Weekly Update – 10/19/15 aka Fall Vacation!

This week was a pretty different week, as I was gone for a work conference and we had our fall vacation.  We were long overdue for some good R&R.  I was excited to go to a few wineries and see my nephew and take millions of pictures with him!


O.M.G, those cheeks!


Monday was a normal day at work.  When I came home, my in-laws were there for a surprise visit, so I ended up not going to yoga.


On Tuesday, I worked a half day in the morning, then we headed up to Philadelphia for a work conference for me.  The drive was pretty uneventful.  Once we got up there, we went to Reading Terminal Market.


Home of my Philadelphia Eagles!


Eating a cheesesteak like a true Philadelphian!


On Wednesday, I had my work conference all day, while Michael went to Atlantic City to play some blackjack.


On Thursday, I had my conference until noon.  After that, we headed off to Waynesboro (near Charlottesville, VA) for our fall vacation.  We had a nice trip, again, pretty uneventful.


On Friday morning, we slept in and took our time getting going for the day.  We drove out to a cool B&B called the Iris Inn.  We will definitely stay there in the future.


These cabins are AMAZING!

Then we headed off to Veritas Winery to meet up with my brother and his fiancé.  They are getting married there next year.


I’m a touristy nerd.


This was right before the bee crashed our party.


I could have looked at this for hours.



Afterward, we headed to the campground to meet up with all of my family.  We played cornhole, ate, drank, and had a great time.


On Saturday, we got up and headed out to Bold Rock Cidery.  I am allergic to apples, so no cider for me, but it was a really cool place!


He LOVED cider!



So pretty, even with the clouds…

The next stop was Afton Mountain Vineyards.  This place was really cool and had fantastic wine. The big group of us polished off 3 bottles.


My mom feeds wine to babies. Kidding.


Wine and babies!

Afterward, we headed back to the campground for more food, drink and cornhole!


On Sunday, we headed back.  Made a quick pit stop at tiffany’s to get my rings cleaned.  We caught up on laundry, TV and some cleaning when we got home.

Do you take a fall vacation? Do you like going to wineries?

Fun Weekend in Chincoteague + Island Creamery

When I decided to take a vacation day on Friday, I thought I had a nice relaxing weekend in store.  Little did I know that my mom would call and we’d end up going camping in Chincoteague!

I woke up Friday morning and was able to get a bunch of laundry done and a good hour of yoga.  I got myself packed and cleaned up and went to see my mom.

After we dropped her car off at the shop, we went to get Michael’s birthday present. After that it was JoJacks time!  I texted Hollie since we’ve eaten there together before, and I found out that she had been there only 20 short minute earlier! I was so sad I missed her!

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Chicken Bacon Panini – OMG.

I had wanted to get some wedding planning stuff done with my vacation time so we headed to a florist to get some ideas for wedding stuff. After that we headed to the store that I got my wedding dress to look at bridesmaids dresses and get color swatches.

Finally, we got on the road to Chincoteague.  I don’t remember most of the (2.5 hr) drive as I was daydreaming about Island Creamery.  We pulled into the campground and met up with my mom’s sister (Helen) and my cousins Rachel and Brandon.  Brandon also brought his girlfriend, Kiley. We ate dinner then it was off to Island Creamery.  This ice cream place has won awards, ya’ll.

After spending forever trying to find parking, we joined the insanely long line that looked like this:

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This ice cream is SO worth the wait!

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That’s a 2-scoop waffle cone – Pony Tracks and Mint!

We hung around the campground for the rest of the night, sitting around the campfire…you know, typical camping stuff.

The next day we got up, made bacon and eggs and had some coffee.  We waited forever for the teenagers to get up and ready.  The cool thing about Chincoteague is that its a really small beach town with lots of touristy stuff to do.  We hit up a bunch of quaint little shops for a good portion of the morning and early afternoon.  We came back for a late lunch and played round after round of Bananagrams – of which I am the champion! Sometimes we get bored of playing regular words so we’ll play with names or verbs or other categories.

Mom and I got some Island Creamery pints and quarts to go of some of our favorite flavors and then got on the road.  I really love spending time with my mom.

So while the weekend was short and sweet – and I got pretty much zero rest, it was a good one 🙂