Finch Arboretum in Autumn

Finch Arboretum in Autumn | The Urban Pig

Autumn has been here for the last few weeks but I love that the trees are still holding on to their leaves for as long as they can. It is so beautiful, especially when you go to places like Finch Arboretum or Audubon Park, where for once, you see more leafy trees than pines. Connor and I took an early morning walk through the park where we soaked in all the colors and smells of fall. I am hoping winter will hold off for another month or so!

Finch Arboretum in Autumn | The Urban Pig

Finch Arboretum in Autumn | The Urban Pig

Finch Arboretum in Autumn | The Urban Pig

Finch Arboretum in Autumn | The Urban Pig

Finch Arboretum in Autumn | The Urban Pig

Finch Arboretum in Autumn | The Urban Pig

Finch Arboretum in Autumn | The Urban Pig

Finch Arboretum in Autumn | The Urban Pig

Finch Arboretum in Autumn | The Urban Pig

Finch Arboretum in Autumn | The Urban Pig

Finch Arboretum in Autumn | The Urban Pig

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Mountains

Mountains | The Urban Pig

Past musings about the mountains in Colorado, with photos from this last weekend’s trip to Silver Mountain…

“As I drove to work this morning, earlier than usual, I noticed the mountains looked different. The sun hadn’t come up just yet, but the sky was bright enough to see the outline of the mountains far in the distance. Below them sat a city; night was still upon them. Their lights, twinkling and glittering all different colors. Few had already awaken to see the mountain majesties in all its glory.

I realized, each night as I return home, the mountains disappear behind me. I forget of their existence. And each morning I awake, I have still not remembered them until I turn the street corner in my car, where suddenly, they stand before me. Each morning, I realize I have missed their presence. Each morning, I revel in their beauty. Each morning, they look more beautiful than the last. A change to their color, their shape and carvings, their highlights and shadows; each morning it’s different. I long to get closer to them.

But if I was closer, they wouldn’t look the same. I may not even see them if I was so close as to be within them. The grass is not always greener. So here I sit, in the distance of the mountains, admiring their beauty from afar.”

Mountains | The Urban Pig

Mountains | The Urban Pig

Snapshots From Lately

Snapshots From Lately | The Urban Pig

Is it too early to call it spring? It’s been in the upper 60’s here, so it sure feels like it! Almost all of the snow has melted from our back shady patio, so that’s a good sign. We moved into our house at the beginning of winter, so we haven’t had a lot of good weather days to explore our neighborhood. But we took advantage of the amazing weather this weekend to walk to the park behind our house, and it led us along the creek and to the golf course. So nice to have finally found a little nature around here.

Spring Walk | The Urban Pig

While out and about, we found a pretty awesome restaurant called Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers. They had the craziest combinations for pizza toppings, but it was delicious. Some of it was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I tried it anyway. Tasted great, and it was right up Connor’s alley. Pretty rad interior design, too.

Snapshots From Lately | The Urban Pig

We have still been unpacking decorations and finding perfect homes for each and every one. Every day something new happens around here, and the excitement is overwhelming sometimes!

Snapshots From Lately | The Urban Pig

My little-shared secret is the IKEA clearance/as-is section, where we got this rug for half price. I have had my eye on it for about a month, so when I spotted it there, I was over the moon excited to snag it. We also got curtains for our bedroom, which we completed this weekend, so I will be sharing the before and after pictures for that soon!

Snapshots From Lately | The Urban Pig

Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful Inn | The Urban Pig

Old Faithful Inn | The Urban Pig

While we were in Yellowstone National Park, we went to see Old Faithful, the geyser which shoots one-hundred-and-some feet in the air about every hour. It was cool to see, but I remember it being a lot bigger when I was little! After the “show,” (my mom likes to joke that it is on a timer), my parents took us to see something a little bit more up my alley — The Old Faithful Inn. The rustic and woodsy lodge is beautifully designed and made me think of my mother-in-law, who wanted a log cabin for their lake property until she found out how much work it is to maintain the wood. Despite this, I had to share!

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Genealogy Progress

Genealogy Progress | The Urban Pig

[documents of my great great grandfather, found on ancestry.com]

Hey everyone! A while back, I mentioned some of the genealogy work Connor and I began, and we have continued to make some exciting progress that I wanted to share with you today, as well as some inspiration for our future work which we will eventually compile into a book. Here are some updates:

  1. We finished Connor’s family tree (and got pretty dang far, so we didn’t feel the need to continue any further) and started mine. We learned that Connor has a TON of ancestors from France, who then migrated to Canada, and many married natives from the Chippewa tribe in Michigan. We have traced his last name back to ancestors in the Tennessee area, but hit a wall, so we are still trying to find its origins. For my family tree, I am primarily German, with some English roots on my mother’s side. I even found out I have a family member who is popular on Wikipedia for his war crimes. Crazy, right? I guess we all have ancestors with good and not-so-good pasts.
  2. Next, I began interviewing family members. Connor and I decided that for each of our living relatives (mainly parents and grandparents), we would interview them with a varied set of questions. I have only interviewed my dad’s parents, but it was so fun to listen to stories of their childhood as well as adult life. I recorded each person with my phone, and I will make a cd of the recordings that will slip into a pocket in different sections of the book. I think it will be really cool for readers to listen to the cd’s and hear the voices of each person. The questions ranged from holiday experiences, disobedience or pranks they pulled, memorable milestones in life, and much more. I loved watching their eyes light up at certain memories that made them laugh or smile. I think they had fun answering the questions, too! At breakfast, our family would get off topic and start talking about other things, and my grandpa would ask with anticipation, “what is the next question!?” I was happy to see their enthusiasm with the interviews. Unfortunately, yesterday my great grandmother passed away and I was not able to ask her questions, but I know so many people have memories of her that we can share and add to the book for her, as well as other deceased family.
  3. Taking pictures. After each interview, I have taken a picture of the person which will be placed next to their answers. This was really important to me for two reasons. One, because I don’t have recent pictures of many people, such as my grandparents. Two, because I am a bit of a perfectionist and I have an idea in my head about the pictures all having a similar style and matching, rather than a hodge podge of pictures. Of course, I will most likely include other pictures as well from different life events, however, I want the main profile picture for each person to have some consistency. The inspiration for this came from Pinterest, where I loved the raw and exposed nature of these photographed faces (click here, here, here, and here).

In the coming weeks, I hope to continue working on each of these pieces and gather them completely, so I can begin laying out ideas for the final book. I know this will probably take months to actually compile, but having all the components will be a good start. If you have a genealogy book, what other things do you like to see or include?

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