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We went on a vacation without the boys and it was amazing. Ryan and I still talk about it. Remember that time we went to Georgia and it was super awesome and amazing and the best? And another bucket list item completed!

We got there on a Friday, left on a Tuesday and ate and watched tv and walked and walked and saw a baseball game and relaxed in between it all. Oh, and my angel of a mother and my fabulous Aunt Terri came to the city to watch the boys while we vacationed. I think we should make this an annual thing. Yes, yes.

After arriving we went downtown to a little seafood festival and some fireworks. And we found this awesome little honey company to give the perfect thank you presents, score. Then we hopped in a taxi the next morning to go back to the airport to grab a rental car and head to Atlanta. Two bucket list numbers in one amazing long weekend. Ryan had never been to Atlanta's stadium (nor had I), so we grabbed some Chik fil A and got on the road to drive up. Also, Ryan hadn't driven a car since selling our car last fall. Wild. The game was fun and it was so fun to see the differences compared to Fenway--it's so fun to see what the locals want out of a game. We headed back to Savannah that night, stopping at the halfway point and then returned the car the next day. On a Sunday. Which means I couldn't get Chik fil A. Which was pretty heartbreaking. But I'm over it...by now.

The rest of the trip was fun eating and walking and relaxing our way though historic Savannah. It was so great to be able to walk everywhere and the food was suuper good. Not pictured is the enormous amount of food we ate at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room, chats by the pool, and window shopping and eating whenever we wanted, no kid's snacks or scheduling needed!

we had just left the boys with my mom. our kid free weekend had begun!

 little festival on the waterfront
gator balls, anyone?

the real reason we went to georgia...

at turner field!

amazing chicken/sausage sandwiches @ zunzi's

@ forsyth park. we tried, but could not get a decent picture of us without resorting to selfies. 


the statue of liberty and amanda and dave!!

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Amanda, Dave and Sam came and visited from the 17th to the 19th of April. We hadn't seen them since our last day in Provo way back in 2011. That seems like a lifetime away! Gratefully, Amanda and I have kept in contact through Instagram and through texting and phone conversations and when they arrived it was like we had just seen eachother weeks before, instead of years. Yay for technology!

We started Friday evening off with a trip to Central Park and the Upper West Side (my home away from home :) and then got up suuper early on Saturday to head to the Statue of Liberty. // Oh hey, goal #74. Done! // Ryan couldn't be there due to a previously committed service project, but met up with us later that day. It was a long ride down and Sam was super chill the whole way, while my boys were kept at bay with Trader Joe's snacks and stickers and crayons. But we finally made it to the boat, on the boat, across the bay and BAM, the Statue of Liberty. Ryan and I saw it when we visited in 2010 (I feel so old typing all these forever ago years!) but the boys had never been so it was fun to have them experience a deeper part of New York's history other than every.single.playground. We (Henry) listened to the tour, took many bathroom breaks, and made it up to the platform and finally got back to Manhatan for a late, but amazing lunch at Joe's pizza. With dessert at People's Pops. And dinner to go at Murray's and dessert to go at Molly's Cupcakes. I'm telling you, that area by West 4th is one of my favorite parts of the city. And also, I really like to focus my travel on food. So much goodness!

After a crazy day, we headed back home to rest and get the kids down for bed and then chatted and went to bed ourselves not much later. Sunday came and we headed to church and then had a quick lunch before saying goodbye to our friends and resolving to see eachother way sooner than 3 1/2 years from now.

(one parent and two kids: I never had a chance)

I've got many pictures of the four of us from DC and it was so fun to see what a difference a few years have made--we've almost doubled our group!


101 in 1001 update!

A whole month without blogging? Well, thanks to instagram you still know what we all look like :) But since I've been lax about blogging I've also been lax about sharing some pictures from my big camera, so even though they don't really go at all, here are a few of my favorite pictures of the boys from the last few months.

We've been semi busy this winter trying out the City a little more and crossing off our list. And I am SO ready for more consistent warm weather to explore, explore without freezing.

16. Visit the Cloisters
Ryan and I went on a day date to the Cloisters and a local coffee shop on a rainy day in March. It's no MET, but fun that it's a part of the MET and since I go running around it all the time (well, all the time except for Dec-Feb) it was fun to see the inside. I have a feeling it may be an annual rainy day neighborhood date.

29. Eat at Chelsea Market
We met up with some friends from Boston in January and I had the most delicious meal from Num Pang. I was even gluten/dairy free that month and it was so, so good. I can't wait to go back and get more, try more food, and check out the antique store there as well.

45. Gluten/Dairy free for one month
I tackled this goal in January and it was a fun challenge. I'm not one for fad diets and although I'm not certain we all need to be gluten/dairy free I do think Americans eat much more processed food than necessary and this goal was a nice challenge to eat more real food and see if my body felt better eliminating these ingredients for a month. It felt good! And I really didn't crave cheese or dairy through the month. It was also a great way to challenge me to find new favorite recipes, fast, budget friendly recipes to add to our rotation.

52. Join a gym
The goal when moving to the city was to finally get a gym membership, to motivate me to work out more consistently. I also really wanted to take group fitness classes more. I loved the classes I took at BYU, especially when Ryan was a student and I had just graduated. But alas, the Y is forever away here so Brittany (our next door neighbor, running buddy and all-around amazing mom) and I joined the Planet Fitness just a few blocks away and it's just what I needed to help me consistently work out through the winter.

81. Buy a couch
We did it! We first were looking at couches, but a little sectional caught our eye and there was no looking back. It's actually the same as my brother/sister in law, and we didn't even plan it. We've got the darker color and they've got the lighter. President's day sales for the win!