Weekend in Colorado

I’m dreadfully behind posting about this trip, but I feel like I’m dreadfully behind with everything these days. I have close to 4,000 photos left to edit this month, at least 5 loads of laundry, 7 pounds to lose, and about 2 days worth of deep cleaning that I have yet to accomplish. Let’s pretend I’m not procrastinating right now as I sit here and blog, mmk? ;)

We continued our celebration of 5 years of marriage with a quick trip to Colorado Springs over Memorial Day weekend! It’s one of our favorite places, and our little getaway left us with full hearts. And stomachs.

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It is imperative that you eat at Over Easy if you’re ever in the Colorado Springs area.

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Two of my favorite views: Pikes Peak and pancakes. ;)

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The hashbrowns were killer too.

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Every single time we visit, Garden of the Gods makes me wish I lived in Colorado.

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Hiking is my happy place. (Not pictured – the fudge from the Trading Post. You need it in your life.)

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We headed to my other happy place, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, in the afternoon.

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Walking around the zoo doubles as a workout because it’s literally built into a mountain.

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Andrew rocked the anniversary gifting and booked a surprise behind-the-scenes tiger encounter for us! I was THRILLED when we got to meet this beauty. His name is Ivan. :)

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I hate selfies, but tiger selfies are an exception.

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He reminded me so much of Jack. ;)

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We fed him meatballs. Haha.

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So. Handsome.

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It rained and hailed for about 15 minutes and I was bummed when I thought we wouldn’t get to feed the giraffes (the best part about that zoo), but we were super excited when we found out you could feed them inside the barn!

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Pretty sure I was getting looks from laughing really loudly. They crack me up.

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This baby lion was such a cutie.

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It’s safe to say most of our trips revolve around food. We wrapped up the day with dinner at Savelli’s!

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Funny story – we ran into two of my sweet friends from high school on their own little getaway!

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My husband loves me so much. He humored me for an hour of crazy picture-taking in the mountains – dodging the rain, illegally parking, and wrangling a giant “5” balloon. Haha. HE IS THE BEST. ;)

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It’s still hard to believe I’ve had this handsome man for 5 years. :)

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I’ve got lots more to catch up on here, but I’ll save it for another post. :) Happy Monday, friends!

~Cait

Planner World

Last year was the first year I used a homemade planner – a ridiculous, 86-page monster that I designed in Photoshop and printed on card stock. It was the most glorious thing I think I have ever created. ;) From now on, I believe I’ll be forced to make one every year, because I loved it way more than any other planner I’ve ever had. This year, however, the obsession has grown. My 2016 planner has a whopping 98 pages, and I created a companion notebook with more planning pages to go along with it. The nice man who binds my books at Staples definitely thinks I’m insane. (I hope you type-A list-makers are virtually fist-bumping me though.)

First up – the planner. I have yet to fall out of love with all things nautical.

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Quick side note – I apologize that these pictures are mildly terrible. I was pressed for time. I know, I’m a photographer, but you’ll get the idea.

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To keep you from scrolling for three years, I won’t show you every page, but here are the highlights!

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Papermate pens found here. I’m obsessed with them.

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The second book I made is basically all the stuff that I would have put in the back of the planner if the binding machine at Staples was bigger. I think I like having a second book though, and I most likely will make next year’s books separate – one strictly calendar dates and the other all lists / extra pages.

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I’m trying out “mission boards” this year. So far, I’m a fan! It helps give a framing to each month.

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These handy little divider tabs are awesome and can be found here.

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These “today’s plan” pages are also a new thing I’m trying. I often write quick schedules on a sticky note or in a regular spiral notebook if I want to put down more specifics that won’t all fit in my planner, but I’m going to try to use these now to keep everything together. I don’t use one every day – just for the days that I have an excessive amount of things to sort out by writing down. ;)

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I’ve never been a huge meal planner…mostly because it takes me entirely too long to decide what I want to eat, and I change my mind 12 times a day. I didn’t print too many of these because our schedules aren’t always exact, but I know they’ll be really helpful for grocery shopping on dieting days!

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I’d love to hear any suggestions you all might have for making next year’s books even better. :)

Happy Wednesday, loves!

~Cait

Hustle and Bustle

GUYS. I am almost caught up on my editing. I can hardly believe it, but I think I will have a life again soon. ;)

We’ve been a little more busy than we’d like lately, but we are looking forward to some down time in a couple weeks after the hustle and bustle of December slows a bit. Here’s a quick update to prove we’re still alive. ;)

Jack has kept us on our toes the past week with a series of strange… ahem… tummy issues. Thank the good Lord he’s all better now and back to posing for pictures. (I might have to change the phrase on my chalkboard if he keeps standing there.)

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Last Saturday, I shot my last wedding for quite a while, and I was SO glad it was for these sweet friends!

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We headed to IHOP with these cuties for a post-wedding feast because PANCAKES.

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The next day, Andrew and I escaped for a quick day trip in Dallas to eat too much food and spend too much money shopping. (Knocked that one off the 30 Before 30 list!)

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And yes. More pancakes.

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I think Andrew is really starting to warm up to IKEA.

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Well-played, IKEA employees.

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We may have broken a record on carbs for the day. Have you guys been to Fireside Pies?!

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PIZZA FONDUE. I cannot stress how quickly you need to go eat this.

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The Galleria = Rockefeller Center for southerners.

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I bought entirely too many things and didn’t take many pictures, but here. These are my new polar bear pajama pants. Lol.

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No trip to Dallas is complete without Potbelly’s for Andrew. :)

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We are back to work and running around crazy this week, but we have LOTS of fun things to look forward to this month. And soon, I’ll actually have time to blog about them. ;) Happy Wednesday!

~Cait