ACD Freebie: Indiana State Parks

With the weather getting warm and summer drawing near, I think we are anxious to get out and about.  While it's still not something we can do at shops, restaurants, and museums, we can get out in the great outdoors.  A few times in the last week or so Indiana State Parks came up in conversation.  I was reminded that I made a map and list as part of my father's birthday gift last year.  I figured now is the perfect time to share the love with everyone.  If you want to download a copy and use it as a check list for adventures, feel free to here.  Be sure to check guidelines and properly prepare for your adventure before you leave your house.  

Stay safe and happy adventures to you! 

Happy 1st Anniversary!

Wow! I can't believe it's been a year since the most magical day, our wedding!  We had these grand plans to go see Jim James with the Colorado Symphony in a couple of weeks to celebrate our 1st anniversary and 8 years (!) together but Covid-19 has other plans for us. We thought seeing Jim James was very fitting given that he is the frontman to the band that headlined Forecastle and got us together 8 years ago! Had we still been planning to take that trip we likely would have just went out to dinner on our anniversary.  Again, we can't do that now either.  We decided to celebrate a couple days early so we could celebrate on Saturday night vs. Monday (even though we still had a nice homemade dinner on our actual anniversary courtesy of Wyatt).  I decorated in odes to our wedding and Wyatt picked up takeout from our favorite Thai restaurant.   I decorated our wet bar area with a balloon garland I made with supplies I had on hand.  I pulled out the milk glass, gold chargers, and some light blue similar to what we had at our wedding.  I also got some of our Evelyn Henson map prints out, Louisville, Bloomington, Madrid, and Barcelona to commemorate where we met/got married, Forecastle Festival, and our honeymoon and added our wedding crest.  After dinner we had our wedding cake and wine and danced to some songs from our wedding. Even though our plans got derailed, we still had a special and lovely anniversary. 

I ordered our vows done in watercolor for Wyatt's 'paper' gift but didn't think they would arrive in time so I improvised.  I painted a watercolor from one of our wedding photos to give to him when we celebrated.  Luckily, the actual gift came on our actual anniversary! We have them both hanging on the gallery wall in our hallway no and I love seeing them and the guestbook all the time and remembering our wedding.


Last weekend we went to California to visit Wyatt's aunt and to attend a memorial service.  Though we wish it was under better circumstances, we were thrilled to get to spend some time with Wyatt's aunt.  We haven't been out to visit her since 2016.  We left Thursday afternoon out of Chicago (thank you direct flights to the west coast) and arrived late on Thursday night. Of course we had to stop for some In-N-Out once we landed! We had the entire day to spend alone with Tia. It was gorgeous weather after coming from Indiana and having just had snow the week before we left.  We drove over to Santa Cruz for lunch at the Harbor Cafe and then took a walk down to the beach.  On our way back to Tia's house, we stopped at Aver Family Vineyards for a tasting.  My favorites were the Faith and the Hope Rhone Blend wines. We had dinner in Morgan Hill that night at Ledera. It was delicious!

On Saturday we attended the nicest memorial service for CJ at the school where he taught.  It was so moving to hear from so many people about how he positively impacted their lives.

On Sunday we had an early flight and made it back to Chicago in the late afternoon.  We hope to get back to the west coast again with a little more time next time and sooner than later too.