30 July 2012

Making a Home

We're completely moved into our wonderful new apartment. We just love it here. I loved our first apartment together only for the fact that it's where we built our foundation and found our way to a stronger "us," but this new place....oh, it's an understatement to say we've both have felt ourselves relaxing in a way we didn't know we needed. 

It's a palace compared to the last place. Just a bit bigger in square footage, but oh so much better. We have in-unit laundry (for the first time ever!) and a balcony. There's central air conditioning and lots of natural sunlight. We have room to breathe and grow and spread out, and that makes us feel cozier than our cozy small old apartment. 

We're still in negotiations about artwork and personal touches. Joe likes the minimalist look we're sporting these days, but I want a few touches that make it ours....instead of a generic hotel room. But once we settle on those, then I'll share full apartment shots. 

In the meantime, here's a few more glimpses into the way we're making this our home. 

I didn't realize until after I uploaded this round of pictures that almost all involve flowers of some form. Amazing how much joy a $3 bouquet from the grocery store can bring. 

We've already started making friends with our new neighbors and discovering neighborhood treasures, such as the fantastic sushi takeout spot just down the street. So delicious, so cheap!

Who ever said mouthwash had to stay in the tacky plastic bottle? I picked up this beside carafe from Crate and Barrel and decanted the plastic bottle of mouthwash. It adds a much needed splash of color into the bathroom while adding a touch of style too. 

We spent part of the day Sunday on a new-to-us beach. One of the perks of this hot, hot, hot summer has been the fact that Lake Michigan is now actually comfortable to swim in. Most years, that's not the case and only kids are brave enough to swim in the icy cold waters for more than two minutes. 

And that balcony of ours? We just love it. It's already been used daily. 

23 July 2012

A Home

We're in the process of moving. Trading in the garden apartment we've called home for the last two years for a much nicer place that we're both so very excited about. Here's a few snapshots showing how we're making this place our home. More stories to come soon!

11 July 2012

Life is Beautiful

We're in the middle of those long, lazy, hazy, and this year, crazy summer days. 

It's been so hot lately, that temperatures in the high 80's now feel pleasantly cool to my slowly tanning skin. The humidity has been both dreaded, but welcomed. My skin has not felt this soft in a long, long time. 

As much as I want to slow down, soak it all in, it seems to be moving faster and faster. A whirlwind almost. 

My birthday was lovely. Even if it didn't go quite as planned. Smoke from the Colorado wildfires delayed Joe's return home from a business trip until almost midnight. Instead of sushi and wine on my birthday, I had ice cream for dinner, and we had thai and wine the next night. The love from family and friends had me a bit teary-eyed. Such love. It's a precious gift indeed. 

Love is what makes life so lovely. And life is beautiful indeed. 

There have been picnics on beaches and water fights in pools. BBQs and bug bites. Complaining of the fierce heat and relishing the cool comfort of central air conditioning. 

There have been well-wishes and introductions to those who are (not just feel like, but really are) family thirty seconds later. Amazement that so many could be there to celebrate her ninety golden years, and memories of those who couldn't join the celebration. 

There have been some late, late nights and much too early mornings. Regrets over dinner and drink choices and pleasure in the laughter and conversation that came with those less-than-wise choices. And so many memories made. 

There have been dreams and schemes and maybe-somedays. Plans for what will come and how to handle what already is. Excitement over the good news rolling in and a bit of heartbreak for those who are slowly slipping away. 

It's meant stepping away from this space a bit. To think. To feel. To live. But it also means I have memories and experiences and stories and sensations (and because it's me, more than a few pictures) to share. 

Because, my friends, as hectic as life is these days. As crazy as this summer has wound up becoming. This life, it sure is beautiful. I was right....twenty-eight is off to an amazing start.