{Marriage} 3.4

I love these monthly marriage updates not only because they are a great way for John and I to journal month to month, but also because they are a fun way to keep the Gallivant's amazing readers in the loop about whats going on with us--the nitty gritty version. Thanks for checking in!

Image via  @olive_ee_ah

Image via @olive_ee_ah

Year 3, Month 4 Update (Better late than never!)

Favorite Meals: Still Blue Apron...it’s so quick and easy. But our favorite quick and easy Sunday dinner has been grilled chicken (marinated in french dressing or whatever vinaigrette is on hand in the fridge,) with baked potatoes and roasted asparagus. I toss the asparagus in olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, before putting under the broiler--flip once while cooking, and drizzle a little bit of balsamic on top right at the end. So easy, so yummy. Tim, my godmother's husband, made them once this way, and I haven't done them any other way since. 

Favorite Words: Game of Thrones, Porch, Squadron, Expeditionary, Lunch Date, Margarita, Birch, Battlefield.

Favorite Snacks: Not much time for snacking this month!

Favorite TV Shows: The Office, Game Of Thrones

Favorite Movie: Too busy for movies!

Currently Reading: Throne of Glass Series and The Rise Of Theodore Roosevelt

Gallivants: Woof! April was a busy month, but in the best way possible. We celebrated John's birthday early on, and then headed up to Gettysburg, PA, for a weekend, where my brother went to college. We stayed at a lovely farmhouse in the countryside outside of Gettysburg, and had the best time with Blair and his girlfriend (who we adore.) It was gloriously sunny while we were there so we spent Saturday exploring the battlefields before we headed to the Hauser Estate Winery and took in the views over lunch, ciders, and cold white wine...not a bad way to spend an afternoon. We also hung out on campus for a bit and had dinner in town, before heading back out to the farm for more wine and s’mores by the fire. All in all, it was such a fun yet restful weekend! Sitting outside on a country porch first thing in the morning with coffee and a book is so good for the soul...Full post on Gettysburg coming soon!

Meanwhile In Norfolk: Two of my best girlfriends from home came to visit us this month and we had a complete blast. We took them all over Norfolk, and hit up some of our favorite spots, including dinner at Luna Maya and drinks at The Birch. We also stumbled upon The Hermitage Museum and Gardens, which was such a sweet surprise! The grounds are gorgeous, and they had an American impressionism exhibit on display, which was lovely to look at. Who knew that there was such a big movement of impressionism in Pennsylvania? Not I!

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While Lindsey had to leave a little bit early on Sunday to get back to Boston in time to pack and head down to Tulum the next morning (Her instagram pics were giving me serious white sand envy,) Olivia didn’t leave until the evening on Sunday so we headed up to base to check out John’s squadron. I actually hadn’t been to see the squadron yet, so Oey and I were both enthralled! Sierras are so much bigger than the helos that John was flying before in Pensacola, and it was pretty awesome to see all of them lined up in the hangar. All in all, it was so special to get to share our new home with our dear friends, and we can’t wait for them to come back!

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The other exciting news of the month is that our best friends welcomed their twins!! If you follow me on instagram then you may have already seen the picture of John and I meeting them for the first time...They are perfect, and John and I are in awe of what amazing parents our friends already are.

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It has been so special to start getting to know the little ones.

Heres hoping April was a wonderful month for you all! As always, thanks for reading. 

Xoxo,

Emily

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{Pensacola Do} National Naval Aviation Museum

Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant

One of our best friends, Quentin, came to visit last week and we were so excited to hang out, catch up, and show him around Pensacola. Over the past year we have discovered so many fun things to do around here, but when we have guests we always make it a priority to take them to the National Naval Aviation Museum , because it is such a fun and hands-on  way to learn about Navy aviation, both past and present. 

Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant

The museum, which is located at NAS Pensacola. has more than 150 aircraft on display, which represent Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard aviation. It also has some neat dioramas, as well as an IMAX theatre where they screen a bunch of different movies, including our fave --The Magic of Flight--which is all about the Blue Angels. 

Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant

When we first moved to Pensy I was totally overwhelmed by trying to learn all the aviation lingo and different aircraft. Going to the museum for the first time and  seeing all of the different planes and helos in person that were an option for John later in his career was so helpful in the learning process. If anyone reading this is in the same boat I cannot recommend a trip enough. 

Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant

While I have been to the museum a bunch of times now, I never get sick of hearing John explain all of the different aircraft and aviation history. Not only is it fun to see him get so fired up, but he just knows so much...it totally blows me away. It is also neat for our friends to see his training aircraft, like the T-6, and for us to be able to point out the various different aircraft that our friends fly, instead of just trying to explain it when they come up in conversation

Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant

(While John briefed Q on some history I kicked back in a  cockpit for a sec and interjected Top Gun jokes whenever possible.  )

Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant
Things to Do in Pensacola // The National Naval Aviation Museum // The Gallivant

Not only is the museum fascinating for us, but it would also be a great place to take kids of all ages! They have a cute little play area, as well as camps during the summer and simulators that older kids would love. Also, there are always tons of sweet older veterans who give great free tours of both hangers. And finally, the best part, admission is free!

Follow @evr_thegallivant on instagram to see an excellent side by side comparison of Q and Tom Cruise in Top Gun...he has waited his whole life to take the shot. You are welcome, Quentin. And then head to the Aviation Museum yourself to take your own! 

National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32506.

Happy Monday!

xoxo,

Emily

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{Gallivant} Harrisonburg & Leesburg, Virginia

I am back from my trip and so happy to be staying put for a while. But while it feels so good to know that I won't be going through an airport check point for a while, I did have the best time in Virginia, and it was so sweet to see almost all of my best friends from college.

That is one happy groom!

That is one happy groom!

On Saturday night I, as well as some of my fave people in the world, witnessed and celebrated our best friend Trey's wedding to his beautiful bride, Christie. It was such a fun night! My favorite part had to be their ceremony, which was succinct and yet so moving. I couldn't help but weep as they said their personal vows to each other, especially when Trey described to Christie all of the ways that he will seek to love her like Jesus loves us. Yes.

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For the rest of the night we ate bbq and whoopie pies, filled out hilarious mad libs, had many cheers, listened to some perfect toasts (seriously--two of the best wedding toasts I have heard), and danced the night away. And by danced the night away I mean...we seriously held down the dance floor. Such a blast.

The next morning we headed over to a yummy breakfast with the bride and groom and recapped everything awesome and wonderful from the night before, including hilarious dance moves, sweet things said, and new friends made. I just love it when newlyweds stick around a bit before leaving for their honeymoon. It is always so fun to get a little extra time with them to laugh and share all the stories from the night before, whether from the wedding itself or the afterparty, while they are still fresh on everyone's mind.

After hugging and waving off the new Mr. and Mrs. Foster as they left for their honeymoon, we all headed down town Harrisonburg to have brunch at The Artful Dodger. Definitely worth a stop if you are ever in Harrisonburg. The breakfast tacos were a hit, and we also cracked up at the "Pot O' Tots," which Mike happily noshed on.

Brunching with the Best.

Brunching with the Best.

I spent Sunday night with my girls (and former housemates) Danielle and Becca, dining alfresco on Danielles lovely balcony. Dani made us her special chicken curry, which, from a few years of being spoiled by her, I have now come to associate with my best friends and cozy nights together. Talk about comfort food.

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On Monday Becca and I gallivanted our way out to Loudoun county to explore The Old Lucketts Store. Bex had a hunch that I would love the mix of antique and new homewares, and she was so right! We wandered for almost an hour, and I couldn't get enough of the cool décor and furniture, especially the plethora of neat glass bottle and vases.

That green cupboard in the corner....love.

That green cupboard in the corner....love.

After Lucketts we (very) spontaneously decided to pop into Fabbioli Cellars and do a tasting! We tried eight of their wines, including their prized pear port. Each wine was paired with a tiny bite to show off different food pairing options. Among our fave combos was the Rose Luna with the bite of cucumber, chive cream cheese and dill on a triscuit. Another yummy one was the Petit Verdot with a tiny piece of sopressata and horseradish spread. (The owner is Italian and prides himself on his reds--they did not disappoint) The absolute fan favorite, though, was the Rasberry Merlot with the tiny Dark Chocolate Truffle. I don't typically like desert wine, but this little combo was insane. A sip of the wine plus a bite of the truffle sort of exploded in your mouth like a little juicy bomb of fresh raspberry-chocolatey goodness.

Our little visit to Fabbioli was such a fun little excursion, and it also made us really curious to check out the other vineyards in the area. I also think it would be kind of fun and romantic to take John out there next time we are in the DC area. There is so much to do in the Leesburg area, and I imagine it would be a perfect day adventure.

Overall--a wonderful weekend. Some days I miss our community in Virginia a ton, so I felt so blessed to log some time up there. Until next time!

Happy Wednesday Friends! Heres to a productive second half of the week--we're over the hump!

xoxo,

Emily

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{Pensacola Do} Blueberry Picking at Blue Basket Farms

Last week,  I spent a beautiful afternoon picking the most gorgeous blueberries anyone has ever seen at Blue Basket Farms with some girlfriends. The South is covered in U-Pick farms like this one, which sell all kinds of produce from berries and fruit, to fresh veggies and local eggs and meats. 

Going the U-pick route is typically cheaper than buying from your local farmer's market, as it cuts the cost of labor, and it also makes for a fun day! We had the best time walking along the rows of huge blueberry bushes and picking our favorite varieties. At Blue Basket Farms, each row is a different type of blueberry, so they all taste slightly different. Despite some being tarter or larger than others, they were all juicy and delicious. 

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When we arrived at the farm we were given big basket "fanny packs" to wear around our hips and collect our berries as we went. You are allowed to eat as you go, so as we picked we chatted and sampled (read: gorged ourselves) happily. 

All in all, it was a lovely day, and at $2.50 a pound--the blueberries were a steal. Before we knew it, we each had gathered about six pounds, and were full of fresh, juicy goodness. Needless to say, our man-friends were shocked when they opened their fridges that evening to massive amounts of bluebs. I froze about 3/4 of ours for smoothies, but also whipped up some insane blueberry-cinnamon scones, which I can't wait to share here soon! 

Blue Basket Farms is open from 7-7 on most days of the week. I would recommend getting there earlier side, just because of the heat. The blueberry season is well underway, but should last until about mid July. If you like bluebs and are looking for a fun outdoor activity than head on up! 

Blue Basket Farms, 8655 Highway 89, Milton, Florida, 32570

Happy Monday Everyone!

xoxo,

Emily