Five on Friday // 7-28-17

Yesterday, Loren challenged me to take 5 pictures with the “real” camera throughout the day that represented my day and to be creative with it. He has been teaching me how to adjust settings and catch the best lighting (he takes most of my blog pictures), and while I still have far to go, it was a fun challenge. So for today’s favorites, I’m going to share those 5 pictures.

ONE // Baby swing details.

TWO // Second breakfast (for me) and a napping babe on the patio while blogging.

THREE // Coffee & writing a few thank you notes.

FOUR // Rainy day baby wearing & snuggles.

FIVE // Baby down for the night (or at least a few hours).

Happy Friday and happy weekending!

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Sweet Summer Weekend

This weekend was another full and wonderful one. It started off with a Friday night date night to get donuts in celebration of National Donut Day, but the donuts were all sold out! So we settled for a Chick-fil-A peach milkshake. Still a win in my book! Later that night, Loren’s sister & her husband came to stay with us for a couple nights.

Saturday morning we took our time over breakfast, then decided to all go work out together for a while. Then it was time for me to head to a baby shower some friends from church were throwing for baby girl! Everything was perfect and I was very blessed by everyone that came. Their generosity was overwhelming and I can’t wait for baby girl to meet everyone! (Pictures from shower courtesy of Ally and Vashti.)

Meanwhile, Loren took Joanna and Jeffrey to a local coffeeshop, but apparently all the local ones close rather early on Saturdays in the summer, so they went across the street for some root beer floats instead.

 After the shower, Loren & co picked me up and we eventually headed downtown to do a little evening photoshoot for Joanna & Jeffrey. They are seriously the perfect models!

Sunday after church & lunch, we sadly had to say goodbye to Joanna & Jeffrey. It’s always so good to see them and we can’t wait till next time!

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 😉 )!

Maternity Shoot

Several weeks ago, the very talented Sarah Beth Sutter Photography did a little maternity shoot for us. I was almost 26 weeks pregnant during this shoot, so not super big, but I love all the pictures and thought I would share my favorites with you all.

Heidi: dress // necklace // booties (similar)
Loren: shirt (similar) // jeans // shoes // watch

New Addition to the Family

This weekend was pretty low-key (keeping it quiet before the next several super busy weekends), but the main highlight is that we added something very special to the family: Loren upgraded his camera! He found a good deal on his top camera choice (Canon 5D Mark III for those who want to know), so Sunday afternoon we made the 1 1/2 hour drive to pick it up. Needless to say, he’s pretty happy with his new toy and I can’t wait to see how his photography skills will continue to advance.

In other (minor) news, baby girl’s first moccasins arrived in the mail, and we are all ready for our maternity shoot this next weekend! Are these just not the cutest?!

I hope you had a good weekend and that the snow stayed away. Ours arrived this morning.

Fall Hike at Turkey Run

A few weeks ago we took a rainy hike with some friends at Turkey Run State Park. I had never been here before and had no idea Indiana had such a hidden treasure of nature. The leaves had just started changing, and despite the rain, every bend we turned offered new colors and natural beauty. With all the amazing trails, rock formations and crevices, Turkey Run has been described as the Middle Earth of Indiana. Please sit back and enjoy these pictures that in no way do it justice.

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We definitely plan on going back and exploring more. Just let us know when you’re coming for a visit and want to take a good hike!

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Apple Picking at Tuttle Orchards

As mentioned yesterday, we went to Tuttle Orchards this past weekend and I thought it deserved a whole post on its own. Tuttle Orchards are about 40 minutes northeast of us, and definitely worth the drive. Not only do they have rows upon rows of apple trees for picking, but also a pumpkin patch, sunflowers for picking, a corn maze, hayrides, farm store, grill that serves lunch and a Sweet Shop with caramel apples, apple cider slushies, & homemade fudge. The perfect place for a date or taking your whole family!
We went kind of late in the apple picking season, so by that time there were just Red Delicious and Golden Delicious left. You can bet we gathered plenty of those and I can’t wait to make some apple crisp and apple sauce, and of course dip them in caramel sauce. 🙂
After picking apples, we visited the Farm Store, then headed to the Sweet Shop for some apple spice & pumpkin spice doughnuts and apple slushies before grabbing lunch from the Grill.
It was a perfect fall day and we will definitely be going back next year!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Coffee, Hearts and Snow

This weekend was quietish and full. Loren commented last night that last weekend (hanging out with friends every night) was very much his (extrovert) kind of weekend and this weekend (mostly just us at home) was one of my (introvert) kind of weekends. How true that was! We kicked the weekend off on Friday with dinner & a movie at home. Much needed after a crazy long week.

 Saturday morning Loren made french toast, we read together, then did chores and ran errands before trying out a new (to me) coffee shop downtown. Calvin Fletcher’s was an eccentric little shop, with plenty of seating and delicious coffee. By the time we got home we were starving, so we made pizza.



Thinking about all his projects.


And now for the mushy part: Sunday was Valentine’s Day (in case you didn’t notice all the other posts and advertising)! We don’t really get each other gifts for Valentine’s Day, so this year, we each made a meal for the other. I made homemade heart-shaped poptarts for breakfast, and that evening Loren made a delicious cheese fondue for our fancy at-home dinner date. It snowed all afternoon, which only added to the romantic coziness of the evening.

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All ready for breakfast in bed.
Click to see the snow falling!




So glad he’s my valentine 🙂


And that was our wonderful quiet weekend! I hope you had a great one yourself and didn’t get snowed in too much.

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First Snow

This weekend was relaxing, even if it was busy. Loren had another crazy intense week with meetings, final reports and who-knows-what-else to finish up before Thanksgiving break. But Friday night finally arrived and it was wonderful. I did some grocery shopping on the way home from work and scored a free Starbucks sample. Worth documenting, obviously. After a late dinner, we settled in for a movie, popcorn and hot chocolate. Sometimes a date night at home is just what you need.
Saturday morning I did some baking while Loren finished up his last report before we headed to Dawn & Keith’s for a newborn/family photoshoot. As we were driving, it started to snow! I didn’t think it would stick, but it did! At least for a few hours. The photoshoot was crazy but fun. 

Those little kissy lips get me every time!!
Sunday after church, fellowship and lunch, we headed to Cincinnati for dinner and a movie night with Caleb & Chelsea and didn’t take any pictures. But thanks for another fun evening, guys!

And now we are finishing up this short work week so we can celebrate Thanksgiving with family. Can’t wait to see everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving week!

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Weekending to the Max

Another fun and full weekend for the books! And here I thought October would be a quieter weekend month. It started off on Thursday when Carrie and some of her friends came to spend the night on their way to MI for a girls’ weekend. They arrived pretty late in the evening, but we still had a good time over dessert.
Friday after school, Loren left for our church’s overnight men’s  retreat. I got home around 6, only to realize that my apartment key had been given to Carrie earlier that day so they wouldn’t have to leave early when Loren and I did. I was having some girls over for a sleepover in a short while, so I ran over to our clubhouse office where, thankfully, someone was still in the office and they cut me a new key. Was quite the relief to be able to get into the apartment without having to try to break in. 😉
​Ally and Vashti came over a short while later, and we had a fun night with pizza, popcorn, ice cream, Gilmore Girls, nail painting and coffee. At some point, Ally headed home and Neah came over to spend the night. We ended up watching a movie and then talking for a while before getting a few hours of sleep. It’s been a while since I’ve partied so hard! 😉 
Vashti had to work Saturday morning, so after the girls left, I tried unsuccessfully to take a nap before going Dawn’s to get some newborn snuggles and take care of laundry duty. It was the perfect rainy afternoon for snuggles.
​By the time Loren got home that afternoon, we were both so exhausted that we took a nap before going on a Chick-fil-A dinner date.
Sunday afternoon after church, we had the privilege of taking engagement pictures for some friends. The leaves and weather were perfect, they were so photogenic and we had a blast. Maybe we’ll do it again sometime!
And that was that! I hope you had a great weekend and got outside to enjoy some of the beautiful fall leaves. While summer is my favorite, this fall has been pretty spectacular (thank you, mild October weather).
Happy Tuesday!