Monday, October 24, 2011

A step back in time

  For the long Columbus day weekend, Travis and I decided to take a little day trip to Gettysburg, PA. We  both have a love for history, especially US Military History. (Seriously, I would have been a History major if I didn't have to write any papers.) We first went to the Museum & Visitor Center for a film and the cyclorama. This gave us a ton of great background information. It is surprising how much information I forgot since 7th grade, or did not even know! Then it was off on a two hour bus tour. We visited the battlefields and monuments of both the North and the South throughout the Gettysburg area. It was both interesting and insightful. Then it was off for a quick look around the museum. And finally after a long day we were able to grab a beer and dinner at the Appalachian Brewing Company. It was the perfect Columbus Day!

Travis learning about the different Confederate flags

 Gettysburg Day 1 Battle: July 1st, 1863

 Eternal Light Peace Memorial

 At the top of Little Round Top 

 Site of Day 2 Battle

 44th New York Infantry Regiment Monument

 Day 3 Battle: Pickett's Charge

The mile wide field

 The North position

My cheesy husband

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Caelum Thomas Rider

Born October 11, 2011

Weighing in at 7 pounds

Measuring 19.5 inches. 

We love you so much already.

Congrats to Marge, Brent and Chase! 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

PA school - here I come!

  After four years applying to graduate schools, I finally got in! Yes, you heard that right...four years! In January I will be one of seventeen students entering the Physician Assistant Studies program at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.  I am so thrilled to finally be starting my graduate school education. It has been a long time in the making; from the prerequisites, to labs, clinical work and interviews. This interview was probably my last chance to go to PA school, so there was a lot riding on it. I can't imagine myself doing anything else with my life. This is what I have been working for over the last three years.

  While I am so excited, on the other hand, the timing kills me when I thinking about it. I wish that this happened two or three years ago. Now I have to leave Travis and Jameson and move 393 miles away. For two years we will be 6 and a half hours apart. Just writing this breaks my heart. We are talking about dividing our wedding presents, furniture, our dogs and are beginning to look for apartments in Potsdam. Not exactly what I planned on for our first 2 years of marriage.

  What I keep telling myself is that it's not forever. We have been through worse! Heck, we dated for the first year and a half long distance and made it through a 7 month deployment to Afghanistan. We can certainly do this! I remind myself daily that going to PA school will make us stronger. It will help me find professional jobs where ever the Marine Corps takes us. And most importantly I don't have to give up my dream.

The distance between...

It will be like dating all over again

In Potsdam I will be close to family and friends in the North Country

Can you say "Summer days on the River"!?

I get to make new friends

Learn....A TON

Scout can live with me

There will be lots of skyping and hopefully snail mail

Pretty decent vacations scheduled in

I got super cute binders and notebooks

I am going to be a PA!

I don't want to leave my new husband and home

Class, studying and papers...A TON

Already probably going to miss a friends wedding

I have to move AGAIN for the 4th time this year

Winter in Upstate NY does not sound like fun

No Wegmans

No Crossfit box

Not a lot of anything actually...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Weekend in Beantown

  On Friday September 30th, Travis and I hit the road and traveled to Boston for the weekend. We left the pups in Syracuse with my family and were off on a quick trip. By the time we actually got into Boston, around 2am, everyone was already home from the bars. Saturday morning we were up and off to the Harpoon Brewery for their annual Octoberfest. It was nice to have Travis there this year because last year he was deployed. It was a perfect sunny day to visit with friends and drink a few beers. I have to say that their Harpoon cider was amazing! After the fest we were off to Beacon Hill for some more pizza and beers. After dinner we hit the infamous Beacon Hill Bar were we got to meet up with some more friends. On Sunday morning we were up and on the road by 11am for the 10 hour drive back to PA! It was a fun but quick trip. I miss everyone and cant wait to see you soon. Betsey and Eliza thank you for your hospitality. 

The usual

Ris and Anna

We did NOT plan this. 

Or this

Betsey and Andrew

Doing the infamous "Betsey head tilt"

Eliza and Anna

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