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Phoenix, again.

Royal Palms Resort (image)
Two weeks ago Josh and I headed off to Phoenix for a wedding. The weather was HOT, the views were pretty dang cool and the wedding was lovely.

We spent our time hiking, lounging by the pool and celebrating friends. We stayed at the Royal Palms Resort, which we can’t recommend enough. I don’t think we would have stayed someplace so nice if it weren’t for such a special occasion (and hence the wedding discount), but the grounds were gorgeous.

We had a view of Camelback Mountain everywhere we went, there was desert wildlife right outside our door and a grove of orange trees.
Me and Josh on Camelback (image)
Hiking view (image)
Rehearsal dinner at Oreganos (image)
Phoenix wedding (image)

PS: our trip to Phoenix two years ago.

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Saying goodbye

Gram (image)
Last week we said goodbye to my sweet gram. She passed away on Sunday evening and we spent the week celebrating her life. She had spent the past four years in a nursing home battling Alzheimer’s and we are so grateful she doesn’t have to suffer any more. But we sure will miss her.
Gram and me (image)
Gram and Gramp (image)
Gram at wedding (image)

PS: all the times that sweet Chick came with to the nursing home.

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Four years later

Olade Oguntayo before (image)
Olade Oguntayo after (image)
It’s kind of hard to believe that come this fall, I will have graduated college four years ago. Part of me feels like it only just happened yesterday: I was spending my morning in class, and my afternoons and weekends walking dogs.

Last week I read this article in The New York Times that highlighted college kids during their first week in school, and then followed up with them two semesters later.

It’s cheesy to say of course, but college can be such a transformative time in your life. You’re learning how to be on your own and you’re making your own decisions for the first time. It was fun reading that others feel the same way.

(Photos by Chad Batka for The New York Times. Originally seen on Cup of Jo)

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And we’re off!

Phoenix view (image)
This morning Josh and I are headed out to Phoenix for a wedding. We haven’t traveled in a long time and this wedding is between two close friends so we’re looking forward to making a trip out of it. Even though we were in Phoenix two years ago, we’re excited to see some new sights. See you next week!

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In case you missed it…

Josh and Millie (image)

Millie and Chick (image)

Millie and Chick (image)
…we are a two-pup home now!! So naturally, a few more photos to share.

And just for reference: this was Millie when I first met her at Chicago Animal Control. Hard to resist that tiny nugget.
Millie at Chicago Animal Control (image)

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Life with two pups

Millie (image)
After several people showed interest in Millie (who we were fostering through One Tail at a Time), I found that instead of being happy to see her find a new home, I was feeling seriously bummed that she would be leaving. And I think Josh felt the same way.

Our biggest concern though was making sure Chick would be okay with having a another pup around. She has always been a loner and never shows too much interest in other dogs. After Millie was spayed we saw the tension between the two dissipate and while they aren’t playmates, they are respectful of each other (save for when Millie interrupts Chick on “her” pillow on the couch. We all have our limits).

While it has been a little more work adjusting to walking two pups and getting them out the door (oh how I long for a house with a door to the backyard), it’s also been a lot of fun having two:)

Millie and Chick (image)

Millie and Chick (image)

Millie and Chick (image)

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A weekend in the North Woods

Lake in Trego, Wis. (image)
(Driving through Trego)

Last weekend Josh and I trekked up to the North Woods of Wisconsin for a college friend’s wedding. Nestled in a town called Trego (population < 1,000), we stayed at the Heartwood Conference Center and Resort. The 6.5 hour drive was long–so long–but it was fun to see a part of Wisconsin that neither of us were familiar with. The wedding was gorgeous and it was so sweet to see a friend so happy.

Coming back to Chicago though, was pretty dang nice too. While at times this city can get a bad rap, I love it and am grateful to be exposed to such diverse neighborhoods and culture every single day.
Wooded view (image)

(The view outside our patio)
Unpaved road (image)(Driving into the resort, the roads weren’t paved)
Henson's Country Foods (image)(Henson’s Country Foods)
Kaitie and Abe (image)(The lovely bride and groom, photo c/o Swanstrom Photography)
reception(I think this sums us up: Josh telling me to loosen up and me telling him I like being uptight)
Chick in the car (image)(Happy to see my Chick after a long drive)

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