Some catching up to do

I feel like I have some catching up to do. It’s been quite a long time since I was blogging regularly and I miss it.

Here goes! Let’s see – in the last year I planned a trip to Paris with my grandmother, went on said trip to Paris over my Spring Break, planned a trip to Barcelona and Madrid with my mom, went on said trip at the beginning of summer break, planned the most amazing wedding with my now husband, Scott, started a new position at my school as Administrative Assistant, traveled to Massachusetts for our most amazing wedding, Mini-Moon-ed in Maine, and moved to a new house! Oh, and I took a French class and a Spanish class at the beginning of the year along with planning said trips. Here are some photos of aforementioned adventures:Grandma and Adrianne in Giverny Engagement photo by Leigh McLindenPam and Adrianne at Montserrat DSC_0443Wedding Planning at Friendly Crossways Sam Adams Brewery Our wedding shower Marriage License Just married! Mine Mini-Moon mid Casco BayChristmas at Biltmore Our First Married Christmas Ornament IMG_0325 Moving truck! Kitchen window view Our new house is amazing. First of all, it’s an actual house. We don’t share any walls with anyone, we have a front yard and a backyard, and we have our own driveway. It’s definitely bigger than our apartment was, which makes it so that we actually have places for all of our things. A place for everything and everything in its place. (Credit where credit is due if that’s some individual’s quote.) Our kitchen is brilliant. It’s an eat in kitchen with a giant (very heavy) table so there’s room for hanging out and cooking and no one gets in anyone’s way. There’s a beautiful view of the mountains and we can tell that it will be absolutely lovely come spring time. We have at least three dogwoods … I’m so excited!!! And we can hardly wait to see what else pops up. The two bird feeders that hang outside our bay window are quite popular with the birds. We have a lengthy list of birds that we’ve seen from our window! And of course, a few squirrels.

Married life is wonderful. I’ve been adjusting to my new name and I love it. Otherwise it’s business as usual in the Anderson household. We often sit around fondly recalling moments from our wedding – it was the best – and being thankful for our beautiful new home. So here’s to all of the adventures that await in 2015!

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Whirlwind Summer Travels: Pacific Northwest Wedding Edition

Now that I have had a chance for some good sleep (and lazed about a fair bit) it is high time for a post about my trip! It was my SECOND trip out to the Pacific Northwest this summer! And it was just as much of a whirlwind as the first trip. This time it was for my uncle’s wedding! It was quite the weekend!!! Enough jabber.

My dad and I flew out on Thursday the 2nd and arrived about 1:30 am on Friday. It was a loooong afternoon/evening of traveling. On Friday, after some brunch and running around in Portland, we picked up my mom and drove to Seattle! There was a welcome gathering for the wedding guests that evening. The house was very nice and there was a beautiful garden!

On Saturday we had a good brunch at a fun little restaurant called 5 Spot, then we picked Parker up from the airport, and got in line for the ferry to go to Poulsbo! My mom met us there and we continued to wait. Two hours later, after push-starting a car that died in line, we were finally getting onto the ferry! The wedding was at a nice little house owned by friends of the bride and groom. We had a wonderful time meeting friends and celebrating the wedding! And then caught the second-to-last ferry back to Seattle.

Sunday morning/afternoon we had a brunch/lunch with friends and family at my uncle and his wife’s house. Then my dad, brother, grandmother, and I went to Seattle for the day! We went to the Seattle Space Needle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, Pike Place Market, and Ray’s Boathouse for dinner! It was a busy day and it was a blast!

Sunday night we took Parker to the airport, Monday we had a nice brunch in Seattle and took my dad to the airport, and Grandma and I drove back to Portland! Then on Tuesday I flew out at 5:30 am Pacific Time …

… and had a six hour layover in Phoenix, AZ, arriving back in Raleigh just after midnight Eastern Time. It was a LONG day! And I drove back to Asheville on Wednesday morning. It was a great trip and I am so glad I was able to go! As always it was very nice to get home, though. Congratulations again to my uncle Todd and his new wife Ursula!!!

A Wedding in the Shenandoah Valley

Saturday, June 1, 2012: Hopped in the car at 6:00 AM to drive to Sperryville, VA for a wedding!

7-ish hours later, we arrived at Mount Vernon Farm, where the wedding took place. It was beautiful!!! Absolutely incredible.

We found some of Katie’s (one of the brides) family at the farm setting up and they were generous enough to let us change in their room at a cute little inn in Sperryville and get ready for the wedding! Here we are at the wedding (photo courtesy of Scott’s iPhone), all spiffed up.

One of our beautiful brides, Lakota! We didn’t catch a good picture of the two of them, but they were absolutely stunning! (Photo from Scott’s iPhone.)

Here they are, dancing the night away! (Photo from Scott’s iPhone.) The wedding was beautiful, the space was incredible (and to think that the brides transformed an old dairy barn full of hay to this wonderful wedding venue!), and the countryside was like a fairy tale.

What an amazing wedding!!! We feel so fortunate to have been there and to have celebrated with such a wonderful bunch of people. Congratulations to Lakota and Katie!!!