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My declaration of love for the Lake! July 28, 2011

Filed under: Family,Food,Happy,New Hampshire — Kelocity @ 7:00 am
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Early the next morning, we agreed to play doubles tennis with Papa and his friend. I’m really no good at tennis at all, so I was a little scared to play.
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But Irving’s pretty good, so what’s the worst that could happen.
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I think I hit 95% of all the balls over the fence. Luckily we had two little kids hanging out with us that would run around and find my lost balls. lol (kidding. kind of).
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BAHAHA. This is what I look like when I’m trying to serve. I should go pro.
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I think Irving realized right away how bad I am at playing. He was pretty much carrying our team. Well I think he got a little overly competitive and just as I was running to hit the ball, all of a sudden Irving was underneath me skidding on the ground! His arm AND leg were bleeding. Oy vey.
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It would have made for a much better story if he’d actually made a point on his attempt, but sadly, that was not the case.

But, the cool part is that Irving’s skin was smeared across the court. See those white marks there? Yep. Kelley Pix (118)

Needless to say, we switched partners after that and I played on Papa’s team.
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We still lost, but that was entirely my fault, he’s pretty good.
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Papa was a Dentist and Grammie was a Nurse, so between the two of them, they got Irving patched up pretty good.
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Guess what we did for the rest of the day!
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Only this time, we had company! My cousins came to play with us too!
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Sisters by the beach!
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My happy place.
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In the afternoon, we decided to take lunch on the road boat.

Three generations of lake-lovers!
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Mother and daughter.
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The captain and my aunt!
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The boys did a bit of tubing too! It didn’t take long to flip them!
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Then Irving went, despite his battle wounds. He had a taped up gauze pad on his arm too!
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Going….going…
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And into the water!
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There was scorching heat last week, so the lake breeze and crisp water was welcomed!
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Then we anchored the boat near a trailhead and everyone got off to picnic on land. But Grammie and I decided to stay on the boat and munch on the water. (I ended up skipping the diet coke!)
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Everyone else dined in the woods.
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And after they were done eating, they found some wild blueberries growing nearby!
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They brought us a few handfuls to eat on the boat too!
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For the next two hours, the boys played in the water…
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My grandparents read and napped on board…
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And my mom and I floated on the raft chit-chatting!
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Then the boat ride continued! We passed Bear Island along the way. Check out their little post office! A mail boat delivers the mail daily!
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Also on the island is a huge sleepaway camp for kids. My mom went there for many years when she was a kid. And then she went back as a counselor later on. Irving and I decided that whether they like it or not, our kids will be going to the camp. They must grow up knowing this lake. They don’t really have a choice. We’ll fly them there for two weeks every summer. Smile I’m already excited for parents weekend. BAHAHA.

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I sat in the front, closed my eyes, and just felt the breeze on my face, and the sun on my shoulders, and the mist of the waves splashing up as we drove. This image right here is my own personal heaven.
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When we were almost back to the dock, our tube blew off the back! We had to circle back around to get it!
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I think there was more card games and dominos played in the evening, and then we ventured on foot to get some Ice Cream at the Kellerhaus! Dollar Cone Wednesdays! What, what!?
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Don’t worry, we walked a mile there and a mile back… so that makes the calories free, right?

I’d like to say that after this trip I swore off ice cream for a while, but I already broke my streak by getting a Menchie’s yesterday. Someone save me!

Where is your happy place? Did you go to camp as a kid?

 

Swim To the Pier!! July 27, 2011

Filed under: Family,Food,New Hampshire — Kelocity @ 8:32 am
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Day two at the lake included lots of…well, swimming in the lake!! Seriously, the water is crisp, clean and fresh and you actually feel cleaner coming out of it. (Don’t worry, I still showered… sometimes).

 

For the past ten summers that Irving’s been coming to the lake with me, he’s been DYING to swim to the pier. Of course, you really can’t do that since it has heavy boat traffic, but he still wanted to swim as far as he could.

 

My mom is a really good swimmer (she used to teach and swim competitively!) So she and Irving swam away. I’m a pretty good swimmer, but my endurance isn’t that great right now. So Chris and I grabbed a fun noodle and tried to catch up!Kelley Pix (91)

Once we got there, I gave Irving my noodle and swam back completely unassisted! Swim for the win! I’m paranoid about touching the slimy rocks on the bottom, so it forced me to keep kicking!
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Per summer vacation rules, lunch was served on paper plates right on the beach! (Chicken Parm Leftovers! YAY!)

Fun fact: Those blue napkins are from our bachelorette party on the lake!Kelley Pix (95)

I’m not sure what we did between lunch and dinner… probably reading, swimming, reading, swimming.

And then we eat again! Do you ever feel like that’s all you do on vacation is eat? At least the company was good! Beers for the boys!Kelley Pix (97)

They were working hard out there in the heat!Kelley Pix (98)

These guys are soul mates. Seriously. They’re so funny when they get together. Maybe they’ll be brother-in-laws someday (no pressure!)Kelley Pix (101)

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After dinner, we went for an evening walk to burn off some of our eats from the week.
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I’d walk more often if my route looked like this! How pretty is that channel. IMG_6410

This is Irving and my dream boat. It’s a Speedster. A mix between a jetski and a boat. Looks like so much fun!
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I used one walk to justify a whole day of eating… and then rewarded myself with ice cream. Healthy living? What healthy living?
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What a perfect, relaxing day. Everything about it was just perfect. 🙂

 

I almost swam a mile!! March 15, 2011

Filed under: Giveaway,Workout — Kelocity @ 7:17 pm
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Swimming is excellent cross training. My hips have been really tight this week, and getting in the pool felt so good to loosen everything up.

The last time I swam laps was almost a year ago to the day! Today, I swam about 60 laps. I guess 64 is a mile, so it was pretty close! I felt like Jello at the end. It was a great workout.

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Only eight entries?  You can’t win if you don’t play!

Maybe I should have told you that I’m also throwing in a Trader Joe’s treat.

Your two winners are:
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Congratulations to Tara and Erika.  Send me your address (kelocity at gmail dot com).

 

The Lost World of Atlantis! November 9, 2010

Filed under: Dubai — Kelocity @ 8:00 am
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Originally 10/27/2010…

We dedicated a full day to the Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis. I had been to Atlantis in the Bahamas and I knew we would both love to do it together. Atlantis Dubai is on the tip of the ‘Palm Island’ (the manmade islands shaped like a palm tree).
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Irving was the Ultimate Tourist. HAHA
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On the other side of Atlantis is the Arabian Gulf (or Persian Gulf). It was really pretty.
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We arrived three full hours before the park opened. We thought that we could walk around the grounds and take pictures, but this wasn’t really the case. We had to beg our way into the hotel so we didn’t have to wait outside. We passed the time looking at the giant aquarium inside.
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We also finagled our way into the hotel lobby (which is supposed to be for hotel guests only).
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There was a gorgeous Chuli sculpture in the middle. I think the Bahamas Atlantis had one as well.
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We still had a couple of hours to kill, so we had a leisurely breakfast in a café overlooking the hotel pools.
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Finally it was time to buy our wristbands and get into the park! The bands have a computer chip in them that you connect to your credit card and you can use it to unlock the lockers, and buy food and drinks. cool, huh?
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Our first stop was the beautiful white beaches along the gulf.
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I remember learning about “The Gulf” in school, and it was so cool to actually be there and put your toes in the water. Or jump right in!
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You can see the Dubai skyline from the beach. Just gorgeous.The land in the foreground is one of the ‘palm island’ leaves.
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Then we headed to Aquaventure.
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We started out on the lazy river to get a lay of the land. It takes you around the park on an innertube.
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The coolest part about Atlantis are the Water Coasters. They are actual waterslides but they have jet propulsion that shoot you down AND up like a waterslide! And you don’t ever have to get out of your tube to get to the top. There is a conveyor belt that takes you up automatically!

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After doing a few coasters, we had lunch… mmm burgers!
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Then it was time for Irving to try the leap of faith!! This is a huge freefall slide that ends inside a shark tank (protected by acrylic). It was made popular in a season of “The Amazing Race”. A girl was too afraid to go down and it they got eliminated because of it! I did the slide in the Bahamas, but I was too chicken to go down again here. Irving was brave and went straight down!
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A closer look:
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Then we did a little more of the lazy river, this time we tried the rapids!
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We did a few more slides and then ended the day swimming again in the Gulf. Behind Irving is the famous Burj Hotel (the world’s only 7-star hotel…the one Tiger Woods hit the golf ball off of).
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As the sun set, we could see the Burj Khalifa in the background. the sun was hitting the windows and all you could see was the sun’s reflection!
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After that, we spent an hour or so in the “Lost Chambers”. This is the aquarium in Atlantis that is set up like a giant ship wreck. They have a decent collection of strange fish.
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These guys were HUGE! Almost as big as me!
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By the end, we were fried and headed back to our hotel. Another fabulous day in Dubai.

 

For your entertainment…. July 29, 2010

Filed under: Family,New Hampshire,Vermont — Kelocity @ 12:50 am
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I’ve  been staying up really late recently, which is really out of character for me. I’m usually out by 10pm or so. But this week I’m just not tired…

So I stayed up tonight to put together a video of our New England Trip. It’s a pretty rough edit, I really hate Windows Movie Maker.

[[Does anyone know of any consumer editing software that is similar to Avid or Final Cut Pro, but for a PC?]]

This video is 2.5 minutes long. Enjoy!!

 

Anniversary Trip – Part 7 Lake Winnipesaukee July 24, 2010

Filed under: Family,New Hampshire — Kelocity @ 2:38 pm
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We had another great cookout when we got there. Cheeseburgers made with Cabot Cheese that we brought back from Vermont. Mmm

My little chef (staring into the sun):
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Then there was some swimming to be had.

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Look who it is!
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Ready, Set….
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Go!
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Papa enjoyed the water too!
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I love the lake. This is my “happy place”.
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We had a beautiful sunset!
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Papa taking sunset pictures:

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Photo Bomb!
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Ducks!
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The next morning, we took the boat out for a ride!

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Captain Papa
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And co-captain Grammie
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Nice day for a boat ride!
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The little post office on an island!
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And the mail boat coming in for a delivery!
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We docked at Center Harbor Beach for some lunch and a swim!
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Just as the sun was starting to set over the lake…
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…we took the kayaks out!
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Captain Gizmo!
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Irving and my mom:
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Mikaela:
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Papa:
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We all jumped into the lake for an evening swim.. even Gizzy!
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Then me and Ally took the kayaks out:
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The next day was TUBING TIME!

Mikaela and Chris:
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Ready, set…
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Go!
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Then Irving and Ally!
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And me and Alyssa!
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Don’t let Gizzy fool you… he was super scared being on the boat. 🙂

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Mother/Daughter!
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Three Generations!
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I LOVE this lake!!
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Anniversary Trip – Part 3 July 22, 2010

Filed under: Family,Happy,Love — Kelocity @ 10:32 pm
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The next day (July 11th!) was our anniversary! We celebrated with breakfast out with my parents! But we rode there in Style!

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My dad built this himself!
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It was so fun to ride in it!
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We had a great breakfast at a cute farm!
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What a great morning!
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The sky was gorgeous!
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Check out my mom’s garden!
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I wish I inherited her green thumb. Guess that gene wasn’t hereditary!

The lily pond in the back!
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And her fresh Raspberries! YUM!
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Then GIZZY came over!!!
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It was a lovely morning, but then we got on the rode and headed up to New Hampshire (in the smart car of course!)

The lake was as beautiful as ever!
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We were like (YAY) so excited!
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SWIMMING!!!
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Why do meals at the lake always taste better than anywhere else?
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Paired with some vino!
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Cheers!
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A sunset dinner!
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Heaven.

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After dinner, we went for a walk down the boardwalk
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I ❤ Weirs Beach!
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The start of an amazing week ahead!

 

 
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