Wednesday, May 24, 2017

anniversary trip | Philadelphia

"all in all, I'd rather be in Philadelphia"

we celebrated our fourth anniversary last week with a long weekend trip to Philadelphia! Thomas has never been and wanted to see Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the historic city. it rained the first 2 days of our trip, but we finally got some sunshine on our last full day in the city and spent the entire day outside! we both love exploring around big cities, so it was really fun! i'm including my favorite pictures of the different parts of the city we explored below! 

Downtown Philly
we got to meet up with Julie @ A Hopeful Hood for lunch while we were in Philly which was so much fun! we met her at Reading Market Terminal where there are tons of food vendors and you can basically get anything and everything you want! we walked around city hall & i finally got my photo with the big sorry piece in the board game park i have been dreaming about since high school! i was pretty bummed that LOVE Park was closed for renovations while we were there, but i guess that means we will just have to go back! ;)

Schuykill River Trail
the first photo in this post is my favorite shot from the river trail. i actually saw Julie post an instagram with this part of the skyline and asked her where it was so we could go there during our visit because i loved the shot! it's actually part of the Schuykill River Trail that goes downtown so we had fun exploring the trail for a little while & getting our own shots of this part of the city!

Eastern State Penitentiary
this prison is in downtown Philly and looks like a castle! the grounds are huge though, so it is amazing to me that it's just sitting in the middle of the city. we did this tour on the day that it was raining because most of it is inside. you can read all about the prison here, but it was opened in 1829 and encouraged separate confinement as a way of reform and rehab. the tour we took told a lot about the history and reasons behind what they did, so it was really interesting to learn about!

Historic Philly
this part of town is where all of the historical buildings are as well as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. we did the tour of Independence Hall and Congress Hall, and it was neat to learn so many facts about history that you don't learn in school! we also asked a security officer where to get a good Philly cheesesteak around town and he sent us to Sonny's. they had tons of different cheesesteaks & it was delicious! i got a pizza cheesesteak and Thomas got more of a traditional one. :)

Museum of Art
these are the steps that Rocky Balboa runs up in the movie Rocky, so there is a statue of him at the base of the steps. i've never actually seen the movie, but it seems like whenever there are a large number of steps, you see people re-enacting that part of the movie. we didn't have much time at the museum so we actually didn't go in, we just explored around the grounds.

what's your favorite part of exploring a city?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

year four.


can you believe that we just lived our FOURTH year of married life? i know i say this every year but at times i feel as if i've never known another way of life than being with you, and at times i still marvel at the fact that it feels like we just embarked on this journey.

this year was my favorite because even though grad school took a lot of our free time away, i feel like the time we did get to spend together meant that much more. we spent more time exploring because we didn't know when our next chance at free time would come.

this year was full of hiking, eno adventures, and day trips to the coast. traveling for Christmas and accidentally spending $27 on gummy bears and gummy penguins. accidentally loading $81 on our dunkin donuts card. you finding "a WHOLE sand dollar" on the beach. discovering a coffee shop that "has no theme". tons of trips to the zoo because season passes rock. tons of adventures that almost compare to the time you almost got arrested at the national zoo. ;)

and now here we are, entering into our #fifthyearofmarriage and you, entering into your thirty second year of life. a little older, a little wiser, with more adventures under our belt. 

the day we met was the beginning of a lifetime of adventures. & i've heard that's the best gift you can get! ;) so here's to us. here's to making new adventures in year five. here's to reliving old adventures as we look back on memories. here's to whatever we may face, as long as we face it together. 

here's to being us, authentically.

love, Robyn

"i love [him], and that's the beginning and end of everything."

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

a mini photoshoot

i've been dabbling in photography for the past year. i got a DSLR and forced myself to only shoot in manual from that first click of the shutter. i'm so glad that i did that instead of relying on auto because now i love only shooting in manual and having so much control over the photo! i've mainly been taking photos of animals and artistic shots, but have been wanting to practice on people. our friends came to visit a few weekends ago and they graciously let me do a mini photoshoot with them! it was so much fun to get to practice with people that i knew and not be under pressure to get things super perfect. we basically just hung out at a few different places and i took photos. we did a few posed shots, but i prefer the candid life shots!

what are your favorite types of photographs?