Summer 2017 Travel Plans

Trevor & I have been working on our travel plans for this upcoming summer, and I cannot wait for it to be June already!

Back in January, we did a short trip down to Arizona (read about that here) to gain Global Entry access for our trip to Europe. At that point, we were hoping for the trip to be in April, but couldn’t get it to line up right with when we could both get off work for a long enough amount of time. This has pushed our trip back to June! However, plane tickets have finally been booked for Amsterdam, London, and Paris! While I already know the trip is going to go by wayyyy to quickly, I am beyond excited to return to Europe and to do the trip with Trevor! We have an AirBnB booked for Amsterdam and hotel/AirBnB combo booked for Paris already, but have to wait a bit for London’s hotel until more points post onto Trevor’s IHG account.

I have already begun compiling a long list of attractions for us to visit in each location and I know there is no way for us to see everything. It’s so hard to narrow down activities with the realization that we may never be able to visit again (although this will be my second time to London and Paris).

So Europe will be in June, we’ll have a little bit of down time once we get back and then we’re hoping to head out to Portland, OR for a few days during July! I really hope everything for Portland falls into place, it’s one of those enchanting places I see all over social media and am just dying to visit.

I cannot wait for it to be summer and to get some more traveling and adventuring done with my wonderful husband. Seriously, shout out to Trevor. He works his butt off so we can do super cool trips for super cheap. (ilysb bb)

XO Elisebeth

Date Night 6 of 2017: Minneapolis Institute of Art

When setting our 2017 marriage goals (which you can see HERE) we decided we were going to be intentional in dating one another. This meant regular date nights, trying things we haven’t done in the area or revisiting favorites.

Over my Spring Break, we decided it would be a good time to fit in an early April Date Night. Minneapolis Institute of Art was first on the list, and I thought it would be a great thing to do during the day while on break. I also thought it would be a good time to go to Black Coffee and Waffle Bar, which I have been dying to try!

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The Apple Streusel Waffle did not disappoint! We decided just to split the one waffle to save a little bit of money, but I easily could have eaten the whole thing myself.

After finishing our waffle, we drove to Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) right as it opened. I went this past summer with my mom and sister, but Trevor had not yet been, so I was excited for him to go. I was also eager to visit again as it’s been a while since I’ve visited an art museum (since July when they visited).

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Overall, I really enjoyed seeing some of the things I had not seen the first time and it got me SO excited for our upcoming trip this summer to see so many great museums! I’ll be sharing more soon about our summer plans.

XO Elisebeth

Date Night 5 of 2017: Bubba Gump’s

When setting our 2017 marriage goals (which you can see HERE) we decided we were going to be intentional in dating one another. This meant regular date nights, trying things we haven’t done in the area or revisiting favorites.

Date Night 1 of March was such a blast, I’m glad we made it happen early(ish) in the month to try to hit 3 this month.

Bubba Gump’s was next on our list for Date Nights. We went to Bubba Gump’s last year for the first time and super loved it. When we were coming up with a list of places to go for Date Nights this year, this was a no-brainer. While a little pricier than we normally eat out, it’s still convenient as it’s at MOA.

I got a super amazing Mango Frozen Margarita and Shrimp New Orleans. Honestly, I don’t remember what Trevor got and he’s not responding to my texts while at work. 😂

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While it wasn’t a “fancy” date, it was so nice to just go out to eat and enjoy lunch together after church!

While we didn’t hit 3 dates this month, the 2 we did have were CERTAINLY great!
XO Elisebeth

God is So Good

God is So Good is one of my students’ favorite songs to sing as a part of Jesus Time, Chapel, or Closing Chapel. You can tell by how loudly they yell “Yes, He Is!” at the end of each line of the song, even when those aren’t necessarily the “right” lyrics.

Normally by a Saturday evening at this time, I’m in my jammies, sitting on the couch watching Netflix. Don’t get me wrong, that is an accurate description of what I’m doing. However, it’s all the other things that have happened today that make me be reminded of how truly good God is.

This weekend (Friday + Saturday) I attended the Minnesota Early Childhood Educators Conference at Concordia, St. Paul! I was pretty excited about the conference since I read the brochure with the session descriptions and because I knew my old practicum teachers/coworkers would be there as they helped lead sessions, worked on event staff, and attend sessions. I also got a day from the kiddos on Friday to attend. As the sessions came to an ended today, I took some time to reflect on all of the amazing information I received. Like wow, we as educators are entrusted with such a huge and overwhelming task, but God enables us to do it all for His glory and honor. WOW! It’s just still so shocking to me that I get to be a part of the development of so many humans, in their faith, in their emotional life, in their social skills, in EVERYTHING. While parents are obviously the number one influence in a child’s life, it’s so wonderful to be a part of a collaboration and team to help those kids grow.

On my way home from the conference I was also reflecting on the importance of making sure I care for myself to be able to care for these kids. So, I’m going to try to start working out and getting healthy again. College was like a million tries to get back into shape from high school and a million fails as well. Either way, I’m going to put effort into it again. I ran for just over a mile and felt great after!

Tonight I also used my new birthday pan from my parents to make banana bread with some bananas that were getting old. It just finished and tastes so good.

I don’t know if it’s just the fact that I had a wonderful time at the conference or if it’s that our apartment is on the cleaner side, I’m just so thankful God has blessed me this weekend with so many reminders of His love.

So here’s to a wonderful next week with many more of God’s blessings so obviously in my life!
XO Elisebeth

Date Night 4 of 2017: Photos

When setting our 2017 marriage goals (which you can see HERE) we decided we were going to be intentional in dating one another. This meant regular date nights, trying things we haven’t done in the area or revisiting favorites.

February, Trevor and I only hit one of our two date nights, so we’re going to hit THREE in March. This past weekend we did our make up date night as a day trip down to Madison area. We got up really early (it was Daylight Savings….) and headed to church where my Dad is a pastor. It was nice to see my family again, even if for a short bit. We got lunch at an old barn after church and hung out for a bit before Trevor and I had to get going.

We met up with Janae of Westrum Photographs for a session at Devils Lake State Park. We hiked (and were out of breath), saw some amazing views, and had soo many laughs. Trev & I aren’t super in love with our engagement or wedding photos, so this couples session meant SO much to us.

Honestly, the results are breathtaking. It took me twenty minutes to pick one to be my new Facebook profile picture because I freaking love all of them. Here are some of my (many, many, many) favorites.

I am oh so thankful for this session and to Janae for drawing my name out of the random giveaway I entered. I just keep looking through the pictures again and again and again.

I cannot wait to share more of the photos on my Instagram (go follow to see more): @mrselisebethrodriguez! I also cannot wait to continue sharing our Date Nights of 2017 with you all!

XO Elisebeth