Taking Stock: July

This July was an absolute blast...

My forever friend Devin visited New Hampshire with his girlfriend and we all had a wonderful time wandering around and hanging out together.

My bff Becky's Bachelorette party went off without a hitch and was quite the event with a three-course meal by a professional chef, manicures for all, and giant floaties in a gorgeous lake!!!

My nephew Aiden remained ridiculously cute, as per usual.

And Christopher and I were able to take a hilarious, wonderful, lovely vacation for a week!

So many adventures!  So much fun!  Such a great month :)

Making: our house as spic and span as possible for Jessica's return!
Cooking: almost nothing since Christopher and I were on vacation this past week!
Drinking: new cold brew coffee I just tried for the first time! Delicious!
Reading: The Meaning of Wife: A Provocative Look at Women and Marriage in the Twenty-first Century (affiliate link)  YOU. GUYS.  This book is an absolutely fascinating look at the history of marriage, particularly for women, through the ages.  I started it on our vacation and kept reading pages and pages out loud to Christopher because it's just fascinating. I'm not finished yet but I would highly recommend it so far.
Wanting: this upcoming week back at work to go well.
Looking: forward to taking my parents to a James Taylor concert in a few days! Eek!  So stoked!
Playing: "Love Songs Radio" playlist on Pandora! <3 
Wasting: nothing! I'm seriously soaking up every last minute of vacation time.
Sewing: Nothing YET, but I did look at "10 Easy Sewing Projects" on Pinterest, so that's something, right?! haha

Wishing: I could stretch out this vaca even longer!  Going to sleep tonight is going to be so tough!
Enjoying: My cup of coffee, my music, and this air conditioned room!
Waiting: for Jess to come home!  Just a few more days!!!
Liking: so much. I'm so grateful for the life I have, I really am.
Wondering: what fun things Jess is going to want to do this coming weekend!
Loving: the Lilac scented candle next to my record player right now.
Hoping: my August is as lovely as July was!
Marveling: at how big and how small the world is. <3 
Needing: to write a letter to a friend!
Smelling: the aforementioned lilac candle :) 
Wearing: my "Blogging All Day" t-shirt. ahaha True Story. <-- UMM this was my answer last month BUT IT IS TRUE AGAIN!  Too weird!  I swear, I don't always wear this when I write! 
Following: so many new people on Instagram!
Noticing: how utterly content I am.
Knowing: every single word to the Hamilton soundtrack. I'm available for birthday parties, by the way.
Thinking: about reading more of my Wife book after I finish this post.
Bookmarking: so many great blogs!
Opening: the package for the new bookshelf we just bought to hold our surplus of family board games.
Feeling: Sleepy. Happy. Excited for Friday!

What about you? How did your July go?  
Are you taking stock of your life this month, too?  Feel free to share your URL below!

Hi, I'm Grady! Welcome to my blog :) A little about me? I'm a smitten newlywed and brand-new stepmom living in New Hampshire. My day job is boring on paper but great in real life (just like Dunder Mifflin!), and when I'm not working I love to spend time with my family, perform in or manage productions at the theatre, and eat ice cream while listening to yet another financial management podcast.  I write about my marriage, step-parenthood, and whatever else is going on.  Be sure to follow me on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest, and subscribe to my blog!

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