Duluth-August 2016 Cont’d

Day 3 of being in Duluth allowed us to be more flexible with our time and not have to wait in lines!

Thank You to our friend who let us stay with her while we were up there! It was fun to hang out and catch up!

We had a fun weekend!

 

Duluth Tall Ships- August 2016

In June this year, I bought tickets for us to go to the Duluth Tall Ships Festival, it had been a few years since the ships had been Up North, I really wanted tickets for the event in August. There were about 8 ships that came into the harbor. On Thursday, they had the Parade of Sails, where we got to see all the ships come into the harbor under the  Aerial Lift Bridge with their sails open. We got down to the lift bridge around 10am and waited until about 3:00pm. It was a hot day, but towards the end, the weather was starting to change and a storm was rolling in. Some of the ships you could tour or sail on. I bought the fast pass tickets to be able to tour the ships. We got to tour 3 of the ships, one of ships was so popular that some people waited hours to see it-glad we had fast pass tickets!

Here are a handful of photos. You couldn’t get a “great” photo as there was so many people, lightening and using a iPhone played a role.

We did get to see all the ships and everything we wanted in Thursday and Friday. So Saturday was a free day for us to explore Duluth.

 

North Shore Sunshine…

The last weekend of July, Carl and I went to Duluth-North Shore to snap a few photos. I am looking for photos to hang in the basement and possibly a 3-piece canvas upstairs in the kitchen. I mentioned going to the places where we did our First Look photos on our wedding. We got to Duluth early, we weren’t prepared for what we saw. I knew a few weeks before they had a big storm with at least 100mph winds. But when we got to the park where we started our photos. large trees where down so we didn’t get some of the photos we wanted. The first photo below shows the first spot we saw each other, there is a large tree down in the spot where we stood. We worked our way around Duluth and Lake Superior for the day! We had beautiful weather!

Here are some of the cell phone photos I snapped. the good photos Carl took are on the laptop and my brother let us use his camera, which was awesome!

 

I know if you follow my Blog, I have a handful of posts from Duluth-North Shore. I love going to the North Shore, It makes me so happy, relaxed and makes me forget the fast pace of life for a short period of time. I have so many childhood memories that I will never forget and it has become a great place that Carl and I have made memories. It really does have a special place in my heart!

We are heading back to Duluth this week for the Tall Ships to sail in! Can’t wait!

Sunshine and Smiles!

Cheers!

-Blondie!

 

 

A Little Of This… A Little Of That…

Here are some photos over the last month or so. We have been pretty busy with house stuff and needing to be places. We had sisters weekend, our annual dinner with our friends and did a few house projects.

It’s the Little Things…

If we don’t take time to slow down, we let the little things pass us by. Lately I have felt we are go go go… Between work, house hunting and weekends being full, I try to remind myself to slow down to remember and appreciate the little things.

Here are a few photos to show the “It’s the Little Things!”

#1 Is a book I started when Carl and I first started dating to keep track of the restaurants we went to for our birthdays or anniversaries as we always wanted to try a new one. Now it is our Date/Outing book and it goes back to 2009. I am glad I started this and kept it up.

#2 I took this photo when we were sitting on the rocks by Lake Superior over our anniversary weekend. Feeling anchored and relying on God to keep me balanced.

#3 A clearer picture of my anniversary ring, per my mom.

#4 The post office was good to me this week. I got a pleasant surprise of Mindy Kaling’s book. I almost ordered it not realizing that I pre-ordered it a while back! Good thing I didn’t. Then I got my Pioneer Woman bowls that I ordered online from Walmart! I love them!

#5/#6 Photos I saw on Instagram that I liked. I love the photo of Duluth, it captures it all of it’s greatness. The other photo reminds me of all my close friends.

#7 I can’t have a post without Mr. Arie! What a sweet boy, he was taking my side of the bed from the other night.

 

Happy Sunday!

-Blondie!

1 Year Wedding Anniversary… Part 1

Man did time fly! I feel like we were just printing our invites and putting center pieces together. I must admit, I am glad that stuff is over. Carl and I had a rather mellow, low-key, laid back wedding but making sure you remember everything is a task! The only thing I forgot was my niece’s burlap basket to hold flowers, I don’t think I saw the flowers that went in it. She ended up having a flower wrist thing and a little bouquet so it all worked out. I figured I was on my game if that was the only thing I forgot and we were 2.5hrs from home! I’m kind of a super freak when it comes to schedules and lists.

A year later, Carl and I went back Up North to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed north of Duluth, about 80 miles in Schroeder, MN at Lamb’s Resort. I actually grew up staying at Lamb’s, so my memories from there are great and have only gotten better. We would recommend Cabin #11 or Cabin #12 based on your view of Lake Superior.

We drove up Friday early in the morning and stopped at Gooseberry Falls State Park for a few hours, the weather was beautiful! We drove to our cabin and there we did some more hiking and rock climbing. It was great cabin time, we had a bonfire every night and roasted marshmallows, hotdogs and I tried jiffy pop for the first time! YUM!

On Saturday we got up and found a diner in Silver Bay, MN for breakfast and then we headed to the Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, MN. That landmark is one of the most photographed ones, Carl has never been so we did all the touristy things while we were there. On our way back to the cabin, we stopped at the Silver Bay Marina where we climbed more rocks. Saturday night was spent by the bonfire, chatting, listening to nature, playing cards, reflecting on our relationship and what the last year has brought us.

Sunday, was our actual wedding anniversary. We got up and drove north to find breakfast and found Bluefin Bay. Interesting enough, Carl worked on their website. We split a wild rice, mushroom, pepper and onion omelet and it was delicious. On Sunday afternoon we drove south to Duluth for the evening. We had a complimentary dinner cruise with the cruise where we had our wedding. It was a great end to our anniversary weekend. We had a couple of drinks and an appetizer at the Canal Park Brewery then we made our way over to the Vista Fleet Cruise for our dinner and boat ride. The weather was about the same as what it was on our wedding, windy and cold. I wore a dress with a cardigan and I was cold. I saw other people wearing jeans, sweatshirts and jackets, I wanted to wear that instead. lol It was cool, to be back on the boat and remember our wedding day. Some of the staff on the boat were also there the night of our wedding, they had remembered us and our wedding. We had a chicken dinner with champagne.

My gift to Carl was MN Gopher football tickets. I didn’t realize how important the games are that I picked for us to go to, he was impressed. I also got him “vacation rings” so when we go somewhere or are doing something that we don’t want to wear our wedding rings, we can still have a band on. We didn’t wear our rings on our honeymoon and we got some questions. lol Carl gave me a beautiful anniversary ring (it was written in his wedding note to me)!

On Monday we were on the road back home by 7am, we couldn’t wait to get home and see Arie. Later on Monday night, we met up with my co-workers to do our draft for our fantasy football league. They were nice enough to include Carl! lol

Thank You for letting me share our fun weekend.

I will do a “Part Series” of posts so go in order to see all the photos.

1 Year Anniversary… Part 3

Be sure to read 1 Year Anniversary… Part 1 and then 1 Year Anniversary… Part 2

Here are photos from our Saturday adventures.

On Saturday we got up and found a diner in Silver Bay, MN for breakfast and then we headed to the Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, MN. That landmark is one of the most photographed ones, Carl has never been so we did all the touristy things while we were there. On our way back to the cabin, we stopped at the Silver Bay Marina where we climbed more rocks. Saturday night was spent by the bonfire, chatting, listening to nature, playing cards, reflecting on our relationship and what the last year has brought us.

Next post is 1 Year Anniversary… Part 4

1 Year Anniversary… Part 4

Be sure to read 1 Year Anniversary… Part 1, 1 Year Anniversary… Part 2 then 1 Year Anniversary… Part 3

Here are photos from Sunday.

Sunday, was our actual wedding anniversary. We got up and drove north to find breakfast and found Bluefin Bay. Interesting enough, Carl worked on their website. We split a wild rice, mushroom, pepper and onion omelet and it was delicious. On Sunday afternoon we drove south to Duluth for the evening. We had a complimentary dinner cruise with the cruise where we had our wedding. It was a great end to our anniversary weekend. We had a couple of drinks and an appetizer at the Canal Park Brewery then we made our way over to the Vista Fleet Cruise for our dinner and boat ride. The weather was about the same as what it was on our wedding, windy and cold. I wore a dress with a cardigan and I was cold. I saw other people wearing jeans, sweatshirts and jackets, I wanted to wear that instead. lol It was cool, to be back on the boat and remember our wedding day. Some of the staff on the boat were also there the night of our wedding, they had remembered us and our wedding. We had a chicken dinner with champagne.

 

What a great weekend!

 

Duluth-“Trash the Dress”

This past weekend we went to Duluth/Superior to do an anniversary “Trash the Dress” photo session with a dear friend of mine. I have known Kate since college when photography as a distance goal of hers. Now her and her husband Sam travel all over the world to capture the lasting memories. Please check out their website: Kate Botwinski Photography

Our photos with them were on Monday evening, so in the meantime, we spent the night at our friend Ashley’s house and hung out with her. That was so much fun because she showed us around her hometown. Monday we did a little sightseeing prior to me getting my hair done, sad I didn’t get a picture of my hair done. I went to the same stylist who did my hair for our wedding. She is awesome and you can tell she loves her job.

We love Duluth and the memories we have created and can’t wait for the ones to come. We are so excited to see our photos from Kate and Sam!

Honest, we were working…

Last Friday, my co-worker was heading up north to Duluth for a client meeting, he asked if I wanted to go with. I had lots of work to do but I am hardly ever in the office to interact with my co-workers, so I decided to go with. I love Duluth, for so many reasons-childhood memories, beautiful views and where we had our wedding; so I didn’t want to pass up an chance to go there. Unfortunately, our client did not show so we drove the 2hrs there and back all for not. But we took a quick 1/2 lunch and I showed my co-worker a few of my favorite spots! We stopped at Northern Waters Smokehaus– I highly recommend it for smoked salmon and trout. YUM! It was featured on Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives as well! I love the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge and the boardwalk, it was the type of work day that I needed. I felt re-focused again!