was so much fun!  I still can’t believe how much I loved it.  I knew with the people I would be with it was going to be a good time, the actual camping part worried me.  I’m kind of a girl who likes electricity, showering, and knowing what time it is.  By the middle of Saturday I was just enjoying the time and relaxing with my closest friends.  We went with 2 of my best friends Michelle, and Jessica.  I know I’m extremely lucky to have those girls in my life.  I’ve known Michelle since we were about 3 (although we didn’t become super close until Middle School).  And Jessica was always close with Michelle so she was always a friend, but it was only a couple years ago where we grew as close as we are now.  Their  boyfriends are both really great people as well, so we had a great group with the 6 of us.  There was lots of hanging out around the campfire talking, lots of walking down to the river, and perhaps the other 2 girls are more adventurous then I am and tried to float on inner tubes down the Delaware river.

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I was so happy to be on our way!

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Michelle and I cooking up so camp food!

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Andrew and Jessica’s boyfriend Rob and me being creepy in the background.

Since it was Andrew’s birthday I brought cupcakes, unfortunately they melted in the car on the way there.  They looked gross but no one complained about the taste, and I even ate a 1/4 of one.

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Me and the Birthday Boy!

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Me and the ladies standing by the fire.

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Here’s Michelle and Jessica getting ready to float down the Delaware.

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Meanwhile I was fishing with some friends I made.  Or tried to make, they apparently didn’t like my idea of me taking pictures with their fish so I could pretend that I caught it.  It’s not like we know the same people, geez kids!

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That blue tent on the right was where Andrew and I slept, the orange one is Michelle and her boyfriend Scout’s tent.

We’re planning on going camping again really soon so Andrew and I went out to buy our own tent, so we wouldn’t have to borrow one again.  After we bought it we set it up in my parents backyard just to see how big it was and make sure everything was right so we didn’t get out in the woods and realize we were missing an important pole or something.  I can’t wait to use this tent!

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Hopefully sometime in August we’ll be back out in the woods somewhere.   If your someone who thinks they’d hate camping give it a try, I guarantee the time away from computers, cell phones,  and civilization in general will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for anything once you return.
I didn’t take any pictures of things I ate while camping, except one.
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But that’s an obvious choice, right?

I somehow didn’t take any pictures while at the beach on Monday but we were there and it was an absolutely beautiful day.  Sun, sand, and the sounds of the ocean! Although the Jersey Shore doesn’t have the most beautiful beaches in the world, they are really nice, and after living within 10 minutes of the beach my entire life (and being able to see the bay from my apartment) it has spoiled me and whenever Andrew and I talk about moving out of NJ because it’s so outta control expensive, my only requirement is we have to move to a town on the coast, don’t care where, but it’s got to be within 20 minutes of a beach.   I did do a google image search for where we went though.

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That’s where we parked.

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And that’s pretty much exactly where we set up our towels and soaked up the sun.

And probably the most exciting thing that happened!  A few weeks ago we found a location for our wedding that we absolutely fell in love with, it’s not the beach wedding I always dreamed of (just more proof I’m obsessed with the beach!), the only places on the beach we saw were crazy expensive,  kind of run down, couldn’t hold the amount we needed, or wanted us to guarantee many more people then we were comfortable paying for.  The second I walked into this last place I fell in love, it’s a yacht club and right on the river, the views from the ballroom are beautiful, the centerpieces they would provide are perfect, and I just saw us having a fantastic time there.  So before we left 2 Friday’s ago for camping we took a trip down with both of our mom’s who also loved the location.  We put our date on hold, and then this past Friday we put our deposit down and signed the contract.  Now that it’s official, I’m happy to share some pictures of our location!
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The gazebo and river.

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The ballroom.

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The center pieces we will most likely use.

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A pretty cake, and another view of the river.
Our date is still over 2 years away but we wanted to lock in for the date we wanted, and also guarantee the low prices, since most places do go up each year.  We picked a date that apparently is going to be pretty popular.  We didn’t think it would be because it’s so far out, but apparently at least 2 other couples have the same idea as us because our venue is completely booked for the day now as well, all 3 time slots and ball rooms are taken.

We also picked a place for our ceremony.  About 10 miles from the venue there is an historic park with a chapel.  It’s a great place for pictures and the chapel is so charming.

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Not the best pictures but I pulled them off the website.

So now I’m done with any and all planning for this year, I have my cousin’s wedding in September and my friend Laura’s in March so I’m going to focus on being great bridesmaids to both of them, plus I really do have plenty of time.  The date we picked is September 10, 2011.  Or 9-10-11 which is why it’s going to be popular.

 

If you stuck through to the end, thank you, this was a very long post and very picture heavy, I’ll be back to regular blogging tomorrow!  Enjoy the rest of your evening!  I’ll leave you with some more pictures of the fireworks we saw from our deck last Thursday.

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21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Megan  |  July 7, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I’m so jealous your getting married at Allaire State Park! My Fiance and I talked about having our wedding there too! Its beautiful 😀

  • 2. Mel  |  July 7, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    The place you picked is absolutely gorgeous! I’m super jealous! I love that you picked 9-10-11, it’ll be super easy to remember.

  • 3. Vani  |  July 7, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Beautiful post!!! I’m especially jealous of the camping (though the wedding venue is absolutely gorgeous too!!)

  • 4. Anne K.  |  July 7, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Wow, the place that you’re going to have your wedding is absolutely gorgeous! It looks so fancy and regal! And that chapel is pretty 🙂 Love the fireworks pics!

  • 5. Kailey  |  July 7, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    aww don’t worry about not blogging! sounds like you had a blast! the fireworks are so pretty 🙂

  • 6. Hallie  |  July 7, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    LOVE the location! And my girlfriend already locked in 9-10-11 for her wedding, too 🙂 but she’s in CA so no competition for you there!

  • 7. verbalriot  |  July 7, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    That venue looks amazing!!! Good idea booking it so far in advance!

  • 8. Gina  |  July 7, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    You are planning ahead SO SO MUCH!! I am 100% all about planning ahead, YOU GO GIRL! Seriously, you are going to have the best wedding. Your photos are gorgeous and I can’t wait for the real ones!

    Not to mention, WOW on the fireworks. I saw two sets of fireworks this summer and neither of them were as neat as yours. LOVE em’.

  • 9. broccolihut  |  July 7, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Wow, looks like you’ve been having a blast! Glad to have you back though;)

  • 10. katecooks  |  July 8, 2009 at 12:22 am

    gosh, so many exciting things! camping sounds like a blast. i haven’t gone in forever but have wanted to go for a while now. it can be so much fun!!!! your smore looks delish. i usually eat a couple of those 🙂

    also, wedding venue is GORGEOUS!!!! i love love love it! you will be having a beautiful day for sure 🙂

    happy belated fourth btw!

  • 11. insideiamdancing  |  July 8, 2009 at 12:26 am

    what a GORGEOUS place you picked for the wedding! It’s incredible 😀 It’s cool that it’s booked now- you have lots of time to plan and dream about exactly how you want your special day to be!

    camping looks like so much fun- glad you have been enjoying yourself 🙂

  • 12. Melissa  |  July 8, 2009 at 5:07 am

    YAY for camping, smores, the beach and and awesome time!! Looks like you had lots of fun!!

    Beautiful fireworks pictures!!

  • 13. brandi  |  July 8, 2009 at 7:57 am

    sounds like you guys had a great week, and the venue is beautiful!!!

  • 14. bhealthier  |  July 8, 2009 at 7:59 am

    WOW!! congratulations getting the venue! It looks almost exactly like what I was hoping for too- I also wanted to be near if not on the beach but we keep running into the same crap too… minimum a gazillion $$$, minimum 400 people..etc.

    That is so awesome, I am sure you will have a wonderful wedding there.

    Those cupcakes melting was sad but hilarious! Glad they still tasted good. I love camping and reading your recap!
    Safe Travels back!

  • 15. applec  |  July 8, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Yippee – S’mores! That was the only food WORTH taking a pic of – good choice.
    It looks like you had such a super time. Relax, forget real life for a while, good friends…terrific.
    Last time Ted and I went camping, we got a flat in our air mattress, blew out our only lamp, and it rained. Oh well.. like you, I enjoy air conditioning, blow driers, clean showers, and soft beds.
    I’m looking forward to reading more about all those wedding plans. How exciting!

  • 16. Jenn@slim-shoppin  |  July 8, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Don’t apologize for not posting! It sounds like you had a great week with your family!!! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • 17. geegs23  |  July 8, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE camping.. haven’t gone since last summer though.. I suggest camping out at the beach next time.. it so awesome and relaxing!

  • 18. dailygoods  |  July 9, 2009 at 9:03 am

    what a wonderful trip!! 🙂 loved all the pics. i haven’t been camping before but have always wanted to! and the cupcakes look so cool all melted, i would have snatched one up !

  • 19. loveprevails  |  July 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I am a recent-ish follower and so excited to see you are getting married and have a wonderful boy by your side (check out my post about 2 entries ago about my boy and my anxiety hehe!) Anyways, I camped when I was younger and these pics totally brought back memories. I love my ac and clean bathrooms too but there is def something fun about camping!
    Loveprevails.wordpress.com

  • 20. Jasmine (Sweet and Fit)  |  July 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    what a fun trip!

    love the venue!

  • 21. What I’ve Been Up To « A Year of Healthy Eating  |  August 21, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    […] the priest we realized that we would rather have it there, then at the chapel I originally posted here.  If we have it at the chapel we’d have to have special permission to get a priest to do it […]

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