Monday, June 02, 2014

sunsets + cookies


So worried that we would miss the sunset, we rushed off straight after dinner and made it to the lake in good time. Climbing over some rocks to our little spot, we bounced between taking pictures of the sunset, the scenes around us, and each other. The orange light of the setting sun and the chilly wind off the lake made for perfect pictures during the golden hour. After our frenzy of snapping photos, we decided to finally sit down and enjoy the monster cookies that we brought along while watching the last of the sunset. Obviously, Matt and I took food along. What's a trip to the waterfront without cookies, right? It was simple perfection all around, and I wouldn't have wanted it with anyone else. I plan on spending nights upon nights like this one with my best friend this summer.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

hike | whipps ledges



Ask Matt, and he'll tell you I've been bugging him to go hiking for months. Literally. Towards the end of our long, long winter here in Ohio we tried to get out and hike until minutes later when my shoes and socks got soaked through. Not fun. Not warm. Not exactly the hiking experience I was going for. 

Last week we finally got a chance to spend some time exploring and climbing in the metroparks near home. I was looking forward to it all day, and I was not left disappointed afterwards. We packed up a dinner in my pack and headed off into the woods and rocks. We climbed up to a nice little spot and sat down with our grub and just enjoyed the view and moment together. Best evening spent with nature and my favorite guy. I'm already ready for the next adventure!

Monday, May 26, 2014

summer inspiration | wear

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The weather has been sunny, warm, and gorgeous, and everything is becoming more and more green all around us. I'm definitely ready to jump right into summer days, swimming, movies at the drive-in, grilling out, and spending time in the great outdoors. I'm absolutely obsessed with loving all these fun and colorful things to wear for the season. If only my bank account would let me buy them all! I'm currently taking donations. Kidding. Sort of.

What are your favorite things so far for this summer?

Friday, May 23, 2014

scenes from the ballpark

There's something so perfectly summer about going to a ballgame.

The sights, sounds, smells, people. All of it felt like such an official start to summer for us. Matt treated his brother and we splurged on all you can eat club seats for the game. My cute fiancĂ© decided to use this as an opportunity to ask his brother to be the best man in our wedding – so sweet and exciting.

The whole night we were spoiled with a great view of the game, along with so many delicious snack and food options, plus all the ice cream our stomachs could handle. Worse things have definitely happened, right? Not to mention the Tribe decided to finally get a win for us!

I'm welcoming you with open arms, summer.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

the circle | summer goals

I'm pretty excited about summer finally being here, so this month's The Circle link-up is just perfect – talking about summer goals. This is a monthly link-up hosted by the sweetest Kiki, and this month she has Samantha as her co-host. It's all about building fellowship and meeting other bloggers, so I'm looking forward to reading everyone's posts from the link-up!

Here are some pretty broad summer goals I'm setting for myself. Keep me accountable, people!

1. Read, read, read. I'm already getting close to finishing my first book of the summer, but I've got a long way to go if I want to make a substantial dent in my reading list! I'm setting my goal for at least 10 books for the whole summer (not counting the textbook for my summer class – gross).

2. Get outside! Starting this one later today when Matt and I go on our first hike of the summer (finally!). I want to explore all around Ohio's best outdoor spaces and just get lost with my favorite guy.

3. Blog more. I've been really unmotivated, uninspired, and just plain lazy with this online space. I'm ready to be intentional with this blog and get back to the roots of what I really love to post about – faith in God, photography, and food.

4. Start running again. I must say, I had a wonderful love affair with running for over a year. I was so proud of the endurance I had built and how I actually enjoyed running (in a love-hate kind of way). But then once I started my new job it just sort of... stopped. I kept making excuses saying I just needed to find a way to fit it into my schedule, and with summer I think it should be no problem!

5. Take more photos. I need to learn to better capture all my favorite moments because that's my favorite way of preserving things. I believe that photos take you right back to that one moment or that special place, and it's just magical to me. I own a fancy-shmancy camera for a reason so I better use it!

What are your goals for this summer?

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