Thursday, August 20, 2015

Spontaneous Trip || Portland, Maine

Yesterday's post gave you a little bit of background to my crazy spontaneous trip, but let me tell you - Portland, Maine is a beautiful place. 
The plan was that my mom, nana and I were going to fly into Boston on Saturday and drive to Maine, but when my aunt said she is interested in driving with my cousins, I nearly said no, but forced myself into the car and I'm so glad I did.

We left Norfolk on Friday at exactly 8am.  We drove to Connecticut, where we spent the night at my old babysitters house.  It only took us 12 hours..... but it  was great to get out and have a delicious dinner, complete with mac and cheese, just like the old days. 

We had a bonfire, played with sparklers, and crashed hard because Saturday we had an early morning, as we still had 3 more hours to drive to Maine.

We got up around 7 and were out the door (photoshoot and all) by 8am.

The whole crew (aka D.J's roadies). Yes- the car on the way to Connecticut was filled to the brim with 8 people.

Once we got to Maine 4 hours later, we went straight to see D.J. and grabbed some lunch at Hot Suppa, which was a great recommendation by another baseball wife that's husband plays for the Portland SeaDogs.

After lunch, we all split up- some went to a brewery, some went back to the hotel, and D.J. and I relaxed before the big game. After he had to go to the field, mom and I went out to Cape Elizabeth to see this beautiful lighthouse.

The views were beautiful.  It was an overcast day, so I can only imagine what it looks like with the sun shining bright.

After we did the quickest walking tour ever, we drove to the stadium to pick up the tickets before it got crazy.  The field is right in Downtown Portland, so the parking is a little tricky if you don't have a handicap pass.  When I went early to pick up the tickets, the sweetest girl was there to help at the front desk.  It just so happened to be one of the players fiance's that was able to help get our tickets early.  It was great to hear her story and meet another baseball soon-to-be wife and see how she spends her time during the season.  She came by and sat with me for a little bit during the game as well.

Before the game, it down-poured.  But we got a pretty awesome double rainbow out of it!

After the game, we tried to find a place to eat, but everything was closed because it was close to 11pm.  Sunday morning came early.  We spent all day from 7am to 9pm driving back to Norfolk.  The trip was definitely a spontaneous one and crossed that off my 25 during 25 list! It was worth it to see D.J. make his AA debut!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

#baseballwifelife: Mid-season moves

Everyone always says they could be moved up at any point in the season, but until now we haven't experienced that.  I am happy to announce that D.J. has been promoted to the AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians - the Akron Rubberducks! 

So it was on Wednesday night last week when the girls from Lynchburg were here visiting me in Norfolk for a few days before we got on the road to Myrtle Beach for the weekend.  I woke up that morning with the craziest dream that D.J. got moved to Akron.  I even checked twitter to make sure it didn't happen and I just forgot about it.  But nothing on twitter.  So I just went on with my day.  I told my co-workers about my dream too, just because it was so vivid.

Not more than 5 hours later, D.J. called me and told me that I wouldn't need to go down to Myrtle Beach because he wasn't going to be there.  I was shocked! I knew that a promotion was possible, but seriously thought there was no room for another pitcher in Akron.  Well there is, and I hope he is there to stay!

So D.J. got the start on Saturday in Portland, Maine.  And yes, we went.  That's tomorrow's post. 

The newest Akron Rubberduck, y'all! So proud of his hard work and positive mental attitude this season.  He truly works hard day in and day out to support us and I will continue to stand by his side till he hangs up the cleats.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Happy Engagementversary!

Three years ago today, my sweet husband asked me to spend the rest of our lives together.  Read the full story here and tell me how embarrassing that is - getting engaged at your sister-in-laws wedding?!
Oh- and happy anniversary Brian and Amy! Thank you for always allowing me to share this special day with both of you!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

25 During 25 || July Update

  1. Run a 10k - DONE! Boom.
  2. Do a blog give-a-way
  3. Write a guest post - YES!! Read more about Hannah and Cy Sneed right here! (Since this post, Cy and Hannah have started their next adventure in Florida at the High A level!)
  4. Shoot a gun
  5. Go on a spontaneous trip - I've some what been doing this all summer with baseball season and going to away trips, but I don't necessarily count this! 
  6. See sunsets in 10 different cities - Athens, GA from inside Sanford Stadium |  Lynchburg, VA from the skyboxes at City Stadium | Myrtle Beach, SC from Field | Salem, VA | 
  7. Do a girls weekend trip
  8. Have a house party
  9. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity - still working on this one... 
  10. Buy a camera and learn how to use it
  11. Go to a new state - A while ago, I did this post and had Maryland crossed off, but I honestly can't tell you what I did in Maryland that I was quick to cross it off. But with our trip to the Frederick Keys stadium a couple weekends ago, I can confidently say I crossed this one off this month! If not, we are heading to Nevada in November for a wedding, so that will 100% be the new state of the year for me as well!
  12. Host a shower for someone  Loved being able to shower one of my best friends! Hope more showers happen in the future - wedding or baby!
  13. Run a 5k in every month of the year, at least 5 of them being a race - runs- Jan | Feb | Mar | April | May | June | July (awesome running trails in Lynchburg, so I took full advantage of this!
  14. Buy a new computer
  15. Write 5 thank you letters to companies that I use their products
  16. Cash in a whole milk jar of coins to savings - this will happen in Jan 2016 when the jar is nice and full!
  17. Tip 100% of my bill - DONE! A few weeks back, a coworker and I went to Zinburger in Charlottesville, VA for dinner.  We had the absolute best waiter.  I'm assuming he was a college kid, but he had the best attitude, gave great information on the food and what Zinburger was all about and even offered his favorite meals to us. 
  18. Become CPR certified
  19. Learn how to drive stick shift
  20. Go to an NFL game
  21. Do a 7-day smartphone detox 
  22. Mail care packages to each of my siblings
  23. Send my nana flowers out of the blue. 
  24. Take professional photographs with D.J. and Stryker
  25. Save $20 for every one of these that I complete - $140 in the milk jar with coins. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

I'm Alive

The last week and half has been crazy.  From Lynchburg to Charlottesville to Winston-Salem back to Lynchburg and now Norfolk, I can barely find time to take a shower, let alone sit down and write a blog post. 

BUT - I'm back! Home in Norfolk and finally starting to get a grip on my life and get unpacked around these parts. 

I promise to update you all soon on the last few weeks in Lynchburg and how D.J. is doing this season. In the meantime, take a look at this sweet baby girls story who is fighting for her life.  These pretty bracelets are being sold to help with her medical bills and plus, they are super cute!