mini vacation || we like to date each other || personal story || ethan and bethany

ethan likes to surprise me with really awesome dates. 
like, really awesome. 
he's so good at awesome surprises and he's the best dater ever. 

first stop of course was JAMBA JUICE! 
with extra wheatgrass. so yum. 
it feels so good to drink good greens. 
we held hands and walked around the outdoor mall area. 
people watched. 
laughed.
stole kisses. 
felt awesome. 
and i kept trying to figure out what was next on the agenda. 
he wouldn't budge.  

then we went to a sweet comedy club and laughed for 2 hours. 
my abs still hurt.
ethan's laugh is the best. his happy laugh face/eyes makes my heart happy. 

so next was dinner. 
ethan has to call ahead to all kinds of places to make sure we can eat there. 
that is just really sweet to me. he takes the time, i think he said this one took like over a week to find, to locate a place that won't make us sick. love him extra for this goodness.

i'm always so amazed at the places he finds.
and this one is one of the best yet. 
it was called dirty nellies. 
and it was gooooooooooood. 

i've just recently found (and when i say i, i mean ethan) a few hard ciders that are so good and don't make me sick. i usually can't drink because it just makes me dizzy and have a terrible lingering headache that's just not worth it. but, this pear cider from dirty nellies and magner's hard cider from dublins in champaign are two of my very favorites! so. good. hit me again! 
and ethan likes really nasty dark beers. 
but i'm weird and like his beer breath anyways.


dark photo but BEST FOOD EVER. 
yum. 
i had chicken with colby jack cheese and bacon (oh mer gosh bacon) 
and tomato and lettuce and chipotle mayo. yeahhh. 
ethan had a bison burger that he sad was totally awesome. 
oh, and parmesan garlic fries! no, i'm not kidding. and yes, i want more. 



hotel morning sweetness. 
we watched HGTV. because we don't watch enough of that at home. 



starbucks date for breakfast. 
of course. 
he's so good. 
it was rainy and lovely out. smelled sweet like fall rain and 
then of course inside starbucks was really good smells, too. 
i had a pumpkin spice, duh and e got a mocha frappe because he's a girl. 
we got coffee cake and a blueberry scone to share. 

really, one of our best dates ever. this morning. 
we just talked and talked. open and honest. it's so good to be best friends with him. 
i can share my secrets, even the darkest worsts ones and he is always the most honest person. 
we talked about work, the new house, our lives, but mostly we just enjoy looking at each other and being thankful for another day breathing together. 

life is so sweet. really really deeply sweet and wonderful. 
i am so blessed to spend my life with ethan patrick. i adore this man. 




so then. funny story. 
we drove home and i check my messages and realized we had not enough time to get home before our engagement session.. at 4.. i thought. 
so we get home, grab our gear and run back out to head to the location. 
we got there at 3:50 and then i realized i missed a message and the session doesn't start until 5. 

bless ethan's heart, he coulda had a super fit if he wanted to but he just laughed at me.
and told me not to worry about it. that this just gives us more time to look around and to be together. what a freaking sweetheart.  
so we grabbed a blanket out of the car and we had pillows from our hotel stay so, we had another free hour to just hang out! it was grand.


a few of my favorites lately from ethan's kind heart : 
"you're pretty all of the time"
"i like that you wear house slippers as shoes" 
"i love doing life with you" 
"you're wonderfully weird"
"you look cute in the bed like that" 
"it could not be more fun to date you"