The last couple of weeks have been such a treat. The weather in Los Angeles has been heating up to the high 80's low 90's and I've been lucky enough to take advantage of it at the beach on my days off of work. Our apartment has become more of a home and though they tore out all of the palm leaves outside of our front window, honeysuckles and bougainvillea have grown in on the white fence and it makes the air smell sweet and makes our living room view in full bloom. I absolutely love the foliage of Los Angeles along with the silhouettes and shadows of the palm trees at night. I make it a point to get out of the house everyday and walk around and be aware and be a part of my surroundings. I know we won't be here forever so I'm taking advantage of the bits and pieces of this place that I love.
Last weekend I was able to get off work and fly to Utah for my cousins wedding and be surrounded by family and I got to see my parents who flew in from Georgia for the wedding as well. I was able to see one of my best friends and her husband and even though it was just for a few short hours it made me so happy and it was so refreshing to be with friends and family and just have everything be so familiar and right. The wedding was a blast - any wedding in my family promises a night of dancing. My mom and all of my aunts have some serious dance moves that have been passed down to my sisters and I and all of our cousins leaving no dance floor empty handed. I'm really curious to see how the video footage of the reception is going to turn out - people watching it may take a step back because at times, us Martin's can get a little out of control! It was good to visit Utah again. When I arrived, I felt as though I never left. It was bittersweet but I am happy with where Zeke and I are at in life and where we live currently, but I do miss having so much family near us. Utah will be a place I'll always go back to - not to live, but absolutely to see family and friends.
Now I'm back to the grind of work and I keep counting down the days to my birthday, which is next week, as well as counting down the weeks to going home to Georgia and going on vacation to Hilton Head. Five weeks to go and I am finding that I have zero patience.
As for now, this Sunday weather is too gorgeous to not take advantage of so the Zoo and I and some friends are going to take a picnic to the beach! I'm feeling very blessed to say the least!