game ranch

Monday, October 19, 2015

Zack had heard about Lazy 5 Ranch but had never made it there, and I enjoyed visiting the ranch a few years ago with friends. He was excited to find a similar place near us. We visited the Yellow River Game Ranch on a recent weekend. There are all different kinds of snacks there that you can buy to feed the animals; we chose an apple and peanuts. 

My backpack is this one from Tradlands, made by Archival Clothing. I carry it just about every day, whether it's holding only my wallet, phone, and keys, or my camera, or clothes for barre. 

Maybe one day we can have our own goats!  

Check out this deer's tongue. 

The donkeys gave us a good show when begging for food. 

The foxes and coyote were some of my favorites to see, though the hardest to photograph. 

It was neat to see so many different animals in one place. It's not quite as up close and personal as riding on a wagon inside the fence with the animals (like at Lazy 5), but we could take our time and give the animals different types of food. I would recommend visiting Yellow River Game Ranch, especially with young children. 


Saturday, September 19, 2015

I wish that moving was my excuse for the lack of blogging, but it's been about two months since this happened! 
I can tell you a bit about our experience, though. 

For advice on moving across the country, I found this post helpful. 

Zack and I were packing up our rooms at our parents' houses, a storage unit, lots of stuff from our parents' garage and basement, and WEDDING GIFTS. We each came at this from different angles and with different attitudes (lessons on marriage. . .). It totally stressed me out to pack from five different places and try to get everything to one place. I think we're about 85% there now. Truthfully, now that I have a well equipped kitchen all to myself to share with Zack, and my clothes live here, I'm pretty content with the move.    

Unfortunately, Dan didn't go with us that time. He stayed with my parents until a few weeks later, when we returned, rented a UHaul trailer, and made another trip. Actually, both of our pets came with us that time, but that's another story. 

This guy was my passenger on the 7+ hour drive. I am so thankful that Zack drove the truck! We rented a 26 foot Penske truck, which was the size recommended for 5-7 rooms, and it was the right size for us. We packed most of the furniture we would need for a four bedroom house in that size truck. We've purchased a few things since we moved in, but as you can see, there was some extra room, had we had all of our furniture. 

Zack did an awesome job piling things up to make sure we had room. He and his dad loaded the furniture. They worked so hard!!! We hired movers on the back end of the move, thank goodness. 

Homeowners! Newlyweds! Are we crazy?! 

One of the first things I unpacked were my "snake boots" -- absolute essentials for taking the dog out or for living in a new place with unfamiliar fauna. 

Speaking of which, this is the snake Zack found in our neighborhood. I was at home wondering what was taking him so long when he FaceTimed me to show me THIS. 

I joke that our house is a mix of antiques, college boys apartment, and sorority house. That 32" TV seemed huge in my college apartment bedroom . . . not so much in our living room. 

Dan finally got here, but we had to wait a while to get our fence completed. We went back to the days of the "umbilical cord" as I tied him around my waist to do things around the house and yard. 

After two months in our house, we are still getting settled. Right after our move, people asked me often, "are you all moved in?" or "are you all settled?" and I would usually laugh. It made me feel better when most of them commented "we've been in our house two years and still have boxes," etc. 

Earlier today I was reading the Bible and meditating, and suddenly, I felt thankful for the process. There are some bare spots, and I don't like many of the plants in our yard, but I'm looking forward to gardening. Many of our things are still in boxes, but we get to decide where we want to put them. There will always be things we need, things to get rid of, things to clean, and things to organize. Living with someone else and making decisions together is a challenge--one that is growing us, as we merge our lives. It's easy to complain that I want things done, but maybe I'm forgetting that the process itself is rewarding. I will have to pray that I remember to enjoy it! 

Though I'm not rushing, I look forward to having pictures on our walls and a room without boxes, and I do plan to share more of our hand me down style home then. 

hand me down honeymoon part four

Monday, August 17, 2015

Here are a few more random snaps from our trip . . . 

Tropical island necessities: machete and coconut. 

Zack enjoyed the fried plantains, while I ate fish and the Bahamian signature dish, beans and rice, for nearly every meal. 

Each evening, sea turtles visited the cove where we stayed. 

We explored by bicycle and by boat. 

Then, we tried to identify everywhere we'd been from the air on our way out. 

We came home with some pretty coins to add to our foreign currency collection. 

No one wants to wake up before light, but sunrise views from the air can't be beat. 

hand me down honeymoon part three: patriotic date night

Friday, August 7, 2015

Since our wedding was a week before July 4, we wore quite a bit of red, white, and blue on our honeymoon. I always love wearing patriotic outfits all week before Independence Day. Zack was a good sport and joined me.

This particular day, we had been snorkeling. I was reading on the porch when Zack came out all cleaned up and asked me out on a date. This was only like our third date, so I was pretty excited. Most of our relationship has involved spending time together with our families and living in different states, so it almost feels like we are just starting to date each other.

We took the boat out to eat dinner then sat on the water and watched the sunset. 

K: Just Madras skipper dress (here too) // Jack Rogers sandals
Z: Polo Ralph Lauren shirt // Chubbies shorts

hand me down honeymoon part two: lighthouse

Monday, August 3, 2015

We were told that climbing the lighthouse was a must do item on the island. Boats are the only way to get there, so we took our boat over and checked it out. 

Zack gave me this shirt for Christmas, and I finally got to wear it on our honeymoon. 

Yes, we are married. We like our rings. 
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