Yesterday, Mike and I carved out a few hours to hike through Morton Arboretum and see the Fall colors. We have both been a little bogged down with work and this was the perfect opportunity for us to reconnect with nature and spend some quality time together.
Nature has always been a main theme in our relationship. When we first started dating, he and I would hike through the forest preserves and he would tell me about his engineering projects or his family. I got to know him a lot on those hikes. Those moments are special memories for me and this trip brought a lot of that back.
We hiked mostly along the East side of the Arboretum. It's a large space showcasing a variety of trees. The trees are absolutely gorgeous and we were able to see most of the Arboretum in about 4 hours. Some of my favorite shots are pictured above.
We were also lucky enough to catch the Fall Color Festival (happens every weekend in October). It features tasty food hot off the grill, a scarecrow trail, and a make-your-own taffy apple bar, among other activities. It's super family friendly and the taffy apples were the perfect after-hike treat.
If you have a chance, I strongly suggest taking a trip to Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL soon. This the perfect time to go because the temperatures are holding around the 60's and the changing leaves will peak this weekend.
Today marks two weeks until we close on our first house together. We are working tirelessly to prepare. Michael spends all of his spare time building furniture and shuttling me to stores and I am busy pouring over our plans and checklists, dreaming about what our home could be. We do everything together and we are learning volumes about each other in the process.
In the middle of all that, I still have some new discoveries to share with you. Here's what's on my radar this week:
We are 15 days away from moving into our new house and it has occurred to me that Michael has not packed a thing. We have two very different approaches to moving and I'm okay with that. Michael is simply too busy with work to pack. I get it, he has a lot of deadlines and exciting projects coming up and something like packing just hits the back burner. For those who, like me, are also extremely busy but have more a "pack or die" mentality, this post is for you. Read on for my top ten packing tips.
I apologize that this post is coming to you so late. My life has been utter chaos this past month (more on that later this week). For now, I'd like to tell you about a little fete...
I had the pleasure of hosting this year's Oscars party with Christine of Life With a Side of Coffee and Jess of The Petite Diaries. I couldn't have done it without them. They handled my sudden life shift with nothing less than grace, understanding and kindness. Jess and Christine deserve so much credit for the success of this party!
I cannot believe we're almost done with January. Hasn't the month flew by? I feel like I'm still trying to catch up with post-holiday craziness to be honest. With the end of every month comes a giveaway though and this is the first official one for 2015! I decided to switch things up this time so instead of a gift card, me and a few blog friends will be giving away an 8-Cup Chambord Coffee Press by Bodum from Starbucks, a bag of ground coffee and a mug. We're bringing the coffee to you so you don't have to deal with the cold outside. I hear some of you are experiencing Snowmageddon. I definitely don't miss walking around in that.
I went to Enolo Wine Cafe to meet my friend Christina (of The Chicago Photog Blog) for a glass of wine. It was a frigid evening, and the wine bar was a warm, comforting retreat from the cold. Enolo is a beautiful spot to grab a drink, complete with gold wall medalions, vaulted ceilings, a clean white bar and many crystal chandeliers. It's a classy place that makes you feel like you're inside a glass of champagne. I greeted Christina and ordered a light dinner. Then, sipping the 2012 Tablas Creek Syrah Blend, I settled into a fun evening of catching up with a friend.
I have always loved a fresh start. The beginning of a new year is like an energizing sunrise: I bask in the glow of endless possibilities and let its warmth heat my soul.
The photo above is the first photo of me in 2015. I took it myself, shortly after I woke. I was feeling relaxed and happy. And I was overcome with the notion that this year will be a year of immense change. There are a lot of things my soul has been aching for, and I believe 2015 will be the year my hopes and dreams come to fruition.