In the days leading up to Kathy's nuptials, we logged a few hours by the pool at my parents' house and I got to hang out with my favorite dog. My sister had also dropped off her cat, Ollie, with my parents and I had fun trying to get him to warm up to me. I really miss having a pet at home. We have recently been thinking about adding a furry friend to our family, but my husband has to thoroughly research anything before committing (an endearing trait I love about him...usually). He had his nose in The Art of Raising a Puppy throughout the weekend, but I still think it will be some time before we're actually ready to take the plunge.
My family had a small get-together for Independence Day and I made a beautiful (and quite delicious) Patriotic Trifle (that I found on Pinterest, of course). I was feeling kind of emotional and patriotic in the morning and flipped back through the pictures we had taken at Brian's homecoming (generously gifted to us by Scott Hopkins Photography). I am so grateful that there are men and women like Brian who feel the call to protect the freedoms we usually take for granted.
On Friday, Amber visited for some some Maryland crabs and ice cream, and then Brian and I got cleaned up and attended the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner for Kevin and Kathy's wedding!
Saturday, we were up bright and early for a brutal 1000 calorie Fitness Blender workout, and then a trip to the salon for hair and makeup. Despite the 90 degree heat, we got some photos of the bridal party before heading to the church, cheering for the newlyweds, and heading off to the reception. The two flower girls were absolutely adorable and Brian and I had a great time spinning them around the dance floor. It was also the first time Brian has seen most of his extended family since he got home from his deployment, so it was nice for him to have time to catch up and also celebrate his sister's new marriage. Sunday morning and our flight back home to Georgia came way too soon!
|Photo by Jay Moore|