Saturday, March 20, 2010

Mallory Ann

My third niece, Mallory Ann, entered the world as a St. Patty's Day baby! My sister went into labor Wednesday morning and a few hours later had Mallory. Unfortunately, I've been sick this week and couldn't stay long at the hospital because I didn't want to get anyone sick. But, looking forward spending more time with her! My oldest niece is so excited about being a big sister. Congrats to Ricky, Melissa, and Meredith!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Happy One Year!

Last weekend, Jim and I celebrated our one-year anniversary by taking a long weekend and going to Traverse City and staying at a bed and breakfast. We had such a good time! The reason we picked the area is for the wineries and our property is close by. We are unable to get to it in the winter because the road (this term is used loosely) is not plowed and can only be accessed by snowmobile. In terms of snow, this has been one of their worst winters in that area, so we thought we may be able to get back to our property while we were up there.

We took a half day off work Thursday and reached the bed and breakfast, Country Hermitage, just before dinner. The innkeepers, Patrick and Lynn, were so nice and very accommodating. (And Lynn cooks amazing breakfasts as well!) Jim had called ahead and had flowers for me in our room too.  :)


On Friday, we attempted to get to our cabin, but with no avail. Even though the snow wasn't extremely deep, it had melted and re-frozen and the truck would just sink in it. So we had friends who were snowmobiling in the area at their cabins and we met up with them for a little while

Saturday was our anniversary and I had contacted a bakery in Traverse City to make us a small cake for our first anniversary because we didn't have the top layer of our wedding cake from the Dominican. I went and picked that up in the morning and during the afternoon, we went to a couple of the local vineyards and wineries on Old Mission Peninsula. Neither of us had been wine tasting before, and we had a lot of fun. This is the view from the first  winery we went:


After the wine tasting, we relaxed for a bit and then went out to dinner at aerie, a restaurant on the 16th floor of the Grand Traverse Resort. Dinner was really good but I couldn't let Jim order any dessert because of the cake I had for us back at the bed and breakfast.  :)  So, after dinner and a drink at the lounge, we headed back to the bed and breakfast to eat our cake and exchange gifts. Overall, we had a great time and it was such a relaxing weekend.