Life Lately // 05.13.15

How is it May already? Weren’t we just celebrating Christmas and wishing away the cold and snow? Now we are in 70+ degree days and enjoying the sunshine and the great outdoors! I’ve always loved fall, but I think my new favorite is late spring/early summer. When its that perfect weather for short sleeves and no jacket until the evenings, sandals with jeans and getting your skin turning a little pink after sitting outside for a bit. ah… love it!

This past weekend I went up to Michigan for a quick weekend to hang out with the family.  I flew into Indianapolis (where Kate lives) and drove up to Michigan with her and her family to my parents house.   It was a wonderful, crazy busy, fun filled weekend!  I really do have the best family.  Unfortunately Mandy was out of town herself, so I didn’t get to hang out with her….But she was enjoying a weekend in Florida with her sisters!

Watching lately: It may be the nerd in us, but Timmy and I LOVE Marvel and superhero movies and shows.  The new Netflix show Daredevil just started and we are loving it.  Its a bit darker and has a great story line.  Last week end we walked down to our local movie theater to see the new Avengers movie, which was great, one of the best so far! I also have to say I just love our little neighborhood and the fact that we can walk to the movies! {its all very Stars Hallow-esque}

Reading lately: I keep meaning to pick up some good “life” books, something to challenge me or to teach me something new or better my life. But instead I’ve been reading The Maze Runner books. We watched the movie after it came out on DVD and it was a decent movie and both Timmy and I thought the books would probably be good, so I downloaded them. I’m still on the first one but Timmy’s already made it half way through the third!

Drinking lately: I can’t get enough of iced coffee drinks right now.  My current favorite is a simple iced vanilla latte from The Roasterie Cafe. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up!

{Life Lately in Photos}

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 {Pictures from my trip to Michigan!}

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{travel} Des Moines Food Guide

I had mentioned in an earlier post  {check it out here} about the restaurants we went to on our trip to Des Moines. So I thought I’d share the places we went for any of you that might be in the Des Moines area or might be traveling there anytime soon.

Des Moines is probably not the first place you think of when it comes to the ultimate dining experience, but they have some great restaurants with some great food.  I of course am so bad at taking pictures when we are out that I didn’t get pictures at every place…

Our first stop was a late night dinner at  Centro – great Italian food. It’s a very nice place, the kind of place that you could get dressed up for a fancy dinner with your spouse but with an relaxed atmosphere that you could roll into in jeans with a group of friends as well {we were the latter as we didn’t get to the restaurant until about 9pm}

The next morning, we grabbed breakfast at Jethro’s BBQ, which you would not think of for a brunch place, but it was a fun bar and grill with some great breakfast foods. Although we didn’t try it this time, Sarah says the waffle fry nachos are great!

For the afternoon, the boys hit up Firetrucker brewery and then  Tacopacalypse for lunch on their own and said both were amazing.  While us girls, after shopping at a just opened home decor store {which we spent a good portion of the morning browsing and trying not to spend too much money} ended up at Jasper’s Winery, where we didn’t have much to eat, but did enjoy some great wine tastings and finally settling on a bottle of their “Edelweiss” wine.  But don’t worry we did end up ordering some cheese and chocolate to go with it!

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That evening for dinner we went to Proof – this was my favorite meal of the weekend.  This place has a great atmosphere, and amazing food. They had a special prix-fixe menu that night, so we ended up all ordering that. Since there were two choices for each course, we order the opposite from each other.  We ordered the bone marrow to start, I was the only one at the table that had not tried it yet and I wasn’t sure what to expect. It really is not as bad it sounds… or looks.

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{The Menu. Bone Marrow.}

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{First Course: Clams and Chorizo. Asparagus Salad.}

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{Second Course: Spring Linguini. Duck Breast.}

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{Third Course: Oatmeal Caramel Cake. Muscato Poached Pear.}

Every thing we had was delicious! Definitely a place to check out!

Lastly, we went to our traditional brunch place The Cafe in Ames, IA.  We go here for Sunday brunch every year we come to Des Moines.  Best brunch you may ever eat.  But you are going to wait for it…. they don’t take reservations so on a busy Sunday you’re going to wait for good 45min – 1 hour. I love their seasonal menu and fresh ingredients.  I don’t think I have ever had the same meal in all the years we’ve been going.

Well, there you have it. If you make it up to Des Moines (or live there) these are some great places to check out!  Enjoy!

Friends for the Journey

This weekend was our 7th annual Easter weekend trip with our best friends, Travis and Sarah. {ok so this weekend wasn’t actually Easter, but we couldn’t make it up there this Easter so we had to postpone a couple of weeks}

Our weekend was filled with laughter, wine, terrible movies, and more food than 4 people should eat. We love trying new restaurants, they always have new places for us to try, so we spend most of the time eating! We discovered this year that we have yet to repeat a restaurant in all the years we’ve been going up there. {more to come on that in a later post!}

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{Sarah and I at Jasper’s Winery}

This weekend really got me thinking on life and how far we have come in both Timmy and I’s relationship as well as our relationship with Travis and Sarah.  The boys had figured out that this year marked 10 years since Timmy and Travis  first met, which soon followed with me meeting Timmy and then just a year or so later Travis met Sarah and then it was the 4 of us.  Travis and Sarah moved to Des Moines after they got married but it didn’t stop us from getting together both here in Kansas City and making a trip to Des Moines at least annually. They were the ones that encouraged us along in our finances, paying off debt, getting on a budget and are always our go to for advice before making large purchases. I don’t think we could have done it or stuck with it without their help.

We are now both ready to start families. They have had some set backs and are now starting down the adoption road and we couldn’t be more excited for them. We just can’t wait for a little baby to become theirs.  It’s so wonderful to have people in our lives that are going through the same things.  We have been trying to get pregnant for a while and it is so nice to talk it through with someone that has been going through it was well. They understand the frustrations and the disappointments. We can be real with each other. We are on this journey together and whatever the reasons are that life does not turn out the way we had planned or hoped, we have each other to lean on.

This couple is so special to us, they have amazing hearts and are such giving people. They challenge us and encourage us to be better people.  I’m amazed at the work they do within their church and the time they give to helping others. It’s amazing what life is like when y ou have friends for the journey. 

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