August 25, 2012

One Year Older

This week I had my 25th birthday! Gosh, I'm definitely starting to feel a bit old. I use to make fun of my mom for forgetting how old she was, but now I have joined the ranks. In my head I think I will forever be 22. John was still busy this week with interviews (which is a goood thing) but we were able to spend a day as a family together in Richmond, about an hour outside of Charlottesville.

We stopped at the Shortpump Outdoor Mall where Addie LOVED playing on the train. She kept peaking out of the window and saying, "Heeelllloo!"

We spent a good part of the day at Maymont Park. We brought boxed lunches from a local favorite, Sally Belle's Kitchen. They were adorable and tasty too!

Addie got to see all kinds of animals; horses, sheep, goats, foxes, owls, chickens, pigs, and even bears! But her very favorite were the "fishies". She especially liked feeding some her leftovers. 

Later on, for my birthday, John took me to pick out a new purse. Then we had dinner with our closest pals in Charlottesville at a yummy Indian restaurant. After that, the party continued with girls night at our favorite yogurt place, Sweet Frog. It was a fun day!

On Wednesday the party continued when we got a surprise visit from Dawn, John's mom. It was fun to spend the day with her at some of our favorite spots like Cook-Out and Greenleaf Park. It was a warm day so Addie stripped down and played in the water with Grammy!

It was a pretty great week and it's safe to say I felt sufficiently loved. I guess if I have to get older, it's okay, as long as I get to be surrounded by family and friends!

August 17, 2012

Back Where We Belong

Weird to think that Virginia is the place we call home now...yes, we have gone to the dark side. But actually, we just love Charlottesville and are so happy to be back to our house, friends, school, and city.  We will miss the family and pals we left in Maryland, but it was great to spend the summer with them. We plan on making plenty of visits back throughout the year.

Just hanging out with her best pal

Feeding baby some breakfast, we think she'll make a great big sister!

Enjoying some popsicles at a pool party

John has been busy with lots and lots over interviews (over 20!!) so we are keeping our fingers crossed that we will find the perfect fit for our family. We know that our Heavenly Father always provides for us, and John has clearly done his part, so we aren't too worried.

During a break in his busy week we were able to get away and pick some peaches at the beautiful Carter Mountain Orchard with a few friends.

And of course we had to enjoy some of their famous peach cider and apple cider donuts!

August 11, 2012