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

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

Richtofen Project

Richtofen Project | The Urban Pig

[photo from Richtofen blog, via David Lauer Photography]

I wanted to share a project that I had the opportunity to be a part of for the last 3 weeks or so. A design-build firm in Denver, called Design Platform, began this project over a year ago, and I have helped do little things like paint and clean while seeing it come to completion. The homeowners should be moving in this week. You can follow the whole project at Design Platform’s blog. It is so cool even for me to look at the beginning, where they dug out the basement, because I was not around in the preliminary stages of the project. I have only seen it in completion, so it’s like going back in time to look at the pictures! I took a few of my own photos along the way, little pieces of art that inspired me while I worked.

Richtofen Project | The Urban Pig

Richtofen Project | The Urban Pig

Richtofen Project | The Urban Pig

Newlywed Edition: Our Wedding Story

Newlywed Edition: Our Wedding Story | The Urban Pig

We made it to a year! So, this week I wanted to share a little bit about how we met and moments from our wedding day. Time to take a walk down memory lane…

Connor and I met through a mutual friend. When we first met and started to hang out, he would always joke and tell people I was his wife. I always just laughed it off. He was definitely cute, but I wasn’t really looking for a relationship at the time. Before we really knew each other well, he asked me to date him, and I told him no, at least not until we got to know each other better. A few weeks passed and we hung out almost every day. We finally became a “thing.” We continued to see each other constantly, and before we knew it, it had been 6 months. On Christmas, he asked me to marry him. We had already talked about it a few times, saying we would wait a few years. He gave me his mother’s ring, a sort of promise. Two and a half more years passed.

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