Believe it or not, it's been forever since I've spent any time on Pinterest. I've been able to get a small Pinterest "fix" when my mom or sister send me an image or a link that they found that is perfect for me, but tonight I spent some time perusing on my own. Combined with reading a few other fun articles and blogs, it was the perfect little escape from my busy schedule!
A few weekends ago, my mom, sister, and I spent a day with my favorite aunt for what has become a bi-annual shopping day. We had beautiful weather for shopping at an outdoor mall, found some great deals, and enjoyed spending some quality time together! My favorite find of the day was a pair of cognac boots, but a cozy aztec sweater (like the one above) is still on my list!
We are still dealing with issues in the townhouse we are renting, and even though renting has a lot of perks, I'm feeling more and more ready to be a homeowner. When I saw this article that said the house from Steel Magnolia's (a favorite movie of mine!) is for sale, I told my mom that we would look real good living here :)
This was a sweet little reminder, courtesy of my all time favorite movie. Mike and I saw the Wizard of Oz in IMAX 3D when it was in theaters last month, and I may or may not have teared up at the end of the movie. I just LOVE it.
My sister and I started signed up for a fitness class once a weekfor six weeks. For someone who never works out, I actually really love it. I'm super sore afterwards, but it's a good sore...like even-though-I'm-totally-out-of-breath-and-not-flexible-or-strong-I-feel-great-doing-this kind of sore :) The work out above (details here) follows the same idea as the class we're taking - a mix of strength and cardio - and this can be done at home while you're watching your favorite TV show! Bonus!
Although summer is by far my favorite season, fall is quickly climbing the ranks. The beautiful colors, the apple cider and donuts, the start of football and hockey seasons, getting to wear sweatshirts again, the apple cider and donuts (oh, did I already mention that?!). Ok, so maybe I just love fall food the most :)
This fall though, I'm falling in love with more than just the food! I've been able to visit two different orchards in the past few weeks, and while I don't usually have a chance to fit this into my schedule, but I'm so happy it found a spot on my calendar twice this year! First we visited an orchard in southwest MI with a group of our college friends. It was such a fun weekend, and there were so many activities at this orchard! They also had the most delicious donuts I have ever tasted. SO good!
Next, my mom, sister and I visited an orchard in northern MI. We didn't make it to our cottage much this summer, so I'm really thankful that my whole family was able to get up there for a weekend this fall! When the guys chose to go golfing, we girls planned our own day of fun! Each of us bought pumpkins for our own front porches, and I loved being able to pick the pumpkins straight out of the pumpkin patch! This day turned into such a fun memory with my mom and sister.
I'm sure that you can see why visiting an orchard is my new favorite fall activity! I'm still hoping to make it to a corn maze before Halloween, too. What is your favorite fall activity? Do you have a favorite orchard I should visit next fall?!
It is really amazing how much I've missed blogging while I've been dealing with some ups and (lots of) downs of life. After my last post, I learned that the saying "bad things happen in threes" doesn't hold any truth. Unfortunately, Mike's grandma passed away unexpectedly at 84 years old. She was always such an independent, positive, and kind person. Remembering this about Grandma Patsy encourages me to embrace her positive attitude and live life to the fullest.
This picture was taken at the rehearsal dinner for our wedding in 2009.
I love this picture of her because it shows how she was genuinely interested in talking to people and learning about what was going on in their lives.
With that in mind, I'm excited for the good things that are starting to happen in my life! I'm thankful for the opportunity to have a new full-time job in place and for the honor of having had two people hire me to make invitations in the past month or so. Even with moving and all the crazy things that happened during that time, I was very aware that I was most excited and motivated while working on these invitations. I'm looking forward to continuing this business, but I also can't wait to get back in a regular routine with full-time work. Let's be honest and acknowledge that I never really thought I would say that last part... But there's purpose in working and I love making the details come to life and the feeling of accomplishment when the work is complete.
I did some reorganizing on my Designs page, to make it easier for you & future clients to view my work. You can see all of my custom designs by category, including this design for a Wine Tasting Weekend. My friend, Sarah, was planning a bachelorette party for her cousin and she wanted an invitation that would reflect the classy but fun weekend she was putting together. I loved creating a couple different options for her to choose from and hope they all have a great weekend celebrating love and friendship!
Thanks to my friends and "clients" for their support of my growing small business, and to YOU for continuing to read this blog! I'm excited to get back to regular postings here to share my life and inspirations with you!
Well, we officially live in West Michigan now, which will be great...eventually. Do you ever have times when you feel like it's just one thing after another, after another, after another? They say bad things come in threes, so I'm hoping it's nothing but GOOD things in the weeks ahead!
Here's a little sneak peek about what my last 2 weeks have been like...
Apparently, we picked the busiest moving day of the entire year to move into our new place. Having been out of college for 4 years, I sometimes forget that the second to last Saturday in August is the annual weekend for ALL college students EVERYWHERE to move back to school. And apparently they all needed a U-Haul truck to do so. For us that meant that the truck we were supposed to get at 8:30am was not actually available until 4:30pm. That made for one very loooooong day of moving since the movers weren't done until 10:30pm.
On our 5th day of living in our new place, THIS happened:
Yes, water literally POURED out of our dining room ceiling. It was not our fault, and thankfully it was just bath water, not sewage. But regardless, we are still dealing with repairs, and it makes it very difficult to unpack or feel settled in.
Also, I am sure that God intended this reminder specifically for me, so it was no coincidence that the Brave Girl's Club posted this on the same day that this leak occurred. :)
THREE My car - the one and only car I've ever driven since I was 16 years old - died. This car had more sentimental value to me than perhaps any other physical item I own. When my grandpa stopped driving, he traded in his vehicle and gifted this car to me and my sister. He died over 10 years ago, but somehow losing this car has put me in a similar state of mourning. I've cried more times than I'd like to admit, and I'd be lying if I told you I didn't tear up just writing that last paragraph.
BAD THINGS STOP HERE. (if I say it out loud, do you think it will come true?!)
In my mind, everything that happened just feels like one giant headache (literally) and all I want to do is scream, "COME ON, LIFE...ENOUGH OF THIS CRAP!" I'm really trying to take it one day at a time, but last week, I didn't even want to know what tomorrow would bring.
Mike recently told me I have feline qualities (a compliment I had already been told by my 2nd grade teacher many years ago) because change makes me nervous...and I gotta tell you, Sully has been adjusting way better than I have. I was really worried he would just hide under the bed for a month, but
once he figured out how stairs work, he's been doing just fine :)
I suppose I could learn a lesson or two from my cat...it's scary not knowing what's ahead - and getting up takes more effort than going down - but with a little help, you'll find your groove and discover that you are stronger than you think.