Happy Birthday To My Person

Good morning!!!  I am still so overwhelmed by everyone who has reached out and keeping me in their thoughts and prayers.  I can’t thank you all enough.  I am so blessed.

Before all the craziness began, we got to celebrate my sweet husband’s 31st birthday with close friends! We have been wanting to go to City Winery for a while now so we decided this was a great occasion!  

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We met some of our friends there for an early dinner.  We had a blast chatting away and sipping drinks (none for me while I am sick).  We got a bunch of appetizers and everyone really loved their food.  

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I made little treat bags for everyone too so some goodies were consumed as well.  Homemade cookies and chocolate covered pretzels!  (Clearly, I need to have a child as I am making goodie bags for my 31 year old husband’s birthday. ;)).  

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Then we sang to this sweet boy!!  He is a special one!  

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The whole gang!!  We sure did get lucky in the friend department!!!  

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My love. 🙂

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We got photobombed!!  

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My girls!!! 

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Three sweet boys at the bar. 🙂 

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I’m still doing well and getting lots of snuggles from these two. 🙂 

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I hope you all have a fantastic day!!!  

How was your weekend??

Tuesday Talks and The Biggest Thank You Ever

Hi friends!  I hadn’t planned on posting today, but I just couldn’t help myself after the response to yesterday’s post.  To put it simply, I am completely blown away.  I know I have a great support system around me, but wow.  I cannot say thank you enough for all the sweet messages, thoughts, and prayers from all of you.  I am beyond grateful.

I am still at home resting this week and have been feeling mostly good with a few stomach pains and some nausea at night.  I have another doctor appointment today with a GI specialist so I am hoping for more answers.  

In the mean time, I’ve been staring at all these beautiful flowers.  Fresh flowers just make me smile.  

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My sweet sister left this morning and I’m already missing her.  She is such a good caretaker and was by my side all weekend.  I was so happy she was able to go to the Preds game with my dad on Sunday so she could enjoy her visit a bit.  And the bonus is that they won in double overtime!  Can’t wait to watch the next game tonight! Go Preds!!

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I happily watched from my bed. 🙂 

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You know the honey I mentioned in my last post?  Well my momma brought me a jar!!  It is the best honey I have ever tasted.  

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Monday morning I woke up feeling pretty good so my mom, sister, and I walked to grab a coffee.  It is one of the few things I can drink/eat right now.  It tasted heavenly. 

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When my mom comes over, there is ALWAYS pingpong involved.  Who will be her next competitor? 😉 

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It has been very difficult for me to rest at home.  I can always think of things that need to be done.  Monday I mopped, vacuumed, dusted, cleaned mirrors, etc.  Today I am relaxing per my doctor’s orders.  On Monday afternoon my sister and I went to my dad’s to relax in the hot tub for a bit before heading to my little brother’s hockey game.  He was really excited to see my sister and see me out of the hospital.  He told me he was SO glad I was laying down in the hospital anymore. 😉  Sweetest boy ever. 

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Now it is time to go rest up before my doctor appointment today.  I will keep you all updated.  And once again, I am just so thankful for all my friends (internet blogging friends too!) and family.  Have a great day, friends!!

Weekend Recap 3.4.18 … Birthdays, Walks in the Park, Family & Friend Time

Hey friends!!!!! How are you all doing?  How was your weekend?  I hope it was a good one!  Today is actually my Friday as my husband, sister, and her bf head out of town tomorrow until early next week for a much needed R&R.  I cannot wait!!!

Before I go I wanted to pop in with my usual weekend recap because this weekend was an especially wonderful one.  Nothing too crazy, but lots of time with friends and family, which just makes my heart SO happy.  The weather in Nashville was also amazing so that was the icing on the cake for a perfect weekend!  

 These pups were super spoiled last week with lots of time at work with daddy.  They both LOVE to go and get SOOO excited when he takes them in the mornings.  Callie and Riley both have a fan club at my husband’s office and they look forward to seeing their favorite people each time they get to go to the office.  The young girls in the office even took Riley for a lunchtime walk on Friday so he was so tired when he got home. 🙂 

Friday night my husband grabbed a drink with a friend and I got in a treadmill incline walk before making some quinoa and veggies for dinner and calling it an early night.  My husband and I used to watch tv in our living room or basement each night after dinner, but lately we have been going straight to bed after dinner.  We do watch a little tv in bed before falling asleep, but I feel like such a grandma going straight to bed… usually in the 8 o’clock hour.  😉

When I give my dogs dentalife’s to chew on for their teeth they know they aren’t allowed to chew them on my rugs so they both run with their treats to the dog bed so I won’t take them away from them.  This is as close as we will get to them actually cuddling. 😉 

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Saturday morning started bright and early with a workout followed by some baking with my momma!  My mom hosted book club at her house on Sunday so I helped her do some baking and she helped me bake a birthday cake for my little brother’s birthday dinner on Sunday night.  Here is the start of it.  Funfetti dyed 4 different colors (yellow, green, red, and blue). 

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While my husband was out playing golf with a friend, I headed to the park with the pups to get some exercise and enjoy the beautiful weather!

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There were so many people and pups out enjoying the nice weather too!

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We spotted lots of turtles soaking up the sun. 

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We stopped along the way to play a little fetch and Riley was loving life!

Once my husband got back from playing golf, we headed over to watch my little brother’s hockey game.  They won!!! 

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After the game we went home to get ready for our friends to come over for a quick drink before we headed to the Gulch for dinner.  Riley didn’t waste any time making himself comfortable on our friend, Eric’s lap. 🙂  (The pups got haircuts this weekend so Riley is looking quite hilarious…)

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We went to Bar Louie for dinner to celebrate our friend, Jason’s birthday.  I got the pear and blue cheese salad with grilled salmon. yum!!

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Happy Birthday Jason!!!!!

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After dinner we walked on over to the Thompson Hotel and took the elevator up to the rooftop bar, L.A. Jackson, to meet up with more friends.  Love this guy!

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My sweet bestie, Rachael, and I on the rooftop. 🙂

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On Sunday we slept in then enjoyed some time on our front porch while the pups ran around.  

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This guy LOVES the sun and hates when we make him come inside. 🙂

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My husband and I took the dogs on a walk to the park after breakfast to enjoy the beautiful weather. 

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My husband had plans to take his little brother (from Big Brothers Big Sisters) to a movie on Sunday afternoon so the pups and I did some baking, cleaning and organizing around the house before heading back to the park for another walk.  What can I say… we all love the park on nice days! 

Once my husband got home, we got ready to head to dinner with my dad, his girlfriend, and my little brother to celebrate my little brother’s 11 birthday!  He chose Carrabbas for his birthday dinner, which is one of my favorites too!  Why is he growing up SO fast?? Time needs to SLOW down!  

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My friend, Rachael, sent me this picture that popped up on her timehop on Facebook last week.  This was us with my little brother at his 1st birthday party 10 (!!!!!) years ago. 😦

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I got the Johnny Rocco salad with grilled shrimp and scallops and devoured the entire thing.  SO tasty!

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After we ate, the waitress brought out the cake I made for my little bro while we sang Happy Birthday to him. 

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We LOVE this kiddo!!!! 

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I follow a lot of cupcake shops and bakeries on instagram so I decided to take a stab at a rainbow cake filled with sprinkles in the middle and it turned out so well!  My little brother loved it!  🙂 #favoritesister #atleastforonenight

Eating cake and opening presents!

A new video game and a $1,000,000 candy bar! 🙂 

We had such a great weekend celebrating two amazing guys’ birthdays, enjoying the outdoors, and getting caught up and ready for another week!  I hope your weekend was fabulous too!!

Questions:

  1. Did you enjoy good weather this weekend?
  2. What was your favorite thing you did this weekend?
  3. Any trips coming up?

Weekend Recap 2.26.18 Yummy Food, A Birthday Celebration and A Hockey Game

Hey Friends!!!! Happy Monday!! A new week, a new chance for a fresh start!  I am headed out of town today for work, but wanted to get my weekly weekend recap up before then!  I hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend.  Mine was really nice with lots of down time and a few fun plans with friends.  

Ya’ll I have a new obsession.  I am LOVING taking baths after a long day.  I have never been a bath person because I usually am in and out of the shower quickly and it just seems like a task sometimes rather than a relaxing experience.  But ever since my doctor told me that I need to be taking a few epsom salt baths a week for my back, I have a new found love for baths.  I may have overdone it on the bubbles… 😉 

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On Thursday night neither my husband or I felt like cooking so we got take out from Eastern Peak, one of our favorite take out places. I got the avocado and shrimp salad and it was delicious as always!

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On Friday night we met up with some friends that were in town for a drink during happy hour.  Afterwards we came home and called it an early night.  We didn’t have anything on the agenda for most of Saturday, which was nice.  So this is what most of our Saturday looked like.  My husband and I were both exhausted and did a lot of lounging around all day with our pups.  It was heavenly. 

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On Saturday night we had plans for dinner downtown and then meeting up with our friends to celebrate a 30th birthday!  I asked my husband to take the picture on the left because this is one of the dresses my sister gave to me when we cleaned our her closet in Dallas.  Then when we were walking to dinner I realized that not only was the dress from my sister, but so was the jacket and the purse.  (Thanks Morg!!!)

For dinner my husband and I tried out City Tap House downtown.  

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We both started with a drink! 

Right before this picture my husband said, “I don’t like being an instagram husband.”  hahah Then he said, “this is my I don’t really want to take a picture with my beer face.”  Men…… 🙂 

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We split the crispy brussels sprouts for an app and were fighting over the last bite!  They had pomegrante seeds and a miso dressing that made them so freaking tasty.  My husband got the goat cheese pizza and I got the ahi tuna that came with a quinoa seaweed salad and a shrimp salsa on top.  Yum!

After dinner we headed out to the middle of nowhere to meet up with our friends at The Old School to celebrate our friend, Liz’s 30th birthday!!  Casey, Rachael and I had a blast catching up.  Liz is my bestie, Rachael’s sister.  Happy Birthday, Liz!!

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I thought this outtake of me being a diva was quite hilarious. 😉  We sure do love our friends!

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Sunday morning started bright and early with a workout before we headed to meet our friends for brunch before the Preds game.  The Preds game was at 11am, which is very unusual and while I like to have my Sundays to catch up and get ready for the week, it was nice to not be out late for a Sunday night game.  

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We won 4 to 0!!!! Gooooo Preds!

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After the game we went grocery shopping, did dishes, did a load of laundry, made soup for the week, took a long dog walk, and got ready for the week ahead. 

Alright friends it is time to get this new week started!!  I hope you guys have a great week and an easy Monday.  xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. Highlight of your weekend?
  2. Favorite restaurant for brunch? 
  3. Favorite birthday you have ever had? 

Weekend Recap 12.17.17 Family Time and A Holiday Party for a Cause

Good morning!! How is your week going so far? I am a little tired after a long road trip yesterday for work, but hey, it is almost Christmas so I am feeling great!  Last weekend was one for the books so I will tell you all about it!

On Friday night my little brother had a sleepover at our house!  The boys played video games, we made pizza, ate cookies and stayed up too late!  They had a blast!! Jon is going to be the BEST dad one day.  He is one of a kind.  

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Saturday morning I got a much needed haircut then rushed home to set up for our Holiday Party for a Cause!  Jon and I were wanting to have a Christmas party this year since we have a lot of family and friends in Nashville, but my heart was calling me to do more.  I have had the idea of filling backpacks for the homeless in my head for awhile and I thought that the idea to combine the Christmas party and charity event was perfect!  

We invited all our friends and family and gave them a list of items that needed fulfilled.  We bought 50 backpacks, but we needed some help filling them for distribution to the homeless around Nashville.  Our friends brought crackers, chapsticks, gum, lotion, wash cloths, sausage, cookies, muffins, granola bars, floss, toothbrushes and toothpaste.  

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They also brought McDonalds giftcards, wet wipes, muffins, waters, deodorant, tissues, scarves, pens, and notepads.  

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They brought socks, hand warmers and combs. 

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I literally get tears in my eyes when I think about how amazing our friends are.  They all showed up to contribute to our event.  Even the ones who couldn’t make it, dropped off items beforehand so that they could be a part of giving back to those in need.  

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We ended up with a LOT of stuff.  I was worried it wouldn’t all fit in the bags.  🙂 

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After everyone arrived, my mom had us play a little icebreaker game.  She made us all stand in a circle and passed out scratch off lottery tickets randomly.  She read the Christmas Story out loud and when she would read the word “right” we all passed the cards to the person to our right and then she would read “left” and we all passed the cards to the left.  At the end of the story, the people with the lottery cards in their hands were the winners! 🙂 

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Who’s gonna win!?!?!?

After the game, we all got in line and grabbed a bag to walk around the room and start filling! 

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Around and around we went to fill the bags!

With all the people who showed up to help, the bags were filled in no time!

Little Cooper was exhausted from watching all the bags get filled! 😉 

We have the most generous and sweet friends ever!

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After we finishing filling 60 50 bags we had some drinks and munchies!

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Jon and I plan to hand out the bags on Christmas eve and Christmas day around Nashville with my sister and her boyfriend.  I know there will be some very happy people around town!  My heart is so full and so happy knowing how many people were willing to help us with our little idea.  Jon and I have already discussed how we want to do this again next year and make it an even bigger event and fill even more bags!  

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We plan to document the distribution of all the bags around Nashville so stay tuned for another post coming your way!  Thank you to all our friends for helping us give back to those less fortunate this holiday season.  Your generosity will never be forgotten.  xoxo

 

 

 

Weekend Recap 11.13.17 Wedding in Captiva Island

Good morning!!!  I hope you are having a nice week and had a nice weekend!  Ours started early on Wednesday morning when we headed to the airport to catch our flights to Captiva Island.  My oldest friend, Dana, got married this past weekend!!  Dana and I went to preschool together, lived in the same neighborhood growing up, went to elementary school together and then reconnected about 4 or 5 years ago when we both lived in Cincinnati.  

Jon and I arrived Wednesday afternoon and headed straight to a late lunch on the water before making it to the resort.  This was our view as we crossed the bridge. 🙂 

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We were exhausted from traveling all day so we were in our pajamas and in bed by 7pm.  It was lovely.  

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A little while later we were greeted with a knock on the door from the hotel staff that dropped off a welcome bag from the bride and groom that included schedules of the weekend activities. 

Thursday morning we headed to the gym before laying at the pool for a couple hours.  After a while, one of us got restless (…it was not me… I could lay at the pool all.day.long.) so we headed to our room to change for a round of golf.  There is a 9-hole course on the resort property (we stayed at South Seas Resort). Okay, I didn’t actually golf… I drove the golf cart and painted my nails while my husband played. 🙂 

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We lucked out with amazing weather the entire weekend.

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After golf we got cleaned up to go to dinner at Harbourside Bar & Grill.  We opted for a table outside since the weather was beautiful.  

 

We shared some shrimp to start while we admired all the yachts parked at the marina. 🙂 

After dinner we headed over to the beach where the bride and groom hosted a welcome party with drinks and dessert for all their guests.  

On Friday morning Jon had plans to play golf with the groom and some boys so I opted for a workout and some relaxation at the pool.  Before we knew it, it was time to get ready for the wedding!  We hopped on the trolley, which took us out to a beautiful location overlooking the ocean.  

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How cute is the bride and groom’s little boy all dressed up in a suit? 

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The ceremony was beautiful!!  The bride and groom read their own vows , which always makes me cry.  🙂 After the ceremony, the trolley took us to the golf course where the reception was held. 

I’m not quite sure if you can get much prettier than this venue.  

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I mean really?!?!  How amazing is that sunset!!!

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After cocktail hour, speeches, and dinner, it was time for dancing!

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The beautiful bride, Dana, and I.  It was just a tad bit windy. 🙂

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Saturday morning we headed to the pool for a few hours.  We ordered lunch poolside and this salad was sooo tasty!

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Later in the afternoon we headed to the beach to meet up with some friends to hang out for a little while.  

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Once we were nice and toasty, we headed back to the room to clean up for dinner.  We went to Harbourside Bar & Grill again since it was so close to our room.  We got a different type of shrimp to start this time and it was really good!  The sauce was amazing.  I can’t remember what my husband got, but I got the red snapper and it was SO yummy!!  

After dinner we stopped by the bride and groom’s house to say hi before heading back to our room.  Our flight wasn’t until Sunday afternoon so we got to sleep in a bit, hit the gym, and take our time packing up before hitting the road for the airport.  We had such a blast in Captiva, but we sure were happy to see our pups again!!  We really missed them. 🙂 

I hope you guys have a wonderful week!!  I am hoping to have my post about our DIY dining room table up next week!  Can’t wait to show yall!! 

Questions:

  1. How was your weekend?  What was the highlight?
  2. Do you like seafood?
  3. Where is the best wedding destination you have ever been to? 

 

Weekend Recap 10/22/17 Friends in Town, A Finished Project and a Charity event

Hi friends!!!  We made it half through the week!  I am headed out of town today for work until the end of the week, but I thought I would pop in and catch up with all of you first!

How was your weekend?  Too short like mine? ;). The previous weekend my in-laws were in town for a couple days and so we could all go to the Monday night Titans versus Colts football game.  My in-laws live in Indianapolis so they were excited to come down and watch the Colts.  We all got to go in the suite with my husband’s company so that was nice too since it was a little chilly!

The whole crew!

You guys.. I just had to show y’all this.  I am obsessed with honey crisp apples.  I used to only buy cheaper apples, but once you get a taste of the more expensive ones aka honey crisp apples, you can’t ever go back.  I was excited last week when they were on sale so I did have to spend over $10 on a couple apples!  Well last Friday I asked my husband to stop by the grocery store for a couple of things.  He took this picture as proof that the store was sold out of my favorite apples because he knows that I would have questioned him. :). He (and I for that matter) think it is ridiculous to spend a ton of money on apples so he had to have proof he wasn’t just getting the cheap ones to save money. 😉 Who else loves honey crisp apples??  Aren’t they the best?

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Friday night my husband took me on a little date night for some sushi and wine.  Afterwards it was so nice outside we actually walked about a mile back home so we could enjoy the night.

Later Friday evening our friends, Mary and Luke, from Cincinnati arrived and we caught up for a couple hours before heading to bead.  Saturday morning was an early one.  My mom does a lot of charity work during her retirement and one of the events she organized this year was the Food Panty day where we got enough food delivered to sort and organize to pass out to 250 families.

My mom recruited my two besties and we all got the privilege of wearing these beautiful orange vests because we were assigned “table captains.”  🙂

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After the event we met up with our friends for lunch at House.

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We made Mary take a picture on the pumpkin afterwards.  🙂

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After a few hours we got ready for dinner and drinks with friends.  We had dinner at Sea Salt. It was really tasty, but the entree portions were pretty small.  I got this harvest salad to start and the grouper for my entree.

Afterwards we headed to a few bars downtown to meet us with some friends and listen to some live music.  We stayed out for a couple hours and then called it a night!

We spent the majority of our Sunday cleaning the house, meal prepping and finally finishing our new dining room table!!!  I am going to share all about it in a separate post soon!! I can’t wait to show you guys pictures!!  I am off to East Tennessee so I will see you all soon!! Have a great Wednesday!!

Questions:

  1. Highlight of your weekend?
  2. What is on your agenda for this week/coming weekend?
  3. Favorite warm drink?