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 😉 )!

Easter Weekend [2017]

This past week we’ve had the most beautiful spring weather and I’ve been soaking it in as much as possible.

We pushed date night to Thursday night and finally saw Beauty and the Beast. Guys! It was amazing!!! I loved everything about it. Just do yourself a favor and go see it.

Loren took the day off on Friday, and in between my work shifts we ran some errands together, then headed to our church’s thought-provoking Good Friday service.

Saturday we spent the majority of the day helping some friends paint their new house. Can’t wait to see it when it’s all done and they can finally move in!

Sunday was Easter! We had a wonderful morning at church fellowshipping with our church family and praising & worshiping the Lord. He is risen indeed!
After church we didn’t take any pictures while dressed up, but finished making dinner together, then had a little Easter picnic on the balcony. It was perfect! That afternoon, I decided to make a strawberry tart while Loren kept plugging away at putting together the IKEA dresser for baby girl’s nursery.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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!

New Year’s Weekend

One last holiday weekend recap so I can remember it for years to come.

Friday afternoon, we headed back to Cincinnati so Loren could help shoot a wedding. I spent the afternoon working in a cute little coffee shop before meeting up with Carrie for a late dinner downtown Cincinnati at Taste of Belgium. Their specialty is waffles and they did not disappoint.

Chicken & waffles

Saturday (New Year’s Eve), Loren was helping shoot another wedding, but before we had to drop him off, he, Carrie and I headed back downtown for some exploring at the 5 floor Ohio Book Store and a little lunch at Cheapside Cafe.
That evening after running several errands, I went to a NYE swing dance lesson/party with Carrie and her roommates. It was so much fun even if I am horrible at swing dancing and we didn’t get too crazy.

Sunday after church with Loren’s family, we celebrated Dad and Steve’s beginning-of-January birthdays with lunch and birthday cake. Their combined ages equal 100, so they got to blow out their candles together.

Facetiming my parents in Germany for a quick second.

I trust your start to 2017 has been great and hope it only gets better!

 

Christmas 2016

A quick apology note to those of you who have been reading my blog lately and not been able to see any of the pictures. My amazing personal IT guy (Loren) found out what was messed up and we should be back up and running!!

Now for Christmas (be warned – this post is loaded with pictures):

Christmas Eve morning, Loren and I had our Christmas together. We had a big breakfast, exchanged stockings and gifts and then went to see Rogue One. It was a sweet morning together and one I will always treasure. We went to our church’s Christmas Eve service in Indy before heading to Cincinnati. When we got to the in-laws, we had a quick dinner before spending the rest of the evening with all the family eating lots of good snacks, listening to a Christmas story and playing games.

Christmas morning Joanna and Jeffrey hosted the annual Crisp Kiddly Christmas (read where it originated here). They greeted us with awesome paper beards and we each had to make our own. The theme was from this Office episode when Belsnickel comes for the Christmas party (hence the beards). We played a few games, drank lots of chocolate milk and found out who was “impish” or “admirable”.
After digging into our stockings and breakfast, we opened gifts. Everyone is always so generous! We cleaned up the wrapping paper carnage and went to visit Grandma J. where we sat around the piano and sang some Christmas songs. We eventually made it back home and the rest of the family came over for dinner and more gift unwrapping. It was truly a wonderful day and I’m so grateful for my Crisp family!

Who wore it best?

Mom and dad and to come take a peek at the fun. 🙂
Traditional stair picture.

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Breaking the Silence

Hey Guys! You may or may not have noticed my absence from the blog the past several of weeks, but I’m back now. Here is a little life update that should explain the absence:

We finally completed several home projects like our coffee table, mug racks and coffee station.

The Sunday before Thanksgiving, I flew down to SC to help get ready for my cousin Dennae’s wedding. She was the world’s most chill bride and we had fun running errands, hanging out and celebrating #eatdrinkandbemarinelli. But before the wedding, Loren finally made it to town early Thanksgiving morning, and we had a wonderful day with family eating lots of delicious food, catching up and playing some fun games. So thankful for all the quality time we were able to spend together!
Saturday after the wedding, we headed down to Columbia for a quick visit with Loren’s sister and her husband.

Next up, I started a new job! I’m still with the same firm, just switched to a different department and working remotely from home. This has been a long journey to get here, but I am super excited about this new opportunity, especially with winter coming up and not wanting to go out in the cold and snow. 😉 In preparation for this job, I spent a week in Michigan training, and am SO glad to be back home after being gone for 2 straight weeks.
Once I was home for good, we got our tree and decorated for Christmas. I love sitting in the glow of lights in the early morning and evening. Nothing like it!

I have one more update, but I’m saving that for a post all of its own. 🙂
It’s good to be back!

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Falling for Fall

Between moving our home, moving at work (thankfully just up 2 floors), home projects, bachelorette parties and weddings, blogging has taken a back seat. But I plan on pulling it back to the front and hopefully this will be the last post to get caught up on life lately. Now, please sit back and enjoy this little update with a variety of pictures.

We had our first cozy rainy weekend and sat out on the balcony for brunch.

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Kitchen chairs work just fine for patio furniture!

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We spent several late nights hanging up curtains and wall decor and bought and put together a TV stand (not pictured).img_4440

I threw a bachelorette party for Heather which was so much fun! We ate lots of food, watched a couple chick-flicks and got pedicures by Anna.img_4466 img_4470

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Labor Day Weekend:
Celebrated Ally and Andrew’s wedding on a most gorgeous Saturday afternoon.

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Working on our headboard.

And last but not least, we celebrated the most joyous marriage of Heather (L’s sister) and Marcus this past weekend! Loren and I were both in the wedding and it was so much fun to walk down the aisle together again. img_4530

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THE most adorable flower girls in the world. PC: ED

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So, so happy for this amazing couple!
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Chasing each other on the dance floor.

And that’s how we’ve been fading out summer. I’m going to miss summer, but excited to see what this fall has in store.
How have you spent your last weeks of summer?

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Five on Friday // 7-8-16

Oh hey, Friday! Good to see you again.

13537643_1117459684978828_5489818289828224680_nONE // Loren started his new job on Tuesday!!! Pretty proud of him and so excited as he starts this new endeavor he has worked so hard to achieve.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetTWO // Hiking/Geocaching with friends. We went hiking with Blake and Savannah on July 4th, and it was so much fun!

IMG_3836THREE // Watermelon. Especially when we have to buckle it up to prevent it from rolling around in the back in the car.

FOUR // This dress I snagged in black & white stripes at H&M the other day (not available online). So cute, comfortable and versatile!

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FIVE // Texts from my sister with adorable pictures of my nephews.

Happy weekending! Are you doing anything fun?

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(Twenty)-Five on Friday // 6-10-16

IMG_1238This week’s Friday Favorites are a {birthday} edition!
Since I’m turning 25 this weekend, here are 25 things I’ve learned over this quarter of a century:

ONE // I married the most amazing man.
TWO // It’s ok to cry sometimes.
THREE // Good quality coffee is worth paying more for.
FOUR //  Family is everything.
FIVE // Kids are a lot of work, but hilarious and crazy and the best.
SIX // Clothes that don’t fit at the store won’t fit any better at home.
SEVEN // Always say yes to free food.
EIGHT // Early mornings are beautiful.
NINE // Substituting chili powder for cinnamon on pudding is gross.
TEN // Running an online shop is not my forte.
ELEVEN // Social media is not important.
TWELVE // A smile is powerful.
THIRTEEN // Bucket lists should be realistic.
FOURTEEN // Always say yes to free event tickets.
FIFTEEN // Working out consistently pays off.
SIXTEEN // Late night talks are worth being tired the next day.
SEVENTEEN // Spending a little money is ok.
EIGHTEEN // Detours on the way home are adventurous.
NINETEEN // Kickboxing is amazing.
TWENTY // Being polite to my husband is important.
TWENTY-ONE // You’re never too full for ice cream.
TWENTY-TWO // Marriage is awesome.
TWENTY-THREE // There is no such thing as too much Chick-fil-A.
TWENTY-FOUR // Don’t stop snapping until you get a good picture.
TWENTY-FIVE // My life is not my own.

Happy weekending!

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Memorial Day Weekend 2016

Another good long weekend! Friday {date} night, we had a quiet evening at home celebrating Loren’s completion of his last grad school requirement (finishing up his elementary school externship) before going out to get Mrs. Curl for dessert. We were too busy saving all the ice cream from dripping down our hands to take any decent pictures.

 Saturday morning we slept way in after our crazy week and then made brunch together. And I did something for the first time…I cut Loren’s hair! Which was fun and terrifying. Kind of a long story – if you want to hear it, let me know. The rest of the day was spent running some errands, cleaning up the apartment and relaxing.

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Bacon, French toast bake and fresh strawberries

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Sunday we were finally back at church again and then headed to Cincinnati for some birthday celebrations in the afternoon. We had the most amazing grilled chicken, way too much cake and lots of fun activities out in my in-laws beautiful backyard. I love summer evenings with family!

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Teaching the kids how to play croquet.

We spend Sunday night with mom & dad and they took us to brunch Monday morning at the cute little Village Troubadour before we headed back home. It was fun to spend time with just them and hear some of their early-married-days stories.

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Creme brulee french toast and some of the best coffee.

Monday evening we headed over to Dawn & Keith’s for a little family cookout. Another fun family backyard evening. I am so grateful for all the family we have close by!

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Answer questions to entertain us.
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Good thing Uncle Loren is so tall and can help them see the loud ambulance driving by.
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Sisters! And a sleepy Brady.

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend!

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