Archive | November, 2014

A Wedding in Rome

24 Nov

This weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing and celebrating the wedding of one of my good Georgia Tech friends. I had never been to Rome, Georgia, and I have to say it was really a nice place. A quaint downtown, which I love, and the reception was at The Farm, which was even more of a drive, but well worth it.

Because we had another friend we hadn’t seen in two and a half years who lived in Rome, we drove up a little early and had lunch with him at Harvest Moon Cafe. The food was incredible and the company even better.

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It’s really nice to get back in touch with a friend and to instantly remember why you liked said friend so much. I also felt the same way seeing all my Georgia Tech friends again, most of whom are busy like we are or have moved out of state, so I either haven’t seen them in months or years. I blame the quickness of time for why so much of it passes by before I get a chance to meet up with friends.

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The Catholic service was very lovely and interesting. I thought the homily was short and meaningful — and funny! — and since the bride is Hispanic, they incorporated some of those traditions into the ceremony as well, which I enjoyed. I feel like no matter what your religious beliefs, you can always appreciate the cultural diversity of attending someone else’s service.

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We arrived at the reception venue and it didn’t disappoint.

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We did a quick photo shoot before it got dark.

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And then the fun began! A delicious dinner, drinks, and dancing into the night.

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Cupcakes. Yum.

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It was really nice to have this opportunity to spend so much time with people that I basically grew up with and used to hang out with every day (and their significant others). It felt good to be silly and just simply have a lot of fun together!

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There was an awesome bonfire in a nearby pasture after the festivities. It looked like they cut up an entire tree to make it. I wanted to stay til all the flames died, but we had to get home at some point that evening!

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I love fire.

Everything about the whole day was just extremely wonderful. Congrats to my friends! May they live long and happy lives together!

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Kitchen Cabinet Remodel

19 Nov

A few weeks ago we went through a week-long kitchen renovation. I don’t know how people stay in their houses for remodels that take six weeks or more! However, I am now in love with my kitchen. I have always appreciated the cabinet and counter space, but now, it looks fantastic as well and feels great to be in.

This is what it used to look like:

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A year ago we rearranged and moved the large dining room table into our gigantic living space. Then this year we painted the walls blue, and I painted the new kitchen table black. And then, much to David’s chagrin, I couldn’t handle the “orange” cabinets any more. So, this happened:

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Even with everything taped off, a dusting of white oil paint got everywhere and on everything. I guess we’ll have memories of this project for years to come.

The beautiful new kitchen!:

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Not only did we get this amazing kitchen, but we got to relax at the in-laws house and have them cook dinner for us for two days while our house was a disaster.

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It feels so big in there now, and the countertops and backsplash pop (and match!)… I love it! I got David to install a new Pottery Barn light fixture over the table that really brings the room together, and I made curtains for the window to add a splash of color. It’s my favorite room of the house to be in now!

2 Crafty Chicks

18 Nov

A new friend that we met in The Music Class (who actually enjoyed singing and dancing to the songs with the kids!) invited us to go to a mommy & me art class in Decatur. I was excited for a new activity to do with Walter, and since I love being creative, it seemed perfect. I had no idea what to expect, but it was awesome. They were very relaxed, and everything was scheduled fantastically.

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When you get there they have blocks and other things to play with while you wait for everyone else to arrive. Then there is story time, which Walter wouldn’t sit through and started stacking the stools all the kids were sitting on. They of course match the book to the theme of the art project that day, which was leaves, fall, and Thanksgiving.

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Then the art project. Walter didn’t want to put on his smock at first, but after we sat to the side watching all the other kids paint for a few minutes, he willingly put it on so he could join.

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Then play-doh time.

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Then dancing to music with pompoms time.

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Then you finish your art!

I had a blast, and Walter did too. I love having all these options of things to do with Walt as he grows up. I will definitely be back and bring more friends!

Veteran’s Day with my veteran

11 Nov

Today was a beautiful day to celebrate Veteran’s Day. In a way, probably because I am married to an amazing veteran, it is becoming a more special national holiday to me than July 4th. It is not about a day off work, a day to drink, or a day to watch fireworks. It is a day set aside every year to honor those who have gone off to war in the name of America.

Many people these days despise war. I’m not sure they understand it, because honestly, who could who hasn’t been there? If all you see is what the media tells you, do you know the reality? Does the American military simply go overseas to expand our empire and kill helpless citizens? Is it so horrible that every veteran comes back with PTSD and a knack for homelessness?

I think a lot of these misconceptions hurt our military because they come back to a nation that doesn’t really want to accept the truth. That the US uses our military to take care of other nations. That they have to be trained in war because certain people in other countries do not pay attention to humane laws of treatment. Our military are also our protectors, because we are not an isolated country. We allow our citizens to have extreme free will, and not everyone in this world agrees with that.

Because I am a huge fan of the Atlanta History Center these days, I was pretty excited to hear about their Veteran’s Day ceremony and lunch in their new Veteran’s Park. Dave and his mother joined me and Walt, and it was beautiful. The National Anthem was sung so wonderfully it gave me the chills and I almost got teary. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance. I’m not sure I’ve had to remember that since elementary school, when we stood up and said it every morning after announcements. It felt good to stand with a group who are truly patriotic and repeat it together. It’s like singing a really great song with your congregation on Sunday mornings. Then there was a prayer (which started, “If you are comfortable, please pray with me” which I thought was very inclusive. Easy to tune out if you wanted to!), and a keynote speech by a very nice General who is now a Police Chief somewhere. We also met WWII veterans.

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Walt actually behaved himself, except during the moment of silence when he said “BANANA!”

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They had all the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who were there stand up in front. I was one proud wife!

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He actually chucked one of those at a Vietnam vet.

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OORAH!