Sneak Peaks, Beach Views, and Weekend Scenes

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I have been posting scantily lately, and I feel like a bad blogger. There's something about moving into a new house in a new city and meeting new friends and doing new things that makes it hard to keep a regular schedule of photographing, editing, writing, and posting new blog items...

I'm not going to lie to you: I'm not exactly sorry.

In fact, it's quite the opposite. I'm very pleased to be enjoying my new city so much that I've hardly the time to write.

Meh. You'll forgive me.

This past weekend kicked off on Friday with some afternoon productivity. By that, I mean tea.

That's a sneak peak into our new home. We're mostly set up, and I'm pretty stoked to share more pictures of what we did with our 1910s American Foursquare. To keep tabs on what we've done so far, click here and scroll down to GRAND RAPIDS "MY AMERICAN FOURSQUARE."

After my impromptu afternoon tea, productivity ensued. I had already cleaned and worked on my book most of the morning, but suddenly I became convinced I needed to put together some art for the guest bedroom (we have guests coming the next two weekends). Can you guess what I was doing in the image above?

On Friday night, we also forced ourselves to finish cutting and painting the trim for the upstairs bathroom renovation. Many posts on that hellhole project coming soon, but we are putting the finishing touches on now (trim is up, needs to be nailed in, and waiting on our marble for the counter). 

On Saturday morning, we headed over to Holland for some beach time and an early Father's Day celebration. We had our eyes on the forecast, and Saturday looked better than Sunday, so we decided to take it upon ourselves to change the official day.

I may have started out in jeans, but it didn't take long for me to head inside and change into my swim suit. High 70s and low wind equals a fabulous day for sunning and family time. (P.S. Did you catch that photo on instagram? If not, follow me!)

Did I mention I have a bad habit of getting sunscreen on my phone? It ends up with what I call the "Florida Filter," aka everything is blurry. I'd say it's artistic and I did it on purpose, but... well, it's not and I didn't.

Toward the end of the day, we had a fabulous waterside dinner, complete with grilled meats, fresh salads, and of course, wine. My husband and I had to get back to the city for a neighbor's birthday bash, so we left before the sunset cruise. 

We may have missed the sunset cruise, but I couldn't let you miss the view those who stayed had. Stolen from my soon-to-be SIL's instagram (thanks Meg). Swoon.

Sunday morning, we wanted to try out a new church, so we got ready and headed out. Here's a pre-church #sundayselfie in my pretty much fully decorated white-on-white office. So many sneak peaks in this post (and here you almost didn't even read it!).

After church, we did a bit more work on the bathroom and then headed out for a long walk east, away from the city. We had a nice walk in the sun, appreciating the gorgeous old school houses, and eventually stopped at Derby Station for some food and beer.

I ate at least half of that plate of nachos, which I justified based on our extremely long walk. As if I need justification for nachos.

We continued our walk around Reeds Lake. One of my favorite things about this area is that it's fairly easy to get anywhere you want on foot. Whether you're looking for a brewery tour in an urban environment, a gorgeous lake view and boat ride on the water, or a series of nature trails in the woods, you can make it happen.

We walked on the floating paths that enter the lake, and had a sun-and-serenity-filled adventure.

The night was ended with, of course, frozen yogurt - FOR DINNER. We're adults now, you guys. That means we can do what kids really want do and act responsible about it.

Between nachos and froyo, let's just say I was still full the next morning.

  • What is your favorite thing about your city? Clearly I've already blabbed on and on about this for mine...
  • Do you enjoy walking around in your town? What's your favorite attraction?
  • Favorite froyo flava? I love turtle flavor!

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