Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Two years.

All images courtesy of Alice G. Patterson

Today marks our second wedding anniversary and for the second year in a row we do not get to spend it together. However, despite this adversity, there is light at the end of the tunnel. A little over nine months from now and Moe will graduate and we will finally get to start our lives together (for the second time!) This past two years has brought many struggles and has been rough on us both and although there is still a ways to go, the time is definitely winding down on this difficult chapter of our lives. I couldn’t be prouder of all that Moe has accomplished while in school and the remarkable resolve and determination she has shown while going through a far from ideal situation. It hasn’t been easy on either of us but she’s been incredibly strong, even if she doesn’t always think so. I only wish that she could see herself from the outside, she’d see what I see which is a smart, beautiful woman who is excelling in PA school and is a wonderful wife, even from so far away. While there are still many miles to drive and many more Sunday goodbyes before graduation, every one gone by is one less and as I like to tell her, we’re finally starting to run out. Before we know it, we’ll be moving on to the next phase in life and we’ll be doing it together, stronger and more in love than ever with PA school in the rear view mirror.  

Happy Anniversary Mosie, I can’t wait to have many more together in the future!

Love Trav

All images courtesy of Alice G. Patterson

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Great Escape

It was a hot Saturday afternoon, Fourth of July weekend, on the St. Lawrence River. The girls had just finishing showering Brooke with baby gifts and the boys had just come off the course from a sweaty 18 holes. We all congregated at camp with cocktails and appetizers, like we usually do. At one point, and I am not sure I can explain why, the grandparents and adults ended up sitting on the back patio while the cousins were sitting on the front porch. Out of nowhere Danny asks, "Think they would notice if we left in the boat?" So we all quickly pack up our stuff, grab the drinks and head out on the dock. "Why is the Customs boat at the neighbors dock?" MK panics and dumps her red wine into an empty poland springs bottle. "Slick MK," I say to her. We are running out to the dock, starting the boat, all while trying not to laugh and make too much noise. We make it out on the open water without detection! Only to realize we should go back to camp and get the little kids for their first boat ride. It was fun to escape and pretend that we were still teenagers participating in a defiant act against our parents. But in actuality, we were just grown ups taking the boat out, and no one even noticed we were gone. 


Mimi and Mimp

Practicing their swings

Shelby & Keegan

Travis had no idea what to do

My godson!

MK & the poland springs bottle

The ring leader

Joy ride is over



Getting Ready

Clearly thrilled with his first boat ride

Marge & Caleum

Must have been a good story


Checking out the view

I will never get sick of this view

Time for s'mores and stories

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


This Fourth of July was one for the books. It worked out well that I had the day off from rotations and Travis would be up for his 96 weekend. So we wanted to make a day of it. I have made a personal pact to try and take advantage of the River and the North Country while I am in school. One, I know I will miss SOME things about the area after I leave. Two, I need to try and keep busy and be HAPPY the last 10 months of grad school. So with that being said, we decided to head down to Clayton, NY and explore a new and different part of the St. Lawrence River. 

One of the activities on my summer bucket list has always been to visit and explore the Antique Boat Museum. And that we did. But, it gets better. I also learned they also provide antique boat rides on the River! SWEET. Now this has always been on my lifetime bucket list, so you can only imagine how happy I was. Not only was I out cruising the River but I was in an old antique woody complete with the flag on the back. I am pretty sure I was smiling the entire time. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the museum and the boat ride through the 1,000 islands. 

Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July!

Hacker-Craft 1999 Rebuild

Our very own personal cockpit.

Rock Island Lighthouse

Just cruisin'

Clayton, NY

Antique Boat Museum

Lookin' good Captain Tufte

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