A Day in My Life

Reading about other people’s lives is so intriguing to me. Maybe I’m just a creep, but I always like reading posts about how people live their daily life. So here is a look into a day in my life. I picked a little more interesting day for you so you wouldn’t be too bored. Just don’t tell me if you end up bored anyway.

5:30am Rise and shine!IMG_31665:37am Lemon water and Bible reading
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6:40am Shower, hair & makeup
IMG_31707:00am Start the coffee, make breakfast
IMG_31717:26am Eat breakfast, get dressed
IMG_31727:35am Start the crockpot for dinner (bbq chicken)
IMG_31737:50am Say goodbye to Loren
IMG_31748:15am Almost to work
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8:45am Administrative Appreciation Day at work has begun
IMG_31789:30am Work, work, work
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10:00am Water breakIMG_3180

12:00pm Administration Appreciation Day lunch at the Scottish Rite, courtesy of the firmIMG_3184

1:45pm Back at work and so many piles to take care ofIMG_3186

3:30pm Time for a coffee breakIMG_3190

5:10pm Drive back home in crazy downtown trafficIMG_3193

6:20pm Quick dinner with Loren and Titus before church fellowship IMG_3196

8:45pm Back from a church fellowship (we normally have small groups on Wednesday night)
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9:10pm Kitchen cleanupIMG_3201

9:30pm I decided to make some rice crispy treats for no reason IMG_3202

10:10pm A little reading before bedIMG_3203

10:40pm Goodnight!IMG_3205

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Pizza, Babies & Games

It’s a fresh new beautiful spring week!
But first, let’s have a weekend recap:

Friday we had a downtown date night at Rockstone since Loren came up in the afternoon for an appointment. After we were stuffed from our amazing nachos and to-die-for wood-fired pizza, we headed back home for a movie.

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Our view of the city and fast moving clouds at dinner.
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Nachos
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Potato Bacon Pie – SO GOOD

Saturday after breakfast, Loren dropped me off at my sister’s to hang out while he played basketball with a friend. We ran errands and got all caught up on life. I love my boys! And hanging out with Dawn, of course. 😉

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Perfect little shopping buddy.

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Little Brady patiently waiting for lunch.
Little Brady patiently waiting for lunch.
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Keith found a nest of baby bunnies while mowing the lawn. So cute!

When Loren picked me up after finishing his game, we headed to the mall so he could spend some of his birthday money.
For dinner, we headed over to Blake and Savannah’s for some delicious salmon and chicken kebabs grilled on their new grill. Then they introduced us to a new board game called Five Tribes.
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Sunday after church, we were invited to a lively lunch with one of the ladies from church and several of her neighbors. We came home and took a 30 minute nap…that ended two hours later. Guess we were pretty tired! To top off the weekend, Vashti came over for some girl time – snacks and Gilmore Girls – while Loren prepped for his upcoming job interview.

How was your weekend?

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Five on Friday // 4-22-16

Happy Friday!
This week’s Friday Favorites are my top favorite apps.IMG_3121

ONE // Swipes – great productivity tracker and task manager. You can easily set up your checklist and it’s always satisfactory to swipe right to cross a task off.

TWO // Spotify – music all day every day. Spotify lets you create playlists and if you have Premium (which I don’t because I’m cheap), you can download the songs and play them when you’re offline.

THREE // Whatsapp – free messaging app. I use this to text my family in Germany.

FOUR // Hoopla – connected to your local library and lets you instantly borrow music, audiobooks and movies – totally free.

FIVE // Snapseed and VSCO– over the past year, I’ve been learning to take better pictures and edit a little more professionally (it’s a major work in progress and I have LONG way to go), and these are my two favorite editing apps.

I realize this actually makes 6 favorite apps, but there are so many amazing ones out there!
What are your favorite apps?

Happy weekending!

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Weekend of Firsts

What another fantastic weekend! As much as I love traveling, there is absolutely nothing like a laid back weekend at home. I slept, tried out three new recipes from Friday’s post, cleaned, sorted out and reorganized my closet, read and so much more. Before I spoil it more for you, here is an official recap:

Friday night after work, Loren and I went to a production of Pride and Prejudice some of our teens from church were in. They all did such a great job and now I want to go watch the 5 hour movie again.

Saturday was a BEAUTIFUL day. I took this first picture around 10 am before it got even warmer to make my sister in Denver jealous (they had just gotten a couple of feet of snow). 😉 Loren and I made brunch together before working on separate projects/errands. Later that evening, we headed to our first Indy Eleven soccer game with our friends Kaylee and Brandon who won tickets and invited us to go with them. I forgot how much I loved soccer!

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Sunday, we had a blessed morning at church, followed by a quick lunch and short nap. Later on, I made these Peanut Butter Butterfinger Cookies that, as promised, are to die for. Loren and I spent a while reading in the beautiful afternoon light before making dinner together and heading out for our first picnic of the year!IMG_3075

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I introduced Loren to a German drink – Apfelschorle (apple juice and carbonated mineral water)!

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I hope you had a wonderful weekend and got to spend lots of time out in the beautiful weather!heidi sign

Five on Friday // 4-15-16

Happy Friday!
This week I’m going to switch it up and post 5 top Pinterest recipes I want to try out in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully you won’t get too hungry looking at these like I am.

DSC_4339ONE // Cap’n Crunch Chicken Strips. I love Cap’n Crunch Cereal (the berry kind) and chicken, so why not combine the two?

PEANUT BUTTER BUTTERFINGER COOKIES | www.togetherasfamily.com: TWO // Peanut Butter Butterfinger Cookies. Butterfingers are my favorite candy bar. Can’t wait to make these this weekend!

BETTER-THAN-TAKEOUT PAD THAI from Rachel Schultz: THREE // Better-Than-Takeout Pad Thai. Loren recently introduced me to Pad Thai. It’s amazing. And since we can’t get take out every day, might as well try to make it at home.

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup: FOUR // Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup. Anything southwestern/Mexican is a fave in my book. This might be another recipe for this weekend!

Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowl- these burrito bowls VEGAN, easy to throw together, and SO very filling.: FIVE // Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls. See #4. We tend to eat burrito bowls once a week because they are cheap and delicious, but maybe a healthier version will be just as good.

What are some recipes you want to try?

I am actually home this weekend AND it’s supposed to be in the mid 70’s and sunny, and I plan to take full advantage of that.
Have a fantastic weekend!

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Currently: April Edition

Here we are halfway through April, a little late for a beginning-of-the-month post, but better late than never, right?  (Linking up with Christy.)

Feeling… cold. I’m so ready for summer and not having to layer as much!

Reading… It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario for book club.

Watching… the days go by so fast! How is it the middle of April already??

Buying… bridesmaid necessities (like shoes). I’m in two weddings this year, and the first one is next month. I also just bought two versatile and super comfortable tank tops (striped & blue) from H&M.

Listening to… “Stressed Out” by Twenty-One Pilots. Anybody else out there like this song?

Thinking about… doing something new with my hair. Like highlights or baylage. I’ve never dyed my hair… Maybe grow it out again? Suggestions are welcome!

Working on… reorganizing closets – at least I hope to this weekend since I will finally be home again.

Tasting… lemon water. I’ve been drinking a glass of lemon water first thing every morning for the past several weeks and am addicted now. I love the refreshing flavor, not to mention the many benefits.

Excited… about Loren’s upcoming grad school graduation. These past two years have gone by slow and fast and I am so proud of him and all the hard work he has put into this degree.

Hoping… that spring temperatures will finally come around and stay so I can keep the windows open all the time.

Thanks for stopping by!

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A Southern Girls Weekend

Today is my Monday, but since it’s actually Tuesday, my groove is kind of off. But this long weekend was totally worth it, and just what I needed. I went on a girls trip to South Carolina with Loren’s sisters to visit Joanna for a bridal shower and quick overnight trip to Charleston. So grab some coffee, sit back, and enjoy all the pictures. (Or skim through them really fast.)

Friday I left work early so Loren and I could go pick up our repaired car, then I headed to Cincinnati to meet up with Carrie and Heather for the drive down to Greenville, South Carolina. We stocked up on Chipotle and Starbucks before starting the trek and arrived at my grandma’s around 2am, and promptly hit the sack.

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All ready to drive through the crazy rain and sleet.

Saturday morning I chatted with my grandma (our gracious Greenville host) before we headed out to shower Joanna with lots of fun gifts. After the shower, I got to hang out with my cousin Dennae for a little bit before we headed to Charleston. The girls got an amazing hotel right on the Isle of Palms and although we arrived a little too late to see the sunset, we still went out and caught the last rays as we walked along the beach. We came back to our hotel room and ate dinner, then stayed up way too late talking and watching a movie.

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We love each other.
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Our hotel plaza.
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The last beautiful colors of sunset. Please note the moon in the top right corner.

Sunday we were going to get up early and watch the sunrise, but were too tired, and it was pretty cold. By the time we did take our coffee out to drink on the beach, it had warmed up a little, but was still windy and chilly and totally awesome.

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Two of my favorite things: coffee and the beach.

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After packing up and checking out, we headed downtown Charleston for some shopping and food. Charleston is my favorite city in the world, and I love just wandering all through the streets. Apparently, every second Sunday of the month, their main street is closed off to traffic, and restaurants, vendors and musicians set up camp all down the street for the day. It had such a laidback and southern feel. We wandered in and out of stores and even bought a few things!

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A wall of different flavors of honey.
A wall of different flavors of honey.

Sometime late afternoon, we got really hungry and decided, upon high recommendations, to try Jestine’s Kitchen. There was a long line waiting out the door, so we figured it was probably a good place. Jestine’s is a home-cooked-low-country-style restaurant that perfectly reflects the South. I tried fried green tomatoes for the first time, which weren’t my favorite, but the rest of the food was pretty good. After stuffing our faces, we headed down to the Battery along the water so I could show the girls where Loren proposed. The sun had kind of disappeared and it was pretty chilly at this point, but we decided to still head to the Candy Kitchen for some of their delicious gelato and other treats.

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There is fried shrimp in there somewhere.

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So many tempting treats!

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Since we hadn’t spent a whole lot of time at the beach and taken our traditional jumping pictures yet, we went back to the beach to get them in before heading back to Greenville. They turned out pretty awesomely this year! All the outtakes are pretty hilarious, but I’ll spare you and just share the good ones.

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And before finishing up about Sunday, I just want to note that upon our return to Greenville to drop off Joanna at school, I got a few precious moments in with my dear friend Joy.

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Monday morning we met Jonathan (Loren’s brother) for a delicious crepe and coffee breakfast at Tandem before the fun and pretty quick drive back home.

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Best crepe place around.

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Thanks for all the fun laughs and memories, girls!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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Five on Friday // 4-8-16

How is it already Friday? I’m not complaining, but this week went by super fast.

ONE // Facetiming my little sisters in Germany. So many laughs and crazy stories! I miss them a ton and don’t talk to them often enough.

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TWO // Pretzel Day. We got an email at work this morning announcing the pretzel food truck will be here next week (they canceled a couple weeks ago) and I am SO. EXCITED.

THREE // #7in7challenge. Helene in Between is doing another awesome Instagram challenge. It’s been fun to post and also connect with other bloggers this way.

FOUR // Oatmeal pancakes. I made pancakes with oatmeal flour this week and they were amazing. Recipe coming as soon as I can get some good pictures!

marshpopcornFIVE // This marshmallow popcorn recipe. What could be better than two of my favorite things combined? I can’t wait to try this.

Wow, this post has a lot of food in it. Maybe I’m hungry?
Anyway, have a good weekend! I’m off to SC for some fun in the sun!

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10 on Tuesday | Where I’d Rather Be

I’m linking up with Karli today with my first 10 on Tuesday post to share a few places I would rather be right now.

1| My bed. Loren likes to tease me about how much I love my bed. It’s just so fluffy and warm and comfy!
2| Charleston, SC. My favorite city on earth. So many good memories have been made here, the most important being our engagement. I’m actually headed there this weekend for a girls trip, and I can’t wait!
3| Seattle, WA. I’ve never been, but Loren has. The Pike Place Market and Space Needle look so intriguing, not to mention the beautiful surrounding landscapes, little shops and, of course, the first Starbucks (cliché, I know).
4| Heidelberg, Germany. Where my parents and younger siblings are. I really need to take Loren because he’s never been and I need to show him where I grew up. Any sponsors out there?
5| On a cruise to the Bahamas. Or anywhere, really. We went to the Bahamas on our honeymoon, and it was pretty amazing.
6| Iceland. Lauren and Kiki just prove how enticing and beautiful Iceland is.
7| Greece. I mostly want to sip coffee on a balcony overlooking the bluest waters.
8| San Antonio. Another place Loren has been and I haven’t. He loved it and has promised to take me there someday.
9| Prince Edward Island. I have wanted to go here since the first time I watched Anne of Green Gables when I was young.
10| Anywhere warm. We’ve had another cold front the past week, and I am so ready for warmer spring and summer weather!

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And Then There Was Ice

This weekend was more exciting in some ways than others. It started off with a Friday late afternoon teeth cleaning for me before we headed to Columbus, OH to visit Crystal and her family. We arrived just in time to see the kids before they went to bed. Our main reason for this visit was to help them out with their garage/furniture sale they were having since they are moving to Denver very soon. And to see them, of course. 😉 Saturday we got up pretty early, as they were opening up at 8 am again (they already had a sale day on Friday). I watched the kids while the guys manned the sales and Crystal ran some errands. We were all exhausted by 4pm, and it felt more like 8pm. We eventually ordered dinner and ate that pretty quickly so Loren and I could get back on the road home since he was supposed to teach the teen Sunday School class on Sunday. But then God had other plans for us. (continued below)

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“Look, a square!”
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Not so sure about someone other than mommy waking her up.
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Going to miss these little kiddos so much!
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New game: Hide Aunt Heidi!

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Not saying “goodbye”, just “see you later”!

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Beautiful sunset as we left town.

The weather was rather strange on Saturday. Crazy gusty winds, sun, rain, and hail. We were about an hour away from home when Loren (who was driving) noticed it was just a little snowy. And then we hit a patch of black ice. We went flying off the road and down about 100 feet into a ditch/valley/gorge and kept going across the “valley” for several yards until we stopped just before going back up the other side of the ditch. Miraculously, the car didn’t flip and we weren’t injured in the least, but were pretty shaken up. We stepped out into long mushy snowy grass to check on the car, which also didn’t seem to be hurt too much. I’ll spare you pictures because it was dark and they are blurry. By this time, there were several other cars that has also slid off the road, and we were in the center of a triangle of flashing lights. To make a long story short, we eventually got pulled out of the ditch only to discover the antifreeze was leaking and the car was undriveable. It was decided the car would be towed to a close-by local repair shop. I had been in contact with my sister who lives close to us, and she let us know that my brother-in-law was already on his way to pick us up! He was one of the many heroes that night and we finally made it safely and soundly to bed around 2am. We are so thankful, first of all, that the Lord protected us from any serious injuries. Secondly, we are so grateful for everyone that was so helpful that night!

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Staying warm in the very nice and helpful cop’s patrol car while waiting for our car to get pulled out.
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Truck stops at 12am aren’t too bad.

Sunday we skipped Sunday School, but went to the morning church service, which was such a blessing. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing, then were whisked away to a family movie night with the Dakus. So grateful for this family!

I hope you had a great weekend and didn’t get blown away!

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