10.29.2011

Weddings, NOLA and SNOW?!

So...It's snowing in Pennsylvania.
Yes, you read that correctly.
SNOWING. In Pennsylvania.
And Pennsylvania is one state away from Virginia, where I live.
What is going on?!
5 days ago I was romping around in jeans and a t-shirt!
Now it's 37 degrees and raining, and you'll be lucky to get me out of my pink, fluffy robe before noon.

October has been a full month.
And I haven't come to the drawing board in a few weeks. 
But I'm back~
with pictures and memories and adventures to share.

We rang in the month celebrating my mom's 62nd birthday. We had a 3-hour dinner at a fantastic restaurant, and laughed the night away, just like us.
I came away from the evening thinking one thing~
I love my family so much.
The following weekend we headed south to Ashland to watch my beautiful cousin, Tara, marry her love Andrew.
Tara planned out all of the little things~
The things that really make a wedding memorable.
She walked down the aisle to the theme song from Forest Gump, and from the moment we laid eyes on her until the DJ closed up shop, the evening was one, big, sentimental dance party.
It was perfect.

 Congratulations, T and Andrew~
I can already imagine all of the fun you two have together for years and years to come.

The day after we returned from the wedding was Columbus Day, which we had off, so I dragged took Chris hiking near Bull Run battlefield.
The hike was strenuous, but the view from the top was worth it. 
He may or may not agree :).
I felt like I was looking over all of beautiful Virginia.
Next up was our trip to the Big Easy!
We had originally been scheduled to go to New Orleans to celebrate Chris' 30th birthday over Labor Day weekend.
But Tropical Storm Lee had also decided to swing on by Louisiana, and his visit trumped ours.
So we had to cancel our trip and cross our fingers for good weather there another time.

Well, our wish came true, and the trip was well worth the wait.
New Orleans is an enchanting, vibrant city. 
It's the city of jazz, of Creole culture, of a relaxed way of life. 
It's the kind of place that just makes you want to lean back and let the surroundings filter through all of your senses. 
There's live jazz bands on street corners, Motown booming from the bars, and the smell of beneigts wafting through the air.
There are wedding guests marching through Jackson Square, swinging napkins in celebration of brides and grooms.
There are trolleys and Po Boys and cemeteries and swamps and energy.
~NOLA~
October also brought with it my best friend's engagement(!!!!!), my annual pumpkin carving party, and up next, Halloween!
So I'll be back soon to fill you in on the rest of the October highlights.
For now I better get myself out of this robe, before the neighbors start talking.
Try and stay dry!
XO
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1 comment:

Mom said...

Nobody on this earth takes pictures like you do. NOBODY....... LOVE, HANK

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