Monday, July 15, 2019
Happy Monday to you! Today is my 19th wedding anniversary! I may dedicate a post to that later this week but today is the typical weekend wrap up with a little about last week thrown in. It’s great to be back and writing in this space again! Did you realize I was gone last week? I scheduled my posts ahead of time because I was on vacation. I’m still old school about not letting the internet know I’m out of town. Are you like that? I did respond to comments, but other than that, I was truly on a break. I didn’t even read many of my regular blogs while I was away, so I’m anxious to get caught up today!
So, Saturday, July 6th, my family of four plus Ernie headed north to southwest Michigan. My mom, two sisters, their husbands and the 7 kids between them had rented a house and we rented our own little place within walking distance. We have done this several years in July. We get our own place because – teenagers – but also because we like to bring our dog and find a dog friendly place to rent. We do leave him home when we do big trips but we feel like Michigan is a great place for him.
A couple of photos of the lake. It’s really beautiful.
One day we took the Amtrak train from New Buffalo, Michigan into Chicago’s Union Station. The train took just over an hour and was part of the fun in my opinion. You could even buy beer on the train if you wanted! I did not – don’t worry! My sisters and nieces and nephews were happy to dog sit for us while we were gone!
We only had about 5 hours so we walked around, visited the Art Institute, and ate Chicago style pizza.
We had 6 days of quality time with my side of the family. We cooked and ate good food, spent time at the beach, went shopping and antiquing, made s’mores, had a talent show, and laughed and talked a lot. But, my Dad’s presence was truly missed. He was always in the middle of everything. I think I underestimated how hard this week would be.
We came home Friday afternoon and some friends asked us to try a new to us brewery/beer garden called 3rd Turn/Oldham Gardens. It was amazing. It is a former nursery with the most beautiful tables, benches, and vines hanging above.
They have really good food, too.
I had a pineapple bourbon slushie that I would definitely order again!
Hub and I split a Cuban sandwich and brussel sprouts – maybe the best I’ve ever had!
It was a nice night and our boys were happy to be home and we were happy to see our friends!
Saturday was unpacking, laundry, and grocery run and late afternoon, hub and I went to see Stuber. We liked it. It is a bit silly and a lot violent but it was entertaining in our opinion.
While on vacation, I finished this book and I do recommend it. It was the perfect book for me.
I also started this book and I’m really liking it. Summer is for light reading. I overdid the WWII stuff last year and I just need decent writing and a story that will engage me.
We have hardly been able to boat at all this year due to excessive rain and a high river. Yesterday, we were happy to have our friends join us. We had a perfect day and stopped for brunch before tooling around and then floating in a cove.
Sundays just call for mimosas!
What did you do this weekend? The weeks are really flying by now and I just want them to slow down! Do you feel that way?
I hope you’ll come back this week! I may go into more detail on our trip, what I packed, travel tips (might be too late for you this year, though), my thoughts on 19 years of marriage – lots of options!
Have a great day!