Finally Back

After a long break from my little home here on the internet, I am back. I never intended to be gone this long but in some ways it was actually nice and I am back to feeling inspired. So before I go into an update, I hope you like my new blog name. Since I have been gone so long and I have gone through some changes, the new name fits me and the season of life I am in. So here is my update.

 

  1. Williamsburg Trip


Colin and I went on our anniversary trip at the end of June. This is also where the fate of my phone was sealed and I had a heck of a time trying to get back in, till today. It was such a nice time, even if I did end up losing my phone.

2. Boating

I went boating with my Grandpa. I read and I enjoyed having a phone again.

3. Gettysburg Trip


We took a family trip to Gettysburg. We always go to Gettysburg, so I don’t think I need to go into to much detail.

4. Hershey Park

We went to Hershey Park. Let me tell you, this peanut butter chocolate chip scone, was amazing.

5. Harry Potter Convention


My sister and I attended The Harry Potter Convention in Baltimore City. Super fun to listen to Devon Murray talk about his time filming the movies.

6. Second Gettysburg Trip

We went back to Gettysburg, this time it was just Colin and I.

6. Franklin WVa


I visited my Aunt in West Virginia. I love this little town and I always enjoy my time.

7. Watching My Niece


I got to watch my niece a good bit, and being her Aunt Bee is one of my favorite things in this world.

8. Wedding Season


We attended 4 weddings this year.

9. Sister in Laws Bridal Shower


We celebrated Chloe’s upcoming day.

10. Third Gettysburg Trip


We went back for another Gettysburg Trip.

11. Sister In Laws Wedding


Chloe’s wedding which I helped coordinate.

12. Christmas


I love Christmas. I baked cookies, saw the Nutcracker, and loved having my tree up.

13. Antietam Battlefield and Harpers Ferry


The day before Christmas Eve, Colin and I went to Antietam and Harpers Ferry. It was a much needed trip to kick off our holiday season!

To come: So if you made it here congratulations and thank you for sticking with me. I tried to make sure to keep everything simple and straight to the point. I have a couple of things coming up that are exciting and I am looking forward to blogging about it.

NYC Trip:


I am going to New York City! This is my second time going up there and my first overnight stay. I will also be seeing Anastasia on Broadway! So excited!!


I plan to take as many pictures as I can and I am excited to share with you all.

I also will be seeing a couple of other shows next year but those will be posts for another day.

Thank you for reading and sticking around! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and Holiday season and I will see you next year!

XOXO Brandy


 

The Summer I Pretended You Were Mine • A Super Short Story•

There was a time long ago, I pretended you were mine. I was the hopeless romantic who weaved stories and you were the cool and confident one. 

The summer air smelled of Axe and Hawaiian Tropic as we we ran through the hidden trails. I sang along to every song on the radio and you were always making me laugh. The unspoken words hung in mid air never to be spoken. Yet, we continued to splash each other in the pool. Laughter filling starry nights. 

All to quickly the summer  ended and we had to go our separate ways. Though you were never mine to hold, I pretended you were. Even for a short time I felt loved. The words left unsaid knitted together with a memory of that summer. Occasionally to be pulled out to fondly remember that summer.

Years later we meet again. I still weave stories and you were still confident. No, we can’t go back to that summer. Despite the unsaid feelings, I will always remember the summer I pretended you were mine.
~Brandy

Forever Friends

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my post on saying good byes. I tend to prefer “See you later” because One day, Lord willing; sooner rather then later, we will see each other again. 

On the way to Dulles to drop Dan and Jen off, I couldn’t believe two weeks flew by as quickly as it did. It was too soon. 

Their last night ,we did a bonfire. Seemed fitting to have s’mores and music before they went home.

   
 
I sat the the back of the van thinking of how fast it all went. How I was going to say good-bye. Then I realized that this good bye was only for a little while. 

  
It didn’t help that it rained a little bit. Adding to what I already felt.

  
I was looking out the window at Dulles and had this thought:

I like to think of the heart as a house. There are people who come and go. Then you have people who stay and make themselves at home. These special people are forever friends. The kind that sit on your sofa, kick off their shoes and stay awhile. Those are forever friends. Those are the friendships were the memories keep you warm until you see each other again and make new memories to go with the last.

With that kind of friendship, England is only a heartbeat away.

~Brandy

Williamsburg Part 2 |Jamestown|

In the past few months have I really gotten to find a connection to Jamestown. Through studying my family and finding some of my relatives who had lived in Jamestown before settling in different parts of Virginia and Maryland. 

•Indian Village•   
    
    
   
The first part we walked through the Powhatan Indian Village. 

•The Dock•

   
    
   
These were the replica ships.

•The Fort•

   
    
    
    
    
 
The Fort that the English built and settled.

  After we did all of the outdoor museum, we went inside to go through the museum inside. 

To be continued….

~Brandy

Williamsburg Part 1 |Colonial Park • Busch Gardens|

  
Our vacation crew this year was Colin and I with Dan and Jen, and Colin’s sisters Maddy and Chloe. 

We were there for 6 days and while there were some hot days, we loved being down there. 

   
    
    
    
 
We also went to Busch Gardens. 

   
   
I also snapped a few shots from our last walk through the Colonial Park.

   
    
   
I love pink clouds! Don’t be surprised to see some of those cloud pictures in another post! 

To be continued…..

~Brandy 

Vacation with Friends

•To prevent a novel coming out of one post, I will be posting a couple more blog posts!• 

  
All stories have a beginning. The part where you sit in a comfy chair with a cup of tea or coffee. Some of you may rather have a glass of wine. You sit down and open up the book. The weight of the story meant to be read in your hands. 

This story begins at Dulles airport. Colin’s best friend and his wife were coming in from England. I had met both of them over Skype and was excited to see them in person. After the hugs we headed home to begin a two week adventure. 

The last two weeks have been Colin and Brandy. Dan and Jen. Or more actually Colin and Dan. Brandy and Jen. 

Between swimming at Jerusalem Mill, sitting on the Pier at Mariner and many Bon fires. It has been wonderful getting to know both of them.

The house was filled with music and laughter. Now as I sit here and type they are home and it can’t be helped that I miss them. 

Years ago, I wrote about asking God for a best friend. You know; the Anne and Diana-Kindred spirit kind. I can honestly say that I finally found my kindred spirit. Jen and I got to be really close. Now she is one of my best friends. 

Jen is also a blogger. She blogs at  A Splash of Yellow  go check her out! 

We also spent a week in Williamsburg. ( Those pictures will be in a separate posts). Here are few pictures from the first week!

  
   
    
 
To be continued……..

~Brandy

4th of July

I am finally sharing my pictures from Independence Day! I hope you all who celebrated the holiday had a wonderful time with family and friends celebrating the freedom we have because of the brave! 

   
                         

~ Brandy