Quality Over Quantity

Welcome to this past weekend’s short recap. We did several things, but only a few moments were photo-documented.

Thursday night, I met up with some girls from work for what I thought was going to be a regular girls’ night, but they had planned an adorable elephant-themed surprise baby shower for me! They were all so generous and baby girl was quite spoiled once again.

Friday night I had another girls’ night, this time with a few girls from church. We ate good food, chatted and had an all-around great time.

Saturday’s highlights included a late-morning graduation party and our annual Daku pancake and cartoon party. Sadly, not all of them could make it, but we still had a good time and ate way too many pancakes.

Sunday was pretty quiet after church, but we did get out to take our annual summer photobooth shots. I have no idea how these became a tradition, but we started them the summer we got married, and plan on taking them every year as long as we can. It’s fun to see how we change every year!

How was your weekend?

Taste of Cincinnati

This past weekend we were in Cincinnati and ventured out to the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival (Taste of Cincinnati) with our friends Caleb and Chelsea. Basically, a few streets are blocked off downtown and several of Cincinnati’s top restaurants set up booths to sell “tastes” of their best food. We walked down the whole length of the festival to scout out our options before deciding on what we wanted. Even between the 4 of us, we only tasted a fraction of the food options, but they were all delicious (not everything we ate made it on camera). There was rain in the forecast for that afternoon, but it never came and it was the perfect afternoon for wandering around stuffing our faces with delectable food.

Pork tacos
Frozen lemonade
Banana acai berry smoothie

Salted caramel Belgian waffle

Chicken kabob with rice

Sauerkraut balls
Creme brûlée – by far my favorite item of the day

Key lime cream puff

Thanks for the fun, Cincinnati (and Caleb & Chelsea 😉 )!

Little Ballerinas and Game Cafe

What a whirlwind of a wonderful weekend!

Friday as soon as I wrapped up work, we jumped in the car and drove through some crazy rain to Cincinnati and made it just in time for the nieces’ first dance recital. Their part was pretty short, but they were adorable and perfect and it was just the cutest recital ever. 🙂

Loren’s parents let us sleep at their house even though they were out of town, and Saturday morning we woke up to the thunder, lightning and torrential rain still going strong. When the rain finally mostly let up, we looked outside and the backyard was partially flooded, as well as part of the outside basement stairwell. We threw on some raincoats and bailed out most of the water from the stairwell (don’t worry, Loren did most of the lifting & bucket carrying). It was actually pretty fun to be out in the rain!
Eventually we headed out and I dropped Loren off for a day of wedding shooting, then went over to Emily’s for lunch and to look at some baby clothes she was letting me borrow. Nothing like getting some extra nephew & niece time in, too!
Later that afternoon, Emily and I headed downtown for a little birthday party for a friend. We made candles at The Candle Lab and had a delicious dinner at a Mediterranean restaurant (Abigail Street).

Sunday morning we headed back to Indy for church (Loren currently teaches the teen Sunday school class), then had Caleb & Chelsea over for our monthly get-together. After a late lunch, we decided to try out the new Kingmakers Board Game Parlour. Basically, you pay a small fee to use any of the wide variety of board and card games, order drinks or snacks, then play away! We had the whole place to ourselves and played several games none of us had played before. We will definitely be going back!

I hope you had a wonderful last April weekend!

Game Nights and Cars

I blinked, and it’s already Wednesday! Rather late for a weekend post, but this past weekend still needs to be documented.

Friday night, I had a fun girls’ night with some coworkers while Loren worked on some projects at home.

Back up story before Saturday: last week we found out that we needed to replace one of cars as soon as possible. The brakes were shot (amongst some other things), and the repairs just weren’t worth the value of the car. So this past week, we’ve been looking up cars in our price range and area and went and looked at a couple on Thursday night. Then on Saturday we spent a majority of the morning doing some more research before looking at another car, which we ended up testing overnight and having a mechanic examine. We were struggling to decide between two similar cars, but put all that aside for a few hours and had some friends over for a game night. It had been way too long and we need to have another one again sooner. Thanks for all the laughs and good talks, guys!

Sunday afternoon, we worked on some projects (finished up baby’s dresser!), took a walk in the beautiful spring sunshine and decided which car to buy.

And we’re throwing Monday in here as well, because that’s when we said goodbye to our good old faithful Mazda Tribute (read her story here) and welcomed Mazda CX-5 to the family.

I hope you had a great weekend!

First April Weekend Recap

Friday evening & Saturday I was supposed to attend our church’s ladies retreat in Nashville, IN, but I got a nasty cold Wednesday/Thursday and wasn’t feeling up to much on Friday. So I stayed home Friday night (and drank lots of fluids and slept as much as I could all day) and felt good enough to go for Saturday’s sessions. It was a blessing to fellowship with the other ladies and study some of the characteristics of God. Since Nashville is a small town known for its quaint little shops and restaurants, we naturally also did a little shopping.

Sunday afternoon we crossed several things off our to-do list (including taxes!), then went for a little date at Mrs. Curl’s and walked around a close-by park.

I hope you had a great weekend and got outside once the sun came out. 🙂

Food Bump Weekend

This weekend in Cincinnati makes up for the lack of excitement and pictures of last weekend.

Friday  afternoon we headed to Cincinnati for a maternity shoot with the super talented Sarah (can’t wait to see the pics!!), and after the official shoot, Loren and I headed around to find this mural to take a couple more pics. We then headed to Coffee Emporium so I could finish up work for the week. After grabbing a quick dinner, we met up with Loren’s parents at his grandma’s for the rest of the evening.

Saturday morning, Heather and Marcus joined us for a delicious pancake and bacon brunch at Mom and Dad’s. Loren did a little photoshoot for Mom and Dad, then we spent the rest of the afternoon just chatting.

Later on, we met up with Caleb and Chelsea for our monthly get-together. We changed it up this time and met up downtown Cincinnati for some window shopping, doughnuts from Holtmans, a most amazing dinner at The Eagle, and coffee at Coffee Emporium. Always a good time together! After all the good food and conversation, Loren and I headed back home to Indy.

Sunday after church, we laid pretty low for most of the day, but did venture out to take dinner to some friends who had just moved.

A great weekend filled with lots of great conversation!

Happy first day of spring!

Felt Like Spring

This year’s Valentine’s Day post is a regular old weekend recap.

Friday night I went to a Young Living essential oils class my friend was hosting. It was very informative, and we got to make our own little samples to take home. When I got home, Loren and I had an ice cream and movie date in bed and then promptly fell asleep. #crazyweek

Saturday was gorgeous outside. After breakfast, we went to a close-by park for a walk to take advantage of the warmer temps and sun. It felt like the perfect spring day!
Later that afternoon, we headed to an annual “Cabin Fever Challenge” a couple from our church hosts. It was our first time going, and it was a fun evening of food, games and conversation.

Sunday after church, we helped out with the teen Valentine’s lunch and white elephant gift exchange and there were some pretty hilarious gifts. When we got home I was so tired I ended up taking a 2 hour nap. We eventually picked up pizza and wings for dinner and relaxed for the rest of the evening.

Things got a little out of hand Sunday evening.

And I’m going to throw in a couple pics from yesterday (Monday) morning’s ultrasound and breakfast date! It was a sweet time seeing our little girl moving all around on the screen and then having breakfast together before work.

My handsome forever date. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Coffee & Friends Weekend

Nothing like a weekend recap on a Wednesday!

Friday {date} night, I was going to make tacos at home for dinner, but going out for “real” Mexican just sounded better. So that’s exactly what we did! We had a nice dinner reconnecting over chips & salsa and other Mexican goodness, then went to BabiesRUs to check out some car seats (never to early, right?) and buy baby girl’s first outfit. I’m really stuck on an elephant theme for this baby girl, and found this perfect outfit.

Saturday morning we got in a workout before Loren’s sister & her husband came for the day. Once they arrived, we chatted and played a game of Pandemic before lunch, then headed out to try a few local Indy coffee shops (reviews below so I don’t forget). After all the coffee, we decided we need a snack and stopped at Long’s Bakery to introduce them to our favorite donuts before Heather and Marcus headed home.

Kaffeine Coffee – located just off the popular Mass Ave in an old warehouse. Old, cozy feeling; not a ton of seating.
Cappuccino – creamy espresso perfection.
Pour over – dark roast, rich woody flavor, musky scent.
Overall, pure delicious flavors (they don’t use syrups!).
9/10

Quills Coffee – located just off the Canal in the lobby area of an apartment building (I need to move here!). Plenty of seating and overall cozy atmosphere. Specializes in seasonal coffees from all over the world.
Pour over – medium Ethiopian roast, hint of tangerine and graham cracker.
9/10

Rabble Coffee – One of the newest coffee shops in town. Run by a new young business owner, this little shop is the perfect mix of eclectic, friendly, artistic and cozy.
Cappuccino – straight up perfect and delicious (yes, I know this is a great description).
10/10

Sunday evening we had some of the Daku kids over for a long-overdue game night. We played a variety of fun and crazy games, ending with hide-and-seek in the dark. Never a dull moment with these guys!

Holiday Party 2016/2017

As I mentioned yesterday, we had two parties this weekend. As soon as Abby’s party was over, we headed home to finish setting up for our annual holiday party. I usually like to have a party sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but between weddings, new job training and the holidays themselves, it didn’t happen until now. Which turned out just fine and I may start doing it every January instead of December. It’s all just a plot to keep up my Christmas decorations longer. 😉

Anyway, we squeezed 4 other couples around the table for a Raclette dinner and chocolate fondue. Raclette is a Swiss meal that involves lots of melted cheese and potatoes. We used to eat Raclette regularly in Germany while I was growing up, and when my parents sent me my very own Raclette grill for Christmas, I knew we had to have it for the party.

After we were stuffed, we exchanged white elephant gifts and played a few other games before taking awkward family photos. We had such a fun and laughter-filled night, and once again, I am so grateful for the friendships we’ve established here!

Happy Thanksgiving/Merry Christmas/Happy New Year!

2/52 Pizza, Donuts and Games

So far, 2017 has been just as busy and fun as ever.

Friday {date} night I was craving pizza (even though I had had it for lunch), so we looked up the closest and highest rated pizza joint in our area and ended up at Brozinni Pizzeria. We ordered wings and pepperoni pizza, and I must say that people rave about this place for a reason. Perfect place for a fun date night!   Saturday morning we got up earlier than we usually would on a Saturday and hit the gym. To make up for the calories we had burned, we picked up a few of the world’s best donuts (Long’s) while running some other errands. We spent the rest of the day checking lots of things off our to-do lists.

Sunday afternoon after a blessed and refreshing morning at church, Caleb and Chelsea came over for our monthly meet-up. We always have a grand time and this time was no difference. We played several games (finally beat Pandemic!), drank lots of coffee and enjoyed good conversation. I’m so thankful for all the good friendships we’ve been able to cultivate the past couple of years!