Did everyone have a nice long weekend?! I think every year for the last 5 years, Christian and I always kind of forget about the potential of epicness one can have over Memorial Day weekend. Every year we ask ourselves why the heck we didn’t plan ahead and take the weekend to go to The Lake. (We don’t have a lake but I really want one that we can claim as ours so when people are like, “What did you do this weekend?” we can be like “Oh, you know. We went to The Lake.”). So this year, we decided NEXT year we’re gonna do it and make it a new tradition. I have a year to plan and find The Lake, and you know I love a good plan. (Sometimes I like the planning more than the actual thing, but that’s a whole other post.)
We still had a fun weekend though and managed to find a body of water (our neighborhood pool) to get used to the whole The Lake idea (we’re fans). We spent a lot of time outside – summertime is my absolute fave time of year – we biked, grilled out (veggie burgers and veggies!), X made some amazing bloody marys so that we could play Super Mario Brothers on the arcade (because I can’t play anything on the arcade without a cocktail – it’s too stressful without). At 3p, we took pause and listened to Taps while we gave thanks for those who fought and gave all they had for our freedoms. I will always think of my Grandpa Bob when I hear Taps – my Grandpa Bob served in the Marines Corp, and Taps was played at his funeral service in May of 2014 (which was so powerful and beautiful, he definitely would have approved.) To say I’m thankful to those who have given their all for my freedoms will just never feel like enough, you know? But I think to continue to be it and to say it still holds importance, and so I’ll continue to be thankful and to thank those who continue to serve.
Christian and I will be taking our first summer trip back home to Indiana later this week and I can’t wait to hermit myself at my parents’ house in the country where I’m sure more bike riding and grilling out and bloody mary drinking will take place. I love that we have their house to go to when we just need to get away and bask in the quiet and sunshine. He and I will also be celebrating another amazing year of marriage this week – more on that Thursday! – and I’m happy to get back to my novel writing after a few weeks off.
Wishing all of you a wonderful short week!