Date Night 2 of 2017: Phoenix, Arizona

When setting our 2017 marriage goals (which you can seeĀ 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.

Trevor and I planned a quick trip down to Phoenix, Arizona to do our Global Entry Interview. The soonest one at MSP was not until late April, which is when we’re planning to take our Europe trip. So we decided we’d visit somewhere warm in the middle of winter. Unfortunately, Trevor could only get two days off so we flew down Tuesday and flew back Wednesday. Shortest trip ever. We will never again take a vacation that short in duration. I can say I am honestly missing the sunshine and warmth greatly. I didn’t know how badly I missed it until I went and experienced it!

Here are some photos (both from our Nikon and from our iPhones) from our short but great trip!

img_0033img_0030img_0028img_0001

img_0023
We ate at Blanco Tacos & Tequila – I enjoyed an AMAZING White Peach & Hibiscus Margarita!

 

Desert Botanical Garden

phoenix-6phoenix-1phoenix-2phoenix-3phoenix-4phoenix-5phoenix-7img_0002img_0003img_0004img_0005img_0006img_0007img_0008img_0010img_0011img_0012img_0013phoenix-8img_0024phoenix-9img_0026img_0034img_0031phoenix-10phoenix-11phoenix-12phoenix-13phoenix-14

Papago Park + Hole in the Rock

phoenix-15phoenix-16phoenix-17phoenix-18phoenix-19phoenix-20phoenix-21phoenix-22phoenix-23phoenix-24img_0019

Talk about an awesome trip – I cannot wait for our next trip! Talk about a great second “date night” of 2017. šŸ™‚

XO Elisebeth

Personal Goals 2017

We’re approaching a week into 2017, so I ought to share my personal goals for this year. I have already shared the goals Trevor + I have developed for our marriage (read about those HERE), but I have more than just these goals in mind this year.

My goals for this year will be split into the following categories:

  • Faith: My faith has been something that has always been important to me and a priority in my life. This year I’m going to work to make this even more of a priority.
  • Photography: My photography business has grown quite a bit this past year. My plans and goals are for this to continue!
  • Teaching: IĀ just graduated, so teaching goals are a given!
  • Marriage: Trevor + I developed goals for our marriage together, but I have some for myself to work on as well.
  • Other: All of the random things that don’t fit into other categories.

Faith:

  1. Keep up on “Faith” goals within our Marriage Goals with Trevor.
  2. Read devotions (either on phone or online) minimum of twice a week.

Photography:

  1. Book at least 10 sessions in each of my session “categories” (with the exception of weddings – 5+ with Trevor)
  2. Pass 500 Facebook likes on my page, which is facebook.com/elisebethannephotography if you wanna help a lady out. šŸ™‚
  3. Pass 500 Instagram likes, instagram.com/elisebethannephotography – thank you very much!

Teaching:

  1. Make my very first classroom “MINE”! Yes, this is kind of a weird goal, but I want to make sure I put the effort into my first classroom becoming my style +Ā fitting my personality +Ā teaching style.
  2. Read 12 (or more) “teacher books” to stay involved in profession-related literature.
  3. Survive the 2017 portion of my first year of teaching!

Marriage:

  1. Pay greater attention + be more intentional about speaking to Trevor inĀ his love language.
  2. Improve communication with Trevor about my emotions.

Other:

  1. Get my second tattoo.
  2. Travel.
  3. Record a cover with Trevor (he’s only been asking for forever).
  4. Be happier. I’m reading 52 Lists of Happiness to help me on this journey.
  5. Blog about all of the Date Nights Trev + I do this year as a part of our Marriage Goals. Date Night 1 is up already HERE!

I think that’s all for my 2017 goals. Some are plenty vague, but I think they are all plenty achievable. Here’s to 2017!

XO Elisebeth

Date Night 1 of 2017: Sea Life

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.

First on the table: Sea Life at Mall of America.

Mall of America was running a promotion where if you spend a certain amount of money you got a free pair of tickets to Sea Life, Nickelodeon Universe, or Crayola Experience. Trevor and I spent double that amountĀ and got two pairs of tickets: one for Sea Life and one for Nickelodeon Universe.

So yesterday, Trevor and I headed to MOA to go to Sea Life. We went the first month we were married and loved it, however, it’s not exactly the cheapest attraction around. Hoping to eventually go back, we were elated to get a pair of free tickets. We had a blast taking live photos on our phones of the beautiful aquarium and enjoyed God’s wonderful, aquatic creation! Unfortunately, most of the photos below look very low quality…

fullsizerender-1fullsizerenderimg_3098img_3099img_3115img_3118img_5112img_5426img_5630

I love doing life with Trevor.. I can’t wait for all of 2017’s crazy adventures!

XO Elisebeth

2016 on Instagram

Once again, another year has flown by… 2016 you’ve been both an amazing and awful year. I’ve learned so much this year and am excited to apply this knowledge to this upcoming year.

Just like last year, I’m going to share a recap of this past year via Instagram photos. (View 2015’s recap here!)

January:

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-24-49-pm

Trevor + I enjoyed exploring Cave Point in Door County along with getting some sick shots of my dear friend Ana.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-25-23-pm

It snowed… a lot.

February:

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-27-34-pm

I got addicted to La Croix..

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-27-59-pm

I turned 21 (finally) + celebrated with friends at the casino!

March:

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-30-50-pmscreen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-31-12-pmscreen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-31-02-pm

I started embroidering! Above are a few of my pieces that I started on.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-31-27-pm

I babysat/dogsat for my cousins over their Spring/Easter Break.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-31-34-pm

Trevor + I tried Rusty Taco for the first time (it’s amazing and one of our fave taco joints in town).

April:

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-36-19-pmscreen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-36-31-pm

I completed my practicum at Hand in Hand and had enjoyed planning my lessons during my time there.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-36-52-pm

Trevor got us tickets to Outcry 2016 at Xcel Energy Center. We got to hear Taya Smith (from Hillsong) sing Oceans.. Yes, I cried like a baby.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-37-02-pm

My honey turned 22 (and I got these new glasses).

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-37-13-pm

Trevor + I saw The Summer Set.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-37-28-pm

Trevor graduated from McNally! I’m so proud of to be this man’s wife.

May:

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-41-18-pmscreen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-41-31-pm

I got to stand up with my best friend, Ana as she married the love of her life.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-41-53-pm

Trevor + I tried Insomnia Cookies for the first time. #addictedscreen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-42-05-pmscreen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-42-16-pmscreen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-42-30-pmscreen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-42-41-pm

Trevor + I went to Washington DC/NYC for about a week. It was a fabulous trip and I want so badly to go back.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-42-52-pm

Trevor + I saw The 1975 for the second time.. I cried during Robbers and half of the set.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-43-04-pm

My little sister graduated from high school!

June:

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-47-52-pm

Trevor + I enjoyed St. Paul’s downtown farmers’ market.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-48-11-pm

I drank some Kinky while Trevor + I went to the Saints game with some great drink rail seats.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-48-27-pm

Katherine hosted her graduation party.

July:

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-48-42-pm

We celebrated that I completed all of my education testing this summer!

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-56-12-pm

Trevor + I got further involved in wedding photography + videography.

August:

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-58-17-pm

The kiddos at Hand in Hand made a Thank You sign for the student workers at the end of the summer.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-58-28-pm

Sarah moved back into Concordia (so glad she wasn’t in Spain this past semester).

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-58-40-pm

Sarah + I got bottomless mimosas at Bonfire on Grand.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-3-58-51-pm

Trevor + I enjoyed the Minnesota State Fair!

September:

Screen Shot 2016-12-30 at 4.05.19 PM.png

I wrote a lot of lessons at TFL…

Screen Shot 2016-12-30 at 4.07.27 PM.png

I tried making pumpkin loaf for the first time +Ā it turned out fantastically!

October:

Screen Shot 2016-12-30 at 4.10.55 PM.png

I hung out with dearest Ana before she headed out to Cali.

November:

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-4-11-06-pm

I got a hair cut!

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-4-11-14-pm

I took photos at the Pentatonix concert + LOVED their opener Us the Duo.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-4-11-25-pm

I made sure I looked extra great for Thanksgiving!

December:

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-4-15-11-pm

I attended my final 908 service as a student + said see ya later to Katrina as she leaves to student teach in Grafton.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-4-15-18-pm

Trevor had Chinese + Monopoly date night.

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-4-15-29-pm

CHRISTMAS!

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-4-15-36-pm

Goal writing for 2017 has begun!

 

I hope your 2016 was as delightful as mine (if not more).
Here’s to 2017!

XO Elisebeth

Recent Life Lessons

I have a lot of friends who are currently in the seasonĀ of singleness. And while I wasn’t in that arena for long, I am glad I did experience it. Marriage has helped me to realize the importance of having been single and having lived on my own – even if only for a semester of college was I living entirely alone in a single dorm. During that semester I dealt with a lot of personal things, some stemming from having been long distance with Trevor, but I also learned a lot. Some of these life lessons have only now come to realization now that I have been married for a year.

God works in such mysterious ways, and we never know how these “nows” will impact our “laters”. I’ve learned, perhaps most importantly, this first year of marriage, the importance of embracing the “nows” – no future day will ever be the same as now. Today’s experiences shape tomorrow. Today’s reflections impact tomorrow’s plans and thoughts and actions and words. Everything matters.

While this post has gotten a little more philosophical than I had initially anticipated – it has been so eye opening to come to a realization that life presents us with so many revelations and that God does truly work in our lives.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

-Romans 8:28Ā ESV