its just "see ya later", not goodbye...

so my good friend erica is moving away from me this weekend (insert sad face here). even though she has accepted a job in texas and decided to move 21 hours away from me, i am so excited for this opportunity she has and the awesome adventure the is about to take!! erica has been such a good friend to me over the last two years! i moved to michigan with no friends, and she jumped at the gun to befriend me and we clicked right away! the other night at her going away party, a bunch of us were sitting around a fire sharing what we were going to miss the most/what we appreciate the most about her, and what came to my mind immediately was that she would do anything, for anyone. even people she doesn't know/barely knows! she's a gem, you guys :) i am so thankful for the last two years of friendship with her, and all of the things that we were able to pack into it! why would i not create a little photo montage today dedicated to her? we're pretty good at forgetting to get pictures together, so i'm glad that i have some to share!
i mean....were such good friends, and photos are such a priority that i would push others away to get a picture with just her. 

erica, i going to miss you a lot, especially since our favorite tv dramas are coming back right after you move! good timing! it's just "see ya later", not goodbye. :)

-e-

summer bliss






summer has been going quickly and i can't believe its pretty much half way over! we have been having some pretty mild weather here in michigan so far, and im actually enjoying it a lot! who doesn't like leaving the windows open and not paying for air conditioning!? so far this summer, we have:

  • celebrated our one year anniversary (first picture is from our first dinner on our honeymoon, and the second is us driving up north for a weekend away to celebrate this year!)
  • went camping on lake michigan for a long forth of july weekend with family and friends
  • of course, we watch fireworks
  • celebrated kenny's brothers birthday, which happened to also be toby's first birthday! don't worry, toby go a teat on his birthday :)
  • tackled making pizza on the grill for the first time...and it's definitely something well do again!
  • we have also had plenty of ice cream! dipped waffle cones all day, every day, please!
what has your summer been like so far?

-e-

lake michigan coast: mackinac island


and to continue the recap of our adventure up to mackinac island, almost a month later, we started out by staying in mackinaw city at a hotel on the lake. that night we drove across the mackinaw bridge, just for the experience of driving over and going to the upper peninsula, and then we came back for dinner at a local place and some shopping. the next morning we got up early and took the first ferry ride over to the island. i love going to mackinac island. one of these days im going to rent a bike to ride around all day because i know that i would get to see a lot more! we walked through a lot of the shops downtown, walked to the Grand Hotel (side note: this hotel is literally "grand". its huge, and also very private. unless you are a guest of the hotel, you are not even allowed to walk up to the porch with the exception of those who pay a fee of $10! there is also a dress code of "evening wear" after 6:30 pm for those who stay at the hotel. I actually appreciate these "rules" at the hotel, although i do wish to get a peek inside each time i'm on the island, i like that the Grand Hotel is keeping it classy. 















 As you may have noticed in the pictures above, there were a lot of horses, which is because there are no cars allowed on the island. there is one "highway" that rides the perimeter of the island that doesn't even allow cars! if you are ever in michigan, taking the trip up to mackinac island (island view with grand hotel in last picture) sure is worth it! there are a few other things that we were unable to see while on the island that day like the fort, arch rock, and im sure many other things as well! next time i go back i will definitely be grabbing a bike for the day to explore! mackinac island takes the hustle and bustle out of the day, and allows you to take the day slow, enjoy the weather, and of course provides some great photo ops!

-e-

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