Playing Catch-up: May/June, Weddings and Camping!

Early on a Saturday late in May, Michael and I left the pup with the ‘rents, and drove from Cleveland to Madison (a drive we would mimic a little over a week later, but with a moving truck instead). Our friends Erin and Annie were getting married that day.


It was a beautiful ceremony on a ridiculously hot day, but the heat didn’t keep us from dancing the night away. The next morning, we were able to say goodbye to Erin and Annie as well as our friends Neima and Jackie, all headed to Boston; and our friend Jordan, who’s doing his surgical residency in Philadelphia.

Because we had all moved out of the Shaker house early, our housemates the Hedges invited us to go on a camping trip with them– one that would take us from the wedding in Madison to our next destination: Molly’s wedding in Traverse City, Michigan the following weekend.


Our campsite the first night in northern Wisconsin

The tent on the left was one we inherited from Mom and Dad H. It had a very short life with us; it poured that evening and the tent flooded before we even got a chance to sleep in it.


The next day, we drove into Michigan via the Upper Peninsula, where we hiked for a few hours along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore before finding our next campsite.



It was so, so green.


It also happened to be our anniversary that day, so we counted this as an extra little celebration.

We loved our campsite that night so much, we ended up staying there for the remainder of our trip. If you ever go to the UP, look for Twelvemile Beach Campground.


During the days, we took little trips out– one was an ill-fated kayaking excursion on Lake Superior during which most of us got seasick. BUT we also went to a part of the shore that’s lined with steep sand dunes– this specific one is locally famous; called the log slide.


We slid down to the bottom, of course.


… But then had to climb back up. That little black speck in the middle is Michael, taking a break about halfway back up the dunes.


More hiking on our last full day, with my trusty Montrails.


Then we trekked on down to the big house we were renting in Traverse City, big enough to hold five medwives and their husbands. After five days of camping, a shower has never felt so good.

Our time at the house in Traverse City and during Molly and Josh’s wedding was exactly what we’d hoped– my dearest friends all running around, borrowing each other’s curling irons and jewelry, cooking together, playing games and talking late into the night. Not to mention the main event:




Our first time at a wedding with “Dr.” and “Mrs.” on the name cards. 🙂



And when the last song played, and the lights came up, the evening found us like this:


Except despite our smiles, we were all actually crying. In fact, I’ve never sobbed so much in my life. Saying goodbye to good friends is hard enough, but this was different. I might not have survived medical school without these girls to lean on, and we left each other that night knowing exactly what we were facing: several years of residency, the most difficult time in a medical family’s life, without our friends by our side. It was the loveliest last hurrah, but the saddest farewell.

To NOT end on that note, though, I also remember this: later, driving back to Cleveland with Michael, and thinking that even though this new step is scary, at least I get to do it with him.

Next up: Our move across the country to Seattle!


Playing Catch-up: April

The last two months have probably been the most intense, action-filled, and stressful of my whole life. They’ve also been filled with a LOT of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, big and small. Because I haven’t been posting, I can’t give every event its own due diligence, but I’m going to try to include it all!

So, starting at the end of April, we had:

  1. My dear friend and fellow medwife Molly’s bachelorette party. She was the last of us to get married, and we went all out with matching tank tops. We walked around Ohio City all night with people squinting at our shirts, asking “midwives?” Nope. We just like to be confusing like that.IMG_0651

Bonus: Some hilarious outtakes…

There is probably more collective laughter in our friendship than over some lifetimes. ❤

2. One of Michael’s best friends from undergrad, Lesley, got married the next day. It was a beautiful ceremony and a great time for Michael to connect with a lot of Akron friends he hadn’t seen in a while– including Ethan, who flew in from Seattle for the occasion.


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Photo: Lesley Booher Buga

3. The week that followed was my last working at the library, with my final day being the 29th. It was bittersweet. After three and a half years working for the library, I was (and am) ready for a change and some new challenges. But I had such an amazing group of coworkers in my fellow “Noblettes,” and leaving that work family was sad and difficult. I’ll forever be grateful for having the chance to work in that tough– but extremely supportive– environment during some formative years of my career. I’ll always love CHUH and I’m proud of my little legacy there.

Next up: May, and our cruise! A big trip that deserves its own post. 🙂


A Family Wedding and a Visit “Home”

Oh man, the craziness has begun! We knew that starting in April our lives would kick into hyperdrive, and April is now almost over. Hence the lack of posting. This is not a post about moving to Seattle or any of our preparations– I’ll work on that one later. But you’re about to get a lot of pictures, so buckle in…

After Match Day, our next big event was Alex and Rachel’s wedding in Kansas City. Michael went to help his brother with the prep about a week and a half before the big day, then I drove down with Patrick and Lauren (my other brother-in-law and future sister-in-law) a week later. After 13 hours in the car, we still managed to pull off a decent sibling photo:


The Hermelin “kids”! Plus Alex and Rachel’s dogs, Oliver (in Lauren’s lap) and Gwenie.

The guys celebrated Alex’s bachelor party that evening with a Sporting KC game, and we girls got to have an unexpected dinner date– a time I’ll treasure. I’m so, so grateful that those two women up there are the ones my brothers (in law) have chosen. They’re pretty great.

The next day was all about setting up the venue and rehearsing!






Pizza and beer for the rehearsal dinner. A+


The next morning, Mom Hermelin, Lauren and I got ready together. Alex stopped by to practice the mother-son dance, and I had to snap this picture of the bathrobe/heels combo. 🙂







And then it was ceremony time, and I put the camera away! Picked it up again during the reception…


Maid-of-honor’s speech


And my husband gave a speech about his brother that left me in tears. Geez.


Ridiculously, my only real picture of the bride and groom on their wedding day is this blurry iPhone photo of their first dance. But if you can get past the graininess, you can see the joy they radiated that night. ❤

Michael and I extended our time in the area through the end of the weekend so that we could visit my friends and family in Kansas, so the next day we struck out for our first stop: lunch with Uncle Larry and Aunt Myra:


Delicious KC BBQ.

After catching up with them and poking around at an estate sale together, we headed to Lawrence and visited my alma mater.


My first visit to KU’s campus after I was accepted was in April of 2008. I’ll never forget how beautiful the campus was with tulips in full bloom that year, or any of following springs that I spent there.


I was wearing my Sellards shirt, so obviously I had to pay a visit to my old scholarship hall, too.

And THEN we headed down to Mass Street for the main event:


Meeting Miss Darcy Lee Boehmler.


We are having a very serious conversation here, because Darcy is a VERY serious baby.

It’s one thing to know your friends are parents, but it’s another to actually see them in action. Our visit was too short, but it was pretty amazing to see Aaron and Amanda– friends I’ve known since before they were even dating– be Mom and Dad to this precious little one.


Daddy admiring his daughter.


Beautiful Mama.


Darcy B., one short visit was not enough. It was wonderful to see you at two months; my hope and prayer is to see you through two years and two decades, as well. I’ll always be your Auntie Dana. 🙂

After Lawrence, we headed for our westernmost destination: Topeka for a meal with a good chunk of the Wible side.


I highly recommend being friends with your cousins as adults. There’s nothing quite like it.

The next morning, we visited TBC and I got to see SO MANY people I love!


Liz, the Mahner girls, and Lori– Liz and Leah were in 7th grade when I first started working with the youth group, and now they’re all multiple years out from graduation. And I feel old! (Lori is ageless as always)


My dear friend Heidi.

We wrapped up our trip with some classic Topeka Mexican food at El Mezcal, and a couple more pictures:



Thanks for smiling, Grandma. 🙂

And that was last weekend! Whew!


This week is Michael’s last week of rotations (i.e. his last week of medical school! What?!) and my last week of work. We’ve had a weekend full of time with friends, and we’re looking forward to leaving for a cruise in six days to celebrate graduation, our second anniversary, etc. and to try to relax a bit before all the coming changes.