Starting 2015

It’s been a fun and busy start to 2015 in the #FreemanFortress.

At the end of January, we had ladies painting party! I invited a bunch of ladies from church, everyone brought some food, and we all painted this scene of flowers! Our instructor, Morgan, does these at-home painting parties as a way to raise funds for the non-profit she runs: The Dream Campaign.

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For Valentine’s Day, we traveled to Tampa, FL to compete in a Spartan Race stadium race. Aaron has wanted me to a do a Spartan Race for about a year now, so I finally agreed to do the stadium ones (no mud), if he would run a half marathon with me!

The race ended up not being as bad as I thought, though I was totally exhausted afterwards… and sore four about five days. He asked me if I would do it again, and I haven’t answered that question yet :-)

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 1.25.25 PMIt was nice to get away, if only for two days! I’m always up for some time at the beach :)

 

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Our trip to Niagra Falls

We decided for second anniversary that we wanted to see Niagra Falls! Originally, the plan was DC, but after our spontaneous trip earlier this summer, we decided to travel elsewhere! We threw around a couple of ideas, but decided we wanted to do something really adventurous – like drive to Niagra Falls!

We also invited two of Aaron’s college friends (who were in our wedding) to come with us, so we stopped at their place on Friday night, and then headed to Canada on Saturday! There was some traffic delays on the way there, so we got there a bit later than we wanted, but still managed to fit in a few things on Saturday!

We all bought an “adventure pass” which gives you access to four of the main attractions (er… the ONLY four attractions, it seemed) at a discounted rate. I don’t know that we would have done two of the things on that pass if we didn’t have the pass. Still cool, but not exactly worth the full price. The four places were a 4D Show, access to go behind the falls through tunnels, the boat tour, and walking along rapids further down the river!

By far, the group favorite was the boat tour to see the falls up close. We borrowed a friend’s GoPro and got some awesome footage of the falls! Watch the video below:

Niagra Falls is actually pretty American-ized – TGIFriday’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Applebee’s, etc. Niagra is also pretty touristy (as to be expected) with souvenir shops and whatnot – it reminded me a lot of Branson, or Gatlinburg. But, we did get to experience one Canadian favorite – Tim Horton’s (or Timmy’s, as the locals call it).

All in all, a really great trip! It was a lot of driving, and kind of exhausting, but SO worth it. Beforehand, I wasn’t sure if two days would really be enough, but we ran out of things to do (touristy-wise) on the second day. We could have explored some more of the non-touristy areas and whatnot if we wanted. I never really thought I would see the Niagra Falls in my lifetime, but I’m so glad I can say I have now!