Monthly Archives: August 2011

Grown Ups!

Sometimes I still feel really young like I’m just out of college, and other times I feel really old and grown-up.  I know it’s all relative, but it’s interesting/scary/amazing to think about how much things really do change as you get older. 

This past weekend when we went boating for Adam’s birthday, we talked about this very topic and came to some interesting conclusions.  Over the course of the day, we spent a good deal of time marvaling at how different this trip would have been if we had done it 7 years ago!  Here are some of the differences that we imagined:

Things we brought with us:

  • Boat trip at 28 years old: 1 cooler for food, 1 cooler for beer
  • Boat trip at 21 years old: at least 3 coolers for beer….and maybe 1 bag of chips?

Things we did:

  • Boat trip at 28: first thing we all did was apply lots of sunscreen
  • Boat trip at 21: we all would have come home looking like lobsters!
  • Boat trip at 28: we obeyed the laws (well, except for the one about jumping off a moving boat…but we didn’t know!) and respected the rental boat
  • Boat trip at 21: someone would have certainly gotten arrested, and something would have definitely been broken on the boat

After we all got home for the day:

  • Boat trip at 28: Here is what happened when Felipe had a headache and went to bed earlier than the rest of us:

    Emma came to snuggle with Felipe!

  • Boat trip at 21:  Whoever passed out first would have most likely woken up with sharpie drawings on their face!


It’s funny to think about how much we’ve grown up!!



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Weekend Whereabouts – Adam’s Birthday

I really meant to post this sooner, but it has been a crazy/busy/stressful week! 

Anyways….last weekend I planned a BIG surprise to celebrate Adam’s birthday!!  You should know that I love planning surprises, but Adam doesn’t usually cooperate very well.  So, over the previous 2 weeks, I slowly let him think that we were going out of town for his birthday…I even played it off like he had “caught” me spilling the secret when I told some friends that we’re going out of town for the next several weekends in a row! 

So, Friday after work, I packed some empty suitcases into the trunk of my car, and when Adam got home from work, told him to pack up his toiletries so we could get going.  It had been a long week for him, and he was acting all grumpy about the fact that we’d be leaving the dogs, and that he didn’t want to go anywhere.  Just before we were about to leave, I gave him a card that was his Birthday Surprise No. 1. (See picture 1.)  It had a picture of a beach on the front and the words “Get ready to go on a trip with me! To the far away land of….”  And the inside said “JUST KIDDING!! We’re only going out to dinner!”  

He was sooo excited and thought that it was hilarious!  (See his reaction in Picture 2.)  We then went out to a lovely Thai dinner, the Birthday Boy’s choice!  On the way home, we picked up some beer for what Adam thought would be just a quiet evening at home.  Little did he know that i had been texting all evening with Lani to make sure the timing of the real surprise would go smoothly.  I even had to hurry him out of the store by faking having to pee!

When we got home, I presented him a birthday gift – he was so confused when he unwrapped the Captain’s hat!  But, then there was another card, Birthday Surprise No. 2, that explained that we’d be spending the following day on a rented boat on a nearby lake.  (Picture 2.)

The third, and final surprise came with another card that said “Guess who is coming with us?  (open the door)”.  Adam opened the front door of our house, and standing outside was 4 of his best buddies: Felipe, Brian, Aaron & Lani!!  (Picture 5)  He was shocked and soooo excited!!  It made me so happy to be able to pull this off and surprise my hubby!  Everyone came in and we had some carrot cake cupcakes (Adam’s fave) to celebrate. 

Then next morning we got up early, had breakfast, and went to the lake our day on a boat!


  1. Birthday Surprise No. 1
  2. We’re going on a boat!
  3. Gotta love that surprised face!
  4. Adam and Brian
  5. Aaron, Lani, Captain Adam, Felipe, & Brian right after their arrival
  6. Lani & I enjoying the sun, and the other 6. (since i apparently can’t count) is Captain Felipe
  7. Aaron & Lani are just too cute!
  8. The boys on the boat
  9. Felipe & Adam
  10. the breif reign of Captain Ivy
  11. nothin’ better than just floating in the water on a hot day!

I had been very worried that we’d have bad weather, but luckily it was a gorgeous day!  (Well, up until about 4pm, anyways!)  We had so much fun just driving the boat around, swiming at the sand bar, jumping off the moving boat (which is apparently illegal…who knew??), eating lunch while anchored in a cove, and of course drinkin’ lots of beer!  There was a pretty bad thunder and lightning storm that rolled in around 4pm.  Things got pretty scary there for a while, but thankfully Captain Aaron got us through! 

Me and my handsome Captain!

That evening, we grilled out at the house, hung out for a bit, and then went to bed.  Boating can be quite exhausting!

The next morning, his friends had to leave fairly early, but we were so glad that they came!!  Adam slept in while I cleaned the house a bit, and then his family came to town that afternoon for some bowling and sushi dinner.  (Birthday boy’s request!)

  1. Adam and his mom (shouldn’t birthdays really be about celebrating the mom’s anyways?? they did all the work!)
  2. Me and the hubs
  3. Brenna & Adam
  4. Brenna and I now have a signature shot whenever we go bowling!
  5. Gunga & his TWIN!  (Adam’s dad’s nickname is Gunga, and he was getting very grumpy that the waiter was not coming quick enough to take his order.  Just a few seconds before this shot Gunga was making the same EXACT face as in the painting behind him! ha!)
  6. This is what  happens when you don’t feed him quickly enough!
  7. Bowling Family Fun!

After dinner we had carrot cake back at the house and Adam got to spend a little time loving on his parent’s dog Rascal.

Rascal & his boy

 All in all, it was a wonderful weekend!  I could not have been more happy about how the surprises turned out! 

Yesterday, Adam’s actual birthday, we had a quick dinner of Chinese take-out at the house and went to see Harry Potter with my dad and sister.  Honey, I hope you had a fabulous time celebrating your birthday!  I love you so much!!!

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Weekend Whereabouts – Amy & Jason Got Married

This past weekend was the first of 6 super busy/fun ones in a row!  On Friday night after work we drove up to Raleigh.  We decided to leave the animals at home, but my mom was nice enough to stay at our place over the weekend to take care of them. 

Our dear friends Matt & Candra were sweet enough to let us stay with them over the weekend, and were awesome enough to greet us with beer when we got there! 🙂  Felipe also came over to hang out that night, and we had such a great time catching up with everyone. 

I think Sammie wants one of those pizza-rolls!

Then, after a while, Adam fell asleep on the couch…

Sleepy Hubby...

I feel like every time we hang out with Matt & Candra we end up staying up way too late just talking and laughing and having so much fun.  Somehow, i didn’t get any pictures of them, though…but there are some cute ones of their puppies coming up! 

The next morning we slept in, and then Matt & Candra’s dogs Sammie & Belle came to wake us up!

Belle says "Good Morning Adam!"Belle & Sammie

We spent the rest of the morning at the vet school library b/c Adam wanted to do a little research.  (I spent that time reading Harry Potter.)  Then we went back to the house to get ready for Amy & Jason’s wedding.

Amy & I grew up together at Sunday School, Hebrew High, and BBYO.  More recently, we were advisors for the Shaina BBG chapter in Raleigh.  She is one of those super friendly and outgoing people, and we had so much fun hanging out at our weekly meetings with our other friend Rena.  I remember when Amy first told us that she was dating Jason.  She would just glow when she talked about him, and I think everyone knew right-away that they would end up getting married sooner than later.

Amy & her daddy walking up the aisle.

It was a hot, but beautiful ceremony, and the reception was gorgeous and oh, so much fun!! Here are some more pictures of the evening.  Congrats Amy & Jason!!

  1. Amy & her dad
  2. Amy & Aimee (one of our fave BBG girls!)
  3. Aimee & me before the ceremony
  4. Rena & I shaking our bootys!
  5. The Newlyweds Eating Cake!
  6. The famous Aimee & Chris faces
  7. Rena & Aimee
  8. Jamie & Allison enjoying the cake
  9. Jaime, Chris, me, and the hubs enjoying cocktail hour.

On Sunday, we headed to Chapel Hill to eat brunch with Michael who is about to start Medical School there, and Rena & Chris joined us as well.  It was great to hang out with all of them!!  On the way back home, we stopped by Greensboro to have a delicious Italian dinner with Adam’s family. 

It was an exhausting, but FUUNNNN!! weekend, and we were sooooo happy to come home and snuggle with Sophie & Emma a bit before bed.

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