Inner Harbor Vacation

Hey everyone! I love all of passionate discussion we had going on in my last two posts! I really love hearing everyone’s experiences and views on GMO’s as well as your thoughts on giving up grains to kick the sugar habit (as well as thoughts on why you shouldn’t fear fat!) Some of your GMO comments really got me riled up.

I’ve been spending every free moment cleaning and clearing out our condo. I got rid of about 3 bags of clothes (to donate) and a few bags of trash. Next week we are going to start showing our house (fingers crossed)! So I don’t know how often I will be updating here, but I’ll be around when I can!

For now I wanted to share a fun post with you. Here’s a recap of our trip down to Baltimore to visit friends….

We had a great time!


Friday morning we drove down to the Inner Harbor. Michael, Ella, my mom, my little brother and I.


Here’s a photo looking out the window from our hotel room! We stayed at the Marriot Waterfront. What an incredible view!



Ella had an absolute blast from the moment we got there. She took a nice, long nap on the way down so she and Big Bird were rip roaring and ready to go!

We walked around the inner harbor. Mike and I haven’t been to Baltimore in about 7 years? We have a friend that moved there, then he moved around a lot for work…but now he and his wife are back. It was really great to see them, catch up, and share some good food and some laughs.

Friday afternoon my family and I went for a light lunch at Phillips. It was a short walk from our hotel:



After lunch we got our tickets for the aquarium for Saturday morning. Then we went back and relaxed and got ready for a night out. My mom and Ella had a girls night in, while Mike, my brother and I met up with our friends at Ra, an amazing Japanese restaurant. I don’t have any photos, but I will tell you I broke my “grain-free” diet for some sushi. It was well worth it. And I never felt so full in my life after we left there. I can’t even tell you the last time I had sushi. Too long. I asked if they could make it without the rice, but she told me it would just fall apart. I said, “screw it, when in Rome.” And it was worth every bite.

Saturday we woke up early and went to the aquarium.


I haven’t been to the aquarium since the last time Mike and I were in Baltimore about 8 years ago? I think I was blonde. And believe we weren’t engaged yet so it had to be a while ago.




Ella loved riding in the cool backpacks they provide. It killed me though, the straps were not short enough or something. So we all took turns. My mom actually said it felt good on her back. That it stretches it or something?


About 20 minutes in she was passed out.

My favorite was the new Australian exhibit




Sharks fascinate me also:


It’s SO difficult to get photos of them in the dark creepy water.

This fish was so cute, he put on a show for us:


The grossest part was seeing a hissing cockroach from the rainforest close up:


Most photogenic goes to the jellyfish:


And finally, I think we all collectively enjoyed the dolphin presentation. Ella even woke up for this one:



We left and grabbed a quick, cheap lunch at Chipolte after the aquarium.


Ella was trying to pick up chicks for my brother in the lobby


There was this “college frog” girl she would NOT leave alone. I felt so bad. Ella is obsessed with Big Bird. If you notice in every photo of her, Big Bird is there. She wanted this poor girl to have big bird so bad. I think it was some kid of sign.

Our friends wanted to see Ella so they met up for a little at our hotel, then we just relaxed in the room for a bit. Random….did you know that the natural way to open a banana is from the bottom?


That’s the way monkey do it. It’s much easier to peel that way too!

Saturday night we went out to an early dinner in Canton


I got an heirloom tomato salad with lump crabmeat. It was amazing! And Ella ate about 4 shrimp all to herself hahah.

We all went back to the hotel and showered. I could have easily stayed in with my mom and Ella; but I sucked it up and went out. I’m glad I did because a few friends from home also drove down that night to meet up. It was a nice surprise, and we all had a great time in Federal Hills!


I especially loved spending time with my brother. He goes to school in upstate NY, and even though he’s been here al summer we haven’t gotten a chance to spend a lot of one on one time together. He and Mike get along really well too, so it’s always a lot of fun. (side note: how handsome is my brother, ladies? Seriously! He’s single, a smart computer science major, AND he’s a musician. He’s also going to kill me for writing this. But probably not because he’s too sweet).



CJ was obsessed with “Natty Boh” all weekend. I’m a Blue Moon girl. Usually one and done, but I had 2 1/2 over the course of a night, with lots of water in between, and felt so sick the next day. I’m the biggest light weight known to man. Truly a cheap date.


This was pretty much our summer vacation. We go to the shore again in a few weeks, then it’s all over Sad smile I can’t believe how quickly these past few months flew by! Hopefully we can go back to Balti to visit our friends in the fall. CJ was saying how he would love to do his co-op there. I’d visit him all the time! It’s really not much further than the Jersey shore for us.

Off to cook Ella dinner and get ready for work!


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  • Reply The Delicate Place (@misathemeb)

    that trip looks so fun! i force myself to stop being such a granny and go out too haha. oh my goodness, i’m just gonna say it. your brother is a serious cutie! don’t tell nate i said that haha 🙂 i always fall for the nerdy musicians probably because i am one too! i love the pic of ella passed out in that seat haha too funny!

    August 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hahaha you know what’s funny? I know I met Nate for like 4 minutes but for some reason he reminded me of my brother! Even when you post his pics. I don’t think they look exactly alike or anything but something about Nate reminded me of him!

      August 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Yaara Leve

    That trip looks like so much fun! And you’re looking absolutely gorgeous girl!! Seriously! Maybe it’s the grain-free thing–but your skin is glowing! And Bella just gets cuter by the day! Hope all is well. Enjoyed the recap!

    August 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    • Reply laury

      Aww thank you , sweetie 🙂

      August 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Keri

    Fun weekend! I love the inner harbor and you are looking just fab : )

    August 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Julia

    Haha, busted. I caught myself scrolling down just so I would be able to find out if he’s single…He looks like a really easy-going, down-to-earth guy.
    And good looks OBVIOUSLY run in your family…

    Tell him I said hi (from far-away Germany)! 😉

    August 8, 2012 at 5:42 pm
    • Reply laury

      He is very down to earth! The best 😉 I’ll tell him hehe

      August 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Shanna like Banana

    So many changes! I didn’t know you were moving. That’s exciting, but also a bit anxiety ridden as well…meep!

    Love that Ella in the backpack — what a way to travel! We were just looking at hiking backpacks like that over this past weekend. More money to kiss goodbye 😉

    And girl you look FABOOSH! xo

    August 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    That trip looks amazing! And it sounds like it was a total blast.
    I love the aquarium, I’m such a kid at heart:)
    I didn’t know you were planning on moving, good luck with packing and showing!
    You and Ella are looking stunning as always! She is getting so big! I adore her little dresses and bows.
    Looks must run in the fam, you bro’s a cutie too.

    August 9, 2012 at 12:12 am
  • Reply kaity

    haha! was totally gonna ask you if your brother is single thats funny hes def a hottie;-)!! and its looks like u had so much fun on the trip its gorgeous and ella is just gettn so big its crazy!

    August 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Susan

    Wow Baltimore looks like a fabulous place to visit. Love the photos and you look amazing:). Hope the packing is going well. It’s a lot of work cleaning up and moving from a place. Hope the viewing goes well.

    August 10, 2012 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Tiffany

    Looks like a fun, I love Baltimore! My best friend used to live there and I loved the neighborhood she lived in because we could walk to restaurants.bars and shops. I never made my way to the aquarium though and regret that now since I’m forever away from there.

    August 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm
    • Reply laury

      It’s so much fun there!

      August 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm

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