I love to knit, especially in the cold winter months. It's dark when I leave for work in the morning and it's dark when I come home. It's cold, I mean cold, outside and there just isn't as much to do. Knitting keeps me busy, warm and it's a creative project for me to feel like I'm doing something productive rather than just watching Netflix. I recently finished these mittens and just love them. They are so warm and cozy and perfect for the below freezing February days where it just will not stop snowing. Have I mentioned yet that Michigan has broken it's all time record for the most snow ever this year and winter is not even close to over. These beauties really came in handy when I got my car stuck in a snowbank the other day and had to shovel it out. Ahh, Michigan. It's a love/hate relationship sometimes.
Last week Steve and I celebrated our three year anniversary. It's pretty much been a whirlwind ever since we met. The time is just flying by, each day gets better and our relationship grows stronger and stronger. Getting married was a welcomed, but somewhat scary transition for me. I've always been extremely independent and completely ok on my own. I liked taking care of myself and having the sense of pride that comes along with that. So moving in and joining my life with another person was an adjustment, but I am proud of both of us. We've learned how to go from "me" to "we", if you will excuse the cheesiness of that phrase, and we're doing a really great job at it. We've moved to a place in our relationship where we feel strong and act as a single unit, while still maintaining our own unique individuality. That's not always the easiest thing to do. Marriage is a wonderful adventure, friends.
This year to celebrate, we went on our own little adventure. We both really love to travel, so we planned a quick trip up north to see the beautiful wine country of Traverse City, Michigan. Since it was just an overnight trip we thought it would be really fun to bring our Westie, Linus, with us. He loves the car, going places, and anything that involves his leash, but most of all he loves being included. Anytime we leave the house without him his little face goes from super excited to super sad. It breaks my heart every single time. So this time, he got to go. I've rarely seen him so excited. He was racing through the house at full speed with that huge Westie smile on his face, I couldn't get him in the car fast enough. He is just like having a little kid, except furrier. It turned out to be a pretty drizzly weekend, but the scenery was still absolutely beautiful. We caught the end of the autumn colors, drove up the Old Mission Peninsula through wine country and walked around downtown sipping pumpkin lattes, mmm. Short little trips like this are such a nice break from reality that give you the chance to slow down and relax. These are a few photos I was able to snap through the rain.
For Steve's 30th birthday we took a little road trip north to the upper peninsula of Michigan. It is so gorgeous up there, I just can't get enough of the fresh air, wide open spaces and lack of traffic. We both spend a lot of time commuting around the city, so this was such a nice break for both of us.
Straight up I-75 north over the Mackinac
bridge to Paradise. No really, the city's name is Paradise, MI. How
awesome would it be to live in Paradise?! We visited the Tahquamenon
Falls and the Oswald Bear Ranch where we got to see oodles of black
bears in huge natural habitats. The only thing between us and the giant
bears were a double row of chain link fences. It did take me a while to
feel comfortable walking around that close, but the experience was
pretty incredible. There were a few sassy little cubs running around who,
to my surprise, love to eat fruit loops. That's right, fruit loops.
From Paradise and the bears we went to Munising. It was our first trip there and my oh my, the scenery is beautiful. We went around to a ton of different waterfalls. Some of the best were the Munising and Miners Falls.
We also took a trip to Miners Castle and went on a sunset ferry tour of the Pictured Rocks. On the ferry ride we saw a bald eagle, probably the only time I had my camera off the entire trip. I think my favorite part of vacations are taking the photos. I love bringing back the memories for later.
We've got two new additions in the shop today! Both are hand printed on kraft paper with white ink. The bouquet cards would be perfect for Mother's Day and also congratulations or thank you notes. The Michigan cards are right for just about anything to let everyone know how smitten you are with the mitten. Get yours here.