Wednesday, November 9, 2011



One of my  original reasons for starting this blog was to begin a diary of sorts for our family.  So that one day our kids could look back on it.  And so, this morning, I was thinking about all the wonderful travels my husband and I were blessed to do in our courting, engagement, early marriage and now.  A priority in our lives forever will be travel. We will skimp on other things to be able to go places as a family.  The memories you make, the things you learn, are priceless.  And so, here are the travels we have taken and the joy we were able to experience.

We went on this trip a few months after dating.  We stayed at Aunt Donna’s House.  Aaron walked me through campus at GVSU, we kissed in the rain, we went to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and played chest and walked through the children’s play land.  We hung out with his friends and had a wonderful game night.  It was so wonderful and helped define who we were to each other.

The Hot Dog Place in Grand Rapids ( I forget what it is called)

On the Freedom Trail
Going to Boston together was probably, up until that point, one of the best moments of my life.  Aaron was working there and I flew out to meet him. I thought I was going to have to get to the hotel alone, but he surprised me at the airport.  We stayed at a super fancy hotel with a balcony overlooking the city.  We ate a super fancy dinner.  We walked the freedom trail the next day and lounged around at Harvard.  We eat New England Clam Chowder and  delicious bagels.  After, we took a train to Regis’s house and hung out with my family nieces/nephews.  I got sick with a flu bug and Aaron rubbed my head between spouts of throwing up (that is love). This weekend I was trying to get him to say he loved me (because I accidently did at the airport when dropping him off, which is an AWESOME story for another day) so he would ask for something, ‘Mary can you pass the milk?’, I would respond, ‘it depends, do you love me?’

Cute Lil' B & B
We stayed at a wonderful bed and breakfast, all the way up on the 3rd level.  We stayed in this wonderfully cute room that had little nooks and a slanted ceiling.  The place was a mansion, and you were transformed into a winter wonderland.  We enjoyed the day looking in wonderful shops, checking out rings, eating delicious food and drinking warm coffee.  We went to Confession and then Mass, then Aaron asked me to be his wife.  We met our friends for dinner and walked through the city filled with Christmas life and joy.  That night, Aaron fell asleep, tired from the days activities.  I stayed up all night in the hall of the B and B reading bridal magazines.  So happy, so in love.

Aaron and I took our first flight together to go visit our matchmaker Bree in Arizona.  It was so fun to fly with him and to feel so grown up.  That weekend, bree was the best host.  She made us little care packages, we ate so much delicious food.  We went to Mesa and Scottsdale (I think).  We ate at the cheesecake factory and worshipped at St. Timothy.  It was so fun to be so in love with him and with one of my best friends.
First Airplane Ride

Toronto was awesome. We went together just for a weekend get away.  Again, we got to stay in a super fancy hotel in downtown Toronto.  We went to museums, the CN Tower, ate sushi, walked a lot in uncomfortable boots, watched a movie in our hotel room, ate a delicious breakfast at a fancy place.  Plus, the second night we were there, there was a snow storm with the biggest flakes I had ever seen. I am talking snow ball sized snow flakes.  It was awesome and so fun.  We were so very in love:)

Aaron and I traveled to Kentucky for Easter to visit with my sisters.  We stayed at Theresa’s apartment.  WE got all did for a siblings date night which was AWESOME! We went to Mass together and drove home Easter Sunday

Aaron and I got to go to Jamaica for our honeymoon.  The honeymoon consisted of a few main things. There was eating (2 breakfasts, lunch, snack, fancy dinner, evening snack), there was drinking (swim up bar, bar outside our room, fully stocked refrigerator), there were massages, naps, swimming in the sea and other things that one might do on a honeymoonJ 

North Carolina
We traveled to North Carolina for a family vacation with our New Jersey relatives, who are AWESOME. I flew out first because I had vacation left and aaron joined me for a long weekend.  We did a lot of hanging out, a lot of ocean and pool swimming.  One of us did their fair share of drinking.  The last 2 nights we got to stay in a spectacular room with a balcony view the ocean.  It was simply wonderful.
Us loving N. Carolina

Right after I found out I was with child Aaron and I went to Chicago for the weekend.  We stayed in the fanciest hotel in downtown Chicago (this super fancy Marriot).  We got to take a train to  see the counting crows with a picnic lunch. We also had lunch with Theresa Metcalf, my best childhood friend and her husband Nathan.   We walked through the city and did some shopping.  We ate delicious breakfast.  The only issue is morning sickness was kickin it in full gear.  It was kind of terrible, I threw up the whole time. Lol.  The counting crows were great though.

We had a weekend free to do something together, just us, and so Aaron took me to a bed and breakfast in Amish land.  The B and B was perfect.  We enjoyed the sparkling wine and chocolate treats they left us with our initials on them.  There was a lovely claw foot tub I got to take a soaker in.  We enjoyed a dinner and walking through the old shops.  It was a nice, much needed, get away for just usJ
The lovely spread at the B & B

Then came the baby…and now we begin our life of family vacations.  BUT, we are still blessed and committed to getting away, just the two of us every once and again.  We are three weeks away from our first trip away since the baby came, with just us two.  Can’t wait to write all about it!

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