Last night I had the supreme honor of hopping in the car with four other adventurous ladies and headed off to RI. Why? Because I got an invitation to go- what more reason would I need.
We were going to see my friend’s sister’s favorite band: Spirit Family Reunion (I had never heard of them either). But now that I have, I HAVE to share! It was a banjo pickin’ foot stomping good ‘ol time.
They. Were. AMAZING!
They rocked the house! Check them out here through NPR. You won’t be able to be in a bad mood while listening to them (unless you don’t like music with a banjo/ washboard/ electric violin).
Check them out. Seriously.
I think that I will be making it a general rule to always say yes to going to concerts for bands I have never heard of, especially if it involves a road trip and friends. I think this trip fills my quota for getting home past 12:30am for a good while :)
I have been enjoying an “employment hiatus” this summer. With a big move and lots of travel it has been a real gift to have so much time to not have any “real” responsibilities. I have been able to spend great time with family and friends and travel with the hubs.
I had a few projects on the docket that I knew I could tackle at my mom’s house that is complete with a workshop. I am so glad that dad taught me how to use (safely) power tools. I just really love firing up the table saw or the smell of stain that brings new life to old tired wood.
We found this table by the dumpster by our old apartment and I was determined to give refinishing it the old college try.
Here it is in it’s well-worn glory. I am behind the camera unaware of the chemical burns yet to come while removing the old varnish…I learned very quickly not to make any sudden movements while applying or removing the chemical.
My mom instructed each step and after sanding, washing, staining and varnishing- It was fit for coffee table use! It was so satisfying to see the finished product. Thanks to coach mom for all the tips, pointers and help!
It has been a great hiatus, but I am getting just a bit (a lot) stir crazy and cannot wait to have a schedule and a rhythm to the week again. Soon, very soon!
It was a time to savor friendship and laugh hard. It was a time to reflect and make decisions. It was a time to be still and listen.
It was filled with moments to hold on to.
I am so grateful for the surprise of extra time with the Hoffmans before they head off to New Zealand to be a part of The Well (a new church plant in Christchurch, NZ). Still wish we could be neighbors forever. Maybe someday :)
These past months have been filled with great times with great people. Here are those things represented in pics… A wedding. A move. Beaches. A celebration. A rooftop. A reunion. I am looking forward to the months to come!
We left our keys on the counter in our small galley kitchen this morning as we wrangled the last of our belongings in to boxes and suitcases. I had the final episode of Friends running through my head- when they all leaves their keys on the counter.
It was a swift exit as we quickly got to the car to catch the train to Newark. [Let me stop here to say how much I am hoping this travel experiance is nothing like my previous travel experiance!!] We are headed off to Aruba of all places this morning!!
Scott’s older brother is getting married to the wonderful Emily this weekend IN ARUBA!! We are really looking forward to the wedding and being on island time for 5 days. This trip comes at a perfect time. We can just relax before moving all of our worldly possessions into our new place. Here’s to old friends, time with family and new adventures!
The below recorded events are 100% true. I wish that some parts were embellished or fictionalized but they aren’t. This is the story of how it took 27 hours to get to Knoxville, Tennessee from New Jersey. Please put your … Continue reading →