2019 Recap

I have nothing but love for 2019. I look forward to 2020 with a lot of gratitude and hopes.

First, Justin took up a job 1335 miles from home. We rang in 2019 in freezing Lake Placid, NY. We sold our country house in Virginia, packed up everything, and moved south to unknown territories. We stopped and enjoyed Nashville on the way. Patriots won another Super Bowl. One of my best friends got married in New Orleans. Soon after we moved into a temporary apartment, Jameson got hit by a car and dodged a bullet from it just fine. We bought a new construction home right away. I got a job working two different offices full time. We flew to Boston for Roderick’s 40th birthday bash. We took up hot yoga. I started That Deaf Girl Vlogs. We spent our 6 year anniversary back in Bluemont, VA where we got married. I became pregnant with our first child. I began Birthfit workouts in our garage gym. My dear mother had a double stroke and miraculously, thankfully survived. I began to find out scary things were happening during my pregnancy and fell into a dark place for a while but also had so many positives moving forward. We moved into our brand new home. We did a maternity shoot in heart of Waco, Texas. We saw Joe Rogan and ZBB live. We explored so much of the Fort Worth/Dallas area and have new found love for it. Thanksgiving was spent in Houston with our good friend Holly and the boys. We had an awesome remote Baby Shower. Justin received a promotion and took up Brazilian jiu jitsu. We enjoyed our first warm Christmas in Texas with Justin’s sister and our nephew.

I know there’s so many more I could add on to this blog post.

I could not think of a better way to close out the year than spend our last night alone with the three pups, surf and turf dinner and a brownie gnocchi with ice cream dessert.

This year has taught me many wonderful lessons. I’m thankful for the extreme hardships and amazing blessings.

2020, let’s do this!

Highlights from Lake Placid, New York

This trip was such a fun short weekend celebrating New Years with my family. We decided not to do Christmas gifts this year, only to pick a location, rent an Airbnb and spend quality family time.

It was a great idea. We picked out Lake Placid based on my brother’s recommendation since they went last year.

The town is easy to get to with lots of cool bars and restaurants that overlook frozen Mirror Lake. Whiteface Mountain is only 15 minutes away.

The drive from Virginia is about nine and a half hours. Make sure you pack water and snacks!

We stopped at Miss Lucy’s for lunch. It’s in a cute town off Main Street in Saugerties, NY and the restaurant reminded me of someone’s grandma’s house filled with aprons and carved wooden floors. Small cute place that served big portions. Check it out if you ever need to make a stop half way up.

Plan ahead. Meaning, check the weather and pack accordingly. It was COLD when we arrived. The forecast called for between 1 degree with snow and 30 degree with rain in those 3 days we were there. Our Airbnb was perfect. Heated kitchen and bathroom floors, hot tub out on the deck with full kitchen and a fireplace in living room. It was magical when it snowed. Did I mention we LOVE the cold with snow?

Our first night, we went to watch the ski jumpers compete at the old 1980 Olympic Ski Jumper Complex followed by fireworks that made us shit our pants. We were in line for a shuttle waiting and heard this loud boom thinking about running for cover like an idiot. We finally washed that down with some much needed strong drinks at Lisa G’s. It was legit 10 degrees with snow blasting in our face. Thankful for parkas and hand warmers.

The next day, we got wiped at Whiteface Mountain skiing. Good lawd. That was an icy trip down the mountain trying not to break an ankle. Hence the nickname ‘Iceface’ Mountain.

But nonetheless. Beautiful views.

Our final day, we decided to explore the cute town of Lake Placid. We had breakfast at The Breakfast Club that overlooks Mirror Lake. Pretty rad. Oh yes, try their Millionaire Mimosa. #wink

We decided to try their sled dog ride. I can’t even. It was a pretty decent day out for us but too warm for the dogs! It was only 30 degrees out and they are trained to pull in negatives. I mean poor pups!

We walked through town and stopped to see the hockey rink where the USA hockey team had their ‘Miracle’ and then ended up on their outdoor 400m speed skating ice rink feeling like Nancy Kerrigan.

We finally met up with my family at Top of the Park for some cocktails and snacks before heading out for some NYE BBQ at Smoke Signals.

One day, we will get a picture with all eyes opened.

Before we left for Virginia, we made sure to stock up for breakfast and lunch to go at this awesome deli place called Big Mountain Deli & Creperie. We may or may not have order a banana Nutella crepe.

Crepes or not, this is a fun place to meet up with your family for a good time. Cheers and Happy New Year.

Next year’s trip ideas? Vermont? Utah? Colorado? Let me know!

Best of 2018

What a year it’s been. 2019 is finally here.

I was recently in NY for a ski trip with my family celebrating the new year festivities.

One night, we all sat together enjoying dinner, sharing laughs, stories, reminiscing on our past. I took a step back listening and observing how much we’ve all grown.

I decided to share my 5 top favorites of 2018.

1-The trip to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. It was an amazing trip. One we could not get enough of. It almost led to a move to New Zealand! JK. I mean, we did try.

But wait, here’s more!

Sorry, can’t help it!

2-The Super Bowl LII. New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles = Justin vs Amanda. It was definitely a divided house. An unbelievable win. Talk about a quiet week after that. Go Eagles!

3-My first weightlifting meet. I did something that scares me. I am forever humbled.

4-Our big adventure with Texas. It was quite a rollercoaster of the unknown and I could not be more proud of my husband taking on a new opportunity. This will be extremely emotional to leave behind but exciting new adventures awaits in the new year!

5-I launched my blog with the idea to share my story and be an advocate. Not just for the deaf and hard of hearing community but to show others hearing or not, there’s potential within you all. It’s grown to lifestyle, food and adventures. I sure hope to influence and inspire many more!

There are 365 pages to fill. You are your own author of these pages. May the new year shine light, lots of love, and peace. Remember, jump in with open heart and know there are far better things ahead than you can imagine. Take last year’s losses and turn it into this year’s growth. Keep smiling like you mean it and be kind.

Make this year count.