Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Summer 2016 Recap

Another amazing summer is in the books! It always goes too fast so lets take a look back at all the fun.

Garage sales. Time at the lake.

Family time. Dinner parties.

Holland/Ludington weekend getaway.

Detroit City vs. Lansing United soccer game.

BENNETT!!! Hands down the best part of the whole summer is this sweet bundle of joy!

Deck sitting. Lake hikes. Trying new restaurants.

Pool time. Mexican food. Manicures.

Surprise birthday trip courtesy of G, the world's best husband. Celebrating with the family.

Girl time. Swimming with Ella.

Third annual girls' weekend. All the Olympics!

Trip to Holland with my mom. My dad's work bbq. Patio sitting.

Girls' night at my house. Melon Fest.

Boyne Family weekend of fun.

Labor Day trip to Shanty Creek.

What an absolutely jam packed summer full of friends, family, vacations, lake time and sweet, sweet memories. It was a summer I will never forget. We said yes. We had fun. We created memories. It was a perfect balance of quality time with G, family and friends. The Olympics were incredible and fun to watch. The weather was hot and sunny and perfect for all the lake time. I'm so thankful for such an amazing summer in the books. Cheers to a fabulous summer and to an even better fall!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mondays with Manny

Snug as a bug in a rug.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Life Lately

Last week we had a girls night at my friend Kate's house and it nourished the soul. These girls are amazing and I am so thankful they are in my life. We talked, laughed, ate good food and it just went too fast. But we set dates for the next few months so I can't wait for the next one! I've said it before, but I'll say it again. My girlfriends are so important to me and I just don't know what I would do without them.

This past weekend was a good one. G and I got stuff done around the house and then headed to my parents' house to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday! We had good family time with everyone. LOVE.

I got sweet snuggles with Bennett. Ella was hilarious as usual. This picture is so funny though because he looks like he is yelling at me with that little raised fist. Adorbs.

Ella loves her Uncle G and gave him double hugs when she was leaving. Oh, my heart!

I had major allergies over the weekend. They were so bad I had swollen eyes and was taking eye drops and Benadryl. Eesh. So Sunday was a Netflix and chill day. I binge watched Quantico and it is seriously so good. I can't even. I am trying to savor it since there is only one season, but it's so good!

This is random, but these champs bottles were too pretty not to share. Not pretty enough to buy at $15 a bottle. I'll take my $8 Aldi Prosecco thankyouverymuch.

G and I have been obsessed with Greek salads lately and eating them a few times a week. Yum!

In other news, I haven't weighed in in months. I hated the way the scale defined my mood. The number on the scale just held too much power so I had to walk away from it for a bit. It has been so freeing and I tried on a pair of pants over the weekend that have not fit in years and they slipped right on! I could not believe it! It was such an amazing feeling!

I'm reading Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequest and I am obsessed. It's such a good read and I am getting inspired to try some of these recipes. I see why everyone raved about this book. It's great! Shauna was also recently on The Happy Hour podcast and I just adore her and can't wait to read her new book!

Monday night I hosted my girls from work. I'm so thankful for them. We have become close friends and I don't know what I would do without them. We had a blast eating apps, drinking wine and chatting. Can't wait to do it again soon!

So that is life lately. Girls nights with great friends. Family time celebrating a very special person in my life. Bennett snuggles. Ella time. Netflix and chill. Life is good.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Labor Day Weekend Recap

G and I looked at our calendar for the holiday weekend and realized we had nothing planned. I had Friday off making it a super long weekend so G decided to take the day off as well. I love a staycation and all, but couldn't resist checking to see if there were any good deals. I found a great deal at Shanty Creek Resort and we were so excited! This has been the summer of travel and I loved every second of it.

We dropped Manny off at boarding Friday morning and headed to Clam Lake Beer Co for lunch in Cadillac. My parents had told us about this place and it was on the way to the resort so were excited to check it out.

We arrived just before the lunchtime rush so we had the whole back room to ourselves with this nice view of the lake.

The atmosphere was fun and the beer was delicious. G had an Clam Lake IPA and I had Short's Strawberry Short Cake.

The food was so good. I had the BLT with avocado on naan and G had a burger. YUM!

We were about 45 minutes from the resort so I called to see if our room was ready. It was, woohoo! Nothing makes me happier than beating the system, ha! We checked into our room and put on our suits and hung out at the outdoor pool all afternoon. It was perfection.

We went back to the room and had champs on the balcony and enjoyed this view. We talked and relaxed until it was time for our dinner reservations.

We ate at Lakeview Restaurant at the resort. We had a great table at the window which was perfect for sunset viewing. We ordered a cocktail and shared the fried risotto. Both were amazing!

Perfect sunset! Such a gorgeous night.

Saturday morning we slept in and then headed back to the Lakeview Restaurant for brunch. G had the Irish Coffee and I had the Bloody Mary. We both agreed my Bloody Mary was the best. So flavorful with a little kick that I didn't mind one bit.

I had the spinach and feta frittata and G had a breakfast burrito. Both were amazing. Better yet, it was all free! Breakfast was part of their special this weekend and it was worth it!

After an awesome brunch we drove into downtown Bellaire and walked around the neighborhood.

Then we headed to Short's Brewery for beer samplers. We sat outside and it was so relaxing. The weather could not have been better. A ton of bikers came in after us and one of the guys sat with us. They had been biking for over two days (75 miles the first day, 50 miles the second, 35 that day) and it was interesting to hear about the journey. How he got into biking. The other races and triathlons he had done. Very cool!

We headed back to the resort and spent the afternoon laying at the pool. I swam laps, read and enjoyed the view. Perfection.

We walked around the resort's little village. Ordered a drink at The River Bistro and sat outside on the little river.

Then we walked over to Lakeview again for dinner reservations. Our window table was still occupied so we had a drink at the bar while we waited. It was worth the wait because that view just never gets old.

We got our table just as the sun was setting. I just do not tire of that view. So beautiful! I had the sangria and scallops and both were excellent.

Live music started as we got our dinner and it was fun. The singer reminded me of Jimmy Buffet. Loved it! As we walked back to our room there was a movie playing outside with a bonfire. So fun!

Sunday morning we enjoyed another breakfast buffet. A downfall of vacationing on a holiday weekend was we slept in and had to wait 30 minutes for a table... and it wasn't on the window. Bummer! We opted for the Breakfast Buffet and it was delicious. The made to order olmette station stole the show!

I was able to get late checkout so we walked around the property after breakfast and then hung out on the deck for a while. It was such a relaxing, quiet morning.

On our way home we stopped at Torch Lake Cellars for a wine tasting. It wasn't too crowded and the views were amazing. The wine was pretty good too. I especially loved the Peach Mango Hard Cider.

As we continued on our way home we stumbled upon Dockside on Torch Lake and couldn't resist getting a cocktail and enjoying the view. The lake was lively so it was fun to watch. I had the Sangria and it was bomb.

We got home around 6:30 and picked up Manny. We did laundry, walked Manny and unpacked. Monday was nice to have to ourselves to recharge before the week began. G did all the yard work and I took Manny for a super long walk and then gave him a bath. Then I finished The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand and loved it. I couldn't put it down! I got sucked into Quantico on Netflix after that and binged that for a few hours. It was a lovely, relaxing and productive day before the work week.

Another fabulous summer weekend in the books!
How was your long weekend?