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 😉 )!

Anniversary/Babymoon Trip (Michigan City, IN)

I’m finally sharing 100 million pictures from our anniversary trip last weekend! We had a hard time deciding where to go this year (not too far from home, not too pricey, etc.) and finally decided on Michigan City, IN. We had heard that the Indiana Dunes were pretty amazing, and since Michigan City is on Lake Michigan, we knew there would be some beaches. And of course I made sure there were at least a couple of good places to eat and get coffee. The weather was perfect (warmer than we were expecting!), and we had a lovely time. The perfect little anniversary/babymoon getaway.

Where we stayed:
We found a cozy little little Airbnb – In the woods, about 10 minutes from food and the beach, with a few walking trails on the property.

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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.

Dreamy Birthday Tea Party

This was quite the weekend with two big parties! Therefore, I’m going to split them up into 2 posts.

On Friday, my sweet niece Abby turned 6 and Loren and I headed to Cincinnati Friday night to help out with her party on Saturday. Carrie planned the most enchanting dress-up tea party for Abby and a few of her friends and it was nothing short of amazing. We had fun setting everything up late into Friday night and all the giggles and smiles during the party were totally worth it.

When the girls arrived, we helped them make fancy fans then get all decked out in hats, jewelry and a little makeup for their fancy tea. They dined on mini sandwiches, dipped wafers, petit fours, strawberries, scones and eclairs while sipping tea and pink lemonade. After a break from eating to open gifts/notes and play several games, it was time for cake and ice cream!

I will let the plethora of pictures do the rest of the talking. 🙂

(photos all shot by Loren)

Happy Birthday, sweet Abby! We love you!

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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The Perfect Fall Weekend

This weekend, thanks to family and friends, we explored so much more of Indiana. Please sit back and enjoy the plethora of pictures to make up for the weeks when I don’t have as many.

Friday after work, we went over to my sister’s for a hotdog roast birthday party for her two October boys. Crazy to think that a year ago, I was at Brady’s birth! I love these crazy boys and am so grateful for every birthday we can celebrate with them.
After the party, we went home where Loren’s parents, who had come to spend the night, were waiting for us. We enjoyed catching up over apple cider and donuts.

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Saturday morning Loren and his dad went for a run and then we all took our time getting ready and had a nice relaxing breakfast. Eventually we headed out to Tuttle Orchards for some apple picking. Loren and I have been talking about going apple picking for so long and when his mom mentioned about going when they came for a visit, we totally jumped on that idea. We picked apples, drank cider slushies, ate the best apple and pumpkin donuts and downed some fresh-grilled brats (full post here). When we were fat and happy and loaded with apples, we headed back home where Loren and dad worked on staining the headboard, which is finally finished now!! Before they headed back home, mom and dad treated us to a delicious Mexican dinner. Such a fun day and I’m so glad they came for a quick visit.img_4852dsc_0095dsc_0075dsc_0065 dsc_0078 dsc_0157

Sunday afternoon, we met up with Ryan and Kristel for a rainy hike and photography session at Turkey Run State Park (full post here). It was pouring rain for most of the drive up to the park, but once we arrived, the rain had mostly slowed to a drizzle. We picked a trail and started out, and when it started pouring again, we kept on going. Turns out, hiking in the rain (when it’s not cold) is pretty fun! Guys, I had no idea Indiana had such a beautiful and amazing park! We will definitely be going back and hiking some of the rougher trails.

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A perfect outdoor fall weekend!
I hope you got outside and had a wonderful one as well.

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