Happy Father’s Day

2013, Family, Holidays

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I’d like to thank my dad and grandfather for being the best male mentors I could have asked for in life!  They have an amazing depth of caring and compassion, especially with rambunctious children and grandchildren.  While my grandfather is at peace now with the Lord, it reminds me everyday to enjoy all the precious moments I get to spend with my dad.

 

Graduation Season

2013, Family, Fashion, OOTD

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is graduation season across the U.S. and every weekend in May someone from my office has plans to attend a family member or friend’s graduation.

My weekend was the second weekend in May. The weather all week was sunny and beautiful! However, the day of the graduation had a high chance of rain and the graduation ceremony had no contingency plan for the lawn ceremonies.

Not being a smart packer, I packed a white dress for the wet ceremonies – needless to say I wore my trench coat the entire time.

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Photo via Pamela Greer Photography

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I’m so proud of my sister for getting her Nurse Practitioner Master’s! Congratulations to her and all the graduates of the Class of 2013!

Zucchini Chips & Quinoa Salad

Family, Food

 

They should come out golden and crisp!

I served the zucchini chips as a side dish to my favorite quinoa salad (featured on my blog earlier this month).

As I remake the salad, I change-up the ingredients a bit, depending upon the supplies in my pantry.  It has always turned out amazing! Quinoa is extremely versatile and blends well with different types of ingredients!

(Personal Note: I bet my mother would have never guessed she would live to see the day I would voluntarily eat zucchini.)

Long Weekend Mode

2012 Photo Challenge, Family, Food

I’m still in long weekend mode, so happy Columbus Day, U.S.A.! Here are a few picture collages I made with Pic Jointer iPhone app while spending time with my family on my three-day-weekend.

My sister, her boyfriend and another friend decided to stubbornly not change our plans of cycling Creeper Mountain Trail despite cold temperatures and imminent rainfall. While the 17 mile trail was not difficult, the lack of a jacket and waterproof gear made the ride miserable. All the pictures were taken before the cycle because I looked like a wreck flying down the trail at break-neck speed to reach the warmth of shelter and promise of pumpkin pie. I had my scarf wrapped over my face – resembling a lot like a unibomber.

The other pictures are my of my beautiful nephew and niece.

I’ve also included pictures of my sister and I eating – what we do best!

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I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t catch a cold or worse from cycling through the rain and cold for three hours.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Family, Holidays

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Traffic leaving Atlanta was not as horrendous as I predicted, but driving back Sunday was a day-long ordeal.  I heard on the news that over 300 car accidents occurred from Wednesday before Thanksgiving to the following Sunday, because of the increased volume of traffic.  Wow!  My prayers go out to the victim’s families who only wanted to spend the holiday with their loved ones.

When I’m home for the weekend, I usually stay-in.  I realize that I’m still in my twenties, but I really just don’t get out much.  But when I’m on a “vacation” I do want to go out.  Thanksgiving Day left me stuffed from two dinners, so some friends and I went ice skating – the perfect solution to the over-stuffed feeling.

Generally, this would be the end of my night.  Oh No.  My sister decides we must go Black Friday Shopping.  We finally crawled in bed around 6 a.m.  This night has taught me three things: 1) I still suck at ice skating 2) I will never Black Friday shop again, because only the people at the front of the line will get the 42″ TV for $199 and all the rest of us are screwed 3) As only the second time in my life where I’ve stayed up for longer than 24 hours, I can honestly say I don’t have the urge to repeat it.

We both slept the rest of the day and woke up in time for salsa dancing in Asheville.  I personally think it’s crazy to drive two-hours to go dancing, but then again, I don’t live in rural Tennessee, where the Dinner Bell is the fanciest restaurant in a 30-mile radius.  Perhaps if I did live here, I too wouldn’t mind driving two-hours for a fun night out.  I suggested to my sister that she move, but she’s stuck in school for the next two years.

I love hiking, but that is the one activity a city does not provide.  So I used my time wisely and took a hike on Saturday up in the mountains.  The air is literally cleaner there.  L-I-T-E-R-A-L-L-Y.  I do love the mountains.  Maybe I’ll move to Nashville next because that’s the only city I’ve encountered where you get the city life and with a 30 minute drive you get the mountains.

While visiting my family is always fun, sleeping in my own bed is nice too.  It’s good to be back in my temporary home – Atlanta.  The city may have it’s faults, but it’ll do for now.

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday break!

Family Reunion Slideshow

Family

A mountain escape with the family was exactly what the doctor requested!  Enjoy the slideshow below!

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Dear Mom and Dad

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for my mother on Mother’s Day!  You have forever changed my life.  Thank you to all the mothers in the world and all they do to raise us.

Also, Happy Birthday to my Dad! Together, they have both been the biggest blessings in my life.

My Niece Opens Her Eyes

Family

 

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life has been an adventure this year – full of ups and downs.  Overall, I have so much to be thankful for as I enter Thanksgiving tomorrow.  The biggest thing being my niece!  Madeline Joyce Mahoney squealed and wiggled for the first time on Nov. 23, 2010 around 2 p.m.  I am now a full-fledged aunt with both a nephew and a niece.  Here are the pictures to prove it: