Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

For some reason, although I feel summertime should mean easy times, it's always the most chaotic time of the year at our house (and also the time I put on some extra pounds, never winter, which is also strange). And the past few weeks (although it's technically not even summer yet) have been especially busy. Brian has been swamped at work, back to eating dinner at his cube, and I've taken on some exciting freelance clients and blog collaborations outside of my day job that are keeping me on my toes. On top of work, we'll be out of town a few times the next few weeks, so with all the things on our to-do lists, its been a little nutty. All of this to say, a relaxing weekend in Michigan with my girls and their boys is exactly what I needed, and after last weekend's R&R I'm feeling energized again.

We're all turning 30 this summer (which means we've been friends for almost 19 years!), so the first thing we did on Friday night was eat some Smallcakes to commemorate the occasion. Friends that embrace frosting as fondly as you are very important to have.

On Saturday we hit up the farmer's market to get supplies for dinner and Skyped with our friend Christel, who's living in Germany with her husband and little girl. My brother's in his last summer before college right now, and I feel he's embracing it so much more than we did at his age. I miss the days when we were all a bike ride away from each other. Brian says I obsess over my high school girls and our high school life, but there's just so much love there.

Later we hit up a couple of breweries (Our Brewing Company, Founder's) before heading home to make dinner. I've never been a kid person, but between my old age and my best friends having the squishiest babies, I'm finding myself drawn to their cuteness and the peaceful aura around them.

This guy, on the other hand, has always been a kid person.

We laughed so hard that night, I was still laughing about things that came up days later. I'm as thankful for my relationship with these ladies as their relationship with their men, mine with their men and how well our whole group gets along. I can't wait to see where these friendships go. Like, are we going to have "50" candles in cream cheese brownies in 20 years? :) 

Baby Will did a photoshoot for us before we had brunch and went our separate ways :) What a fun weekend! We've already got the 2019 day in the books, and I'm already counting down the days. Love these friends of mine! 

And tomorrow we're off to Maine! We booked this trip because Brian didn't know we were going to Europe (and I'll never pass up a vacation), but now it kind of creeped up on us! Would love any recommendations on places to see and eat. We're staying in Portland :)

Have a great rest of your week xoxo

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