In Summer!

Once again, it has been a while since I updated the blog. My sister has started to encourage me to get back to writing and I’m encouraging her to dive into it, so here I am once again.

This summer has flown by! I cannot believe it is July 15th or I cannot believe it is only July 15th. I’m not really sure where I am today. All I know is the next 2.5 weeks are going to fly by and then it is back to work I go.

Anyway, I thought I would share my summer via my Instagram. I am doing my best to try and maintain a balance of living in the moment while also taking pictures so that later on in my life I’m not saying to myself “I just can’t remember what I did when I was 25…”

Nat and I started off our summer in what has become a 2 year tradition: the Knoxville Expo 10k!

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We both have tried and are still currently trying to keep up our running habit throughout the summer. It was fun to start off the summer with something fun like a 10k, but I will not lie, the next day I slept in with no regret.

We then took a fun, quick weekend trip to Washington D.C.! IMG_2405

We took the Megabus up and back. The bus ride on the way up was great. We both got to read/nap/talk/whatever we wanted and we left the driving up to someone else. For a 8-9 hour drive, especially through the never ending (slightly boring) Virginia, it was nice to not have to worry about switching drivers, or in our case trying not to be a bad passenger and sleep while Nat drives. Anyway, the ride up was great. We got into the city around 7, caught a cab to our hotel and then we got dinner near our hotel and could go to bed slightly early so we could spend the next day sightseeing.

We had a lot of fun touring museums and seeing the monuments. On our last day we even went to the National Zoo which was so fun! The zoo is free to the public and because of that we noticed a lot of runners going through the park. I would love that. I think it would make me less reluctant to run some days if I knew I might see a lion or something more exciting than my neighbor’s dog.

We also were able to see my wonderful bestie Courtney while we were in the city. She is seriously who I want to be when I grow up and I am so proud of her life in DC. You go girl.

After many, many hours of sightseeing and being on our feet- we headed back to the megabus for our travels South. I’m not going to lie to anyone about my sleep habits and my attitude toward sleep. I love sleep and I need a lot of it. The overnight Megabus does not allow for it. So, if you are like me and get sassy when your sleep is interrupted choose the day bus. You won’t regret it.

All in all it was a great trip and I am so thankful we were able to go up for a weekend on our own.

After our trip to DC we spent time just hanging out and resting. A school year can really be exhausting. We celebrated our 2nd anniversary and my 25th birthday

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Our next trip took us to the great white North….Wisconsin!

My parents moved to Wisconsin almost a year ago to retire. Forget sandy white beaches- they were looking more for slushy white snow. Anyway, the winters may be rough but the summers are absolutely gorgeous. My brother and sister and their spouses and Nat and I all headed up for a few days of family fun.

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I can’t forget the most important guest…Ezekiel! My sweet nephew is the pride and joy of our family. I seriously can’t get enough of him so to have 5 days to spend with him was a great addition to my summer.

We spent our days on the lake, at the waterpark, and doing what we do best- just hanging out. It had been since Christmas since we had all been together so it really was just a treat to be around the people I love most. One of the nice things about my parents living up north is the ability to see some of our extended family- which rarely happens. We had a get together that consisted of lots of food and a southern staple- CORN HOLE

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It was such a fun trip and I am blessed by a family that I can’t get enough of. I am always looking forward to the next time I get to be with them and even though there seems to be more time between each get together as we get older, it seems like no time has passed at all.

We had a wild one day in between our trip to Wisconsin and our next big trip to EDISTO! Every year (2nd annual) we and 4 other couples go to the beach together. It is such a fun trip and we are so lucky to have a close knit group of people to be around.

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We spent 7 days on Edisto Island and it was pure bliss. It was so nice to be a 2 minute walk from the beach and everyone could just come and go as they pleased. We ate a lot and played lots of games- a lot of sweet, funny memories were made. I am anxiously looking forward to next year!

This year’s trip had a bittersweet aspect to it. One of the couples just moved from Knoxville and another moved shortly after our trip. It was weird to think of everyone being in different places. That week though was sweet because regardless of where we are in life, our friendships are still in tact and will continue to be. I am a very blessed girl because of these friendships.

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And now here we are…in present day. The big trips are behind us and we are looking forward to a new, exciting school year. Every year I feel a little anxious about school starting back and this year is no different. This year, however, is filled with excitement, which is new for me. I am starting my 3rd year or teaching and for the first time ever I feel like my feet are slightly on the ground. (I would say the tips of my toes- but that is better than nothing!)

I am thankful for a fun summer to rest and recover. There are a couple more weeks left and I am going to love them for what they are!

-Sarah

 

 

Family Cruisin’ pt 1

What a trip!

My family spent 7 days travelling in the Mediterranean and 2 days in Venice, Italy for the family vacation of a lifetime.

We had such an amazing time and I can’t believe that in the last week I went to 4 different countries and 2 continents. We celebrated my and Nat’s first anniversary, my mom’s birthday, and my birthday. They were blessed, special days spent together. The trip was more than I could have ever asked for and above all it was awesome to spend so much time with my family. It is rare to have 10 (more like 12) days together as an entire family so I really felt blessed. I am obsessed with my family…I really think they are the best.

The first day was spent travelling and wandering around Venice. Our hotel was outside of the water city part of Venice, but we didn’t mind. We were too tired and just wanted to eat and hang out.

DSC_0055This was my delicious four cheese pizza. There is no shame- I ate almost all of it.

Even after eating a huge meal, we passed a gelato shop on our way back to the hotel and of course we had to get some. When in Venice, right?

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We had a great first night and it made us look forward to the cruise even more.

As we left the dock in Venice, we were able to see the gorgeous city that is Venice. I am still amazed that we were able to see it in person, real life, I have been to Venice. What?!?

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I look forward to sharing more, but I don’t want to make a forever long post in one day. I also am just recovering from exhaustion. We had a 26 hour travel day on Sunday and I needed a day 🙂

Laundry is calling, as well as grocery shopping and all the other real life things I had left behind.

Tomorrow I will post about all of the places we visited. My heart was stolen by the country of Croatia, and I got to see a lot of history in Ephesus and Athens. What a great trip! See you tomorrow!