The End of Summer

It’s now September and it’s estimated to be in the 90s all week. Good thing I’m practicing self care and taking vacation! Woo! Even with nothing planned, it’s great to have a few days off. It’s been a busy but fun summer. I’m definitely in a better place this September than I was last. I’m grateful that Matt and I are both employed, that I’ve figured out how I grieve and have given myself space, and that I’m taking a step back from work when I need it.

July started with a trip to Connecticut to see a friend from college, John. Matt and I drove the entire way and slept at a truck stop. Seriously, we lasted 22 hours in a car on the way there together. There wasn’t any fighting!

DrivingtoCT2015

It was a short trip, four days, but we were able to hike up Talcott Mountain on the Fourth of July and spend time with good people. It took our Midwestern selves a little while to get used to the change in altitude, but we had a good time!
HikingCT2015

After we got back, we decided to Geocache for the first time. There were a few cool caches, actually, that were pretty near our apartment. I know we’re late on this, but it’s been fun and cool to read the logs inside of each cache!

Caching2015

The ladies in my family took our annual trip to Shipshewana, IN to see the Amish, eat, and enjoy each other’s company:

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We went to the Shipshewana flea market, as usual. Lots of interesting characters there:

Shipshe2015

We ate breakfast at Rise ‘n Roll Bakery, which has the BEST Cinnamon Carmel Donuts and a cute interior:

BreakfastShipshe2015

And we explored the shops and dressed up for dinner (because why not?):

GirlShipshe2015

Overall, a successful and relaxing annual trip! Then my sister adopted a cat, Snickers:

Snickers2015

Isn’t she cute? Next, it was my birthday. My mom and sister made sure I had a cake for the actual day, which we ate at 9pm the day after:

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The family celebrated my birthday and Aunt Nancy’s the next weekend with Texas Sheet Cake (our favorite!):

AuntNancyAmandaBirthday 2015

Then, my friends from Chicago came to my mom’s house so that we could create our own deep fried event (normal Deep Fried Saturday was cancelled this year). I set one little fire, but other than that things were great!

DeepFriedSaturday2015

Luckily, I made sangria so no one was too worried:

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Matt and I went on a winery tour with his brothers and their wives (always a blast!):

WineryTour2015

I went to Sara’s bachelorette party–her wedding is just about a month away! So exciting. Isha, Sara’s sister and maid of honor, hosted and had super cute ideas. It was a blast!

Bachelorette Party Sara 2015

But aside from these adventures, I’ve spent most of the summer going to Winnemac Park with Matt, doing yoga on the beach, and generally being outside as much as possible:

WinnemacPark2015

We saw Shakes in the Park:

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And I made it to a sunrise yoga class!

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And that is my summer this year, mostly told in pictures. I hope you’ve enjoyed them! I’m hoping for a rejuvenating and productive autumn.

Amanda

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