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It's Been Far Too Long...| Update

Wow I haven't blogged in over 2 months. That is very unusual for me. If you've been keeping up with my Instagram, then you'll realize we have been so busy! 

After our last post, we closed on our first home (yay!) and began making preparations for our move. We moved the end of October, just in time for our first wedding anniversary. We didn't have internet from October 21-November 23rd. This meant I was only going to Starbucks to send client galleries and nothing else. Plus my frazzled brain really couldn't handle anything else. 

Then I got sick, because I was running myself ragged between running a business (with no internet), being a full time physical therapist, and putting together our first home. And then add in holiday stress and you have the makings of a meltdown. 

We had 2 fantastic engagement sessions and a surprise wedding we picked up as associates for an amazing photog who broke her arm in that time frame. 

I think I can finally say, things are settling down, and I've taken a bit of time off this month to breathe. My word for 2017 is balance. Learning to say no, and yes, and take care of me. 

One of the first things we did was put pumpkins on our stoop! 

For whatever reason, Ryan doesn't seal their grout. So we had 3 bathrooms worth that we needed to seal on that first day. Loads of fun. It was important to me that we ate our first dinner on the floor of our house, take out Indian from the best place in town! And then we moved. All our stuff. Hiring a moving company was the best money we spent. We were tired, but no where near what we would have been had we moved everything ourselves. 

We met M+S for a sunrise session at a favorite place of theirs (and ours!) to hike! It was one of the first really cold days we've had, and I loved it! I promise a full blog post of their session will be coming soon! 

A+J had their session in her family's neighborhood (which is where they got engaged too!). It was the windiest (and therefore, insanely cold) day, but you can't tell it from their pictures! Right as the sun was about to dip down, it lit up the whole sky and we got the most gorgeous colors. I kept shooting until my finger wouldn't click any more. Hands down one of my favorite parts of the session! Also more to come on that shoot! 

And just like that, it's almost Christmas time. We have so enjoyed decorating our house for the holidays. It's so peaceful to sit on the couch by the tree, and listen to Christmas music or watch a Christmas movie (Hello Hallmark station). 

Happy Holidays! May you get to spend lots of time with family and friends. Remember to also take care of yourselves! (And stay tuned for those engagement sessions! I promise they are coming soon!)


Honeymoon Part I | Rome

I figured the easiest way to share photos is to break it down into places we went. This first installment of our honeymoon is Rome (the first time) days 1-3. 

Day 1: We arrived in Rome, dropped our bags at our Airbnb went and had lunch and created a game plan. We stayed in the most adorable town called, Trastevere and would absolutely go back. A gelato shop was 2 steps outside our door (Nocciola is my favorite!) With food (rice balls by the way are the most divine thing ever and you must try some!) and espresso in our bellies, off we went to the Colosseum. It was starting to get dark when we finished, so we decided to head back to our place to figure our dinner plans (Also, italians don't eat dinner earlier than 7. So don't try.)

Day 2: We got up early to go to the public mass at the Vatican. Which was very cool. Except it took much longer than anticipated. We got there at 8:40 for a supposed 9am start time. The Pope has a special audience at 9, and then he drives all around in his Pope-mobile so we actually got started about 10. By 10:30 we were only on the first and second readings (which obviously were all in Italian) so we decided to go get breakfast (paninis!) and visit the Vatican museum (which is really a 3 hour long tour instead the Vatican, ending in the Sistine Chapel). We never joined tour groups because they were so large, that we would never get through the things we wanted to see. Plus they were expensive. So half the time we didn't know what we were looking at in the Vatican. But it was beautiful and totally worth it (albeit much longer than we anticipated even in the off season). 

Day 3: We made our way to Naples with a train ride and another harrowing taxi experience. All to come in the next blog post!

Thanksgiving | Personal

This is my favorite time of year. I love being surrounded by all our family and friends. This year is the first Thanksgiving we are engaged and we decided we were going to do all the holidays with both families (ambitious I know). In the past we have been primarily separate as to make the holidays easier on everyone (but I really missed Bryce and I think he missed me too!). So our Thanksgiving schedule was as follows: Wednesday night up to Bryce's parents (in the snow!!), Thanksgiving lunch at 12, then off to my family at 2 for Thanksgiving dinner #2 at 4! By the time we got home last night we were so exhausted (and full) but with our hearts so happy. Below are a few snapshots of our holiday! Its amazing what a tripod (or monopod stuck in the snow because someone forgot the tripod-ahem Bryce) and a timer can do! You might even see one of these again on our Christmas card...! I hope you all had a wonderful day full of family, friends, and food! I know how blessed I feel that we are surrounded by such wonderful people!