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30 by 30 {1 year update}

22 Feb

It has been a whole year since I posted about my 30 by 30 list. Yes my birthday has just passed and I am now 28 years old.

I have completed a few more things from my 30 by 30 list so I thought I would share them with you!

19. run the BCS 5k {completed 9.15.12}

our whole team running for DeDe

our whole team running for DeDe

we did it! love you DeDe

we did it! love you DeDe

5. get a new car {completed 1.19.13}


my new 2011 Kia Forte

my new 2011 Kia Forte

20. go skiing more than once a winter {completed 2.3.13}

skiing at Gunstock in December

skiing at Gunstock in December

skiing at McIntyre in January

skiing at McIntyre in January

That is it as of right now. Dan and I are going away this weekend on a little trip that I planned so #12, plan a surprise trip away for Dan will be completed after Tuesday.

If you want to check out my other completed tasks, you can check out my 6 month update here and see my entire list here

I did change one of the tasks on my list. I added running 700 miles in a year, which I am currently working on.

Hopefully I can check some new things off my list soon.

30 by 30 {run the bcs 5k}

15 Sep


Today was the day. Today was the 5k that I have been training so hard for. In May I could barely run 3 minutes. Today I ran the entire 5k without stopping in a little under 30 minutes! I was so proud of myself.
We put together a team to run in honor of my grandmother, DeDe, who passed away in February from breast cancer. So we made Team DeDe. There were 8 fabulous people running for the team.

The whole team finished in 40 minutes or under! I am so proud of everyone because everyone has been working so hard. We killed it!

We were all sweaty when we were done but so excited for each other in accomplishing everything we did.

There is a big pink fire truck that comes to certain events. You can sign the truck in remembrance of people or in celebration or for whatever reason you want. DeDe signed the truck last year, right on the gas cap door, and we all signed around it.

I’m so glad everyone was able to make it to run with the team. It meant a lot to me and I know it meant a lot to my mom to have us all there.

It was supposed to rain this morning and there was a big line of rain coming right towards us. Right before the race started, the line broke right in the middle, right where we were. I know it was DeDe giving us some good weather for the race. It ended up being a beautiful day.

I love all of these people and I’m so glad that we were all able to run the race for such a good cause. It is an amazing feeling to accomplish so much and do it with my favorite people.
I miss DeDe every day and I am proud to do something like this in her honor. I know she is proud of me.



30 by 30 {hiking mount moosilauke}

9 Sep
I am so behind in my posting. This summer I have realized how much I really need to post things as they happen so I can keep up with everything. Every time I think I’m catching up, I get busy and get behind again. I need to just post things as they come.
Anyway, on to my post.
On my 30 by 30 list, I have to hike a 4,000 footer. Dan has been doing a ton of hiking so I thought I would add something to my list that I could do with him. His goal is to do the 48 4,000 footers in New Hampshire. I figured I could do 1. 🙂 He invited everyone to come with us so we went on a big group hike.
I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it up but Dan chose a mountain that he said would not be very hard. And I made it to the top!

We were ready to go at the bottom and couldn’t wait to get started.

There were 8 of us total, all hiking together. A couple people went ahead and made it to the top before us. The rest of us took it a little slower. It was a really pretty trail.

The views were beautiful as we were approaching the top. It was a little bit of a cloudy day but the sky looked awesome. And we came out of the trees and could see the summit.

I was so excited to make it to the top and was so proud of myself. We hung out at the top for a little bit to let everyone catch their breath and enjoy the views. Everyone was excited.

The clouds were so cool at the top. I’m definitely obsessed with the sky and clouds.

I definitely took some panoramic pictures at the top.

We walked out to different part of the summit to check out a little bit of a different view. It was all gorgeous.

We decided to take a different trail down and it ended up being a little easier.

We could also hit another summit on the way down this trail. It was the South Peak and I’m glad we took a little extra time to climb up. We could see the summit we were just on and the trail through the trees from South Peak which was really cool.

The trail down wasn’t too bad and I’m glad we took a different trail just to see some new things. There was one point where there were a ton of monarch butterflies flying around. I didn’t get too many great pictures but it was a cool thing to see.

A little after the butterflies, it started pouring on us so I had to put the camera away. We all got our rain coats on and continued down the mountain. It stopped raining by the time we got to the bottom and got humid. I felt really good when we got to the bottom and not as dead as I thought I would.

I’m really glad I had this on my list and I’m really glad I completed it and felt so good. I wouldn’t be opposed to doing more hiking like this. Hopefully I can continue getting in better shape so I will be able to keep up better. I’m going to keep working on it and hopefully next summer I can do some more.

30 by 30 {6 month update}

19 Aug
Today is my half birthday!

Anyway, I figured since it has been 6 months since I made my 30 by 30 list, I would post an update on my list.
I have completed a few things on my list and a couple of them are pretty big things. I feel pretty good about my progress so far.
14. get at least one new tattoo {completed 4.15.12}
15. make scrapbooks for bridal shower, bachelorette party, wedding, and honeymoon {bridal shower completed 3.4.12}
17. learn to make DeDe’s chocolate chip cookies {1st attempt 3.1.12} {2nd attempt 4.21.12}

1st attempt

2nd attempt

18. hike a mountain that is around 4000 feet {completed 8.12.12} (I haven’t posted about this yet. Very soon to come)

22. stay at a bed & breakfast for a weekend {completed 6.1.12 – 6.4.12}

That is everything I have accomplished on my list so far. I still have 2 1/2 years so I think I have plenty of time.
I’ve also been thinking about a few things on my list and might change a couple things but we will see. So far so good.
You can see my full 30 by 30 list here if you would like to check it out!


1st anniversary {trip to cape cod}

20 Jun
I knew I wanted to do something special for our 1st anniversary. We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to go away somewhere because we’re a little tight on money. I kept checking groupon and living social to see if any good 1 or 2 night trips would come up. Then Dan found this bed and breakfast on cape cod for only $85 a night and we decided we could definitely do that. And I’m so glad we did.
We stayed at the Sea Breeze Inn in Hyannis, MA. It was a really cute little b&b just up the road from the beach. The owners are a Russian couple and they are so nice. We had a nice private room with our own entrance and the dining room where we ate breakfast was so cute with all mismatched tables and chairs. I have been wanting to stay at a b&b for a while {it is on my 30 by 30 list!} and it was a great first experience. I loved it.

We went down to the cape on Friday afternoon and hit no traffic. The first place we went was the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory. They are my absolute favorite chips and we got a couple free samples of my favorite flavor!

We thought about renting bikes but the timing didn’t work out so we decided to do a little rollerblading on a bike trail.

After rollerblading we went on a walking trail that was right on the water. It was a beautiful trail and we got to see a little of the sunset and some gorgeous scenery. It was a nice ending to our first afternoon.

On Saturday morning it was really rainy when we woke up. We didn’t let it get us down though and still decided to go out and explore. We started at the Sandwich Glass Museum where we saw a little glass blowing.

It wasn’t quite as rainy when we left, so we decided to go to the Heritage Museum and Gardens. It was beautiful and the sun ended up coming out a little.

We got lunch and then got ice cream at Cape Cod Creamery. I had a yummy twix ice cream. It was delicious. Then we went back to the room for a bit and decided to go to the movies because it was pouring.

Sunday was a little nicer but still kind of cloudy. We drove up to Provincetown and went to the Pilgrim Monument. It was very tall and very windy at the top but had awesome views.

We found a really cute little cafe to have lunch at and then went to Cape Cod Light. We were allowed to climb up to the top and it was really cool to go all the way up to the light.

There was a crazy cliff by the light house with a beach at the bottom so we decided to go walk on the beach. It was really windy and the sand was whipping all around but we were laughing the entire time.

We were driving towards another light house but we were a little early for the tour, so we went to another beach, which was also just as windy. But the sun was finally coming out and there was actually some blue sky!

We headed over to Nauset Light, another light house we could up in, but it wasn’t as cool as the first one. I did like the red steps though.

Sunday night we got a little dressed up and went out to a really nice dinner. We went out for ice cream again and then went back to the room to just relax. It was a lovely ending to our weekend away.
Monday morning it was raining again so we just got our stuff together and headed home. It was pouring the whole drive home.
We got home and I decided to try our wedding cake. Dan refused to eat it but it actually wasn’t too bad for being frozen for a year.

During this trip I decided to take some ring pictures because we didn’t bring our rings on our honeymoon. I love them all.

It was a really wonderful trip with the hubby and I’m so glad we were able to do something special like this for our 1 year anniversary.

chocolate chip cookies {my second attempt}

24 Apr
So this past weekend we had the celebration for my grandmother. My stepbrother and cousin came up for the weekend and I knew we’d all be hanging out. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try making my grandmother’s chocolate chip cookies again.
Last time I made them, they came out too fat.

So this time, I put a whole extra stick of butter into the batter. That seemed to do the trick. They came out flat!

DeDe’s cookies were always flat and soft. I was so excited to see them flat. They were a little more crispy on the bottom but I think that is just our oven and I need to figure out how long to keep the cookies in so they don’t get crispy.

So I think I have the batter down and now it is just the timing. But I am happy they were flat and everyone enjoyed them and were excited that I am getting close to the perfect cookie! And DeDe always put them in plastic bags and when I put mine in a plastic bag, it looked just like hers. I loved it.

tattoos {to honor my grandmother}

17 Apr
When my grandmother passed away in February, I knew immediately that I wanted to do something in her honor, and I was pretty sure I wanted that thing to be a tattoo. I thought and thought about ideas, trying to come up with something really special. But nothing seemed special enough.
At some point, I came up with a great idea. I don’t even know where the idea came from but I’m so glad it came to me. The idea was to get the words “love you” in her handwriting. I found a card from her that had those words in it and I knew it was perfect.

I told my mom about the idea and she loved it and wanted to do the same thing. So of course we decided to go together. I couldn’t wait. I was so excited. We finally went on Sunday and it was amazing. We went to Congress St. Tattoo in Portsmouth, NH. The tattoo artist, Beth, was so friendly and awesome. I’m going to suggest that any other family members that want the tattoo should go to her.

I have 2 other tattoos and this one definitely hurt the most out of all 3 but it really wasn’t too bad. I had to breath deep a couple times but it only took about 10 minutes so it was fine.
I absolutely love the tattoo. It is soo perfect. And I’m so glad I went with my mom and we got to share the experience together.

I miss my grandmother soo much and I still can’t believe she is gone but I know this is the perfect tribute to her and I get to see it all the time.

Plus, a bonus, I was also glad to be able to cross something off of my 30 by 30. Yay!


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