Our trip to the Faroe Islands

It was like we stepped back in time. A cross between The Hobbit and Little House on the Prairie. This was a land unlike any other we had ever seen, and one that captured a small piece of our hearts. In one days time we drove through the densest fog we’ve ever seen, watched sheep grazing along the edges of towering cliffs, explored tiny villages set between valleys by the sea, rocky shores, lush green grass, and in the difference of a 1 hour drive we went from 50 degree temps to 75 degree temps. This is the Faroe Islands. A land that it virtually untouched, undiscovered…and unbelievable. It’s a place where life is slower, deeper, and more intentional. Where kids roam through the neighborhood freely and their parents always know that they can be found skipping rocks in the river or catching fish down at the sea. It’s a place where family is priority, where the men work had to provide and the women work hard to nurture.

 

We started our time in the Faroes with a boat ride to the island of Mykines. On Mykines we did some hiking and had fun watching the quirky birds called Puffins, which are a signature attractions of Mykines

On the island of Mykines we were introduced to another signature attraction of the Faroes: the grass roof. When building a house many Faroese put sod on their roof to retain heat throughout the winter months.

PUFFINS!

This guy. He made me laugh so much on this trip. He didn’t want his hair messed up, so he kept his hoodie on the whole time we hiked in Mykines

I spy with my little eye my favorite handsome guy….

Many houses on the islands had a little mock house in their yard that looked like the large house. We learned that they use these houses to dry their meat in.

How much is that doggy in the window…?  ;D

Contrary to what you are thinking, Adam wasn’t breathing in the fresh air. He was getting tired of me taking a million pictures of him.

Crazy, crazy fog that we drove through….

Around every bend and turn in the Faroes was another stunning landscape

While driving through the islands, we drove along many cliffsides. My hubs isn’t much a fan of heights, so he preferred to   stay in the car while I got out and took pictures cliffside.

This would be my husband mocking how I pose for pictures.

This was the view from our room in Torshavn

Boat trip to the bird cliffs in Vestmanna

Salmon farms off the harbor. 50% of all Faroese economy is through the selling of Salmon

Spring - July 30, 2014 - 1:36 pm

So beautiful!!! Reminds me SO MUCH of Scotland :) this is now on my short list for my next vacation :)

Anja - July 30, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Lovely, amazing. Made me a little bit homesick????

Jan Áki Andreasen - July 30, 2014 - 9:31 am

Thanks for the beautiful pictures of my birth place – the Faroe Islands :-)

Liss Rasmussen - July 30, 2014 - 7:16 am

Beautiful Photos of my country

mom - July 29, 2014 - 1:17 pm

I think Adam has your pose down perfectly

Meet Karis + Osvald

It is an amazing thing when you can call the one you love your best friend. Such is the case with Karis and Osvald! Meeting through mutual friends in church, their friendship quickly grew into something much more. As the friendship grew deeper, so did their love for one another! Sharing so many interests, from simply going to the cinema, to traveling and finding adventure together, these two cannot wait to see where life will take them and all the wonderful things they will share together!

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Heidi - July 28, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Gorgeous! Where is this forest – I need to live there – so magical!!

House to home: Our Colorado home makeover

A looooooong time ago I posted about the beginning of our home remodel. At that time our intention was to completely redo our Colorado house to make it more “us” and to camp out there for a good handful of years. Not too long into the process we began tossing around the idea of selling within a year or so after we remodeled and, accordingly, didn’t do much to make the home our own, because we knew we would be selling. For example, I painted a white world outline on my office wall (difficult to seen the images below), but didn’t finish the rest of my office which was going to have a travel theme. Our bedroom was also going to have a lot of nautical touches 0 a rope chandelier, wooden oars over the bed, etc, but we began changing our plan to make things more functional and driven towards staging it to sell, which meant keeping decoration to a bare minimum. A couple months ago we finally finished the remodel and both Adam and I are so proud with how it came out. We did it 100% by ourselves. Every floor board, every wall, every cabinet door, every square inch of trim. Last week we listed our house on the market, crossing our fingers that it sells quickly. In the meantime, though, my intention was to blog the progress as we went but since we knew we wouldn’t really be making it “our own”, I decided against that idea. However, I am excited to show you the finished results. Here are a few before and afters…

Living room:

Kitchen:


Family Room:

Adam’s Office:

Alicia’s Office:

Bathroom:

Master Bedroom: (after only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan - July 21, 2014 - 1:54 pm

the%20sponge%20painting%20in%20the%20before…ugh…looks%20beautiful%20now!!

Megan - July 21, 2014 - 1:54 pm

the sponge painting in the before…ugh…looks beautiful now!!

gram - July 21, 2014 - 11:09 am

it’s so pretty, great job! praying that it sells quickly, Our Lord is a great realtor even when the house is not this pretty, I found that out lol

Sarah + Jeff’s Wedding at The Gershon Fox Ballroom

Last weekend Jeff and Sarah tied the knot at the Gershon Fox Ballroom in Hartford with the support of friends an family who traveled form around the world to be there on their special day. It was a day filled with a few happy tears, a lot of smiles, and so much laughter. Their day was everything they could have dreamed of and one that signified the start of a life together, one that is bound to be an incredible adventure and one where their love will always keep them centered.

 

 

Venue -The Gershon Fox Ballroom

Makeup – Catie and Amy

Hairstylist – Kelly Bard

Dress Boutique – Vows Bridal Outlet

Florist – Terri Voget at A Victorian Garden

DJ – Craig Harrington at White Label Wedding DJs

Cake Designer – Chimirri’s Pastry Shop

 

Meet Leanne + Hiro

Earlier this week I got together with Leanne and Hiro at their apartment on the campus of Yale University. They hail from Michigan and California, but met at 116 Crown when they were both in New Haven for work. Together with their two dogs, they have formed the start of an adorable little family and one that is full of lots of love and smiles. Their wedding will be held next year and they are having a handful of receptions and parties in different states which, if you ask me, is a fantastic idea because that just means you get to celebrate your love many more times over!

 

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