Under the Sea

tankAs mentioned in this post, I love Sharks. This weekend, while browsing Netflix in bed, I discovered that you can now steam Shark Week!! After watching enough episodes to make BaDing* want to never go in the ocean again, I decided we should get up and go see some real life sharks. There are a bunch of aquariums around, but my favorite one is too far away. We settled for a smaller aquarium that is closer to us, and here are some of my favorite parts:

Seal[Seals]Sting Rays[Sting rays and baby sharks]Sting RaysOceanGrumpy Fish[A grumpy fish that reminds me of BaDing in the morning]Jellies[Jellies!]shark[And finally, the shark tank]Shark[I was completely mesmerized]

Ruben finally got me away from the glass and to sit down at a reasonable distance, but after not nearly enough time, a class of about 50 children came in. It was ways too loud and crowded to stay. Maybe I should book an excursion to swim with the sharks for my next vacation. What do you think Krystle?

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Peachwave

IMG_8433 Peachwave is a delicious self-serve frozen yogurt spot. My first time there was this past weekend, and I was like a kid in a candy shop. Once you choose your serving size, you are faced with the difficult task of choosing from a wall of original flavors — but it doesn’t have to be too difficult because you have the freedom to pick as many or as little flavors as you please. You are then greeted by a “toppings bar” that has everything from fresh fruit, bits of cake, cereal, and of course, classic frozen yogurt toppings like sprinkles and chocolate syrup. I love that it’s however you want it. This really is my kind of place – too bad there are no locations anywhere near me! [Who am I kidding, if it was near me I would be there way too often, lets hope they don’t start popping up around here!]IMG_8435 IMG_8437 IMG_8438 IMG_8440 I topped mine off with chocolate chip cookie dough, cheesecake bites, mini reese’s peanut butter cups, marshmallows, hot fudge, and whipped cream.
IMG_8441 IMG_8443What’s your favorite frozen yogurt spot?
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Pumpkin Carving

[Last years pumpkin]

After picking the perfect pumpkin it was time to head back to the house and start crafting our masterpieces. We munched on festive foods while hollowing our pumpkins and brainstorming some ideas. I prefer really scary pumpkins, and after last years pumpkin I was a little stumped on ideas. I decided to go with a classic simple jack-o-lantern this year with a flamey twist. When we finally finished, we lined up all of our pumpkins and lit them up. I love just gazing at them with such a feeling of accomplishment. Halloween is in the air!

Pumpkin Picking

One of my absolute favorite things about fall is pumpkin picking. As soon as the first leaf falls I am trying to convince anyone who will listen to go with me to the closest pumpkin patch. This year we decided to go to a new farm in upstate Connecticut because it had everything we were looking for and more. Hay rides, pumpkin picking, apple cider, country music, and an animal farm! We started off our day feeding some adorable farm animals at the animal farm. These animals were so aggressive and seemed to have bottomless stomachs! They would grab the entire cups of food out of our hands, eat all the food and the cup the food was in!! After getting licked by the largest animal there (some type of huge horned bull), I was ready to sanitize my hands and head over to the pumpkin patch.

We had a delicious lunch then went on a semi-scary/ semi-gorgeous hay ride. We headed up the the highest point on the farm to see a stunning view of the farm area that looked painted in brilliant fall oranges, reds and yellows. When they brought us down to ground level, the search for the perfect pumpkin began. I take this very seriously. I think everyone lost me at some point because I wandered off inspecting all of the pumpkins to see what my pick would be. When I finally found the one, about 30 minutes later, I stumbled back to the meeting area, barely able to carry my main squeeze. We went to the marketplace to grab some other fall essentials before weighing and paying for our pumpkins and heading to our pumpkin carving party. It was an amazing start to our day!

[the chosen one]

Places with Un-Expected Beauty

A few weeks ago BaDing* and I took a very long drive up to New Haven, CT. He was gracious enough to take the drive up with me, even though I was going to a bridal shower clearly without him. We arrived way too early so we decided to take a stroll down the road. I had no idea that this area was so beautiful – I love finding beauty in un-expected places! We ended up sitting around taking in the view, relaxing and enjoying the sound of the waves… and of course leaving our initials on an innocent bench.