Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Shennanigans

This was our 13th year of gathering for girls weekend over Memorial Day. We went back to where it all began - North Carolina.  Laura and Emily graciously hosted Andrea, Brooke, Mary (Kai) and me.
I arrived first and after a few errands heard over to Laura's to wait for Andrea and Brooke's delayed flight. Once they made it we enjoyed a delicious candlelit dinner al fresco. 

On Saturday we headed to Winston-Salem to dear old Wake Forest for a lovely day. First up was the Village Tavern for their life changing chips and other delicious food. Then a long nostalgic walk around campus. We had to head to the Deacon Shop in Hanes Mall for gear for our families.

Dinner was back in Charlotte at the Peculiar Rabbit for a yummy rooftop meal and we were joined by Mary and her foster child Kai. We were treated to a full rainbow and a gorgeous sunset.  

On Sunday we had a lazy morning followed by a walk through the gorgeous Queen City homes. Lunch was a perfect collection of delicious odds and ends.  Frank and DIA came over for happy hour margs and guacamole around the fire pit.  Dinner was phenomenal. Roasted veggies and Dijon salmon. The girls threw me a surprise baby shower and facetimed Marge and Em to join in the fun. There was a lot of technology and a lot of love flying around. 

No girls trip is complete without the bowl game.  This year we photographed our entries - popular items were the girls who were not in attendance, Kim, Kevin Cox, and God. 

Monday we picked up and packed up. Sad for another year in the books but so very grateful.  Can't wait for next year lakeside (TN or WI!)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Showering baby Moody with love

What a wonderful weekend to celebrate the coming baby Moody with the Moody/Gilmartin families!!  Katie, Erin, Kara, and Marian did a wonderful job hosting and Katie could not have done a more perfect job with the hot air balloon / maps theme!

Liz definitely won the prize for most precious gift, which she made herself!

Mary Kate and Kay did a wonderful job taking care of 4 month old Margot and Claire.

 Thank you to everyone who attended and sent gifts. Your generosity means so much to us. We can't wait for our little one to meet you!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Birthday Festivities

What says birthday better than food?  Two nights of great restaurants with great company!

On my birthday eve, Kelly, Dan, our mom, and I headed to Dos Urban Cantina - delicious!

Virgin margaritas - a current favorite!

 On my birthday, Sean and I headed to one of our top 5 restaurants - NoMI in the Park Hyatt.
 This place has incredible service, amazing views, and stellar food. When they saw I was pregnant they brought us some sparkling cider - nice touch!
 View of the old water tower.

 Ahh, the food! Green salad, small charcuterie board.

Sean's oh so tender ribeye.

My buttermilk chicken.

 Sean's chocolate bundido with dehydrated chocolate cake and garlic ice cream.

My off menu dessert - passion fruit cake with basil ice cream.  Yum!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Showering baby girl Kloak

Today was a wonderful day showering baby girl Kloak with love, gifts, amazing Italian food, and sugar!!

The Kloak women, Rose, Maggie and Bridget did a wonderful job with every detail.

Two sure to be amazing grandmothers!

Congratulations Kelly and Dan!  Sean and I can't wait to meet our new niece and baby Moody is very excited to meet his/her cousin!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy First Communion Danny Boy!

Congratulations on your First Communion Danny!  What a fun party to celebrate!!!

It also happened to be Derby Saturday and the fascinators and decorations were out!

And what's a communion party without holy fruit?!

And lots and lots of cousin time!