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Ben and Kristina’s wedding weekend: trip report & photos

Friday, September 18th, 2009

We went to see friends Ben and Kristina get married in Asheville at the Biltmore Estate. We decided to stay in Davidson with my parents so that they could watch Maddie while we attended the wedding.

We took a few photos (and I stole a few from my friend, Gwynn). Click on the photo for the rest of the album.

We drove to my parents’ house on Friday night, and Bapa and Nana were excited to see Maddie. She went to bed shortly after arriving, and of course the rest of us played a round of Tichu!

We spent Saturday morning with my parents and left during Maddie’s nap to go to Asheville. We set the GPS to find the Biltmore Estate, and it took us to some Biltmore office downtown. Oops! Fortunately, we had just enough time to correct our error and make it to the wedding with time to spare.

The wedding was very nice, and Ben and Kristina seem extremely happy together. We are thrilled for them. The wedding was quite fancy, and we rather enjoyed our dinner at the reception as well. We had fun with friends at our table and ended up leaving the reception shortly after 10pm. This put us back in Davidson fairly late, but it was still manageable.

Meanwhile, Maddie had a great time with Nana and Bapa while we were away. They went for a walk and played in the giant sandbox at one of the parks in their neighborhood. She didn’t ask for Mommy and Daddy at all, apparently! She went to bed nicely for Nana and only needed to be patted once afterward.

We spent some time with my parents in the morning and headed back to Raleigh after lunch. We have found that this is the best time to travel since it is Maddie’s natural naptime! Fortunately, this time we had a smooth trip with no blown tires like our last excursion to Davidson

The Sunday Somethings, 02aug09

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

Something that made me smile this week: Maddie made me smile quite a bit this week. For the most part, we had a great time together. It was fun to see her interact with her grandparents this weekend.

Something I’m thinking: I’m thinking non-stop about this charity yard sale, and I’m pretty sure most of this post is going to revolve around that.

Something I’m hoping: Obviously, I’m hoping that the yard sale is going to make a lot of money for the National MS Society.

Something happening around the house: Our garage quickly went from a two-car garage to a one-car garage and is now a no-car garage. Donations are still piled just about everywhere, but it is starting to get a little more manageable…well, not really, but we have made progress.

Something I’m reading: I finished My Sister’s Keeper and went back to reading The World Without End. I’m torn about reading things like that. I really don’t feel like I have enough time to read anything too long or complex.

Something tasty I ate this week: We went to a wedding at the Biltmore Estate this weekend, and our dinner was very good!

Something Maddie did this week: She stayed with her grandparents while we went to the wedding. We didn’t quite leave her overnight. We left for Asheville from Davidson while she was napping and returned around 1am. She had a lot of fun with Nana and Bapa and apparently didn’t ask for Mama or Dada even once!

Something happening with the pregnancy: I got some new maternity shirts since I didn’t have much need for short-sleeved shirts in the first pregnancy. This one is one month earlier, and I’m showing earlier relative to the first pregnancy, too.

Something I struggled with this week: Gathering, sorting, pricing.

Something I’m doing towards my goals: Working like crazy towards this yard sale for the National MS Society (getting closer to that goal of raising $100,000 for the NMSS – obviously, I have a long way to go). I also signed up for a photography class that starts this week.

Something I learned this week: I learned that some people may actually want to pay good money for a high end stroller that is 20 years old. We’ll see if we can actually find a buyer as we have two such items in our pile of donations.

Something I’m looking forward to next week: Having this yard sale behind us.

Something random: Gabe’s coming around on my favorite road game, 20 questions. For the longest time, he refused to play. The last few road trips, I’ve convinced him to play a round or two. It’s better with more people to brainstorm questions (and we don’t limit it to 20), but it’s still a good way to pass the time.

Something I captured: This doesn’t come close to describing the madness that is our house right now. Just one of the photos showing some of donation central.

25 Random Things About Me

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

My friend Cindy tagged me on Facebook on her note, 25 Random Things About Me. I have seen these in the past, though I rarely complete them. I always enjoy reading other people’s lists, though! Since I was tagged, I thought I would give it a try, especially after I saw Audrey’s list. As I was writing my list, my friend Robin tagged me on Facebook as well…I’m having fun reading everyone’s lists!

  1. I have always wanted to have kids, ever since I was very young. As it turns out, I absolutely love being a Mommy.
  2. I have one sister, and she is one of my bestest friends. I wish for my kids to have strong sibling relationships.
  3. I’m obsessed with photos. I like having my own to remind me of my life’s moments. I love looking at friends’ photos. I will even spend time looking at other people’s photos (like my friends’ friends’ photos on Facebook, for example).
  4. My daughter will be one next month, and I have taken multiple photos of her each and every day of her life. I plan to put together a book with one photo from each day in her first year. I think it will be neat to see how much she has changed.
  5. Gabe and I were married in Sedona, Arizona with a traditional Native American ceremony conducted by a Havasupai shaman. It was absolutely perfect and a very unique and moving experience.
  6. I love to play gamesboard games, card games, video games, computer games, word games, dice games, casino games, etc etc… I have an extensive board game collection (the list in the link is not complete) and host semi-regular games nights.
  7. I played the trombone for over 10 years in middle school, high school, and college. I loved every minute of it. My high school jazz band experiences and college marching and pep band experiences were some of the best in my life.
  8. I love to travel and wish to visit all the US States (and possibly Canadian provinces/territories). I have visited 36 states (though a few of them almost don’t count), DC, 3 provinces, and 1 territory. I’ll be able to mark off one more state and 2 provinces in September when we go on our cruise.
  9. I did a Sprint Triathlon in 2002. This was quite an accomplishment for me, and it could be the only one I ever do. The training was challenging, but the race was so much fun. I feel entitled to call myself a triathlete.
  10. I don’t cringe when I find myself turning into my parents (as I’m sure I will be doing more and more as Maddie gets older). I think my parents are pretty cool. Becoming more like them is not a bad thing.
  11. I love personal finance and enjoy my complicated budget and asset spreadsheets. I love planning things like when the mortgage will be paid and how I’m going to enjoy a comfortable retirement. I have even considered this to be something I feel I could do as an alternate career.
  12. I actually enjoy doing my taxes. Gabe has been doing taxes for his family for a while, and I enjoy helping him with those now, too. It helps when we get a tax refund, but that’s not the part that makes it fun to me. I just like the process and the organizing of finances.
  13. I graduated from NC State with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. I decided on my major before I arrived at school and never changed my mind. I directly use my degree in my career.
  14. I took piano lessons for many years, until I was too involved with the band to have time to practice both.
  15. I played in a handbell choir during high school and loved it!
  16. I have an intense fear of spiders. I hate to even think about the word, much less conjure up frightening images. I have to be really careful about what I watch or think, especially close to bedtime, or I have night terrors (note this is not the same thing as a nightmare).
  17. I’m a little bit weird about my snack foods. I tend to lick chips and eat candy bars and such in layers.
  18. I have seen They Might Be Giants perform live over 20 times. Pretty much every show has been different.
  19. I love to read and try to read as much as possible. I’m actively part of one book club and contemplating a second. My list of books that I want to read is neverending.
  20. Walter Cronkite and I share a common ancestor, or so I’m told. I’m apparently in possession of a letter from him confirming this fact. Herman Melville is another distant relative. My mom’s side of the family has some extensive genealogy records which are currently residing in my spare bedroom closet.
  21. When I was a kid, I thought it was neat that my first and last names were exactly 5 letters each. I could spell out my first and last names by writing one letter on each fingernail. I’m weird, I know.
  22. My friend Amie and I used to steal paper towels from the bathroom at our church when we were little. I say “steal” because we did not use them to dry our hands but to fold them up and put them into our socks. I think we liked how smooth they would feel at the end of the day. I’m weird, but I wasn’t alone in this one.
  23. I hate the sound of fingernails being clipped. It doesn’t bother me when I clip my own (or my daughter’s – they barely even make a sound anyway).
  24. I was extremely unoriginal in naming my stuffed animals during my childhood. I had a teddy named Teddy, another named Ted E. Bear, a duck named Chickie, an armadillo named Army, a polar bear named Poly, a bunny named Bunny, a blue and white checkered boy doll with orange hair named Boy, and many others. My Cabbage Patch dolls were always called by their “given” names. Care Bears were Birthday Bear and Cheer Bear. Other dolls were called by their package names, such as Jeans Beans and Baby Bath. My child is lucky she’s not “Baby.” We are not doing much better with her stuffed animals, as evidenced by her favorite Lambie.
  25. I love lists.

Restaurant ideas?

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Gabe and I will be celebrating our 2nd anniversary next Thursday, and Aunt Kristin has agreed to babysit Madeline for the evening. We are looking for some place interesting and new (to us). Most importantly, it does NOT have to be kid friendly. Hopefully, I do not have to worry about strict dairy free restrictions, just avoiding heavy dairy at the moment. Please leave comments with suggestions in the Triangle area! What are your favorite special occasion restaurants?

Erin and Julian’s Wedding Photos

Monday, October 15th, 2007

The CeremonyPhotos have been posted from Erin and Julian’s wedding. Gabe took many photos before and during the wedding, and I took control of the camera for most of the reception. Together we took close to 700 photos, so this is a very small sampling!

Erin’s Bachelorette Party

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

I have posted one more set of pre-wedding activities for Erin (for now), her bachelorette party! We started the evening at The Underground where we had a tasty dinner and showered Erin with a few gifts. We continued to Charlie Goodnights for a comedy show and ended up at my house for a girly slumber party and a viewing of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (a childhood favorite of Erin and Robin).

Erin’s Afternoon Tea

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Erin invited her bridesmaids, mom, and future mother-in-law to an afternoon tea. The tea was quite lovely, and she had prepared a few very cute gifts for each of us. We felt very appreciated! The photos from the tea have been posted.

Jigsaw Puzzle Shower

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Preparations and Food Shower Activities
Erin’s Bridal Shower photos have been posted. I co-hosted this shower with Alice, Robin, and Vivian. The shower had a jigsaw puzzle theme. We had a lot of fun with the theme and incorporated it into several of the shower elements, including the invitations themselves which had to be assembled to reveal the details. The shower went pretty well, and Erin received most of the items on her registry!

Photo Calendar for July

Monday, July 30th, 2007

More Photo Calendar updates! I finally downloaded all the images from both cameras. I haven’t had a chance to sort through them, aside from pick the photos-of-the-day for the calendar. In July’s calendar, you will find more painting projects, a family visit, a bridal shower, an afternoon tea, our baby’s first photo, and more. I should be posting more photos soon…hopefully.

Donovan & Cynthia’s Wedding Photos

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

The Wedding The Reception Portraits Dancing! The After Party

We took over 650 photos at Donovan & Cynthia’s wedding at Lake Lure. We’ve posted a select few of them on the website. We will be sorting through more recent photos soon.