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Life is busy, life is full and as much as I wish for it to slow down sometimes, life is good. Our weekends are filled with friends and family and travels. And our weeks are busy with work and small group and trying to squeeze in some quality time with each other. But time is flying by and I am thankful to enjoy it. Here’s a quick recap of our lives the past few months according to my iphone:

We spent a weekend in October with the Neely family at Pawley’s Island. It always feels good to be near the water. Something about it..

We saw John Legend in concert for the first time. A-mazing. If you get the chance, go. I’m now stalking tour dates because that definitely won’t be the last time.

My dear friend Ashima came to visit & she taught me how to cook Indian food!

And we went to the NC state fair. Note to self: Do not go the state fair on the opening weekend. ever. again.

We fostered this little pup named Tebow – & he melted my heart!

We went to visit these two lovebirds up in NYC.

Spent Thanksgiving down in SC with my parents.

Spent my first Christmas in NC with the Neelys!

Spent some time before Christmas in Blowing Rock with the Neelys.

Spent a weekend in VA beach with my college roomies watching a friend get married.

And most excitingly..

Welcomed this sweet, sweet baby nephew of mine into the world on December 14th. He is a joy and a blessing and we are so thankful for his life.

That’s a pretty short recap for what the past 3 months have entailed. But we will try to not be missing in action from this little blog again!


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Moving into Summer.

The month of June has been somewhat of a whirlwind and I can’t believe it will be July by the end of the week. Does anyone else feel like time goes by faster the older you get? Here’s a quick recap of the past month – it has been super busy, but no complaints here!

We somehow squeezed in a visit to my parents house which always recharges me a little bit –  this time we took Ryan’s sisters along with us.

My mama recently adopted a third stray kitten that she found in my Grandma’s barn – therefore he is named Barnabas aka Barney. He is the wildest kitten I’ve ever met and never really wears himself out to curl up and be sweet. We are trying to slowly introduce Charlie to cats so that one day we might be able to have one and know that he is not going to eat it. He did pretty good! He is just very, very curious. He could care less about squirrels, birds, rabbits, even other dogs – but he is VERY interested in the felines.

Thankfully this little guy isn’t the least bit phased by Charles.

This past weekend we took a 4 day trip to Newport, Rhode Island, where I graduated high school, to attend a dear friend, Faith’s wedding. Of course, I did not get any pictures of the friends I saw. Awesome. I chose not to bring my camera to the wedding because I knew Faith would have some amazing photographers (she IS a wedding photographer herself). Therefore I now have no proof I saw any old friends. Hopefully there will be some pictures of us when she gets her pictures back.

[photography by Peter Silvia]

The wedding was absolutely beautiful and a lot of fun with an awesome photo booth for endless entertainment. The reception was held at Glen Manor House in Portsmouth, RI. So many cute ideas I can’t even name them all. Faith looked gorgeous and I wish her and Jefferson the very best.

Honestly, those things are a lot of fun.

We saw a lot of boats preparing for the TransAtlantic race that started on Sunday from Newport to Lizard’s Point, England..

..toured the Breakers, the Vanderbilt’s  Summer home..

..played on the rocks at Ft. Adams, where I used to live..

hello lil’ 67 Jackson Road!

..found our future home [just looked it up, almost $2 million, dkhjndfjk!!?@!]..

[“Imagine…” HAHA]

.. and took a Sunset Cruise of beautiful Newport.

And now we are back to reality. Until next weekend when we will be going on a mule trip 🙂


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back in the ‘burg

Ryan surprised me with a trip last weekend – he told me to pack my bags on Friday and we were leaving after Jenna’s graduation on Saturday. I had no idea where we were going. At first I thought Asheville and then I started thinking about Chapel Hill and then I started thinking maybe Blacksburg? So he assured me it “is not a college town.” Though I guess that was just his effort at keeping it a surprise cause when you start heading up North from Greensboro, there are not many other places to go..  To his defense, we spent the first night at a B&B in Roanoke, VA. It was so nice to get away, just the two of us, and relax a little bit. I’m terrible at relaxing at home because I constantly feel like I need to be cleaning/vacuuming/doing yard work, etc. I get that from my Mom!

We stayed at Rose Hill Bed & Breakfast. It’s run by an extremely nice lady named Wendy and her dog Loxi, originally from San Diego and just fell in love with Virginia.  She took very good care of us.

It felt SO GOOD to be back in Blacksburg. We were both almost giddy on the drive from Roanoke to Blacksburg the next day because it brought back so many memories. I don’t think I realized how much I loved those rolling green hills and old farmhouses and then the hokie stone! I think we need some of that incorporated into our house.. somehow.

This is the new theatre building for those of you who have not been back in a while, its on the corner of college ave. and draper.

The place of of our first date!

Every time we go back, so much has changed, yet so much is still just how we left it. It made me miss our carefree days in college but I’m so thankful those are memories we can look back on fondly and share. I recharged my batteries and am thankful we only live 2.5 hours from Blacksburg (closer than I lived in college). Thank you husband for planning this getaway for me, it was needed.


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