Archive for May, 2007

Race for the Cure Columbus

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

My Mom is a 4 year breast cancer survivor (Go Mom!) and she came down to Columbus to join me and over 37,000 of my closest friends for the Race for the Cure last weekend.

Did you know that Columbus is the 10th largest race in the country?

Here is a picture from the starting point – all those dots in the distance are other walkers. It really was incredible:

Mom in her Energizer bunny ears:

The rest of our group – and yes, my belly is now so big I had to tie my jacket above it. (Feel free to giggle at that, I certainly did!)

You can quote me…

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Not a bad day today! I picked up some magazines today and…


I am quoted multiple times through the “Last Minute Tips” article in the July/August edition of Bridal Guide.


And I am quoted in the article about July 7, 2007 weddings in the May issue of Columbus Monthly!

The actual text isn’t available online but I will scan them and put them on my media page ASAP!

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

I have a lot of moms in my life – from my own amazing mom to my mother in law to friends who are mommies to all the mothers of the bride and groom – and I would like to wish each and every one a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Of course an especially Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, Kris. I love you Mom! I just hope that I am able to be as wonderful a mom to my little girl as you were to me…

Babymoon 2007 – Part 3: Asheville

Friday, May 11th, 2007

We actually extended our trip in the Outer Banks by one night and skipped stopping in High Point where all the furniture mills are – we were enjoying ourselves by the beach too much!

Friday we made our way to Asheville. The town is up in the Smokey Mountains and quite far inland so the temp dropped and the altitude was noticeable which made stair climbing and walking around a little harder for me but I am SO glad we went!

The most famous attraction in the area is the Vanderbilt mansion called The Biltmore:

As you can see, it is an amazing place! Built in the late 1800’s, it is beautifully secluded in the mountains and the view is amazing. They were breaking down a wedding from the night before and this view is what the wedding guests got to see during dinner – not too shabby:

The gardens around the house are amazing as well:

A bad picture but hey, you give your camera to a stranger to take pictures, you can’t guarantee the results! This is us on one of the balconies of the house:

We spent Saturday morning there and actually, I wish we had had more time to spend as we would have done some of the behind the scenes tours that are offered. There is a lot to do in the area and at the Biltmore itself – we have plans to go back once this little girl is a bit older. If you happen to be in the Smokies, make sure to stop at the Biltmore – well worth the trip!

From Asheville we headed back to Charlotte and flew home Saturday night. There you have it, Babymoon 2007. It was a great vacation and so very nice to get away for a little while, just the two of us before this little girl joins the family!

Babymoon 2007 – Part 2: The Outer Banks

Friday, May 11th, 2007

We drove from Wilmington to Manteo in the Outer Banks on Tuesday. At that point we still had lovely weather – temps in the high 80’s, sunshine and beaches…what more could you want?

We drove down to Cape Hatteras and climbed the lighthouse. Yes, me and my big old belly managed to make it to the top of the tallest brick lighthouse in the USA:

There were some crazy winds that day – 35 mph but the view from the top was well worth it:

We also stopped and played in the ocean – since it was well before the high season, the beaches were empty. The water was freezing but we waded in up to our knees:

The last day we were in the OBX, we rented a jeep and went 4 wheeling in Corolla. This picture is on the beach and there are no paved roads so this house and all the others in the area are only accessible via 4 wheel drive on the beach – very remote and secluded:

The area is well known for the wild horses that still roam along the beach and in the dunes. We didn’t see any of those (we think they were hiding because of the rainy day) but we did see this poor baby shark that had washed up on the beach:

Next up: Asheville

Babymoon 2007 – Part 1: Charleston

Friday, May 11th, 2007

As I mentioned, Randy and I are back from our Babymoon in South and North Carolina – we were there Saturday to Saturday of last week and it was wonderful!

We flew into Charlotte and drove down to Charleston, SC. We did all the lovely touristy things that you must do when you visit Charelston like a carriage tour through the city – clip clopping past the “most beautiful house in Charleston”:

We did the boat trip over to Fort Sumter:

And of course, we saw the famous Rainbow Row:

After a couple of days in Charleston, we headed up the coast to Wilmington, NC to visit Tara and Pete. We had a lovely dinner and it was nice to finally get to meet someone who has become a good blog buddy:

Next up – The Outer Banks!