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Days 22 – 31

15 Sep

So I’m way late in posting this, but I did manage to finish out my “Photo A Day” challenge last month. I have to admit, I didn’t keep up with it every day, but I had fun finding different things to photograph. Below are days 22 – 31. Click here for days 1 – 15 and here for days 16 – 21.











If you want to participate, visit Fat Mum Slim’s Photo A Day page. A new list is posted each month.

P.S. Six days until Germany!!!

Days go by

11 Sep

Well hello there, mid-September. You sure came out of nowhere! Is anyone as surprised as me how quickly these last few weeks have flown by? I didn’t even realize we were in a new month.

August came and went, but there were some fun-filled days before it ended. My sister made a few trips home before her big move west. That’s right folks, Grace is heading to Eugene, Oregon, and we’re very excited for her. I’m sure there will be some trips that way in my future, especially since both my siblings have relocated out West.

Anyway, during one of her visits home, we rounded up a group of friends and headed to karaoke night. Singing and drinking turned into taking shots and plenty of laughs – and some stellar performances! My little cousin Kelsey sure can belt out a tune.

On the last day of the month, I took my dog to work. I work at an advertising agency, and we’re dog-friendly. Needless to say, I think he had more fun than I did.

{happy puppy}

Finally, I spent most of Labor Day weekend relaxing and shopping, but I did make a trip to the Canfield Fair. French fries, lemonade shakes, special people, super-sized pumpkins and ponies – doesn’t get much better than that!

{I will call him Li’l Sebastian}

Now that September is in full swing, I’m busy wrapping up things at work and preparing for another trip across the pond. I love to travel, and I’m extra excited for this trip. It feels like ages since I’ve seen Sebastian.

10 days! xoxo

P.S. My post from 9/11 last year. I think the theme still holds true today. Never forget.

Days 16 – 21

22 Aug

I’m still trying to keep up with the “Photo A Day” list this month. Check out this post if you want to see pictures 1 – 15. Here are pictures 16 – 21:


This is what I eat for lunch almost every day during the summer.


My goofy Dad at an Eagles tribute concert. Ironically, Sebastian also makes faces like this when I try to take his picture.


Inside a box from my Great-Grandma Grace containing some of her jewelry.


An old piggy bank. I believe my parents brought this back to the states from Germany.


On this day we received our new family pictures. I took a picture of the sibling photo, which I absolutely love.


It was actually chilly outside yesterday. I thought a picture of the scarf I was wearing was appropriate.

Remember, if you want to play along as well, visit Fat Mum Slim’s Photo A Day page.

Photo a day – August

17 Aug

As I was perusing blogs recently, I followed a link over to Fat  Mum Slim who hosts one of those “Photo A Day” challenges. I’ve been trying to play along this month. Although I’ve been late a few days, here are the photos I’ve taken so far:



One cute puppy relaxing.


{somewhere you sat}



A letter from Sebastian. I love his handwriting.

{8 o’clock}

I cheated on this one since I forgot to take a picture. This is at 8 a.m. looking out my window back in the spring.


My friend Marissa took this photo of me. These actually aren’t my glasses.




My parents bought me this awesome purple chair at an auction years ago. I’m still in love with it.



Oh, to be a kid again.


I really wanted to find an arrow to photograph. I couldn’t find one I liked, so I drew one.


If you want to see the full list for August, visit Fat Mum Slim’s Photo A Day page. She posts a new list each month so join in and have fun!

Olympic fever

27 Jul

Yay! The Summer Olympic Games are here. I LOVE the Olympics. I love the athletes, I love the competition, I love the opening ceremony – basically I love everything about the Games. You can bet I’ll be tuned in and watching closely to see how the United States does overall.

I tried to explain to Sebastian why I’m so excited about the Olympics (he doesn’t quite understand my enthusiasm). For me, it’s about the unique stories behind each athlete and the opportunity to watch a variety of sports. Sure, we have 24-hour sports channels like ESPN, but usually they promote the major sports leagues (the ones they’re financially invested in). This means we get to watch football, basketball, baseball, auto racing, golf, hockey and tennis. I like some of these sports, but where is the variety? This is why I love the Olympics.

My favorite sport to watch is swimming. I’m always amazed by the pure power and stamina of the swimmers. Some of my other favorites include gymnastics, track and field, beach volleyball and of course soccer.

Here are just some of the athletes I’ll be following during the games:

Missy Franklin (U.S.A.)

This girl is awesome. I watched her swim in the Olympic trials, and I’m so excited to watch her again. At 17 years old, she is one of the best young swimmers in the world (won her first world title at age 16). Plus, she’s so darn likeable. She will compete in seven events in London, making her the first U.S. female to swim that many races at the Olympics.

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte (U.S.A.)

If you live in America and haven’t heard of Michael Phelps, you probably live under a rock. Phelps holds the record for the most gold medals won in a single Olympics (he won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing games) and is arguably the best swimmer of all time. Another swimmer getting a lot of attention this year is Ryan Lochte. For one, the guy is incredibly good-looking, but he’s also a great swimmer. He’s a six-time Olympic medalist who specializes in the backstroke and individual medley. In addition to swimming other events, the two will compete against one another in the 200- and 400-meter individual medleys in London.

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

They took second place in the 2011 Women’s World Cup, but they’re ready to win it all at the Games. With players like Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, I have high hopes they’ll take home the gold. They already defeated France 4-2 in the Open Group G Play. Want to learn more about these amazing women? Check out my friend Stephanie’s blog.

Oscar Pistorius (South Africa)

His nickname is Blade Runner, after his prosthetic legs, and his story is quite amazing. A double-amputee, he fought and earned the right to compete in the able-bodied events in London. He is the first amputee to compete in track and field at an Olympics.

Usain Bolt (Jamaica)

No arguing here, he is the fastest man in the world. Bolt took the games by storm in 2008, winning gold and setting world records in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 4×100 meter relays. Since then, he’s won five world titles and lowered his world records in all three events. I’ll be watching to see if he can break his records again.

Kerri Walsh and Misty May Treanor (U.S.A.)

I love watching this duo play beach volleyball, and who wouldn’t? They’re an awesome pair, and it’s so much fun to see them work together. They took home gold at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, and it’s quite possible they’ll do it again this year.

Cheers to all the athletes! I’ll be watching. Will you?

images via

This is summer:

8 Jul

Scrappers Baseball

{baseball games}

Ice Cream Social

{ice cream socials}


{backyard cornhole}

Car Show

{Newton Falls car show}

DCFC concert

{outdoor concerts}

Summer Rain



{Trumbull County Fair}

Christmas in July

19 Jun

The blogosphere is a wonderful place. You can learn new things, find new passions and read about some really interesting people. Seeing as I have a love for Germany (and a certain German), I often search for bloggers who write about the country – especially expats in Germany.

This year, I’ve come across some amazing bloggers who detail their life abroad. We’ve never met, but through their posts I feel more connected to the country where Sebastian lives. I even get a small taste of what my life could be like someday (if I ever make the move across the pond).

Anyway, I was super excited when Daryl from Roots, Wings, and Other Things posted about Christmas in July. What is Christmas in July, you ask? It’s a blogger gift exchange hosted by Daryl, Alyx and Cecilia! Each blogger who signs up will be paired with another blogger, and we’ll exchange gifts in July. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love Christmas. The opportunity to bring some holiday spirit to summer is just awesome.

I love finding the perfect gift, and I’m excited to see who I’ll be paired with. But I’m even more excited to think about what my surprise present might be.

Maybe some adorable tili bags

or Essie nail polish, my favorite! I love the colors from their latest collection.

No matter what present I receive, it’s a great way to meet new bloggers and have a little fun this summer. What about you? Would you like to celebrate Christmas in July? Make sure to sign up by June 20!

What I’ve done this month

15 Jun

Is it really the middle of June already? This month is flying by, and I see no signs of it slowing down. My vacation recap of the beautiful Dominican Republic is coming soon, but in the meantime, here are some exciting things that have already happened this month (in no particular order).

My little brother graduated high school. He was co-valedictorian and gave a wonderful speech on going after your dreams. I’ve never been prouder.

It was hay baling season at the Spletzer Farm. In comparison to past years, our little seven acres was a breeze to finish – we used to bale 40 acres! We put up about 700 bales this year.

While Sebastian was still here, we spent an evening at Mastropiétro winery for some sangria and fireworks.

I’ve taken way too many trips to the Elm Road Triple Drive-In Theatre, but gosh do I love that place. Watching movies outside in your pajamas – doesn’t get much better than that.

I attended my co-worker Amber’s baby shower. It was simple and lovely and the best baby shower I’ve ever attended.

I ate my weight in cannolis at the aforementioned baby shower.

Tonight is my brother’s graduation party. We’re expecting more than 250 people at our house to celebrate Joe finishing high school and heading off to the United States Air Force Academy.

If the rest of summer is anything like this month, we’re all in for a fun season. Cheers!

Germany – part two

4 Aug

After the graduation weekend extravaganza, Sebastian and I woke up very early Monday morning to finish packing and drive to the Frankfurt airport. We were flying to Mallorca (Majorca) and I was beyond excited. This was my first visit to Spain, and although it wasn’t the mainland, I knew it was going to be an amazing trip.

It was nice leaving early because, after arriving, we still had the whole day ahead of us. We picked up our rental car and headed to Sebastian’s godmother’s house located in a little village called S’Arraco. We passed by the capital, Palma, and a few other towns and villages, before arriving at our private getaway. The house was fantastic. We entered through the back and my first views were of the  garden. Words won’t do it justice so check out the pictures below.

house entrance[house entrance]

the terrace[the terrace]

view from our room[view from our room]

Shortly after arriving, it hit me, I needed sleep. I crashed for about four hours and woke up feeling a lot better. Note to self: don’t stay up all night before a day of traveling. After the nap, we decided to head into Andratx (the bigger town nearby) to buy our groceries for the week. By the time we returned, we were starving. My boyfriend happens to be an excellent cook (thank God because I’m certainly not). He whipped up steak and potatoes for a late lunch/early dinner. It was awesome. And then we finally decided to head to the beach in Sant Elm. It’s a ten minute drive through the mountains, but totally worth it.

The views from Sant Elm are breathtaking. People who live there have no idea how lucky they are to wake up each morning and look out onto the Mediterranean. The beach there is small, but never very crowded, and I fell in love with it by the end of our trip.

heading to the beach[heading to the beach]

first view[first view]

I'm in love[I’m in love]

That night we made spaghetti and then went to bed early because we were both exhausted. The following morning, Sebastian made breakfast (seriously my bf rocks) and then we headed back to the beach. It was a wonderfully hot day, and I spent several hours soaking up the sun. Unfortunately, so did Sebastian without any sunscreen. By the time we finished dinner that night, he was in a lot of pain. His skin was so hot that we were putting ice packs all over him. But he eventually cooled off and managed to fall asleep.

I was worried that we wouldn’t go to the beach on Wednesday, because Sebastian couldn’t enjoy the sun, but he didn’t want me to miss out. He sat in one of the outdoor cafés and read the paper, while I swam in the bay and soaked up the sun. We didn’t stay at the beach too long because we were going to Palma for the evening. The capital city is old and beautiful. We walked around and sat outside to do some people watching. And then we went to a little side street restaurant for dinner, where we ate an absurd amount of tapas. Wikipedia it. They’re amazing.


old statue[old statue]

side street[side street]


After another delicious breakfast the following morning, and some more swimming at Sant Elm, our wonderful trip in Mallorca was almost over. We headed back to the house, cleaned up, packed up and left for the airport. We boarded the plane with all the other tan tourists and headed back to Germany.

My last two days with Sebastian went by way too fast. On Friday we relaxed all day and went into Frankfurt that evening to go to the movies.  We ate non-buttered popcorn (in Germany there is sweet popcorn or salted popcorn, but with no butter) and saw the new X-Men movie (which wasn’t half bad). It was a rainy evening, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying a beer outside afterwards and taking in the city atmosphere.

On Saturday, we went to Rüdesheim, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. We drove to the Niederwalddenkmal monument and walked down Drosselgasse, a narrow cobblestone avenue in the western part of town. To end the day, we went back to the OW for a schnitzel dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. And then it was time to pack and head back to States.

pretty view[view from Niederwalddenkmal]

me and Basti[me and Basti]

goodbye[Auf Wiedersehen Germany]

The trip was amazing, and as usual, it was hard to leave. But Sebastian will visit this fall, and I’m sure I’ll be back before I know it.


2 Aug

I’m having trouble blogging this summer. It probably has something to do with all the glorious weather we’ve been having (and the fact that my computer doesn’t go well with the pool). I also think it’s because I’m lacking some structure with this blog. So, I’m going to do a little experiment and see if it will increase the amount of times I post. I’ve come up with a schedule. The beginning of the week I’ll post  a weekend recap, mid-week I’ll post something random and the end of week I’ll post about things that made me happy that week.

Lately, I’ve felt more negative than usual and not myself. I’m hoping the weekly happy post will remind me that life’s not so bad and there is plenty to smile about. And now since this post is the beginning of the week, here is my weekend recap.

On Friday night, I did absolutely nothing. Honestly, it’s what I normally like to do on a Friday night. By the end of the week I’m tired, and I like to relax and watch some mindless television (and of course Skype with Sebastian). It was great, and I went to bed early. I slept in Saturday, but had a busy day ahead of me. I cleaned, did laundry, got my oil changed and still managed to catch some rays. That evening, I went to my great Aunt and Uncle’s 50th anniversary party. Everyone gathered to celebrate many years of love and friendship. It was a Luau theme with plenty of margaritas, piña coladas and strawberry daiquiris. And my Aunt and Uncle were very cute to watch. I hope I’ll be lucky enough to celebrate 50 years some day.

Me and Kelsey[me and my cousin Kelsey]

Aunt Georgi and Uncle Dave with their daughters: Debi and Kelly[the Mills family – Kelly, Debi, Uncle Dave, Aunt Georgi]

family photo[family photo – the Roberts side]

Sunday  began with church, and then my Mom and I headed to a bridal shower for my best friend’s future sister-in-law. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon. Afterwards, I came home to talk to Basti, take a nap and get some work done before Monday morning. I try to not work on the weekends, but every once and awhile it happens. And finally, I topped off the night by watching the premiere of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Then it was time for bed to get some rest for the week ahead.

*I promise Germany – part two will happen this week! Promise!