it's been awhile huh?
We did a lot this summer. let me tell you about it
I've told you guys, we live in a small-ish house. It's a solid 1000 square feet, and we have a finished basement, but it still feels small sometimes.
At the beginning of the summer, we had a cousins sleepover for three nights...
with 15 kids
and 5 adults.
it was awesome chaos.
My favorite part was the star wars movie night!
I traveled with my dear friend Erin to Peoria for the "Finding Your Fiat" conference. By the absolute grace of God, two of my sisters decided the day before we left to attend to join us. We had so much fun and I gained some real insights into my spiritual life. It was really great to attend an event in ministry where I just got to attend. It's been awhile.
We traveled to Minnesota to visit Aaron's closest friends from college. I was a bit nervous about this trip. We decided to stay at the home of one of his friends. That's always a bit of a risk with a crew like ours. We almost always stay in hotels to avoid our kids breaking stuff, melting down, embarrassing us in the thousands of ways they are capable of embarrassing us. But, alas, they were really well behaved. Aaron's friends showed us a type of hospitality that was off the charts and it ended up being a really memorable trip.
On our way back from MN, we decided to hotwire a hotel in Chicago. Apparently, in Chicago, on July 4th weekend, hotels are insanely cheap. We stayed at a complete luxury hotel (and you know I love me some fancy). We ate at restaurants, enjoyed lake Michigan, did some shopping and enjoyed our little family unit. The kids freaked at Lake Michigan. And friends, I'm just going to put this on the record- Chicago is awesome. I love it and I want to move there. But I cannot afford it.
That is all.
We headed on down to Kentucky for a weekend. We haven't been to Kentucky to see my sisters in almost two years. For those of you that might not know, my two sisters, married two brothers, and they both live in Lexington. The kids very best friends are their cousins, so anytime we can get them all together is a great time. Oh, and there is the most delicious food in the world in Lexington (and other places) called Raisin' Canes. I am obsessed, we had it three times. Other than that, our kids finally got to meet their newest cousin, Lucy Kate!
We rode on an airplane to travel to Myrtle Beach SC to attend a family reunion on my Mother-in-Law's side. It's crazy, but I have actually only met a couple people on her side. They are spread all throughout the US of A, and we have missed the last couple reunions. We had so much fun meeting everyone, the kids loved the ocean (Malia probably the most), and once again, we really enjoyed the time we had together. The travel was a bit intense. To save money, we flew out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The bummer was, when we got home, we had to drive three hours back to Michigan. I wouldn't recommend that travel situation with four little ones. #themoreyouknow
Get ready for all the cheese.
Aaron and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary in June.
I talk about it all the time but marriage is hard. Aaron has reminded me more than once that in our first two years of marriage I said all the time..
"I can't believe I married you, and now I am stuck with you because I don't want to be divorced, but you tricked me into it".
I wouldn't say this sarcastically, usually with tears in my eyes.
(I'm not anything if not mellow dramatic).
Things are stronger than ever between us, and I can honestly say I love him a hundred times more than I did on our wedding day.
Maybe we got lucky, or grace is good, maybe we are learning something, or getting better at this...the reasons could be long, but I feel like as a couple we are stronger than ever.
I know we will go through valleys a lot in our marriage, but man, I've been enjoying our mountain top experience of being in love this summer. We've been talking a lot about what we want our family to look like, what we want our values to be, etc..
I might write more about that later.
The thing is though, things are good with this one, and that's made this summer awesome.
That's it for my 'quick takes' this week. Here's a question for you, if you want to comment on facebook or this blog, what was YOUR favorite summer memory?!?!?!
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