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Year 4

I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since we said “I do”. This blog has brought about so many amazing opportunities. However, one thing I enjoy most is using this blog to document each anniversary, memory and big moment. You can read about year one and year two here and here. I skipped last year as we were in the midst of moving, remodels and new jobs but I couldn’t let this year pass my by again.

I feel like each year our marriage is better and better. So we must be doing something right, right?! Year 4 was so much fun! We settled into our new home in Omaha, completed our first big remodel, tried out a lot of new restaurants, and took Nova on a bunch of walks in our adorable neighborhood! We’ve grown closer, worked at our communication, and loved hard. It hasn’t always been easy and it hasn’t always been fun but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Isaac, thank you for being an amazing husband and friend. Life has been so fun with you by my side, as my husband, for the past 4 years. You are oh so patient with me, kind when I don’t deserve it and love me always. I look forward to year 5 and all the years after that! P.S. Thanks for waking up early on numerous occassions to bring me blueberry donuts from Gerda’s πŸ™‚

Have Funds, Will Travel

It’s no secret that the Mr. and I love to travel! Ever since we first were married we knew it was a goal of ours to travel as much as we can. We think marrying at a young age has given us the opportunity to travel, enjoy life and make many memories together prior to having kids! However, I often get asked how we manage to travel so much. The easy/not so easy answer to that is a budget. Though I don’t enjoy budgeting, I married a smart man who knows how to put an effective budget into place so that we can achieve the goals we have set for us! 

Our larger travel goal is to make it to Europe next year for our 5th wedding anniversary. It will be Isaac’s first time there and I’ve been itching to go back! However, we knew we still wanted a small getaway this fall to celebrate our 4th anniversary. We decided on doing a long weekend in Colorado Springs as it was drivable and wasn’t too hard on our budget. 

Gas is relatively cheap right now so if you can drive to your vacation spot it will definitely make vacations more attainable! We also chose to do it over Labor Day weekend so we didn’t have to use many vacation days-also a great way to get more vacations in in a year. 

We spent the most money on meals, but tried to be smart where we could. I brought along breakfast bars so we only ate one breakfast at an actual restaurant. Most of our lunches were pretty casual so we could spend the most on dinner. 

We had a great time visiting the local sights in Colorado Springs: Pikes Peak, Seven Falls, the Royal Gorge and even a local winery! 

Though it’s not the beach-which is typically my first pick for a vacation-it was definitely a breath of fresh air. We don’t have these views in Nebraska and for some reason they never get old!

Since we had a car we visited a couple towns around Colorado Springs including this cute historic city, Cripple Creek, nestled in the mountains. 

While we do a lot of walking around, sight seeing, and window shopping we usually don’t do much actual shopping on our trips. This cuts down on our vacation costs immensely. 

While visiting some of the local sights, like the Royal Gorge, weren’t the cheapest adventure it was a great way to spend a couple hours. We’ve also become more accustomed to spending money on experiences versus physical items. 

It’s much more enjoyable to look back on vacations together and think about all the things we’ve experienced together versus some shirt we bought that we probably don’t even have anymore! 

However, the hubs did make the first purchase of the trip which was the patagonia hat he’s wearing in this pic! I gave him a lot of grief over that πŸ˜‰

Loved this bridge over the Royal Gorge that had flags of most of the states people come to visit from.

On our way back from the Royal Gorge we stopped at the Holy Cross Winery. It was such a cute little winery and we may have even brought back a couple bottles!

The Seven Falls at the Broadmoor was beautiful. We also enjoyed driving around the Broadmoor hotel at all the gorgeous grounds and amazing houses in the neighborhoods surrounding it. 

We ended our vacation with a fabulous dinner and dessert at this cool underground bar!

While we haven’t taken a trip every anniversary, we always try to do something special to celebrate. Last year we had recently moved so we just had a nice dinner out, for year 2 we went to Boston and DC, and for our year 1 celebration we had a staycation. A staycation is definitely a budget friendly way to still have a “vacation” in your own city! It’s so fun to look back and see how we have celebrated each year. Our weekend getaway to CO Springs was technically our celebration for year 4 even though our actual anniversary isn’t until October 12th. What is your favorite way to celebrate anniversaries? And what travel tips do you have?

Anniversary in the City

I promised you to post more about our anniversary we took so now that it’s been almost a month I figured it was high time! We started out in Boston and ended up in DC and had a blast in both cities. We had both been to DC but hadn’t been to Boston so it was fun for us to experience a new city together and experience a city we had both been to separately before but now got to go to together!

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Our first night in Boston at this cute little restaurant and bar at the Charlestown Navy Pier with a great view of downtown Boston!

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We spent our days exploring, walking miles upon miles, and learning how to be city slickers by riding the subway!

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We tried lobster, Maine lobster, to be exact for the first time. Sorry Larry the lobster…

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And then my husband surprised me with an amazing anniversary present (as if the trip wasn’t enough) a sparkling wine tour that took us to several different local restaurants in Boston where we were able to try some delicious sparkling wines as well as a few great eats!

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We ended at this cute little restaurant that had a private room up this narrow staircase, exactly how I envisioned Boston!

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We then headed to DC! We stayed in Georgetown, which we couldn’t have loved more! Such a fun area full of great shopping and eating.

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While we didn’t see the Pres, I did get asked to do an interview about the Democratic Debate!

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Just hanging out at the Washington Monument with this in the background! You’ll notice hats were my bffs on this trip because 1. they are a great fall fashion accessory 2. they helped with windblown/rained on hair 3. I like them!

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On the evening of our actual anniversary…

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And on our last day in DC we took a private tour of the capitol which was so fun.

We had a great time on our anniversary trip exploring these fun cities, the great weather made it even more special of a time for us!

If you’re looking to travel to these cities our top EverydayMrs’s (and Mr) approved activities are:

  • City Wine Tour in Boston
  • Take a stroll (or 5) down Newbury street in Boston’s back bay
  • Tour these cities on foot, take advantage of your two feet, you will see so much more! (definitely use the subways and users when needed though!)
  • Take a private tour of the capitol by contacting your local Representative

If you missed my other posts about this trip go here and here.

Anniversary Staycation

I can’t believe our anniversary was over a week ago and that I’m just now sitting down to tell you about our anniversary staycation! Life has been crazy busy since then and just now starting to slow down. If you follow me on instagram you were given a first hand look at some of the things we did on our staycation! Since I recently started a new job we decided not to travel anywhere for our first anniversary but still enjoy some time off work at home, going out to eat, shop and do some fun activities! Get ready for a photo overload!

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We really started off staycation with dinner at Panda Express and a movie in bed because Isaac had a long week at work but we didn’t take pictures of that πŸ™‚ So the next morning started with a little breakfast treat at Whole Foods with a yummy pumpkin spice latte and double chocolate muffin!
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That evening we went out to a nice dinner and I enjoyed a moscow mule! One of my faves

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And a dinner date wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Gander Mountain after…I never imagined I would spend so much time at stores like this and Cabela’s. The hubby is lucky I love him so much!

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We ended the night at the movies! Gone girl for the win.

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The next day I made breakfast in bed then we went to a local airfield for lunch on a chilly afternoon and watched the planes go by…

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Our last date night of staycation ended at a scrumptious steakhouse complete with a little bubbly and fried donuts!

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And I’m too into tradition that of course we had to have our wedding cookies (with milk)…and they actually weren’t too bad! I still can’t believe it’s been a whole year since our wedding! To see our anniversary pictures go here and to see how I ended staycation go here!

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