12.22.2014

celebrating #Foxlanta

At the beginning of September, we had the high honor of celebrating the wedding of two dear friends. We've known Anthony since college, where he and Ian spent five years of late nights in studio, and countless football and basketball games in face paint. They spent a summer interning and surfing in LA together, and when they graduated in a terrible economy, Anthony connected Ian to Sasaki. They have been friends and colleagues for almost a decade, and neither of us would be who we are today without him. We met Sara (with no h because h's are ew!) through Anthony after we moved to Boston. They weren't dating at the time, but we like to believe we already knew they would end up together. Sara is a fun, wonderful, and thoughtful friend, and she's kind of a big deal at Google doing lots of important things that go way over my head.

Thanks to their wedding, we headed to Georgia for our first real trip to the deep South, where our first meal was Chick-fil-a at the airport in honor of Sara. We met the rest of the wedding party at the rehearsal; after, we headed to a local restaurant for dinner, signature cocktails (The Foxy Lady and the Fantastic Mr. Fox), and wedding-themed mad libs. We had so much fun hearing Fox and Sara's childhood stories, catching up with old friends, and meeting new ones.

The wedding took place the next afternoon at Sara's family's estate, and the old horse farm was an incredible backdrop for a classy yet casual affair full of Southern charm and hospitality, down to the tiniest details (like bug repellent, and lawn games during the cocktail hour). Dinner was a delicious Southern barbecue, and the live band was fantastic. We had such a wonderful time, and are so glad we get to share life with both of them!

foxlanta Less than 24 hours and this will be for real. #foxlanta #almostmarried foxlanta foxlanta 6+ years in, and I'm still amazed @scherling200 is my forever wedding date. #foxlanta #marriageforthewin #latergram First dance. Love these two Foxes. #foxlanta

See more #Foxlanta photos on Flickr!

And a shout-out to our good friend Janet, who met us for brunch on the way to the airport, where I had perhaps the best chicken fried steak biscuit and cheesy grits of my life. So thank you Janet, for taking time to see us, and also for the delicious brunch recommendation. We miss you!


12.21.2014

Megan and Phil walk all over Boston

Winter is fast approaching. We've pulled out our down coats and shearling-lined Bean boots to guard against the wet chill mixed with snow flurries that signal the eternal long New England winter is imminent. Which makes looking back on Megan and Phil's Labor Day weekend visit that much more wonderful, photos full of t-shirts, sandals, green grass, and that brilliant summer sun.

Megan has graced Boston with her presence twice before (both memorable: the first coincided with Hurricane Earl, and the second involved stealing a homeless man's vodka).  This time, she brought Phil, a good friend from our K-State days. We spent four days walking all over Boston (55,965 steps according to Breeze), packing in as much as we possibly could before their Monday afternoon return to Kansas.

innovation district

We started at the office. Phil, as a planner involved with public transportation, was excited to navigate the MBTA to Watertown and also tour Sasaki. Megan was excited to eat at Roxy's on the way home (one of the many reasons why we're friends).

The next day we were up bright and early. We took the T to the Innovation District, and meandered over to the harbor to get in line for the Harpoon Brewery tour. Our last attempt at this particular tour (which also happened to be with Megan) was cut short as they sold the last tour tickets to the people in front of us in line. We were determined this wouldn't happen again. We shouldn't have worried. Harpoon had recently opened a new beer hall, which also exponentially increased their tour capacity. We purchased our tickets, learned all about Harpoon's brewing process, then hung around the beer hall for pretzels. (Forget the alcohol; I could eat those pretzels all day.) Post-pretzels, we headed straight to Yankee Lobster for our next meal, then walked it off by exploring more of the Innovation District and playing bocce at Sasaki-designed Lawn on D. And we kept on walking. We strolled the Greenway so Phil could experience the Big Dig, and we ended up in the North End for cannoli and lots of history (and inadvertently the Saint Anthony's Feast celebration).

innovation district
harpoon brewery tour
innovation district
lawn on d
north end
north end

Sunday, after a great morning at REUNION, we headed to Fenway for a ballpark tour followed by Sweet Cheeks biscuits. We enjoyed learning more about the history of Fenway and the Sox, and exploring the places most fans don't get to experience on a typical game day: the visitor's locker room, the Green Monster seats, the press box, and more.

fenway park tour
fenway park tour
fenway park tour
fenway park tour

On Monday, we had some time to kill before Megan and Phil's flight home, so we rented a ZipCar and headed to a place Ian has wanted to visit since we moved to Boston five years ago: World's End. In the late 1800s, Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture, designed it to be a residential subdivision. The carriage paths were created and trees were planted, but the houses were never built. The peninsula was eventually shortlisted to be the UN headquarters, and later considered for a nuclear power plant site, but the community worked hard to raise funds to protect the land. Now, it's a beautiful park with tree-lined walking paths and stunning views of Boston and the harbor. We walked around the entire peninsula, and even managed to dip our toes in the Atlantic.

at world's end
at world's end

Megan and Phil, thanks for spending your vacations with us! We had so much fun wandering around the city, eating good food, and nerding out about city planning and landscapes. Come back soon! (And Phil, congratulations on your engagement! Next time, bring Ashley too!)

Visit Flickr for more photos of our weekend!

boston public garden

12.20.2014

Ian + Anna in the DR: 2014 in summary

It feels impossible to come up with words to describe our DR trip. It is exhilarating. It is exhausting. It is heartbreaking. It is joyful. Each year is both familiar and new, and each year we learn a bit more about how we can support the Vargas family. This year, that looked like painting houses in La Mosca, tangibly showing the community that Luis's church wants to meet their needs. It looked like us running the annual medical clinic out of Luis's church, watching the health of the community continue it's slow and steady improvement. It looked like us hosting a field day, playing games under the hot Dominican sun in a muddy field littered with trash, attempting to control the chaos and loving on the happy and endlessly energetic kids.

anna + ian in the DR 2014
anna + ian in the dr 2014
anna + ian in the dr 2014
anna + ian in the dr 2014
anna + ian in the DR 2014

The passion we first felt on our first trip has deepened over the past four years into a strong commitment to the Vargas family and the community of La Mosca. We are so thankful for the way they support and encourage us, and that we have the opportunity to serve alongside some of the most joyful and selfless people we have ever met. And we're already counting down the days until we get to see them again!
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