On Wednesday we drove out to Merroir, which is our happy place. We went there for our first dating anniversary (we stayed at the Tides Inn and I surprised Rob by chartering a boat to take us over the water to Merroir for dinner, little did we know at the time that our "romantic" anniversary dinner would also include the boat's eccentric captain, his tiny dog, and his couple friends who were along for a ride, and that since we had a party of 5 instead of 2, we would wait about three hours to eat and get exceedingly drunk during the wait, all in all I'd say a pretty successful first anniversary). We've gone many times since, while dating, while engaged, as a married couple. This was our first time bringing Ryley so it felt extra special. And the weather could not have been more perfect. It was overcast and almost a little cool (for August at least), with a warm, salty breeze coming off the water. I feel more relaxed just thinking about it.
On Thursday we decided to treat the dogs to a trip to Pony Pasture since the weather was still beautiful and milder than normal. George's favorite place in the entire world might be Pony Pasture (or any river really). His retriever heritage definitely comes out in places like this. We let the dogs off leash and found a nice little beach where George could swim happily for a while and retrieve sticks. We walked (and the dogs frolicked) around the trails for a while (so nice going somewhere where you can let dogs run off leash) until they were dirty, wet, and totally exhausted.
On the way home from the sale we stopped by my parents house in Ashland (ostensibly to grab my sunglasses that I left there, but of course we smartly stopped by right at lunchtime and were fed homemade bbq by my mom :) ) And then on the way home from my parents we stopped at the Hanover Vegetable Farm (literally right on the road back to Goochland) for some massive, gorgeous Hanover tomatoes, huge Hanover zucchinis, and Hanover corn. I LOVE summer veggies so much and it's nice to live adjacent to the county that produces some of the best.
We capped off Saturday by having my best friend MK and her husband and kiddos over for an impromptu, super casual dinner and drinks. Mickey was on the TV. Babies were in slings and jumparoos. Paper plates were used and lots of wine poured. Definitely the kind of dinner party that is in our wheelhouse right now.
Even with our sleep challenges it was a really lovely week spent with the people (and dogs) I love most. I have to step back every so often and remember to not get so hung up on sleep and schedules and remember that life is pretty darn great right now.