MIMM: 18 Hours in Richmond

Happy Monday, y’all!  Can you believe that Friday is already August 1st?!  School didn’t end until the last week of June and between tutoring a few times each week, spending time with family/friends, hosting a Gender Reveal Party, going on our babymoon Caribbean cruise, traveling for weddings and work, starting to pack for our move, and preparing for a baby…  The month of July has flown by.  This weekend was no exception.

Thanks Katie for hosting another marvelous link-up!

Saturday morning Ryan and I drove down to Richmond for a family friend’s wedding.  Unfortunately, we spent 3+ hours in traffic {beach traffic, most likely} so we entertained ourselves by making up silly songs and playing “I Spy.”  Ryan has a knack for creating silly songs – give him a topic and he’ll make a verse.  The next Weird Al?

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We did make a couple of stops along the way to use the bathroom {pregnancy problems} and buy drinks/snacks, despite having a cooler full of lunch/snack foods…  I can’t go anywhere over a two hours without snacks because when hunger strikes, it strikes hard.  Once we finally got to Richmond around 1:30PM we made a pit stop to see the new Redskins training facility.  It’s rumored to have cost a whopping $10 million dollars.

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Practice starts daily at 8:35AM and as we learned, typically lasts until 11:30ish.  We couldn’t stay for the 4:10PM walk-through because we needed to get ready for the wedding, so we didn’t see the guys in action, but the facility and field were nice looking.  On our way to the hotel, we stopped by my old house where I lived in from birth until I was about 5-years-old.

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Isn’t the key lime front door lovely?

After we primped and prepped, my momma, Ryan, and I drove over to the church.  I wish I could have taken a picture inside the church because the architecture and organ were breathtaking, but the wedding party politely asked for no pictures.  Not to mention, the bride looked stunning.  The last time we saw her she was dressed in her vestments {clothing worn by people who conduct worship services} at our wedding!

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St. James Church

picture via St. James’s Episcopal Church website

The reception was held at The Country Club of Virginia, which again, was beautiful!  No dinner was served, but there were plenty of delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and stations.  The shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, fresh pastas, and beef tenderloin were our favorites.  Towards the end of the evening, the couple cut the cake and served it with the an impressive coffee and tea station – chocolate shavings, real whipped cream, multiple milks/sugars – I felt like I was at a high tea party!

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After a late night of celebrating, waking up at 7AM was tough.  Ryan had a flight to catch so we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to get home in case we got stuck in traffic {again}.  Thankfully, it took us only half of the time to get home as it did to get down to Richmond so we took Charlie for a walk, ate lunch, and relaxed before getting back into the car to go to the airport.

Even though I see him daily and we haven’t been in a long-distance relationship since I was in college, saying “See ya later!” to my husband is still hard.  I know that I’ll see him again soon and traveling is required for work {gotta make ze monies}, but I’m not sure that it’ll ever get easier – especially after we add a baby into the mix.  While driving home it felt like I had a pair of socks stuck in my throat and the radio magically played all of the sad songs…  Isn’t it ironic?

The rest of the afternoon was spent running errands, going to the gym, and cuddling with Charlie.  PSA to all women: don’t watch the movie Jersey Girl while pregnant.  The first 10 minutes got me all emotional.

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he’s the best cuddler

Question:  Do you prefer hors d’oeuvres {no dinner served}, a buffet, or a plated dinner at weddings?  This was my first experience where dinner wasn’t served, but I didn’t leave hungry.  It was nice having the opportunity to taste a little bit of everything, choose how much I wanted, and munch throughout the evening.  Buffets are nice because like hors d’oeuvres, they give guests the opportunity to taste a little bit of everything and take however much they want, but they also can be frustrating if the food runs out by the time your table is called to eat or if you have to wait in a long line.  Plated dinners typically are more formal and guests don’t have to wait in a line, but sometimes dinner comes out cold or what sounds good when you RSVP months ago may not look good when it’s actually in front of you.  Obviously, each option has its pros and cons!

Question:  What’s your favorite road trip snack?

— Allison

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Valentine’s Weekend 2014

cuddles.  snow.  surprises.  candy.  flowers.  take-out.  workouts.  shopping.  movies.

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Sleepless in Seattle

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Robocop

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Question:  What’s your favorite “classic” chick flick?  Have you seen Sleepless in Seattle?  Watching Meg Ryan made me wanna watch You’ve Got Mail

Question:  What are your favorite pizza toppings?

— Allison

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Favorite Finds: Candy Grams

Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend!  Over the years I’ve heard numerous stories about how/when Valentine’s Day first started, so this morning I decided to research it for myself.  The History Channel has a fun Valentine’s Day page.

History of Valentine's Day

Let’s rewind…  In 2010 {my junior year in college} I had a 4-day weekend and planned to fly home.  Ryan planned a romantic evening for us, including dinner at Farmers & Fishers, which is now Farmers Fishers Bakers.  Unfortunately, much like this past week, DC shut down due to snow {which then traveled north up to me in Boston} so my flight was cancelled.  I still need to try Farmers Fishers Bakers!

In 2012 we took the train up to New York City – it was Ryan’s first time riding a train!  One of my girlfriends gifted us our engagement pictures and we couldn’t refuse her gracious offer.  The weather wasn’t cooperative {misty, biting wind}, but we had a fabulous time exploring the city, seeing my friend, dining at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, and we still love our engagement pictures!

Last year was our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple.  We ordered takeout from Morton’s and watched a movie.  It wasn’t big, but it was perfect.  Regardless of where we are or what we do, what matters the most is that we’re together.

This year our Valentine’s Day celebration is extending over two days, so I’ll wait to share my recap on Monday.  One thing that I will share is one of my gifts to Ryan.  I’ve seen the idea numerous times throughout the blog world and it’s plastered all over Pinterest {especially around Valentine’s Day}…  Candy grams.

Candy Gram Candies

Directions:

  1. Write/type what you want to say.  If you’re stuck, there’s tons of inspiration online.
  2. Buy candy.  Wegmans is our local grocery store and they have a ton of candy{!}.  Both large bars or snack sized pieces will work, it’s personal preference.
  3. Edit the message to substitute candy for words.
  4. Write the message on a poster board or if typed, print the message.  I printed one sentence per piece of computer paper – larger text makes it easier to read and adds more space between lines so no words get covered by a piece of candy.

Materials:

  • Paper *to outline ideas*
  • Candy
  • Poster board/computer paper/colored paper
  • Tape or glue

Ryan absolutely loved his gift and kept saying “This is so creative!”  Candy grams would be fun for other holidays too since the messages are personalized.

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Candy Heart by Kitchen Concoctions

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Candy Bar Card by Repeat Crafter Me

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Candy Heart by Just Another Day in Paradise

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Question:  What’s your favorite candy?

Question:  Ryan and I are cooking together tonight and figured out what to make for dinner, but still don’t know what to make for dessert…  Suggestions?!

— Allison

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