Chicago Bound

127/365 Days of Marriage
Nate and I are heading to Chicago today! The above photo was taken on our last trip to Chicago in May 2011 and man, do we look different or what? We look like babies! And my hair! But anyway – yes, we’re headed back and I couldn’t be more excited! In 2011 we went just for fun, but this trip has a bit more of a purpose. Nate is running in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. He has been training like crazy and I’m looking forward to being on the sidelines to cheer him on! His Mom is actually coming up tomorrow so we will have some girl time and I wont have to navigate Chicago all by my lonesome while Nate is running. I still get lost in downtown Lexington, you know … where I live. So uh.. that wouldn’t have gone well. ;]

Nate is going to be focused on eating all of the carbs and resting, but we’re going to work in some time for sight seeing and walking around a bit too. We’re staying downtown so we’ll be close to most every thing we have an interest in seeing (THE BEAN). Once his Mom gets in she and I will be able to walk around a bit more and shop a little bit while he hangs out at the hotel. But honestly, as much as I’m looking forward to the sights and the fun of being back in Chicago – I’m also looking forward to rolling around in a plushy hotel bed, eating lots of delicious food, and forgetting about all of the house chores for a few days. Ohhhh yeah. I don’t care where I am as long as I’m in a hotel bed forgetting about cleaning.

It’s supposed to be a little on the chilly side while we’re there so I’ve got all of the warm layers with me! I’m hoping to hit up a few sales at some of my favorite stores on Michigan Avenue because honestly, my fall/winter wardrobe is pretty bare. My poor little wardrobe has been lacking for a long time! I’ve been the queen of remixing for the last few years, but it’s starting to feel a little stale. I’m ready for some changes – slowly and on a budget, of course!

Let me know if there are any shops, attractions, restaurants, etc. that you absolutely recommend that we visit!

Secrets and Surprises: A Whirlwind Trip to Florida

Surprise Florida Trip September 2014

I’ve found that it is particularly hard to blog whenever I have secret. Every single time I sit down to write, the only topic that will even begin to come to mind is the one thing I can’t blog about. It’s maddening for a blogger to have something up their sleeve that they can’t share with the world, I tell ya! My trip home to Florida to surprise my Mom left me feeling that way. I wanted to share my plans to surprise her SO badly, but guess who reads my blog? Hi Mom! So, naturally, things were a little quiet around here while I sat on that giant surprise!

I decided I would buy a plane ticket to go down for my Mom’s birthday back in August. I found an unbelievably cheap ticket through Allegiant Air that got in pretty late the night before her birthday. My cousin, Ellen, made the whole thing possible by agreeing to make the obnoxious 4 hour total drive to Orlando and back that evening. She let me crash at her place and it was nice to spend a little bit of time with her before we both passed out at 2:15AM. The next morning my Step-Dad came to pick me up. He told my Mom that he was going to make a Starbucks run. Once we got back to the house I quietly snuck into the living room behind Sam. I walked into the hallway and when my Mom laid eyes on me I thought she might pass out! I hugged her, told her happy birthday, and asked her to please not have a heart attack! Haha! We talked for a bit while she got ready – they already had plans to go to Orlando that day (so back to Orlando I went).

We had a lot of fun hanging out in Winter Park (we went to Rifle Paper Co.!), visiting with the animals at the ranch they volunteer at (I have now petted a zebra and taken a selfie with a llama), and just enjoying time at home. There was even a surprise birthday dinner for my Mom Saturday evening that included lots of family and delicious food (thanks Jennifer and Uncle Gary)! It sort of felt like it was my birthday because I got to eat all of my favorite foods from Florida – Publix fried chicken, Sweet Tomatoes, and Oishii Burger! My parents always take good care of me when I’m down, that’s for sure!

I’m glad I was able to make my Mom’s birthday weekend a memorable one! It worked out perfectly and I’m so thankful everything fell into place the way that it did! It was a bit of a whirlwind trip and it was over in a snap. I’m definitely looking forward to them visiting Kentucky soon!

**These are just a few photos snapped from my iPhone! Most of the photos I took with my camera were out at the ranch, so be on the lookout for those! I really want a pet llama now. ;]

Boyd Orchards 2014

Boyd Orchards 2014
Nate and I went with his Mom, Grandparents, Sisters, and their families to Boyd Orchards last weekend. We went for the first time last year and it was so much fun. I had never been to an orchard or a pumpkin patch before (that I can remember) and I loved it! Last year we picked an insane amount of apples and had some trouble using them all. So we played it safe and helped the others pick theirs. We decided we’d be plenty happy with some apple cider and apple cider donuts! Of course in the end other family members pawned apples off on us because they had picked too many! ;] (I guess that was my plan all along!) I had my first apple cider slushy this year and man oh man.. I am hooked. We didn’t pick out a pumpkin so I’m thinking we might need to go back one more time! I really just need a reason to go back for another slushy.
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This is where I start waxing poetic about the weather, because it really has been fantastic. I get really emotional about being able to open all of the windows and let the breeze blow all throughout the house. Ha. Every single year. It was actually a little warm on Saturday at the orchard. I put on what I deemed the perfect apple picking outfit, got out there, and after a while of walking in the sun I was burning up. That’s what I get for trying to rush the fall weather! I am happy to report that the last few days have been nice and cool. Speaking of getting emotional – how wonderful is this photo below of my niece and her great grandma? SO sweet.
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Outfit Details:
Plaid Top: Thrifted
Cardigan: Target
Leggings: A gift from a friend
Hat: Forever21 (Thrifted)
Boots: Express
Bag: Vintage Coach (Thrifted/Gift from Mom)

Slow Weekends

My Favorite Light
Nate and I have been go, go, go the past couple of weeks. Last Sunday was kind of a slow day and it felt just right after a long day of tailgating with friends. Nate got up and did his normal ridiculously early things and I slept in. He came back to “take a nap” though, and we stayed in our dimly lit room well into the afternoon. Is there anything better than taking some time to just roll around in and out of consciousness with your favorite person in the middle of the day? No. No there isn’t. This past week went by fairly quickly and I found myself waking up to another weekend today. Saturday started early for me. I was up at 9AM for aerial classes and home by noon. When I pulled into the driveway today I marveled at my pretty little front porch. I bought gorgeous golden colored mums last night and put them in my hanging baskets. I hung up my tiny little fall wreath this evening and sat outside for a while in the crisp air. Fall has officially moved in and I feel like these photos are the last bits of summer.
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I’ve been trying to step back and make time for everything important. Truly important. I see so many people sleepwalking through their daily routines, not making time for anything but their worries. Y’all stop it, okay? Make a conscious choice to call up someone who’d be surprised to hear from you, to go run around outside with your camera, to take a class, to twirl around in a pretty dress, to figure out how to make better iced coffee at home than you can get at a coffee shop, to cook and eat delicious meals every night a couple of times a week, to make at least ONE of those DIY’s you’ve pinned on Pinterest… I’m talking to myself, too. Fill every minute that you are awake with something good, something that makes you feel alive. But then give yourself a little break if you never get to those Pinterest pins, because we’re never going to have time to make all of that shit, are we?
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Tonight we are at home – hanging out, watching football, doing yoga, having a few beers, relaxing. I’m enjoying the simplicity of it because I know the next few weekends will be filled with weddings and trips out of town. Lots of things to look forward to but lots of time spent on the move! Have a great weekend friends!

PS: I’m thinking of using my Tumblr a bit more again. Do you have a Tumblr? Leave your link in the comments!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Caught Ya Lookin’
Sun Glasses: Aria – St. Armands Circle
Necklace: c/o oNecklace
Purse: Vintage Coach – Thrifted
Flats: JCPenney

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