2017 Wedding #2 - A Family Affair

Two weeks after I flew to Pennsylvania for Cassie's wedding, I was back on the East Coast for my cousin Brendan's!

Here I go again...

This time it was a red eye, which is always exhausting, but you do get to watch the sun rise from 39,000 feet!

Plus then I had the whole day ahead of me!

I took the train out in the direction of my parents. They picked me up, we ate some lunch, then we were on our way to the beach! We settled into our AirB&B place in Cape May Courthouse (if you ever need a rec for a place near Avalon, let me know... this place was fabulous!), Ethan and Elise arrived that afternoon, and it was so damn good to see them.

We spend much of the day just relaxing and catching up, but that evening was the first wedding event. The Welcome Cocktails were at The Reeds in Stone Harbor. They had another wedding's after party going on at the same time. Ethan and I made a new friend, who really wanted to take a selfie with us (we weren't taking selfies at the time...), and honestly, she fit right in.  😂

The sunset I was actually trying to get a picture of was pretty lovely too.

The thing I'm most excited about with two of my weddings this year, are that they are for cousins on opposite sides of the family. So I'm going to get to catch up with everyone this year! Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, family friends... I talked to them all! Plus, the fun of new family.

Saturday was the actual wedding, but it wasn't until the evening. So we did lunch some family, Ethan and I did some yoga, we read and relaxed. Finally it was time to get ready and head out. The wedding was on the beach, and despite being a little windy and chilly, it was beautiful.

My cousins, and brother's of the groom...

There was a happy hour to follow, then we headed into the ballroom for dinner and dancing.

The whole thing was beautiful and fun!

Sunday we woke up, got ready, made sure we were fully packed, then headed to the bride's parent's place for a goodbye brunch.

I had to pop by the beach one more time and grab a shell for Gwen!

It was nice to have one more chance to conversation before ending the weekend. I really have the best family.

After a bit it was time to head to the Lehigh Valley and my parent's place, just for one night. Then Monday my parent's and got some brunch before I got back on the train to make my way to the airport. Thanks to a cancelled coffee date, I had a lot of extra time to kill, so I walked all over the airport looking for exactly what food I wanted to take on the plane. Then to combat an aching back (my bag might have been small, but it was not light!), I did some airport yoga!

The flight itself was fine. We hit some turbulents both ways (though I tried to sleep through them on the way there), and I've realized that however much I do it, flying will never be my favorite. I'm fine, and looking at me I don't think you would suspect I was anything but breezy the whole time... but really, I tense the first time shake or bounce in the air, and I don't relax until after we land. That said, I'm so grateful to be able to take these flights, so I won't complain!

Trav and Gwen were waiting to pick me up when I arrived, and we headed home. I miss Pennsylvania and my crazy lovely familoy already, but it's really good to be back.

That said, see you in July, East Coast!!


Wordless Wednesday {Baking Decedant Things}

Make THIS amazing, deep, rich, dense, experience of a chocolate loaf! Make it when you can share it and thank me (and Sarah!) later!!


The Coffee Shop Tour Continues

Since December the coffee shop tour (with SaraMarie) has continued with jaunts to Stella's, Pablo's Coffee, and Black Black Coffee.

This past week we headed to Black Eye Coffee.

They had the best chai tea of all the places we've been so far! The quiche was pretty fabulous too.

SaraMarie also surprised me with one of her beautiful flower wreath paintings!

Even more fun, next month, we're venturing out to to a tour of the Celestial Seasons headquarters!

I love this unique way of discovering more about my new city!


Beer and Bacon, and Bumblebees

Its not officially summer for almost another month, but by the end of May it starts to feel very much like summer. Memorial Day kicks it off unofficially, especially since this year that is Gwen's first day of summer break, but Trav's birthday (Monday) always seems to call it forth. The impending season has its place, but has never been my favorite. It has always been just a bit too hot and dry for me (especially here in Colorado).

However, I will recall some of my favorite things. There's the feeling of freedom... this lingering sense that adventure awaits. It definitely starts in the spring for us, warmer weather signals camping trips ahead and new places to explore; but that freedom peaks in the summer, before we slowly settle into our winter hibernation. There's the wildlife and their song. The birds awake in the spring, but as we approach summer, they bring forth babies who join in the chorus for the warmer months. I love big fat bumblebees, swooping along their own paths; not little ones, but the round one, full on summer clover, buzzing with contented hard work.

I won't say that I anticipated summer (though there are plenty of trips that I'm anticipating), but now that were on the cusp, I'm ready to dive in.

I'm flying back from Pennsylvania Monday (for the second time this month!), but Trav celebrated his birthday a little early this year. It worked out well that the weekend between my trips held the Beer and Bacon festival, which I bought him tickets for and sent him off with a friend. It was a much needed break for him, and some time together for Gwen and I.

He had a great time and it was nice for him to have some alone time too between full-time Daddy duty! I'm so grateful for all he does for us, and for him holding down the fort so well while I took these trips.

Happy Birthday Trav! And Happy Summer... soon enough.