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 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.

Ali's Bridal Shower

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.

Kansas City 1 Dinner with Neighbors

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.

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.

Texas Dealey Plaza

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.

Dealey Plaza Sixth Floor Museum

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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!