The Maryland Zoo, NYC, and #bpluspwed

It’s been a crazy week and a half !

The first weekend of June, Steve and I decided to take his cousins, ages 3 and 4, to The Maryland Zoo. I LOVE the zoo and couldn’t wait to share the animals with them. I picked them up on Friday and we had a fun night, complete with snowballs.

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Saturday was zoo day! We tossed the little one in her stroller and let the big guy walk. He loved the tram that takes you to the zoo … and the big truck by the polar bears … and the tree slide. The animals? Eh. The three-year-old asked at each animals, “What’s the next animal?” I gave them a lecture on living in the present.

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After that, I hurriedly packed for a work trip to New York City. Each year, we choose weight-loss success stories and provide makeovers, shopping, and a photo/video shoot. It’s a long, exhausting four days, but nothing beats the city as an office.

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We had an amazing group of success stories, gorgeous weather, and worked with the most awesome vendors. I definitely didn’t want to leave.

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Don’t worry—we had time for a little fun, too. We hit up karaoke, saw a band at The Bitter End, and learned that Strawberry Fields is not, in fact, fields.

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I got back to Penn Station at 2:30pm on Friday, showered, and went straight to the wedding rehearsal for two of our closest friends, Paul and Brianna. Steve was Paul’s best man and Katharine and I served as coordinators. (We were nicknamed The General and The Lieutenant.) We set up starting at 8am on Saturday and tore down at 8pm—and then started the after-party. Needless to say, I took a pretty epic nap on Sunday. Plus, I’m fairly certain that I’ve found a new calling as a coordinator.

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I’m still recovering but have made some amazing memories these last two weeks. The next few weeks include house hunting(!!), vacation to OBX, and a work trip to Nashville. Maybe I’ll leave August blank on the calendar …

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