And Then There Were Four

We're creating this blog because it's the cool thing to do when people are having a baby. Just kidding, really we already have a hard enough time keeping up with everyone we want to, and our lives are about to get even more wonderfully busy. We can't wait - and we want you guys to be able to share in it too, so we both plan on reporting on it. Read at your own risk, and hopefully you'll enjoy it!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ode to Grand Rapids

There are several times a year I find myself thinking about and missing Grand Rapids.

- Today I miss Grand Rapids because of the weather. Yes...I can only say that for a few months of the year but today, it's true. I would never say I miss Michigan weather from about October- April. But- I loved Michigan summers. They were warm and green but cool enough to enjoy being outside at the beach or at a park. Maryland summers are too hot and humid. This week we seemed to skip spring and head straight to summer with temps in the upper 80s. During Maryland summers I step into the shower and start washing my hair that is still slightly damp from the day before. I've seriously considered a pageboy haircut just to get the hair up and off my neck. If I put it up while it's wet- it never dries. Neither does my towel- perpetually damp. That never happened in Michigan.

- Today I miss Grand Rapids because of the wonderful people I got to know while living there. My pastor and his wife stayed with us yesterday and we had a wonderful time catching up with them. Ruth is a fantastic knitter and knit Brian and I Calvin slippers before we moved to Maryland. She arrived yesterday with a matching tiny pair for Benjamin (will post pictures tomorrow) I miss having family members so close. I miss my church community at West Leonard CRC.

- I miss living in a smaller city. I used to think that the drive across town (15-20 minutes) from work to school was a long drive. Now I have to drive that far to get to the grocery store and drive almost an hour each way to get to church. Our closest church family lives 20 minutes away. It was nice to have that close sense of community around us. I miss Dutch bingo- the phenomenon of getting yourself in a conversation with another dutch person and finding out that you're either related or know the same people. Never fails.
- I miss the Bagel Beanery on 28th St. I miss breakfast with friends at Real Food Cafe and Wolfgangs. I miss Arnies :)

Anyway- a few musings and things that were running through my head this morning. Ben got a B last night....up about every two hours but went back to sleep quickly. With the warm weather it's hard to find things to do to keep us occupied inside. We tried to go on a walk yesterday but Ben was sweaty and crying, the dog was sweaty and panting and I was just sweaty. Yay for AC.


Callie said...

LOVE Bsgel Beanery! And I feel exactly the same way regarding what you miss about GR. I'd just throw in a "and Chicago" too. :) I think the weather is going to cool down soon, hopefully.

Irene said...

Of course everyone who knows me realizes that I also miss Seattle. I miss the cool weather, even the rain. I miss the beauty of mountains, the rivers, Puget Sound, Lake Washington, water everywhere which makes the city so green all year round and the gorgeous flowers. I miss going up to Vancouver or down to Portland to Powells bookstore, the most fabulous in the country. I mostly miss my friends of 40 plus years who were and still are always there for me. I miss the slower, more laid back pace of life were people had time for each other. I love your blogs Katie !

Lindsay said...

Seriously?!?! You miss GR because the humidity in Maryland is bad?

Next post: Ode to Denver, please!

anna said...

wow, i have been thinking these same things since eric and i moved to augusta, ga 1 month ago. the heat is killer. i can't believe it.