Thanksgiving 2017

This year, after the past 2 Thanksgivings down South, we had another one in Cincinnati with Loren’s family and it was such a good time.  Since we packed in so many fun things this holiday weekend, this post is chock-full with pictures of all the things I want to remember.

We headed out for Cincinnati after Loren got off work on Wednesday evening and arrived in time for Emberly to hang out with her aunts, uncle and grandparents for a little bit before she went to bed. After putting her down for the night, the rest of us played a fun game before going to bed at a semi-decent hour.

Emberly had a pretty rough night (not being used to sharing a room with her parents), so Thanksgiving morning Loren let me sleep in a  little bit before a leisurely breakfast with everyone. After breakfast, we visited the grandmas (E’s great-grandmas) and then came back home to relax and finish getting dinner ready before the rest of the family members showed up (there were 30 of us!). Once everyone arrived, we snapped some family pictures, stuffed ourselves with all the delicious food, sang a few Thanksgiving songs and caught up on each other’s lives. So many wonderful family members to be thankful for!

Real life moment – cleaning up spit up during a family pic

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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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Over the River

Our first roadtrip with baby is in the books! Even though the trip to Cincinnati is just under two hours, it still counts since it was an overnight trip. 😉
We got to Loren’s parents Friday evening just in time for dinner and for Emberly to meet her great aunt, uncle and cousin.

Saturday morning, Emberly got in some snuggles with her grandma before we met up with Carrie (Loren’s sister) for a delicious breakfast at Half Day Cafe.

After breakfast we met back up with Loren’s parents and headed out to meet Emberly’s great grandmas. First up was Grandma Monnie, who loves newborns and was so delighted to meet Emberly.

Next, we stopped by to see Grandma Joan (she is 93!!), who was also very happy to meet Emberly.

Four generations!

All worn out from meeting the great grandmas.

Later on that evening after we all took naps, a couple other family members and close family friends came over for dinner and we had a lovely evening together.

Find the baby – taking a break from all the people!

Sunday we went to church with Loren’s parents, then headed back home after lunch.

Early morning snuggles with Grandpa before church

Happy to be back home

Even though we were pretty tired by the time we got home, we had a great weekend and were glad Emberly did so well and was able to meet so many special people.

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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Weekend in the Sunny “C” Cities

Friday night wasn’t too exciting – Loren had been feeling like he was coming down with something all week, and he did come down with a fever Friday afternoon. I sent him straight to bed and then picked up dinner (chicken noodle soup). We had dinner after he napped for a while, then went to bed pretty early because 1) Loren was sick and 2) if he was feeling any better, we were heading to Columbus, OH very early the next morning.

Early Saturday morning Loren decided he was feeling ok, so we jumped in the car and headed to Columbus, OH for a wedding Loren was helping shoot. After dropping him off, I had the rest of the day to myself. My first stop was World Market where I discovered that the elephant pillow I really wanted the last time I stopped in was on sale! So the first item for baby girl’s nursery has been acquired. 🙂 After I did some other shopping and scored some amazing President’s Day deals, I thought about catching a movie, but decided the day was way too perfect and sunny to sit inside a dark theater. Instead, I camped out at Cup O’ Joe for a few hours and read. Eventually I headed to the hotel and checked in, grabbed dinner and hung out until it was time to pick up Loren.

Sunday morning, we left Columbus and headed to Cincinnati for our nephew’s dedication service. After church, we had a fun lunch with the family catching up. Always good to see them all! Loren had a meeting back at home Sunday night, so we headed back home late afternoon after a quick stop at IKEA for some organizing necessities.

And that’s it (probably way too much boring info)!
I hope you got out and enjoyed the beautiful sunny spring-like weekend!

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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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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Weekend Recap on a Wednesday

We’ve been busy this week building and hanging things, so here is finally a quick weekend recap on a Wednesday.

Friday {date} night started off with modeling Loren’s selection of Warby Parker glasses and figuring out which ones looked the best. I think we found the perfect pair for him! We then made dinner and dessert together. It was the perfect, relaxed date night before the rest of the crazy weekend.

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Yes, it should say “off” not “of”.

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Saturday morning we headed out to Cincinnati so Loren could help shoot an all-day wedding. I dropped him off, then ran on SO many errands to SO many stores. WAY too much shopping for me. Thankfully, Carrie met up with me when I went to the mall, so that made it way more fun and bearable. After shopping, it was time for dinner with the Crisp family! It was a little weird without Loren there, but still so fun. I seriously married into an amazing family! By the time Loren was ready to be picked up from his wedding, it was pretty late so we went straight to bed.img_4937

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This little cutie pie is starting to look so old!

Sunday we had breakfast and went to church with Loren’s parents, then headed over to Caleb and Chelsea’s for the afternoon. We had a great time catching up, knocking over Jenga, eating donuts, laughing, drinking coffee, playing with their ADORABLE new puppy and then made a trip to…IKEA. I’ve been wanting to go to IKEA pretty much since we moved here, and we finally made it happen. (More on what we found coming later when I do an apartment tour.) Of course, we couldn’t leave without getting some of their amazing Swedish meatballs. Fun afternoon with great friends!img_4949dsc_0707 dsc_0710

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Isn’t little Alfie the cutest?!

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We got home way later than planned, but it was all worth it being a little tired on Monday.
I hope you are having a great week!

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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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