Thursday, December 31, 2009

Catching up on 2009 - late summer

My cousin Stacia, who had just spent 6 months teaching midwives in Kabul, got married in Princeton, NJ in August, and Ed and I were so glad to get to go. We enjoyed seeing the family and meeting new cousins-in-law.  Doesn't she look gorgeous?

They had both a western and more traditional Korean ceremony, which was by far more colorful!

Since we were in the neighborhood, we spent the next day roaming around NYC, enjoying a jaunt on the High Line, and a rest under trees in Central Park,

and lunch with some dear friends I couldn't wait to introduce!

For Labor day, we went down to Seaside, FL, to catch up with Lee, HilaryAnn and Shawn, and their daughter Jacquie. With the diet Coke w/ Lime can in her hand, Jacquie is a girl after my own heart! What a cutie!!
My kitchen was also completed, organized, and I finally started remembering how to cook again. :) I love my kitchen!

Our next door neighbors Ted and Sarah got married on a beautiful late summer day, and Jeanie and I went. Jeanie has now gotten both of her confirmed bachelor neighbors (Ed and Ted) married off to great women. :)

Catching up on 2009 - Anniversary and birthdays in July/August

Our birthdays and anniversary cluster together at the end of July/beginning of August. We took a trip down to the Florida Keys the last week of July to celebrate our first anniversary, and stayed on Key Largo, where we had a fantastic waterside seafood dinner.

We also took a kayaking trip off Big Pine Key, in and around the mangrove islands. The water was beautifully calm and we saw a lot of rays and nurse sharks, as well as water birds.

We paddled through a few mangrove islands

And we got hooked on kayaking!

We took a snorkeling trip off Key Largo, and had gorgeous weather!
Back home in Atlanta, we had a joint birthday on our deck overlooking the river. 

Happy Birthday to us!!

Catching up on 2009 - Family in town during the summer

Over the summer, my sister Christy, her husband Paul, and our niece Jessica and nephew Casey visited from Cameroon. Ed's parents timed their visit to coincide with Paul and Christy, and his brother Warren came for a visit a couple weeks later. So grateful for a finished guestroom! (Oh that's right, shortly after we finished the kitchen, the same contractor redid the paint and carpet upstairs - yay!)

Aunt Julie is such a sucker - but the kids have so much fun playing in the Chattahoochee in their play clothes!

They all loved the Atlanta aquarium.

Jessica posing in front of the piranhas - hmmm...

Casey, who is eyeing whom?

Paul and Christy and the kids enjoying the massive tank with the whale sharks
Jessica and Casey at the zoo, learning about a lion skull

I love my sis!

Ed and I took Warren too a Braves game during his visit

Catching up on 2009 - Sherstin's wedding

My dear friend Sherstin got married this spring, giving me an opportunity to travel to Naples, FL for her bachelorette party and Chapel Hill, NC for the wedding.
The parents of another bridesmaid hosted us for the bachelorette weekend at their beautiful home on the beach in Naples.

We played on the beach, and went out on the boat.

We ate very well!

And got dressed up to go out in the town!

Several weeks later, mission accomplished: Sherstin married!

Enjoying my own dapper hubby!