North Ave Beach // Summer Reading


Blake is almost done with his first year of law school and I couldn't be more excited. Everyone tells us that the first year of Law School is the worst and that it keeps getting less stressful. I am grateful that despite the hard and busy year of school, we have still had the most amazing first year of marriage. We leave to Utah for the summer in a few weeks, and I couldn't be more excited. I cant wait for a summer filled with amazing people, creative opportunities, outdoor adventures and more of my sweet husband.


Lately I have been reading like crazy. This way I can just hang in the library while he spends hours on hours studying.  

I read Believing Christ. It helped me understand the difference in believing in The Savior, and believing He can do what He says He can. I am almost finished with The Maze Runner Series which I have enjoyed immensely. I read To Kill a Mocking Bird with Blake out loud and I still can't get over how many lessons I didn't understand in high school when I read it. I am currently reading the last book in the Maze Runner series and The Peacegiver. The Peacegiver has proven to be quite promising. I read the authors business book called Leadership and Self-deception which literally changed my life. I ordered the first book in the Game of Thrones series, Eve and The Choice made in Eden, and I want to reread Lord of the Rings. I also love book suggestions. Please Suggest away my dear friends. 

Brother Brock in town, and our dog is crazy.

My brother in law, Brock, came to visit from NY for easter. I am so glad he used his little time off to come spend time with us. He is a ER Doctor (something I could never do), and is very, very busy. Because he has been in NY since I have been with Blake, i haven't had a ton of time with him. He is so great, and I once again am reminded how lucky I am to have married into Blake's family (does anyone love their in laws like I do? Not sure). 

So we went to the beach by our house one afternoon. To say Annie is excitable would be an understatement. She keeps us on our toes.

Here is a roll of Kodak Portra 400 I took that day with my Minolta.

Beautiful film = no editing for me.

Tango para piano.

For our honeymoon we went to Buenos Aires. Some say its called the Paris of South America. It was amazing in every way, and I will cherish that city. Best steak, beautiful architecture, rich in history, and the countryside, oh the countryside. I clearly recall my new husband being the only human I really spoke to the entire time on the account of me knowing 10 phrases in spanish (at the most, including Hola), and him being fluent.

If you know Blake, you know he loves talking to people. If you really know Blake, you know he likes talking to people in spanish even more.

Anyways, Buenos Aires is famous for the Tango, which is why we chose this art work/ old sheet music. Which by the way, Buenos Aires has the best antique stores, and of course my favorite was this old antique camera store where I bought one of my favorite box cameras- Argentine original Siena.

So we got this sheet music to frame as our souvenir (which I think are overrated unless you get one or two things that you will actually use, because otherwise I think photographs best). Well, holding myself to this 'I-only-buy-souvenirs-I-will-use' idea, I finally got us a frame for it.  

I am really choosy about my frames. Which as you can see leads me to using tacks in the mean time. 

Heres to target gift cards we still have from our wedding.

Sometimes I like the same picture side  by side. No reason.

There is bread and salt between us.

Blake and I were lucky enough to be invited to an intimate dinner with Chef Josh Lewin of a Bistro in Boston, MA. He was out here for a few days, and really is the nicest person. You can just feel generosity and passion spilling out of him. The menu was of course, to die for. I am not a cook myself, but that all the more makes me appreciate expertise such as his.  

Josh found me through the Kinfolk website, and I once again, am so grateful for the people I have met through doing that dinner. Honestly, it attracts the kind of people you not only want to work with, but the kind of people you want to be friends with.

While Josh was traveling through the middle east, he became very familiar with an Arabic phrase 'baynatna khubz wa milah', which translates to 'there is bread and salt between us'. It refers to although there is much strife in the world, there is an enduring bond between people who have sat and shared a meal together. 

Here is to Josh, and here are a few photos I snagged when things were winding down. 

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