Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Our First Camping Excursion We are headed camping for the first time (as a couple) tomorrow morning. We’re driving down to Pocahontas State Park for a night in the wilderness. I have no real reason for choosing Pocahontas State Park… other than it’s named Pocahontas State Park. Who wouldn’t want to go there? My only regret is that the canoe rental will not be open yet. Therefore, I cannot canoe down the river singing “just around the river bend” what a…

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Engagement Photos at the Jefferson Memorial

Engagement Photos at the Jefferson Memorial

About a month ago Ivan and I had the amazing opportunity to get our engagement pictures taken. We decided to take them at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. So, we got up at 5 in the morning on a Saturday (Ivan was such a good sport about it) and took pictures in 28 degree weather. Even though it was early, even though it was freezing, I’m so happy we decided to get them done at the monuments. I think they…

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Weekend Recap: Elle King & Engagement Rings

Weekend Recap: Elle King & Engagement Rings

This weekend was fantastic. On Friday night I had a girls night / game night at my apartment. Ivan was still out of town for work, so we had to place to ourselves. I made sangria and even got to use my fancy Michigan cheeseboard. We played three games – Heads Up, Uno and Cards Against Humanity. Guys, I love  game night. Ivan’s not really a fan of games, so whenever I get a chance to have a game night I jump…

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Weekend Snapshots: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Weekend Snapshots: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

This past weekend we went to Philadelphia for the first time. It’s about a two and a half hour drive up from DC, which makes it the perfect weekend destination. We were able to see everything that I wanted, but I’ve been trying to be a better travel partner for Ivan. I always try to squeeze in as much as possible and Ivan is a firm believer in relaxing on vacations. I think we found a happy medium this time….

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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose: A Night as Coach & Tami Taylor

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose: A Night as Coach & Tami Taylor

If you’ve been reading Midwest Darling for a while, you understand (and hopefully accept) my obsession with Halloween costumes. I hem and haw about my choices all year and usually end up with multiple costumes. Last year Ivan and I went as Squints & Wendy Peffercorn. and I went as Madeline. The year before I was Lady Liberty. And Mary Poppins. The year before that I was.. Han Solo. And a Tiger. And a Robber. This year however, I was…

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An Afternoon at the Luray Caverns

An Afternoon at the Luray Caverns

This Saturday we checked off another to-do of my DC area list. Ivan and I drove down to the Luray Caverns in Luray, Virginia. I found this awesome place on pinterest (of course) and just knew we had to check it out. The cavern tour takes about an hour and stretches just over 1.25 miles. I forget how deep it goes. Our tour guide told us, but honestly I don’t really remember. There are a lot of stairs – that’s for…

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H54F: George Washington & Seth Meyers

H54F: George Washington & Seth Meyers

1. Mount Vernon So last weekend we went to Mount Vernon for the first time. For those of you who don’t know, Mount Vernon is the George Washington Estate. Ivan and I went with two of our friends on Saturday. If you are ever in the area, I’d highly recommend it. It rained the entire time we were there, but it was still an amazing experience. Checking out Mount Vernon. It's even beautiful in the rain. #Virginia #georgewashington #president #tourist…

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