BACKYARD PUMPKIN CARVING DATE

halloween 2014

There are just a few days in the calendar where the day dictates the activity, and the Saturday before Halloween is one of these for me. It is pumpkin carving day!  There’s nothing I love more than waking up to a beautiful fall day and planning something fun to do outside. Sadly, the majority of our trees have already lost their leaves, but that day the color scheme of the backyard was absolutely gorgeous.

This is the third year since Dan and I started the tradition of carving pumpkins for Halloween, and I love the fact that we’ve got to do that in 3 different cities (the first year we were living in Atlanta, the second in Los Angeles, and now we are in Chicago!). We also decided we were going to take the same goofy photo every time, so this way we could see how much we have changed over the years. I just compared the pictures and realized that Dan’s facial expression when trying to kill the little pumpkin gets more and more threatening each year haha. Take a look here!

We spent a couple of hours working in our designs, taking a million pictures for the blog (of course!), and playing around in the backyard with our pumpkins. It was such a fun date, I’d do it all over again. Fall has been so good to us here in the midwest. Lots of fun, friends and festivities!

 

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Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

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Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

The guts are our favorite part… Just gotta dig your hands right in there!

 

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Yael Serena

halloween pumpkin

halloween pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

Yael Serena

halloween 2014

Have you noticed the bandage on my finger? Pumpkin carving is not a real thing until you don’t cut yourself ;)

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

halloween pumpkin

Halloween 2014, fall, chicago, pumpkin

halloween pumpkin

What activities did you do for Halloween this year? Did you post a picture of your pumpkin design? If so, let me know in the comments – I’d love to see it!! :)

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OCTOBER, I’M BACK!

Apple picking, fall

Hello guys!

After being absent for quite a while, I’m so happy to say that I’m back for fall! A new season is a promise of so many possibilities and new adventures, and you know what really puts me in a fall mood? Apple picking!

Last weekend I got my plaid shirt out of the closet and visited an apple orchard for the very first time. Now I totally understand why so many people are obsessed with it – it’s the perfect way to kick off fall! My family and I headed out to a lovely farm located in a little town in Wisconsin, and we had an incredible day. The sun was out and the air was crisp but yet warm since it rained the day before. It was amazing to be able to savor the scenery, to step on crunchy and colorful leaves, and to capture the moment with pictures. However, my favorite part was when I jumped up on Dan’s shoulders and risk my life to pick up the best ripe apples (okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic here, but I was seriously convinced I would have an epic fall when I was up there). I’m actually not a big fan of apples – or any typical fall recipe that contains the word “pie” or “cinnamon” in its title really -, so I’m still trying to figure out what to do with so many of them (any suggestions?).

After the adventure in the orchard, we went to check out the farm’s market where we picked up some fresh vegetables and Dan and my in-laws enjoyed a fresh cup of cider and homemade apple cider donuts. It was such a wonderful time. Now I can’t wait to go to a pumpkin patch!

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Yael Serena

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

Apple picking, fall

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Happy fall everyone! :)

 

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FIRST RAYS OF LIGHT

Miami sunrise, Florida

In California, the thing that I liked the most about my daily routine was getting home after a long day at work, putting on my flip flops and a cozy outfit, and heading straight to the beach to enjoy everything that the ocean had to offer. I was addicted to the feeling of scrunching sand under my feet, to seeing hundreds of pelicans diving into the water and feeding, to the sea breeze tingling my face, to the sound of waves crashing on the rocks, and of course, to the stunning sunsets and its romantic colors.

While in Miami, I was dying to relive some of those feelings again, so one of the days I woke up Dan crack of dawn in the morning and begged him to drive with me to the beach and observe the sun rise over the beautiful city. I’m so thankful we managed to get out of bed in time and didn’t miss the beauty of the first rays of light; the peace that I felt while I was sitting in front of these views was indescribable.

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami sunrise, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami sunrise, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Witnessing a sunrise is always an inspiring experience; knowing that the previous day’s slate has been wiped clean and you get to start afresh. When you are the first to see the sun tentatively cast its glow over the horizon line, somehow you feel like, for the whole of that day, the sun belongs to you. If someone told me I had just one more sunrise or sunset to witness, I would not know which one to pick. I love them both so much for the different meanings they convey to me. I love sunsets in the arms of the person I love as the last rays kiss goodnight to the night sky. And I love sunrises because it always makes me appreciate the new possibilities and opportunities the new day holds for me.

So, what do you say folks – SUNRISE or SUNSET? :)

 

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ONE YEAR

Yael Serena

Have you ever woken up without knowing it was actually your birthday until somebody or something reminded you of that? That’s pretty much the sensation I got this morning when I received an email from WordPress saying that Feet from Shore turned 1 today! Yep, one year ago I sat down and tapped out this blog’s very first post. Crazy!

To be honest, when I opened up this little space I had no idea what I was doing, or if I would keep it for more than a week.  I just thought it would be nice to have a place where I could post my pictures and explain the adventures at the other side of the ocean; like if that way my family and friends would never have to feel far away from me. But somehow, this blog became so much more than that for me. I started to look at the world around me through different eyes; I realized that life is so full of adventure and little lessons I might share with others. This blog has helped me to find happiness and beauty on the simplest things, and also pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and experience new things, to look at every day happenings of my life in a new light.  We all have things worth to share, and if you think you don’t, then it’s time to re-evaluate your life and spice things up a bit.

My life has changed a lot over the course of the last year (I moved from Spain to LA, and then from LA to Chicago – among other things!); and even though I don’t post as much as I used to, blogging still brings me so much joy. So today, friends, is the perfect occasion to say thank you to those who have been with me along the way, it really has been a pleasure. I’m excited to see what the coming year holds; I have the feeling is going to be amazing :).

“So fill your heart with what’s important and be done with all the rest.”

 

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HELLO MIAMI!

Miami, Florida

A few weeks ago I received a shocking email saying that the wedding Dan and I were supposed to attend in Las Vegas this summer was called off (loooong story). After talking about it for a while, and since we couldn’t get our money back if we cancelled our flight booking, we decided to enjoy the trip anyway and change our plane tickets to explore a new city in the US (we had been to Vegas twice already, so we didn’t necessarily want to go back again). First of all, we thought about flying to Seattle or Portland since we both have been dying to visit those cities for a long time now, but unfortunately the flights were too expensive. After considering our options, we finally decided to go to Miami – beach, palms, sun, relax time… sounded just perfect. Plus after living in California for almost a year, I was dying to see the ocean again!

The first thing we did after checking in at the hotel was to put our swimsuits on and go straight to the pool. For half of the day, we laid out, dipped in the pool and enjoyed the feeling of the sun warming our skin. A relaxing day of doing absolutely nothing but listen to music, enjoy food and conversations was exactly what we needed. After that peaceful moment, we went back to our room to change our clothes and head off to the beach at Fort Lauderdale to have a nice walk while watching the sunset set beautifully.

I’m pretty sure at this point that the beach is where I belong. When I am surrounded by water, feeling the sea breeze tingling my body and getting lost in my thoughts while staring at the thin blue line on the horizon, I have the overwhelming sensation that I found my place; where I am supposed to be. I can’t explain it with words, but to me there is something very special about the ocean that makes me feel incredibly happy, motivated and energized.

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Yael Serena

I wish you all a wonderful Thursday! :)

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FRIDAY – is that you?

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Here it comes the second part of our adventure at the zoo, so be ready to see lots of animal pictures again!  It looks like this upcoming weekend the weather is going to be as nice as it was the weekend we visited Lincoln Park, so I plan to stay in Chicago and spend some time in downtown discovering a new part of this beautiful city. I’m camera-free this weekend though; the LCD viewer screen got some dust in it and now Best Buy is taking care of it (Geez I feel like somebody cut off one of my arms!).  I also got myself an awesome vegetarian recipe book this morning and I plan to spend some time in the kitchen trying out some exotic, delicious and healthy recipes! If I come up with something that’s worth trying I promise I’ll share the secret with you ;).

I hope you guys have plenty of fun plans this weekend, enjoy!

 

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Yael Serena

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

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LINCOLN PARK ZOO

 

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Remember that in my last post I showed you the amazing views you can get from the entrance of the Lincoln Park Zoo? Well, now it’s time to show you what is inside. The zoo is not only in the middle of the city, beautifully laid out, with a lot of vegetation, exhibits and animals to see; but the admission is totally free. Yeah, you read it right, FREE! It certainly doesn’t get any better than that, does it? I wish I lived a little bit closer to head down to the lake every once in a while and jog through the zoo to see some animals. That would definitely make my workouts easier.

I had such an amazing time taking pictures of all the animals around the park, especially the ones with gorgeous skin patterns like zebras, leopards and tigers – I’m obsessed with them! In fact, I have so many photos that I’ll most likely have to split them up in two different posts. It was very hot the day we went to visit the zoo, so most of the animals were sleeping or hiding in the shade; although I managed to capture them on camera pretty well with my long-distance lens. I’ve read that the zoo hosts different events throughout the year, and that it looks absolutely stunning during the Christmas season. I’ll definitely make sure I visit it again next winter; it will be so unique and special to see everything covered in white.

 

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Yael Serena

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Yael Serena

When was the last time you visited a zoo? Do you have a favorite zoo animal?

I hope the day is going well!

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