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NC Mountains

Keith and I headed to the North Carolina mountains for the weekend with 4 of our friends.  We had never been as a group, so looking forward to checking it out.

Friday: We left work a little early and headed to Boone for dinner at Lost Province Brewing Company.  We all meet here and had fun trying different beers and catching up.  The cabin was about 25 minutes away in Fleetwood, NC.  The roads leading up to the cabin were really narrow and scary but we made it.

Saturday: We had intentions of hiking and having a picnic outside, but mother nature had other plans.  So we made the most of it and walked around the cute downtown of West Jefferson and went to the Ashe County Cheese Outlet and walked around different shops. Later, we went to Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant for lunch and drinks.  Later, that night we headed to Appalachian Mountain Brewery before dinner and then ate at Pepper's Restaurant in Boone, NC.

Sunday: Of course the weather was nice on quick drive home.  We…
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Last Weekend in October

We didn't do much this weekend, but it was a weekend well spent together.  The weather is unclear on what to do and hasn't decided if it is going to be fall or stay warm.

Friday: We stayed in and ordered pizza.  I normally try and eat healthy but since I did good eating healthy this week, I decided we deserved to treat ourselves with P-I-Z-Z-A.

Saturday: We had scheduled to have family pictures so, obviously I had made a hair appointment to get a blow out and get my make-up professionally done.  We were going to include Hamilton is many of the photos in hopes to use one for our family Christmas card. I can't believe how good they turned out! Later, we headed to Lynwood to see some of the costumes (we didn't dress up) and have a couple adult beverages.

Sunday: We watched football all day - literally all day because the Cleveland Browns game was at 9:30am since they were playing in London. I did some errands with my mom and sister to help my mom spruce up her mantle in the …

Lauren & Scott BBQ

Keith's cousin Scott got married in Maine this summer on an intimate wedding on the water, the pictures were beautiful.  They had a BBQ party this past weekend in Seville, Ohio and we headed up to be part of the celebration.

It was a mini reunion and fun to see the whole family.  Most of the family lives in Ohio so it was nice to see everyone in one place.  The weather was amazing and we spent a lot of time outside on the nice deck.

NC State Fair

Keith and I try to attend the NC State Fair every year.  We usually go after work and walk around for a few hours trying all the good food and people watching of course.  This year did not disappoint! The weather was perfect, and I tried a pumpkin pie milkshake that came in a pumpkin - SOO CUTE!

Happy Fall Ya'll

Well, it is officially fall but still doesn't feel like it in NC.  We have had a few days where its not 80 degrees but not enough.

Friday: We took it easy and geared up for Saturday.  We knew it was going to be a long day of fun.

Saturday: We woke up early, packed the car and headed to Greenville, NC for the ECU vs USF football game.  We haven't had a great season yet, but we were optimistic.  Unfortunately, we lost by 30 - the final score was 61 to 31. Our seats were in the direct sun so we all were HOT.  After the game, we went to a new restaurant - Sam Jones BBQ and it was so good!

Sunday: I was looking forward to decorating the house for fall.  Luckily, Keith's mom has given us some of her fall decor that she no longer wants and I love all of it.  I went for a walk with Hamilton and Julie around the NC Art Museum, then went to the State Farmer's Market to pick up some pumpkins and mums.

My BFF turns 34!

My BFF, Anne-Stuart turned 34 this weekend so we celebrated at several breweries around Raleigh.

Friday: Keith, Anne-Stuart and I headed to Daily Pint for drinks after work.  I pass it all the time on the way home from work and I have been wanting to try it.  It was a nice day and we even brought Hamilton.

Saturday: My sister started a vinyl company, I helped come up with the name - Dogwood Vinyl.  I helped her setup shop at a little market Saturday for her to make her debut and sell some fun goodies. Later, we started the birthday shenanigans and headed to Lynwood Brewing Concern, first brewery on the tour.  Then we went to Neuse River Brewery which is right next door to Nicklepoint Brewery. I had never been to any of these breweries so it was cool to taste and visit the different ones.

Sunday: Anne-Stuart checked out a few new grocery stores that we had heard about but never been - Sprouts and Lidl.  I am a HUGE fan of Sprouts and will make it a point to visit more often.

When life hands you grapes...

When life hands you grapes you make wine.  We originally planned to be in Turks & Caicos, but we had a terrible category 5 hurricane, Irma who caused so much damage to the island as well as many other islands in the Caribbean.

Saturday: We decided to make the most of it and head to some wineries in Virginia, and we had a blast. Keith and I most recently started to enjoy wine and venture out trying new wines, so we headed up to VA to try out a few.  The wineries we tried were: Villa Appalachia Winery, Chateau Morrisette Winery, and Whitebarrel Winery.  Our favorite was Chateau Morrisette Winery where we purchased a nice red wine - The Black Dog.

Sunday: We picked up Hamilton and put him in a new jersey t-shirt to cheer on the Cleveland Browns.  Unfortunately, they didn't win, but Hamilton is still the cutest fan!