Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Even though Lucy had stayed the night at my parents' on Friday night, Todd & I still had to get up early on Saturday morning to drive to Marysville to get there by 7:00 AM for our hot air balloon ride.  Last year, Todd & I put together a bucket list of places we want to visit as well as experiences we want to do and taking a hot air balloon ride was on our list.  Todd had tried to plan in for my birthday back in May but unfortunately, it rained the morning we were supposed to do it so it was cancelled and he rescheduled it for our anniversary.  Luckily, we had absolutely perfect weather on Saturday (although it was a bit chilly that morning) and our ride went off without a hitch.

We arrived and were surprised to see 3 hot air balloons getting set up.  Todd works with the guy who was flying our hot air balloon (apparently it's a side hobby/business of his) and had a couple other people come out as well to fly their balloons.  It was pretty cool to actually see the balloons get set up and before I knew it, we were inside and taking off.  We left from a field right next to the Honda Marysville dealership and flew over Marysville for almost an hour before landing in someone's backyard.  Literally, our chaser had to knock on the door and ask the homeowner if we could land in the backyard.  Now granted, this backyard was a couple acres but I never realized that they just landed in random peoples' backyards.  

Unloading the basket and balloon from the van

Our balloon before getting it set up

Excited for our ride!

The 1st of 3 balloons to go up (we were the 3rd one)

The 2nd balloon

All 3 balloons (you can see the 1st one way up in the sky in the background)

Still getting set up

Almost ready!

About to get in the basket and take off

The basket was much smaller than I thought it would be...we were in there pretty close!

Right before taking off

And we're off!  That's our chaser down on the ground, we were in constant contact with him via a walkie and he met us where we landed

The field next to Honda Marysville where we took off from

Getting up even higher

You can just barely see downtown Columbus in the distance

More views of Marysville

Todd & I

You can see the other 2 balloons ahead of us

Another one of us

That's the backyard we landed in along with the 2nd balloon

Starting to come down for our landing

Balloon reflection in a pond

Balloon shadow right before landing

Taking the balloons down

It was a really awesome experience and fun morning and I'm glad that Todd & I were able to cross something off our bucket list for our anniversary.  Maybe one of these years we'll get to cross off staying in an over water bungalow in Fiji for our anniversary!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Anniversary Dinners

Todd & I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary last Thursday.  We had plans to celebrate on Friday night and Saturday morning but wanted to do something on our actual anniversary so we decided to go to dinner at Milestone 229.  The weather was absolutely perfect so we took advantage by sitting outside and enjoying the view of the fountains.  After dinner, we walked around a bit to let Lucy burn off some energy and then enjoyed our anniversary cake once Lucy was in bed.

Anniversary flowers from Todd

Our view from our table at dinner

Celebrating our anniversary as a family

Todd & Lucy

We started with some pretzel sticks which were really good...

and then split this salad...

along with a pulled pork sandwich for our main dish

Lucy dined on some mac & cheese which I snuck a few bites of and was very impressed...definitely not Kraft Mac & Cheese!

A view of where we sat outside from the fountains

Our anniversary cake

On Friday evening, we dropped Lucy off at my parents' for the night so we could enjoy a nice dinner at Mitchell's Steakhouse downtown and then take a hot air balloon ride the next morning.

I'm pretty sure every nice picture of Todd & I dressed up in the past couple years is taken from my parents' patio since we always get a picture when we drop Lucy off

Todd started with a cocktail

and I had a glass of Chardonnay

I had filet mignon for dinner

We shared these mushrooms (which were the hit of the meal! I would go back and get 3 orders of these the next time they were that good)

and mashed potatoes

Todd had a bacon wrapped filet with a gorgonzola sauce on top

Since it was our anniversary, we were able to get a complimentary dessert and since Todd let me decide, we got the warm chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Really great dinner but even better company

Happy 4 years!

We got home relatively early and decided to change out of our nice clothes and walk over to Daily Growler for a drink

I'll have the recap of our balloon ride up tomorrow!  There were way too many pictures to try and do all of this in one post.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekly Recap: August 17-23

Still taking advantage of my free month of barre3 for the next couple weeks, went to a couple SOS classes, taught, and ran a couple days.

Monday: 1 hr Clocked @ System of Strength; 1 hr barre3

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: 4 mi (9:23 pace); 1 hr barre3

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 1 hr Clocked @ System of Strength; 30 min Spinning + 30 min core class @ Y

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 4 mi (9:12 pace)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

4 Years

The years just keep flying by and I can't believe Todd & I are celebrating our 4th anniversary today.  I'm so incredibly lucky to have him by my side (and for him to put up with me when I get a little "crazy") and Lucy is lucky to have him as an amazing daddy.  

Our wedding day

1st anniversary dinner at The Olde Pink House in Savannah

 2nd anniversary dinner at Lindey's

 3rd anniversary before dinner at Hudson 29 

Tonight, we plan on going to dinner as a family to Milestone 229 and then will enjoy our anniversary cake from Piece of Cake after Lucy is asleep (we all know I don't do well with sharing my dessert!)

If the weather holds out, we have plans to go to a nice dinner at Mitchell's Steakhouse tomorrow night while Lucy spends the night at her grandparents' house and then taking a hot air balloon ride on Saturday morning.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Another Busy But Fun Weekend

Just a quick recap about our busy weekend...and I really hope the next few weekends are a bit more low key as we don't have a ton planned.  On my day off on Friday, Lucy & I had to swing by my office to grab some stuff that I needed on Monday morning when I had to work at another site.  We then went to COSI for Farm Days and to play in the Little Kid Space before meeting my dad at his office downtown and walking to the Columbus Commons for the Food Truck Festival.  It was a busy morning/early afternoon and I didn't get much down time during Lucy's nap since we were having a bunch of friends over that evening for pizza, beer, and s'mores.  We had invited over 4 of Todd's friends from work along with their wives (who I've become friends with the past few years) and kids.  I think there were 17 of us in total.  While everyone met at our house and walked over to the Daily Growler to pick up some beer, I picked up 5 pizzas from Taranto's (my absolute favorite pizza place).  After eating, drinking, and hanging out, we started up the fire pit and made some s'mores.  It was such a fun night and made it easy to put Lucy to bed when she was tired since we were at our house!

Lucy trying to log in to my work computer

Posing at COSI 

My cute little chicken

Watching the cows

Driving a tractor

Milking a "cow"

We ate at Loops food truck

Lucy & Grandpa eating lunch at the Columbus Commons

My gyro and fries were delicious!

Riding the carousel

Beautiful day at the Commons

Some of our friends eating pizza on the patio

Sharing a s'more with Lucy


Roasting marshmallows

Todd took Lucy to the river on Saturday with his parents and sister's family.  They have a spot with a cabin on an island on the Ohio River between Ohio and West Virginia.  Anyways, Todd hadn't been in a couple years and was excited to take Lucy for her first time.  I had a million things that have been on my to do list (things that are 10 times more difficult to get done with a toddler in tow) so I stayed home and got almost everything checked off my list.  Trust me, it wasn't exactly how I would've wanted to spend a day to myself (that would've involved laying out at the pool, getting a massage or pedicure, etc.) but I was very thankful that Todd was fine with me hanging back while he took Lucy to the river (which is a 2.5+ hour drive).  Todd said Lucy had a great time and she even learned how to do a somersault!  I was a little bummed I missed seeing it for the first time but she showed me plenty of times on Sunday.

Lucy with PaPa & MaMa on the boat to get to the island

Jumping off the boat

Hanging on the back of the boat (while it was docked) with her cousins & PaPa

Lucy & Todd tubing

Sunday morning we went to Zoombezi Bay right when they opened and spent a few hours there before I had to go to my quarterly staff meeting at PAI Yoga & Fitness. By the time I got home and cleaned up the house a bit, one of Todd's friends was already on his way over for dinner.  His wife was also supposed to come but she ended up having her family in town and didn't want to ditch them.  The main reason he was coming over was so they could start planning their friend's bachelor party as well as try to figure out when we were all planning on traveling to go to their wedding which is next May in Mexico! 

About to go down the whale slide 

One of Lucy's favorite slides at Zoombezi Bay....whenever we say we're going there, she always mentions the whale and his eye

Going down a very small slide

Our anniversary is this week so we have some plans for the weekend to celebrate that as well as a birthday party to attend but other than that, we don't have anything else planned!  Hoping for some more nice weather and another trip to the pool or Zoombezi Bay.