I have attended the Grand Rapids Parade of Homes for YEARS. My Mom and Dad (who have always been involved in building and flipping) dragged me along each year since elementary school. I still look forward to it every spring and fall. This year, I am thrilled to be working with the Home Builders Association to promote this event! You are going to LOVE the homes in the parade this year.
At the risk of being trite, I want to cut to the chase with this post. See everything. Drive the wildly windy roads that traverse many miles and stop at each pull off to take in new views of the coastline. Observe topography and landscapes you didn’t quite contrive to be possible. Walk down to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and catch a view of the sparkling turquoise water fall that cascades bit by bit into the ocean. Eat at Nepenthe, a restaurant high up in a canopy of trees, with an eclectic shop and bookstore attached. Stop at Bixby Canyon Bridge and be overtaken with emotion at how surreal a feat it is that there are bridges stretching across the jutting mountainsides. Most of all, take it all in. The PCH1 is an iconic road trip, and Big Sur might be the most magnificent spot you'll encounter.
Welcome to the honeymoon series! For our honeymoon, we passed up the traditional lying on a beach in the Caribbean for a NorCal road trip that spanned 12 days and the northern half of California. Post one? The one and only San Francisco. Arriving in San Fran, we were instantly enamored, driving the hilly streets that lead to views of splendor. Maybe it was tasting the gusts coming off the mountainous coastline while peering at the unbelievable Golden Gate Bridge. Perhaps it was the infusion of culture. Either way, it was spectacular.
Ah, California. The beach, the mountains, the city....they hog all the good stuff. SoCal is one of our favorite places on Earth. San Diego, Laguna Beach, San Clemente; we love it all. Luckily, Hannah has wonderful, hopsitable family in San Diego, so we see many SD trips in our future. Here are some of our favorite spots from our last trip in August!
Ah Spring Break season is upon us once again! Sadly, this year we won’t be embarking on a SB trip. That said, we had the incredible chance to visit Rosemary Beach, Florida last year. I was fortunate to live there while in college studying at Florida State, often making the commute to campus. After class or work, I’d head to beach to read or write, or just relax. Living 100 yards from the beach made for many fond memories, and thus, I had to share this place with my beautiful bride.
It's been a snowy weekend here in Gaslight Village, but we don't mind it. The blustery tundra has kept us indoors, allowing us to dedicate hour after hour to unpacking and organizing. We unpacked some artwork and have FINALLY begun to decorate. WE ARE SO THANKFUL to finally have a small sense of "home" in this place. You have no idea. My heart is bursting with gratitude.
Everything in place right now is certainly tentative, and not nearly complete, but we wanted to share the progress! See below for some "before" and "during" progress pics!
Ah Arizona. A trip Hannah didn’t even know she wanted before I convinced her of the beauty of AZ …. Our Arizona road trip was emotionally overwhelming, full of scenic landscapes and unforgettable views. We packed A LOT into these three days. Brief overview - We flew in to Phoenix, drove 2 hours South to Sedona fora hike, then another 1 hour South to Flagstaff were we stayed our second night. The next morning, we drove 1 hour to the Grand Canyon, and then another 3.5 hours back to Phoenix. The last day, we explored local Phoenix and Scottsdale hikes, shops, and eateries.