The Story of Us

The Story of Us

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I told you..

Just like I said in my last post, October will be here and gone before I know it. It has. It was the busiest October for photography I have ever had. Every weekend was booked with shoots and then rescheduling of shoots because of rain. First off the weather? What was up with that this month, rainstorms,80 degrees and then back to 40's. It was crazy. Everything was crazy, hectic and busy. It caught up with me. Really caught up with me. It even caught up with Ben, since technically he was the one who got sick first. Then without question, of course I am going to get it. He rarely gets sick so that was a surprise and he had a cough for a few weeks, its still lingering around but me... 10 times worse! I finally went into the doctor after his insistence and lack of sleep every night and we both had had enough after about 2 weeks. So 3 antibiotics and a case of Bronchitis later, its still here. Still lingering around much longer then wanted. Maybe making a trip back to the doctor in a few days if still no sign of getting better.  Ben needs sleep, I need sleep. They say your supposed to rest, well don't give me medicine that keeps me up. No night sleeping, up coughing my guts out, waking my husband and no naps. Not tired enough to sleep but yet physically drained. Makes no sense. This is my first case of Bronchitis and at first I thought it was better then a cold since I didn't have to deal with the runny nose and sinus pressure but wait that has infested itself as well. So now its all of it. The saddest part is knowing its the start of basically my whole winter. Okay thats my sick complaint for the monthlol, back to photography jobs, 2 more weddings later and a bunch of senior shoots and even a baby reveal! I have had a lot of fun shoots this month for sure, I love shooting my seniors and I always en up having a few special ones every year I just wish could stay a senior forever and I could capture them every year in every season. Or wish I was 17 again and we could be best friends and hang out all the time.
As for this weekend though I did have a shoot yesterday and today but this weekends schedule is all about gymnastics. First meets of the season for coaching and I love my girls so much and love watching them accomplish their routines and motivating them to work harder for the next meet. Today I spent all morning and afternoon in Ludington and tomorrow I am over in GR all day. So not the best time to be hit with bronchitis but oh well. The world goes on even if I don't get any rest.
Ben has been out hunting every weekend. No luck so far. Hoping it turns around for him soon. I love how happy he gets every year when he finally gets a deer. Of course I also love having the freezer stocked for months to come and not having to worry about buying meat. Next weekend we are heading to Jackson so he can spend some time hunting down there and I am hoping it will be a very worth while trip for him and he comes back a very happy boy.
On another note about Ben, he is still in the process with the state police. It is a long process and we just keep praying and hoping all the decisions are right and it falls into place exactly how it is meant to be, I have a hard time planning what I want to happen and of course nothing goes as planned and I am learning to be patient and trusting and know that everything happens for a reason and not in our time but Gods time... and on that I will leave to go downstairs and eat dinner with my husband and enjoy spending the evening with him :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

October Weekend

This weekend has been crazy busy. I know its the first weekend in October and for me I feel like October will be gone before its here. My mom and Grandma came up this weekend to spend time and enjoy the fall colors. On Friday we took off and I drove them on a color tour, scenic route over to Grand Rapids, stopping at some orchards and then ending up for lunch in Rockford at Arnies (Grandmas favorite place). They hadn't been over to Rockford in a long time so they loved the shops and eating on the river and just walking around and seeing the dam and the colorful trees over the river. Then we went downtown to Art Prize and walking into some museums and around at the bigger venues and then I took them to one of the old churches to see one of my moms best friends and she had a showing in Art Prize. So we were there for awhile and then drove back to the sunset and met Ben for dinner at handsome Henrys and we split a pizza and soup.
On Saturday I had a wedding over in Grand Rapids for an old co worker of mine at Branns. Long time ago, but it was fun to see some old faces and the wedding was beautiful outside with the fall colors. Can't wait to go through the pictures!
On Sunday we met up with Ben's family and took the annual trip over to the orchard. Its a big farm with cider and doughnuts, pumpkin patch, cow train rides, animals and much more. It was really fun spending the day the kiddos and hanging out. I definitely took pictures of that but haven't had a chance to go through them yet so they will be added later!  By the end of the weekend I was definitely beyond exhausted! For once Ben is actually sick and I know I am coming down with it, so we were both a little tired and worn out. October is going to be crazy, every weekend is booked, its going to fly by and I am sure I will be sick for half of it since I won't get a chance to rest up! Oh well. I am actually looking forward to a not so busy November (except for gymnastics). Bring on the Holidays I say!! My house is all decorated and I love the fall.
Sunday morning I went on my first time deer hunt with Ben. I had only been out once before in the spring but that was for Turkey. Both times we haven't seen anything, maybe I am bad luck!! Hoping he gets a deer or two this season, He has been anxiously awaiting fall and cold weather.
Speaking of Ben for those of you who have been waiting for a word on Ben and the police academy, we are still waiting on more information on acceptance but basically have figured out he won't be in the fall academy. So just waiting to hear if he makes the next one. Keep praying!

October 2nd - 2 Years

For our actual anniversary being on a Tuesday, Ben and I both had to work.  After work we met up at 22 Below. Which we had been wanting to try for a long time but just hadn't got down there and we don't really like going to Grand Haven restaurants during the summer since they are usually really busy. It was really good food and we had a great time just eating out and then when we got home we just sat on the couch hung out and talked a little bit. We decided we weren't going to do any gifts since we did stuff together and spent money on our anniversary trip so we just exchanged cards. However I did walk into my office and found a dozen hot pink roses :)  They are so beautiful and I love smelling them all day long when I am sitting here working.

Love my husband and so thankful for the best 2 years and look forward to forever more!

Angela's Wedding

Sept. 29

The Friday and Saturday before our anniversary I was a bridesmaid in one of my oldest friends wedding. Friday night we had rehearsal and when Ben got out of work he met us at dinner which was at McFadden's downtown GR which was so cool. We had the second floor and it was so cute and Kevin's parents did an awesome job and there was pool tables and an open bar and I was glad got along with a lot of the guys. He really likes Kevin a lot but I was glad that he got along with everyone. Someone noticed out the windows that since it was art prize going on we happened to be there during the night where they let off the lanterns and it was really cool to see them fill the night sky over GR.  We had an awesome time at the rehearsal and the wedding itself was just as fun. The church was breathtaking and Angela was even more gorgeous. It really was a perfect day, blue skies, warm weather and a couple in love. The wedding was flawless, Angela and Kevin were mesmerizing and everyone had so much. She deserves every ounce of happiness she got that day. So excited for her and Kevin and Ben and I look forward to many more double dates and outings. Here are a few "unedited" pictures from the wedding. Can't wait to they are back from their honeymoon in Hawaii and we get to hear about the adventures! Love you Angela and so glad Kevin is perfect for you and you are happy!

2 Year Anniversary

Sept. 20- 23
So I have constantly been thinking about this post and literally have thought about writing it everyday since we actually got back.  We had an awesome time on our second anniversary trip. We did end up going like 9 days early cuz we have had weddings the weekend before and after our actual anniversary which is October 2. So here was our story....
Thursday night the 20th after Ben and I got out of work we headed straight up to Mackinaw City to our hotel. We stayed here every night to make it easy and more relaxing not switching hotels every night. So we got in about midnight and just unloaded and walked around the hotel a little bit and checked out our view from our room balcony. Which was awesome we could see the bridge lit up at night and it was beautiful! ... and a little cold.
First off I have only been to the U.P. briefly one time and didn't go far in and only to a few spots on one day so this was all new for me. 
Friday morning we woke up and ate a big breakfast (we ate at the hotel every morning) and then headed out for our day trip to the U.P.. Let me just say right now the weather wasn't the best the whole weekend but we didn't care. So it was raining our whole ride over the bridge and all the way up to Tahquamenon Falls. The whole time I am glued to the window looking for Moose. I desperately wanted to see one. Actually any wildlife at all!  We get to the falls and its raining pretty hard so Ben and I go into the gift shop and look around for awhile. The rain slowed to a light rain and we thought that would be the best time to go. So we headed down the path towards the falls and by the time we got to the first staircase to head down to the brim of the falls it was raining hard. When we got down and I am ready to take pictures at the brim, its downright pouring. So Ben is holding an umbrella over me while I am trying to take the best pictures I can through the rain. So back up we went, (I had to rest, holy cow all those stairs are exhausting) and back over to the the second set of stairs to walk down to the rivers edge to get some pictures of the falls from the different view of being down and not up. By the time we finished that set and conquered all the stairs, the rain had let up for the most part and we were hungry from all the walking so we ate  right there at the Falls restaurant and brewery. It was about 2 and we didn't want to ruin dinner so we just split some appetizers and of course Ben got a brewery sampler!  After that since the rain had lightened up we went to Oswalds Bear Ranch. Completely awesome! We were a little disappointed that there was a federal law passed that apparently we aren't allowed to pet or hold the bears anymore but we still had a really fun time watching all the bears interact and Ben had so much feeding them apples. He of course had to feed apples to like every bear in every cage and I think we spent more money on apples then we did to visit there haha. However he did get the bears to do some pretty cool stuff for those apples. We would definitely go back there or recommend it to anyone. If you have a soft heart for animals its definitely worth it. Next we drove and took some off the beaten path roads around (my face still glued to the window looking for wildlife) to end up at Sault Saint Marie. Once again we get there and its pouring so we decided to head to dinner first. Which we got an awesome recommendation and ate at a restaurant called Antlers. Which was really incredible. The whole place is covered in Antlers, deer heads, wildlife of every kind and I mean covered. There is no wall space. Just animals. It was really neat and Ben and I basically spent the whole time looking around. Food was great and we saw a rainbow out the window over the straights that I of course had to take a picture of. After dinner we headed down to the locks and sure enough a enormous ship was coming in right at sunset, so we watched that for a little and since it was still raining just headed back towards Mackinaw.  Friday (other then the rain) ended up being so much fun even though it was a lot of driving. The fall colors were starting to turn and we just had a blast being with each other and seeing new things. Once we got back to the hotel we played around in the water park for awhile and relaxed in the hot tub and then headed to bed to rest up for another fun day!
Saturday morning woke up and after breakfast we headed over the bridge again and this time headed East on highway two and wow what a beautiful drive along Lake Michigan. We ended up going to the Zoo and of course when we get there it starts raining lol. But by the end it was clear and it wasn't that big but we did spend awhile there feeding animals. Ben is a sucker when it comes to being able to feed animals so once again we got some feed and hand fed a lot of the animals. On our way back from the zoo we stopped at the deer ranch and decided to check that out too. Basically we should of brought our own apples and carrots for all these animals since Ben ran out of food at the first fence in the deer ranch feeding all the fawns. So we ended up getting more food and spreading it out to all the deer in there. There was a huge 8 point that Ben loved and couldn't stop feeding and petting him and thinking it was completely awesome that he was that close to it and at the same time secretly wanting to kill it. Definitely got some great pictures there too. After some scenic stops along the way back home we went into Mackinaw City and got a late lunch of appetizers and drinks at Oreillys Irish Pub and found out Woodchuck does a limited supply of Pumpkin Cider and I loved it. We really wished they had it in stores. I love trying new ciders. Spent our time walking around Mackinaw City in shops and getting fudge and then ate a big dinner at Dixie's. It was another really fun day with some great memories in there (even more then I shared but gotta leave some for just Ben and I) and that evening we spent some more time in the water park.  They had this monkey bar thing made out of ropes built over the water and I kept trying to do it but couldn't make it pass the first one (it kills your hands) and Ben could do the whole thing and all the little kids kept watching him in awe. They also had some water slides that were fun we did and a lazy river.
Sunday morning we packed up and checked out and took the scenic way to Traverse City, driving through Petoskey and Charlevoix. Once again raining most of the drive so we didn't really want to get out and do shops and stuff in the rain. Just outside of Petoskey though we came across a fish hatchery. Which in the blog post before this I talked about how cool it was visiting the wolf lake one. So we definitely wanted to stop and it was closed but we walked around for awhile and found some really cool ponds and viewing areas to see all the fish. Once we got back the visitors center was open and we gathered more information on all the fish hatcheries in the state and where they were. There was one on our way home from Traverse City so we wanted to make time to stop there. So we headed out and to TC and once there went to a few shops downtown we wanted to get too and then ate at our favorite restaurant there North Peak and we had wild boar pizza and cherry chicken wings. Their food is so delicious! From there we went to the fish ladder downtown and onto the Fish Hatchery at Platte river which was closed but they had this cool self guided tour following fish prints and so we were able to view all the ponds again plus go into the hatchery this time and see the fish too. Just not an actual tour but since we did that at wolf lake we knew what the machines were and plus there were signs to read too. At this one there was a river water filtering system and Ben walked out onto a cat walk thing (which was for workers only) but he wanted to peek in at the contraption filter and he found a turtle that was belly up and stuck in there so he felt really cool that he rescued the turtle :)  
After that we headed back home and it did feel good to be home but we were really sad the weekend was over and yet extremely happy with all that we did and how much fun we had. It was wonderful to just do something together and time reflecting on our two years of marriage and that our love really does grow stronger every day. It has been the most incredible journey and I couldn't ask for a better partner.

I have been so busy with fall photography work so I havent had time to edit our trip pictures yet but here are a few pics just straight from my camera of our trip.

Ben and I at the falls

 At the locks with a boat coming through

 Scenic Pic


Ben and his Buck at the Deer Ranch

 Feeding the peacocks at the zoo

Bear Ranch, see his heart?