When Life Gets in The Way

Good morning Joyflakes!

It has been about 3 months since I last updated this blog and I feel that you deserve an explanation...I wish that I had better one though!  For the last few months something has happened to me that I think happens to everyone every once and a while.  When we want to be focusing on the things we really enjoy doing (writing, gardening, and hanging out in my hammock for example) we get caught up in the things that we may not want to do but have to do.  Since may, I've quit my job at Hands, moved into a new house with Misha, my brother Ben, and our friends Lucket and Brian, been to two of four weddings that we were invited to and taken four trips.  The only explanation is that life has simply gotten in the way.

So here is the short version of my summer...Enjoy!

May 8-10 U of L Graduation:
Misha and I visited my parents in Kentucky to celebrate my Step Father Tomala's graduation from college.  I don't think that I have ever been prouder of anyone for anything in my entire life.  It was a weekend full of laughter, love, and making Tomala the center of attention all rounded out with an amazing trip to the Woodford Reserve distillery.

Walking Tomala into his graduation ceremony

Enjoying our share of the Angel's share :)
May 31 Austin and Lauren's wedding:
I've been friends with Austin since junior high and I felt so lucky that Misha and I were able to celebrate with he and Lauren at their wedding. They are one of the most caring couples that I know and their wedding was absolutely perfect.

Misha and I enjoying our champagne at Austin & Lauren's wedding

Packing and moving...I won't elaborate because those are two of my least favorite activities....but I will post photos of our wonderful new house soon!

July 4 Americas birthday! and camping:
Misha and I packed up our Camry and headed off to Backbone State Park which is about two hours north of us for a weekend of relaxation in nature.  We spent our weekend hiking with Izzy (she loved it!) and making all of our meals over an open fire.  It was exactly what we needed after our moving frenzy and we met some really awesome people at the campsite next to us which was a major bonus! If you ever come through Iowa, I seriously suggest a trip to Backbone

Izzy and I on Backbone trail
Sleeping in are we?
There may be nothing cuter than a puppy in a sleeping bag.
Misha made sunny-side up eggs for breakfast over a fire...I'm gonna say she's a keeper! 
Our picture perfect camp fire on our last night at Backbone.
The rest of July was spent driving between Iowa City and Davenport to my Grandparents house and was capped of by a visit from Misha's sister Sara and her boyfriend and a bachelorette party for my best friend from college Leslie. The bachelorette party was a blast and it was great to connect with old friends for the night...the rest of what happened I don't think we really need to talk about ;)

August 7 & 8th:
My cousin Grace married an amazing man in Minneapolis and Misha and I were lucky enough to be a part of the celebration.  The entire wedding was the epitome of perfect.  Everything was with in 5-10 minutes of each other and there wasn't a moment of boredom or hunger (a common issue at weddings) which meant that all we had to do was sit in awe of how gorgeous Grace looked and enjoy the party.  And party we did!

The Whitmore family with the bride and groom

Lighting their unity candle
First kiss as husband and wife!
Blurry...but thats alright.  Mom and I dancing the night away!

August 9-12 The Cabin:
Every year since before I can remember my family has been going to our cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. I can say with confidence that it is my favorite place on the planet.  Built over 100 years ago, it's gone through some renovations and additions but it is still very much unchanged.  Even thinking about the way it smells there puts me in a good mood!  We spent our time laying on the dock, swimming in the lake, going for boat rides, and taking walks with my grandparents.  It is a place where we can gather as a family and just enjoy being together and I feel very blessed to have a place like that.
Izzy and I enjoying the comforts of the Leinie Lounger in Danbury, WI on our way to the cabin
Beautiful sunset over the lake our first night 
Enjoying the beginnings of sunset from the hammock
Izzy's first hammock laze
This may only be funny to the Whitmores...but I BEAT GRANDPA AT UNO!!!
August 13-Now:
On our way home, we took the long way and stopped through Chicago to visit Misha's family. Her parents made Persian food and we had dessert with their old family friends before falling into bed exhausted.

Finally being home, I've been finishing up at work and preparing to start the next chapter of my life.  I'm scared to be leaving the place that I have worked for the last 6 years but I know that it's time to grow by trying something new.  My short version turned out to be a lot longer than I thought so I'll leave you here but I would love to hear about your summers! Leave a comment and let me know what you've been up to :)