Monday, August 18, 2014

the core 5 plus a few

these are my people. 
the core 5 does not happen very often. different states, schedules, lives. but when it does, it is good. 
a little celebration of what still is those summers' girls && dad, of course. 
we have added a few more men to the combination, but it still works. 
oh, it is good to be a summers' girl. 

let's not make it take so long next time :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

happy two years.

two years together, equals two weeks of celebrating. naturally.

 ^^^ now that's my kind of flight. finally. 

^^^ night view

^^^ morning view

&&&& finally a wine keg. yes.

^^^ the picture alone. yummmm

^^^ a doughnut the size of my head

Celebrating two years has been the best. On the actual day of our anniversary, caleb was in new mexico and I was in virginia. It was different to not be in the same zip code on the actual day you said your “I do’s” only two short years ago. However, we decided to make the best of it, and actually, celebrated for the next two weeks upon his return. Whoops, I guess that is a lot… well, we enjoyed every bit!

we began by dining at a little restaurant in old town called restaurant eve. Delish! I made reservations to what I thought would be a “normal” reservation, and actually  made if for the tasting room. Essentially, the difference: distilled water vs. sparkling, bathroom doors opened by men wearing black bow ties, various courses of meals, and incredible tastes I have never had before, and a rather large bill, but totally worth it, right?!

Side note- my favorite books are by ruth reichl, she writes about being a food editor for the new york times. During this meal, I felt the pages of her life involve me. I was eating at a restaurant she would most likely dress as someone else and critique. However, thankfully, I didn’t have to disguise myself && I got to dine with my best friend.

Later that evening, caleb and i found the blue light on king street and tried our first ever speakeasy. A sesame cocktail for me && something with literal fire for caleb. It was divine.

A week later, my roomie from college got hitched, so we traveled back to the Midwest. We decided to make it a mini-cation for ourselves && explored the city I grew up going to. This time, however, was different. I was not with my parents or friends, but with my husband on the top of the Sheraton with a beautiful view of the river. We split our 48 hours up and each claimed a day to decorate with our likings. Caleb chose navy pier && I chose eataly and an architect tour. We ate at all new restaurants including summer house in lincoln park and perennial vibrant, (with a champagne welcome && a backstage pass to the canning room) thank you molly && katie for the recommendations.

Chicago is a place I would love to one day call home again. However, for now, it was fun to be a tourist in a place I grew up in with a new one by my side.
Next time, stretchie will have to come (we left him at grammie and gramps).

So happy anniversary, caleb. I love celebrating life with you. Let’s celebrate three weeks next year!

Sunday, July 27, 2014


"You have stories worth telling, 
memories worth remembering, 
dreams worth working toward, 
a body worth feeding, 
a soul worth tending,
 and beyond that, the God of the universe dwells within you, 
the true culmination of super and natural. 
You are more than dust and bones.
You are spirit and power and image of God.
And you have been given Today.” 
-Shauna Neiquist (Cold Tangerines)

Working on celebrating, today. 
^^^ sisters
an american flag dessert only seemed fitting

^^ life is better with these 2 ^^^

^^^ stretchie's first winery

 ^^^ && first bath

 ^^^ two years (!!!!) 
restaurant eve. enough said. GOOOOOOOO. 
now, like put in a reservation, now. 

^^^ and who says nails have to be one color?

^^^ oh, my love, the little things are so worth celebrating.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


dear stretch, 
we are kind of obsessed with you. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

you have been good to us, west coast.

words cannot describe what a special week this was for caleb && me.

possibly because our vacation got cancelled last year 
or because these days, we have spent more days apart than together. 

whatever the reason, it was a treasure, a gift.
so come back- 
time traveler, i need you... now.

after a long red eye flight, i have been reminiscing all day. almost like trying to get a taste back that has left your mouth after a really good meal.

"at this time yesterday... well it was three hours earlier... so we were..."

you get the point. 
well i am still wrapping my mind around all the fun we had. 
here are a few highlights. 
more to come!

it all began in colorado...

 ^^^ ski day, followed by... spa day

^^ what more do you want in colorado, besides your boy by your side. 

 ^^^ snowmobiling. no, that is not my jacket. 

^^ i am fairly certain, colorado has some of the best hot chocolate i have tasted.


and after some fun in the snow, we cruised on over to san francisco. 

 ^^ golden gate park. we have this thing for row boats. 

 ^^^ twenty mile something bike ride later. "WE DID IT!!!" now where's dinner!?!?

 ^^ this is more my pace. napa && sonoma tour.

 ^^ && we all know how i feel about farmer's market.. ahh.. SF, you do not disappoint.

^^^ steamed dough, anyone??

 ^^^ the mission. yes, we went here three out of the five nights. 
let's just say "yelp" loves the mission && so do we :)

 ^^ gourmet cookies. no day is complete without chocolate, in my opinion.

^^^ i am fairly certain, the worst part about a trip is leaving.
until next time, vacation. 
i really, really enjoyed you.