Adventure: Color Run 2013

On Saturday I woke up bright and early to take an hour or so drive south to Ypsilanti with a few friends. Once we got to Ypsilanti and found a parking spot (which was a nightmare), we met up with my sister and her boyfriend. Thus began our first Color Run experience.

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The entire event was so fun and amazing and I loved spending time with my best friend Lauren and my sister. Everyone else in our group ran the 5K, but we just enjoyed ourselves walking it and getting completely covered in color! The only possible way that the Color Run could have been any better (besides being a tad bit warmer) was if Alex could have been there with us. He had signed up for the event, but last minute remembered a long-ago committed to wedding he had to photograph. Luckily there will sure to be other color runs in our future!

Want to watch the vlog I filmed during the Color Run? Click here!

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Adventure: Student Art Showcase!

On Friday my friends, family, and I went to a local art gallery for this year’s student art showcase. I was fortunate enough to have one of my photographs be selected to be put on display! It was such an amazing night seeing my work up on a wall in an art gallery and being with my friends and family. Thank you to everyone who came out to the show to see “The Man in the Bowtie” and a special thank you to the man in the bowtie himself. Alex has been a gem this whole past semester when it came to my photography and art classes. He happily posed for everything I asked him to and was an incredible help when I got confused about something. Thank you sweetheart!

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Want to see the vlog I filmed at the art gallery?? Click the image below!

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Adventure: Spring Break 2013 in Lynchburg, Virginia

Until this year I’ve never been on Spring Break. I’ve never found myself in Florida with all the other Michigan college students fighting to share beach space or attempting to get a tan. And honestly I haven’t really ever had the desire to either. So when Alex brought up the idea of spending Spring Break at his brother’s house in Virginia, I was more than ready to say yes.

With two of his fraternity brothers piled in the backseat of Alex’s Honda, we began the 11 or so hour trip to Virginia Friday morning.

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We got to his brother Erich’s house late Friday night. The next morning we woke up slowly and went to a winery. We tasted around thirty completely different wines ranging from ones made from apples and blueberries to others made with chili peppers.

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After the tasting we got adventurous and decided to see how high we could climb the Peaks of Otter before it either got too cold or too dark. The incline was a lot steeper than expected, but we managed to get about a fourth of the way up to a beautiful advantage point.

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The next day we got even more outgoing. With Erich’s hummer we met up with a few of his friends and their jeeps to do some very intense off-roading. I never expected to have as much fun as I did, but it was crazy to see some of the rocks these vehicles climbed over.

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The rest of the evening was spent watching movies and hanging out at the house. Monday we were back at it. We went to Erich’s new property where he’s building his new house. The builders had recently cleared the land where his house was going to be, so we burned some of the wood in a bonfire and ate hotdogs and s’mores.

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Erich’s property was absolutely beautiful. Surrounded almost completely by forest, there were so many places to explore. With SLR camera in tow, Alex and I explored along a little creek for a while and took awesome photos.

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With an impending storm threatening to make driving home in a few days a complete disaster, we decided to head home early the next morning. Nothing is worse than trying to drive steep mountain roads covered in ice. We packed ourselves up and stuffed ourselves back into the car. We stopped a few times along the way to take some scenery photos of Virginia and for Alex and I to start a project where we take photos with the welcome signs in every state we visit.

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Unfortunately we couldn’t avoid the snowstorm completely. It caught up to us in Ohio after hours of rain. Alex was a trooper getting us through some of the worst weather I’ve seen in a while. We got home around midnight and quickly snuggled up in bed after such a long, stressful day.

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The trip was better than anything I could have imagined. I got to do things I’ve never done before in such a beautiful place.

Adventure: Good Deed Date

Over the weekend Alex and I decided we wanted to go on a date, but not just any kind of date. We’ve starting going on what we’ve entitled “Good Deed Dates” where instead of spending time or money on each other, we spend time together while doing good deeds for others. The first thing we did was attend an event called “Soup Per Bowl.” Attendees purchased handmade bowls that were then filled with soup.

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Alex’s Spoken Word class was the talent for the event. He and his fellow classmates each presented a poem. The next item on the good deed date agenda was creating a care package for a friend who recently had foot surgery and has been feeling pretty down. He loves Batman so we themed the entire box around it, comic books included and everything.

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We package everything up but couldn’t deliver it the same day because it just got too late.

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If you’re interested in seeing more about our Good Deed Date, I made a YouTube video about the entire day. Click the image below to watch!

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Adventure: Mystery Date Envelope #1

For Christmas my lovely boyfriend Alex surprised me with ten envelopes all containing mystery dates. They were given to me with the rule that I can not know what’s inside of them until the day that I open them for the date.

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I’ve carried them around with me constantly since I received them, but haven’t opened one until today. Being who I am, I opted to open the #1 envelope first instead of picking a random one from the stack.

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Inside was this paper.

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So to the movies we went! We saw Les Mis and it was absolutely incredible. Although the movie did start to feel long (and for good reason since it was almost a three hour movie), it was completely breathtaking. It was also really special because Alex was in a performance of Les Mis back in high school. I really enjoyed seeing his face when important moments happened in the film because I knew he was remembering all the experiences he’s had.

This date was amazing and I can’t wait to see what the other mystery envelopes have in store for us.

Adventure: Kristy’s Birthday

My sister’s 23rd birthday was today, and to celebrate my parents and I went down to her place near Detroit.

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After giving Kristy her ice cream cake, we were off to the Detroit Institute of Art. We weren’t able to see the extra exhibit she was eager to check out because apparently exhibits can sell out. We weren’t waiting three extra hours in order to pay $15 extra each. The DIA is more than big enough to entertain and fulfill all desires for culture.

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Once our feet were good and tired, we hopped back in the car and drove to Granite City, one of Kristy’s favorite restaurants. Although a party of rude adults refused to sit down at their table, we still managed to have a good dinner.

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Happy Birthday Kristy!!

Adventure: Christmas 2012

The past few days have been a crazy, amazing blur filled with amazing memories with people I love. From Christmas with my family with intense games of Clue (I finally won!) to a mind-blowingly large Christmas with Alex’s family, I have been showered in love and gifts this year. I feel so blessed to have such caring people in my life. Here are some photos from the past few days as well as a video showing everything I got this year. Make sure you click the YouTube video photo to jump to the video!

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The delicious homemade noodles at my family’s Christmas dinner (I’m eating leftovers right now!)

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The pastry from Alex’s family’s Christmas breakfast. It tasted like a mix between a donut and apple pie.

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The living room at Alex’s family’s house after Santa came to visit. The most presents I have ever seen!

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The very beautiful Pandora bracelet from Alex’s unbelievably generous parents. The Christmas tree charm symbolizes my first Christmas with their family.IMG_1360

Some of the wonderful gifts I received this year. To see everything I got, be sure to click on the photo below to watch the video!

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I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!! I would love to hear what gifts you all received!

Adventure: Frankenmuth Date

 

After volunteering at the Food Bank in the morning, I took Alex on a “surprise date” to Frankenmuth. We went to Bronner’s (the world’s largest Christmas store that’s ironically closed on Christmas) and floated in and out the masses of people. We were on a hunt to find two ornaments that represented us individually and one that represented us as a couple. We were very successful!

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We chose the “Olive you!” ornament because we always jokingly say “olive you” or “olive juice” instead of “I love you”. Your mouth makes the same movements saying all of those words so when you’re mouthing the phrase to the other person, you could be saying “olive you” instead of “I love you.”

 

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Alex picked out an astronaut ornament because he is constantly fascinated by space and the universe. He often listens to motivational speeches about how the universe is in all of us and other amazing deep thoughts.

 

 

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I chose an elephant ornament. I absolutely adore elephants.

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I also picked up an advent calendar. I remember when I was younger we had one for one Christmas. It was so much fun and I want to make it a Christmas tradition.

 

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Sadly all the places we wanted to eat in Frankenmuth had upwards to a three hour wait. We ended up driving back home to Flint for an amazing meal at Sagano’s. It’s the kind of place where the chef’s cook the meal in front of you and do knife tricks. Such an amazing evening!