Dear August

Dear August,

Somehow, you were a great and terrible month all at once. You brought our friend Peter to town so we could spend a week together and celebrate our best friend’s wedding day, which was quite a great time. But then you were the month that I was sick for three weeks with a sinus infection and bronchitis. And then, to make things even worse, this was the month that my husband worked in Kansas City for three weeks in a row. It was rough. I was sick. I missed him. He was in another city living and working. Gosh, I don’t know how military spouses do it. Mad props to them. The Monday after Danny and Sara’s wedding was quite depressing for me. I was so sick, Peter left to go back home, Danny and Sara were on their honeymoon and Kevin left for Kansas City. But I did have excuses to go home to St. Louis and take a mini vacation to Kansas City. So there was good and bad, but I’m ready for you to be over, August.

Dear September,

You kick off the best time of the year for me. So cheers to pumpkins, the color orange, fall-scented candles, hoodies, NFL, chili and blankets. I’m so happy you’re here.

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Sweet Summertime

Happy (late) 4th of July!

Here’s what we’ve been up to as of late:

Many of our evenings have been spent out on our deck. (Side note: isn’t this sign cute? My aunt got it for us!)

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Our string light project was featured on Relish Magazine’s website…can you believe it?! I can’t! It’s still our favorite house project to date.

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Unfortunately, the USA team lost but man those were some exciting games! I made sure to sport the red, white and blue at work on game days.

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Gracie girl is the World’s Most Spoiled Dog. Check out this package she got from her Grandma Bladdick (my mom) last week. I was so confused when I read the package at first but then realized it was JUST for Grace! Stay tuned for another post this week about her being spoiled again (post will include¬†a giveaway, dog owners!).

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Since it’s been so nice out, we decided to take on the dreaded task of chopping some limbs down that touch our house. We LOVE all the trees in our yard, but the branches get pretty out of control.

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At the end of the day, it looked like we literally chopped down an entire tree.

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On Wednesday night, we went to one of our favorite spots, El Mundo, for some happy hour margs. You can’t beat the $4 special. These are the best in town! We celebrated our friend Kirsten’s third year of med school…

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And also ended up placing a terrible bet on our future child’s middle name. Bad decisions are made after El Mundo margs!

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And then I FaceTimed my parents on the drive home. They appreciated that. (My dad’s a goof but God love ‘em.)

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I had the 4th of July off work (woot woot!) and spent it poolside with Sara. I may or may not be suffering from a terrible sunburn.

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But it was worth it because the day was gorgeous! Oh sweet, summertime. How I love you!

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Later on the 4th, we had Kevin’s mom and sister in town, as well as Danny and Sara over for a cookout!

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The feast was delish.

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Kevin’s mom brought three types of dessert and I pretty much died and went to heaven over her apple crisp a la mode. And aren’t her festive strawberries cute?!

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Today I am celebrating my baby brother’s birthday from afar. Can’t believe my “baby” brother is 20 years old! It’s nuts! (Let’s not talk about the height of my shorts…but can we talk about how my parent’s dressed my brother and I like twins even though we’re six years apart? Ha!)

photo 2Here’s more proof my parent’s dressed us like twins:

Matching Cayman Island shirts they bought us on our cruise.

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And my personal favorite, matching Tigger shorts AND shirt from a Disney World vacation. Ha!

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Apparently I didn’t know how to smile as a child.

Oh and one last thing…Old Navy has an amazing sale right now ($5 swim suit separates, 50% off many items, etc.) and I found this gorgeous maxi dress on sale for less than $20! I also picked up a new swim suit seeing as how the last suit I bought was in 2011 before our Destin vacation.

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Ladies, run to the nearest Old Navy! I typically don’t like how their clothes fit me, but both the dress and suit are very flattering and, well, ya can’t beat that sale. (Here’s the suit that I got. Taking a selfie in a dress is one thing, but I wasn’t about to do that in a swim suit.)