for some the words family reunion bring negative connotations. Thinking of the triple F (forced family fun) seems like a triple threat of the worst kind.
For my dear family, this is not the case. This is a long weekend we all look forward to in great anticipation. For me this year marks the first time I will use PTO, meaning I get to go on vacation and get paid — how freakin awesome is that. (sometimes it’s the small things that count)
This will be Ryan’s 4th family reunion — and had he not proposed yet, I am sure the family would be on his case.
This weekend I will happily don my Sellke Family reunion t-shirt, engage in a game of kickball and eat and drink entirely too much. Such is the Sellke way, I can’t wait!
This weekend was the perfect antidote to the wedding planning anxiety I was feeling. Don’t get me wrong I am so excited to plan our wedding but sometimes my overactive mind combined with my mom’s overactive mind (most definitely an inherited trait) puts me into overload.
Saturday was one of those perfect days, the weather was nice, we slept in, and though there was wedding talk, it was minimal.
Ryan and I went to our local grocery store, assembled salads from the salad bar, bought some sushi and set out for a picnic and some exploring at the IMA. If you live in Indianapolis and have not taken advantage of the FREE and beautiful Indianapolis Museum of Art, what are you waiting for?! We settled down on some park benches and ate our lunch. The IMA has 100 acres to explore, we didn’t explore it all but we did walk around for an hour or two until it got unbearably hot. We decided to save the indoor IMA experience for a day that didn’t have beautiful outdoor weather. We are also resolved to attend one of the summer nights films at the IMA, we have not decided which one yet. But the prospect of sitting here drinking wine with friends would be so much fun!
Even the Indy Star felt compelled to talk about the IMA in the Sunday issue mapping out the 100 acres of museum territory. Read the article here
I have been engaged for almost 3 weeks now, and the reality of all the planning is sinking in. There is a lot that goes into a wedding: time, resources and MONEY. In the beginning Ryan and I said
” let’s just enjoy the engagement for a month and then we can start planning.”
That lasted the weekend and then my mind started working, relatives started asking questions. The reality is we do need to start the process now. Getting venue contracts signed, dates picked out, officiants booked and that is just for starters.
Is it too late to elope? Just kidding but the thought has crossed my mind once or twice this week …
further proof that we need to get Ryan out of Muncie.
Ryan lives in house that has been converted into three apartments in Muncie. It is a normal two bedroom apartment that he shares with a friend from work who will be dubbed roommate in this post. It is not a great apartment, but I have seen worse (ah-hem calvert street anyone?)
For months Ryan and roommate have been hearing scratching and scampering above their heads. I have heard it too and we’re not talking about a small mouse making noise it sounded BIG! They of course contacted their landlord who responded by sending out a friend to put a trap on the roof, no perpetrators had been caught but the noise stopped for about three weeks.
BUT THEN… Last Saturday morning bright and early at 5:00 a.m. there was a great clatter and Ryan gets a phone call from roommate
“Stay in your room, there is a raccoon in the living room”
Yes a live raccoon had fallen through the ceiling into Ryan’s apartment. A frantic phone call was made to the landlords, who suggested that roommate try and open their door to get the raccoon out of the house. Ryan and roommate firmly rejected this suggestion and waited in their respective rooms until the landlords came to fix the problem.
The landlords roll up in their vintage Cadillac (I imagine the wife wearing a Mu-mu with rollers in her hair–I was not there so I cannot validate this assumption) and the husband pulls a golf club from the trunk, takes it inside and beats the raccoon to death, breaking the golf club in the process and smattering animal remains everywhere including on roommate’s newly upholstered couch.
it is now Tuesday, no one has been out to the house to clean up the mess or replace the shattered ceiling tiles.
We need to get Ryan out of Muncie!
This time last week BF and I were on our way to Michigan for a long weekend of relaxation on the beach at one of my favorite little spots Lakeside Inn (check it out if you want a little get-away)
After checking in we went to the grocery store to get some necessities (wine and sunscreen) and hit the beach for a few hours. Oh how I love Michigan. After getting cleaned up we went into down town New Buffalo for dinner at the Stray Dog. As you can imagine Memorial Day is the kick-off for Lake Michigan weekends so it was quite busy everywhere we went. Thank goodness we are both over 21 because we were able to eat at the bar mmmm Chicago style hot dogs 🙂 After dinner we walked around New Buffalo enjoying the nice weather and then stopped at Nancy’s for some ice cream before heading back to Lakeside Inn.
There are beautiful sunsets to be seen on Lake Michigan so we put on some warmer clothes and walked down the the beach with our wine and a blanket. It was so relaxing listening to the waves, the smell of bonfires and the setting sun. I had thought that maybe this weekend would be the weekend that my BF turned into my Fiance but he was acting so cool, calm and collected I thought, perhaps this is NOT happening this weekend. And as the sun set and it began to get dark I really thought it was not going to happen. Being the slight instigator that I am I started the following conversation:
Me: ” So you know most of our friends think we’re getting engaged this weekend.”
BF: “Oh yeah? Well cheers to us getting engaged” (we cheers are little bottles of wine)
Me: Yeah but we’re not
BF: ” Oh we’re not?” (he pulls out the ring)
Needless to say I started bawling and BF formally asked me to marry him. I said yes, I didn’t even fully get to see the ring until we got back up to the Inn to start making phone calls.
The rest of the weekend was perfect: another day on the beach, hamburgers at the famous Redamaks, and another gorgeous sun-set on the beach!
My beautiful ring
he's excited for some Redamaks! Oh and We're engaged!
deadly loaded fries at Redamaks
the most random grocery store purchase ever: 1 bottle of USDA certified organic Ale, 2 Lindt Truffels, 2 fruit leathers, 1 cubs lighter, 2 Swisher Sweets
all the rocking chairs on the front porch.
look at that Michigan sun-set
he's loving his organic ale