hello there, fall. goodbye there, fall.

A couple weekends ago, Fall dropped in unexpectedly. Just for a few days, but long enough to give me that feeling I get every year, the first time I get to open the windows up after a sweltering summer. Like happiness and comfort. Do you know the feeling? That feeling of refreshment and joy when a cool breeze blows into the house. Fresh air just smells amazing, doesn’t it? Those few days were heaven! Thursday was in the low-mid 70′s and just gorgeous out. Adam was restless and declared that we just couldn’t stay inside. We just couldn’t. It was way too gorgeous outside. We had to postpone dinner and take the dogs out and do something. Now, we’re not super brave when it comes to taking the dogs out with us. They are two hyper-active two-year-old retrievers. It usually spells disaster. But, we recently decided that everything they have trouble with won’t get better if we avoid it. Such as long walks, taking them to social events or even just out for a drink. We decided we’d try a local brewery, Birdsong, since they have a large outdoor area.

The verdict? Success! Although it was a bit hairy at first, they calmed down a lot and did really well. The unlimited supply of peanuts certainly didn’t hurt the mission. It gave me hope that we can do this more once Fall really does arrive. It won’t be a moment too soon as today hit triple digits. I’m still trying to hold onto that feeling of joy with the cooler air until it returns. It can’t come soon enough!

what a fantastic weekend looks like

Well this weekend one for the books, I must tell you. Not because of anything super extraordinary, really. Just a simple weekend of relaxing and making memories. One of those goodness-filled weekends that had me longing for just a few more days of it.

Saturday morning we packed up the car and loaded up the pups before taking the 2 1/2 hour drive to the mountains to spend time with family and to celebrate my mom’s birthday. After we got there, we headed out and spent a few hours sitting outside a gorgeous winery while I got to dance with my sweet little nephew, Griffin, to some live music. We spent that evening just eating pizza and hanging out. I ended up sleeping nine hours that night and boy did it feel incredible.

On Sunday, my mom and I started her birthday off with a short hike and around lunch time, we hung out at a local brewery before we headed home to grill out and enjoy the afternoon(and some delicious coconut cake). Best of all, we finally got to relax a bit which we both so desperately needed.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I’m so excited for tomorrow. I’m getting my hair done and then we’re spending the evening with some of our good friends here in Charlotte to grill out as a pre-4th celebration of sorts. Thursday it’s the 4th of July! One of my favorite holidays. Adam has off of work as well, which is always fun. I love treats like a middle-of-the-week day off for us both.

Here’s to a wonderful(and short) week!