Two weeks ago, I finished the last class of my undergraduate career. I did officially graduate in May of 2012, but I double majored in college. Instead of getting one degree with a double major listed, I was bound and determined to get two degrees. This meant jumping through a few loop holes in the system. After much debate and planning with the ladies in the registrar’s office, it was determined that I would withhold from taking one class – Spanish II, until after graduation. During the following commencement year, I could take this class, transfer the credit back to Olivet and get degree number 2! I took the class over the summer. This was a bit of a challenge since I took Spanish 1 the first semester of my freshman year, but with the help of my ever so talented husband, I finished the class!
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I have felt like I have been running a marathon and I am just now trying to catch my breath – figuratively and literally. (I have had a cold for the last two weeks and breathing has been a bit of a struggle.) Here is a quick rundown of my last few weeks.
We took a second photo shoot after our wedding to get some of the couple photos that we didn't have time to get on our wedding day. It was fun to get dressed back up and was a lot more relaxing than our first shoot. We went through a hay field, climbed a tree, and took a walk through the woods to get a few of these shots. Although it wasn't a complete "wreck the dress" photo shoot - my dress was pretty filthy when we were finished, but it was well worth it. Thanks to Nick Garcia at Common Thread Photo for his amazing work. Here are the few of the shots.
It is hard to believe that is has already been one year since I said "I do" to my amazing husband. Our first year has been a crazy, wonderful adventure. I feel so blessed to have him in my life and truly love married life. We got married on July 14, 2012 in Lowell, MI. Our reception was held in at a local airport in an airplane hangar. Here are just a few pictures from that day just a year ago.
In the last week and a half, I have traveled over 1,800 miles. It is safe to say that Philip and I like LOVE to travel. Since we have been married (just under 9 months), we have been to 11 states and 2 countries.
Our latest adventures took us to North Carolina to see my wonderful cousins Glamorie, Kip, Rick, Kason and Kaya and my Titi (Aunt) Fefy.
The weather was beautiful (in comparison to the snow storms we left behind in Indianapolis.) We arrived at 3am on Thursday night, so we took most of the day on Friday to relax and recoup (we weren’t complaining.) We went to church on Friday night since it was Easter weekend. We discovered that all the cool churches now have mascots. Who knew?
Saturday we went with Rick, Glam and my little cousin Kason to Carowinds, which is the big amusement park in the Carolinas. It runs directly down North and South Carolina boarder.
Philip and I decided to go to St. Louis last weekend on a quick, last minute, and I mean - book everything Thursday night at midnight, last minute - trip. We quickly packed after getting home from work on Friday and headed out. It was only about a 4 hour road trip, but it felt like we went a world away. My parents lived in St. Louis for a few months, so they were helpful in discovering all the hidden gems of the city. We also utilized groupon.com to find a few last minute deals. (And we found some great ones!)
Saturday morning we headed to an adorable little restaurant called The London Tea Room. (It made me want to immediately move to the UK.) I had a delicious scone with cream and jam and a chocolate Chai tea latte - so yummy!
There was no way we could go to St. Louis and not visit the arch. It was my first time going up the arch and I felt like I was entering an alien space ship. The view of the city was gorgeous though!
After we went up in the arch, we walked around the museum, stopped in the general store underneath the Arch where we got candy sticks and played checkers (of course!) and then headed to the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner. We then headed to this adorable little Gelato store downtown called Gelateria on Washington Ave..
After we had satisfied our sweet tooth, we headed to the Aquarium inside the City Museum downtown. This was one of the coolest things we did and I would encourage anyone heading to St. Louis to stop at the City Museum and the Aquarium. The museum looks like something straight out of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory (without all the candy). We spent our time at he Aquarium, but were regretting not checking out the museum first. We booked what they called the "EAT" - Extreme Animal Tour at the Aquarium. The tour aloud us to feed, hold and pet many exotic and dangerous animals. We were told it was not for pansies, so of course, we had to take the challenge!
On Sunday we headed to a part of town called "The Hill" - (a really neat college town). There is this cute restaurant called "Fitz's." They bottle their own soda. The restaurant looks like an old fifties cafe - totally worth checking out. We couldn't stop at Fitz's without getting some obnoxiously large floats.
Before we headed back home, we went to a town just south of St. Louis called Crystal City. We found a deal (another Groupon!) where we could take an underground barge ride. The barge was at a lake inside an old cave mine. We ended up being the only ones on the ride. It was very cool and unique.
We had a perfect weekend! If you are ever in St. Louis, I would encourage you to check out any of these places! Sometimes you just need a random weekend away!