Category Archives: the hubs


February 11, 2016


Vacation. Ahhhh. I relax just saying the word. And this vacation was perfect. Relaxing and fun in the most gorgeous setting I’ve ever seen. The BAHAMAS.

John and I booked this trip about three weeks ago after talking about it for months! We usually do a ski trip but this time we wanted HOT weather! I couldn’t wait to see some turquoise water and white sandy beaches. I’ve only ever been to Tulum Mexico so I am a tad sheltered!

(Abundance of pictures coming up. Sorry! I loved them all! It’s just so beautiful there!)

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We stayed at the Sandals Royal Bahamian right in Nassau, Bahamas. It was a reaaaaally pretty all-inclusive with ten restaurants and seven pools, and even it’s own separate island! THAT was the best part! Absolutely gorgeous. I love all-inclusives. You don’t even have to THINK! And I am a fan of trying foods so I order just about everything on the menu! ;) I ate a lot of seafood. YUM.


The best restaurant was Gordon’s on the Pier. It was FABULOUS. We ate there our last night and definitely savored the romantic setting with a few glasses of wine and a delicious grouper dinner.

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Two of the days we spent time on the island. You took a boat over there and it was very private and so gorgeous. We got to snorkel in the water and we saw sea turtles and tons of fish around the coral reef! I LOVE to snorkel!


Here are some more pictures from the island

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And not to mention those sunsets tho… WHOA.


One of the days was not too great of weather, so we headed to downtown Nassau and the Fish Fry to see the town. I got my coconut drink and the best piña colada I’ve ever had with REAL coconut that I scooped out myself! That was cool :) Downtown Bahamas has a TON of jewelry stores and a neat market with lots of homemade gifts and decor. People are really talented down there!

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Overall it was AMAZING. Difficult to leave the kids, but very very nice to have a little getaway and some alone time with the hubs. That was much needed! Plus the SUN!! Hallelujah!

I missed Ivy and Leo so much! But the grandparents sure had some quality time with the kids. I was so happy to see them and get them in my arms again! Leo didn’t take the bottle the whole time we were gone (YIKES!!) Even though he took it for John the whole weekend two weekends ago, what the heck! So that was nerve-racking, but thank goodness he’s good at feeding himself with baby-led weaning, so he survived! He was certainly ravenous for the boob when I got home though! ;)

Ivy even got to go to a Princess Ball with my friend Shannon. She LOVED to see all of the Princesses and gave lots of hugs! SWOON! I was kind of jealous I didn’t get to be there to see her all giddy!! : /

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Until we meet again, Bahamas. XOXO


2 Years Married

July 20, 2014


July 20, 2014. Our 2 year anniversary. Seems like just yesterday I was feeling the obnoxious butterflies in my stomach, gazing up at my ultra handsome husband to-be at the altar, arm in arm with my loving Dad, on my way to becoming Mrs. John Koch. So much has happened over these two wonderful years! But what’s best, is still feeling the same love I had for him that special day 2 years ago. Over the 5 years of knowing each other, our love has developed into something extraordinary. I am pretty dang lucky to have him. Reliable, supportive, loving, kind, compassionate, charming, considerate, dependable, trustworthy, and so totally handsome are just some of the words to describe my man! (I have to admit, I googled “adjectives to describe your husband,” lol). I am so extremely happy to be his wife and cheers to many more! Happy Anniversary to my husband! This one’s for you :) xo. Thanks for all of the memories… so far…

Happy 2nd Anniversary


Our first ever picture together. This was the picture I sent out to my family and friends to show them the “new guy I’m dating.” Ha :)




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FV2_0447Happy 2 year Anniversary, xxoo

Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2014

I always look forward to Memorial Day. It’s the kickoff to summer with a weekend full of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, while soaking up some sunshine, boating, grilling, drinks, and friends… the perfect combo to start the summer off right. We always head down to our cabin in Yankton, Cedar Ridge Hideaway, to enjoy the best of Yankton, the Lewis and Clark lake. This time, we got to take the new Jeep! I sat in back with Ivy, the wind blowing through our hair (her little baby hair wispies were so funny), the sun shining through the spider shade cover, and the all-around sensational feeling of ahhhh, summer’s here :) We even had the hot weather to top it off! FINALLY.

We spent the holiday weekend with friends and were quite busy enjoying the sunshine! John completed some maintenance to the cabin and Ivy and I and our friends took walks to sit at the beach to soak in some rays. The best part of all, we got to take the boat out! Ivy LOVED her first boat ride! She just staaaared at the waves! I am anxious for the water to heat up so we can go swimming. And babies in swimsuits, come on… :)  I anticipate a lot of fun and happy memories with her on the boat and at the beaches around the lake. What a lucky girl.

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Enjoying our Friday night boat cruise together


Justin and Emily tagged along while Ivy is helping Daddy captain the boat. Aye aye, mate


Shannon and Ivy


 John finally got his Yeti cooler! Grab a bev, Shannon. Livin’ la vida chillaxin’

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Smooches for Daddy. Thighs <3

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Breakfast on the deck


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Embracing our inner Miley


Toesies in the sand



Dear Portland, let me count the ways…

May 3, 2014

Portland, Oregon has always been on my bucket list. The lush green forests, the divine food, the craft brews, the hip culture, this city certainly was a city I HAD to visit sometime. My sister Catheryn and her new husband Michael moved out there last year from D.C. and needless to say, I WAS PUMPED. Even more reasons to visit now! Being it was Easter, they just eloped, and it was her birthday = a perfect time to visit. My other sister Jillian and her husband Brian also booked some tickets from Indianapolis to make it a family affair. Catheryn hadn’t met Ivy yet, so we HAD to bring her! Plus, I was excited for her to have her 2nd airplane ride (1st was to Scottsdale, AZ) and to see some new sights.



We started our journey hitting the town and ate at Tasty N Alder. DELICIOUS. We had a bloody mary and shared a bunch of brunch items. This was the best meal we had ALL weekend! As we chowed down, I got used to nursing in public, which is never the easiest, but Ivy took a little snooze as I was inhaling a fab meal.

Next, we dashed to some breweries – Rogue and Deschutes. We did a sampling of beer flights, and they were all so so good. We ended the night at a rooftop bar called Departure to soak in some views of the city.





The next day was our WINE TOUR of Willamette Valley. Jillian, AKA Master Planner, put together a list of wineries to go to and John and I were THRILLED. Ivy napped on the drive there so she was all rested and ready to have her “cracker tasting” at each winery :)

First up, was WillaKenzie. Pulling into the driveway of this winery was like a dream. The views were just majestic with lush green everywhere. So beautiful. This is a larger winery and I looooooved every wine we sampled. I took advantage of a firepit overlooking the vineyard and nursed Ivy. It was quite amazing. Usually nursing in public is in a corner of a bathroom or something, but this, this was a spot I could get used to. That fire, the trees, the vines, the grapes… take me baaaaaaack.






Proud Uncle Brian and Auntie Jillian! Lookin’ like naturals.


2nd stop, we hit Lenne, a beautiful building and scenery. Very intimate setting.

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3rd stop was Saffron Fields. This place had architecture that was just incredible!


Ivy enjoying her cracker tasting

4th stop was the BEST stop. Atticus Winery. This was a very unique experience because it was not a business location, we actually got to go to their home for a private tasting. Their home was SO neat. Rustic country with a view that was to die for. Vineyards in your back yard?! Yes please! I’ll take 2. The woman was so nice and we pretty much took over her house. We brought our lunch – meats, cheeses, crackers, dips – all from Trader Joe’s, paired with some delicious wine samples, and this was the best hour we had.

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After the wine tasting, we went outside to see the vineyard and it was just dreamy outside. We took advantage of the setting for some stunning family photos

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The Keating Girls


Umb, could this be ANY more perfect. Eyes open, everybody’s looking, and everybody’s smiling, EVEN IVY.


Newly eloped!! Michael and Catheryn


The 3rd day we went to Irving Street Kitchen for lunch, then went for a stroll through Washington Park. The food was delectable and the sights were delightful. The park was extraordinary! Abundant trees and green, walking paths, and a rose garden (this would have been GORGEOUS if they had been in bloom) made for a sweet cruise through the park.


Only gourmet for baby ;)


Hey guys

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Daddy slingin’ it

And that made the end of our trip, wine, beer, food, and family. Until next time Portland, xoxo.

6 month family photos

April 17, 2014

My baby girl turned 6 months old on April 1st. We had the delight of working with Marie at Finished Vision to take our family photos. She did Ivy’s newborn photos too and I swear this woman has some sort of magical gift to get these babies to lay in certain positions and still be sound asleep. She’s amaaaazing. We took these at the Outdoor Campus. Thankfully it was a lovely day. I am so happy with the way these photos turned out! We were due for some fam photos.




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Smilin’ at mama


Gosh, I love that little squirt