Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Loving + More About Us


We're mushy. If you've been following us from the beginning, you know this and it shouldn't come as a surprise, seeing as how we are a couple blog. Stop right here if you aren't in the mood for sweet words and a warm heart. 

There's something about summer that brings a little love out of everyone. The warm breeze, the possibility of adventure, and long, lazy weekends with the one you love. This past weekend, that's what we accomplished as we set out for an adventure in Fredericksburg. We've documented the town once before (you can see our post here and here); but this time, we had an amazing photographer to capture every moment. If you're in the hill country area, we cannot recommend Lauren enough.




What I Love About Brandon: 

K: I could go on and on about Brandon for ages but I want this post to actually allow you to learn a little more about us. I'm going to give you the highlights and a few funny things about this amazing man that I married. For starters, he has such a tender heart. The man won't step on an ant (he actually does check where he's walking to avoid stepping on any sort of bug); and although he doesn't cry very often, he's very good at expressing emotion towards me.

He has OCD. Everyone jokes that they're OCD but there's a really big difference between a Type A personality (me) and someone who truly has OCD. Brandon has compulsions but I am never bothered by his need to tap certain objects in our home a certain number of times, or the fact that he touches his necklace that hangs on his car rearview mirror every time he hops in his truck. I love these little quirks about him and appreciate that they make him who he is. 

He's actually a great cook. On one of our earliest dates, Brandon insisted upon cooking me dinner. I was shocked but loved this trait about him and his willingness to explore in the kitchen. I remember thinking he was crazy for cooking chicken in orange juice and dusting his sweet potato in cinnamon but both things turned out to be amazing. I promise it was more than just my infatuation with him at the time; the meal was delicious!

He loves animals. You may remember me talking about this in our zoo post, but Brandon is extremely knowledgable about animals. It stems from a combination of the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, growing up as a Texas boy, and his love for hunting. I've asked Brandon what he'd do for a living if he was not a geologist and his answer always has something to do with animals and raising wildlife.

He's a dreamer. I love this about Brandon because I'm a dreamer too. When we went to the lavender farm (here), we left talking about how we could grow lavender. He's constantly asking me where I'd like to live later in life, where I would like to travel, and what do I want our lives to look like. I love this quality in him because it makes life so much fun! It's so important to have big dreams and ideas as a couple because you can hold each other accountable and insist upon accomplishing your plans. 


What I Love About Katherine:

B: Katherine is a wonderful woman that loves unconditionally, supports immensely, always sports a positive attitude, and smiles in a way that can calm or comfort me in any situation. I cannot say enough about how prefect Katherine is for me, but below are a few notables on Katherine's demeanor and grace.

She adapts to any situation. Although Katherine is most comfortable within her own selection of hobbies, interests, and natural abilities, she is willing to step outside her innate bubble to try new experiences and witness interests other than her own. For instance, just two months into our relationship she was fully immersed within a birthday party BBQ in Boerne, Texas surrounded with friends, family, and fully automatic firearms. Katherine handled herself like a champ, and walked away with a dozens new friends who all told me individually that she was amazing and that I could not let her get away. This summer, Katherine has taken on a huge full-time (side-job) task of our puppy Tara who exercises and trains the equivalent of football practice three-a-days with play time in between. I love that Katherine is so very flexible in her plans and ease to cope and excel in any situation.

She has a travel bug. Every girl I have met says they want to travel the world, but after a brief examination of their idea destinations, mostly the old world and beaches are aroused. Katherine on the other hand is open to nearly every destination I have mentioned. All it takes are a few beautiful google images of a destination and Katherine is on board. My travel list of destinations is far more remote, my sense of adventure is more extreme, and my idea of traveling is at times too fast paced for Katherine. Nonetheless, Katherine helps us reach a happy medium while being budget minded in our future escapades around the world.

She is a planner. Long before we met, Katherine had devised a systematic approach to life stages. These life stages include everything from personal and family oriented goals that include career paths, publishing, locations to call home in the future, and a lifelong dream to swim with baby sea otters; all plans that I would love to help Katherine accomplish. She loves to generate planned lists of months long for blog posts, cooked meals, and travel destinations. I actually love this planning, because I literally just need to provide some input or answer a few simple questions and all our planned events are accounted for in Katherine's planner.

She gets hangry. Just for the record, Katherine has posted of my hangryness in the past. It is now my turn to iterate her need for food. Katherine wakes up and immediately heads for breakfast tea and some form of nourishment: cereal, toast, or yogurt. Usually at this point in time, a few words (not just indistinguishable sounds) will begin to make their way from her vocal chords. Weekdays send me to work while she wakes up and we text a bit before I am removed from my personnel phone for the duration of the day. What Katherine does the rest of the weekday for food, I haven't the slightest of clues, but on the weekends frequent snacks are a necessity. Road trips require crackers, Belvita bars, and of course, iced tea. There are times when we both are hangry with the ultimate cure being a deep breath, a few bites of food, and multiple sips of flavored iced tea. We actually love to joke about our incessant infatuation with hangryness and our self-prescribed cures for this malnourishment disorder.

On Katherine: Cremieux dress, Tory Burch sandals (sold out, similar here), Kendra Scott earrings

On Brandon: Brooks Brothers polo, J. Crew shorts, Sperry shoes



34 comments:

  1. Y'all are just too cute and sweet! I love your adorable striped dress and these shots of you both are perfection! I hear ya on being hungry and needing to eat fist thing in the morning. It's the most important part of the day!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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    1. Thank you guys!! Haha yes, food takes importance over many things for us!

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  2. Ah, this was so cute! It's awesome when you can love and appreciate the other person's quirks, instead of letting them get to you. Love these pictures, and your dress!
    - Kristen
    www.pugsandpearls.com

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    1. Kristen, I totally agree! I think one way to know you've found "the one" is when you realize you love and adore their quirks while others may find them annoying. Thanks for reading!

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  3. Amazing photos! You guys are so cute! ❤️
    www.simplymeli.com

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  4. What a neat post!! I like the idea that both of you shared your thoughts on the other. And you are the cutest couple too! So picture perfect! XO

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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    1. Shauna, you are too sweet! Thank you for your kind words.

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  5. This is adorable! I loved learning more about your relationship. I can relate to the getting hangry statement lol.

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  6. Oh hey twin! This dress looks so cute on you! Love this post. Fun to learn more about both of you through what the other loves.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. Thanks Amy Ann! Loved your post today as well :)

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  7. This is such a sweet post! I love hearing what you love about each other, such a lovely couple!

    Taylor | www.livingtaylored.com

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  8. What an adorable couple! I love your dress so much!!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

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  9. Aww y'all are the cutest! This is such a sweet post :) Love your dress!!
    Lauren Lindmark | dailydoseofcharm.com

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  10. Very sweet post. I can absolutely relate about getting hangry!

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  12. CUTEST COUPLE EVER! So cute!

    Mihaailo / https://mihaailo.blogspot.com

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  13. CUTEST COUPLE EVER! So cute!

    Mihaailo / https://mihaailo.blogspot.com

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  14. And the cutest couple award goes to...! Love how you wrote what you love about each other, and these pics are so magical!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
    Instagram

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  15. Great photo selection.
    xx
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_zn7IqrAY1I44bRuN6dH-Q
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

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  16. Such a cute couple u are. I love your dress as well
    Love
    Nistha
    https://www.fashionistha.com/fringe-trim-trumpet-sleeve-knit-dress/

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  17. Brandon and Katherine you both sound like amazing people despite your quirks. Both of your assets make you perfect for one-another and that is why yours is my most favorite couple blog. Such gorgeous photos here too, she did a great job capturing your love. I can see it through the pics. Also, such a stunning dress - I want it!

    Welcome by on Thursday and linkup with me pretty lady. Thanks, Ada. =)

    P.S. I can 100% relate about being hangry and my husband can relate even more lol.

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    1. Okay, you've made my day again!! You are the absolute sweetest and we will definitely link up this Thursday :) Thanks Ada!

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  18. You guys are so cute! I loved learning more about you!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  19. These are such gorgeous Summer photos! LOVE your blue stripped dress! :) Was a really fun post to ready!

    xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/90s-combo-look/

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    1. Thank you Chloe!! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it! I know we had fun writing it!

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  20. You two are so in love and it shows in your photos! Keep the fire burning!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. Thank you Jess! It makes us happy that you can see that from pictures :) As always, thanks for reading!

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  21. This was adorable to read through! Thanks for sharing. Xo, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

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  22. Such a great post to learn about the two of you! and love your photos :)

    Beauty & Colour | Vegan Lifestyle Blog

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  23. You guys are an amazing couple! It was really heartwarming to see what you guys have said. Great style as well. Love how this blog centers on your both! It's very unique.

    Paulo Paradox | www.pauloparadox.com

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  25. This post is so good. I love that you took the time to write about each other! So important to remember all the little things we love about our spouse to remind us why we're together during those rough patches.

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