Our Dayton Bucket List!

My husband, Ben, is an officer in the Air Force, which means we’ll be moving every few years as he gets new assignments. His last base was Hanscom AFB, right outside of Boston, and it was a perfect place for him to be stationed as a young officer when we were first dating. Boston is a city filled with young people and lots to do in the downtown and surrounding areas. We packed so much into those 4 years while he was stationed there and while I was in college at Wheaton. We even made a Boston Bucket List, but not until we had about a year left in the area, and between me finishing up college and us planning our wedding and move, we definitely didn’t check off as many places as we had hoped.

During the winter of 2014, we found out where he would be headed next – or should I say we, since we were engaged and planning our wedding. He had applied to AFIT, the Air Force Institute of Technology, what seemed like AGES ago, and got the call one evening that he had been accepted to a program to get his Masters in Engineering! We were thrilled! But then came the realization that we would be moving to Dayton, Ohio.

I’ve grown up on the East Coast and near big cities my whole life, so when I heard “Ohio” my mind immediately went to: Midwest, cornfields, empty, sad cities past their prime, economically depressed, old houses, no fun, nothing to do!

And while there are plenty of cornfields out here, I could not have been more wrong about Dayton. Continue reading “Our Dayton Bucket List!”


It’s been almost a year since Ben & I got married, and a few days after that will be a year since we moved to Dayton. What the what?!?????

Time is FLYING by, and I’m not sure if it’s because life has been generally good and we’ve been keeping busy, or if that’s just what it’s gonna be like as I get older. Either way, I still can’t believe it.

It’s been quite a year. We got married (duh), moved to Ohio, bought a house, have been slowly furnishing the house and making it ours, adopted two cats, I started a new job (almost a year ago there, too!), Ben started grad school, we’ve traveled, made new friends, found communities, and have explored this new area that now feels so familiar.

I feel like the only thing that could have made this year even crazier would be having babies, but don’t worry, that’s not happening for a few years. (Really Mom, I’m not pregnant, I promise!)

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about where I was (both physically and mentally) last year, how many aspects of my life have changed, and how Ben & I have grown together. It’s been a wild first year, but there’s no one I would rather have spent it with. Here’s to many more crazy years ahead of us!


Summer snaps – day twenty three

As the evening cooled down, Ben & I went for a walk to return a book to the library. It’s so nice to have those moments together since we’ve spent the last week or so apart. Also, I love our neighborhood and the beauty that it holds!

Summer snaps – day fifteen

It was a pretty uninspiring and unproductive day, but at least I managed to get a real dinner in this evening! I made paninis with a panini press/grill that we got from a relative for our wedding. Since I work at a grocery store (in the coffee bar) with awesome fresh and local ingredients, it’s not too hard to put together a tasty dinner quickly. I used the store-made mozzarella and Asiago cheese bread, fresh tomatoes, pesto, and balsamic vinegar to put these together.

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Also, in case you thought it was only food and no cats today, don’t worry, here you go!

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Summer snaps – day thirteen

Little hippie towns with tasty breakfast spots are the best. Used bookstores with large resident cats are the best. Yellow Springs is the best.


Summer snaps – day twelve

For a little self-care this Sunday, we went to get Ben & Jerry’s. The shop is right by the historical Patterson Homestead, so we (me, Ben, and his mom who’s visiting for a short time) decided to walk around the beautiful grounds of the home. I’m so glad the weather cooled down this evening – it’s been SO HOT lately!!

Also, here’s your daily cat pic. Just because.

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Summer snaps – day eleven

Ben’s mom is visiting for the weekend, so we decided to check out the food truck rally at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering for dinner this evening. There were lots of great trucks to choose from! We got some hot dogs from Zombie Dogs and Greek fries & gyros from Greek Street. Yum!!