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On Day 2 of our trip, Angie and her family showed up early in the morning.  The Inn was nice enough to let them check in super early—so awesome 🙂


We started off the day by going sledding. The girls were super excited about the sledding hill out back.  There wasn’t any fresh snow, so it was just a hill maintained by the Inn.


It was a lot of fun going down the first few times.  The girls were having a blast!






After the first few trips down, we had packed down the snow enough that the hill was almost completely ice. That’s when we all started wiping out.  All the adults had sore bottoms—the kids were lucky enough to have super-padded snow suits.

Mia was the first to sustain an injury. She had a bloody nose. As they were carrying her up the hill, she was screaming “I want to go down again!”  So, we let her :)  After the adults got sore enough, we all gave up.




Later that day, we all went to the Unique Gift Shop. No cameras allowed.  But, there was a neat moose outside.



They had some cool hand-crafted stuff. They claimed the chocolate they made was as good as lindt—it wasn’t.

We then went to the Norman Rockwell Museum.  Also an unheated warehouse :)  The girls had a lot of fun!  It was really neat to see all the artwork.  Mia’s favorite was the one where the dog was trying to pull the boy’s pants off.



Kira liked trying to act like the people in the paintings 🙂



After the museum, we went to a place called Kelvin’s for lunch. It was pretty awesome food.  Angie got a sandwich called the “Kelvinator” which I’m pretty sure contained multiple kinds of meat and french fries. So good!



All the girls got peppermint patties! Love this pic!


Kira played some Flow Free over lunch—love it!


When we got back to the inn, we got to meet up with Anson’s parents. 


And then—PAJAMA PARTY!  We watched White Christmas (in Vermont—yay!), ate candy, and just had an all-around good time.





What a great way to end the night!  The next day….the vow renewal!

Anson and I travelled to Vermont to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.  We went out for a whole week and renewed our vows somewhere in the middle. It was awesome 🙂

The flight was as expected.  I had to get a pat down by security (much more extensive than it used to be!).  The lady was laughing with me by the end though—said she appreciated my being so nice about it.  Anson took pictures. I will not be posting them 🙂

The drive from the airport was amazing.  We drove past lots of small-town Christmas decorations, flannel stores, cookie shops….ahh, Vermont!  They also had a radio station playing Casey Kasem counting down the Christmas hits.  Best. Drive. Ever.

The next morning, we started to explore Vermont.  We spent the day with our very awesome friends, The Risneys, who travelled with us.  The restaurant at the inn was heavenly.  Everything was very rich, but worth it!

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We then headed to the Maple Museum.  When we walked in, we appeared to be in a gift shop.  By the door, there was a sign that said “Museum Tour $1.75.” So, we stood waiting until an older lady finally noticed we were there and we were able to ask about the tour.  We paid our money and she led us to the back.  She had to come with us to turn on the lights and warned us that there was no heat inside.  Awesome.


The first thing we saw was this guy:


He gave us a speech about maple syrup.  We were cold though, so we didn’t stay to listen to the whole thing.  The next guy we met was this guy:

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One of the best parts of the museum is the combination of reality and stuffed animals.  They also had some pretty paintings and interesting signs.


And some pretty creepy stuff.  Anson thinks the first guy is the creepiest because of his hands. I think the second guy is because of his eyes.  We need a tie-breaker.


As we were leaving the museum, we got to watch a 1980’s slide show about how maple syrup is made.  We then went to the tasting room where there was a fantastic selection of treats to try.  I sampled all the different kinds of maple syrup and a few of the other local products.

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We then walked around the gift shop and made a few purchases. Yummy stuff!

After that, we headed into downtown Rutland for lunch. Unfortunately, almost all of Rutland is closed on Mondays.  So, after a time, we happened upon a small restaurant that we thought might work.  We walked in and saw the tables decorated with Charlie Brown trees.


Normally I would think this was cute.  However, in this particular case, it was just sad.  We ordered lunch—I ordered a turkey sandwich.  When they brought it to the table, it appeared to be an entire pack of store-bought lunch meat that had been cut in half and placed on the bread with a piece of lettuce.  They also put approximately an entire bag of sunchips on my plate.  I took a couple bites of the sandwich before I became very unsure that the meat on my sandwich was actually turkey.  Ugh.  It’s tempting to write Robert Irvine and recommend this place to Restaurant Impossible! 

So, for dinner we went to the restaurant at the inn. Pumpkin risotto—so good 🙂


All in all, a great first day in VT! 

I just got back from my whirlwind tour of MD and NE.  Phew! There was so much going on that I didn’t take very many pictures (I was too tired!).  However, Kira helped me out and I think we got some good ones. I will share what I have (warning: this will probably be a LONG post).

First things first—Kira’s Birthday Party!

Kira had her 5th birthday while I was out in MD.  It was at an art studio and the kiddos got to make some pretty neat sculptures.  Angie and I (but mostly Angie) made her cake, so we got to be creative and have fun as well.

This is Angie icing the 4 layers of strawberry cake.  The layers alternate between pink and purple, but it was a little hard to see until we cut into it.  The icing was homemade buttercream. Soooo good :)  We (and by “we,” I mean “Angie”) decorated with more pink and purple—pretty much anything Kira said she wanted on the cake, Angie took it as a personal mission.  What a great mom!


Kira really enjoyed her birthday party! She got to wear a special dress, have a special cake, and run around with all her friends!  Too cute!



While in MD, I finally got a chance to see Mary and Tim’s house. And meet their new puppy, Jake!  However, the time change was beginning to get to me, so I was too tired to run around taking pics.  Lucky for me, Kira took an interest in my camera. She is, of course, a much better photographer than I am.  So, while I took this super cute pic of Mia trying on Uncle Tim’s hat:


I’m pretty sure Kira took the rest of these (though my dad may have taken 1 or 2 to show her how the camera worked).






Truthfully she used up my entire 1g card taking photos. I had to toss a bunch, but it was really tempting to keep them all and recreate Mary and Tim’s house in a collage.  🙂

And then came the roadtrip.  20+ hours in the car.  We tried to stop and rest in Iowa, but all of the hotels were booked. So, we drove straight to Omaha in one trip.  We did get out and play at the rest stops:



Angie and Kira even did their exercises! Go Angie and Kira!


Cuteness overload. Where was I? Oh right! We’re in NE now…

Well, we went to Desi and Brandon’s beautiful wedding.  None of the pictures of the ceremony turned out well.  I didn’t have enough light for my camera to get an un-fuzzy shot.  However, Kira ran around with my camera at the reception. More pics by Kira (except the few that she’s in—I took those):






Naturally, we stopped at the Book Store. Had to get some NE gear so that we could fit in when we walked around town:


The day after the wedding, we made a trip to the zoo with family. It’s always fun to see the cousins!

Kira actually walked across the bridge this time! So brave! And, in case you didn’t know, the NE zoo is AMAZING!









And, we got to visit a couple of times with Grandma Hotovy! She snuck me chocolate.  What can I say? The woman knows me 🙂

Kira took all these photos (love that girl!)


My new favorite pics of my dad:


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It was so great getting to see Grandma. Now you all know where Angie and I get our good looks from. And our love of chocolate 🙂



Well, I think this post is getting ridiculously long. But, I just can’t resist a couple extra pics of my super cute nieces:




Alright, I’m done now. I promise I’ll post all the pics (these are just a few) on facebook so that people can tag/share them. Some day. <evil laugh>

Anson and I went to Canada this weekend to go to Tim and Joyce’s wedding. It was a BLAST!  The ceremony was held on the top of a mountain in Whistler. The views were amazing!!!

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Here’s a pic of the groom right before the ceremony. Look how excited he is!

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The ceremony was beautiful. Joyce was gorgeous in her gown and Tim couldn’t stop smiling 🙂

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After the ceremony, there was a short photography session. We all enjoyed taking pictures with Alex. For, on the day of Tim and Joyce’s wedding, a great voice boomed with authority saying “SUIT UP!”. And on August the 28th, Alex suited up 🙂

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After the pictures, we were able to ride on the peak-2-peak gondola. We rode on the one with the glass on the floor so you could see down. Again, the views were AMAZING!  Of course, I did get a little queezy when the teenager in the gondola decided to jump on the glass. But, it didn’t break so it was okay 🙂

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Shockingly, I didn’t really take any pictures at the reception (oops!).  They had a cool airport/airmail theme because their relationship was long distance. There were little airplanes everywhere. VERY cool! I have a couple videos, but I’m not going to post them. Though, I will say it was very sweet when Tim sang the first verse of their first dance song to Joyce while Sam played the guitar. Say it with me people—Awww!  I actually have one picture and here it is:


They had an ice sculpture that said “J &T” on it with an arrow pointing up. It doubled as a drinking device late in the reception. I have no idea how Tim got this approved for the wedding, but it was super-cool! 🙂


Oh wait, one more thing. The best part about going over the border was talking to the border patrol. On the way back they were firing off a bunch of questions and they asked Anson where he worked. When he replied “Microsoft” another agent shouted from the booth “No way! Let me see that passport!”.  The agents passed the passport back and forth before coming to the car window, looking at Anson, and saying “I’ve never met someone who is actually from the US that works at Microsoft!” 🙂