Monday, July 11, 2022

Fourth of July Week! ♥

Hello Friends! 

I hope you all had a happy and fun holiday week!  I am so glad to be back here on this space. I've missed you! I took the week off for vacation and I can't wait to tell you all about it.  

We were invited to spend the week with our most dearest and wonderful friends in Pennsylvania. Every moment was amazing and I'm missing them already!  We were greeted Saturday night with a spectacular fireworks display over the lake.

My friend BJ lives in a charming and picturesque home right on the lake. Many nights we sat right here on this deck with our families talking and laughing. 

I'm smiling right now just thinking about it : ) 

We took boat rides and the kids went tubing! John LOVED it! I loved the beautiful lake views. 

 Lake life is something I could get used to : ) 


And here she is! My BFF!  We met right here on this blogspace, although I feel as if I've known BJ all my life.  We are two peas in a pod! We love home, cozy, coffee, family, gameshows, books, scary movies, and a million other things.  I'm so grateful to her and her amazing family.  They welcomed us as if we were part of the family.  And it sure felt that way 

One of my favorite days was lunch at the Strawberry Tea shop.  It's the most darling place, and the food....OH MY WORD. 

If I see grilled cheese on a menu of course I have to order it...with tomato soup!  
This was an "adult grilled cheese" made with three chesses and an onion & bacon marmalade in the middle.  


For dessert we shared three different kinds of pie.  My favorite was the strawberry cream.  


But the best moments were just sitting on her beautiful deck, overlooking the lake.  

With a cup of coffee and a puppy close by.  It's the best! 

More fun on the boat! 

A fourth of July feast! 

One night we had a pizza party! So much fun! 

(clearly John is taking it too seriously! LOL)

They were all delicious! 

I wanted to take this little guy home with me 

John and Mocha have a complicate relationship! 

But I think they secretly love each other  

One night is was my pleasure to make dinner for everyone.  I decided on chicken picatta and thankfully everyone enjoyed it!  I had so much fun cooking in BJ's kitchen! She even played Frank Sinatra for me! 

Here's Steve & Rob cooking breakfast on the grill! 

It was soooo gooood! 

A gorgeous view from the couch looking out onto the lake.  

BJ's home is so cozy.  I feel so at home in her space 

At night we played games, had milkshakes, watched movies, told stories, and made smores.  
All my favorite things! 

The week flew by so fast and they graciously invited us back next month to do it all over again! We were chatting about it and before we knew it we were marking the dates in our calendars.  
We are beyond excited!! 

Friends like this come along once is lifetime.  I feel so blessed to have BJ and her family in our lives. We are blog friends, that turned into real life friends, that have turned into family. 

We would never have met if it not for the internet.  Life if so funny, isn't it?! 

You can visit BJ's beautiful blog here.  And you can also visit her daughter Madison's blog here or shop her bridal & dress boutique online here.  FYI I've been to the real life store and it's GORGEOUS!!! 

Thank you for visiting me today    

I hope your July is off to a great start.  Now it's back to reality for me.  Work, laundry, dinner, chores, repeat.  It's ok though.  I now have something to look forward to! 

Happy Summertime!!! Have a great day! xoxo 


  1. This was the absolute best week ever! You captured it perfectly too. Thank you for spending your days with us! Can't wait to see you soon!!!!! Love you!

  2. This post means so much to me! Thanks so much for writing it - now I can always look back and remember what a wonderful week we had!!! LOVE YOU and your family!