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Monday, June 25, 2012

Six Years

Joseph and I celebrated our six year anniversary on Sunday. Crazy to think how fast these six years went by. On Saturday I got pampered: new haircut, highlights, and a pedicure -- it was fabulous! We also had a great dinner later that night at local restaurant we have been dying to try -- Shoemakers. It was amazing and the theme is shoes! One perk about Lynchburg is all the amazing local restaurants! We rarely ever eat at a chain because all the local spots are that good.


On Sunday we spent the afternoon at Ivy Lake. Tanning, eating watermelon, and floating on the lake -- it was great. So we kinda celebrated all weekend which is fine with me, I love holidays -- especially our own :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Birthday + Father's Day

Yesterday was my Mom's birthday and today is Father's Day, so I thought this picture was fitting. 
{Side note: Don't you just love my mom's hair!?} 

I am so thankful for these two. They would do anything for me and their love means everything. I was an only child for almost 9 years and I really cherish that time. Especially all the attention ;) 


I can't wait to go back home in 2.5 weeks to spend some quality time with these lovely people. 

Health Kick

Joseph and I have been on a health kick for a couple weeks now. Eating more fruits and veggies, staying away from processed foods, and working out more. Sadly we were lacking in all these areas before. We are doing really well and we still treat ourselves every once in a while (i.e. ice cream!).

One thing we were missing was some new kicks, we both desperately needed new ones. I was excited  because anytime I buy new ones, it always pumps me up to work out even more! We hit a BOGO deal at Rack Room Shoes and decided to go with these bright Nikes. So far they are doing the trick. Yesterday we tested them out with a run. . 


And today we played tennis. Can you guess which racket is mine? :)


Joe was actually a little worried about playing tennis with me -- he usually plays with the guys.  But he said I did good...we definitely got a good workout! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Joseph's 28th Birthday

Yesterday was Joseph's 28th birthday. Yes, 28. I've been calling him my "old timer" for the past two days :) Since we both worked yesterday we celebrated later that evening. We went out to dinner at one of our favorite local spots {RA}and then went a movie (The Avengers -- of course, Joe's pick!)

Last week I was on the search for a good (but not too difficult) cake. Joe doesn't really have a favorite cake -- he likes for me to try new recipes since I actually like to bake. I found a very scrumptious looking pink lemonade cake with lemon frosting recipe. Where did I find it? Pinterest, where else?!



Here is the recipe to this very yummy cake. And it wasn't difficult! 


And the adorable cake bunting is from here.

I love that the cake actually had a pink tint to it:

And here is my stud of a husband at dinner.


Happy Birthday Joseph. And to many more!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Weekend in North Carolina

We were away again this weekend visiting our great friends Jordan and Kara in NC. The last time we were in Jacksonville was 6 years ago -- we stopped for a quick visit on our way home from our honeymoon! 

We had a great time hanging out, staying up late, eating bad food, and seeing Jacksonville (it  had changed a lot!). This visit was also special because we got to see their new home for the first time. Being in the military they have traveled/moved several times. But they are actually creating roots in J'ville, well for a few years anyway :) 


We are done driving for a while, well I guess for three weeks anyway! That's when we go home for the 4th of July -- one of my favorite holidays! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Start of Summer

Last week we had our small group over to our house to kick off summer. Since everyone was either out of town or had family in town for Memorial Day weekend, we decided to celebrate later in the week.

It was a great evening filled with great friends, yummy food, croquet, and a fire.  


The guys playing croquet:



My S'mores bar (thanks Pinterest!):

We ended the night with good conversation and roasting marshmallows 



Even Penelope enjoyed the fire:

I hope everyone is enjoying summer as much as we are!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Chicago

Ohhhh Chicago...How we loved you.


Millennium Park at the famous bean!


 Our reflection in the bean:

The Magnificent Mile...And magnificent it was! Every possible store you can think of was there. I personally enjoyed Crate & Barrel, Lush, and the Apple store.


Garrett's Popcorn:

On Lake Michigan with the Navy Pier in the distance:


View from the top of the Ferris Wheel:



 The Navy Pier at night:


Millenium Park at night:


Deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati's Pizzeria:

Day 2 we took a water taxi to the Sears Tower (now called Willis Tower):



Willis Tower:

 Stunning views at the top:



The tower had sky-decks at the 103rd floor. Scary, but looks really neat in pics :) Joe was in the sky-deck over and snapped this one with his phone:

Us in the sky-deck with Chicago below!

 Chicago Theatre:

And this one is for you Susan :)
Soldier Field -- Da Bears

We really enjoyed Chicago! It reminded us very much of NYC. Which is a good thing because we love that city! The weather is a little weird -- it would be extremely hot in the city but very cool and windy near the lake. We now know why it's called the windy city! :)

 All in all: Great city, great food, great shopping, and great sites! 

Indianapolis + St. Louis

Last week we were on vacation. We visited three new cities = Chicago (being the main one), Indianapolis, and St. Louis. We hit up Indianapolis on our way to Chicago and St. Louis on our way back home to Lynchburg. Here's a look at two of the three. . .

We rented bikes in Indianapolis to experience White River State Park. It's a good thing we did because it was a big park. Here is Joe riding along the river walk.


It was a beautiful city and one of the cleanest we've ever visited. We enjoyed the rest of our evening by walking through downtown Indy. 


Indy at night:

Here are some shots from St. Louis:
Joe being silly with the Gateway Arch


It really is an amazing monument. And fun fact, it's made out of stainless steel. 


Oh and I had to show you this. This is what we rode to the top. Oh my word, I called it a tiny vestibule lol...so tiny and no ac (only fits 5 people). I thought I was going to puke but made it to the top.



Joe at the top, looking down below:

View from the top:

Down by the Mississippi River:

My next post is all about Chicago so be sure to read!