Outdoor Passions

Lake Evergreen Bass Fishing

By on May 22, 2017

We made our first vlog! We went out fishing at Lake Evergreen this past weekend and took our GoPro for a test drive. We’re just starting to play around with the filming and editing, but we were both thrilled that we caught a bass on video. So cool! Also, I love that I am doing my make up in the truck while Greg talks about his lures. It makes me laugh every time I see it. I had taken a little nap before we went out and needed a little touch up ūüėČ

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The Secret to Choosing a Fishing Kayak

By on May 4, 2017

For the first two years Greg and I were together we mainly fished from our favorite dock or would take a walk, climb some rocks, or walk through the woods to a spot we thought would be promising. It made it really tricky to find the best spot, and sometimes there were lots of obstacles in the way like mud or heavily wooded areas and sometimes even mosquitoes (even though they don’t really bite me, which is so lucky)!

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Spring! Spring!

By on March 21, 2017

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Happy first day of spring everyone! There is just something about spring coming around that makes me so happy, and it feels all fresh and nice with the sun staying up longer and the breezy, warmer air.

Greg and I are most excited about nicer weather to fish in and take adventures in, and that our wedding is closer than ever! We’re also really excited about getting our kayaks out on the water. I am really determined to be a better kayaker this year. I’ve been doing extra push ups and everything so that I can row it super fast lol. I’ll let you all know how it goes the first time we take them out.

Anyway, these pictures are from about a week ago when we were really wishing spring would come faster. It was a little chilly sitting there out on the water, but now the first day of spring is here and¬†we’re just so happy that we get to ditch our coats. What do you all love most about spring?

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Sunday Sweetness

By on March 6, 2017

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I hope you all had the most relaxing weekend! Greg and I sure did. For whatever reason last week felt so so long and somewhat stressful, and this weekend was exactly what we needed. Saturday night we cuddled on the couch, and I totally zonked out at like 7pm and slept like a full 12 hours! It was revitalizing, and I woke up the happiest ever! We also took it super easy this morning. We went and had french toast and omelets at the¬†Times Past Inn¬†, walked around Dick’s Sporting Goods, and then went out to Lake Evergreen for some fishing. It was so nice to just be able to chill and cuddle and relax together. Also, I am not so sure if I am ready for Monday to come yet lol. Can we just relive Sundays forever?! That would be the dream life.

Anyway, these pictures are from last Sunday (we took some today, too, but I felt like these should come first). Last week was just so crazy and got away from me, so here they are! We took a quick little fishing trip before dinner, and I absolutely loved this spot. This was at Lake Evergreen too, but we had to walk down this hill and over some rocks to get to it. It felt super adventurous. Greg and I are both so happy that fishing season is here, and now I am ready for some serious sunshine and dresses and taking the kayaks out!

And finally a few of my favorite things about Sundays….

  1. All the extra cuddles we have time for!
  2. Lighting a vanilla candle when we roll out of bed. It just makes our house smell so lovey dovey!
  3. Getting all dressed up for our Sunday breakfast dates! (Greg gets some extra sleep, and I get all dolled up. I love it!)
  4. The unlimited hot coffee at Bob Evans or wherever we decide to get breakfast ūüôā
  5. Riding in Greg’s truck, listening to country, while we’re on our way to our weekly adventure.
  6. Ending the night with a great movie!

 

My outfit – jacket:similar here¬†–¬†shirt¬†–¬†jeans

Greg’s outfit – jacket:¬†similar here¬†– shirt:¬†similar here¬†–¬†jeans¬†–¬†shoes

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Gilson Beach Dreams

By on February 26, 2017

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We fished  Lake Michigan in one of my favorite areas ever when we were up at my parents this past week! With a taste of spring in February, Greg and I took full advantage. We drove to Gilson Beach in Wilmette. Oh, and on our drive there we were listening to the top country songs of 2017 so far, and you have got to give God, Your Mama, and Me a listen! Just give it a click, and you can watch the cutest music video, too. We are playing it on repeat at the moment :).

We went in the evening time, and it had started to cool down. Luckily we had a blanket and Greg’s jacket in the car so we could still go on our little adventure.It was so fun walking in the sand and climbing the rocks to get to our fishing spot. All I could think about was how lucky I am to be with Greg taking in this beautiful scene and fresh air together.¬†The water and sky were both iridescent, and we could even see the Bahai Temple!¬†It was the perfect backdrop for Greg to tie a lure and throw his line.

We stayed there until it was almost dark, and one of my favorite parts was this cute little gate we had to walk through to get to the pier. It was one of those swinging gates, and Greg was so sweet when he made sure I wouldn’t get stuck!

Anyway, I hope you all have an amazing rest of your weekend and can totally relax! Greg and I are busy cuddling on the coach at the moment because it’s back to winter for now.

My outfit:¬†¬†sweater¬†similar here¬†–¬†jeans¬†–¬†cowgirl boots

Greg’s outfit and gear:¬†jacket¬†–¬†jeans¬†-tackle box¬†similar here¬†–¬†lure¬†–¬†fishing pole¬†–¬†reel¬†–¬†line

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Fishing in February?!

By on February 8, 2017

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Hunting season in Illinois has only been over for 3 weeks, and Greg and I are already itching for spring big time!! This past weekend we just wanted to be outside so bad. It was like God heard us talking about how bad we wanted spring because on Sunday it was 46 degrees out, and there was no wind, so we grabbed the tackle box and headed out to our favorite spot, Lake Evergreen. If it had been cold enough we totally would have tried ice fishing, but instead we got to pretend it was spring and throw a line in the water.

We didn’t catch anything because the fish are probably shivering somewhere near the bottom right now lol, but I loved splashing in the water and Greg also loved being able to bring out his fishing pole! We are both hoping that spring comes sooner this year, but unfortunately I think the groundhog saw his shadow last week. ūüôĀ That’s ok, though, six weeks goes fast! Plus, we’ll get out there every chance we can if there’s sunshine. Even if it is chilly, Greg and I can cuddle and go fish.

Ooh a little wedding update, too… We officially found our caterer, bridesmaid dresses are ordered, we’re registered, we have our photographer, and the venue is booked! I am also going to pick out flowers on February 2oth, and Greg has been working on our perfect honeymoon. We are so excited that everything is coming together! Yay for June 1oth and love!

My look:¬†Coat¬†–¬†boots

Greg’s look: Sweatshirt¬†similar here¬†–¬†jeans¬†– shoes¬†similar here

 

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Lake Lure, NC Trip

By on September 25, 2016

 

 

This is our trip to North Carolina back in May! Greg and I needed a relaxing vacation right after I graduated, and this one was spontaneous and exactly what we needed. We went to North Carolina with our kayaks on top of our Ford Escape, and it was a twisty ride in those mountains with those on top of our car lol!

It was the first time I had ever seen the Smoky Mountains (or any mountains), and it was so beautiful, green, and different than anything I had ever experienced. We stayed in this nautical themed cabin that was just too cute for words! I honestly wished we could have taken the cabin home with us! We relaxed in the hot tub at night, fished and kayaked all day, took a bike ride, and even got in a round of mini golf (I think we tied ;). Lake Lure was the perfectly hidden vacation spot.

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