S: The Friedmeyers | 2012
FC: The Friedmeyers 2012
1: UHCO Spring Banquet | Eye Love New York: The C/D that Never Sleeps
4: ROCK IT!
5: STOA Softball Tournament 3rd Years Hungry Hungry Hippos 3rd Year Sand Volleyball
6: Welcome to our Home 4700 Gadwell Pl Waldorf, MD 20603
7: April 2012 - Jon and I completed our first set of major updates done on the house. We started with the front door. Previously, there was an ugly burgundy blind covering the window panels. We removed that and used spray paint to frost the windows for added privacy. | Our next project was to paint the main living spaces of the house. After a half dozen paint samples, we finally came to a decision on our colors. We even got around to replacing a few of the old light fixtures with something a little more our style.
8: After painting, we put up new, matching curtains in the living and dining room. We put up a new light fixture in the entry way. Silver dusk is the living room color. | The ugly ceiling fan is still in the dining room until we find a nice replacement. And there's that awful chandelier that Jon keeps hitting his head on
9: Misty surf is the 1/2 bath color. The master bedroom was completely transformed. We have new paint, new curtains, and a Jon's favorite is the new ceiling fan. | over the breakfast bar. Lyndhurst Celadon Green is the dining room and kitchen color. | The master bedroom color is Oatlands Subtle Taupe. This photo is just to prove that the back yard needs some help. But, Jon is up to the challenge.
10: Well deserved relaxation!
11: Erika Friedmeyer May 12, 2012 Trinity University Graduation | Congratulations to Erika! Jon wasn't able to attend the graduation ceremony because he was in Maryland. Since I was only 3hrs and 1Buc-ee's stop away, I represented our family and participated in the day's festivities. It was a lot of fun! And... Look at all of those honor cords!
13: Mom, Dad, & Grandma's SURPRISE! | May 25-28, 2012
14: Hard work and togetherness. They go hand in hand. You need the hard work because it's such a tough atmosphere... to win week in and week out. You need togetherness because you don't always win, and you gotta hang though together. - Tony Dungy
15: Billy Goats Gruff Camp Site | floating the Guadalupe river in new braunsfels, tx | Camping with friends. Rudy's breakfast tacos. Sitting around the campfire. 3 hr float down the river. Living the good life.
16: I spent the 4th of July with my classmates at my professor's house. The view from 'the tower of power' was amazing.We even got to see some WWII airplanes fly overhead. And of course, the fireworks were beautiful.
17: Jon, Jim, and Jenni spent the 4th of July weekend moving our things into our new home! I'm sad I missed out, but not sad that I missed all of the heavy lifting. =) | While the men moved boxes, Jenni used left over fabric from the curtains to make beautiful pillows for our new sofa. Jon and Jim even had time to install our new microwave.
18: July 31, 2012 2nd Wedding Anniversary Jon & I had to spend this anniversary apart, But 9 days from now we will be together for a wonderful vacation exploring the Grand Canyon!
19: Aug 10 - I moved out of my Calhoun Lofts apartment that I've had in Houston for the past 3 years. Before moving to Albuquerque for my externship, Jon & I spent the weekend with Erika in San Antonio. On the way there, we stopped at Buc-ee's. Jon got to experience it for the first time. There he is looking at the endless supply of beef jerky. | We left with Mt. Dew, Red Bull, banana chips, beef jerky, and chocolate covered raisins. After a full day of packing, driving, and a visit to The Alamo (see next page), Erika took us down to the San Antonio, TX River Walk for a nice meal. We ate right next to the river underneath a colorful umbrella at Casa Rio.
20: The Alamo San Antonio, TX
21: Aug 11 - After a full day of outlet mall shopping in San Marcos, we stopped at Orange Leaf for 36oz of frozen yogurt. Aug 12 - On our way to Amarillo, Jon made a $140 donation to McCullen Co., TX in the form of a speeding ticket. Aug 13 - Finally! We made it to New Mexico: The Land of Enchantment. Just a few more hrs until we arrive in Albuquerque!
22: Grand Canyon National Park We started our vacation at Mather Point which is where visitors traditionally get their first view of the grand canyon. It was absolutely beautiful. Our next stop was Bright Angel Trail. It was a 3mi round-trip hike with an elevation change of 1121ft. It took us around 3hrs to complete including a million picture stops and a rest at the bottom to refuel with water and snacks. The squirrels were super friendly and chubby. I guess not everyone followed the 'do not approach the wildlife' rule. Left: Mather Point Right: Bright Angel Trail
23: Trail View Overlook Top Arrow: Bright Angel Trailhead Bottom Arrow: 1.5mi resthouse
24: Mohave Point
25: South Kaibab Trail We all hiked to Ooh Ahh Point (0.9mi down) and then Dad, Jon, & I continued on to Cedar Ridge (1.5mi down). The elevation change at Cedar Ridge was 1140ft. This hike was much steeper and sunnier than Bright Angel, but the view was spectacular. Dad recreating the scene from The Lion King movie, in case you were wondering.
26: After our hike we went back into town and watched the IMAX movie about the Grand Canyon. Then, we drove out to Desert View Tower (Bottom Right). The tower has 360 degree views. Then we stopped at Grand View Point (Top Left) and ended our day at a secret spot that Konrad (our AirBNB host) told us about. It was a 20min hike from the road, but the view was worth it (Top Right).
27: Cathedral Rock On day 3 of our family vacation we conquered Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ. It's a steep 1.5mi round trip climb with an elevation change of 600ft. (See next page) We ate lunch at the Call O'The Canyon Trailhead. Then hiked the 6.4mi round trip West Fork Trail. It's a mostly flat, shady trail that crosses the creek several times. On the return trip, Andrea and I decided to take a swim in the creek. | Tamaya Resort & Spa (See next page) After 3 days of continuous hiking, Jon and I took a much deserved break. We booked a room at the Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana, NM. We spent most of the day in the pool, ate a wonderful dinner, and then took a dip in the heated whirlpool after dark. The next morning we enjoyed the whirlpool again and had a filling IHOP breakfast.
28: WEST FORK TRAIL
29: Aug 25 The color run is a 5K that raises money for the Ronald McDonald House. Each km volunteers throw colored starch at the runners! It's "The Happiest 5K on the Planet." | THE COLOR RUN
30: Aug 31 - I got to spend my first day off from the ABQ VA with Andrea! We started our day off with pedicures while we sat in our massage chairs. Then we relaxed by the pool for a few hours. After our 2nd trip to the nail salon to fix Andrea's polish, we stopped for pay-by-the oz ice cream! | After my trip to Mesa Verde, I joined Andrea & Erik for an evening of bowling. Then, before Andrea flew home on Monday morning we all ate breakfast at the locally famous Frontier Restaurant. They make the best freshly squeezed orange juice you've every had.
31: Sept 1-2 = Stephanie and I made the 5 hr drive to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado for our first 4-day weekend. We got to see a few of the over 600 cave dwellings once occupied by the Ancestral Puebloans. To the left is a kiva (ceremonial room). It has a ventilator, bench, air deflector, fire-pit, sipapu, and 6 pilasters. A 2.5hr rain storm blew through. I wore a poncho and Steph used an umbrella to keep our fire going during the rain so we could cook our hot dogs! Thankfully, there was an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in the AM. | MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK - COLORADO
32: (Left) Park Point Overlook - elevation 8,572 ft. | (Right) Cliff palace - The largest cliff dwelling in North America. Occupied from AD 1190 to 1260. Approx 150 rooms and 23 kivas. | (Left) Spruce Tree House - Occupied from AD 1200 to 1276. 89ft deep. (Right) Balcony House - Accessible via a 30ft ladder and 12ft tunnel.
33: Sept 8 - Welcome to Pie Town, NM: population 300; elevation 8000ft, and hosts of the annual Pie Festival. They even have a horny toad race for the kids!
34: Sept 9 - We camped at Datil Well Campgrounds right outside of Cibola National Forest (bottom left). Then we hiked around Thompson Canyon (bottom right). The little caterpillars where everywhere and the yellow flowers were in full boom (top right). On the way back we stopped so I could get a tourist photo at the Very Large Array: 27 antennas each with a 82ft diameter dish that weighs 209tons. (top left)
35: Petroglyph National Monument - ABQ, NM The ancestral puebloans made petroglyphs by striking a basalt boulder with stones. The basalt rock was formed from volcanic lava.
36: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM Sept 15 - he cone-shaped tent rocks are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6-7 million years ago. Pictures can't capture its beauty. This place reminded me of the illustrations in the Dr. Suess book Oh the Places you'll Go!
37: ALBUQUERQUE BIOPARK ZOO, BOTANICAL GARDEN, & AQUARIUM
38: HOT Chocolate 5K | Sept 29 - Andrea surprised me for my birthday by showing up at the 5K in Albuquerque! We had a great run and I even took 4th in my age group, 25:17. Then we Skyped with the family for present opening!
39: Welcome to Sandia Peak, the longest aerial tramway in the world. Elevation 10, 378ft
40: For my birthday, I asked Jon if I could have a master bathroom makeover. Guess what... I got my wish. It was a ton of hard work and late nights fueled by Mt. Dew, but Jon got it done. He took the bathroom from drab to spa quality =) | before
41: after | left: new flooring bottom left: new curved shower rod, shelves with storage baskets, and toilet bottom right: new paint, vanity, mirror, and medicine cabinet
42: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Oct 6-14
45: Petrified Forest National Park - AZ
46: Wigwam Motel Holbrook, AZ - Village #6 | Originally, there were 7 locations along Route 66. This is 1 of the 3 surviving locations. Each of the wigwams has a classic car displayed out | front. This is me with the key to wigwam #4. This village was built in 1950 by Chester E. Lewis whose family still owns the motel today.
47: Bucket of Blood Street & Saloon (top & middle left) - location of a deadly shootout among local cattle wranglers and the Hashknife Outfit group in 1886. Navajo County Courthouse (top left) - location of the hanging of murderer George Smiley in the year 1900. Today it is said that his ghost has been seen pacing up and down the stairs. Dinosaurs of the Rock Shop (middle right) Historic Train Station (bottom left) Blevins House (bottom right) - location of the deadly shootout between Commodore Perry Owens and the Blevens brothers in 1887, leaving 3 dead in less than 60 seconds. | Holbrook, AZ "Too tough for women and churches"
48: TAOS, NM | Megan and I hiked to Williams Lake and then up to Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico (elevation 13,161 ft). We spent the next day at Ojo Caliente Springs. They have 4 different springs (lithia, iron, arsenic, and soda) and a mud bath! We even got to see a Tibetan Buddhist Monk bless the waters. On the way back we crossed the Rio Grande Gorge bridge (10th highest bridge in the US).
49: ABQ Trolley of Terror | We stopped at The Spy House, Albuquerque Press Club, Hotel Andaluz, & the Bernalillo County Courthouse
50: Alcon A weekend with my UHCO friends in Fort Worth, TX | Doggie Dash & Dwadle Me with my adopted running buddy for the Humane Society 5K, Ana.
51: Sedona, AZ top right - Lucille Ball's house left - Chapel of the Holy Cross right - hiking the wind tunnels bottom left - Nicolas Cage's house
52: Route 66 Road Trip 2012 | Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo, TX 10 Cadillacs are buried nose down in an empty field. Tourists are welcome to spray paint their art on the cars. | Route 66 Midpoint - Adrian, TX My dad helped me make the 1,500 mi trip from ABQ to Findlay.
53: Groom Cross - Groom, TX This cross stands 90ft tall and locals claim that it is the tallest cross in the western hemisphere. | POP'S - Arcadia, OK Pop's is a gas station like no other. The walls are lined with soda pop bottles. Located next to the American-style diner is the convenience store that sells more than 500 different types of soda pop and all of the classic candies. The gas station is marked with a giant illuminated soda pop bottle. | Leaning Tower of Texas - Groom, TX The tower was purposely built with one leg shorter than the others to attract attention to the town
54: (Top L) Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park - Roger's County, OK The park is home to 11 pieces of art. The largest being a 90ft concrete totem pole. All built by Mr. Galloway, a retired teacher at an orphanage. (Top R) The Blue Whale of Catoosa - Catoosa, OK Built by Hugh Davis in the 1970s as a gift to his wife who collected whale figurines. (Middle R) Rainbow Bridge - Baxter SPrings, KS Built in 1923 and was part of the original Route 66. (Bottom L) Tow Mator - Baxter Springs, KS Tow Mator is located at the old Kan-o-tex gas station, now named 4 Women on the Route.
55: ST LOUIS ARCH - St. Louis, MO
56: The Pink Martini Elephant - Fortville, IN | THE END
57: An early Christmas in Ohio! Having fun with family in the Pinterest-inspired photo booth and taste-testing soda/pop from Pop's! We ended our trip with the traditional good bye breakfast at Cafe Marie's.
59: Robby's Graduation from The Basic School for Marines - Quantico, VA TBS graduation day included a time when friends and families of graduates were allowed to fire some weapons. Top: M16 Middle right: M203 Bottom: M249
60: Our first date at the shooting range =) Check out the score cards...
61: National Zoo Lights - Washington DC Thanks to zoo sponsors, we rode a double-decker, open air tour bus to the zoo!
62: The National Christmas Tree - Washington DC
64: To: The Friedmeyers From: The Friedmeyers | NEW CEILING FAN | NEW PAINT: "CATHEDRAL STONE" | NEW SPOT FOR KEEKS | ARMREST TABLE (HAND CRAFTED BY JON) BY-THE-DOOR LEGO KEY ORGANIZER (HAND CRAFTED BY ANDREA)
65: PINTEREST-INSPIRED NEW LIGHT CARD FRAME FIXTURE WINTER LEGO SCENE SIDEBOARD TABLE (HAND CRAFTED BY JON) NEW ENTERTAINMENT CENTER CHALBOARD TOP COFFEE TABLE FOR SCORE KEEPING DURING BOARD GAMES NEW RUG
66: PINTEREST INSPIRED PHOTO ARRANGEMENTS