pre + post thanksgiving: week 20? i’ve lost track.
i am going to break this post up into two parts. things that happened before thanksgiving (*plus like 2 pictures of thanksgiving day), and things that happened after. which, you might remember, was a trip to Houston for my friend Allison’s wedding!
before thanksgiving a few fun things happened: clif brought home some beautiful flowers; our community group (those of us who were left in town) had dinner together at an awesome new restaurant in harlem called The Grange; Clif and I had a little date the night before Thanksgiving for Ramen at Jin and to get our christmas tree! more pictures of our decorated little tree later :) on thanksgiving day we headed out to New Jersey to be with Lauren Ross and her family. it was so generous of them to host us and so lovely to be with a family in a warm and cozy home with a fire going. it was a nice day and the food was totally delicious! we ended our t-giving by watching Home Alone 2. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!
(^^delicious-smelling stove simmer, care of this recipe^^)
part II. my trip to Houston for Allison & Matt Krause’s wedding. upon arrival we learned that Matt (the groom) and his family had gotten a stomach bug and were throwing up all night the previous night. not cool. they were such troopers though and had great attitudes. i definitely would’ve been throwing more of a fit than Allison was.
we kicked off the festivities with manicures, of course, and then headed over to the wedding venue for the rehearsal. it was a really pretty setting called Madera Estates in Conroe, TX. afterward the rehearsal dinner was hosted at Rico’s Grill, a yummy mexican restaurant. i was so delighted to be with some of my bestest friends.
(^^one of my beautiful & preggo best friends, Ruth. she’s due in April!^^)
(^^Jenny and her BF Matt, being weird/cute together in The Woodlands^^)
(^^uh oh. i feel the college “lauren face” coming back…^^)
(^^kristen, ruth and her husband rich definitely took a bunch of selfie’s on my phone. BUSTED!^^)
(^^finally a shot with the bride! this was at the end of the night so i look forward to seeing Allison’s official wedding photos and hopefully can find a better one of the 5 of us!^^)
(^^by some crazy miracle, i happened to be in the same state at the same time as my dear friend Katy, who lives in Zambia. yes, that’s in Africa!^^)
(^^katy, suzanne, lauren - the original “midtown groupies” from 2005!^^)
(^^always have to have some article of matching clothing with my bff, Jen. sweaters from the sale rack of Anthropologie. score!^^)
(^^Katy’s hilarious vehicle for her drive down to Houston to see us! she’s kind of like me in that she doesn’t own a car. BECAUSE SHE LIVES IN AFRICA!^^)
(^^final Houston shot goes out to La Madeline, for a delicious lunch and some of the best tomato soup. thankful to have gotten to spend the last day in town with my friend Suzanne, who I hadn’t seen in 2+ years!^^)
great trip and thankful to be a part of Allison’s weeding weekend. i came back to the thick of our christmas program at work, which was both the hardest and most gratifying week of my life. more about that later…