Weekend Shenanigans!

This past weekend, our friends Jeff & Kristina came down to visit and some shenanigans were had by all.

On Friday, there was bowling and beer:

Saturday, we checked out some houses in the sticks:

Don’t worry, we decided it was a little too country.

Then, there were some pre-baseball game activities:

And, a baseball game:

It’s so nice to have visitors so frequently.  We feel so much love.  :)

Memorial Day Recap

Oh, hi world!  We’re back!  We had an awesome Memorial Day and great trip to DC, but are very happy to be home in North Carolina.

Our weekend was jam packed with visiting friends and family, and a pretty awesome event.

We went to the Air & Space Museum at Dulles:

Classic Plane | Linds & Kev | Chris and Me | Tim, Christine & James | The Enola Gay

We played with baby James:

We had a lot of good, quality time with some super fantastic people, including Chris’ BFF, Scott, his other BFF, Tim, and Tim’s wife, Christine. We also got to spend the day with Chris’ sister and her husband.  There’s something about being with these people.  They  let me be myself, they make me feel calm and happy, and more importantly, they make me laugh.   I live for those moments of just dying of belly laughter.  I love them so much and we are so lucky to have people like them in our lives.

After a weekend of fun, we made our way into Arlington on Monday to attend the wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetary in honor of Memorial Day.  Like last year, it was an amazing experience.   My uncle hosted the event which meant that he escorted President Obama, while my aunt escorted the first lady.  Does it get any more awesome?

Chris, me, Aunt Brenda & Uncle Mike | Patriotic Tracy | Katie laying Roses

Flag | Katie & Tracy | Tracy, me & Chris | Chris and Baltimore Ravens Head Coach, John Harbaugh

President Obama & Uncle Mike | Aunt Brenda & Michelle Obama | President Obama delivering his speech with Uncle Mike in the background

I can’t tell you how much I love going to these events.  Whether it’s my uncle Mike’s change of command, laying wreaths at Arlington around Christmas, or the holiday concert put on by the United States Army Band, I am just so proud.  I feel so honored to have these opportunities to pay tribute to those who sacrifice so much for our freedom.  It’s pretty incredible.

Hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend!

Super Sweet Saturday

This weekend marks our first trip back to Virginia since moving two months ago, and time has seriously flown.  We decided earlier in the week that we’d make a last minute trip home to take care of a few things and for Chris to go to the Caps game since it was finally on a weekend, and I’m glad we visited.

We got in around midnight on Friday, and I made some last minute plans to see some of my favs this morning while Chris was going to the Caps game.  I got incredibly lucky that my friend Emily was in town from LA and was able to have an awesome morning with her and our other friend, Tiff.  What was supposed to be a quick 30-minute coffee visit quickly turned into a two-hour visit and it was awesome.  I told Em that I swore the last time I saw her was at our friend Shannon’s wedding, (2009!)  but she said that couldn’t be right, yet neither of us could think of a more recent time.  Either way, so, so, so happy I got to spend time with some old friends because it was a great way to start the day.

After breakfast, I headed over to meet another one of my BFF’s, Kirsten, to get pedicures.   It was so great to catch up in person.  Even though we talk on an almost daily basis, it was just so good to see her smiling face and talk about life and get pedicures and go shopping.  Makes me happy.  :)

After a few hours with Kirs, I headed back to my parents house to watch the Caps game (they won, whoo hoo), and eventually Chris and his parents made their way over to my parents place.

There was dinner:

There were board games:

Oh, and I surprised Chris with an RGIII t-shirt.  Kind of a big deal in these parts right now.

We capped our night off with a view of the super moon (this picture sucks and does it zero justice) which was pretty rad.

We’re packing up and leaving tomorrow morning after breakfast to give ourselves some time to enjoy the afternoon in Raleigh before prepping for the work week.  Time flies, y’all.

Wonderful, but super quick weekend.

Surprise Visit!

Time flies when you’re having fun, y’all.  :)  All week last week, I had been telling Chris how I wanted to try out a sushi place near our house, and when Friday rolled around, he happily obliged and agreed to go for our date night.  Little did he know, I had a surprise waiting:  Our friends Kristina and Jeff from Maryland.

I had been talking to K & J for over a month, planning a trip for them to come down to surprise Chris and spend a weekend with us, and everything turned out perfectly.  Chris and I were walking into the restaurant when J & K came around the corner with their daughter, and Chris was stunned.  At first he only noticed the Washington Capitals hat that Jeff was wearing, then he noticed it was actually Jeff and was shocked.  He had no idea what was going on, couldn’t understand they were here for the weekend and was hilarious when he asked if they were having dinner, staying with us and hanging out for the weekend.  We got exactly zero pictures of his reaction, but that’s okay, because we took enough pictures for the rest of the weekend.  By the way, dinner wasn’t really sushi, it was habachi and it was awesome, even though I think Chris was actually kinda disappointed in missing the sushi.  Next time!

Here is Friday night in pictures.  Dinner at Ginza and arcade/putt putt fun at Frankies in Raleigh.

Saturday, we drove to Ashboro about an hour away to visit the North Carolina zoo.  It was pretty rad, I’m not going to lie.


  • Chimps walked straight to us
  • Gorgeous weather
  • Saw a baby elephant with it’s mama
  • Enormous, so people & exhibits were really spread out to reduce congestion


  • Didn’t get to hand feed the giraffes because they were too far away
  • Saw an ostrich
  • No beluga whales
  • Tram/Shuttle system is a cluster
  • Chris’ transmission died and we had to drive in 2nd gear the entire way home (more about that another time)

No lie, I’m actually sore today from walking all over creation at the zoo, but it was fun times nonetheless.

Just a handful of some of the exhibits we saw.

Humans at the zoo. :) Yes, we are all wearing Capitals t-shirts. No judging, we were "team red" at the zoo and the Caps won, so, whatever.


After we drove home in the screaming truck stuck in second gear, we watched the Caps beat the Bruins at home, and then headed to the Mellow Mushroom for some pizza and cold beers and then on to Goodberry’s for some frozen custard.

This morning, we did breakfast at Brigs, did some shopping, watched the Caps lose to Boston and then J & K headed home.  It was a super quick but fun weekend and I’m so glad we were able to surprise Chris and have a great time.  Thanks for the visit, you guys, it was great to see you!

Happy Earth Day!

Weekend Redux

Gahhhh, why must weekends go by so fast?!   Time flies when you’re having fun!

Our plans for this weekend were to get up on Saturday and head up to Maryland to visit our friends for the weekend, but we got a little delayed when we woke up to Hunter hopping around the house on three legs.  He had a slight limp on Friday which we atributed to hard fetching the night before, but on Saturday, he was hobbling around, had trouble going up the stairs and just didn’t seem too comfortable.  Luckily, we were able to get him into the vet within the hour and our doc determined he had some major swelling and bruising on one of his toes (they shaved just one toe to see better) which could be due to a sprain or broken toe.  They don’t cast dogs for a broken toe, so the treatment would be the same for either injury, so in the end, we were sent home with some pain meds and antibiotics in case it was scratched deep down inside.  By the time we had Hunter comfortable and settled, we confirmed the pain medicine regimine with our housesitters and hit the road.

We hauled it up to Bel Air, MD to visit Chris’ BFF, Tim and his wife Christine who recently had their first baby and were super excited for a relaxing evening of catching up and baby watching .  They had baby James last Wednesday, so when we arrived, he was a gorgeous 10 days old.  Tim and Christine are just beaming parents and are so cute with him.  I can’t get over how tiny he is, and I loved seeing just how in love with him Tim and Christine are.  He’s so presh.

So cute.

Christine and James.

Uncle Chris balancing James. Hehe.

Tim and Christine's first outing with James. :)

We spent the morning hanging out before we packed up around 11 and hit the road to head home.  But, we made a slight pit stop on the way home and made a purchase Chris has been waiting for – a new TV!  We didn’t plan on buying a TV today, but we found a deal that literally was too hard to walk away from.  We got an awesome 50-inch LG Plasma TV for 20% off and no tax which came out to less than any of the advertised deals we had seen for Black Friday, so we were ecstatic with our good luck.  It’s now sitting pretty in the man cave and I have a really happy huzby.  :)

I’m so glad it’s a 3-day work week!  Having a three day weekend will be so great, especially since we plan on spending the time doing some major catching up on our relaxing time!  I’m thinking a movie marathon just might be in order.  :)