Thursday, August 25, 2011

(I-L-L-I-N-O-I-S)

This past weekend Luke & I took a road trip to Illinois for a friend's wedding. Here are some of the highlights:
(I know this post has a ton of photos, sorry if it takes a while to load)

Friday.

Friday evening we hit the road, and I got to drive half of the way!


We stopped at a diner along the highway for a late dinner.


Me, dancing with The Blue Brothers.

We arrived at Jaci & Phil's in Peoria, IL late Friday night, and soon retired to bed.

Saturday.

Saturday morning our friends Jaci & Phil took us to a Farmer's Market in Peoria, where we couldn't resist buying rainbow pasta and yellow watermelon among other things. We met some of their friends and they took us to a delicious restaurant called One World Cafe.

After lunch we embarked on a mystical journey to find The Hole In The Ground Behind The Indian Temple. Jaci, Phil, & Kent had all heard legends of this hole, but had never been there themselves. So we found the Temple and began our adventure.

Along our hike we encountered a lot of interesting looking spiders.


There was also a lot of neat nature all around us.


After over an hour of hiking, the hole was found!


The Hole in The Ground was spectacular - complete with massive rocks, trickling waterfalls, and beautiful plant life.

After our hike, we all took long naps. The rest of the day/night was spent eating yellow watermelon, reading, enjoying sir fry made by Jaci, and watching Hamlet 2 with new friends.

Sunday.

Sunday morning Luke & I went over to our new friend Kent's house, where he made us waffles.


We had ginger waffles with berry-apricot sauce, and coffee of course! It was delicious.

After waffles we headed to church/ Jaci & Phil's wedding. It was lovely, and Luke & I both got quite choked up.

After the wedding we celebrated at their dessert potluck, where we ate far too much sugar and took a ton of photos in the free photo booth they had.

[Jaci, Phil, Luke, & me.]

After the wedding festivities we bid farewell to our new & old friends, and drove to Chicago.

For dinner we HAD to get Chicago-style deep dish pizza, since we were in Chicago.

Sunday night Luke & I got dressed up and went out to Andy's Jazz Club. It was a good night full of jazz music, cocktails, coffee, and wonderful people.







Monday.

Monday was a pretty slow day. We walked around downtown Chicago and found ourselves at Millennium Park, where we took a nap in the grass next to Crown Fountain.






After more walking around and grabbing veggie burgers at a local pub, we hopped in the car and headed back to Michigan. It was a marvelous weekend!

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In Addition:

-Listen to the song that the title of this post is from: "They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!" by Sufjan Stevens

-Follow my tumblr here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

(& we're dancing on a dirt floor)

Yikes, so as it turns out I haven't updated since April. So...here is a summary of what has been happening the past 4 months...


-I went home for Easter, and my brothers and I all had the same haircut.


-I saw The Decemberists in concert at Calvin College


-I went to The Fox Theater in Detroit to see A Prairie Home Companion with Luke & the Dennison parents


-Luke got a motorcycle!


-My audio class premiered our short films.


-As spring blossomed into summer, we found ourselves grilling more and more.


-I've spent as much time at Lake Michigan beaches as possible


-My lovely friend Niki (& her hubby Peter) moved to New Mexico


-I was a director at a summer camp once again. #dreamjob


-My youngest brother Hunter turned 17 at camp this summer


-Camp ended and I had to bid farewell to many close friends


-Luke turned 23 (& I made him nutella cupcakes)


-I've spent some quality time being reunited with the boy.


-I've been practicing driving, so maybe one of these days I'll be getting my license...


-And in the meantime I'm back in Grand Rapids, trying to figure my life out and preparing for the next semester of school.

In Addition:

-Listen to the song that the title of this post is from. (Berlin Wall by The Heavenly States, one of my summer jams!)

-Catch up with me more at my tumblr archive, and take a look at May 2011, June 2011 & July 2011.

-Follow my tumblr (my blog that is more in the style of stream of consciousness & gets updated more often)