Cousins, Murder Mystery & Bogo

This weekend was another full and good one!

This actually happened during the week, but Emberly finally met some cousins on my side of the family! Her cousin Pepper is a little over 2 months old and they have already decided to be best friends. 😉

Friday evening we left E with our babysitter, then headed out for a Murder Mystery Dinner (last year). It was so much fun to dress up, eat a good dinner, laugh with friends and solve the murder.

Loren was the Butler and I was the young rich widow
The Gypsy (and guilty one!!) and Dr.
The Chauffeur and Cook

Saturday morning we slept in, then Miss E got a little morning bath while I finished my coffee.

Later that afternoon, we took advantage of the Starbucks holiday drink bogo (carmel brulee latte, anyone!?) before heading out to a photoshoot we did for some friends.

Carmel brulee lattee – the only speciality drink I really care about

After the photoshoot we hurried home to get ready for dinner w/Smiths. It had been way too long and it was so good to catch up over dinner and dessert.

Sunday evening we had a teen activity at church and Emberly was being hilarious entertaining the teens and being entertained by them. She loves people!

A Morning at Apple Works

We have so many apple orchards/pumpkin patches in our area, but this past Saturday, we decided to check out Apple Works with some friends. Apple Works is perfect for kids – they have a petting zoo, trails, horse rides, a playground with a zip line, tractor rides and a huge pumpkin patch. In addition to the fun things for kids, they have a pretty decent country store with everything from preserves & jellies to all kinds of baked goods to fudge.
Our first stop was to get a huge apple fritter from the Ice Cream Shoppe, and it was amazing. We then headed to over to the petting zoo to check out all the animals.

After the petting zoo and horse ride for the 2-year-old, we hopped on the tractor for a ride to the pumpkin patch! The pumpkin patch was pretty big, and we took our time selecting the best pumpkins.

The cutest pumpkin. 😉

A little change & lunch break.

It was such a beautiful and fun morning, and I can’t wait to take Emberly back next year when she will appreciate the animals a little more.
Thanks for all the fun, Apple Works and H family! 🙂

Weekend in the South

A few weeks ago, we decided to make our way down South Carolina for Labor Day weekend so Emberly could meet more of relatives (finally some on my side!).

So, this past Friday, Emberly and I packed up and picked up Loren after work around 3pm, then we headed out of town with the rest of the Midwest. Or so it seemed between the rain and crazy traffic. Emberly did great at first, got fussy during the heavy rain and traffic, then eventually fell asleep for pretty much the rest of the trip. We pulled in to my aunt’s around 2:30am, exhausted, but so glad to be there.

One of her happier moments on the drive.

We spent the weekend visiting and catching up with so many relatives and a few friends, and since we took so many pictures, I’ll just let them do the talking.

Meeting Opa (my dad)! Just sad that Oma wasn’t there.
Skyping with Oma (my mom).
GG (my grandma) – E eventually decided to take a nap with her. 🙂

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Weekend Catchup

I totally failed in posting anything last week, so let’s catch up a little. We spent most of last weekend celebrating Vashti and Andrew. We had the rehearsal & dinner on Friday night, then the wedding on Saturday. I was a bridesmaid and Loren was the photographer, so Emberly got to spend the day with her Aunt Carrie and had the best time. This wedding was seriously one of the sweetest I’ve been to/in. Many happy tears were shed and we are SO happy for Vashti & Andrew!! I didn’t take any pics that day (left that to Loren 😉 ), so I just stole a couple of his.

Aren’t they just the cutest!?

Last Monday we celebrated 5 years of dating. I can’t believe it’s been that long! We had dinner at Cheddar’s to celebrate, since that’s where it all became official. And this time around, we didn’t mind our little third-wheeler one bit. 😉

This past weekend, we got out for a little evening walk at a nearby park on Friday. It’s been cooler in the mornings and evenings, but Miss E was quite content in her little cocoon.

Saturday, Loren headed out early for Dayton to shoot another wedding, and Emberly and I had a girls’ day. She had gotten a cold a couple days earlier, but was still her usual happy self. 🙂 We did a little consignment shopping (yay for Once Upon a Child!) and had story and nap time on the patio.

Sunday afternoon, we hit up a downtown coffee shop to get some work done.

How has your week been?

Waiting in Line

This weekend was somewhat busy, tiring and wonderful. The highlights:

Saturday morning, we gathered all our important documents necessary for passport applications, then headed to the post office, hopeful that the submitting process wouldn’t take too long. But when we got to the post office, the passport line was pretty long. We decided to wait it out anyway. Two hours passed and we had barely moved and it was 10 minutes till closing time…I thought for sure we would be told they couldn’t process the rest of our applications and we would have to come back a different day (I’ve seen this happen before). But then one of the workers came out and told us to not let anyone else in line, and started taking passport pictures for those who needed it (we took ours on our own last week) and  things started to pick up. 3 hours from getting in line, we finally left the post office after submitting the applications. We were so happy to get out of there! And for those of you wondering why we even need passports, we are planning a trip to Germany to visit my parents & some other countries this Christmas!

Saturday early evening, we headed downtown so Loren could take some headshots for me. Of course, he got some other great pictures as well. 😉

Love him!!

And just to prove that Emberly wasn’t in her carseat ALL weekend, here she is on Sunday after church just relaxing. 🙂

Sunday evening, I hosted a bachelorette party for Vashti (she’s getting married this weekend!!), and it was so much fun. I’m just a little mad at myself for not getting any pictures other than this one (thanks to Neah for this one), but the food was good and the games were funny and we all had a great time. Now, to get this girl married!!

How was your weekend?

Life Lately

I’ve been rather absent from the blog since baby’s arrival, but it’s time to pick things up again! Starting off my official return with a few recent life highlights:

Emberly had her first Dr. visit and wasn’t a huge fan of getting naked for that.

We broke out the stroller and had our first family walk, which also happened to be daddy’s first day back at work.

I took Emberly on her first Starbucks and Target run – teaching her the important things in life! 😉 Also, why can’t all stores have grocery carts as smooth as Target!?

We had a Friday night family ice cream date and walk along the Canal.

Several family members and friends came to meet Emberly.

My cousin Dennae and her husband Daniel all the way from SC
Blake warmed up to the idea of holding a fresh baby. 😉
Cincinnati cousins & aunt & uncle
Joanna & Jeffrey also came all the way from SC to meet E
And of course the grandparents

When Loren’s parents came for a visit this past weekend, they babysat Emberly for a couple hours and Loren and I snuck away for a baby-free coffee date.

This past weekend, I had the privilege of helping host a bridal shower for my friend Vashti. It was so much fun (and these are all the pictures I got)!

And one more baby picture because she’s just too cute.

That’s about it for now!
We’re are taking our first roadtrip (just to Cincinnati) with baby this weekend, so we’ll see how that goes!

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?

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 😉 )!

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!