Friday, May 30, 2014

Baby Brother Graduation Weekend

My baby brother graduated college a few weekends ago and my family was in full force celebration mood. Kev and I traveled to Lexington early that friday to meet up with baby brother and some friends at Country Boy Brewery. We started the weekend celebration off right with some of our favorite beverages at what used to be one of our favorite local spots (when we lived in Lex). 

My parents met up with us at our hotel in Hamburg and headed to celebratory graduation dinner at Nick Ryan's downtown Lexington. We were so excited to finally take my parents there. 

We attended Eastern Kentucky University's graduation ceremony on Saturday. We were so so excited for baby brother and to share the weekend with his girlfriend, Brittany, and her family who had made the trip in from California. 

Kev looked so handsome in his bow tie and I was so excited to finally wear my lace skirt that had been collecting dust in my closet.  

Saturday was so special. My parents were just beaming with joy the entire proud of their baby boy. 

Charlie and one of his best friends from home were in the same ceremony and were actually seated next to each other. It was very special as we are are very close to him and his family. 

Charlie's gorgeous girlfriend, Brittany. 

 The graduate! So so proud of hm. 

Brittany and her family. We adore them. It was so much fun having them all in Kentucky together. 

After graduation, we headed back to baby brother's apartment to freshen up. Momma and Daddy surprised Charlie with a brand new Martin guitar for his graduation present. He was over the moon. 

Brittany's mom had lead the charge on planning the post graduation celebration. We celebrated the special occasion with  Brittany's family and 2 other families of graduates that Charlie and Britty are very close to. We had BBQ catered in, drinks flowing, a candy bar and an amazing cake all along with good company to share the evening with. Brittany's mom had went above and beyond. It was perfect!

We loved that our family was able to spend time with Brittany's family. We had each met them several times prior, but this was the first time we had all been together at the same time. We sure do enjoy them and think Charlie has definitely found a keeper! 

Graduation weekend was so much fun for my family and I. Y'all know we love every opportunity we all get to be together. I even insisted my parents stay with Kevin and I in a two bedroom suite at our hotel because we just can't get enough of them. There is no greater gift than family, and this weekend was such a strong testament to that.

Charlie - I am so so proud of you and that man you are becoming, I know you don't have every single detail figured out, but you are destined for great things and I can't wait to watch your path unfold. I am blessed to be your sister and share so much of my life with you. I love you so much! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Weekend 2014

Hello Tuesday! You aren't so bad considering I have the day off. Don't be too jealous because I did have to work half a day yesterday. Holidays in healthcare??? aint no such thing! 
Memorial Weekend was pretty laid back and low key for us and we loved every second. 
I started off friday by cleaning the house, getting a workout in, getting a manicure and picking up fresh flowers for the house. 
Friday night baby brother, KR and I headed to the nearest patio for beers and sushi. Did I mention that baby brother is our latest house guest? He moved in a few weeks ago and is planning on staying with us till mid/late July. Kev and I are both ecstatic to have him here. Absolutely.over.the.moon. We may just not let him least for a while haha. 

We went to Drakes in NKY, a restaurant that is originally out of Lexington. We felt right at home getting our sushi on with some crab ragoon rolls. The boys sipped some brews and I enjoyed sipping my little beer flight. 

Saturday we had a date with the Jacksons (our faves - Chris and Dana) and the pool! 
Kev packed us a cooler full of drinks and I worked on snacks and broke out the skinny girl margarita. 
We had a blast catching up and laying by the pool. We ended our evening with Chris and Dana on our patio with take out Dewey's pizza and also picked up a strawberry shortcake for dessert. 
It was the perfect Saturday!  

Kev and I headed back to the pool on Sunday and have made fast friends with our neighbors. We really enjoyed getting to know all of them better. We are in love with the pool being so close to our house. I think it's safe to say we will be making regular appearances. 

Monday Kev finished up some mulch work around the house while I spent the morning at work. Major SUCK! We waited for baby brother to get back in town (we were starting to have withdrawals!) and headed to dinner and a movie in Newport. We saw Godzilla in 3D IMAX and I was impressed with how much I enjoyed it. 

I hated to see it all come to an end. Back to the grind today... catching up on housework, laundry and grocery shopping. I do enjoy this part time work/part time stay at home wife gig. 
Happy Tuesday Y'all!!!! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Easter Weekend 2014 (better late than never....)

During my little bloggy hiatus, I totally missed recapping a very special weekend that we were able to share with both of our families. Easter has always been special for us, you can read all about why here and here
Easter was the first holiday we spent together with both sets of parents when we were engaged. Kev and I have started a tradition of hosting it at our house. 

We were thrilled to have my parents, baby brother and baby brother's girlfriend up on friday night and were able to take them to one of our favorite local spots in Cincy. If there is one place we fell in love with fast, it was Eli's bbq. Hello amazing and delicious bbq in a place that allows you to BYOB and sit outside on wooden picnic tables. It's right up mine and Kev's alley. We took a few six packs and posted up listening to some live bluegrass music. It was the perfect friday night. I was so over the moon to have my family in town. 

Saturday morning we all woke up early. I cooked it up in the kitchen most of the morning and put the boys out back with momma for some yardwork. The weather was absolutely perfect. 

Kev's parents arrived Saturday afternoon and we had Easter dinner on our back porch that evening. We loved having everyone under one roof. LOVED IT!

Sunday morning we headed out to Easter service at church. We were thrilled to have them join us. When we were back in Lexington, we loved taking our parents to church on the weekends that they would come and visit us. We were so in love with our old church and loved sharing that experience with them. We have became pretty settled in our new church and have definitely been getting more involved. It was great to share that piece of our new environment with them. Easter services was absolutely perfect and so moving. 
After church it was time for left overs followed by some pretty photo snapping in the back yard. 

Kev and I were so content the entire weekend. Family is such a priority for us and we try to make the most of anytime we are able to get together with the entire clan. Easter is such a special holiday for us and to share it again with the ones we loved most was just icing on the cake.  

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