Here's How I Spent My Memorial Day Weekend (And It Didn't Involve Alcohol)


Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!!

There are so many reasons to love this holiday. First and foremost, to remember those who have died so we can all live. Seeing everyone wearing their patriotic colors in honor of those who have served and are serving, is such a beautiful thing. It's like we all finally come together on this day and wear our team colors to show just how thankful we are, and expressing gratitude is what I think makes this weekend not a sad one, but one for celebration. There's so much positivity in demonstrating gratefulness, I swear it's contagious.

Next, having a three day weekend ain't too shabby. Still not sure why we all haven't petitioned for permanent three-day weekends?! Maybe because then they wouldn't be so sweet...

Also, we can't forget the sales! Anyone else spend waaayyy more than intended on beach cover ups? No? Just me? 

Finally, one of the things that makes this holiday so sweet in my opinion, is it marks UNOFFICIALLY the beginning of Summer. Which is, OFFICIALLY my favorite season. I absolutely love everything about tan lines, the smell of coconut, and sand that ends up in the oddest of places. 

One thing I have noticed about this holiday is the amount of drinking that occurs. When Matthew and I were trying to decide what we wanted to do this weekend, we noticed that just about everything includes alcohol. And for those who don't know, neither one of us drink. Well, I will occasionally, but I"m talking once every six months or something. So, we made our plans and then I decided I wanted to share them with you. Not only because they were SO. FUN. But also because you might just be someone who needs non-alcoholic ideas for next Summer. So here we go!

Nothing too exciting about Friday...we ran some errands, played a little backyard volleyball, and got food prepped. Saturday was a trip on a whim, and it was such a good idea! We traveled to a little town close by called Utica, where they were having their annual ice cream fest. The fact that it was an ice cream fest pretty much said there was no way we would go and regret it, but it definitely didn't disappoint as a whole regardless. 

The ice cream festival is centered around Velvet ice cream, which you have probably seen in gas stations, Kroger, Walmart, etc. It is made locally, in Utica Ohio, by generations of the Dager family. The mill, pictured to the right, is the actual mill the ice cream is made in, and there's a picture of this mill on all of their packaging. There is a gift shop you can go into, as well as a restaurant behind the mill, that has the history of Joseph Dager and his coming to America and selling hand-cranked ice cream. It's extremely interesting, featuring old photographs of the family, including one where they bought this mill initially, and it was a roller rink at the time. Reading up on the history was my personal favorite part of the festival.

But there was plenty to enjoy for everyone at the fest. They had a car show, bouncy houses for the kids, a market to shop at, food trucks, homemade baked goods, helicopter rides, pony rides, horse and buggy rides, and even a library truck. Oh, and the ice cream! We spent about 3 hours there and enjoyed every minute of it. 

Sunday we decided to take our dog, Arrow, to Cedar Falls for a hike. THAT was interesting. The hike was beautiful. We got there at about 10 o'clock, and it was pretty busy but not too bad. We walked a little bit of everything, trails, through caves, fields, past a lake, saw several waterfalls, and then ate lunch at a picnic table.

 I love hiking, it's one of my favorite things to do, and that was Arrow's first real long hike which was cute to watch. He never ran out of energy which was a little scary on the cliff paths when he was pulling Matt, but also seeing how excited he was, I was glad we took him. He got really hot obviously, and took his first swim in one of the pools of a waterfall, which might be the best thing I've ever seen. He's also terrified to go across bridges, which might be the second best thing I've ever seen.

The only thing I would say negative is that around 1 o'clock people starting piling in by the masses, and it became hard to walk at the pace we wanted to (and needed to with our energetic pup) and also slightly annoying. The earlier the better on that, I'd say. Here's some pics from our trip! 


Finally today, Sunday, we spent all day at the lake. Which is probably my favorite thing to do. I love the sand, I love the sun, the water was amazing. I get to relax, and read, and even bronze a little. Again, with this, the earlier you get there the better. We left around 2 and there was just lines of traffic coming in to an already crowded beach. 

Anyway, that's my weekend in a nutshell. probably going to finish this evening with some hotdogs and chili, and of course, some ice cream. Happy holiday everyone!!


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