Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Round Two

After spending Thanksgiving Day at the Ravens game, we still needed to celebrate with the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with family and friends, so we did... but on Saturday. I got up bright and early Saturday morning and headed up to Mama Rogers's house to help create a delicious Thanksgiving feast!

When I got there I found that the pies were already made and waiting for us to dig in. But it was alright because there was plenty of other things to do to get ready. We set the table and decorated, and got out all of the plates and silverware. We were ready for the twelve people that were coming to eat! 

There were four dogs who were there too! Thanks to my parents for letting us bring our little monsters to the feast. So while we waited for the turkey to finish cooking and the right time to start the sides, I played outside with the dogs, which helps with my sleep at night I have to say. I can't believe that Jack is five and Oliver is seven and they have so much energy. But enough of that... that can be for another post. Jack kindly posed for a picture in the yard, but Oliver was not as cooperative, so here he is!

Well dinner was ready around six, and we all sat down to a feast. Turkey and all of the trimmings! It was absolutely delicious, and I can't believe that Thanksgiving is only once a year! I think that whoever has to cook probably appreciates that fact though! So after eating we watched some football and headed home with two sleepy pups and full bellies! 

Thanks as always to Mama Rogers for being the hostess with the mostess! Dinner was amazing and can't wait until the next one!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Marathon Madness

This post is long overdue, but it HAS to be done. Last month, we cheered on one of my closest friends as she ran AND completed the Baltimore marathon. While running 26.2 miles is in no way easy, I have heard that the Baltimore one is one of the toughest with all the hills. Thankfully it was a beautiful day, not too hot or cold, which hopefully helped. And while I could never imagine running 26.2 miles in 4 hours, I worked really hard with the help of another friend to make some signs and get up nice and early to be out there cheering. Congrats to Soph on completing her first marathon!

Here are all the girls bright and early at the starting line. We didn't get to see Soph start, but we left from here to go and find her. And here were some of our signs... the pink says: "getting up early to make this sign wasn't easy either" and the orange says: "We love our marathon running best friend"

On to our second stop! We parked the car and walked to miles 10-12 to hold up signs and cheer on the runners. We finally got to see Sophia and she was going strong and still smiling.

And at our last stop we saw Sophia again... right before the finish line!! That's her in the bright yellow tank top! It was so awesome to see her make it to the finish.

And then we found her in the crowd with her finishers medal and all she wanted was a beer, so we helped her out!

Soph with her training partner Meg who also finished the marathon. Meg actually finished under 3 hours and 20 minutes so she qualified for the Boston Marathon. And Soph with her roommate Jess who also came to cheer.

Best friends since high school! At the finish line with balloons, beers and the signs. So proud!

Congrats again to Sophia on finishing the marathon, it was quite the feat! Time to start training for the next one!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Very Ravens Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was a little different this year. Instead of heading to see family and sit around the dinner table, we headed out with thousands of other Ravens fans for a tailgate and some NFL football. We had a delicious turkey dinner thanks to the guys of the Tailgate Taskforce and headed to the game to watch the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers... which helped in the trash talk with my college roommate. A different Thanksgiving, and a lot of fun!!

Our hosts for Thanksgiving Dinner... Tailgate Taskforce. They had four turkeys and all of the trimmings!

Commemorative cups from the day

Everyone at dinner! Even though we were outside we were with my mom and a few of our good friends along with all of the Ravens fans!

Our seats to watch the Ravens win!

And a new Ravens tradition... at every game, the fans sing along with this White Stripes song. It is so cool to hear everyone yelling and getting into it, and getting energized for the home team!

To everyone, near and far... we hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving wherever and however you may have celebrated! All of our love!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Greatest Baseball Player Ever

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity through work to go to the dedication of a new statue in Baltimore for Brooks Robinson. Even though he retired from baseball before I was even born, he is still my favorite baseball player of all time. I have had the chance to meet him a few times too, and he is just such an amazing guy. So after the event, I wanted to go back and see the statue up close, so on a beautiful Baltimore afternoon, Tyler and I took a walk to Camden Yards to see the statue.

The walk through Pigtown to the statue

At the new Brooks Robinson plaza right outside of the stadium.

And there it is. Most appropriately with a gold glove.

Some Brooks Robinson history, and also the explanation behind the gold glove on the statue... for Brooks's 16 gold gloves during his career!

Me and Brooks!

After checking out the statue, we walked over to the Sports Legends Museum, which has tons of sports memorabilia for Maryland sports.

The Oriole Bird from the float that brought the Orioles to town.

A replica cover from Sports Illustrated with the two Baltimore Robinsons, Brooks and Frank.

Some Cal Ripken history. The banner that hung on the warehouse outside of Oriole Park (where we had our wedding reception) marking Cal Ripken's record breaking 2131 game.

Our two favorite mascots from Baltimore, the Oriole Bird and Poe from the Ravens!

Some Baltimore football history. Johnny Unitas, the best quarterback in NFL history

Tyler got to test his skills as a goalie in the lacrosse exhibit.

And I got to be apart of the Preakness exhibit.

And we got to rub Testudo's nose on the way out. Good luck for the players of University of Maryland athletics.

And the day wasn't over without a stop at Pickles Pub for a beer and some Old Bay fries!

A great Baltimore sports day, and we recommend that everyone check out the museum when you are in the city!

Monday, November 7, 2011

An Afternoon at the Park

Wow what a busy weekend we had! Saturday was spent playing football and soccer and spending some time with friends we hadn't seen in awhile. And Sunday, after brunch with family and friends, we decided to enjoy some of the last days of nice weather, and we took the dogs to the park to play lacrosse and chase the squirrels before heading home to watch the Ravens football game. It was a great weekend, and I can't believe it is already Monday!

Tyler ready to play some lacrosse with the pups

Jack bringing the ball back to Tyler so they can play some more.

This is the best picture that Oliver let me get of him. He was in no mood to cooperate yesterday with me and my camera.

Waiting patiently for a treat.

Oliver and Tyler ready to head home after a good walk/run!