After spending a long anticipated weekend in Hometown, New Jersey, hanging out with my parents and celebrating my brother's 18th birthday, I can say without a doubt that I am officially ready to say goodbye to Summer. It was a weekend spent walking the pup around the pond behind our house that I spent many summers canoeing in with my Dad and my friends. I "Kindle-d" from the deck as my brother and husband splashed around in the pool that was built in my backyard the July before I started 6th grade. My husband and I fell asleep in my childhood bedroom, the pink room that I painted light blue before finally settling on seafoam green. It's the room with vines and flowers stenciled only halfway around the double closet doors because in true Ashley Paige fashion, I became very bored, very quickly with the tedious paint-and-stencil job. We fell asleep with the windows open, the wind blowing through the curtains and the chorus of peepers (the name we gave to the hundreds of tiny frogs living around the pond) singing us to sleep. It was a perfect little Labor Day Weekend, making new but also remembering the old, Summer memories.
To top it off, Hubs, myself, my brother and his girlfriend all went to go see (500) Days of Summer. As an unofficial reviewer of movies, it was cute. Quirky and charming. Not exactly the traditional romantic comedy, as in there weren't too many laugh out loud moments, but definitely an indie version of an unoriginal date movie. I heart Zooey Deschanel but cannot get over Joseph Gordon-Levitt as that weird kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun. My favorite part of the movie, aside from Zooey's adorable wardrobe, may have been the soundtrack. Mixing classic songs from bands like Simon and Garfunkel and Hall & Oates with new-age music from Regina Spektor and The Temper Trap, it definitely adds to the movie's quirk and charm. (If that makes any sense at all...)
Did I mention that Hubs always reaches for my hand at the cutest parts of the movie? After having dated for 5 years and been married for almost 2, it still gives me butterflies.