hello from new hampshire!

I had every intention of posting upon arriving in New Hampshire on Thursday evening, but after a whirlwind day of travel and desperately needing some sleep, I decided it could wait. But seriously…dang. It’s good to be home – and on the East Coast! Ryan thinks my extreme love of the East vs. West Coast is hilarious and a bit prejudiced, but it’s true. I love it here, and it feels good to be back. Getting here was definitely a process though, and it was exhausting. We left DuPont at 3:30 AM Pacific time on Thursday morning, and we finally made it to North Conway, NH at about 8:45 PM Eastern. Yeah, we were pooped, and we all slept in.

One of the best things about my job is that I can work from anywhere, so I was able to work intermittently Friday while recovering and getting the boys reacquainted with Oma and Opa’s house. We didn’t make any plans. We relaxed, they reveled in the colder weather (and the snow), and we just enjoyed being able to relax with no crazy Army obligations or work commitments that pulled us away.

Ryan and I managed to sneak away this past weekend for a quick anniversary getaway, too! I know…what?! We haven’t had a proper date night in a minute, so it was much needed. Ryan’s never been to Portland, ME, and we’re only about an hour and a half away from downtown, so we made a quick last-minute booking on Friday, and we headed that way Saturday mid-morning. On the docket for us? Dinner, drinks for Ryan, sleeping in for me, and basically just some time together. Is there anything better?

We indulged (read: overindulged) in everything. Ryan experienced real New England cham chowder for the first time, and we tried out a trendy little spot called Duckfat. If you saw my instagram stories, you probably saw their mouthwatering poutine. Seriously divine. We also visited the wharf so Ryan could see the ferry line, the fishing pier, and have a drink at The King’s Head. We had a cappucino at The Holy Donut, and we shared a potato donut, which was heaven in a bite…seriously. He was in heaven, and so was I. Crazy enough, we missed our boys big time though, and we were definitely ready to come home to our boys yesterday.

I sound so silly when I say this, but my heart is so happy here on the East Coast. Maybe it’s the fact that family is here, or maybe it’s the fact that we’re away from the rental house/landlords from hell. Whatever it is though, it feels good be here, and I’m so thrilled we have three weeks to spend together and with family before heading back to reality and Ryan’s fast-approaching deployment. So, cheers to a great pre-holiday week ahead because, seriously, can you believe we’re a week from Christmas?!