High Five for Friday

Today, I’m linking up with Lauren to share five highlights from my week.

1. On Tuesday night, my sisters and I took the opportunity to have one last girls’ night before Hilary gets married. Not like these types of nights will stop after she does — if anything, we’ll probably make a point to get together more often — but it was still nice to sit down and spend some time together during this otherwise busy week. We shared Mexican food and then stopped for ice cream on the way home. We’re all on the wedding week diet, clearly ;) .

2. Our lawn is now more orange and red than it is green, which means that fall is in full swing. Last fall, we filled up over 25 big bags with leaves, which made me question why we bought a house with so many mature trees. It’s pretty, though, and when we have kids, we will have plenty of leaf piles for them to jump in (did you do this as a kid?)!

3. I started recording Friends during the day to give Jordan and I something to watch together at nighttime. Last night, we watched an episode together, and I didn’t think that Jordan would stop laughing. I guess he forgot how funny it is! When we were in college, we worked our way through all 10 seasons in a year. It’s definitely one of our favorite shows.

4. They are forecasting sunny skies and a high of 72 degrees for Saturday! Hilary’s wedding and reception are outdoors, so we couldn’t ask for better weather, especially at the end of October. Some people questioned her decision to have an outdoor wedding this late in the season, but it’s going to be beautiful! 

5. I dug up some old photos this week, and found these ones — how can you not love matching Little Mermaid outfits and stick-on earrings? Molly wasn’t born yet, but if she had been, I’m sure she would’ve been matching too!

Hilary and me

Hilary and Lauren

What are your memorable moments from the week?

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Life Without a Filter

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have watched me participate in Hollywood Housewife’s One Day Instagram challenge yesterday. My posts got a little excessive, but I promise that I didn’t do it to bore you to tears with the mundane details of my life.

While everyone has their own reasons for participating, I did it because I’m tired of the filters (and the comparison trap that they cause us to fall into). Let’s face it — most of us portray ourselves as poised, happy, super-put-together people on social media. With the help of a filter and a couple dozen editing tools, we publish one snapshot, one second of our day. We add a witty caption, press that little share button, and then we wait to see how many people like or comment. It’s almost a game we play. How many people will like us today?

So yesterday, with hopes of proving that life isn’t always as glamorous and exciting as it appears on Instagram, I shared the boring stuff (just a fraction of it, really). The majority of my day is spent doing simple, routine, not-so-exciting things.

The cool thing is, if you click on the OneHH hashtag, you will see that other people also spend their days doing simple, routine, not-so-exciting things. Imagine that. When you really think about it, you realize that those not-so-exciting  moments are the moments that make up our lives. Those are it. Not the pictures that we take in that one “perfect” moment, to which we add a filter and a witty caption. So why do we keep comparing?

Let’s try to stop. You never know what’s going on behind the scenes. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to check out #OneHH on Instagram. We’re all more alike than we think, and perhaps more interesting than we know.

What are your thoughts on social media filters?

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The Big Week

We’re five days away from my sister’s big day! I feel like I should be more emotional than I have been, but I have been busy adjusting to my new job, and because the engagement was fairly short, I haven’t had time to overanalyze and do the whole, “my sister’s growing up/I can’t believe how old we’re getting” thing.

I should probably start thinking about it beforehand, though, because I don’t want to cry my eyes out during her ceremony. It seemed like everyone was crying during my ceremony, and my sisters and I decided that we don’t want to do that this time around. We’ll see…it’s a bittersweet day.

While I was going through some boxes in our spare bedroom over the weekend, I found this gift that Hilary gave me the week before I left for college.

Just looking at those pictures makes me hope that I have little girls someday. I didn’t always appreciate having sisters — especially in the moments when we butt heads — but now I can’t imagine life any differently. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that we’re all grown up now.

This week is going to be full of work as usual, but my sisters and I are making time for one last dinner before Hilary becomes a Mrs., and during my lunch break on Friday, we’re going to get our nails done. It’ll be nice to have some bonding time before everything gets busy!

Ready or not, the wedding is week is here…I’m excited to see all of our extended family as they arrive this weekend, and celebrate the bride and groom-to-be!

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High Five for Friday

Let’s just pretend that I’m not writing this at 9:00 on a Friday night. The fact is, I miss blogging, and I’m going to use whatever time I can find to do it. So, here I am. I plan to work out some sort of M/W/F schedule soon so I can write more regularly, but until then, you’ll have to bear with me!

Today, I’m linking up with Lauren for High Five for Friday. Here are five of my favorite things from this week:

1. The girls’ trip to Mackinac Island was, of course, a highlight from this week. Despite the fact that I spent the beginning of the week sitting in the car for ten hours, I’d do it all over again this weekend if I could.

2. This video. If you have a sister, you’ll get it. SO true, and so funny.

3. Jordan and I are now a two TV household. Earlier this year we contemplated getting rid of cable altogether, until we realized that we could switch to U-verse and save money even if we added a second TV to our plan. So we did. I realize this isn’t groundbreaking news — a lot of people have multiple TVs — but I’ve gotta say, I’m loving it.  He no longer has to watch 19 Kids and Counting, and I don’t have to listen to the sound of gunshots coming from his military video games (opposites attract, clearly). We probably should’ve done it sooner!

4. Speaking of 19 Kids and Counting, I’m sort of obsessed. This season is all about Jill’s wedding, and my cousin Lauren and I can’t help but discuss it every week. This week’s episode did not disappoint, although I do feel bad for Jana, the unmarried oldest sister who has had to sew a ton of things for the wedding. The drama ;) .

5. I’m meeting up with blogger Alison tomorrow! We’ve been trying to plan something for months, and finally, we’ve found a weekend that works for both of us. It should be fun!

How has your week been?

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Mackinac Island Girls’ Weekend

Every summer, for nearly a decade of my childhood, my cousin Lauren would come to Indiana (or Ohio, when I lived there) to spend a week with my family and me. It become a summertime tradition that my sisters and I would look forward to, so it was sad when we went to college and got full-time jobs during the summer. We knew that the tradition would end eventually, but like most endings, it was bittersweet.

This summer, my sister Hilary decided that it’d be good for the four of us to spend a long weekend together. It’d been a year since we’d seen Lauren in person, and years since we’d spent a whole week together, so a girls’ weekend was long overdue. I booked the trip a couple of months ago, and last Thursday, Hilary and Molly and I packed up and went to Michigan for a long weekend. It was sort of a “last fling before the ring” weekend for Hilary, but it also gave all of us some good cousin/sister bonding time.

On Friday morning, we got up nice and early and met Lauren at her parents’ house. From there, we hit the road for Mackinac Island. We didn’t care how cold it was — we all (over) packed tons of layers — we just hoped it would be sunny. It rained off and on during the whole drive up there, but once we were on the island, the clouds parted and the sun came out. We couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Over the course of the weekend…

We walked and biked (no motorized vehicles are allowed on the island, except for snowmobiles during the winter) until we felt like we could walk no more. We were all so sore during our drive home, but it was worth it.

We ate a lot. You cannot go to Mackinac Island and not eat a lot. All of the food is so good, plus we were burning tons of calories with all of the walking and biking that we were doing, of course.

We ran. Molly and I got up early to do this on Saturday morning. Somehow, I ran 6 miles after not running in months, but don’t ask me to do it again anytime soon. This view pushed me to keep going (I think it’s all mind over matter. And cross training).

We also watched the Saturday night fireworks, celebrated the bride-to-be, and found time to sneak in a nap or two.

On Sunday morning, we got up early to take the ferry back to the city and go home. That travel day ended up totaling almost 12 hours, but I know we’d do it all over again.

Now, I want to go back soon. I’m sure you’re not surprised ;) .

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