all the feels

I haven't posted in days so you're all like:

But just know I've got lots of pics coming so you should be all like:


(um so i discovered my dream kitchen obviously)

all images by petra collins

just lovely

violet melody

city love

We love living in Ann Arbor! Someday I want to do a series of blog posts on fun stuff you can do around this town. As someone who has lived here beginning when I was an 18 year old freshman at the University of Michigan and continuing on to being married and having one and then another kid here, I have experienced my fair share of assorted activities around town. For now, here are some pics of just a few of the fun things A2 has to offer.

The Diag isn't just for university students! Yeah, sometimes I feel kinda old walking around there, but it's a nice green area in the middle of town where I like to take the girls to play in the grass and chase the (eerily friendly) squirrels. Sometimes we'll bring our lunch too. These pics are from a Saturday afternoon when we all could go together.

I've posted photos from Buhr Pool before, but I have a lot because we went there multiple times this summer. I lovvve our neighborhood pool, but a bonus of Buhr is that it has a splash pad- a fun little pool/water fountain area that tiny kiddos can run and play in by themselves safely. Because let's face it, holding onto a baby and a toddler in four feet of water is not my idea of a fun summer day. (Actually that doesn't sound that bad... It's the getting everyone ready part that literally takes an hour)

See? Everyone likes it here!

We don't get to go out that often, but sometimes a local treat is in order. The Blue Tractor has some delicious stuff. I'm not a burger person, but their pulled pork sliders are da best. In the warm months, one of my favorite things to do at the end of a long week (*ahem* which is every week) is eat a leisurely dinner outdoors in the beautiful weather. I remember this particular day being especially lovely. In addition to wonderful food, lovely weather, and perfect company, the very gifted local musician Abigail Stauffer was performing live there. Beautiful voice and guitar skillz too!

And even though I am one of those evil people running the local businesses out of town because I also like to use Amazon, I am a lover of the downtown bookshop Literati. Once Violet saw the Where's Waldo wall, she became an instant fan too!

Like I said, I hope to continue this into a series. City pride all the way!


pretty roses with my pretty girl

lovin those chub rolls


pretty pretty

my favs

"i wrote you this letter mommy!"
"read it to me."
"no, you read it!"

#swag #swaggy #swagu #swagger #swagga

remember that time someone hit my car? yeah...

nom nom nom

nom nom nom nom

they both flopped on me on the couch and it was precious

evenin' snack from the back yard

happy feet

violet is super into those presidents


mommy's dream- sisters bein' bffs


a bit of b, a bit of v

my name is karen

and here you will find things that i make and see.

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