Monday, April 14, 2014

Kristen's Nashville Bachelorette Party, Part II

Here are a few more pictures from our recent weekend in Nashville.   
Nashville's architecture reminds me a little of Austin.  Have you been to either city? 

More noms...                                                            ...and a sculpture of giant naked people dancing (?)

You may be wondering what you're looking at here.  I was too, when I saw this playing out.  This is what we call a bunch of Vanderbilt students dressed identically, dancing identically, to 90's music.  Which they probably consider to be "oldies."  Sigh.

A few of the ladies, looking lovely on our first night out


Friday, April 11, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Kristen's Nashville Bachelorette Party, Part I

I am at that age where many of our friends are getting married, and one of my favorite things about that is that there are plenty of bachelorette parties.  I love bachelorette parties.  Such a sense of female companionship and fun.  Kristen's bachelorette party was no exception.

We enjoyed brunch at a local favorite spot, the food and drinks were delicious. 

Eileen and I stocked the room with adult beverages upon our arrival. 
Nashville definitely has a lot of whiskey options!

Here wer are outside a cool restaurant we visited during the Nashtrash Tour

The Nashtrash Tour was held on a schoolbus decorated and painted in pink.  The presenters were two talented singers who gave us a tour of the city and sang to us.  

Eileen went out of her way to decorate the room and to surprise Kristen and the girls with gift bags and snacks.  Obviously, there was a champagne tower.

Friday night we hit up the touristy spot for good live music, including this spot I'd visited with Zach.  Eileen got a hilarious slow motion video of me on the mechanical bull that will not be making an appearance on this blog.  ;)

This is a bigtime recording studio with an open door policy.  See?

Brielle and me out on the last night.  ...Yes, I need a tan. 

 More to come!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Closet Before and After

The main improvement we made to our master closet is the carpet.  You can't tell in this picture, but the "before" carpet was disgusting.  It's like the prior owners used this spot for their chocolate wrestling and wine slinging competitions. 
The "after" carpet is super soft and more importantly, clean.  I was surprised by how easily our stuff fit into this closet, which is smaller than our last closet. 
With a little more reorganizing*, the closet will be complete.   
*The OCD in me requires that my non-work clothes be organized by color.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wedding Dress Belt/Sash Do It Yourself - Smarter!

My friend Kristen recently shared with me her impressive do-it-yourself wedding dress belt and I had to share the idea. 
If you're not aware, wedding dress belts are ridiculously expensive.  We're talking $350+ for some ribbon with rhinestones and beads attached.  What?  Really.
To the left is Kristen's dress with the bridal store's version of the belt.  The look is gorgeous, but the belt was being sold for over $350.  So Kristen found a nearly identical applique from JoAnn Fabric, ordered some nice satin ribbon and made her own belt for around $40. 

What a great idea! And she executed it so well:
 Kristen and Patrick's wedding is next weekend and we can't wait to celebrate with the happy couple.  Have I mentioned that I love weddings?
I hope you're having a great week!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Work in Progress

Check it out - the pool is looking SO much better than when we moved in!  Zach is solely to thank for that.  :)  Here you can see the side of our garage, which we are in the process of converting into a man room.  We have plans to add an outdoor kitchen on the left, pavers extending to the fence and a pool cage.  ...Eventually.

It's pretty clear what we've done on the side of the house - we extended the side yard forward to give the dogs more room to go to the bathroom.  The cement blocks against the side of the house are the new step to the dogs' new doggie door.  All expertly installed by a family friend with mad skills.  We plan to add sod into the gated area and paint the fence. 

More to come! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Joe's Wedding in Hilton Head, South Carolina

Here's a quick shot of Zach and me last weekend at my cousin Joe and his wife Heather's wedding in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  More pictures to come from this gorgeous wedding and this beautiful location.  Xx

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Before Pictures of Our New House

Here are the before shots of the new house!  One word comes to mind when I look at these pictures: yikes.

As we get the house unpacked (which has taken longer than we anticipated because of our schedules)  and settled, I will share after pictures.

I hope you are having a great week! Xx

Monday, March 24, 2014

Catching Up

So much has happened lately!  I will fill you in on the more interesting details later, here's a quick run-down. 
Lately?  I second-chaired a hearing that was tantamount to a trial, traveled to Nashville for a friend's bachelorette party, unpacked just a small fraction of our belongings into the new house, closed on the sale of our old house and worked big girl hours.  Work has been exciting and challenging. The house has been exciting and challenging as well. 
Zach has been busy too!  He recently flew to San Antonio, Texas to visit his adorable new nephew David (my nephew too) and sent me the most heart-melting pictures.  Here's a courtesy iPhone picture of Zach and King David.  Swoon!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The End of An Era

Last night was our last night in the new house.  It was bittersweet.  Today, the movers haul our stuff to the new house, and we will spend our first night in our bed in the new house.  Picture me jumping up and down clapping... and then stopping when I realize how much unpacking we have to do. 
On our last night in Riverview we found a great new restaurant that we'll probably never return to.  Here's Zach giving me his cutest face at that restaurant, Ciccio's Cali.  I love that man of mine!