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 brĂ»lĂ©e – 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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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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Labor Day brunched on the balcony and worked on more projects.img_4500

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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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Birthday Times Three

This weekend was chock-full of birthday parties. Be prepared for loads of pictures!

 Friday, Loren and I left work a little early and headed to Cincinnati for Carrie’s (L’s sister) surprise birthday party. Heather had reserved a room at a little cafe where we hid with lots of balloons until she, Carrie and their other housemate (out for a “girls night”) walked in. She was surprised, and we had a fun time at the cafe before going over to the girls’ house for homemade ice cream sandwiches and games. So glad we could celebrate our fun, creative and amazing Carrie!

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Ice cream cookie sandwich bar- SO good!
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Piñata fun!

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Saturday morning, we had a late breakfast with Carrie and Heather before coming home and getting ready for the next birthday party. Two of my sisters had boys on the same day three years ago, and both families happened to be in the same state for the boys’ 3rd birthday, so we had a party with family at Dawn’s. It was so much fun celebrating these two precious and hilarious boys. I’ll let these pictures do most of the talking. 🙂

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Beautiful day for a drive!
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Backyard birthday cookout!

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“I need a knife to cut my bread.”
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Present time!
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So many trucks and cars!
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Birthday twins with their very special orange cake.

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Birthday twins and beautiful mommies 🙂

Sunday after church, lunch and a Walmart run for moving necessities, we started packing for our move!

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Coffee milkshake packing break

I hope you had a relaxing and productive weekend!

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