Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Unlike the pirates who don't do anything, I can now say that I have been to Boston in the fall.
We had an absolute blast in Boston with Greg. I put a bunch of pictures on facebook here, so I won't repeat all of those again (but do look at them!). I will list the best parts of the trip:
- We had planned to just meet Greg at his dorm room, but he surprised us by meeting us at the airport. It was awesome. I screamed. We got back to his room at 2am after an unnecessarily long train ride (at one point the driver had to stop and take a break... ?!).
- We stayed with Greg - and his 3 roommates - in his dorm. We slept in his twin bed. Together. His roommates were wonderful though (well, Jack and Jonathan were awesome. Zurrah was... present.)
- We ate at Greg's favorite bagel place, Pavement in between a few of his classes.
- He gave us a tour of campus.
- Duck tour
- We window shopped down Newberry Ave.
- Advanced modern dance class. WOW. A) You have to test into all of your performance classes (like tap, piano, ballet, etc.) and Greg (who has never taken modern dance) tested into ADVANCED. He is a rockstar. B) Holy cow, he is surrounded by some seriously talented people. I mean, I know they only took 40 kids from the whole country, but whoa.
- Walked to the Prudential (past this gorgeous building) and attempted to eat dinner... we ended up closing down the food court. Nice.
- BEAUTIFUL, perfect weather.
- Greg slept in.
- We ate Dunkin Donuts.
- Left on the T to travel to the North End
- Went to the Haymarket (incredible! cheapest produce & meat EVER. Ash, you will die.)
- Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market (so, so fun)
- Freedom Trail
- Lobster lunch at the Purple Shamrock ($10 lobster lunch! they get their lobster daily from a local fisherman- so cool!)
- Cambridge and Harvard. SO stinkin beautiful... wow.
- Rocky Horror Picture Show (which, ironically, was on Glee last night! The BoCo show even had a girl as Freddie too! So crazy!)
- Ice cream at J.P. Licks (that we got for free because the cash register broke!) to "officially" celebrate Greg's 19th birthday.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I can't believe yesterday was Kate's 2nd birthday! These two years have flown by, and I can't wait to celebrate many, many more birthdays with this cutie.
Just some recent silly pictures of the Rocha babies...
and from Kate's birthday picnic in the park:
Looks excited, right? Ha!
She's wearing her "2" shirt that I made her! And, not exactly sure what to do with her birthday money...
She LOVED her baby doll (and didn't care as much about the cute backpack, but Becca was excited about it :) ).
Elmy and Daybed love you, Kate!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Now, Friday! Yay! The rest of our October is even busier than the first half was... We're just trading out out-of-town time. David is off to the men's retreat, then I'll be in Knoxville, then... the best part... BOSTON to see GREG! Lots to look forward to in the next few weeks!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Last weekend I had the rare opportunity to spend time alone with my parents! I don't think I have done that since high school, and it was so so so nice. People always say you begin to appreciate your parents more as your grow up, and that has certainly been true for me lately. I had been looking forward to our time together so much, and it did not disappoint!
One of the reasons for my visit was for my mom to host and Initials, Inc. party Saturday! It was SO fun and quite successful too! It was great to see a lot of sweet friends and meet some of my mom's friends. I've really been LOVING selling Initials, Inc. lately and I'm excited to have lots of parties between now and December 11 (the deadline to get Christmas orders in). Let me know if you want to host a party or order something :)
Harley stayed home with David (who had a fun-filled "man" weekend without me), but of course Bella got lots of good snuggle time in!
My parents have been busy little bees lately. In the past two months they have done so much work on their house and it looks amazing. I took lots of pictures that I won't show here because my brother doesn't know most of what they've done :). Here is a teaser pic though...
Gorgeous hardwood floors in the downstairs! Man they look good, and my parents have worked really hard with the guy who did them.
Lastly, other than cleaning, moving furniture and organizing stuff at my parents' house, we went to the other McKellar girl wedding. I could not believe I was actually at Laura McKellar's wedding, but it was beautiful and so fun to be there.
After looking through the pictures from Katie's wedding, it looks like mom wore the same dress to both :).
Uncle Greg and his brother bought traditional Scottish attire when they researched their heritage a few years back. The kilt is actually the official "McKellar" plaid, and Laura wanted them both to wear it to the wedding. Uncle Greg (in addition to sky diving and motorcycle riding) plays the bagpipes. In a band. His instructor was part of the ceremony and another guy from the band was the DJ. He wore a kilt too.
Laura looked like a princess!
The lasso ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs. Billy Dierdorf
The whole fraternity gang again!
Love my pretty momma!
I left the wedding shortly after the ceremony so I could drive back to Chatty, and I was actually a little bummed to leave my parents. We had a great time together, and I can't wait for our next chance to do that!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
HayHay won her soccer game.
Jodi, Anna, Theresa, me, Wendi, Sarah, Allison, Jill and Andrea (missing Saskia)
Book club on my screened-in porch! One of the most fun nights in a long time. We talked about The Help, which was a fabulous book that spurred really rich discussion. It is set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., "where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver". The most interesting part of our group conversation was the diversity of perspectives. Only three of us were raised in the South and the rest are from Michigan or other northern states, and one girl is from Holland. It's so fun getting to know these new friends, and book club has been a great way to dive right in!
Mary Shelton (and Pat) were in town! We got to hang out with them after church, and she is always a breath of fresh air to me. I miss her so much while she's at school! Come home, MS!
John, David, Lynn, Dr. Leppart (family friend from Memphis)
We accomplished one of our unofficial goals for this year-
celebrate remember each of the Bryant kids' birthdays! We even got each of them a present! Woo hoo! I'm really horrible with birthdays and birthday presents (case-in-point: I forgot/was late on David's grandma, dad and nephew this year... yikes. Granted, David did too!), so tacking these four was a pretty big accomplishment.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Later that evening, we made our way to Coolidge Park to hang out. It was SUCH a gorgeous night, and we had a blast relaxing in the park. Also, as part of the River Rocks festival, they set up hot air balloons all across the park. They intended to put on a show, but it was super windy and the plans changed. Regardless, we loved watching them go up, and we were plenty entertained by the sights.