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Thanksgiving LOVE

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Oh man, this week has been a crazy week! I had so much to get done at work, but honestly getting all of that completed makes me feel so accomplished and inspired; which is the best feeling ever, especially coming into the weekend! The only downfall is that I did not have time to blog, but I am excited to post this because this is our Thanksgiving post. Thanksgiving is one of my top three favorite holidays! I love how it is all about family, love, and gratitude.

Greg and I drove up to Park Ridge on Wednesday night. We were so excited to get to spend a few days with my family because these past few months have just been so busy. On Wednesday we stayed up late with my whole family, and then slept in a little on Thursday. When we woke up, Greg and I went for and got a holiday latte and  went back to my parents house for some extra cuddles with each other. We relaxed for a little, and then it was time to get ready!

Before dinner Greg and I went  to a little park by my parents house. It’s the cutest little spot. It has pretty trees, water, and even ducks (one of our favorite animals)! My parents also love this spot. They take a little drive there to have lunch or have a little chat. I think is just so sweet! There is nothing better than a good spot.

Afterwards, we went to my Auntie Mar and Uncle Steve’s house for such a yummy dinner. My favorite part was the ham and getting to spend so much time with Greg and my family. Greg loved the smoked turkey, too. Thanksgiving just made my heart so happy!

I know this post is a little late, but I wanted to share my top 10 things that I am grateful for. Anytime is a great time for gratitude, and this year has been amazing!

10. Kisses

9. Having so many great opportunities. I feel so blessed all the time.

8. Our townhouse because it feels like home. So cozy.

7. My mom and I found my wedding dress! It’s perfect, and I am so happy we got to do that together. Also, she is just the best shopper; she found the magic dress.

6. The fact that Greg and I get to be married in June!

5. Greg’s little sisters. Little sisters everywhere are just so fun!

4. My job. It is rewarding, exhausting, inspiring, energizing, challenging, and more.

3. All of the amazing things Greg and I share. I love how he shares his passion with me, and I can share mine with him.

2. My amazing, supportive family (mom, dad, Kev, and Liv) and getting to spend any time we can with them.

1. Greg and his love, kisses, hugs, cuddles, talks! I could go on and on!!!!

Thanksgiving is just the best any time of the year!

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Deer Hunt Turned Turkey Sighting

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Gosh, it has been such a warm fall, and I am absolutely loving it! I always get so chilly when we go out hunting, especially my toes, but these sunny days in the 60’s and 70’s have been heaven! This past weekend Greg and I took a break from duck hunting, spent some time in the woods, and we were hoping to see some deer. We grabbed our bows, sprayed down with sent away, and we were ready to go!

Greg is super adventurous when it comes to the woods. He grew up in the woods so he’s very comfortable walking deep into the forest to find the perfect spot. This always make me a little nervous, but in the daylight I can always keep up, and I always end up really enjoying the walk, nature, and little animals we get to see.

We did not see any deer, but I have to say this was one of my favorite hunt outings. As sunset was approaching, all of a sudden, I heard this really loud flapping noise. The hunting spot that we had chosen was a turkey roost. They were flying home before sunset (turkeys live in trees), and they were all around us. It was so exciting and fascinating.

Because we watched the turkeys as the sun was setting, we ended up walking out of the woods in the dark. Greg gave me the only flashlight, but I was still really kinda scared. We were like 2 miles into the woods, which I think is why we got to see so many turkeys, but as we were walking out I was convinced that we were lost. We were walking in water and had to walk up this really steep hill, and so our little hunt ended with me in tears. Greg knew exactly how to get back even in the dark without a light, and the absolute cutest part was that he kept turning around and giving me little kissies and encouragement even when I was telling him I was never hunting again! lol

Luckily that did not last long. We made it back to the truck, and we were already planning our duck hunt for this Sunday! It’s supposed to be 27 degrees, but luckily I have this new electric hand warmer that I can’t wait to test out! Also, Greg is super excited for the cold weather… the birds should be flying!!

Fall Beauty at Starved Rock

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Here is our little trip to Starved Rock State Park and definitely one of my favorite dates! Greg had been wanting to take me to Starved Rock for a while, but last year we missed the fall time when all the leaves are so pretty, but this year we made it at the perfect time. The leaves were so colorful, and the weather was sunny, warm, and crisp!

We hiked the different trails for two hours. All of the different trails have really cute names like Lover’s Leap (the cutest one)! My favorite part was playing by the waterfall, walking across fallen logs, and holding Greg’s hand on our walk! It was so nice to be together. I never want our Sundays to end!

Before we headed home we a sunset dinner of cheeseburgers looking over the state park. This was Greg’s favorite part. 🙂 It was a really busy day at Starved Rock; I think because of how perfect the weather was. We did have to wait a little to have our sunset dinner, but we filled our time reading about the history of Starved Rock and sharing some kisses.

We also really want to go back in the winter time after a snowfall.

Wedding Bells

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We  traded in our camo this weekend for some fancy gold! Greg and I had the most wonderful weekend at one of our friend’s weddings. We stayed in a hotel, danced all night, and of course enjoyed some yummy wedding cake! We could totally feel the love in the air throughout the entire night. I just love love so much, and it was so beautiful to be able to be a part of such a fun, magical night. My favorite part was when we all went outside and lit sparklers and the bride and groom walked through our sparkle tunnel! Also, the bride and groom are such sweethearts, and they looked amazing and were just so welcoming. Their wedding also made us so excited to really get started planning ours! We’re actually going to go check out our venue this weekend (I have butterflies). We will keep you all updated on all of our planning. Anyway, I wanted to write a top five from our weekend, so here it is!

5. Our late check out at our hotel because we got to cuddle for extra long on Sunday morning! Also Greg had on the softest t-shirt (perfect for cuddling)

4. The beautiful weather, warm and crisp, the perfect combination

3. Getting all dressed up with my handsome man

2. Our trip to Starved Rock! I will post the pictures from that trip later this week 🙂

1. Dancing all night with Greg! Dancing with my soulmate makes my heart happy.

xoxo – Cassie and Greg

Our Wisconsin Weekend

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This past weekend Greg and I went hunting in Wisconsin! It was the perfect little weekend getaway. We drove up on Saturday evening, stayed at the Lake Lily Resort, and got to hunt some place we have never been to before together.

Our hunting trip started Saturday night with our drive to Wisconsin (we always love being in the car together), a quick trip to the Walmart in Kenosha for a hunting license, and some nachos, wings, and grilled shrimp when we arrived at Lily Lake! We also got to snuggle up in our hotel room before our 5 am wake up call to go hunt.

Greg researched this hunting spot a ton. We totally thought that it was going to be the perfect spot to hunt, and we were hoping to see tons of birds! We were also totally prepared with our new wadders and decoys, but when we got to our spot the lake was dried up! It just made me think of The Notebook, where Noah tells the story of how this lake froze, and the birds flew off with it! I think the birds must have flown off with this lake last year lol. Luckily, we were able to set up our decoys in a flooded field and spot a few birds.

My favorite part about being in Wisconsin was running into the different hunters. Hunting is such a big sport in Wisconsin. In just a few hours while we were watching for ducks and geese, we ran into a group of deer hunters and two groups of pheasant hunters! We also met the cutest little hunting puppy named Boo.

Hunting in new places is so fun and totally feels like a mini vacation. We are so excited to take more trips this year!

Hunting Gear for Cassie: waders – coldgear turtle neck – hat

Hunting Gear for Greg: waders – similar here zip up – similar here hat

Sunday’s Grand Slam

This past weekend Greg and I went to Park Ridge to visit my family! Everything about going up to Chicago/Park Ridge is so fun! We get to take a little car ride (which we both absolutely love. We get two completely uninterrupted hours together to talk and laugh or listen to a podcast we both like. Then, we get to see the people we love most and catch up because we all have such crazy work schedules. One of the other things we like to do is go have a nice dinner. On Saturday Greg and I went to this Irish pub called the Curragh with my dad. It was super yummy (Greg had steak marsala, I had a fancy salad, and my dad got chicken curry). They also had the best mozzarella sticks any of us had ever had; they were definitely special, secret recipe material if that would even be possible for mozzarella sticks lol.  After dinner we stayed up until like 3 am chatting with my mom and sister. There is so much fun to be had, and we always want to make the most of our time together!

On Sunday, we snoozed in a little, had a little lunch, and hit some baseballs! We had to get in our last little summer activity before it gets chilly. Greg definitely won MVP of the batting cages. He was hitting fast pitch balls! My mom and I stuck with the intermediate level of slow, lol. Slow is probably beginner, but I am going with intermediate because we could probably do medium, but neither of us want to get hit with a ball or get an injury. Such girly girls!

For me, there is nothing better than getting to spend time with the ones I love. The highlight of my weekend was getting all sorts of kisses from Greg in the sunshine! His kisses are even better than his baseball. 😉

Early Teal and Goose Hunt

First official blog post! Greg and I have been hunting/fishing/adventuring for 3 years together now, and it has been such a big part of our relationship! I honestly feel like each time we get to spend a day in the outdoors together it brings us so much closer. We totally reconnect in  our little private escape as we discover and explore together. So, we wanted a place where we could share one of our biggest passions and hobbies with you all.

This past Sunday we hunted early goose and teal. I love early season. It’s still warm; this is great for me because I love being warm! It also gave us the chance to work some kinks out before we’re hunting in what I think feels like arctic temps! We were able to get our blind set up, but it definitely still needs some work. It’s crazy how heavy grass and straw is! We were also able to get our boat in the water effectively. Getting the decoys in was another project. Greg was ready to strip down and swim around because the spot that we were in was too deep! We did get all set up, though, just in time for shooting!

Overall, it was a really great hunt for early season. We got 2 geese and a teal! Also, any day we get to spend on the water together is a great day! 🙂