We took a long 4th of July holiday and enjoyed a wonderful vacation/road trip to Texas to visit family and friends – had lots of fun, great food, and even better company during our trip! About 20 hours from our home to our final destination and then we turned around and drove back after about a week and a half – yes, that is a LONG time in the car, but we were able to bring Melody along with us which made it all worthwhile. I sometimes forget how much I miss it until I’m back there – the sky, the land, and most importantly the people we love. You can check out more photos from our trip here.
The weather here has been really mild so far this summer and I have really enjoyed it – 70′s-80′s with a cool breeze and it doesn’t get much better than that! We had gorgeous weather all weekend and were lucky enough to enjoy it at an outdoor, backyard get-together at our neighbor’s home on Saturday; I loved their idea of putting iced drinks in a wheelbarrow too! And I enjoyed chatting with my Dad and my Granddaddy on the phone on Sunday; since we’re so far apart, I couldn’t see them in person, but it was nice to hear their voices. Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!
We enjoyed some really lovely weather here last week and spent much of the day outside on Saturday with friends; brunch with friends on the patio in Kerrytown on Saturday morning was the perfect way to start our day. It’s great to really have it feel like spring finally and see the daffodils and crocus and other bulbs blooming. I actually wore flats for the first time since last fall and didn’t even need a jacket – it may seem silly to mention this, but it was a big deal for me. Our friend Allison commented that it’s nice that you are finally seeing people again too - both because they’re spending time outdoors (enjoying the sunshine) and because they’re not covered under layers and layers of hats, scarves, parkas, etc.
Sunset at Michigan Stadium on Thursday evening was quite spectacular too!
Over the weekend, I enjoyed dinner and a movie with friends, a delicious brunch out with Ryan and a little shopping (Why is the right pair of jeans such a magical, yet often elusive thing?), and a pedicure followed by a mouthwatering Cabernet Sauvignon with a friend.
Instead of watching the Oscars, we enjoyed catching up on some of the final episodes of Breaking Bad and eased the tension with some 30 Rock. Kenneth is my favorite! When I told Melody the Oscars would be on TV, this was her reaction… To be fair, I keep telling her to do the laundry and clean the house while we’re at work, but she hasn’t taken the hint.
Last night, I enjoyed a most adorable advent play performance in which our friends’ daughter, Averie, played a lamb. The kids were so cute playing the part of angels, lambs, shepherds, Joseph and Mary, etc. I can remember doing the same, when I was a little girl; I even got the lead role of Mary one year, which was a really big deal for me and included a solo performance. Not only was it fun to watch the kids sing and act out the story, but it was also so much fun for me to sing along to such familiar Christmas carols – what a nice way to add some Christmas cheer to my holiday season!
We had a fun, busy, Christmasy weekend. We kicked off our weekend with some Midnight Madness fun in downtown Ann Arbor to finish up our Christmas shopping and we stopped into the Old German for a drink and to share their delicious, baked soft pretzels with spicy mustard and cheddar fondue. Downtown Home and Garden had a petting zoo for the weekend, complete with alpaca, goats, sheep, a donkey, and a zebu. The zebu had the best eyelashes! I wanted to get a good picture of the zebu, but it didn’t want to pose for me – oh well, you know how zebus can be. We hosted a holiday brunch at our home on Sunday and really enjoyed having everyone over and sharing such delicious food with friends; Ezra (who shares my love for strawberries – in fact, I’m pretty sure he loves them even more than I do) even showed me the proper way to patty-cake – thanks, Ezra! During our brunch, the snow started to fall outside (it really was perfect timing) and 3 different groups of friends at the brunch were heading directly from our place to pick out their Christmas trees.
Last week, we enjoyed an art show at the Ann Arbor Arts Center – complete with work by our pals Jason Ferguson and Michael Reedy – rainy, fall weather, another win for Texas Tech (7-0!), and we’re noticing some Halloween decorations going up around town. I’m not sure how it’s already late October and why time seems to be moving at a faster pace every year… Seriously, what’s up with that?
I noticed this rainbow on the wall of our garage; the sunlight was catching the reflector on one of our bikes and the result was this lovely little splash of color on our red brick – how delightful, right? Texas Tech pulled out another win against TCU this week, which makes them 3-0 and makes us happy to be watching college football with a winning team. The weather has been a little odd this week – the high was in the mid-90′s earlier this week and is only 60 today. Last night was absolutely lovely though; cool breeze with cooler temps blowing in, I enjoyed a nice glass of wine, and we had the pleasure of attending a reception for “SightSee: Colin Blakely & Amy Sacksteder” at the Ann Arbor Art Center – great show, beautiful work, and always wonderful to see friends. I think our friends‘ baby (who, by the way, is the most beautiful baby boy I’ve ever laid eyes on in my entire life) summed it up when he said, “Ooooooo, art!” And Melody just won’t stop being ridiculously cute, seriously.
Our weekend was full of yard work, house cleaning, gardening (I pulled lots of green beans, tomatoes, onions, and some jalapeno and red peppers – enough to fill up a large colander), and bowling with friends. I have really enjoyed putting together mini flower arrangements in the house with things from our garden this summer – like nasturtium, marigolds, zinnias, hydrangea, coleus, and this purple basil in the photo below; not only does the purple basil look beautiful, it smells great too.
If you haven’t been to Chela’s in Ann Arbor and you’re looking for some tasty Mexican food, do yourself a favor and give this place a try – yum! Why are the Whole Foods cupcakes so good? I can’t resist them.
…how I love this sweet little girl who has the greatest hair on the planet, the most delightful laugh, and the most excellent parents! She also puts diapers on her bunnies and makes Duck a l’Orange (with egg and lamb) in her play kitchen. Is it just me, or does that duck look worried?
This last week was a hard one for me. We are saying happy trails to some very dear friends of ours as they move away; we are so happy for them and their opportunity, but are heartbroken to see them go. As we have no family in Michigan ourselves, our friends have become our family here. Here’s to friends, family, friends who are like family, and diaper bunnies everywhere!