I love this state. I love these humans. I often marvel at how many amazing, thoughtful, creative, supportive, loving people I am surrounded by. I had a Significant Birthday last February, and we celebrated with a Significant Birthday Trip to the North.
It's so rare to spend time being quiet together. Or to share more than one meal together - to cook together. It is truly a gift to be able to sit by the fire while your buds have a snowball fight outside, or to read a book while they're playing scrabble and cooking your birthday dinner. I cherish these memories with my whole being. Here's to cultivating more time for members of our chosen family.
Here are some photos of my nearest and dearest up in Elk Rapids, MI, in Carol's family's cabin on Grand Traverse Bay. I hope you enjoy this peek into some time well spent with my tribe.
the drive up on 75
matt and sarah arriving
time for a drink after a long drive and trying to find the cabin in the dark
Ryan with the sneak attack!
a whole bag of balls!
the slowest, slushiest snowball fight ensued
if you look closely you can see the snowball just before it hits eli
and then there was peace again
matt took this one!
matt teaches eli cribbage
group shots are hard!
matt and sarah made my birthday dinner - spaghetti and meatballs!
everyone setting the table
eli and i taking a birthday walk at sunset
we moved the table right next to the fire for dinner the second night
some folks had to leave early, so we had a smaller party this night
eli doing the dishes
the front of the cabin
It was interesting to go back and edit photos I took months ago. It really showed me how far I've come photographically since then. I have the 365 Project to thank for that, I think. Thank you for taking a look!