victory beach, dunedin

i have just come across a series of photos that never made it to the blog. i finished my semester one exams this morning and have spent the afternoon sifting through my hard-drives, organising and re-organising - a job that has been at the top of my to do list for quite some time.

these photos were taken back in the summer, when the sun was out more than it was away and the adventures were plenty. we went on a wee afternoon walk out to victory beach (not that we took any photos at the actual beach, typical) and explored a little bit of this city that we hadn't seen yet.

i'm off to do some baking now - as a reward to myself for finally finishing exams after the most hectic and stressful exam month of my life.

caramel muffins, i'm coming for ya. (told you junkfree june wasn't going so great...)

also, shout out to denim jackets. twins forevah. 
i hope that when we are old and grey, we are still rockin' our denim jackets together and saying... "remember the days when..."

a weekly vlog?

Photos are one of my biggest treasures. I love looking back on moments we've lived together over the years and transporting my mind back to different snapshots of this life we're living. I love being able to remember that time that we went on our first Japanese date because of a photograph taken in the spur of the moment, or the time that we danced in his parent's living room and couldn't stop laughing. Photos are priceless. I'm a huge advocate for photographing anything and everything (if you couldn't tell).

When we were away on our big trip we made sure to take a million photos - documenting everything from the small little things we did in our everyday to the bigger things. Those photos will be treasured in our hearts forever.

Once we got back from overseas I had one regret. I wish we had videoed ourselves more. After getting caught up in the world of vlogging when we got home (seriously, how had I not known about this phenomenon before!?!?), I look back and think how cool it would be if we had filmed ourselves running around Times Square, or filmed our excitement as we boarded that first plane.

In saying that, we have been thinking more and more about videoing little bits and pieces of our lives right now. We both really want to do it. It will probably be awkward, uncomfortable and most likely rather boring (haha, seriously though), but in a few years time I think we will appreciate having snippets of life captured on film, because who knows what life is going to look like in 2, 5 even 10 years time?

I don't know when it's going to happen, or if it will actually happen, but I'd love to start doing a weekly vlog. I've being seeing a few pop up here and there of people I follow on social media and I love that they will have these memories on film now, not just through a photograph. Maybe we'll start slow and just start filming little snippets of our adventures and go from there... Who knows. It is a new venture (both creatively and otherwise) and one that I'm quite keen to jump into. It's a fun project for the immediate, and a gift to ourselves for the future.

If you guys would be interested in watching, let me know and maybe we can post them online somewhere. Youtube, vimeo?

(You would have to promise not to judge us for our Kiwi accents, ha!)

11.06.15 - four years

Yesterday, we celebrated our four year anniversary.

Tim took the day off work, and we set off for a day away from the city.

First stop was out to Brighton a.k.a the beach - my favourite place (Tim's not so favourite place, but he is always such a good sport haha!). Tim isn't the biggest fan of sand (understatement), but he always puts on a smile and an admirable level of enthusiasm because he knows how much I love being at the ocean. We ate croissants, drank smoothies and nibbled on cheese and crackers whilst watching the tide come in and the waves crash against the shore. It was FREEZING, so we didn't last too long out there despite the huuuuuge mink blanket I made Tim carry all the way from the car... he's so obedient ;)

After freezing our little tootsies off at the beach, we hit the road again and drove south towards Outram. We've never really explored much in that direction, so we kept driving right through and headed towards Middlemarch. After an hour's drive (through the snow!!!) we finally arrived... at one of the deadest little town's I've ever seen. In summer, it is supposed to be quite the bustling little place as it's a common spot for people to start the Otago Rail Trail bike track, but yesterday it was dead. I'm talking no cars, no shops open, nothing. Only a cute little cafe on the main highway called The Kissing Gate Cafe showed any sign of life... So naturally, it is where we stopped for lunch (we thought it was quite fitting considering it was our anniversary!). Tim feasted on a homemade steak pie whilst I enjoyed a cheese roll and "Gingerella" - my whole junk free june thing isn't going too well haha... Ginger Beer is made from Ginger, which is healthy, right?!

Surprisingly, the lack of human presence in Middlemarch was oddly comforting. Nature is incredible. The scenery we were looking at felt like it was straight out of a movie (in all seriousness, it literally could be straight out of the movies, pretty sure Lord of the Rings/Narnia was filmed amongst these hills) and the sheer vastness of the mountains and farmland was surreal.

We decided not to give each other gifts this year because we are both saving money at the moment (and I am now unemployed - but that's a different story).
Instead, we chose to spend time together - just us.
It was perfect.

Can we do it all again?

Happy four years, Timothy Joseph Lord Gonzales. I love you.
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