2015 on Instagram

Can you believe it? Today is the last day of 2015.

I don’t know about all of you, but this year was pretty fantastic for me. Like, majorly fantastic. I cannot believe everything that happened this year and all of the amazing blessings God has given to me through my friends, family, and opportunities.

To finish off the year, I am going to give you a little recap via my Instagram photos.

January:

January 29, 2015
Trevor + I went ice skating together for the first time! It was a blast!

February:

February 27, 2015
I attempted to eat healthy for a while… I also found an awesome new app called Phonto that adds fonts to your photos!

March:

March 8
I got to see some great friends from CUW over my spring break!
March 13
I went on some great shoots with my Pentax K1000.

April:

April 20
I lived with some awesome roommates!
April 23
I tried Jamba Juice for the first time!

May:

May 23
Trevor and I explored a lot, even Green Bay has some pretty cool spots.

June:

June 2
Trevor + I went mini golfing in Door County for the first time!
June 10
I went to the Farmers’ Market in Downtown Green Bay as much as I could, often with my sister!
June 10 (2)
I nannied for three awesome, yet challenging boys.
June 16
I rocked some awesome new sandals from Target.

July:

July 7
I bought my first calligraphy pen from Hobby Lobby.
July 13
My sister, mom, and best friend through me a great bridal shower.
July 26
I learned the amazingness of Bolthouse farms smoothies!

August:

July 27
Trevor + I got married! (This photo is actually from July, but I don’t have any I took the day of)
August 7
My parents gifted us with a new couch and kitchen table and chairs from IKEA. Look at my lovely setting it all up!
August 10
I learned the true beauty of Polaroid photos.
August 12
Trevor + I enjoyed a Twins game at Target Center in Minneapolis.
August 27
I hosted ladies’ night! 

September:

September 8
I explored Minneapolis with Sarah.
September 16
I enjoyed all of the wonderful scents and views of my favorite season: autumn!
September 27
My friends and I went apple picking – and I rocked my LBD from Cotton On.

October:

October 13
I made apple chips – they are the best snack!
October 20
Trevor + I both posted this picture on Instagram, but I finished it in August or September. Our entry way has never looked better!
October 27
The fall colors rocked in the Twin Cities and it stayed fall for quite a while.

November:

November 21
I attended my first Timberwolves game – we got second row seats!

December:

December 8
Sarah and I toured the MN Governor’s Residency.
December 15
Christmas 2015 in the Rodriguez home
December 27
I attended Ana’s beautiful bridal shower
December 27 (2)
Trevor + I attended an awesome winter wedding!

2015 was an awesome year. The pictures prove it, right?!

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Ceiling Update

This is one area I have not touched based on in my rants on my blog, but I think it’s about time!

[warning: there are disgusting pictures below.]

We moved into our lovely apartment the day after our wedding, so August 3. Approximately 2 weeks after, some intense heat struck and our walls in the bathroom began to bubble and drip. We assumed they used the wrong type of paint and went to spend our day in air conditioned areas to avoid the heat. After the intense heat left, we noticed most of the bubbles disappearing.

A few weeks later, we noticed bubbles forming again, but over the shower itself. After about a week or so they grew and grew and dripped and dripped.

Eventually the mold came. This led to moldy/rusty/disgusting water dripping on our heads in the shower. (I sincerely apologize if Trevor or I have smelled at all the past month and half due to this issue…) We began to limit our showering or would make our showers super fast to get out of there as fast as possible.


Now you’re probably asking yourself, “Why didn’t they tell their landlord? That would have solved everything, right?” Well, we did tell him! Probably 3 weeks after the disgusting mold had formed someone finally came in to “fix” the problem. Basically, they scraped off the mold and put a board over the problem. Our landlord told us more solutions would be coming shortly but that’s all that would happen for now. It didn’t take long for the mold to creep around the board and down the wall. Talk about gross.


So, this brings us to the beginning of this week. Sunday Trevor got a call from the landlord saying that plumbers would begin their work on Monday to fix the issue. We were so excited something was finally happening!

Monday morning comes around and we’re happy to be out of their for the guys to get to work. Monday night we get home at 4:45 or so and run to the bathroom to see what’s up. The floor was a mess. The tub had disgusting stuff all over it. AND there was a ginormous hole in our ceiling. The pipe that was dripping now exposed and directly leaking into our tub. We looked around the place for a note saying when they would return – nothing.

So these old, beautiful buildings, aren’t so pretty on the inside really… The plumbers came back Wednesday. We had to be out by 8 am (neither of us were too happy about that..). I was feeling pretty hopeful that the whole situation would be done with, but of course, it was not.

All they did while we were gone that we can tell was apply this lovely board. There were also notices posted around our building saying water would be turned off from 8 am to 4 pm. So the solution has not been an easy one.

Last night when I got home I saw that there is a pipe replaced. But we still have this lovely hole. The board is also now taken down and we can see into our neighbors bathroom because they had to go into their bathroom to replace the pipe as well. All of this has just become a huge mess.

Here’s the latest update from our landlord:
“Plumbers are wrapping up work today. We will be closing off the wall between the two bathrooms for privacy. We will be leaving the ceilings exposed and opened over the weekend to allow the framing and material to dry. J&M will be in on Monday to being patch and repairs.”

So here’s to a long weekend with no showers.

My College Necessities

Well Day 2 of my Junior Year of college is officially completed! All of my homework due for tomorrow is finally finished. I had quite the hard time today (i’ll explain later in this post).

I can tell I am in for an interesting semester. As I’ve said before (i think), I’m taking 8 classes this semester. That’s 21 credits! Professors keep asking how many credits people are taking…I never actually answer because I know I’ll be told I’m insane. Which I sometimes think I have taken a dive in the deep end for doing this to myself.

So far this semester, I have learned so much. I have learned the importance of time management, friends, real food, caffeine, and books. So, let’s begin at square one: time management.

Since I’m taking so many classes, I made sure to buy myself a planner that would let me efficiently plan out when I would do homework. At Target I found this super awesome BlueSky planner, sadly I couldn’t find it online to link you. But go look at their planners! They’re great. Mine is a Day Designer. It has hours for each day laid out, an inspirational quote in the upper lefthand corner, areas to jot down notes, and places for your “top 3” things to get done for the day. Talk about my kind of planner! So tonight I spent over three hours working on my homework for Church History (i’ve never spent that much time in one night on homework before). Thanks to my lovely planner, I was able to space it out well between my classes!

Next on the list: friends. I’m living with my hubby (obvi) this year, instead of in a dorm on campus with roommates. At first I was uber excited about not living in a dorm, but to be 100% honest, I do kinda miss it. I miss my Holst 106 girlies! Shout out to y’all! Thankfully, my schedule has a lot of time between classes, so I see them regularly due to that. I also have three of my four night classes with Katrina, and two of my four night classes with Katie! So I get to see the two of them due to class! I also have one class with Sarah (sadly not a 106 roomie). We’ve also begun planning our wine nights! I cannot begin to tell you all how excited I am for them..

Real food. Why is real underline? Food is food. Real food is what you need when you need some good, actual nourishment. All of you college kids reading this know what I’m talking about. It’s when you go home and have a home cooked meal! It’s weird for me now because I have to make that real food. But dang, does it make me so much more motivated to do homework and get stuff done! Tonight for dinner, Trevor and I had Swedish meatballs with cream sauce from IKEA. It was such a solid meal – I look forward to our next meal with them.

Caffeine is your best friend in college. Like, no joke. Currently the only caffeine in our apartment is kinda nasty instant coffee from Starbucks, a variety of tea, and Coke. I miss having a meal plan where I could buy myself Caribou every morning before class!!! I just want a delicious, warm, tasty Chai tea latte. (if you love me, you’ll buy me one….) Anywho, my drink choice tonight to finish my homework was Coke. I better go brush my teeth now….

Finally, books. So as many of you know, books are expensive in college. It’s ridiculous. I found this cheap site to buy through – Half Price Books. I have ordered through them before and not had any issues. So I purchased one of my textbooks through them. The one way they really get you is shipping costs. I chose the cheapest option, standard shipping. It told me it would take 4-14 days to arrive. I figured it’d be closer to the 4. Now in my Church History class, I didn’t think we’d actually get a legit in depth reading assignment the first day of class. Boy was I wrong. So today I’ve been running around like crazy trying to obtain a copy of the book to successfully complete my homework. I did eventually get one. But now I’m sitting here at almost 11 pm telling you all about this. Had my book come right at 4 days, I’d be asleep by now.

And that brings me to my actual final necessity of mine: sleep.

Goodnight!
XO Elisebeth

Our Place

Trevor + I have been in our wonderful apartment for quite some time now…well I guess we’re still under a month so maybe not. But really, it’s feeling like home now! Things are finally in their places (for the most part…) I am loving our neighborhood and we’ve already made some fantastic memories!

Today I snagged some shots from around our apartment. I learned how hard it is to take pictures of interiors! Especially our place. A lot of the rooms (save the living room) are pretty small so you can’t get quite the right angles..

Our Bedroom
Our Bedroom
The mirror above the dresser
The mirror above the dresser
All of my hair products + fave scents + contact necessities - post about all of that coming soon!
All of my hair products + fave scents + contact necessities – post about all of that coming soon!
My bedside table
My bedside table
Closet door - featuring many scarves
Closet door – featuring many scarves
Our lovely IKEA table
Our lovely IKEA table
Spike, Herb, Bert - our succulents
Spike, Herb, Bert – our succulents
Our countertop
Our countertop
Our dishes
Our dishes

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The only thing we have hung so far - Polaroids!
The only thing we have hung so far – Polaroids!
My bookcase, featuring only some of my books
My bookcase, featuring only some of my books
Our awesome IKEA couch  + throw + pillows
Our awesome IKEA couch + throw + pillows

There’s not much to our little place – but I love it anyway!

I made my goal of getting this posted before school started…it was a close one! My next goal is to establish a blogging schedule. That way I can stay on task with posts, even during my busy school year!

Like the pictures? Find more of my work – here.

Thanks for reading!
XO Elisebeth

Photography Update

Hello everyone! I am loving being back on my blogging game!

The last few days I have been focusing on getting caught up with my photography blog. Since I started taking photos – I have really enjoyed sharing my work with everyone. My Facebook page, Elisebeth Anne Photography, is where most of my posts normally end up getting posted – so give it a “Like” and make sure you don’t miss anything else from the world of my photography!

My most recent post on there was about my sister! I did her senior portraits right before the wedding. So I didn’t end up getting around to editing or posting them until this past week. It was exciting to see them go up and hear everyone’s responses too! You can see her post – here.

On Saturday, Trevor and I went to my aunt + uncle’s home. They live like 25 minutes away, which I absolutely LOVE! My cousins love us to death and they have a dog so I can get my animal fix in too. My aunt asked us if we could do their family portraits this upcoming fall – I of course said yes!

In other news – our neighborhood is full of awesome furry creatures! Yesterday as we headed to our car to leave for church, we were greeted by two fat, little pugs trying to scare us away. And we have a spot that we know this adorable cat likes to hang out. Check out that handsome guy…


  
  

That’s all for now!
XO Elisebeth