Rocky Mountains!

Hello there! It has been a little while. That would be because we’ve been quite busy lately. A few weekends ago was Dave’s sister’s wedding, so we spend the extended weekend away in Ohio. We came back for a few days and then it was off again.. this time to Colorado for 5 days to celebrate the wedding of one of Dave’s good friend’s from college. We stayed in Denver for a few days and then headed off to the mountains (Estes Park).

I think pictures show our trip the best.. so here you are (and if you think this is a lot of pictures, just keep in mind I picked out the best from over 500 pictures).

First are the flowers… I love pictures of flowers. We both do. We have been collecting pictures of flowers so we can use some of the good ones as decorations for the duplex we are moving to soon.

This place had the awesome-ist toasted almond ice cream… that was a good welcome to Denver. 🙂

Boys at the bachelor party. They went up to Boulder for some “top secret” and/or dangerous lakeside activities… 🙂

The reservoir they went to for the bachelor party…

We went to the rehearsal… this is where the wedding was… can you say beautiful!

Between the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner we climbed a small mountain. We couldn’t figure out how to get to the very top, as it was all boulders, but we got pretty far…

Dave climbing…

This is how far we made it up this one….

That night was the rehearsal dinner. These are our good friends Anthony and Rachel. They were the first from Dave’s group of friends to get married… sadly we don’t get to see them often enough!

The guys got frisbees as part of their wedding party gifts… so some Ultimate was in order…


I took my feet a walkin’ and went exploring a little…

Of course the boys had to get in a power stance before the night was over…

Random cool picture I like…

Some of the boys at the wedding…

I realized later I have no pictures of the actual wedding.. ah well.


Sam and I.. waiting for the receiving line..

Group shot after breakfast Monday morning, before Anthony and Rachel left to go home.

The last thing we (Dave, Sam and I) did before we headed back to Denver to catch our plane home was go for a 1/2 day hike in the mountains. Sadly, we didn’t have enough time to make it to the very top of Flat Top Mountain… but we got pretty darn close. It was really awesome and we both hope to be able to visit the Rockies again some day!

My awesome little brothers are visiting us right now (yes I know.. that is 5 people and a dog in our tiny apartment, but ah well) for this past week and the next… so hopefully I’ll get some pictures of that up at some point. We are heading out tomorrow to go visit Dave’s grandma and go camping on her property for the weekend- we are all looking forward to it! 🙂

Adios for now!

-Liz (and Dave)



Our day began with a great start… finishing going through all Dave’s papers, shredding a ton (seriously… we packed a trash bag full of paper shreds) and putting the rest in binders (school papers – rah rah!). Okay, okay, it wasn’t that bad. 😉 Dave did make me breakfast. 🙂

Anyways… we finished that “fun stuff” as soon as we could, so that we could go and do something that was actually fun. We were going to go to McCormick Creek State Park, but decided to save that until next weekend, seeing as it would probably be busy with it being memorial day and all. So, instead we decided to explore a place we recently learned of that is near where we live – Griffey Lake Nature Preserve….

This is the second hike Calvin’s been on and he LOVES it. This dog was born to be in the great outdoors!

The area of Griffey Lake we went to was a little more off the beaten path, the trail didn’t go to far until it veered away from the lake and became a bit unclear… so we didn’t go too far, we just turned around and meandered back, enjoying the pretty scenery.


This one you will have to click on to get a real good view… there were some people out on the lake kayaking and canoeing – something that we think would be fun to do some day.

Yeah, we’re just chillin’…

Ain’t he handsome?! He is getting so big already!

After a nice hike… we had one pooped pup. 🙂

All in all.. a fun day.

Here’s to one great year of marriage… and many many more to come!!


Anniversary Weekend – Saturday and Sunday


Working in the garden (pictures coming!)

Sahara Mart (obsession).

First time making Indian food.

Way too spicy!



Dinner with small group (pictures taken by another member of the group – wish I had those skills!).

Thai food.

Not spicy.


Baby and little kids.



Anniversary Weekend – Friday night

Wow. Hard to believe its already almost been a year.

Monday is mine and Dave’s 1st anniversary. So of course we’ve decided to make it a weekend affair. Nothing fancy – just spending time together.

Right now we are off to use up one of the restaurant gift certificates I got from one of my preschool students at the end of the year. Then we will head over to water the garden and then come back home and I’ll give Dave a haircut. Maybe if we’re feeling especially crazy we’ll watch a movie. 🙂

Thats all for now,


Days 127-130.

Well, I didn’t post for a while because we were getting ready for and going to go get…….


Meet….Calvin. John Calvin to be exact.. but just Calvin for short.

We went to Dave’s parents this weekend to pick the little guy up.

Him and his brother and sister where quite adorable.

Here’s the proud papa, Trotter.

And here’s the mama – Cora’s dog Ellie.

Cora’s joining in the fun.

But, alas, the time came for him to leave his family for a new one. He cried a little on the way home, but all in all is pretty happy. We got in at about 1am this morning and Calvin woke Dave up at 6:30am and me at 7am – I guess he will be making early risers out of us.

Now I need to get ready and go to work (Dave has already left for his first day of work at IU’s business school – he’ll be moving furniture, etc all summer). Sad to leave the cutie… but thankfully I only have to work until 12:30pm.

Now I have something to take pictures of… 🙂


Days 86, 87.

Life is going good. Had friends over yesterday for lunch after church. We grilled out – too bad it rained! 🙂 Today’s highlight was making popcorn with my preschoolers using an air popper. They all got to help and they were so excited!

Other than that, busy writing lesson plans for a class I’m taking over and planning our garden (the community gardens open on Thursday – I’m nowhere near ready!).

Since nothing all too exciting is going on, I thought I’d post a few pictures of me and my bro Jacob since his birthday was Saturday – nine years old! 🙂

These pictures were taken last summer when Jake and I spent the day together before Dave and I moved to Bloomington. He is such a sweetie!


Day 81.

New skirt in at Chloe’s Closet! Check it out.

Check out my post on Chloe’s Closet here.