It was a fun weekend back home! I had plans to visit my 4th grade teacher (she and I see each other ~6 months or so and we definitely wanted to squeeze in one more visit before we move) at her house. She put together a wonderful evening for me, my parents, her husband, her daughter, and her son-in-law. Nathan unfortunately couldn’t join because of his work schedule, and everyone missed him!

First of all, I got the BEST inspiration for our new apartment at her house. She has such a great eye for decorating, and this desk in particular caught my eye. Totally going to be on the lookout for something like it!


The food was absolutely delicious. Everything was homemade and from scratch, right down to the salad dressing. She had baked brie with fig and walnuts to start (I was too busy chatting to snap a pic of it!), then pear and gorgonzola salad, asparagus, salmon, risotto, and fresh baked bread. Drool…

My plate, as presented by our hostess. Not only does she know how to cook, but she knows how to make it all look so pretty!


After dinner, we had our dessert outside by a fire.

IMG_0595 It was the perfect way to soak up the spring weather! We didn’t end up leaving until 11pm. Time flies when you’re having fun! My teacher and her family have always been so special to me, and I’m grateful for the time we had together before we move so far away. I am sure we will keep in touch just like we always have, though 🙂 Thank goodness for email, letters, and trips back home!

The next day, Mom fixed an amazing brunch (as always) at home before taking me to see Beauty and the Beast. Finally!! I’d heard such good things about the movie and it did NOT disappoint. I laughed out loud, got chills, nearly cried…and am still singing the songs 🙂 It was so fun to see it with Mom. Totally worth the wait!

After the movie I headed back to Indy for another week of work, but I’ll be back home in no time for Easter this weekend! Nathan and I will be with my side this year for the first time since we started dating, and Ted will join too. I can’t believe it’s been that long since we’ve been together for the holiday, and I can’t wait!

PS- I found these sundials at home that my maternal grandpa made based on the longitude and latitude of my parents’ house…like he MADE them, by hand. So genius! I thought that was just the coolest thing, and for anyone who has listened to S-Town, you know why 🙂 IMG_0589

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