Head over to Jen's for some more Quick Takes!
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I realized this week that I can't think of much to say. Sure, I could go through a list of things I've accomplished this week or highlight my new maternity swimsuit (I'll save that for next week) that I was so excited to purchase...but this 31st week of pregnancy has been mentally/emotionally draining (you other mamas know what I mean!). So instead of trying to make my brain do too much, I'll simply give you a post full of photos. The only thing that came to mind was to highlight a few of Michael's and my favorite places in Ann Arbor...so until next week I hope you enjoy this random assortment of photos I found online. :)
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This is our church, St. Thomas the Apostle, which many of you already know I'm in love with. I love many, many things about this parish beyond the impressive, stone architecture but just take a moment to bask in that beauty.
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This is a photo from a park near us - Gallup Park. Michael and I have spent many a spring or summer evening walking some trails at this place either before or after dinner. You can also rent kayaks and canoes here!
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Clearly this is the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market. We began frequenting this place last spring whenever I would visit (back when we were engaged and in a long-distance relationship). It's open on Sundays and is literally a few, short blocks down the road from our church. We used to (and sometimes still do) take a walk after Mass just to check things out...although I don't think we've bought anything here a single time yet.
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Cherry Republic is a shop downtown that sells all things cherry-related. And not just any cherries...we're talking Michigan cherries. I've honestly never been too enamored by cherries in general, but this place sells some amazing goodies like cherry salsa, cherry cream soda, chocolate-covered cherries, and much, much more. One of the best parts? They always have free samples - which makes it a lovely shop to stop in if we are ever taking a leisurely walk downtown.
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This place is called Bubble Island - and while we don't particularly care to spend time sitting down (it's located on South University Ave. and is always teeming with students) we have stopped here several times to purchase some bubble tea or mochi on the go. If you like bubble tea or mochi (although we have plenty of Asian markets where you can buy mochi that's just as good or better), you'll like this place.
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The Arboretum is...huge. It's a great place to picnic, walk/hike/run trails, sit by a river and feed ducks or geese, or simply enjoy the outdoors. They have a large peony garden that we have yet to see in bloom, so perhaps we'll make another trip here soon.
And that's all she wrote! I hope you all have a great weekend.