Tuesday, May 31, 2011

John Ball Park Zoo

Rob and I took my sister to the zoo across the street from our house a couple weeks ago. Because it was so early in the season not all the animals were there yet (many live in Florida for the winter), but we still got to see quite a few.

It was unbelievably hot that day, I definitely wore too much clothing.

This little guy was so cute!

This was a really cool (slightly gross) thing to witness! The snake was eating. Somewhat reminded me of Harry Potter (even though the snake wasn't eating when Harry was at the zoo I don't think). I kept waiting for the snake to escape when the glass disappeared!

Gosh we took a lot of pictures. I keep having such picture heavy-posts, but sometimes a girl just has a hard time choosing...

Photos by Rob, Ashley, & I

Sunday, May 29, 2011


I had great plans for photos at the library last month. Unfortunately there were a large number of people staring/talking to us/asking for money... This is the only picture that came out of it all. I think this is an example of why I like taking pictures in the country or at more remote locations (aside from the picturesque way they turn out and the adventure we have getting there). I have a hard enough time not doing stupid faces and the like when it is only Rob & I or my sister & I, I don't need the help of a large audience...

Photo by Rob

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Robs mom is a great cook. I mean she makes all kinds of delicious food and I always hoped that we could be half as good! For Christmas my parents got Rob and I a mixer (in the cutest color ever!) and we thought it was high time it got some use. Well, Rob and I got his mom's recipe for pretzels the other day and we thought we would give it a try.

We decided to top some with mozzarella and others with cinnamon. They all turned out really well! I was so impressed!


Photos by Rob & I

Friday, May 27, 2011

High Water

It's been a very wet spring here in Michigan. It swear it seems like it rains everyday, so much so that the river has been at an extremely high level. The river-walk has been closed for a large portion of the season and there were a few days where it looked like the river may actually overflow. This was a close as we could get.

I have been trying to get caught up with posts, but I have so many left to post! I feel like I'm giving the impression that it is still very cold here in MI, but it has warmed up quite a bit. I suppose it is alright I'm behind a bit because I am about to start my rotation for school on June 1st. I am nervous, but also excited. I will be working Monday through Friday, but I will be working my job on Saturday too. That leaves Sunday for pictures, perhaps evenings. I suppose we shall see how it all plays out. Hopefully I can stay up-to-date somewhat (although this blog never quite feels up-to-date).

There is not much interesting to say about my outfit. I feel like this was my winter go-to look. Dress + Sweater + Tights + Boots, although I wore my black boots much more often than these. I really didn't take many pictures over the winter, mostly because I was so busy with school, but also because I feel like when it gets cold I somewhat get stuck in a rut with clothes.

Photos by Rob

Dress: Aerie
Sweater: Gap
Tights: Target
Boots: Seychelles
Scarf: ? (had for a long time sorry!)

Thursday, May 26, 2011


As Michigan weather transitions into summer I will be transitioning into a new type of bathing suit. Up until this year I have always worn a two piece, but this year I am taking the plunge into one piece territory. There are a few reasons for that; first off I really like the retro feel of the one piece suits. Second, I will be swimming with Robs nephew this summer and I feel like one piece suits do a better job of keeping everything in place when you have a two year old hanging on you. Third, I have reached that point where I think I will just be more comfortable in a one piece. I am not swearing off two pieces for good, but for now I like the option of having one. Perhaps once it gets a bit warmer I'll even show you this beauty in action!

What are your guys' thoughts on the one piece vs two piece?

Photo by me!

Bathing suit: J Crew

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thoughts on Bridges

Lately I am always talking to Rob (& others) about bridges. I don't really know what started this interest, but I think it has something to do with finding all those bridges last year. I have always been a fan of lighthouses, but Rob and I have to travel further and further each year to find new lights. Perhaps my new-found love for bridges sparked out of that fact, we don't have to travel quite as far to find new bridges.

This particular bridge is the Grand Rapids Swing Bridge (what an obvious name...). It was originally built in 1902-1903! It is still used today (by both Amtrak & CSX freight). The bridge touches a small island, which Rob calls hobo island (I imagine you can understand why), which he has used the bridge to reach, but I have yet to be so brave (it is a long jump down to get on the island, and a long climb up to get back...).

This dress is one I picked up a few years ago. I never knew how much use I would get out of it. It is really perfect for traveling because it is loose and comfortable with a pair of tights underneath, a sweater, and scarf (pretty much how I am wearing it now).

Another funny scarf story, I actually got this one in an airport in Texas while we waited for our flight two winters ago. Rob and I traveled there to see his sister when she joined the airforce. We had a ton of fun on that trip, and every time I wear this scarf I think of it. I like to get a little something to remind me of trips I take, but I don't really collect anything, and because we will be moving somewhat frequently for the next few years I have been trying not to accumulate too many things. So I have decided (I never realized this until now) to collect scarves from the places we visit.

The view of Grand Rapids from the bridge is quite lovely. It makes me a bit sad I don't have the chance to ride on trains very often. I really would love to ride an old train once in my life (before they all disappear).

Photos by Rob

Dress: Charlotte Russe
Tights: Target
Cardigan: Target
Shoes: Kimchi & Blue
Scarf: Airport in Texas
Earrings: Meijer

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pretty Things

Here are a few things I picked up at work (I work in a pharmacy). I needed a little something to get me excited for spring!

Photo by me!


These pictures were taken a while back in a creepy tunnel near our house downtown. It was still pretty cold in MI when we took theses, hence me being covered up so much. And gosh, here is that same scarf again. I swear there were days I didn't wear it...

Here is a rare picture of my photographer. He is a bit camera-shy, even more so than me.

Photos by Rob

Sweater: F21
Scarf: Big Lots in Indiana
Skirt: ? (I've had for many years)
Tights: Target
Boots: Aldo

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Both of Robs parents used to work at Rowe International when he was growing up. They made Jukeboxes at the plant they worked at in Grand Rapids. When driving by to look at it we realized it was being torn down. Of course we had to visit it again before it was completely demolished. And while it turns out his parents actually worked in the building across the street (this is the office building) we still wanted to remember this place.

Rob has since gone back and explored further inside the building, but I was perfectly happy to walk around outside.

Now that I have been posting more pictures I realize how often I wear this scarf. It is somewhat funny being that I picked it up at a Big Lots! Rob and I were in Indiana visiting his mom and step dad last spring and it was a bit cold, so I grabbed a scarf. I never new just how much use I would get out of it. Has that ever happened to you?

Photos by Rob

Sweater: Target
Shirt: Meijer
Skirt: F21
Tights: Target
Hat: Kimchi Blue
Shoes: Zigisho (DSW)
Scarf: Big Lots in Indiana