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!!


WE GOT MARRIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 9, 2015 ranks pretty damn high as one of the best days of my life. Ben and I exchanged vows (that we wrote ourselves) in front of 100 of our closest friends and family members. We got married and had the reception at Whitehall Manor in Bluemont, Virginia. Everything came together wonderfully and we are so happy – it’s been a week and a half and we still can’t stop grinning ear-to-ear!

Four days after the wedding, we moved out to Dayton, Ohio, which is where we will be for the next few years. Ben is currently stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and is attending graduate school with the Air Force Institute of Technology here for a year and a half. His next assignment might be here in Ohio as well, so we’re excited to start putting down some roots. We’re staying in temporary housing on base (and counting the days) until we can move into the perfectawesomebeautifulamazing house in Kettering, Ohio that we just signed the lease on yesterday! I’m still looking for a job, but I know I’ll find something I enjoy doing soon enough. We are quickly finding our favorite parts of Dayton and already have coffee shops we’re planning on being regulars at. Before we moved here, people kept mentioning how nice Ohioans (Buckeyes?? I don’t know what to call them) are, and that is definitely true so far. We are being welcomed with open arms and I’m really looking forward to the next few years here!

I’ll write a more in-depth post about the details of our wedding and the vendors we worked with when we get the rest of the pictures back from our photographer! By the way, our photographer is the best photographer in the world and everyone should hire her. All photo credit goes to her!

Thanks for reading! ~Margaret