Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer catch-up... July

July started off with a great week long trip to the beach. We drove from PA down to Corolla, North Carolina in the Outer Banks. Marty met us there, and we relaxed with my parents, sister, aunt, uncle, 2 cousins and grandparents. Marty played so hard that he got swimmers ear towards the end of the trip. Talk about one unhappy boy! Overall, very relaxing trip with great tanning weather :) The house came with tons and tons of magazines that I love- House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Rachel Ray, Real Simple- What a fun bonus! I didn't take any pictures except for one at the lovely Sanderling Inn, because a parent from school gave me a gift card to enjoy lunch their over my vacation, how sweet!
Next, Marty and I said goodbye to my family, and traveled to Norfolk. We spent a fun-filled packed 3 days in the beautiful city. We were so loved, welcomed and served by so many sweet friends. Marty and I have never eaten as well as we did those 3 days. After Norfolk, we traveled to Colonial Heights to visit with Marty's family. We enjoyed lots of shopping, visiting, and eating well (again). We tried a new frozen yogurt place that was to die for called Sweet Frogs. If you have one nearby, give it a try! On Thursday, our good friends in Norfolk had their first baby, and we were thrilled! They invited us to come and see the little one on Friday morning, yet made us wait the whole drive back to Norfolk to discover the sex and the name! The wait killed us, yet we were so happy to find out when we arrived, it made it all worth it!

Ally looked great and is a total natural
On Friday night, I traveled into Richmond to visit with my college roomies, Stacy and Erin, to celebrate Erin's little boy who is arriving at the end of September. We went to a classy, grown-up southern spot for dinner called Julep's. If you are ever in the area, try it, you won't be disappointed. It serves upscale southern cuisine, huge portions, has great service and is a great place to celebrate something special.
So cute!
Erin, Stacy and I loving baby D
We had a great time visiting with everyone we got to see on the East coast. It is hard to come back to Missouri, yet exciting that Marty will begin his second year of seminary next month. We are 1/3 of the way done, and I couldn't be more proud of the work Marty is doing at school at in his internship! Happy Monday!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer catch up- June

Wow, I have been gone pretty much all summer until now. School starts back on August 10, so I still have a few weeks at home before the back to school blues begin.

I traveled to Pennsylvania to visit with my parents for three weeks in June. The first weekend I was there, my cousin Kirsten graduated from high school. We celebrated together at my Aunt and Uncle's house with a fun Penn State themed party!

The next weekend, another one of my cousins, Emma, graduated from high school. Her graduation was in Harrisburg and we celebrated with a fun dinner out! Here is Emma as a new high school graduate!

After two weekends of high school graduations, I spent the next weekend with my own high school girlfriends. From Thursday night to Sunday we had sleepovers, great conversations, lots of laughs, lounged by the pool and threw a baby shower for our second Mama to be in our group. Overall, it was a refreshing weekend to be with friends who knew me when I was young, silly and nieve about the world and still love me dearly.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


This afternoon we will begin the drive back to STL and will arrive there late Monday night. After sleeping in 6 different cities over the last 5 weeks, I am excited for the comforts of home. Updates to come :)