Life Happens

Oh, imaginary friends!  How I have missed you this past week!  I did not intend to take a break from blogging, but sometimes life just happens.  And, boy, was it happening last week!  I have so many things to share about this week!  We had weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and birthday parties.  Get ready for lots of pictures this week on the blog! Let’s start in chronological order with my cousin’s wedding in Atlanta. Are you ready? Are you sure? There are lots of pictures. We might be a while. You…

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Summertime Confessions

1.  This morning I checked my email and saw that one of the mom email lists that I am on from church sent out an email announcing that Jake and the Neverland Pirates will be doing concerts for the next ten days at Downtown Disney.  So, I very quickly decided that instead of having a laundry day at my house, we’d be packing up and spending the afternoon swigging root beer and singing pirate songs.  Isn’t that what summer is all about???  I’m really going to miss being able to…

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Weddings Ain.t For Weenies

This post is the second installment of a series of posts that tell the story of my seven year marriage.  Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed living it… *********** We got married too young. My parents knew it.  His parents knew it.  I knew it.  Chris knew it.  Everyone knew it.  At our wedding reception, our first dance was to Elvis Presley’s Fools Rush In.  “Wise men say, only fools rush in, but I can’t help falling in love with you.”  That was us.  Fools.  Fools…

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The Sister Speaks (About Being Married)

Last week I asked my sister to guest blog on MC.  She’s actually a really great writer and her perspectives on life, marriage, love, and family are so fresh and relatable that I thought you all would appreciate them, too.  Ginny and her husband, John Michael, were married last April (see posts about her wedding here, here, here, here, and here) and since then have been living in southern Virginia where he was transferred through his job.  It looks like they’ll be moving again somewhere this summer, but that is…

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Something Borrowed

This past weekend, Chris, Bean, and I drove up to our hometown for the wedding of one of my sister’s oldest, best friends.  Even with everything that is going on, I wouldn’t have missed this wedding for the world.  For as many friends as my sister has – and she has a boat load – no one comes close to the friendships that she has with Michelle and Evan.  She’s known them since middle school and while the three of them have grown up and gone on to live very…

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Honeymooners and Amazon Women

I’ve been working on the first few chapters of my book as part of my book proposal and it has brought back some really fun memories from the early years of my marriage, including this story from my honeymoon! ************ Unlike our wedding day, the honeymoon seemed to last forever.  We spent the entire time on the beaches of St. Maartin in the Caribbean, some days only moving when we walked out to the water for a dip.  We did venture out one evening on a sunset booze cruise around…

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The Best Anniversary Present Ever

When Chris and I were married five years ago, we got traditional wedding proofs from our fabulous Pensacola photographer Barrett McClean.  And, of course, we ordered a ton for ourselves and our families.  But we have never had the electronic versions of the photos so I have never been able to share them with anyone (unless you count the ones we scanned in, but those are pretty crappy quality). On our fifth anniversary last week, my mom surprised Chris and I with the perfect gift.  She had tracked down our…

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Wedding Weekend Extravaganza, Part IV

The wedding reception was at Apple Annie’s in Seville Quarter in Pensacola, Florida. See those martini glasses in the bottom right corner there? Those were for the MASHED POTATO BAR!! My mom made the topper for the wedding cake. Underneath it she inscribed the Bible verse they had read at their wedding ceremony. This was the candy bar. There were Chinese take-out boxes that said “How sweet it is to be loved by you” on them and guests got to fill their container with all the candy. This was also…

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Wedding Weekend Extravaganza, Part III

After hair and make up, all the bridesmaids met back up at Ginny’s BFF’s house for a light champagne lunch… I can’t believe my baby sister is a BRIDE!!!! And such a pretty one. At first, I thought I would wing it with my toast because I couldn’t ever write anything down. But at Michelle’s house, I panicked and locked myself in her closet and wrote it out. The many faces of a Bride… Its really too bad that Ginny is so shy… Maybe the champagne was a bad idea.…

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Wedding Weekend Extravaganza, Part II

The rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding at the Pensacola Yacht Club… Bean having dinner with me and my Aunt Joan Part of the wedding party Michelle, Ginny’s best friend since 6th grade, getting ready for her toast These three girls have been best friends since 6th grade and somehow all managed to get engaged at the same time! Their weddings are within 3 months of each other. My dad, me, my sister, and my mom. (Please ignore my frizzy hair. Humidity sucks.) I LOVE this picture of my…

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