Lately–A Life Update!

It’s been awhile since I’ve visited this sweet space, and you know what? I’ve missed it! I’ve missed documenting my favorite recipes and travels and life happenings in this little corner of the internet. So, I’m back. Here’s to new beginnings!

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The last year in a nutshell

September, 2015–We’re going to have a baby! Due May 22, 2016. We’re so excited!

September, 2015–The same week I found out I was pregnant, I opened a business! Because why not to do two hard things all in one year-grow a baby and a business simultaneously. Lake Notes Music Studio offers piano, guitar, and ukulele lessons to the greater Cadillac, MI, area. If you’re around, check us out!

The rest of the fall—I spent the first few months of pregnancy feeling generally exhausted and queasy, but didn’t have it toooo bad, all things considered. We first saw our sweet nugget on an ultrasound in November and had such a great time telling friends we were expecting!

Christmas Card Pregnancy Announcement

We decided not to find out the baby’s gender at our 20 week ultrasound, so I spent the winter and spring growing rounder and rounder and wondering if we would welcome a son or a daughter in May (but being pretty convinced I was carrying a boy).

Maternity Photo

And in late May, we oh-so-happily welcomed sweet Julia into our family! A baby girl! I couldn’t believe it.

Baby photo

Summer, 2016— In just her few months, Julia has been canoeing, camping, on several weekend trips, tubing down a river, to two Great Lakes… She’s our adventure baby and we’re so grateful we get to be her parents!

porcupine mountains

As of this month, Julia is 5 months old. Her skills include being adorable, babbling, avoiding naps, and sprouting teeth. Some of these skills are more charming than others. As you can imagine.

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September, 2016–We bought a house! I’ll do another post giving you a tour, but in the meantime, here’s our little slice of northern lower Michigan paradise. We’re on a little river, tucked away in the woods, and we love it so.

new house

Photo credit to Bob (@bobs_the_word)

In short, it’s good to be back, folks! Get ready for some recipes I’ve been loving lately, home improvement projects, some budgeting tips, and recaps of our latest adventures.


If you’re interested…the most delicious apple crisp and one pot fall comfort food.

Saturday Small Talk

Welcome to your (hopefully) long weekend! Any fun plans? We are going to hang out and take it easy. We might head north to pick up the last of the piano studio furnishings. Then again, we might not. I know I want to soak up all of the sunshine northern Michigan has left for me.

I want to try my hand at grilled pizza this weekend.

Gorgeous photos of the inside of musical instruments.

Go into business for yourself, working from home: a list of 101 creative ideas to get you started.

“How was school today?” 25 others ways to ask your kids about their day.

Preschoolers need to play.

Financial advice based on your age. Are you on track?

Bill Bryson’s book¬†A Walk in the Woods is officially a movie. I want to see it!

Now that the kiddos are back in school, four lunch ideas, with commentary from a 5 year old.

Dogs in a photobooth. Made me want to run to my humane society and adopt a puppy.

Labor Day is the unofficial start of fall, FYI. Here are 60 recipes to get you started.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

Saturday Small Talk

Confession: my weeks are full of good, life-giving things, but the weekends are where it’s at! We’re celebrating a wedding this weekend, and it promises to be a good time with dear friends. I see lots of food, merry-making, and outdoor time in the next 24 hours. Bring it on!

The internet is so fun. Here’s what I bookmarked this week:

Travel habits we all need to adopt.

The math behind VanGogh’s “Starry Night.”

Making art is the trendy way to meditate.

Are the kids back to school in your world? Here are some dinner ideas.

Maybe being successful doesn’t require you to work 24/7.

Is being content all it’s cracked up to be?

 

So much of our lives are spent around people our own age. Is this doing us a disservice?

I love the look of these ear cuffs!

Emily recommended Penelope Trunk to me. I love her blunt, no-nonsense style! Check out her Blueprint to a Woman’s Life. It made me laugh. And cry. And shake my head. And mostly…not sure what to think.

Does making your bed in the morning make your happier? It just might…

Enjoy your weekend!