Looking through these photos, I’m realizing how fun & blessed these past two seasons have been! This extroverted introvert is so happy looking back at all of the friends we’ve gotten to see and build relationships with this past 6 months.
Our spring began with spring break, of course! See more of the holy smokes here 😊
Alex defending and passing his thesis!! What a babe.
Flowers down the street from us.
Everyone in Kent found out about the lilac gardens this year, which we visited two weeks too early to see the full bloom.
Some tired kids after a 3 hour evening graduation ceremony.
On our third anniversary, Alex & I went to Cleveland for a little day trip since we were going on our road trip in a few weeks.
Our first stop was Jack Flaps which—I don’t even need to tell you—was amazing. That’s lavender sauce on my waffle, people. LAVENDER.
Alex and I have tried to go to the Cleveland Botanical Garden like, 3 times during the course of our relationship and it’s either been closed or they had Christmas trees everywhere EVERY TIME. But we finally got in.
Eating lunch outside at the gardens!!
After lunch, we walked over to the Natural History Museum, hoping to see Balto. Y’all, for some reason, I’ve been REALLY into Balto this year, and I don’t even know why. He’s not even the actual hero of the story. I think it started with Alex never having seen the cartoon (WHAT), him being surprised Balto was real, us watching this documentary, me gushing about the story to everyone that’ll listen, and learning from Eric Asp that Balto IS IN CLEVELAND. Except that when we were there, he was in Alaska. It’s fine. I’m fine.
…after that we went to Phoenix Coffee…
and Mentor Headlands Beach! Alex asked me to be his girlfriend here 😍 so it’s always fun to come back.
Planning our road trip!!
Earlier this year we moved our dining table into the back mud room, which gets way more light than our hallway (duh) and has actually really helped us eat at the table more. E is into it as well—she always finds a way to sit with us when we eat 😻
Just a few pictures from our trip, okay!! More over here.
Celebrating the birth of our most patriotic coworker, Ryan. We sang the national anthem instead of “Happy Birthday” without even planning ahead. God bless America.
I don’t understand how a little college town can feel so much like home?? Like, how could I live anywhere else after living here??? I hope I never do.
Grill for Good, my favorite festival of the year! Tbh, it has the best food. This year’s favorite was absolutely Fresco’s elote. I think I ate three. We’re really hoping they make it a regular menu item.
We ate so much ice cream this summer, as it should be 🙏🏻
Our first—and certainly not last—trip to Columbus’s new IKEA!!
Each + Every had a little retreat day (which I ran social media for!) where we talked about our goals as a company, what’s going well, and what we can improve. Best bunch of coworkers, right here!
Ryan & Bethany went to Chicago and all we got was this amazing honey pie from Bang Bang and a bag of Intelligentsia. How dare they, right?
Birthday triplet celebration!! These three all have a birthday within a week of each other, so we went out to dinner with them and their spouses—all a surprise to Alex! And of course we got Jeni’s after.
On our annual trip to Emerald Isle with my family!
This year while on vacation, we got to walk around New Bern with my aunt, who lives there year-round with my uncle.
Celebrating our pal Josh’s birthday!!
I got to make a lot of the decorations for my friend Sam’s bridal shower. Alex snuck this photo while I was rushing to finish everything on time 😅 Due tomorrow, do tomorrow, am I right?
The shower got showered out. Here’s Gilmore & I trying to cope with that irony.
…BUT it was still a fun, cozy, delicious time!! Sam’s bridesmaids/caterers did an amazing job—I’d never seen such a delicious spread. There were caprese skewers, little sandwiches, gazpacho, lavender cookies(!!), ice cream pies, and fruit with lime sugar. LIME. SUGAR.
Sam & some of her party!! She has since gotten married and I can tell ya, these are some A+ bridesmaids.
On a bike ride on the Towpath trail 🤗
Just your ordinary work commute, nothing to see here
Post-work sit-in-silence, a much-needed ritual.
Some E+E dudes eating donuts and drinking beers by our boss’s new pool.
Eclipse Day!!! Look at all of those smiles. It was so cool to see everyone come out of work and stand in awe of nature for an hour. This lady gifted us a pair of eclipse glasses she had picked up from the Natural History Museum! I know what you’re thinking—yes, she did get to see Balto.
Our plan A was to use these pinhole viewers from Warby Parker. SUPER cool but I’m glad we got those glasses 😬
We also got to share our glasses with some friendly neighborhood H2O Church staff.
First morning back at H2O running media. I’m usually really nostalgic walking on campus, but this morning I was just glad grateful—grateful for my time in college and grateful that I’ll never have homework or exams again. 😬
…But also I’m REAL GRATEFUL for this view from the Eye of the Tiger, our media/lighting/sound perch at church. I can’t explain it, but I can’t get enough of this important-yet-invisible role I play at church.
Alex & I hosted an end-of-summer E+E taco bar at our home! It was a blast. We made elote and made believers out of everyone. Elote for life.
A few of us bridesmaids out in Cleveland celebrating Sam!
I am a very subtle candid photographer and I don’t make it awkward.
Admiring the giant mixing bowls & freezers at Mitchell’s ice cream 😂
We got to take a late-summer trip to Long Island with my parents to visit my great aunt, who lives on the water and tells the best stories.
A few of her family members were there for the weekend, so we got to hang out with them as well!
Her daughter & son-in-law also live there, and she took us out on their boat for a little bit one day.
And here’s Alex & my parents out on a little walk!
Our extended family eating dinner together on our last night 😌🌅
A Monday morning client meeting ☕️☕️☕️
A few of us from E+E went to see Paul Sahre’s exhibit at VCD’s new home, Taylor Hall. Paul is a Kent VCD grad and recently wrote a book, which he is signing for us here!
The corner of Taylor Hall I sat in as a frightened & confused first year architecture student. (Three weeks in to the program, I switched to design.)
And that’s my summer! We’re well in to fall now, and I’m trying to be as optimistic as I was last year. I’m trying. I don’t want to become bitter about the cold and snow as I grow older, because it’s useless. We could leave Ohio if we wanted to. And sometimes I want to. But I don’t know if running from problems or inconveniences is the answer—I think leaning into them & learning from them is. Currently, I’m loving the excuse to stay inside and the squash sales. What silver linings do you find in the season you dread? Let me know below!! 🌸🌞🍂❄️