The last few months have been a whirlwind! Things have been a little chaotic, and I’ve missed a few posts and been less active on social media than normal. Thank you for being patient and sticking around. I am starting to adjust to our new normal, and I’m so excited for all the adventures that lie ahead.
The biggest change?
That’s right- we are no longer living in our tiny one bedroom apartment in Richfield. Earlier this month, we moved into my grandparents’ house in south Minneapolis. Nestled along Minnehaha Parkway, it’s a beautiful house my grandparents have owned for over 50 years. It was the perfect place to raise a family, but as my grandparents grew older, the house didn’t meet their needs anymore. We are so honored that they are renting their home to us, and are looking forward to making memories of our own here.
The house is only a 10 minute walk from Minnehaha Falls, and we’ve been walking there almost every night since we moved in. It is one of our favorite places in the whole city, and we love getting to go every day. This July marks 21 years since my parents made the move from our little house in Minneapolis (near Lake Harriet) to the suburbs. It is so good to finally be back in Minneapolis! This city truly feels like home.
We decided not to take a traditional summer vacation this year, and instead enjoy the beautiful Minnesota summer in our new home. Moving is an enormous undertaking, but besides packing and unpacking, this is what we’ve been up to this week.
Eating-Apple Cucumber Quinoa Salad. Just about every day for lunch. It’s my summer favorite!
Baking- These M&M cookies! M&M cookies are Luke’s favorite and these cookies have been disappearing fast in our home.
Cooking- Zoodles. So many zoodles. I finally broke down and bought a spiralizer, and I have been so pleased with it. We’ve been enjoying zucchini, cucumber, apples, sweet potatoes and more. If you have a favorite spiralized recipe, please share it in the comments below!
Exploring- Minnehaha Parkway! The parkway has long been one of my favorite places to walk, but now that it is quite literally in my backyard, I’ve been logging many hours walking up and down in every direction. My husband is obsessed with Pokemon Go, and we’ve been taking detours to hunt Pokemon (yes, we’re 90’s kids). Our Minnesota State Parks pass is up to date, and we’re hoping to take a fun hiking day trip soon. Hopefully it will be a Pokemon-free hike!
Listening- Luke and I “re-discovered” one of our favorite artists, Jeremy Camp. We’ve been listening to his most recent album “I Will Follow” on a loop for the past two weeks, and I almost have all the lyrics memorized. My favorite is the title track- I am so pleased to see Jeremy going back to rock. I bought his “Restored” CD when it came out in 2004 (when I was in middle school- yikes), and this new album has the same feel.
Creating- I’ve been working on crocheting this blanket. This is a “mystery” pattern, where steps are revealed on at a time. I’ve never done a mystery project before, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s fun to look forward to the next clue, and I’m excited to see the final product. Blankets are my favorite thing to crochet. Even though they take a long time to create, I find big projects much more rewarding than small ones.
Planning- A trip to Kansas City, MO! We have a family wedding in KC this fall, and are hoping to stretch the trip into a long weekend and a much needed vacation. We drove through Kansas City on our way to Wichita last year, and would have loved to stop and explore, but there simply wasn’t time. If you have any suggestions of what to see or do in KC, let me know!
Settling In- We absolutely love living in our new place. It’s a beautiful house and such an important place for us, as well as my family. But moving in has been an adjustment. I’ve had more sleepovers here than I can count (most of them on the floor in the living room), and living here still feels like a giant sleepover. But with lots of boxes and chores, and without cousins visiting from out of town. As we unpack and start to put things away, this space feels more and more like home- even though it will always be my Grandma and Grandpa’s house. We love sitting in the backyard or relaxing in our hammock and soaking up the beauty all around us. We are so blessed to call this place home. We are eager to begin the next chapter in our new home, and hope you’ll join us for our adventure.