We put up our Christmas Tree last weekend. This will be our 4th Christmas together (wow how time fly's when you are having fun). Last year we bought a tiny potted tree but this year we wanted the real thing.
We got our tree from Walker Tree Farm in Edinboro, PA.
Here we are decorating while watching the Carolina game
It has been way too long and I need to catch you back up on our lives. Ryan and I traveled to NYC to visit Andi (Ryan's sister). We I had a great trip, Ryan was a little under the weather. We just roamed the streets, ate at local places and cooked Thanksgiving dinner at Andi's apartment. Here are some photos from our trip.
Ryan with his basket/cart
oh yea.. we got there via Amtrak. That was a lot of fun and beat driving. The train left from Erie at 7:30ish and we got into Penn Station NYC around 5:30ish... not too bad.
We got a sleeper cart for the way back (since I had to work at 7am) We left Penn Station at 3:45pm and arrived into Erie around 2am. I woke up in Buffalo to a snow blower beside the train and about 4-5 inches of snow. We can't wait to plan our next trip with Amtrak, it was a blast!!
This is a wonderful organization that I am thankful to be a part of....
Casting For Recovery
Casting for Recovery® (CFR), a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supports breast cancer survivors through a program that combines fly-fishing, counseling, and medical information to build a focus on wellness instead of illness.
To Fish is to Hope(c)
2-1/2 day retreat program, offered at no cost to participants, is provided by trained volunteers.
Since 1996 Casting for Recovery has made a difference in the lives of women at any age and stage of treatment and recovery from breast cancer - one woman at a time.
Casting Instruction, CFR 2009 Retreat
The dynamics of fly fishing provide a healing connection to the natural world, relieving everyday stressors and promoting a sense of calm. Fly fishing techniques provide a gentle exercise for joint and soft tissue mobility. The retreats offer a forum for women with similar experiences to meet, learn a new skill and gain a respite from their everyday concerns.
Casting For Recovery Staff 2010
This was my 2nd year volunteering as a Fly Fishing/Casting Instructor. Here are some photos from our most recent retreat [Sept 26-28].
One of our favorite places to vacation. Tybee Island is a small barrier island about 18 miles east of Savannah, GA. My family used to live in Statesboro (which is only about 1 1/2 hours from Savannah) We would spend many weekends at the beach. Tybee has grown up a little over the years, but is still a quaint little "beach village".
It is a place to relax, kayak, eat good sea food, fish, swim, find sea shells, tour the light house and make memories with family and friends...
Photo that Ryan took of the Sea Stars at low tide
Ryan and I's favorite place to eat... good/cheap raw oysters
I began reading blogs on a daily basis about 1 1/2 years ago. We were looking for wedding ideas and I found a lot of awesome DIY blogs. My all-time favorite blog is Young House Love. You almost feel like you are part of their family, and I love following their daily lives... whether it be re-decorating their living room, drooling over their "Mood Boards" or introducing their new little girl Clara.
I have about 15 different blogs that I read on a daily basis, it definitely keeps me busy in the evening.
Do you have any favorite blogs?
Well the weekend is over, they always go so fast! Typical Fall weekend at the Gehrke's... some house work, blog reading, pizza, steelhead fishing, football, dog washing, etc. Summer is close to an end here and we I have been switching over to Fall/Winter clothes. Almost time for carving pumpkins (my favorite),corn mazes and haunted houses.
Starting to think of Fall decorating ideas, these are some of my favorite so far... Playful Could be used anytime of the year
First off.. Thanks for stopping by and checking out our new blog! We will be using this to share our adventures with you. Ryan and I were married June 8, 2009 in Hawaii. We now live in Northwestern Pennsylvania where Ryan is finishing up his Master degree in History/Social Sciences and I am working as a Physician Assistant in Cardiovascular/Thoracic surgery. We are really enjoying our lives right now and enjoy fly-fishing, kayaking, running, biking, camping, and traveling. We have 2 four-legged children; Maverick and Bailey, who also keep us very busy.