The Start of Summer 2017

Hello!

I am here to finally write a post other than those from my “Date Nights” series! While I super love sharing our love with y’all, I’m sure it gets annoying reading basically the same thing over + over + over again. So here we are… a post that is not directly about our Date Nights.

It is freaking summer already.

How did this happen?

Wasn’t it just snowing and we were complaining about subzero temps?

Here in Minnesota, the heat got turned to HIGH really fast this year. I’m all for warm weather + a chance for a good tan, but it’s gotten a bit too hot for my general liking. Last weekend Trevor + I walked around at Grand Old Day since we live a few blocks away + I got a little pink in the shoulders, which has now transitioned to the first tan of the season! Now to work on my pasty legs a bit…

Anywho, summer is off to the most wonderful of starts! Earlier this week we finally booked our plane tickets AND hotel room for PORTLAND. I cannot wait! I repeat, we’re going to Portland. In July. For almost a week. I. CAN’T. WAIT.

(Here’s the part that kind of drifts back to “Date Nights” series territory)

Trev + I have always had this plan to travel as much as possible, thus our upcoming trips to both Europe + Portland for this summer. We’ve both made it a priority so far to do one good vacation together each summer (last year we did DC + NYC) + I hope this continues as our marriage progresses. June’s Date Nights will be our trip as a whole as we spend time exploring together + doing some kinda pricey things. We’ve saved so much money on both of our trips that we’re able to spoil ourselves a bit in both trips + I am so beyond excited for them.

So that’s the start of my 2017 summer! I’m hoping to have a lot to share about Europe after we get back, but also no promises because sometimes I super suck about this whole blogging thing….

Praying your summers are off to an equally wonderful start!
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

What’s Up: February Life Update

Wow, we’re already nearing the end of February! I was doing pretty well with blogging in January + was hoping that trend would continue throughout 2017, however, I’ve already staggered off on the consistency.

Anywho, here’s a little life update!

  1. I haven’t talked much about it, but I have begun a new job as a 3-year-old teacher where I did my student teaching last semester. I’m transitioning into the role + can’t wait for the classroom to be solely mine, although I’m trying to embrace + enjoy the transition right now. I’m loving getting to know my coworkers better + feeling more comfortable in my role there.
  2. Trevor and I have finally established the dates of our Europe trip. We will be booking tickets shortly, but all things are a go in regards to getting off work for the appropriate amount of time. I’m so excited for us to do our first international trip together! I also cannot wait to visit Amsterdam for the first time. That will be our first stop on the trip before we head on to London + Paris (which I am also super psyched for).
  3. I’ve officially made it a (new) goal of mine this year to try more local coffee shops! I love Starbucks + Caribou, but there are so many trendy spots in the Twin Cities that I need to give a try. So far, I’ve hit up Spyhouse (NE + Uptown locations, still need to try Whittier + Northloop locations) + Groundswell Midway! All of these places are so hip + cool + I cannot wait to support local stores by trying them out! I did end up taking advantage of my free birthday drinks at both Starbucks + Caribou, but other than that I have done well with drinking locally.

This next month I’m going to try to blog more consistently, but we’ll see how that goes…

XO Elisebeth

Uptown Adventures

actually left the apartment today and had a social life! You read that right, I swear I even have photos to prove it.

My darling friend Sarah and I enjoyed Uptown today. We went to Giordano’s which neither of us had been to before. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re interested in some good food. Sarah got some pizza and I enjoyed Italiano Salad – so good!

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After Giordano’s, we drove down to Calhoun Square area and enjoyed Victoria’s Secret, Urban Outfitters, Francesca’s, and H&M…

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Here are some nice candids of Sarah at Urban Outfitters… The Uptown UO is my absolute favorite!

Last but not least we hit up Spyhouse Coffee in Uptown, which I’ve been dying to try! Another highly recommended location from today. We decided we’re going to try the other 3 locations this year as well.

It was so nice to have a day out in Minneapolis and catch up with Sarah after her first week of student teaching! I cannot wait to try out more new places in the area!

XO Elisebeth