It was hard to narrow down (and I admittedly cheated) but here are my top 11 moments of 2011:
4. Easter weekend with White and Frazier grandparents
6. seeing New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys in concert. yep. that's right.
Mom looking through the wedding photo book we gave to all of the parents and grandparents; these were a HUGE hit! These were of course only sort of DIY, we put them together on Snapfish.
Jason received this framed photo of our first dance, with lyrics to the song we danced to "You are the Best Thing" by Ray Lamontagne.
Dad got one too, with the lyrics for Dylan's Forever Young -- which he also used for our toast during the reception! (Jason's mom Kim got one of her and Jason dancing as well and yes -- I learned that from Pinterest!)
Tried out making fresh salsa for the first time. Will keep working on perfecting that...and then maybe you'll get some next year!
Ellen received this shadow box with little pieces of her Meredith College graduation weekend that I had hung on to since May in hopes of surprising her.
and a FAVORITE gift to give to the parents -- an ornament with our wedding invitation inside!
I hope your Christmas was filled with love and joy -- and plenty of great gift giving.
Meg, Hadley, me, Meredith, Virginia and Katie
The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and so thoughtfully all of my favorites (including a cheese ball, of course) and the company was the best part. This year is spoiling me on seeing these girls - we'll only go six days between festivities this time as we will reconvene in Charleston this weekend for the wedding of Chris and Anna!
Sidenote: one of the best parts about wedding planning for me has been figuring out host/hostess gifts for parties. This one was my favorite thus far!
Olive oil from Italy (fitting for this crew) and painted measuring spoons
Back to the shower: in addition to some of my dishes and serving ware, I also received recipes for soon-to-be favorite dishes. The most important (and cheesiest) recipe was for the Perfect Marriage:
3 cups of love
Our Dining Room
View of Breakfast Nook and Bakers Rack
Breakfast Nook, complete with re-covered chairs!
Jason calls this Dec-organizing
Guest Room Guest-Ready
Two views of the Master Bedroom
So me and my house...we will continue to welcome any who want to visit and share in the hospitality and a meal. Even if you have to wait until 10 p.m.