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Remember how I mentioned that BFF Lauren was flying in from Singapore? Well, the big secret was that our other great friend, Becki, was driving down from Philadelphia to surprise her.  I love surprises like that!


Becki, Lauren, and I all went to college together, but the reason that the Husband and I met was Becki.  She was really good friend with Kristien in high school, and he’d come visit her and other friends at college.  Eleven years ago, Becki was my next-door neighbor in the freshman dorms, and the rest, as they say, is history.  Becki got a special speech at our wedding for being our matchmaker. <3


Anyway, Becki and her boyfriend Jay got in on Monday night, and Kristien and I have really enjoyed showing them our city.  Yesterday, we went to the US National Whitewater Center, which is a huge recreation and athletic facility that offers whitewater rafting, kayaking, zip lining, biking, and more.




After much debate, we decided to do the zip lining.  We sat through the obligatory safety speech…

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Henry… I die!


And then we zipped.  The Whitewater Center has pure zip lines and obstacle course zip lines.  We opted for an obstacle course.  At the first obstacle, I thought, “Oh, how hard can this be?”

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But at the next one, I freaked out.  They literally had us tight-rope walking on a cable!  And a suspended horizontal ladder.  I didn’t like not having anything to hold onto except the safety rope.  We were 90 feet in the air!




But, I’m happy to say, we all survived.  The zip line part was pretty fun, too… after I got over my screaming.  And yes, I asked if anyone has ever fallen to their doom and received a resounding “No!”

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We took turns on the zip line so someone was always with Henry, who of course was too small to do anything.  But I think he loved the Whitewater Center – he kept screaming, “WOAH!” every time we walked by the water.  And I was impressed with his waiting skills; we’re working hard to get him to understand the concept of waiting (heck, I’m still working on that myself!).

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We drove straight to the airport and picked up Lauren from baggage claim – she was so surprised to see Becki.  She was shocked. <3


Let the fun continue!



  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs October 2, 2013, 7:43 am

    Sounds like a great day!

    I love surprise reunions — so much fun!

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life October 2, 2013, 8:12 am

    Looks like a blast. And kudos to Henry for being so patient!

  • Amy October 2, 2013, 8:15 am

    This is great! There’s nothing like some good quality time with girlfriends. Enjoy!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun October 2, 2013, 8:16 am

    Wow this looks like so much fun! I am glad you were able to surprise Lauren and I hope you all have a great rest of the week together! Henry is going to be so spoiled 🙂

  • Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health October 2, 2013, 9:58 am

    Henry is so adorable!! Such a sweet surprise you and your friend put together 🙂 Enjoy the time with your besties!

  • Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health October 2, 2013, 10:02 am

    PS- his appearances on instagram always make my day! 🙂

  • Katie October 2, 2013, 10:09 am

    Henry sitting up on the bench by himself made me tear up!! He’s getting so big!! I hope you guys have a great time!

  • Jenea Mason October 2, 2013, 11:17 am

    You’re Henri looks super cute in his little outfit!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 2, 2013, 11:52 am

    oh my god, he gets cuter and cuter! That outfit! And now I’m dying to go zip-lining, I love things like that!

  • Janelle October 2, 2013, 11:57 am

    Ah – that last picture of Henry – too cute! I love that you are intentionally teaching him about waiting. It’s something I should work on too, as I get cranky as soon as I feel like I am “wasting time.” 🙂

  • Ali October 2, 2013, 12:45 pm

    That place looks awesome!! I wish we had something like that in Colorado!

  • Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind October 2, 2013, 1:35 pm

    So much fun! Friends introduced me to my current boyfriend and my previous one! I feel like that’s how people meet these days (when it’s not the internet!)

  • Jessica R @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad October 2, 2013, 2:45 pm

    What a fun surprise!

  • Haley @ The Blue Dishes October 2, 2013, 3:13 pm

    LOVE the whitewater center – we did the obstacle courses with work last summer as a team building event…definitely a little terrifying, but so much fun 🙂

  • Rebecca October 2, 2013, 4:44 pm

    That looks like a place my dad might like to visit… It’s like a combination high ropes course and climbing tower/zip line from camp. There, you either climb the wall to get to the zip, or if you don’t want to climb, you just go up the stairs inside the tower. And come to think of it, it’s really not *that* worth it because the area’s so tiny and the zip line’s not very long. I’ve done it once or twice (the guy who let me out of the harness once commented on my not screaming like everyone else), but it’s kind of boring compared to other places when I think about it.
    The low ropes course is kind of fun, but sometimes a little blah. It’s more of a team-building thing, where high ropes is more individual. I’ve never done the high ropes course, and I don’t think I ever will. Pamper Pole, spider web looking climb, etc…. Not really my thing.

    Surprises can be nice. Sounds like you guys had a good one in store!

  • Liza October 2, 2013, 5:29 pm

    He’s probably too young to understand time. Brains just aren’t developed enough at his age. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt to work on it though 🙂

  • Verna October 2, 2013, 6:02 pm

    Henry is so so cute!

  • Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties October 2, 2013, 10:04 pm

    awww- so cute of you to plan that surprise for your friend! and great job teaching henry about waiting. i’m sure it is hard for kids to grasp but great that you’re starting him young! also- he looks so grownup here!! 🙂

  • Whitney October 3, 2013, 9:27 am

    Love the WWC! I live ten mins from it. Have you ran or biked the trails? They are a lot of fun! 🙂

  • Reenie October 3, 2013, 10:51 am

    Henry is adorable.

    Enjoy your time with your friends. 🙂

  • Dottie October 3, 2013, 5:13 pm

    I know this is off topic, but since you’ve posted about bras before I was wondering if you have any specific recommendations for sports bras for breastfeeding moms. I’m just about to get cleared to workout post delivery, and I haven’t found anything that prevents super painful jiggling–nothing I wore pre-pregnancy is even close to effective. Also, is there anything you’ve found that’s not impossible to breastfeed in? I’m around a 36F now…

  • Danielle October 3, 2013, 9:29 pm

    That is great that you’re teaching Henry about waiting! I heard something once about how many children now have more trouble with imaginative tasks, because every second is filled with a distractor (video screens, etc) rather than practicing observational acuity.

  • Lauren @ Peaks and Passports October 7, 2013, 7:02 pm

    That is SUCH an adorable photo of Henry at the end!

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