These end-of-the-month posts have really been sneaking up on me lately. They’ve also turned into a really nice way to look back on the past month of my life and think about all that has happened, especially in this crazy time that I am going through right now. So here’s a little look into what’s been going on lately and what I’ve been loving:
MAID OF HONOR-ING
My Best Friend’s Wedding – My best friend from college got married a week ago, and I was her maid of honor. This was my first time being in a wedding since I was very little, and it was a bit surreal. The wedding was beautiful and we had so much fun. SHE looked absolutely gorgeous. Devin has her own custom bridal gown company, Morgia Bridal, so she designed her own dress and it was perfect. (She is also one of my two maids of honor and she is designing my dress!! Eeee!!) I almost ugly-cried in front of everybody before she even walked down the aisle, but somehow I pulled it together for the rest of the ceremony. She married a wonderful guy – I was actually with her at the moment she met him, so it was nice to also be a part of this milestone in their relationship. Congrats again to Devin and Andres!
Sprouted Kitchen - The blog Sprouted Kitchen has been one of my favorites for a while now, and the cookbook is a favorite as well. (They are working on a second book at the moment, which makes me extremely happy.) Sara Forte’s writing is always thoughtful and inviting, and her recipes are creative and fresh, focusing mostly on healthy, whole foods, but not in a way that feels like you’re giving anything up. Her husband, Hugh, takes some of the most gorgeous food photos I have ever seen. Anyway, they just had a baby! I have enjoyed her recent posts leading up to the birth of their child even more than I normally do. I think I cried after reading her post where she announced her pregnancy. I cried because I was so happy for her and Hugh. How can you not be ecstatic for a pregnant woman who is that ridiculously excited to have a baby with her husband? (On the other hand, it also made me hurt for all of the couples who struggle with this, whether naturally or through adoption, etc.) They were writing letters to their son before he was born, and she recently posted one on the blog that she had written. It is so sweet; they are going to be amazing parents. I bring all of this up because it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. It’s probably because I’m getting married – I feel like I can think more definitively about having children now because I know I am marrying a man who also definitely wants children, and I suppose it also has to do with the fact that I am one step closer to having kids in that life timeline I’ve always imagined for myself. While I don’t desire children at this exact moment in time, I’m looking forward to being as excited about being pregnant and creating a family as Sara and Hugh have been, if we end up being so lucky.
Brooklyn - Robert and I recently went to Brooklyn for what was essentially a food fest (of course). We hit up Smorgasburg … two days in a row. It’s one of our favorite things ever. We had such a blast that I’m dedicating a whole post to it (coming soon!), so stay tuned for that. But, there is still a ton of food I need to eat in Brooklyn, so we will be back. Who has suggestions for me?
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