My weekend was a busy, busy one. It actually started on Thursday, shortly after getting out of summer school.
A few year's ago, I started following a blogger by the name of Deanna. Her blog is Snippets In Springdale. You really should check her out. Her photography is amazing! We struck up a friendship, emailing back & forth & have talked about meeting up in real life, as she lives in the Chicago area. Not too far from here.
Last summer snuck past faster than either of us realized and this past winter was just not a good one for much travel, so we checked out calendars and worked out a date for this summer. She drove up on Thursday afternoon and spent 2 nights at my humble abode.
Earlier in the week I was emailing with another fellow blogger, Sarah, from Paisley Rain Boots. I'm not quite sure how I came across Sarah's blog, or exactly when, I just knew that she was a fellow Michigander. I have followed her on Instagram for quite some time as well.
Sarah suggested a meet up at some point for the 2 of us as well - being as we live about an hour apart. So, in our emailing we realized that she too, knew Deanna. One of the days that Sarah could meet just happened to be on Friday, when Deanna would be here!!
The rest, as they say, is history.
We spent Friday together. Deanna & I drove up to Holland and met up with Sarah and she became our unofficial tour guide. She took us to Windmill Island, which - sad to say - I have never been too. I'm a Dutch girl by descent. I grew up in a dutch home and married a dutch man - it's in my blood. Holland is a direct descendant of the "old country" - lots of tulips, lots of dutchmen, lots of my heritage is found in the surroundings of Holland, MI.The day was absolutely gorgeous. The temps were quite comfortable, no nagging humidity. We spent most of the morning wandering the grounds of Windmill Island and took a tour of this authentic, working windmill. But only after watching the "Dutch Dancers" perform. I will never understand how they can clomp around in those old wooden shoes? I couldn't figure it out when my grandpa would wear them in the garden & I still don't. I asked one of the girl's how many pairs of socks she had on that day & she stated, "seven".
We headed downtown for a bite to eat and then Deanna requested a visit to the shoreline, to the beach. She doesn't get to visit it often, so Sarah and I gladly obliged. You know this girl loves a trip to the beach.
Meet Deanna (left) and Sarah (right. What an inspiration they both were too me. Just listening to the two of them talk at lunch and throughout the day has brought many new ideas to my mind for both my blogging and photography.
After leaving the beach, we headed down to Saugatuck for a short visit & then sadly, Sarah had to head back home. Deanna & I headed back my humble abode as well, where Dream Boy took us both out for a yummy mexican dinner at Nina's!
Deanna headed back home on Saturday morning & I spent the day playing around a little in Lightroom and looking at my photo's from our excursions. I also ended up taking a 2 hour nap that afternoon as well. Phew - I was pooped out from our galavanting around!
Saturday night Dream Boy & I were once again, token Catholics, as we went to the local catholic church for the Festival of St. Ann, which the church is named after. Several of our friends are parishioners there & every year we go along with them for the pig roast & dancing. They had a great band and we all got up and danced the night away - literally. We were the last one's there.
Sunday was a lazy, lazy day. We, well, actually me, overslept & we didn't make it to church. So we spent the morning lounging around home before heading out to visit my MIL. We also went to the cemeteries and then stopped for some groceries before heading home.
We hadn't been home too long and Dream Boy headed over to S#1's house to drop off some mail. While he was gone we had a horrific storm blow through. Literally - the wind gusts were being reported at almost 65 mph! We had a tree blow down from the neighbor's yard, landing in ours. No structural damage to anything, but it did take out a few of our nice redbuds on it's way down. Well, we need the firewood - our neighbor said he didn't want it.
So, I'm off to summer school. Only 2 more weeks to go and then I'll have my 3 week summer vacation! Dream Boy & I have a wedding to attend every weekend this month, starting with my nephew's this Friday night. The one I'm really looking forward too is 2 week's later because S#2 & fiancé will be staying with us for 4 days for the wedding of one of his college buddies!!! Yay - I see a family dinner coming up!
I hope you have a wonderful week - thanks again for stopping by.
Don't forget - this Friday is the 1st! Where will your feet be planted?? Be sure to hook up with me on Instagram @pattilin60 #feetfirst2014