Monday, October 31, 2011

Thanks for the Memories

This morning while watching the news at the gym, I heard that there was a traffic issue on a highway in Baltimore because of a fire. It sounded like they said at the Mt. Washington Tavern, but then I thought to myself, maybe I misunderstood and there was just a fire in the neighborhood with the same name. A few minutes later, they started the broadcast with the lead story, and in fact, there was a fire at the Mt. Washington Tavern. I couldn't believe it. I think about all of the wonderful memories that Tyler and I have had there, and can't believe that it is gone.

The old wooding building was beautiful and nostalgic. It looked like an old tavern, and you could easily get to know the staff and the other patrons there because if you go once, you have to go back.

Tyler and I actually had our first date there, spent many nights hanging out at the Tavern as it was right down the street from Tyler's apartment when we were dating, had our rehearsal dinner there before our wedding, took my mom there last year for Mother's Day and just had a date night there a few weeks ago.

Can't believe that this wonderful place has gone from this...

to this in just a few short hours.

And these pictures are from exactly three years and one day ago. Celebrating with our closest family and friends, just two days before we were going to get married.

We want to thank the Mt. Washington Tavern for so many great memories that we will cherish forever. We hope that they will be able to rebuild, and we can make some more memories here with our family and friends in the future.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Weekend to Celebrate

Wow... this time three years ago, we were getting ready to rehearse for the big day. And three years later we are doing the exact opposite, trying to find a way to completely relax! These last three years have been nothing short of amazing, so definitely a reason to celebrate. We spent a quite evening Friday night enjoying a dinner of filet mignon and some delicious wine we bought on our trip to California this past summer. And then we exchanged gifts. Three year anniversary is leather, and let me tell you, that is a difficult task. So we stretched it a bit and I got Tyler a football helmet signed by the 2011 Washington Huskies. Football helmets used to be made out of leather! And Tyler got me a new set of luggage, which I have been asking for for awhile. Also, used to be made out of leather. 

On Saturday we headed to Southern Maryland to a beach resort to relax and enjoy some time together away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We got a suite with a fire place and a jacuzzi tub, enjoyed a nice dinner and brunch together, and finally, Tyler enjoyed a nice massage before we headed back to Baltimore and the two pups. Here is a snap shot of our weekend.

A wonderful dinner of filet mignon, scalloped potatoes and broccoli. There was also wine from Napa Valley and our guest at the table, the Husky Helmet. Our anniversary gives us another reason to use our china too!

The view from our suite out on to the Chesapeake Bay. It was a little too cold to sit out on our porch because amazingly it snowed this past weekend in Maryland, but it was still a beautiful place to watch the sunrise.

Another view from the balcony at sunrise.

And thank goodness we had this in the room because it was super cold this past weekend. Oh and now I want one of these... it was amazing!

And our own fireplace too! Well used to keep warm on a cold wintery type night!

Brunch on the water with some mimosas to celebrate with!

A walk on the docks after brunch and we found this guy eating a crab... we can't blame him, sure it was delicious!

And after a massage for Tyler, it was time to head back north to Baltimore.

Finally seeing signs for Baltimore!!

And finally back in the Charm City! While it is nice to get away, it is always even nicer to get home, the saying is definitely true... there is no place like home!

Three amazing years have come and gone... and now we can't wait to see what our future holds. We have had some amazing adventures together already, but we are sure that the best is yet to come! Thank you to all of our family and friends for being there with us through it all! We can't express how much we truly love you all!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Swim with the doggies

So I decided to join a gym, and this post isn't about that, but the awesome fundraiser that they have each year. To raise money for the local animal shelter, the gym opens up their outdoor pool to the dogs of the neighborhood. And thankfully this happens after the pool is closed to the humans, there was a layer of dog hair and slobber on top of the water as we left that afternoon.

We got to the pool and tried to get the dogs to chase a tennis ball into the water, but they weren't having it, so Tyler jumped in hoping they would follow him. Still not all about that, so I decided to hand them off to Ty and see what happened.

Oliver trying to figure out how to get out!

He just went right to the wall but couldn't figure out the steps

The drowned rat

And enough tormenting of Oliver, it was Jack's turn

Now Jack has been swimming before, but he was so freaked out he starting swimming sideways.

So we got him to the steps and the wall where he hung on

I wish sometimes our dogs could talk... I feel like they would have told us what they really think of us after this!

The drowned rat look again

Not having a very good hair day

Jack doesn't look so sad when he gets out of the water

And if once wasn't enough, we decided to throw them back in for one last swim!

 Oliver's last swim... I think he had enough, but Tyler was having a great time

A big thanks to the Merritt Athletic Club for hosting this wonderful event. We had a wonderful time (don't know if I can  say that for the dogs) and the money certainly helped a wonderful animal shelter in the city.