• 2017
  • Planning for Austria

    This summer we will be traveling to Austria! I am SO SO SO excited! I haven’t been since I started PA school (so its been about 3ish years now). Hubby has NEVER been, so this will be a first for him and I am way excited. Ari has not met most of my family, so I’m thrilled to show off my new HUB! Plus I get to show him my homeland!

    The majority of our short trip will be spent visiting family, but I also plan to show Ari some of what I think are the most BEAUTIFUL places ever. We are unfortunately only going for a little over a week. This seems like nothing to me, since all our family trips prior had been 5-6 weeks. I really was spoiled growing up! Being able to spend such a long time over in Europe was a blessing. And even those trips went by WAY too fast, so I already know the week will definitely fly by. Nevertheless it will be a wonderful time!

    My parents still own our childhood home, so I get to show Ari where I grew up! (Well I guess not really since we moved to the US when I was 4 and prior to that we lived in Germany on and off, but to me it is and will always be home).  My mom asked me recently if I will miss having our home in Pittsburgh, when they retire somewhere warm. And honestly No. To me our Pittsburgh home was always ‘temporary’ (even though we lived there for over 20 years!).  I think the reason was that as I was growing up we never planned on living in the US permanently. There was always talk of eventually moving back to Austria, so I guess I never truly viewed it as ‘home’. Now on the other hand, I know that if my parents sell our home in Austria, I will be devastated. So for now, I am happy I get to go there this summer with Ari and soak up all the memories.

    So what do I have planned?? Well, Ari and I will be landing in Vienna, so our first two days we will be cramming in all that we can. I will definitely take Ari to St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom). Mainly because Ari has never understood why I always insist on going inside Churches. And that’s because he has never seen a breathtaking church like Stephansdom. When I go I will try and take as many pictures as I can, but honestly, I already know the photos just wont do it justice. If you are ever in Vienna, or anywhere in Europe, I highly recommend checking out the beautiful architecture and artwork in the churches , I’m sure you’ll be AMAZED.

    We will also of course visit the Schönbrunn Palace and gardens. Another breathtaking place which I highly recommend visiting if you are in the area. If you aren’t planning on traveling to Vienna in the near future you can check out their main website and actually virtually tour the palace and the gardens on your computer! I also want to visit the Schönbrunn zoo. It is the oldest Zoo in the world! Going to zoos is one of my favorite thing to do, but I’m not sure if we will have time to go.

    Lastly, we will be doing lots of window shopping on Kärntner Straße (Vienna’s famous shopping street), sipping on coffee in cafés, and eating lots of ice cream and bread!

    Next, we will travel to Linz. Ari will get to see my childhood home, meet my family, and see all the places first hand that I’ve talked his ear off about. I could ramble on for pages about Linz and all the places I will show Ari, but ill just save that for when we return from our trip!

    Here are a few pics from Linz! (not the greatest pics I know… Ill make sure to capture more of Linz this summer!)

    And here are some mountain pics of the Austrian Alps, since I will definitely be taking Ari into the mountains! (This is actually my most favorite thing to do and I CANNOT wait to experience this with my husband)

    Ill be posting lots from our trip when we return, so stay tuned! I’d love to hear about your favorite destinations! XO

  • 2017
  • Spring Spring Spring

    Spring is FINALLY here and all I can think about is flip flops, dresses, ice cream and ALL those sunny days ahead! I am definitely in need of updating my closet.. although my office is Freezing, so who knows I may be wearing sweaters and tights year round 😉

     Ari and I plan to have many adventures coming up, now that the weather is finally going to be more consistent. I know we both want to make a trip out to the beach. This is something we planned on doing when we first moved down here, but with wedding planning, getting settled in new jobs, house hunting and exploring our new home, we just didn’t find the time. Now there are no more excuses and come on guys the beach is only about 3 hrs away, so we WILL make it happen this year!

    I also want to go into the NC mts and do some hiking. This I’m sure will have to wait till it gets extra hot so that I don’t freeze my butt off 🙂

    At work, coworkers were talking about wild blueberry picking here in NC, which is DEFINITELY right up my alley since I LOVE blueberries and essentially every fruit on the planet. I’m not exactly sure when blueberry season is down here, so I really need to figure all that out.

    KAYAKING. I have never done this but it looks like SO much fun, so this is also on my “MUST do” list for this spring/summer. There are a lot of lakes and rivers right around where we live, so I am sure we can cross this one off our list very soon.

    My brother is also getting MARRIED this June, so I am BEYOND excited about that! Still praying my hair will be nice and long for the wedding…but my hair has only grown about an inch since I chopped it all off in September…. so I’m not holding my breath anymore.

    And lastly AUSTRIA! WOOOHOOO!
    Since I am just so excited for this trip and have so much to blab about I’m going to write about it in its own separate blog post! Stay tuned!

    What are you all excited about for Spring/ Summer?? I’d love to hear all about your plans!

    Happy Wednesday Friends! XO


  • 2017
  • Twenty ~ Seven

    Yesterday was my hubby’s 27th birthday! Which is the 7th birthday we’ve celebrated together!

    It feels like just yesterday when Ari’s 21st birthday was coming up, and I had no idea what to get him (we had only been together for about a  month). So I opted for the obvious choice TEQUILA and CAKE! oh and a puffy painted shot glass 🙂

    (one of our first pictures together)

    And here are a few of the birthdays we captured on camera.

     Unfortunately, we didn’t snap a picture this weekend (we were to0 busy DIYing), but here is a picture of him enjoying some cake last night! I’m glad you found some cake in Mexico! Happy birthday my love!

    Don’t worry, I will be enjoying the left overs from this weekend 🙂
    And who knows, maybe we’ll get wild and finally open that bottle of tequila from your 21st when you get back 😉

    Happy hump day friends! XO