I feel like I need a mic tap or something… is this thing on?
Good morning, and Happy Friday!
It’s been a different kind of week around our household, but a good one. A healing one.
While things may not be totally back to “normal”, we’re slowing moving in that direction and it feels good to be able to catch up and at least share some of the things that made me smile.
Staying true to the normal Friday Favorites happenings, let’s talk about some of the highlights and high notes of the week, shall we? As always, I invite you to play along by sharing your #FFavorites in the comments and link-up sections!
Friday Favorites #126: Week of 1/29
• you guys
First and foremost, I can’t say Thank You enough.
Those who checked in earlier this week know that Scott and I have been through it lately. On top of experiencing a devastating loss last week, we also encountered some unfortunate and unexpected news on the job front.
Life sure is full of ups and downs, isn’t it?
But, if there is anything that I have learned from this whole experience, it’s that God doesn’t throw anything at you that you truly can’t handle. You grieve, you accept, and you press on. You grow stronger… because you have to.
Amidst the sadness that surrounded our house, we felt a strong sense of peace and understanding this week. Of course we are still on the mend, and will be for a long, long time, but things are looking up. And a big part of our optimistic outlook is our faith in God’s plan for us and YOU GUYS.
I really can’t thank each and every one of you who reached out enough. I have read hundreds of comments, emails, and messages, and I wish that I could (emotionally) sit and respond to each and every one. Please know that your love, support, advice, and bravery to share some of your own stories has made a huge impact in my recovery process. I heard from a lot of long-time readers that had never left a comment before, and it really does mean so much that you all took the time to reach out and offer your prayers and words of encouragement.
Taking most of this week away from the blog was much needed, and I really appreciate your understanding. Today felt like a good time to get back into the swing of things, so here we are.
I just love you guys, and LIL might just have the best readers out there. That is all. <3
• Fire & Ice Festival
Every year, Downtown Rochester hosts a winter gathering called the Fire & Ice Festival. It takes place for one full weekend and is free for the public to attend, so Scott and I took it as an opportunity to get out of the house on Saturday.
Events include fireworks, tube sledding, snow shoeing and cross country skiing, dog sled rides, ice skating, broom ball exhibition, ice sculpture competitions and displays, and a warming tent with lots of food and beverages from local restaurants!
We didn’t personally participate in everything going on, but we wanted to at least pass through. After walking all of the major areas and tents, we deemed this a very family-friendly event that is sure to entertain children of all ages… including my 42-year-old husband.
My favorite part is always checking out the ice sculptures. There are plenty of activities to keep you warm (including a s’mores and hot chocolate warming station) while you’re walking the streets, and we stumbled upon the ice sculpting contest held just for college students this year. Some were quite impressive!
I didn’t take any pictures of the ice sculptures lining Main Street, but you can see plenty of similar ones in last year’s display. You can also see more fun in the ice and snow from our first year visiting the festival in 2013. It’s an event we plan on walking every year we’re here!
• fresh flowers
One thing that put a smile on my face every time I entered our living room area this week was the sight and smell of fresh flowers. I don’t think our home has ever smelt this wonderful.
We received so many unexpected packages, notes, and flower deliveries. All were very appreciated and heartwarming. Thank you to all who took the time to make us feel loved with these sweet and thoughtful gifts. We love you, friends!
• Kleenex perfect fit tissues
Buried in one of the packages we received were these Kleenex perfect fit tissues. I had never seen this box shape before, and I think they’re really pretty and cute. Tissues… who would have thought that they would ever make a favorite bullet point?
It’s the little things, right?
• Cards Against Humanity expansion packs
Something that not only had me smiling but laughing my head off this week were the expansion packs to Cards Against Humanity. (Man, I love that game.) We received the Third and Sixth Expansion decks as part of another care package, and they couldn’t have come at a better time.
A handful of our friends stopped by after a Pistons game Wednesday, and we all gathered for several friendly rounds. We haven’t broken into the Third Expansion yet, but the Sixth had me rolling. I literally laughed so hard it hurt.
I’ve mentioned this game in the past, and if you still haven’t tried it, let me add that it might not be for everyone. You definitely have to have a sense of humor, and, well… the tag line is “a party game for horrible people.” I’ll just leave it at that.
• Willow Tree angel
• Henry’s hard soda
I don’t know how well this one fits into this week’s favorites, but this hard soda (a friend introduced us to this week) couldn’t not be mentioned. It’s an adult (gluten-free) beverage made with soda and real cane sugar and comes in two of my favorite flavors: orange and ginger ale. I don’t drink soda very often, but when I do…
Um, delicious. Plus, it was comforting to see hard “soda” and not “pop” in this Midwestern neck of the woods. The Southerner in me got ridiculously excited about it. I’m pretty sure it was purchased at a local liquor store near us, but you might just be able to find it at restaurants and pubs, too.
Please drink responsibly, my friends.
• 2016 Detroit Auto Show
I didn’t feel like doing much last weekend, but Scott was itching to get out of the house and talked me into joining him at this year’s North American International Auto Show Sunday afternoon.
I ended up having to rest a lot through the walking and didn’t take too many pictures, but you can see similar highlights in last year’s recap. I will say, however, that one of my favorite cars was this Aston Martin. Pretty, isn’t she?
As we casually read about the specs of this beauty, Scott got shoved by someone interested to see the price followed by the comment, “oh, we could definitely afford that” in a non-sarcastic way. We’ve come to the conclusion that there are two people who come to the auto show: people who like to see what’s new and see cars of their dreams and people who actually come to shop.
I think it’s obvious why we were there. Pshhh.
Beyond the bounty of beautiful cars to see, it was neat to take in all of the displays. All are built in-house and can take up to three months to assemble! It’s pretty incredible.
• Astoria Pastry Shop
Since we were already downtown for the auto show, Scott and I took advantage of being near Greektown with a stop into Astoria Pastry Shop before heading home. It’s always a (delicious) treat!
This time we shared a strawberry cheesecake and brought a giant cinnamon roll home with us to enjoy the next morning. I’m not going to lie… both were worth every bite.
Today we’re skipping the funnies (sorry) and moving right onto the link-up.
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Have a great weekend!
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