ode to summer

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”  ~Lin Yutang

There is nothing better than a midwest summer. Except perhaps one thing – seeing your family and friends after a year and a half away. Coming home felt sweet and I was excited to be around loved ones and to be still. We started making the rounds through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Then immediately moved into our new apartment directly across the hall from my little sister. This would be months of fun, especially because Ezra would soon be taking off for his new position in London the following week. Well at least I would be still for awhile.



We followed up our tour of the midwest with our annual family vacation up north. There was a lot of serious puzzling, gaming and relaxing. It was a bit chilly but we got out on the lake and soaked up the few days of sunshine.

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The rest of the summer was filled with soccer games, bridesmaid dress shopping and birthday parties galore. I’m surprised there was time for work!



One last trip to Champaign and Chicago rounded out the end of the summer.


And then it was time to get ready for the wedding that Ezra and I decided to throw (with much help from family) for the next month. Who needs a year when you can do it in a few weeks?! It was a wonderfully full and happy summer with lots to celebrate.