Friday, October 31, 2008


Hey everyone I finally finished editing the photos from our honeymoon. It's really simple, you just go to the link below and create a sign in name. Pictage doesn't send annoying junk mail, I promise.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Apartment!

We are moving!
Justin got a job at a newspaper in the city & will be working right on Michigan Avenue. As a result we are leaving Indiana & moving to Illinois. Saturday we're signing the lease on a cute vintage apartment building in Oak Park. It has a pretty courtyard, wood floors & arched doorways. I also love our bathroom tile, as shown above. I'm very excited to be moving to Oak Park. It's a hip little community with a an arts district, lots of history & yummy food. Not only will Justin be a short train ride to the city, but I'll be only 5 minutes driving time from the photographer I work for. This weekend we're painting. That is if we can decide on paint colors. Neither of us are used to this much freedom in deciding something like a paint color.
P.S. We're still west coasting it... in relationship to Lake Michigan... right?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Random Fun

This is the face I made every single time Justin took a photo of me.  I would be thinking in my head, "what is he doing?"... "where is he focusing?"... "that doesn't look right" and he would always have to retake it because of this face.  

I discovered on this trip that boys really like to play with sticks.... especially if they find a really good walking stick.  Who would of known?  In Forks Justin would always play with sticks on the beach & I found it funny that when we got to Portland, Jake found an awesome walking stick that he took into the car with us & on to our next location.  I enjoyed it so much, I snapped a photo.
I don't understand how you can spend time in wine country and not be drunk all day.  My tongue was a pretty shade of violet consistently by noon.  What did I do in the evening?  Oh, pick up another bottle of wine and drink it!  

Justin fixing his hair in the elevator mirror.  ha ha.

We drove on that crazy zig-zag street in San Francisco, Lombard St. I believe.  I was far more interested in all the people staring & taking photographs of us.

Jake & his moss covered beard.  I love it.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Final Blog.... or is it?

Even though tonight is our last night here, Justin & I have decided to continue on with our blog- the theme to be revealed later.  So keep checking up on it!  I'm also going to post a link to the proofing website for ALL of the photos taken from our trip, so if you feel like looking through all 43 Gigs of photos, come back to get the link.  

We are so tired & ready to come home.  We spent our day doing lots of touristy San Francisco things.  Here are some of the photos from today!  See you all soon!

Ha ha!  I love this photo of Justin striking a pose in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.

After exploring the bridge we took a night tour of Alcatraz.  It was really cool & would recommend that if you go to San Francisco, you should venture out and take this tour.  You take a boat to the island and then take an audio tour through the jail.  The audio tour is really good though & has stories told from actual inmates & officers.  The solitary confinement cells gave me super bad energy feelings.  As soon as I walked in them I had to leave.

View of San Francisco from the boat to Alcatraz.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Country to City

Not much of an update today because I haven't even taken a single photo in San Francisco yet!  Here's a photo of the ranch I took this morning right before we left.  Tomorrow we have a pretty full day but we both admit we are pretty excited to be on our way home soon.  San Francisco is nice & all, but it makes us miss Chicago a bit.  It's kinda like Chicago, but a lot dirtier.  Can't wait to see you all soon!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Beltane Ranch Beauty!

Wine Country: Afternoon Post

It was 85 degrees out today in lovely Glen Ellen, California.  You know what that means?  It was way too hot for us.  We decided to take a break after our busy morning & spend some time at the ranch. 

Beautiful view of the road that leads to the ranch.  

There are a few horses scattered around the ranch.  They are very friendly and like to be pet.  If you stop petting they nudge forward for your hand. 

This morning we went to Ravenswood, a winery that Justin & I both really love a lot.  We went on a tour & then had a tasting.  Lets just say by noon I had major purple wine tongue.  They were pouring half glasses at the tasting!  With the heat & it only being 10 AM... I got buzzed pretty fast.

Now for pretty winery photos.  I'm going to take more on the way out to dinner tonight.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dean Day!

Not many photos taken today because most of the day was spent driving from Humboldt County to Sonoma County California.  The light was so pretty this morning we took a detour through the Redwoods again.  Justin & I grew quite fond of the Redwoods in a way we just can't explain.  Here's me with a tree again... I have a lot of these photos.  

You might be wondering why the title of this post is "Dean Day!" ... well, Justin & I have coined it "Dean Day" because most of our activities for the day were given to us as a wedding present by one of our bosses at work, Dean.  First we went to the Jordan wineries and had a tasting of some fantastic wines.  It was quite an experience and we are very thankful to have had it.

(Jordan Winery)

This is a photo of our room at the Beltane Ranch.  I am so in love with this place I'd probably live here.  It's a super old ranch and it's amazingly beautiful.  It has a huge wrap around porch & tonight we're spending the evening on our porch drinking a bottle of wine.  Jealous?  You should be!
We ended our "Dean Day" with dinner at Martini House in Napa County.  Let me tell you, it was such a fantastic experience.  They sat us outside in a private romantic little spot & spoiled us to death with delicious food & amazing service.  We even took home a copy of our menu, autographed by the chef.  Thank you SO MUCH Dean... it was such a fantastic day.  I don't think I've said fantastic enough.  We both ordered the "mushroom tasting", a 4 course meal in which every course featured a mushroom.  SO GOOD!  We loved it.  

Thank You Dean for "Dean Day"!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Humboldt Co. love

We went and payed a visit to the Redwood Trees today.  I swear I feel like I've been here before.  It's beautiful of course.  We tried to relax this afternoon.  I made a cup of hot tea, sat outside & watched the sun set on the bay.  It was really nice.  It made we wonder why we don't all live on the ocean and watch the sunset every night.  

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Trinidad-Day 7

We drove 8 hours today from Portland Oregon to Trinidad California.  It was a very long drive but absolutely beautiful to drive along the Pacific.  We didn't arrive here until the early evening, but it is so pretty and our B&B is very cute.  

Me & the B&B sign.... obviously.

This is the view we see from the windows of our room.  Pretty amazing right?

I had to take a picture of this because it was so cute.  Our B&B keeper turned our bed down for us while we were at dinner, lit a candle and placed two cookies  (that he was baking when we checked in) out for us.  

Tomorrow is Redwood forest and a bit more exploring.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Portland Picture Post

I took a bunch of photos today but here are some of my favorites!  Jake & Laura were so fantastic.  Justin & I are so appreciative of the time we got to spend with them, so thank you!