des moines // summer is half over.

des moines // summer halfway c/o LLinaBC.com

I cannot stress enough: summer is half over. [and wonder ..how the heck did that happen?]. the season to “squeeze it all in” tends to go by at a much more rapid pace, than say ..winter. but with the wedding mere months away, it’s going by even faster.

we have officially entered “summer bucket list crunch time”.

sadly, below is my updated list. I need to get busy. [and to be fair, I went to the farmer’s market, just didn’t walk away with a breakfast burrito ..so I’m not counting it. I want a breakfast burrito!!].

• visit the downtown farmer’s market. don’t leave without out fresh flowers, a breakfast burrito, and a large iced coffee.

• drink with wild animals. [go to zoo brew].

• go cheer on the iowa cubs. // complete!

dine al fresco at malo. // complete [and so delicious!].

• go to jasper winery for a summer concert series nights.

• have a picnic at saylorville lake.

• take a 20-mile bike ride.

• have our engagement photos taken.

• go to the iowa state fair. [maybe for a concert?].

• visit 5 4 3 [new to me] des moines restaurants. // 2 down: mullet’s + malo [see #3].

• sample beers at a local brewery.

spend the fourth of july out of town. with friends + fireworks. // complete!

• go tent camping. [at least 1 night. and s’mores must be involved].

• attend an art festival.

• read 3 books. preferably poolside.

how are you doing on your bucket list? do you have any tips to maximize your summertime?

happy monday.

des moines // malo.

on friday night, [J] + I had date night reservations at a new restaurant downtown des moines, malo. let me just say, it was so good ..it will be hard for me to NOT want to go there every date night. the craft cocktails, the scrumptious food, the great service [ask for amelia!], and the fun atmosphere.

[J] + I determined it goes down as one of our top 10 best dinners. ever.

[we even contemplated going there for brunch the next morning, but concluded that would be a bit excessive].

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

the highlights besides the entire meal: [J]’s cocktail – the templeton mule, the tacos, the complimentary chips & salsa always a win in my book, the extra-large silverware, and the cheeky “cigars & coffee” dessert [which was chocolate cake balls formed into cigar shapes, and served with thee most amazing coffee gelato].

take me back, now.

happy monday.

des moines // summer musts.

des moines // summer musts c/o LLinaBC.com

visit the downtown farmer’s market. don’t leave without out fresh flowers, a breakfast burrito, and a large iced coffee. // complete.

drink with wild animals. [go to zoo brew]. // complete.

go cheer on the iowa cubs. // complete!

dine al fresco at malo. // not al fresco, but I went twice ..complete!

• go to jasper winery for a summer concert series nights.

• have a picnic at saylorville lake.

• take a 20-mile bike ride.

have our engagement photos taken. // complete [& completely covered in mosquito bites, but so worth it].

• go to the iowa state fair. [maybe for a concert?].

• visit 5 4 3 [new to me] des moines restaurants. // 2 down: mullet’s. malo.

• sample beers at a local brewery.

spend the fourth of july out of town. with friends + fireworks. // complete.

• go tent camping. [at least 1 night. and s’mores must be involved].

• attend an art festival.

• read 3 books. preferably poolside. accepting recommendations.

what are your summer plans?

hard to believe it is already June 17th. time to take advantage of summer while we still have it.

happy tuesday!