Well, after a week in Maine, a week with Mimi visiting, a few fun evenings with Erika, Mitchell and Taylor and four days with Ashley, I think our revolving door has stopped (if only for a moment). It has been so wonderful to have so much time with friends and family over the past month – it certainly helps to bridge the distance between Arizona and Maine/Massachusetts! And Chris has been a real sport – it isn’t easy to have other people’s friends and family in your space constantly but he has done a wonderful job helping to clean and re-clean the house, act as a tour guide and host and patiently sit through hours of the Bachelorette. For that I am grateful 🙂
Another thing that I am grateful for is the chance to show other people where we live and introduce them to our favorite places and spaces. We have been loyal patrons at 5th and Wine, Jade Bar, Kazimierz, the Mission and most recently, Praying Monk (YUM!) … we have also enjoyed trying new bars like Distrito and Old Town Whiskey! I even got up to North Scottsdale with Ashley to see Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Arizona home. I’d post pictures and links, but I think Ashley’s blog will do all of this much better justice than mine will. The bottom line is, the more you are able to bring friends and family into your new space, the more it feels familiar and that is a definite step in the right direction when it comes to adjusting to a new place.
Now that we are moving into the second half of the summer, I am excited about Jon and Shannon’s upcoming New Hampshire nuptials, getting to know the rest of the Board of Directors at Singleton Moms during our July happy hour and board meetings, diving into some fun event planning and AZ Vocal Project rehearsals (this group seriously gets more fun every week) and maybe even sneaking into the lazy river at the Westin Kierland! So sad it was closed when we were visiting Erika & co….
Oh, oh and before I forget, Chris and I did find a fun way to ring in the fourth – at Tempe Beach Park! We watched the fireworks, listened to live music and had some late night beer and apps on Mill Avenue afterward. Very happy we were able to find some great festivities. I would certainly recommend it to Arizonans – especially ones who are not intimidated by a fairly overwhelming crowd of people in the dead of summer in the valley.
Though life has been wild and fun lately, I’ve still been wrestling on and off with feelings of homesickness BUT I will say that between the great family and friends around me and some wise words of wisdom I received recently, things are looking up.
One last quick question for anyone who cares – where in the world are Ice and Coco? I’ve been scheming on how to run into them since we moved out here and so far, no dice. If any of you have been keeping tabs on their show and can give me any leads, I’d love it!
XO – stay cool!