Europe 2017: Paris Day 3

Hey, y’all – sorry for the little (okay, kind of long) hiatus from sharing about our traveling this summer! I just got back from a wonderful lake up north and am feeling rejuvenating and wanting to share about our final (full) day in Europe earlier this summer.

Day 3 in Paris, we were hoping to hit up some items on our itinerary that were not on my list of things I had already done in Paris. I was pretty excited for all that we had planned.

We had left our luggage with the concierge at our hotel as we were transferring from our fancy hotel to an AirBnB for our final night before heading out for breakfast!

Number One on the list after breakfast: the Paris Catacombs.

I had heard lines there could be over 2 hours at this time of summer, but little did I know what we were getting ourselves in for… Through rain and shine, hunger and bladder needs, we stood in line for OVER 7 HOURS. Yes, you read that right. We stood in line for not just 2 hours, but 7 total hours (actually I think it was about 8, but I’m having a hard time recalling the specifics). It was a day of grueling boredom. On the plus side, we got to go through the simply intriguing catacombs. We paid the extra few euros for the audioguide, which I highly recommend at the catacombs or you’ll miss a lot of interesting and important information about the history of the catacombs and Paris. I definitely recommend visiting the catacombs, but either buy tickets ahead of time (which is difficult because the site to buy the tickets through doesn’t translate well on Safari or Chrome) or be prepared to stand in line for a long, long time if you go during peak season. Here are some of the photos that we took during our time in the catacombs as well as while in line!

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It was hardcore downpouring during part of our time in line – thank goodness for our umbrella we packed!

 

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This was how close we were to the entrance (just inside that green building) when we were told we may not make it inside by the time it closed.

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The experience within the catacombs was such a unique experience and is in many ways indescribable. How do you put into words what it’s like to be around so many bones of humans? Those were people! They had stories! Like, wow.

After we finally finished up at the catacombs, we took the metro to Notre Dame to meet up with our friend, Maria! So glad she snagged this photo for us!

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We then headed to eat some delicious dinner and enjoyed a final dinner in Paris! We also got some amazing gelato with a macaron in it!

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After a late, late night, we grabbed our luggage and headed to the AirBnB and hit our pillows soooo quickly.

The next day, we headed home. We had a rather dramatic departure from Paris as some technological pieces of ours were left in our AirBnB. Big, long story, trust me – I’ve saved you an hour of your life by not sharing.

We arrived home from our trip and were glad to be back. Honestly, it was very easily one of the best trips of my life. For sure, it was better than my first trip to Europe, but I think a huge chunk of that was because I got to go with Trevor and we got to do everything together. I cannot wait for all of our future adventures and I am really hoping we someday get to go back to Europe!

I’m hoping to get up a post about Portland SOON!

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

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: I 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. 🙂
  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 + fitting my personality + 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 in 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

So Busy

I’ve been incredibly awful on giving y’all updates on life…and this week will be no different!

What’s ahead for the week?

Tomorrow, I have a maternity session scheduled. Wednesday, I am shooting Abi Ann, Us the Duo, and Pentatonix at Xcel Energy Center. Thursday I get to have a break in the evening. Friday, Trinity First has their Fall Festival. Saturday I have a couples session.

This week will have a lot of amazing photos to go through. I cannot wait. My creative juices have been rising again and I can’t wait to go into these sessions with ideas.

Also – new photography website COMING SOON. Can’t wait to share it with you lovelies!

Peace out,
XOElisebeth

P.S. I’m in the last two weeks of being in the kindergarten room and my edTPA is killing me.

Spring Photoshoot

A little over a week ago I went on a photo shoot with a close friend from school! It was a beautiful day out and I was itching to get some photos in. It has been forever since I have shot anything, so it felt great to get out again!

Here are my favorite images:

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I even pulled out my prism to use (that’s how most of these turned out in the way they did). I could not be happier with our shoot and cannot wait for the warm weather to return!

Find more at: elisebethanne.com or Elisebeth Anne Photography

XO Elisebeth