Sunday, June 28, 2015

Friends, Family & a Wedding

The bad thing about not regularly blogging is never knowing what to write. I mean, there are probably 5940933 things to catch you up on, where to begin?! Well, last post I told you about the first weekend in June, so here is the weekend after that! Another great one in the books!

A few things are worth mentioning before the weekend got started, though!

Monday, June 8th - Dinner at Panera with these girls! I have been friends with Sarah & Shana forEVER, and I love them both so much! Sarah & I met in the 5th grade & became best friends, Shana & I met shortly after high school. Not to show my age, but that means Sarah & I have been friends for over 25 years, and Shana & I for almost 20. Crazy! We have so many hilarious stories from working together, going to school & church together, being roommates, you get the idea! We were in each others' weddings too. So now we have to actually make time to get together, and it's hard to do. But we make it happen once every few months. I love it, because no matter how long it's been since the last time, we pick up right where we left off. I guess that's what happens when you've been friends for so long.


Thursday, June 11 - My friend Mary Claire stopped by my work to return a book she'd borrowed & because she had a little something for me. Turns out it was a new mug! And look how cute! I've been calling this girl my soul sister for awhile now (& she's been calling me hers, too), so it was SUCH a sweet gift! (And I'm obsessed with coffee mugs, in case you didn't know.)


 Doesn't she have the cutest handwriting?! LOVE!

Friday, June 12 - Brad's cousin Whitney's wedding!! What a beautiful service & fun reception! I am so happy for Whitney & her new husband, Justin! We had a great time! Here are several pics from the night!

 Waiting for the service to start. 



 Just married!

Us with the beautiful bride! :) (Not sure why I bothered to straighten my hair if the humidity was going to ruin it within 10 minutes of being outside at the reception! Haha)

 Lots of silliness at the reception with this family! Haha! Love Brad's family - including all those crazy cousins! This is Brad & Jaimie with their cousin Matt. Matt always cracks me up!

 Me, Jaimie & Leah...with my mother-in-law and Matt photobombing us!

 Probably my favorite pic of the night. :)

Me with my in-laws - and Brad's cousin Shelley & her husband photobombing!

 Jaimie & Leah - this was hilarious because they took this with my phone & I didn't know it - then they set it as the lock screen on my phone! I didn't realize until i grabbed my phone when i got home. I about died laughing! They crack me up!

Whitney with her sister Crystal (next to her in navy), and her cousins Megan, Shelly, Leah, Jaimie & me! (Well, I'm her cousin by marriage!)

 Megan & her son, Izaac.

My in-laws with their nephew Matt & his nieces Kierstyn & Rylee. (Yes, those are casts on BOTH of Kierstyn's arms! Poor thing broke both wrists a day or two before the wedding!)

 Me & my love!

Saturday, June 13 - A girl at our church, Becca, had her lingerie shower at my good friend Amanda's house (her sister). We had so much fun & laughed til we cried!!!
 Amanda's daughter Elliana sat in my lap for most of it! :)

The whole gang!

Been having some fun times!! Will catch you up on Father's Day, Brad's birthday & my sister's birthday in the next one!!







Monday, June 1, 2015

Quite Possibly the Best Weekend of 2015

This weekend was WONDERFUL! It could possibly go down as the best of 2015? Maybe? I'm thinking it would at least be a runner up! Not that anything crazy or super special happened. Just good times with friends and family. Sad it's already over! 

Friday night, we had a young adult fellowship night for our church. By "young adult", I just mean anyone from college age up to retirement age. Ha! The first time I was invited to one, I said, "Am I considered young adult?" because I assumed that meant youth! But it doesn't. We are trying to come up with a better name! Anyway, usually only 4 or 5 people show up to them. We do have a small church, but still! Just seems like every time only a few of us can come. But this time it was all of the young(ish) couples, plus two couples that are new to the church. We ate, talked & played a hilarious game of Taboo, guys against girls. It was a great night!

Timmy & Brandie


Josh & Becca (these two will be married in a couple of weeks!)

Luke & Emily

Tony & Kolbie

Billy & Mandy

Andy & Ashley - and a nice photobomb by Billy!

Our Pastor, Jeff, and his son, Alex. And just to give you an idea, Pastor Jeff is like 6'2!

So the whole night was just a blast! By the end I was delirious (and no, it wasn't that late, I just am old and was exhausted! Ha!). We ended up taking a bunch of silly pictures as we were leaving...




I'll spare you the rest. After we played Taboo, some people were getting ready to leave, and I decided I needed a picture of the entire group first. I got Mr. JC to take it. I just... I wish I could show you all the bloopers. I got everyone in the frame, showed him how to hold my iphone and what button to push, and...well...the entire back row had their heads and shoulders cut off! It was just priceless. You probably had to be there. But we ended up with this one! Good job, Mr. JC! :)
The whole gang!!

Saturday, we had a fun day at my parent's house... me, my husband, my parents, his parents, and my sister and brother-in-law. Dad made hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, mom made her amazing baked beans and potato ranch casserole, my mother-in-law brought brownies, and everything was delicious! We talked for hours and did a little swimming, too! It was a GREAT day!!

Oh, yeah, getting back to clean eating on Monday!

My parents & my husband's parents talked for hours right here in the sun room. I just think it's so crazy & cool how they met when we were just babies, and hit it off, having no idea one day the Venable's oldest son would marry the Perry's youngest daughter. :) Love my parents & my in-laws so much, and love that they are good friends after all these years!
Fievel was not at all thrilled with this ... he was kind of terrified in the water at first. This is the second time around & he seemed okay in his daddy's arms. ;) And yes...he's disgusting...needs a grooming appointment!
Excuse my naked face, this is after we got home! Such a fun day!
Brad & I got home around 5:30, and I proceeded to watch several episodes of Chicago Fire, my new addiction. I am almost done with season one and it is just SO GOOD!



Sunday morning, church was pretty great, too. Love my church family!
Being silly in Billy's office before service.


Our church has a garden & I got to take home some squash and this little bitty zucchini! HA!


The rest of the day was pretty chill. We took a nap, watched TV & then Brad worked in his studio and I worked on photography in my office. I had an AMAZING weekend with Brad... just a lot of fun! Love him!

So it was a great one... not sure if next weekend will come close!

How was yours?!