I know how it is when you have a job- you rely on your friends to update their blogs so that you have something to do during the day instead of work. For that, I apologize. If it is any consolation, I come bearing a month's worth of updates and one really big fat life-changing update (in that order).
First, I just want to say that my flowers outside finally bloomed... and, following typical Rebecca fashion, all died about a week later. Further proving the point that I am not fit to have a garden, I threw all of the seed packets away the day I planted them, so I don't even know what half of this stuff is (so if you recognize anything, let me know). But to prove that I did grow from seed some actual plant life, here are some photos:
Bachelor's Buttons ( I think):
Basil & Thyme:
Bluebonnets (state flower of Texas, my pride and joy) and some sort of yellow flower:
We got new furniture for our back deck and Michael hung up a bunch of lanterns we got at Ikea. He hung them up with fishing line so it looks like they are floating.
On the Fourth of July, a few of us bbq'd and hung out on the back deck to watch the kids next door light firecrackers, but mostly to make sure our car didn't explode since most of the rockets were being placed about 5 feet from it. Then we headed up to the roof deck where we get a 360 view of all of the fireworks shows from the surrounding suburbs.
Bad picture of the hanging lanterns lit up:
We went to this show called Fuerza Bruta that was pretty fun. For my former NYC roommates, if this looks familiar it is because this show is by the same people that made De La Guarda and there are a lot of similarities. You stand for the entire show and most of it takes place above you.
This picture (taken right before it started) makes it look miserable, but you have more room than you'd think and you aren't pressed up against sweaty strangers.
Here are a couple of videos I took (although, now that I'm seeing these out of context, it looks completely ridiculous and I can't stop laughing):
Finally, we headed back to Michigan for a wedding. The ceremony was in the direct sunlight, and yes I'm aware that some of the seats at our wedding were as well, but the ceremony lasted about 3 minutes (although in that short amount of time, someone did manage to faint).
The best part of the reception was that I made an amazing discovery: The Bumpy Cake! I did a little research and found that it is basically a Detroit thing so I should not bother to walk into every bakery in Chicago in search of another one. The bumpy cake is the top left cake in the photo (the one with all the bumps, duh):
First, you ice the cake with buttercream frosting. Then, you make the bumps by just loading on extra buttercream. Finally, you cover up the bumps and the rest of the cake with... are you sitting down?... Magic Shell! Oh my god it is the most dreamy thing ever. Sure, Detroit can make cars and whatnot, but they should really be focused on making and distributing bumpy cakes to the rest of the country.
Alright, as we come to a close, I suppose I need to release my really big fat life-changing update upon you. I am pregnant! Michael and I are super excited to begin this next chapter of our lives and I hope to be a better blogger so we can also share it better with all of our friends and family. My due date is February 12th and we'll let you know if and when we decide to find out if it is a boy or a girl. I'm feeling pretty good, just tired all the time (I know, nothing new for me, but now I have a legit excuse for sleeping in).
So that's it! Hope everyone is having a great summer!