Friday, September 30, 2016

Sweet victory!

Sweet, sweet Friday. I am so happy you are here!!!! But I'll be even happier when work is over. Caleb and I don't get wedding-free weekends very often and we plan to take full advantage of it!

This week was great. I accomplished a lot; managed to finish 3 more days of insanity, packed both of our lunches nearly every day, my Fall wardrobe is in full swing, and I enjoyed some time away from screens.

BUT! The absolutely highlight of my week was last night. My sweet friend Olivia invited me to last nights Bengals game with her. I always love Thursday Night Football, even when its not my team playing, so I couldn't scream HECK to the YES fast enough.

She and I met up after work and when Yard House told us it would be about a 2+ hour wait for food (HA) we got our steps in by walking half a mile to the nearest sushi restaurant. Local gals, Fusian is amazing! I've had it a few times but the combo I made last night was my favorite, by far!

We sat outside for about an hour just catching up on life and enjoying the city views. I'm so happy she's in Cincinnati permanently. Her husband actually worked for the Miami Dolphins prior to this move, and requested a transfer to the Bengals, so last night was even more fun because we wanted to absolutely CRUSH the Dolphins!

On our walk back to the stadium we stopped to watch the sunset and it was basically cotton candy, so that was cool.

We had such a great time watching the Dolphins get shut down! I'm so thankful she invited me to tag along! Although I didn't get home until well after midnight, it was absolutely worth it!

Final score: 22-7! It felt great to win a Prime Time game!!! WHO DEY!?!??!!

As for me this morning? I'm pouring myself a LARGE cup of coffee to get me through, but I'm just so thankful the weekend is nearly here! What are you guys up to this weekend? Anything fun?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

What I'm excited about.

I really hate the whole "wishing for the weekend" mentality. I do try my best to enjoy each moment for what it is, and stop wishing time away. Life goes too fast as it is. However, today can't go fast enough. I get to go to the TNF Bengals game tonight!! I definitely got what I asked for in this chilly Fall weather, and being down by the river tonight will mean I need to bundle up, I'm sure!

My Bengals NEED to win tonight to gain momentum and head into the next few weeks with more motivation to win! This needs to be the year we make it past round 1 of playoffs!

I'm really hoping that Caleb and I can make it to a game together this year! We always try to at least once a season. Throwback to 2 years ago, my mans beard was killin it.

Other things I'm excited about:
-Doing Insanity 3 days in a row this week. Guys, I can do real push ups now...and its only been two weeks!

-I shredded nearly a whole block of cheese last night so you know what that meant? FLUFFY shredded cheese with our tacos...not the bagged stuff. Thanks to my aunt, for the tip! But really, cheese is always good, I'm not picky ;)

-Actually having a free weekend and getting to do whatever we want with our time. As much as we love celebrating our couples and photographing their day, we need time for us, too! So I'm really glad we're making that happen all. weekend. long!

-National coffee day. Although I'm more like "gimme a splash of coffee with my vanilla creamer" kinda gal, I'll definitely partake!

-Vacation being 23 days away! Eek!

-Sweater weather is finally among us. I knew I succeeded with my outfit when a co worker called me "fall-tastic" this morning.

-Going to a real farm this weekend (IF it doesn't rain - fingers crossed) to pick pumpkins and buy some cider and celebrate the chilly weather!

-The new show "This Is Us". Thank goodness for Hulu, Caleb and I watched the pilot episode and we both loved it. Oh man, so many tears. It's SUCH a great show! It reminded me a lot of Parenthood with all the different family dynamics.

Hope everyone has a fun Thursday!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

16 questions.

Happy Wednesday! The weather this week finally feels like fall. I'm talking 50 degree chilly mornings, and a high of  mid 70's. Reminds me that I really need to decorate our home for Fall now! It's honestly one of my favorite times of the year!

My friend, Jenn, recently posted a prompt with 16 different questions - I liked it so much I asked her if I could snag it and she said of course! So here goes!

1. Are you named after anyone?
Actually, yes! Kayla Brady from Days of our Lives. My mom was obsessed with this show during her pregnancy with that's where Kayla came from! That must've been why I went through a Soap Opera phase in junior high (General Hospital, anyone?!).

2. When was the last time you cried? Yesterday. This week has been an emotional roller coaster. But long story short, my childhood cat is healthy and ALIVE. Thank goodness!!

3. Do you have kids? Nope, not yet! But we love lovin' on our friends kiddos! I know Caleb will be a great Dad, someday!
4. Will you ever bungee jump? I would love to! On my 18th birthday, I did skydive! Bungee jumping would be next on my list!

5. What's your favorite cereal? Hmm, I have many. We hardly ever buy cereal, though. I definitely don't like when it gets soggy so I try to gobble it up quickly. I'd probably have to say my all time favorite though is Captain Crunch. YUM!

6. What's the first thing you notice about people? Their smile, and whether or not they are a generally happy, welcoming, trustworthy person. Side note: from the moment I met Caleb, I knew he was one of the most welcoming, trustworthy guys in the world.

7. What is your eye color? Hazel-ish green.

8. Scary movie or happy endings? Can I say both? I LOVE a good scary movie, but I also love romantic comedies. I'm not picky!

9. Favorite scents? Peppermint, hands down. Toasted Marshmallow from B&BW. Also fresh cut grass!

10. Summer or winter? Summer for sure. I do like Winter, but I hate how LONG it lasts. Sometimes in Ohio it feels like Winter goes from November to March, which is just TOO long for me.

11. What's the furthest you've been from home? Punta Cana.
12. Any special talents? Not really anything "special", I can pop my shoulder blade in and out a little. As far as talents within hobbies, I think I have an eye for photography!

13. Where were you born? Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH!

14. What are your hobbies? Photography (but its also my job), reading, journaling...eating cheese.

15. Do you have any pets? Nope. Caleb and I can't wait to get a dog one day, though!!

16. Favorite movie? Oh my goodness, how can I narrow this down to just one? I love The Guardian, Legally Blonde, The Breakfast Club, and Armageddon to name a few. I really like all types of movies; comedies, drama, horror, thriller, romantic comedies, etc.! So too many to name, really!

Have a great day, friends! Make it count!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Our packed weekend!

Our weekend started out pretty amazing because we got to spend it with our best friends (E & J), eating mexican food...if that's not a perfect combination, I don't know what is. We played mario kart and watched hilarious you tube videos for what felt like hours! It was just what we needed.

Saturday, we had our 24th wedding of the year to photograph and I was determined to have a stress-free wedding day (unlike last weekend due to that silly migraine). From the moment I woke up, I did my best to stay hydrated, packed an entire mini cooler full of food - I'm talking grapes, granola bars, beef jerky, cherry tomatoes, cheese sticks, etc.! You know what? It worked. I felt amazing all day. It helped that our couple, Samantha and Frank, got married in one of the neatest venues in Cincinnati! They had both their ceremony and reception at the American Sign Museum - so it was full of vintage, neon signs!

They were sweet enough to sneak out for about 3 quick minutes for a quick sunset session!

Sunday at church was a blast. We had Mr. Redlegs come out and I took photos all morning of him with the kids/families of our church! Although when football gets here, I'm totally over baseball, it was still a blast!

Sadly, our Bengals lost on Sunday...but the highlight of it all? I got to see my sweet nephew after the game and that made it all better. I stayed home that evening while Caleb went to youth group to finish laundry and catch up on editing and it really set a good tone going into this week. I was able to pack our lunches, and I'm excited for Insanity again tonight!

Hope everyone had a fun weekend, too!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Favorite Fall Desserts!

Fall brings so much happiness. Colorful leaves, crisp air, bonfires, cooler nights and DESSERT! Lots and lots of dessert. I wanted to narrow down a few of my faves for today's post! None of these are healthy, but hey, life is all about balance, am I right?

1 || One of my absolute favorites that I found from Lisa's blog a few years back (and have made it about 3 times since then) is the amazing Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread. Holy wow, you guys. so darn easy, and it goes QUICKLY! So be sure to be the one to pull it out of the oven so you get first dibs.

2 || Pumpkin Pie Twists. These look like the EASIEST, most delicious little snacks ever! How perfectly Fall themed, too!?

3 || Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake. YUM! I feel like Pumpkin always "takes the cake" when it comes to this time of year, but what about apple?! I love apple flavored things (give me all the apple pie, and all the warm cider)!!

4 || Oreo Acorn Balls. I think I like this one best because its so darn cute. Seriously, how fun would these be to make for a party/random get together with friends?!

5 || Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider. You know I had to include a drink because to me, drinks can be just as much of a dessert as food. That's basically how I look at Starbucks! Dessert, not caffeine, ha!

A few other favorite Pinterest finds? Reeses Peanut Butter CheeseballCinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread, and these adorable Pumpkin Cupcakes! I hope you guys enjoy! Let me know if you try any of these and what you thought!

Hope everyone had a great week and has a fun weekend ahead of them. We have a wedding tomorrow, and we're very much looking forward to the Bengals game on Sunday! WHO DEY!? I'd also like for the temperatures to get with it, and cool the heck down. I'm ready for REAL Fall weather. My scarves are just dying to see the light of day!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Summer Bucket List {How I did}

Welcome to the first day of FALL, friends! Although its still sitting mid 80's in Ohio and the leaves seem anything but crisp, I'll take it because it being the 22nd means we've got to be one day closer to real Fall weather!

I wanted to take a look back at my original post where I made a long list of Summery items I wanted to tackle and see how I did. Summer 2016 was a fun one, at that!

Run 80 miles by my birthday. Well that came and went, and I won't even tell you how many miles I did (or didn't) run. #embarrassing

Make a s'more or three. I did this one! We were at a wedding and they had a massive s'more bar, and it was wonderful. You know I indulged in a couple.

Make a photo book. I did this one, too! Although it was for a gift, and not for me personally, it still counts. It took a lot of time, and I'm excited to start working on my own more once weddings slow down this Winter. Woo!

Go hiking/canoeing/something adventurous. Yes! We spent more time outdoors this summer than any married summer so far. We went canoeing, we hiked to a waterfall in TN, we took long walks, we played a lot of volleyball. I'd definitely call that a success!

Hit up the zoo/aquarium. This was a no-go sadly. The aquarium is EXPENSIVE, and we didn't go to the zoo. Bummer!

Play Frisbee Golf. Not only did we play, we played like 4 or 5 times! We have a course far back in our neighborhood, and we even bought 2 new discs to play with! I'm definitely no pro, but I'm a LOT better than I was the first time we played.

Go to a Red's game. Sadly we didn't make this one happen. In all fairness, they kinda sucked this year, BUT still tickets are pretty cheap we could probably make a game this Fall happen and then I could totally count this as a win, right?

Read a couple books. I read one book, and almost finished while it wasn't a "couple", I'm counting it as a win.

Get some chairs for our patio. Caleb and I actually decided to delete this goal from the list because we realized our patio is kind of tiny, and it wouldn't be very appealing eating dinner right next to our outdoor trash cans. ;) we'll save this goal until we buy a house - hopefully next year!

Play corn-hole. We celebrated Father's Day outside all afternoon that day and played multiple rounds of corn-hole! I'm actually not half bad at it, I've found.

Try a new restaurant with Caleb. CHECK! We hit up a place called "The Original Pancake House" and I had the most amazing pecan french toast in the world. Caleb had some strange egg dish, but we both were so thrilled with the whole experience. We can't wait to go back!

I'd say I did pretty darn well on this Summer Bucket List! Accomplishing 8 out of 11 things is definitely a win! We really had such a great summer, and I feel like we spent a lot more time in the sunshine than in years past! I didn't maintain a good tan, but what else is new? I miss those summer vacations in high school where my only worry was perfecting my tan, ha!

Now, its time for a Fall Bucket List!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A special day!

 Mom, today is your birthday!! I'm so happy to have you home today! I know with your traveling nurse job, we don't get as much time together as we'd like, so I'm extremely thankful for the few hours we'll get to share tonight with dessert in our hands! Eating ice cream has always been one of our favorite things to do together :)

You always know how to turn a negative into a positive. You're so quick to love on those in need, and even quicker to forgive. You taught me to never judge a book (or person) by the cover, and to always trust my gut. You have one of those amazing abilities to make anyone smile, and I always love how silly we are when we're around each other. You are one of the few people who can make me laugh until I cry!

You haven't had an easy life by any means, and I'm unbelievably proud of the person you are. You've taught me so many amazing things in life, and I can't thank you enough for that. I pray that one day you are back in Ohio for good, but for now? Continue enjoying this wild adventure God has called you to, and keep smiling your way through it.

I love you! Happy birthday, momma!