Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park

Nick and I are slowly getting used to our area and finding all the fun things that it has to offer! A new friend from church told me about Red Rock Regional Overlook Regional Park the other day, so Sunday morning after Nick and I did our couch to 5k workout and stopped at Peet’s Coffee & Tea for a beverage, we packed up the pup and headed out to the park.

It’s only about 15 minutes from our house, and sometimes I can’t believe that I’m only 15 minutes away from the Potomac River! Having lived in the Midwest my whole life, it’s just a new adventure everyday to discover all that my new home has to offer, and all of the things I get to experience!

We did the loop that was about a mile and half. Olive was having SO much fun, and loving every minute! There were some parts of the trail that were a little crazy, but we got right down along the bank of the river. The smell was a little less than fresh, but that didn’t stop Olive from jumping right in and going for a swim! Nick and I were laughing so hard because we’ve never seen her do anything like that before! She was so happy!
Red Rock Overlook Regional Park

We continued on our hike and got up a great overlook spot. It was a little cloudy, but it was still a beautiful view! (if you look closely in the background, you can see the mountains!)
Red Rock Overlook Regional Park

We had such a lovely Sunday morning being outside enjoying Virginia! While this park isn’t overly large, or have any extra amenities, it’s a great place to get in a good hike, and see some beautiful scenery. So far, Virginia isn’t too bad. ;)
Red Rock Overlook Regional Park

Happy Birthday, Nickerbocker!

Today is my favorite person’s birthday. It’s a bit of a bummer that he’ll be at work all day, but I DID send him to work with a dozen birthday cupcakes! (white cake with fluffy white buttercream, per his request – with sprinkles, of course!) Tonight we’re headed to Native Foods for dinner, and I can’t wait! It’s still so strange to me that I have places like Native Foods, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, IKEA, and Lush nearby! I don’t have to make a 3+ hour trip to Chicago anymore to enjoy these things. They’re all right here!

Anyway, I love you, Nick and I hope we have many, MANY more birthdays to celebrate together. You’re the best!

A man and his (distracted) dog


Well, we have officially left Iowa and are now in Virginia! We took a couple of pictures with our “SOLD” sign back in Iowa for our realtor, and this one was by far my favorite.


Leaving doesn’t really feel real yet. It kind of feels like we’re on vacation and just renting a house. I know that it’ll take time. We lived in our first home for 10 years and I’ve never lived outside of Iowa! But I know that home is where the heart is, and home is the people (and puppies) inside.

Home is where the heart is

Olive is settling in nicely. She did GREAT in the car ride out here. She was also quite the trooper in the two hotels we stayed in. She had lots of things to investigate and sniff, and she even got to ride in the elevator! She’s very happy now that we have our things again. She was a little confused when we were in our new house with only a suitcase and her bed. She’s happy to have her couches back and all the things that smell like home. We were a little worried about her not having a yard anymore, but she actually is taking to the life of a “city” dog quite well! She gets several walks a day and she’s loving it! We also have a balcony off of the kitchen and she loves to lay out there all. day. long. when the sun is shining. She likes to watch the planes fly over (we’re in the flight path for Dulles Airport) and watch kids and other dogs out and about in the neighborhood.

Sunday morning we headed out first thing to head to downtown DC to check out the Cherry Blossoms. We were glad we went early – it was NUTS when we were headed out. Olive had so much fun walking around! She got to meet lots of dogs, get sniffs galore, and several people stopped us to take her picture. She’s so popular. ;) It was really neat to walk around the National Mall. I’d never been to DC before, and I’m anxious to go back (sans Olive as she can’t go into the memorials).

We quickly walked by the MLK Memorial and I snapped a picture of this quote. Powerful, powerful words.

MLK Memorial

And you know I had to take a picture of the famous Cherry Blossoms!

Cherry Blossoms

On our way out of town we stopped for donuts from Sticky Fingers. HOLY COW. Delicious.

Sticky Fingers

I can’t wait to share all our adventures with you! And to really get into my new kitchen and bake up a storm!

One month later…

Hey, friends! It’s been a crazy, busy and exciting time around here! Last time we talked, I shared with you that we’re moving to Virginia for Nick’s new job. Wahoo! Well, a lot has happened in the last few weeks. Here are two the highlights:

*we put our home on the market on Monday, March 2nd. (well, our realtor did, but you know what I mean) We had a showing within 2 hours of the listing hitting the internet, an offer two hours after that, and accepted counter offer by 5pm. SAY WHAT?! I KNOW! Who has ever heard of someone selling their home THAT quickly?! It’s truly a testament to how incredibly awesome our (selling) agent is and the pictures the photographer took were amazing and showed our home in it’s best light. But most importantly, it just goes to show that God knows what He’s doing. AMEN.

*I traveled out with Nick last weekend to see the area and to look for a new home. We found a house Friday night that we loved and we put in an offer straightaway. The sellers countered and we were in the process of countering back when our (buying) agent called us with some really strange information. The buyers pulled all of their offers and said they wouldn’t consider anything less than asking price. Which was completely overpriced, I might add. So we were totally bummed out, but God obviously had something better for us. And you know what? OF COURSE HE DID. And we found that place that Sunday! We put in an offer, they countered, we accepted and we had ourselves a new home on Sunday night at 10:30. Yay!

Oh, and did I mention we close in Virginia on April 8th??

Yeah, so needless to say, things are moving right along! We’re so excited to start the next chapter of our lives! I’m dreading the day I have to say goodbye to those I love here in Iowa, but I know that it’s not forever, and I’m only a text, FaceTime or 13 hour drive away! ;)

I’m excited to start sharing more about our move and new adventures in Virginia. I hope I’ll be inspired once again and I can’t WAIT to start baking up a storm in my new kitchen! It’s so pretty.