Patios and Pools: My Kinda Things

It might be Monday, but it's a very short work week for me so I think I can handle this one. Short work weeks in the summer are the best, especially when the reason is because it's one of my best friends bachelorette party! We got a big house on the lake for all the girls to stay in (actually close by to Billy's families cottage where we usually go) and plan to do a couple wine tastings, go to PIB, and a little booze cruise. Our place has a hot tub and a pool so I'm sure lots of time will be spent at these as well...Woo-hoo!

This weekend, though. Time to recap...

Friday // Date night...went out to dinner then just took it easy at home and watched We Bought A Zoo. I think I cried three times during it...the good kinda cry. This movie surprised me because I wasn't expecting it to be good, and then I ended up loving it. So cute. Who else was surprised by this movie?

Saturday // all about good food, the pool (FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR!), and fun with family. Exactly how a weekend should go, right? It was beautiful outside so we went to my favorite brunch spot, Katalina's Cafe, and Billy quickly became a fan of this place. It may have been the fact that his sandwich was the size of his head and absolutely delicious (pulled pork + egg + veggies!) and we got to eat outside on their cute patio...

Afterwards, it was all about the pool for the day at my girlfriends apartment complex. I can't tell you all how much I missed laying out at the pool...even though we went to Florida in February and spent time at the beach and pool, it still seemed like I hadn't felt the hot sun in way too long. Thank you, Ohio, for having some amazing weather lately (and please continue through this weekend.) We stayed as long as we could before it was time to head to my stepsisters house for her son Brady's birthday party!

 the birthday boy!

We played corn hole, ate good food, celebrated Brady's birthday, and got to congratulate the quintuplet girls on making the 8th grade cheer leading team! 8TH GRADE...holy cow, they are growing up so fast.

They recently had family pictures taken and I couldn't help but share a couple of them today...look how big they are. And Lindsey, too!

(Ben, Mary Kate, my stepbrother Mike, Lindsey, Emma, his wife Gina, Grace, and Alex!)

So stinkin cute. 

Straight from the party, I went and met up with my best girlfriends for a combined belated birthday dinner (for my best friend Lindsay and myself) at Bakersfield in the Short North! There was lots of drinking out of boots and margarita filled mason jars...

aka a really great night. Love that place and of course, love my girl nights.

Sunday // Gym and ran some errands to get some necessities for the bachelorette party. A penis cake may or may not be included in said necessities and in my baking future this week...stay tuned on instagram for that. I mean, if it turns out horribly at least you all can laugh at my attempt. 

Happy Monday! What did you do this weekend?!


  1. Looks like a fun weekend! That pool shot looks perfect! I am loving this Ohio weather too!

  2. This pretty much looks like a perfect weekend!!! <3

  3. Looks like such a nice weekend! So nice that the weather cooperates these days :) xo


  4. I have been insanely jealous of that pool shot all weekend long!!!!

  5. I LIVE for weekends by the pool and am so sad I haven't had one yet this summer.

  6. Sounds like an amazing weekend! I'm craving pool time SO bad!

  7. Looks like the perfect weekend and an even better one coming up!! Love the first photo you too - so gorgeous!! Happy Monday!

  8. Sounds like such a fun weekend!! :)

  9. I tried to lay out by the pool TWICE this weekend but it was so hot that I felt smothered. The Florida humidity in Pensacola is crazy. Hopefully next weekend the pool water will be a little cooler than "bath water".

  10. My husband and I watched We Bought a Zoo on Friday night too! Loved it! I wasn't expecting too but it was wonderful!

  11. Im putting that on my bucket list : drinking beer from a boot cup, haha!


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