Before I begin this post, let me just say thank you to all of the men and women who serve in the armed forces and risk their lives for my freedom.
I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend! Mine was very busy, so I am making this post a photo blog of my busy weekend. Beware ~ there are a lot of photos. I sort of stalked Matt with the camera all weekend, because I didn't know what I was going to blog about:) We had planned to have a weekend getaway this weekend, but we had a wedding and a graduation we wanted to go to, so the getaway has been postponed. In between the wedding and graduation we managed to get a lot of work done around the house while enjoying some much needed quality time together. Here's how I spent my Memorial Day weekend.
My long weekend started Thursday night with a good book. I can't remember the last time I had enough time to read a book front to cover in one night....it was simply marvelous! I knew I didn't have to get up early Friday, so I let myself get lost in the words of Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. I love his novels, and this one didn't disappoint.
It was a typical Friday morning off of work for me. Same old, same old ~ bank, grocery store, laundry, clean house and so on. The only thing out of the ordinary about Friday was that Matt and I had plans to drive two hours south for the wedding of a good family friend. It was good to see friends that I haven't seen awhile. Congratuations Hannah and Darren! Hope you are enjoying every bit of your Hawaiian honeymoon!
After a late night at the wedding, we woke up and went to opening day at one of my favorite farmer's markets ~ Fishers Farmer's Market. I know you're probably getting sick of hearing me talk about the farmer's market, but it really is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. This market has nearly thirty vendors selling everything from a morning cup of coffee to bouquets of flowers. Fresh vegetables and fruits, baked bread, all sorts of pastries, kettle corn, fudge, candles, organic cleaning supplies, herbs, and a variety of plants are just a few of the vendors at the market. We ended up getting our weekly produce, some fresh baked bread from Cornerstone Bakery and a bouquet of fresh flowers from Cate's Cottage! Ahh, there is just something about the freshness of the outdoor market that I love! In fact, if I didn't have to work Saturday mornings, I would start every Saturday off at this farmer's market followed by some leisurely Saturday morning reading at the library :)
After the Farmer's Market, we went home and made lunch with all of our fresh food before heading off to a graduation. It was the first ever graduation for the school that I used to teach at, and Matt and I made plans to attend. The school began in 1999 as a preschool, and they have added grades every year. This year they completed the high school by graduating the class of 2011. Congratulations CBA graduates!
Graduation was over by early afternoon, so our next stop for the day was Lowes where we needed to buy paint and flowers for the front porch. We finished our day by going to dinner at one of our favorite pizza places, Puccini's ~ yum!
Every fifth Sunday, our church has a meal after the morning service. The meal is followed by the evening service, so everyone gets a Sunday afternoon/evening to enjoy family time. Matt and I took advantage of the early evening by working on the house. When we got home we mowed the lawn and pulled a jungle of weeds that were nearly as tall as the bushes. Matt also taped all the walls in the living room and kitchen and prepped the rooms for paint while I worked on refinishing the dining room chairs.
Although we slept in, by 7:30 we were up and at 'em! We had much to get accomplished on our day off. Matt painted ALL day! He did a great job even though it took him over twelve hours to do both rooms;) I washed all twenty-seven windows inside and out and gave the house a much needed spring cleaning. After all of that work, we rewarded ourselves by grilling teriyaki steak and chicken kabobs with grilled vegitable and grilled pineapple! It was delicious! What a great way to end the long weekend. After all we got accomplished this weekend, we are going to be so tired when we go back to work tomorrow ~ but at least it's a short week ;)
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY EVERYONE!