Summer Happenings

Summer is typically a little nuts, hence the blog silence lately. A few things I’ve been up to:

1. Re-thinking the deck space. We sold our old patio dining furniture and grabbed a few adirondack chairs and a fire pit from Lowe’s. A much better use of this space, and we can’t wait to start using the fire pit…ya know, once it gets below 75 degrees here at night! More deck improvements are in the works, too (more furniture, deck painting, etc).

Also a few plants I haven’t killed (yet). A jalapeño plant, sweet potato vine, petunias, and some potted boxwoods.

2. Ultimate! Of course summer wouldn’t be summer without summer league ultimate. I love my team, the “Heisenbros” (Breaking Bad rip off..). If only I could get rid of my old lady knee and foot aches and pains!

3. Working out and eating healthy like a crazy person! I started the Jamie Eason LiveFit program. I’m currently on week 6 so it is starting to kick my butt. I’m not following the program diet exactly, but I am trying to eat “clean” 90% of the time. Eating clean also means I’m cooking my own food a lot, which is time consuming, but I’m learning to figure it out (aka making large quantities of food at once and then eating leftovers). One of my favorite things to make is egg white and banana protein pancakes for breakfast (4 egg whites, 1 mashed banana, cinnamon, vanilla extract, with no syrup and usually some type of fruit on top). Lunch is typically grilled chicken salad, and dinner is fish/other protein with veggies. And then healthy snacks throughout the day (yogurt, more fruit…I’m kind of a fruit-aholic).

4. Wedding season! We’re off to Boston/Providence/Newport RI in a few weeks. Of course we had to 1st celebrate the bride. Later this summer we’ll be in San Francisco (YAY!) for another wedding. I think that will be 11 flights this year. Pretty sure that is a PR.

5. Spending money on non-exciting house things. This seems to be a theme this year after the roof leaking. Want to see pictures of our new garage door that looks exactly like the old garage door? No? Yeah, doesn’t make for good blog content, I know…

 

Until next time!

Warwick Wedding Weekend

Summer is always so so busy, but I just wanted to post a few of my favorite photos from my brother-in-law’s wedding a few weeks ago in Warwick, NY. It’s about 2 hours outside of the city, and a very cute and quaint place (especially for a wedding). I wish we could have stayed longer than a few days but unfortunately vacation days are limited!

Wedding location and where we stayed for the weekend — Inn at Stony Creek Bed & Breakfast. Unfortunately the entire house did not fit in my carry on bag or else it would have come home with me.

David and I before heading out to the rehearsal dinner

Beautiful ceremony :)

My (other) brother-in-law and David performing a reading during the ceremony

Married!

The grooms :)

The gorgeous sunset that evening

My goober husband on the dance floor

Road Atlanta

Last weekend we headed to Road Atlanta with the in-laws to celebrate Father’s Day. I have never been to a race track before, so it was definitely interesting. Good people watching as always, and I attempted to take a few photos to distract me from the sweltering heat and humidity.

There was a really sharp turn right here so I would sit here and wait for a car to spin out into the dirt and create a cloud of dust. It made for a neat effect.

Who said minivans weren’t cool?

This guy got bumped and almost lost control (you can see the back right tire is not touching pavement here). Yikes!

My father-in-law’s coworker racing his Mustang (with Georgia Tech colors, of course!)

Dining Room Update

A lot of progress has been made on the dining room lately, so I guess we’re due for an update. This room is about 90% finished and I’ll probably just tweak going forward. No room is ever completely finished, right?

Since last time I shared, the ceiling has been repaired from the roof leak (hired out) and painted (by me), the walls have been repainted (Sherwin Williams Naval), new chandelier installed (by us! without burning down the house or killing each other!), new buffet lamps were purchased, and the curtains were hung. Doesn’t seem like that much work, but it definitely adds up when it seems like the weekends go by in the blink of an eye. We’ve come a long way from baby poop colored walls on closing day…

And then sat empty for almost 3 years, but with smurf blue paint that I got tired of…

To now…with a darker paint color and actual furniture!

My favorite part might be the curtains. They are mostly blue with a tiny bit of green in them. This photo is probably the best representation of the wall color (Sherwin Williams Naval). The hunt for arm chairs for the head of the table is just going to be ongoing.

 

I think I am going to turn my attention back to the basement next, which is currently a disaster zone…

Karen + Kyle + Baby Bump

After a few weather-related delays, I finally got the chance to take some maternity photos for my sister. I can’t believe she is due in less than 4 weeks! I wasn’t super confident that these would turn out ok since it was my 1st ever maternity shoot, but I think they aren’t that bad! Here are some of my favorites…

Rome Recap

Rounding out the last of our trip was Rome! (Check out my earlier recaps of London and Paris)

Rome was my favorite! Maybe it was the perfect weather, or our posh hotel room, or the delicious gelato every night…or all of the above. Rome was very different than London and Paris. For one, we basically walked everywhere. In London and Paris, we were hopping on and off the subway everyday but Rome was “small” enough that most places were a 20 minute walk away. We took a taxi trips only to/from the airport and Vatican City. There was also just something about how OLD everything was that really amazed me. Makes you wonder if anything that is built today will still be standing 2,000 years from now.

Here’s all of the spots we visited in Rome:

  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Pantheon
  • Vatican City (We did a guided tour that included the Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter’s Basilica. In retrospect we should not have done a 5 hour tour on the last day of our trip when we had already been trekking around for almost 2 weeks. We were SO TIRED.)

From a photography perspective, I had to deal with a lot of scaffolding (again!). The Colosseum and Arch of Constantine are being refurbished over the next several years. That just means I’ll have to come back once they are done! ;) Here are some of my faves from Rome:

 

Paris Recap

Continuing from our London recap…

The EuroStar train from London to Paris was pretty painless. The Paris metro was a little more complicated than London, but we quickly figured it out and spent our 1st day wandering around the Eiffel Tower. They aren’t kidding when you hear about cafés on every corner. Even though I took several years of French in both high school and college I still had a really hard time understanding spoken French. I still miss my French breakfasts of croissants, pain au chocolat, nutella, and crêpes. And here’s the list of spots we visited in Paris:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Notre Dame (and the Notre Dame towers if you want to count those separately..)
  • Louvre
  • Walked down the Champs Élysées
  • Walked around the Arc de Triomphe
  • Tried to walk around the Tuileries Garden but the weather was not cooperating
  • Musée de l’Orangerie
  • We even did our laundry at a French laundromat :)

There was scaffolding covering most of the Arc de Triomphe and scaffolding coming out the bottom of the Eiffel Tower so I had to get a little creative with some angles.

London Recap

I think I’ve finally caught up on “life” to sit down and write a recap of our trip. Of course I’ll start with London because that’s where we started.

London was a pretty easy transition into figuring out Europe. The tube/underground was much more complicated than MARTA, but in a good way! We used that to go pretty much everywhere since our hotel was a 3 minute walk to a station. Here’s a rundown of all the places we visited:

  • Harrod’s
  • Hyde Park
  • Westminster Abbey
  • London Eye
  • Big Ben (well, just kind of walked around in that area…)
  • Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge
  • Millenium Bridge
  • LOTS of pubs (Black Friar, Sherlock Holmes, Hung Drawn & Quartered to name a few…)
  • Kensington Gardens & Palace
  • Buckingham Palace (Changing of the Guard ceremony)
  • And at one point we were even in Trafalgar Square without realizing it…

And now on to some of my favorite photos!

Next up, Paris!

Back to Reality…

After 2 whirlwind weeks of vacation, it’s back to reality unfortunately! Things are crazy busy, but I’ve got some travel photos and dining room updates to share soon. Here’s a shot from London to hold you over until next time ;)