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

What I Read – Summer 2016

Please bear with me…This was meant to be posted over a month ago…….


SUMMER IS OVER? Yeah, that’s right…I start student teaching next week, which means summer is over.

I have always been quite the bookworm, and summer is the perfect time to take advantage of soaking up literature.

So what did I read this past summer?

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

This past year I have been really into memoirs/autobiographies, for example during the school year I slammed through The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and got caught up in this whole business. Yes Please is the perfect combination of funny and real talk. Honestly, it made me want to go out and live a bit more. Amy Poehler’s tone was exactly as could be expected and kept me wanting to keep reading all night long. Definitely suggest this one!

The Unveiled Wife: Embracing Intimacy with God and Your Husband by Jennifer Smith

I actually bought this book a long ways back and intended to read it before I got married. Clearly that didn’t happen. The Unveiled Wife is an amazing book about marriage and the key role that God plays in it. If you’re getting married soon, or are married already, I suggest you take a look, or at least check out her blog: unveiledwife.com

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Bossy Pants was all in all, a great read. However, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I read it before Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I had a lot of expectations for tone, that were just rather lacking in comparison. But I did learn a lot about Tina’s life and now feel I could be on a first name basis with her.

Kabul Beauty School: An American Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez

Memoir/Autobiography #3 for you today. Kabul Beauty School gives you an inside look at the culture in Afghanistan. And let me tell you, it is eye-opening. Like there were times I was crying over the shock that this book revealed to me. I am so thankful for mission-minded people like Debbie Rodriguez.

I normally read more during the summer, but I’m certainly happy with what I did get around to. What did you read?
XO Elisebeth

Celebration

Originally, I intended to post on the 4th of July with some cute, sappy pictures of Trevor and I from our day – however we ended up spending most of the day inside playing cards and watching Psych. Go us.

The 4th of July is a big landmark in our relationship, you can read about that here: https://weddingsandwine.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/mrs-rodriguez/ So my intention was to write a post about how crazy it is that it’s been three years since that first started – and now we’ve been married for almost a year!

We recently have been enjoying a lot of life’s blessings and Trevor thought he would surprise me to celebrate the awesome ways God has been working in our lives. He upgraded my phone! Previously, I had his old iPhone 5. But yesterday, he drove me to Sprint and got me a beautiful Space Gray iPhone 6S. I’m officially cooler than him now (and I plan to brag about it for as long as possible).

Remember how my last several posts have been about being stressed or in a rut or just plain busy? I guess the quote, “Good things come to those who wait,” is really spot on in our lives. Those of you who have been praying for Trevor and me for various reasons, we super appreciate it and know God is listening! So THANK YOU!

I hope you had a splendid holiday weekend!
XO Elisebeth

Summer So Far

Well, I thought for sure with summer being here I would jump back into blogging frequently and about actually interesting topics. Unfortunately that has yet to happen.

So what have I been up to?

Not much. I am working at the childcare center I did my practicum at this last semester. I work about 25ish hours a week there with the greatest kids ever. Seriously. I love my job. When I’m not working there I am generally at home with my love. We have been doing some video gigs, so Trevor always has plenty to be working on. I also am working about once a week at Noodles & Company, still not loving it but I’ll take the extra money..

I also have begun embroidering. I actually started during this last semester, but life kind of got busy and I never got around to mentioning it. So, now’s as good of a time as ever I guess! I started an Etsy  shop: BlissfulFiberArt. I have a couple of different hoops for sale up there – and finally landed my first sale last weekend!

All in all, it’s been rather calm here other than balancing schedules.

Hopefully I start doing things that will be exciting to share…
XO Elisebeth

Summer Vacation 2016 – DC + NYC

Trevor and I took our first vacation together early May. It was absolutely amazing. Words cannot describe our experience in Washington DC and New York City, so here are some photos to fill you in on our time.

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I can’t wait for the many, many adventures Trevor and I have ahead of us – whether traveling to new areas like this trip, or the weekly trip to the grocery store. Man, do I love this guy.