Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer always seems to be a busy season for us. Typically the kind of busy that feels hard to explain, you know? This Summer has been a doozy and it's partially to blame for my lack of blog posts...the rest of the reason is sometimes I just prioritize watching The Dan Patrick Show. :) So let's catch up, shall we?

The end of June brought our 11 year wedding anniversary. Our celebration this year was super easy to pick, since our friends got married! It was so fun to watch another couple that we care about get married on our anniversary. I didn't think I would make such a difference, but it made me extra remember that it wasn't ALL that long ago that we were spending the day also declaring our love for each other in front of our family and friends. It was a beautiful wedding, and so fun to spend the weekend with friends we don't see often enough.

Quickly after we returned from the wedding weekend, we headed to Michigan to celebrate the Fourth of July! We ended up staying for about a week and it was filled with lots of family fun! We BBQ'd, swam, wined, went to the Cherry Fest carnival, and watched an amazing air show.

After getting back to Illinois, we celebrated Ruby's fourth birthday! She spent the day being spoiled with yummy people food treats, got to go on a nice long walk, and finished the day with a special pupcake! And, of course, her annual birthday photo. I just love this sweet girl so much. This is her "official" birthday photo, and a couple others from the day. :)

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A few days after that, Loren and I celebrated our birthday. It was an odd day since he was gone most of it but I took myself to the local beach, and Loren got home just in time for us to head out for a celebratory dinner. I'm so grateful that we got to spend some of the day together. I honestly don't know if we've spent a birthday apart since we started dating!

We're still plugging along on the kitchen. Yes, it might be the longest kitchen makeover ever but that's what happens when you do a lot of the work yourself. Loren's been busy with work and we've also just been trying to enjoy the nice weather while it's here. We do have counters and a sink now so that's been AMAZING! The back splash has been purchased, now we just need to install it.

There have been a few visitors that came to town as well which is always a good time. My friend from high school came for the weekend and we spent a girl's day in the city. So much fun! Loren also got us a one-day pass for Lollapalooza. My cousin and her friend were here for the festival and let us hang with them when we went. It was a cool experience but I'm not sure it's my cup of tea. :)

The rest of the month is full of more concerts, kitchen work, and a trip to California to visit my sister! It's going to busy but lots of fun. Since blogging is so sporadic during the Summer if you want to follow along with what we're up to the best way to do that is Instagram. Hope your Summer has been full of fun and you can enjoy what's left of the season!


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