Without going into detail, my life changed a little unexpectedly this spring and threw me into a bit of a whirlwind.  Thankfully, the changing of the seasons brought a breath of fresh air.  I can easily mark the date of change - it all started when my cousin and best friend, April, came into town.  

Note that this is definitely a dear diary post and not a photography post. All of these pictures are thanks to a very average droid camera phone. :)

 Enjoying the Bridges of Chicago

Enjoying the Bridges of Chicago

I was lucky to grow up with my cousins.  I didn't realize how special it was not only to have cousins close in age but close in proximity until I was an adult.  April, only a few years younger than me, has always been one of my best friends - even if she didn't always agree.  :) Ha!  

 Cindy's Rooftop Bar

Cindy's Rooftop Bar

Sure we grew up together and we are similar in many ways, but there are a few key ways that we couldn't be any more different.  Most noteworthy, I live in Chicago while she voluntarily chooses to live in the middle of nowhere - and I don't mean a small town, I mean a 15 minute drive from the smallest town where she owns what I describe as a whole woods butted up against a county forest.  The first time I was there we had a bonfire.  I looked in the distance and saw a light.  Thinking it was a neighbor's light I said, "Oh, they aren't too far away."  ...the light was the moon.  While the country is peaceful, it also can give me the creeps.  I have nicknamed her location Murderville, which she responds that I - living in Chicago - obviously am the one living in danger.  

She signed up for the Color Run with her friends near Chicago, which gave her the perfect reason to drive down early and hang out with me!  I took the day off from photographing babies and we went about town.  The adventure started in Wicker Park where we ate pizza and drank beer at Piece Pizza - one of my favorite places.  

Then we headed downtown and hung out on the River Walk, went to Chicago Athletic Association (where I won a game of pool for the first time in my life and introduced April to mezcal), walked over to Cindy's Rooftop to enjoy the view, down to Millennium Park where Goose Island had bags set up (and April kicked my sad little behind) and then Lindsey W - someone you're bound to run into more now that this blog is personal - invited us up to Maifest in Lincoln Square.  So we jumped on the Brown Line and headed up!  

 Margaritas on the River Walk on a Beautiful Day

Margaritas on the River Walk on a Beautiful Day

We drank German beer, danced the polka, met new people and had fun together.  It was an important day because it was the first I felt normal in a few weeks.  Like the way only close family and friends can, April effortlessly lifted the weight off my shoulder and reminded me who I was must when it was needed.  To thank her I'm going to share this video which highlights something April and I do have in common - incredible dance skills.  

April, you brighten my life.  I love and appreciate you more than words can express.  Thank you for kicking off what turned out to truly be one of the best summers of my life. 

XOXO,
Brittany (your favorite cousin)