Dashing through the snow…

okay, so maybe it wasn’t a lot of snow, but we did get a snow day out of the deal! So, I’m not complaining.

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^^And hey, it provided a few hours of winter beauty, which of course is the perfect excuse to turn up the Christmas music and get the soup cooking!^^

Much like our ‘snowday’ last winter, the dogs frolicked in the snow/slush mix and napped. In that order.

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^^Now, I know that photo might look bad, but I promise they just love to chase each other and growl. It’s what they do. 99% of the time they’re sweet as pie. 🙂 ^^

Besides, then after they’re all worn out, they turn into little angels like this one… 😉

Piper Sleeping, Snowday 2013

I’m only slightly hopeful we can snag a few more days (not like blizzard amount or anything) this winter curled-up with these sleeping (they’re definitely not as cute when they’re misbehaving) pups.

Photobooth fun…

with the family!

While home over Thanksgiving Jeff and I got to share in my cousins amazingly fun wedding, and lets just say we (well, mainly me) took advantage of the photobooth. In fact, I think my sister Jenny and I were the main culprits. Somehow we both magically appeared in all the photos.

photobooth 5 photobooth 4 photobooth 3 photobooth 2^^I wasn’t quite ready for the next photo. Opps.^^

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I think I’m sold on getting one of those for our big day, but I might have to promise Jeff I won’t spend the entire evening there.

See now, weren’t those photos a great start to your weekend? Happy Friday everyone!

My heart might be melting…

and I’m only exaggerating a little. I mean aren’t my ‘little’ Cosmo, and our friends daughter Addie just the sweetest?

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Every time she’s over Cosmo just follows her around thinking (or at least I’m guessing he’s thinking) he’s going to have to jump in and save her at a moments notice. You never know.

Well this time, Addie was just big enough (she’s growing so fast!) that she wasn’t even slightly afraid to pet or love on him. I couldn’t get enough.

I think he’s just smitten by this tiny, cute little human. But then again, how could you not be with a little smile like that one…

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Brb. Going to mop up my melted heart. 🙂

P.S. I also snapped a few family photos of Ben, Grace & Addie for their upcoming Christmas card and as a result I got this little gem out of the mini-shoot. Got to love babies.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Who needs Christmas when you have the fall we’ve been having out here in D.C.? (Just kidding, love me some Christmastime too!)

I mean, can we talk about how pretty and vibrant the colors have been this year? I’m smitten. That’s why I thought I’d post a few photos I snapped both in my neighborhood in Arlington, and Georgetown yesterday to share with all of you. Have a look…

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All I had to do for this photo was walk right out my front door. If I wasn’t such a baby about the cold weather, I might still be out there.

Fall in Arlington 1^^I might have stopped mid-drive down our street to grab this one. Don’t worry, there were no other cars and I came to a complete stop.^^

Fall in Georgetown 4^^And then there’s Georgetown. It’s already pretty, but toss in the fall colors, and you’re set^^

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Fall in Georgetown 2Now the only real problem (depending on how you look at it) with this season is it makes we want to throw on some leggings and a sweatshirt, curl up on the couch with a glass of red wine (I guess that part applies to all seasons :)) and basically not move until Spring. However, my current state is not conducive to our long list of of home projects that are just calling our names. Send help!

I’m sorta kidding. We did a little DIY project last weekend and as soon as it’s finished I’ll share it with all of you. I think it’s going to spice things up. (hint, hint ;))

This stuff’s made in New York City…

New York City?? 🙂 Wait, don’t stop reading! I’m done with the cheesy 90’s references. For now.

NYC 15Okay, so this might be a little picture overload (surprise, surprise), but I can’t help but share our time spent in “The Big Apple” visiting friends and attending one of the most beautiful weddings.

First off, fall in New York is by far the best time to be there. The weather was gorgeous. Perfect for a little brunch (caramelized apple buttermilk pancakes anyone?) and shopping.

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 ^^This is Jeff’s “are you seriously taking photos right now while I try to figure out where we’re going?” look.^^

Hundred Acres NYC^^Yep, that food was as good as it looks. I would definitely recommend Hundred Acres for anyone visiting NYC.^^

Our lovely friends Charley and Megan, who you may remember, took us to some great resteraunts, including the one mentioned above. It was there that we also got the chance to catch up with a few other college friends who I just adore, and don’t get to see nearly enough.

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After lots of food and a stroll through SOHO, Jeff and I headed to the wedding of our friends Jay and Kate. Let me tell you, this wedding was just amazing, and so fun too!

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Not only did they get married in a church that faced Central Park, but the food, dancing and atmosphere definitely made this night sepectacular. Congrats Jay and Kate and thanks for inviting us to your special day!

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^^My boss John and I’s poor attempt at a picture with the handsome groom.^^

And lastly, lord knows I couldn’t leave NYC without meeting up with these ladies.

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I interned with these lovely gals when I first moved to Washington, well expect for Bailey (blonde on the left), but we all feel like she did. Then they all moved to New York and left me sad and alone in D.C. I’m still waiting for them to change their minds and move back. Any day now. 🙂

Okay, so I think I got through it all. It was a short – less than 48-hour trip – but we managed to pack in plenty of fun. Until next time New York!

My short trip home in a long list…

but, let me see how fast I can run through all that happened in the three days I was in Missouri last weekend. It started with a double date sans Jeff (uhh?), then onto a wedding, bridal shower + cooking class, and ended with a dinner with old neighbors and friends.

1. Double Date

But how did you go on a date without Jeff? I didn’t really. I kind of just tagged along on my little sister’s double date with her boyfriend, and their two friends. I wouldn’t say she was thrilled to have me there and she only allowed me one photo.

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I think her exact quote after I took this photo was, “okay you can go now, you’re embarrassing me.” Nothing like that to make you feel less cool.

2. Mike and Sarah’s Wedding

The main reason for my visit (not that the other events weren’t just as important!) was a wedding of a friend and sorority sister from college. It was so fun to see friends I haven’t seen in years! Years! If I have one complaint about living so far from home it’s that I don’t get to see the people I love nearly enough.

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Mike and Sarah’s beautiful wedding was held at Californos in Westport. It exuded everything adorable about the couple and I loved it, including the gnome cake topper. The bride loves gnomes!

I also got to reunite with my two former roommates, Emma and Jill, who I spent two years with living in our small room in our sorority house. It’s amazing we still love each other. 😉 Emma also showed off her lovely dancing skills (B/W photo above) at the reception.

3. Future Cousin’s Bridal Shower

Sweet Ali is joining our family next month and I loved I was in town to join in on the cooking class at Bella Napoli in Brookside. If anyone needs a cooking class it’s me. Aside from celebrating the bride, I learned butter makes everything better (of course) and I ate some fabulous chicken marsala.

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4. Dinner with the Ole’ Neighborhood

Last, but certainly not least, we had a little mom and daughter dinner on The Plaza with gals I grew up with.

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While we were missing a few, it was wonderful to get together with these ladies. Many of my childhood memories involve these women.

Okay, if you’ve made it through this whole post and you’re still reading, I’m working on some sort of prize to give you.

Such a lovely fall weekend in Missouri. As always, thanks for letting me share!

P.S. I also snuck away for a few hours to snap some engagement photos of a dear friend, but you may remember that post from a few days ago, here.

Engagement photos (oh, they’re not ours)…

but they are those of my beautiful friend and her sweet fiance.

Kathryn and Nate, who are also getting married next fall, bravely trusted me to snap a few photos before they make it official!

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I have to admit I’ve never had the honor of taking engagement photos before, so for all you skilled photographers out there don’t judge me too much! I’m learning as I go.

Kathryn was one of the first great friends I made when I first moved to D.C. (back in our lowly intern days) and now somewhat ironically, she’s moved to Kansas City, while I’m still in our Nation’s Capital. I won’t say I didn’t cry a lot when she moved away. 😦

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Seriously, could they be any cuter?

Last weekend while I was home in Missouri (more on that later), Kathryn, Nate and I headed down to both Westport, a neighborhood close to where they live, and the Liberty Memorial to capture a few (poor Nate) images of their relationship. Luckily they’re so cute and in love that my job was pretty easy.

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I mean come on, aren’t they adorable? I’m so excited for them and can’t wait for their big day to arrive.

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Also, that ring. Good job Nate!

I love that I got to be a small part of this happy time in their lives, and that they let me share it with all of you! Wish them luck as they head into this next chapter of their relationship.

These two…

they’re sure to warm (possibly melt) even the coldest of hearts.

Kelly and Cash 4 Kelly and Cash 3 Kelly and Cash 2Kelly fell pretty hard for Jeff’s parents newly-adopted pup Cash when we were all hanging out in Texas last week. Also not the craziest of dog lovers like my former self, I think Kelly might have been converted to the good side last weekend. 😉

And sweet Cash, what a trooper. I think when he wasn’t near Kelly she called for him no less than a 100 times. That girl is persistent and at times impatient, but then again, I wouldn’t know what that was like.

I mean seriously, could they be any sweeter?

brb, Kelly and I are off to secretly plot ways to get Cash to come live with one of us. 🙂

Meet the parents…

Texas style, y’all. And far less dramatic than any movie.

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I’m back to blogging more regularly after a little vacation home, and then a long weekend in Dallas where Jeff and I’s parents finally met! Ekk! Who am I kidding, it went great. There was basically no chance for failure since we’re both lucky to have some pretty wonderful parents.

Meet the Parents TexasIn all honesty, we had this weekend planned well before Jeff put a ring on it, but now that we’re doing the whole wedding planning thing we decided it was perfect timing for our respective parents to meet. Since Jeff’s parents graciously offered to host, we made our way to The Lone Star State for a weekend of eating, sight-seeing, lounging, and more eating (paused the wedding diet for a few days).

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^^See what I mean? My future hubby (I think I like that better than fiance) worked all day on those ribs and they were good. When in Texas, eat as the Texans do!^^

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^^These two, they were two peas in a pod the whole weekend. I’ve got a whole post on their love connection coming later this week. It’s too cute to miss.^^

Since dating, Jeff and I’ve been to Dallas many times, but this was the first time we paid a visit to Dealey Plaza, site of President Kennedy’s Assassination.

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While a somber moment in history, the historical significance got to me. Jeff and I kept remarking that even though we weren’t alive at the time, we could feel the emotion as we read about all the history of that day in November.

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^^As you can barely see in the background the white “X” marks the precise spot of the Kennedy Assassination, and when we finished taking this photo I turned to Jeff and exclaimed “why didn’t you smile?” Jeff: “I don’t know, do you smile at something like that?” Fair point.^^

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What a great visit. Now we’re all really ready for the wedding. Oh wait, we’ve got a little time for that. Whew.

Legal and lovin’ it…

kind of. Can’t say my beautiful, sassy, and sweet little sister loves adult beverages as much as the rest of us, but that’s probably for the best. 🙂 However, that didn’t stop her and the rest of my family from enjoying the party!

Kelly's 21st Birthday 4Kelly’s celebration happened to fall on the same weekend as the popular Kansas City Irish Fest, so we took the party there and boy was it fun. My family has no problem tapping into their Irish roots, especially the whole beer drinking part.

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In case you didn’t know, we’re the “City of Fountains”, and I think they’re even better when they’re green.

Kansas City Irish Fest 2 Kansas City Irish Fest 4Since we were celebrating Kelly’s new legal status, we all had to share in her moment of buying her first beer, and of course snap a few photos too!

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Kelly's 21st Birthday 1It was so much fun to spend time with family and friends, listen to great Irish music, including my new favorite We Banjo 3, (they’re not bad looking either) and of course toast the birthday girl. She stretched out that “birthday weekend” as long as she could. Though she’s pretty cute, so it’s not to hard for her to milk it for all it’s worth.

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Sidenote: my mom also saw them at a small pub in Ireland a year ago! Small world.

If you can't tell, it was very warm outside. We we're one sweaty mess.

If you can’t tell, it was very warm outside. We we’re one sweaty mess, but we still had to get our picture with these guys!

Shannon and Dad at the Irish Fest

Pretty lucky to have a great older sister and dad. Love these two!

Kansas City Irish Fest 5It was a great Labor Day Weekend. So thankful for the time with my family. I hope you had a great weekend too!

P.S. I’m taking a little vacation this week. but then Jeff and I plan to continue our long list of home renovations. Stay tuned!