Tuesday, October 13, 2015

About as Fall as it gets

We enjoyed friends, football and LOTS of fall-related activities this past weekend. I honestly needed a work-free weekend to enjoy, unwind and relax with family and friends. Friday evening we celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday with some funny stories, plenty of gifts, and the best darn cookie cake we've ever had! Seriously, Sams Club is where its at.

Saturday we got an early start to the day when our favorite friends picked us up and we headed to the best little Fall farm in town. We hadn't gone together in a few years so it was time to reignite the tradition. We snapped this silly photo, spent HOURS getting lost in a maze (we're almost certain the map was incorrect), and then gave up. Oh well ;) we had a blast. I do have to take a moment to brag on Erin and I... we both picked out our pumpkins in about 5 minutes. The boys on the other hand? Not so much. 20 minutes later they still couldn't decide...but finally ended up making their selections. Can't wait to carve them up for Halloween! This will be the first time Caleb and I have ever done that together!

Of course, we had to get the same photo. 2012 vs 2015!

We had the best time, and of course, kept the day going with Skyline. After that corn maze, we were all a little hangry ;)

Later that evening, two of our other awesome friends came in town from Columbus to spend a quick 24 hours with us! I love when friends make special trips into town! We went to one of our favorite Mexican places and spent hours catching up with them! We all woke up early the next morning to score some donuts at our favorite local shop, then packed up the car to head downtown and grill out hot dogs while playing some corn hole! It rocked.

THEN!!!!!!! We headed to the stadium to watch the Bengals/Seahaws game. This was my first home game of the year, and I definitely picked the best one to go to. We got amazing seats and I definitely got burnt, but O-M-G, like I said...best game I've ever been to.

Our friends who came into town are Seahawks fans...Andy actually played with Russel Wilson back in college, as a punter. Unfortunately for him, my Bengals beat the Seahawks in OT and they are now 5-0!!!! Caleb and I may or may not have had tears in our eyes, while jumping up and down in celebration for a crazy amount of time. #dontjudge

After the game, we enjoyed the views our city has to offer before heading home. They already can't wait to come back to explore again! Maybe it was the Bengals win, but man, I really love my city!!!! The rest of that evening we edited and watched more football...because, why not? Hope you all enjoyed your weekend and that the weather was as beautiful as it was here in Ohio!!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Finally Friday!

Everyday this week I stayed up way too late, and every morning I swore to myself I wouldn't do it again that night...yet every night I continued to stay up way too late, torturing myself with the glowing screen of my phone/computer/TV. It's disgusting, really. Hoping to make some schedule changes next week so I can break this ugly habit. That being said, I'm a little sleepy today! But I wanted to bring you a few happies from my week;

I was finally able to go to Caleb's softball games last night! I had a blast watching him, he seriously loves doing it, and I love that! Afterwards, on the way home, we stopped to celebrate the fact that McDonalds has all day breakfast... you can imagine my disappointment to find out they didn't include the best menu item of all; The McGriddle. That's about the only thing I like from there, ha! Anyway, we snapped this photo when we got home to celebrate the night off we were able to enjoy, and goodness, guys. He makes me melt!! Can't help it!

I found a couple gift cards in my old wallet recently that I had completely forgotten about. Hellooooo free date nights!!

I spent about half an hour at the park yesterday cleaning out my trunk of all the old photo booth props/random junk we've accumulated then did a little walking, enjoying the gorgeous leaves. This time of year needs to last longer.

I should be getting an amazing package in the mail today! Which means I can't wait to get home! Artifact Uprising was putting on a 25 free large square print sale (value of over $20!) so you know I took part ;) that was my first order through them, and while they are usually expensive, I think its worth it. Print your photos, people!!!!

While looking for a dining room table the other night, we somehow ended up in Walmarts clearance aisle, where I found some funny, adorably clever mugs that I'm now adding to my wishlist. #ilovehaghtags #cantstopwontstop

In other news, we have a FREE weekend to enjoy!!!!! After the crazy hours we put in last weekend, we really need it. We have lots of fun planned for this weekend, and I mean LOTS. We'll be celebrating friends, fall and football. Can't wait to recap!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A slight obsession

My sister in love finally did it. She helped me pull the trigger on my first Erin Condren planner this year. My only regret with this order was not selecting the option to add the remaining 2015 months, mainly because she and her business partner, Amy, began their own Etsy shop and my stickers would fit the E.C. boxes perfectly! Guys...are these stickers not the cutest!?

I honestly couldn't decide on my initial order, everything was so cute! I decided on the football sticker because, duh...the greatest sport ever, the $$ for our budget/bill days.... and all of these random organization/list stickers because my busy work schedule!!

For now? I'll have to finish out 2015 with my $6 Target planner, which is fine, but its certainly no E.C. ;) if you haven't had a chance yet, head over to their Etsy shop and get to ordering!!!

In other news, we finally got a dining room table! Which is perfect timing as we're having guests over this weekend! We also grabbed Mexican food last night, and spent a couple hours in a booth way too big for the two of us, chatting about possible stay-cation ideas, and what we see our life like in 10 years. It's always fun for us to have those kind of conversations. Sometimes our ideas of life are way off from each others, but what made me smile the most? When Caleb said to me "you'll always be there, so I'm excited for it" ... I melt.

Hope you all have a great Thursday! XO!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How about a stay-cation?

So I have these vacation days that I have to use by the end of the year, or they go away. Like, FOR GOOD. Which means I'm going to take them, even without a real vacation planned. Caleb and I kept saying we'd plan a random all-inclusive trip somewhere, but we never actually sat down to plan anything official. As much as we'd love to take another Dominican Republic trip (best place ever), something was calling us to a "stay-cation" this year.

I've always thought a stay-cation would be fun, but now that actually we're making it happen, I'm officially VERY excited. There are a couple weeks over November/December that we're considering, and I'm stalking my cities event calendar like nobodies business. There's a TON that our beautiful city has to offer that we never make the time for because of our busy schedule...so I'm pumped to begin our official stay-cation checklist! If you've ever "stayed home" for vacation, I'd love some tips on how to make it even better! We want a few days in, and a few days out!

That photo up above was taken last night from my phone right before my 3rd engagement session this month. Jackie and Andrew live Downtown and they wanted an urban, city feel to their photos. The sun was bursting through the buildings as we finished, and I'm really excited about what we got!

I got home to my tasty crock pot fajitas (think I'm finally getting in a cooking groove -yay!), then Caleb and I enjoyed a night full of cleaning and editing together. Tonight we're finally off to pick out a dining room table, yippee! I'm just so thrilled we're finally getting settled and really loving the place just as much as we thought we would :)

Hope everyone has a good hump day!

Monday, October 5, 2015

We made it!!!

Phew, I can finally breathe... for now. I survived 2 engagement sessions and 2 weddings within 72 hours. Woo!! What kept me going? A comfy king size hotel room bed, and a lot of energy drinks.

The day started out in Downtown Cincinnati for Jessica and Justin's big day! We had a great time, and finally got to shoot at a new venue - New Riff! It was awesome. They were serious troopers, it was FREEZING outside, and also spitting rain... luckily, outdoor photographs were really important to them and they toughed it out. I think it was WELL worth it. My one piece of advice to brides? ROCK your dress. It's the only day you're going to wear it, so make it worth it. Suck it up, and dance in the rain a little ;)

After we left, we made the 2.5 hour drive up to Maria Stein, OH! The long drive brought to you by this delicious hot chocolate...

We woke up on Saturday and prepped for the day ahead. Molly and Chris were SUCH a gorgeous, sweet couple. Molly and I had never met in person, but spent many hours over Skype getting to know each other. She's one of the sweetest gals I've had the chance to work with. Unfortunately, the weather didn't agree with us and kept us inside the majority of the day. However, they chose the most gorgeous barn to get married in, so it all worked out!

Caleb and I didn't get to bed until well after midnight, seeing as we had a 2.5 hour drive home...so sleeping in is just what the doctor ordered. Caleb went to the Bengals game yesterday (can I get a WHO-DEY!!?! 4-0 baby!!!), while I stayed home and edited my tush off. Then met up with another sweet couple for their last-minute engagement session. Their wedding is next month, and we can't WAIT!!

I'm definitely exhausted today, but really proud of us for getting through this busy weekend. I'm really looking forward to getting through this work week because this weekend? FREE! I can't believe it. We have LOTS of fun planned and its going to be great! Hope everyone had a fun, fall-filled weekend!!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Weekend, lets do this!

If you read my post yesterday, you know we have a crazy weekend ahead of us. It started last night when I met an adorable couple downtown for their engagement session. Not only do they share in our love of Mexican food, they also share our initials and they really, really like to laugh ;)
....those little dots are gnats. Cute, right? ;)

I was really tired when I got home, but perked up when I walked in the door. WHY? Oh, my freaking amazing husband just surprised me with a filet mignon dinner. No big deal.

Today, we're about to shoot another gorgeous wedding, then have one tomorrow as well, then an engagement session Sunday night. If you're bored, try crossing your fingers all day for me? Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow and as cute as dancing-in-the-rain photos can be, we'd like to enjoy some sunshine with the newlyweds we're photographing! ;) thanks! Happy weekend!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Start of something crazy!

Today is the start of one of the craziest months of 2015 for me. As of now, I have 4 weddings, 9 engagement sessions and 2 family sessions scheduled on my calendar. I'd be lying if I didn't go to bed a little stressed last night, but I'm ready to tackle it, now that its the 1st. Two of those weddings are this weekend, back to back, but we plan to rock 'em!

I've seen this cute questionnaire post flying around blog land by a couple of my favorites (Ashley + Becky), so I thought I'd "borrow" it for a post. Thursdays seem to always be a little random around these parts so, you know, just keeping with my usual theme ;)

1. Favorite Food // crab legs. funnel cakes. bacon. In no particular order.

2. Flip flops or high heels // Flip flops 6 out of 7 days. Every now and then I think its fun to get all dolled up but the majority of the time, I wear flats.

3. Favorite place to shop for yourself // I honestly don't do a lot of shopping, but my complaint lately has been that I need more QUALITY clothes. Lately I purchased a few things from TJ Maxx and Loft. Love!!

4. Coffee order // white chocolate mocha or vanilla bean frappe (with 2 pumps peppermint). Pretty much anything that doesn't take like actual coffee.
throwback Christmas picture since hello: candy coffee
5. Must have road-trip snack // cheezits and mountain dew.

6. DIY or hire it out // if its something simple - DIY for sure... but stuff like plumbing/electric? Definitely hire a professional.

7. Top 5 TV shows // Modern Family. New Girl. Dexter. The Walking Dead. Fixer Upper.

8. Favorite book // I have a million, but I've always loved Where The Red Fern Grows...and Les Mis... and Nights in Rodanthe... okay, so that was 3. Sorry!

9. Favorite form of exercise // Zumba. Anytime I've gone, I have a blast!!!

10. Height // 5 foot 2. Haaaay short friends.

11. Do you try something new at a restaurant or stick to favorites? // I have to be honest, I rarely stray, mainly because I don't want to waste money on something that doesn't taste great.

12. One makeup item you can't live without // mascara. Its about the only thing that makes me look awake.

13. What's on your nightstand? // My journal. A pen. Water. Always water. It never fails that I wake up at 2AM insanely thirsty.

14. Music that reminds you of high school // Nelly. Danity Kane. 98 Degrees.

15. If you could live anywhere in the world besides your current city, where would you? // Hilton Head, SC. It's my home away from home.

16. Tell us something we might not know // I've never broken a bone. I don't yet have my college degree. I love scary movies.

17. Websites you visit besides blogs // Swagbucks...Pinterest...

18. Morning person or night owl // definitely more of a night owl. BUT every now and then I get an urge to get up early and get life DONE!

19. What's your best feature? // Physical? I like my green eyes. Non-physical? My personality. I'm uplifting and encouraging.

That was fun, and hopefully you learned something new! ;) It's a little chilly here in Ohio today, but I won't complain! Enjoy your Thursday, friends!!