Visiting the “Bunches” in Buffalo!

This past weekend the hubby and I went North to visit Mr. and Mrs. Bunches. Since this was our first time in Buffalo, some sightseeing was in order. A short drive away was Niagara Falls State Park, so that was a must see.

The view as you walked up to the Falls was really breathtaking. The mist could be seen for miles away – pretty insane. This pic was taken as we walked through the park toward the Falls.

My sis had previously warned me just how close you could get to the water’s edge and the drop. She wasn’t kidding.

Anyone up for a swim?

The sun was out and shining so there were TONS of rainbows. So pretty.

After taking in the overall view we decided it was time to get a little more up close and personal. Cave of the Winds – bring it on.

Now that cute little bear makes you wonder a bit. Is this gonna be a piece of cake, or is this just a decoy to fool you? Here’s a brief overview of what we were in for (courtesy of here): The Cave of the Winds trip takes you closer to the waters of Niagara Falls thank you thought possible. You ride an elevator 175 feet deep into the Niagara Gorge. Then, clad in a bright yellow poncho and wearing the special footwear provided, you follow a tour guide over a series of wooden walkways to the famous “Hurricane Deck”. As you stand at the railing, you are a mere 20 feet from the billowing torrents of Bridal Veil Falls. The rushing waters loom above you, dousing you with a generous spray as you face the thundering Falls head-on.  

With that said we got all suited up in our yellow ponchos, rolled up our pants, and strapped on our “special footwear”. Lookin’ pretty fly.

Not sure where our tour guide was – never saw a single one. This was a self guided tour – watchout!

Oh, and I forgot to mention we had to carry our shoes in a plastic grocery bag the entire time. Just in case you were wondering about that one.

After this last shot below, the camera got put away, hoods went up, and onward we went to “Hurricane Deck”. I quickly fled by while trying to not get blown over and completely soaked. Josh was a little more adventurous, and after spending about 10 seconds in the hurricane was drenched. He got his money’s worth I guess 🙂

Once we were in the clear, de-robed from our yellow garb, and with dry shoes back on, we walked over to the top of the Falls that we just had the pleasure of being underneath. Quite a view looking down. You’ll also see one of the “Maid of the Mist” boats. They take you right up to the bottom of the main Falls. That’s on our list for next time. With that tour we get a blue poncho – awesome.

Next time I’d also like to check out the observation deck that extends out over the water, seen in the distance here…pretty cool.

So after taking in all the U.S. side had to offer, we decided to cross the border into Canada! Here’s a look at all our little yellow friends from a distance.

Pretty amazing. Since it was misting pretty heavily on the Canada side I wasn’t able to take too many photos, but I think the view from Canada definitely topped the U.S.

It’s scary/awesome how close you can get to the water’s edge, just a small fence between you and all that rushing water. Look how close I was – that’s not a zoomed in photo. YIKES!

Definitely an afternoon of fun – thanks for the tour guys!

Next on the agenda was the Bills & Pats game. The fun just doesn’t stop! Mrs. Bunches gave a full recap yesterday of all the action. I have to say the Bills fans were an intense crowd, nothing like I’ve ever experienced before. The stadium was electric. Those fans don’t mess around when it comes to football – they’re all business. The game was quite a nail biter, and even though I’m bound to the Pats through my family roots in Boston, it was hard not to cheer for the underdog. I only took a couple photos…we had some great seats.

It was a close game and quite a celebration when the Bills pulled out the victory. Thanks again for a great weekend Mr. & Mrs. Bunches! — DP

Thursday Purse Day

Here’s another Coach bag that caught my eye. Love the green.

Image from here.

Thursday Purse Day

Fall collections are out…lots of fun stuff to look at. This blue guy caught my eye…just a fun and casual bag 🙂

Thursday Purse Day

Ran across this Coach bag on the Saucy Glossie blog. It’s pretty, I like it. Nuf said. 🙂

Books on the wall

One of our wedding gifts (from Jenn and Jason-thank you!!) was this awesome vintage ski poster book! My intention with this book from the get-go was to cut it up…not to destroy of course- but to display!! The process is simple and all you need is a good coffee table book, a frame, and an exacto knife!

Step 1: Find a good coffee table book

book

Step 2: Find a page you like

page

Step 3: Cut it out

Step 4: Center the glass from the frame over the page so you know where to trim

Step 5: frame it!

Step 6: Repeat steps 1-5  🙂

-AY

The Maine Event

I finally got my act together to download my photos of my little sis’s wedding to share. My other sis, Mrs. Bunches beat me to the punch and got a post up earlier this week, so definitely check hers out as she is a MUCH better photographer.

Our weekend trip to New Hampshire and Maine was a great time and the weather was just delightful – it was so nice to get out of this Texas heat! The wedding day was perfect, Chloe and Brandon couldn’t have asked for a better summer evening. And considering hurricane Irene was moving fast,  we got out of New England the very next day right before the hurricane hit! Talk about perfect timing for the bride & groom!

So let’s begin the tour…first up was stopping in to visit with the bride and bridesmaids as they got ready in downtown Portsmouth. They were all smiles!

Cheers to the bride!

After hanging out a bit we left the girls to get all dolled up while we explored downtown Portsmouth. It’s the quintessential New England town, just so sweet.

Being adventurous we decided to walk across the Memorial Bridge…

Turns out on the other side of the bridge was Maine! Mr. Bunches was stoked when we saw the sign and just had to be first one to get there.

Shortly after walking to Maine we realized we needed to get our buns in gear, get back to the hotel, and get ready for the big party! The wedding was held at the Red Barn at Outlook Farm in South Berwick, Maine. It is a beautiful place and the bride & groom knew the first time they saw it that it would be perfect for their wedding day. So let’s get right to the ceremony…

The groom eagerly awaits his lovely bride.

The crowd is all smiles…

Here comes the bride!

Married!

I know that was pretty quick, but I wasn’t able to get any good pics during the ceremony. Hoping sometime soon I’ll get to see some good ones from the “official” photographer.

As all the guests moved outside for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, we got a hold of the bride to snap some sister shots. It’s not every day we can all get together since we’re spread out in NH, NY, TX, and CA!

Mom & daughter

So lovely…

Work it. Work it.

With all my sisters in one place we also had all our moms together…a first!

Now on to the reception! We ventured back inside where our we found our names written on stones, telling us what table we were seated at.

Also in the foyer were adorable bags of treats to take home to our furry friends. Instead of traditional favors Chloe & Brandon made a donation to the local ASPCA – great idea! Appropriately they were labeled “Meow” and “Woof”. Lolo and Brutus thank you both! 

The rest of the evening was filled with great food, lots of dancing and good times with family!   

We had such a fun trip – thank you Chloe and Brandon for letting us share in such a memorable day!! Wishing you both lots of love and happiness!  — DP

Thursday Purse Day

I recently stumbled upon another company that makes “stylish” camera bags – Epiphanie. While at my sister’s wedding this weekend, I realized I really do need to get a bag that I can use as a purse AND also has compartments for my camera and lenses. I had to tote around my geeky, ugly, black Nikon bag….it’s just not very chic.

Anyway…they have some really cute styles and fun colors. I’m diggin’ the Stella,  Lola, and Lyric.  —DP