August 22, 2011

Another One Bites the Dust!

This past weekend, very dear friends of our were married in Montgomery, Alabama.  Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. John Armayor!!  I am totally jealous of them at this moment since they are in Hawaii on their honeymoon...

Since we haven't been to Montgomery in years we knew it was going to be a fun weekend to explore the town.  So much has changed since the last time we were there.  We had the best time!!

Friday night was the rehearsal and then the rehearsal dinner at 129 Coosa Street.  The venue was awesome and the food was amazing!!  I enjoyed Every.Single.Bite. of my appetizers, salad, entrees, dinner rolls (yes, I had multiple), and dessert.  I was completely stuffed from Friday night's dinner and vowed to never eat (or drink) again!!!!  Of course, that promise was broken about 12 hours later when we went to lunch... oh well.  It's the thought that counts :)

Saturday we met up friends at the Renaissance pool before I had to head to the Church for my bridesmaid's duties.  The wedding ceremony went off without one single flaw and then we headed to the Alley Station for the reception.  We ate, drank, and danced the night away as we celebrated the newlyweds! 

Here are some pictures of the wedding festivities:

Friday night's rehearsal dinner

Friday night after the rehearsal dinner we met up with some friends who were in town for the wedding at the Alley Bar.  They had this very interesting "Shot Room."  It was a very cold room where you go to take shots out of shot glasses made of ice.  I didn't really want or need a shot, but we had to check it out, right?  We put on these very "sexy" jackets before entering... We can at least say we did it!

Me and the beautiful bride!!!

We wish Brittany and John the BEST of luck in the many years to come!!  We love you and can't wait to hear all about the honeymoon!

August 18, 2011

Dinner with the Wallaces

So, you are probably wondering why so much time has elasped since I've posted anything on this blog.  And the reason is because nothing terribly exciting has been happening.  BUT, this is a GOOD thing!  We have spent the last two weekends relaxing, catching up with friends, and laying out by the pool to get a much needed tan!

Last Saturday, we had a few friends join us for dinner.  I know you will probably make of me for this, but I like to have a theme when I have a dinner party.  Saturday's night theme was "Mediterranean Night"  in honor of our upcoming trip to Turkey's Mediterraneon Coast.  What was on the menu you ask???  Well, the appetizers were prepared by the guests of the evening.  CeCe made a delicious mediterranean-inspired dip with peppers and cheese.  Brittany and John brought two kinds of hummus (always a favorite of mine) with pita chips. 

Then dinner was served... Well, I decided to try a recipe that I've never made before.  It sounded easy enough...  I made chicken kabobs that were marinated in a combination of olive oil, dijon mustard, lemon juice, and herbs.  Needless to say I was a little nervous about how they would turn out.  Since I'm not a great cook to begin with, I was running a huge risk trying something new.  Luckily, I could use Erol's grilling skills to actually cook the kebobs and I think they turned out GREAT!  I am definitely adding it to my recipe book.  I served the kabobs with a greek salad and side of roasted potatoes.  It was all delicious!!

For dessert, CeCe made a "one piece is not enough" fruit pizza.  I couldn't get enough of it and I want the recipe.  When I get it, I will definitely share. Trust me... you will want it :)

This weekend we are headed to Montgomery to celebrate the nuptials of the soon-to-be Armayors!!!!!  We can't wait for all the wedding festivities!  It will be our last weekend of summer in the States since on Wednesday, we are boarding a plane for Istanbul for 12 days! 

I really need to start packing...

August 5, 2011

Reunited... and it feels so good!

So as most of you know, my Ten Year Highschool Reunion was this past weekend in Mobile, Alabama.  All weekend I was celebrating the reunion of my classmates from the McGill-Toolen Catholic Highschool Class of 2001.  As Class President of three years, I was given the incredibly daunting great task of planning the entire weekend.  With help from my Mom, Dad, and my close friend, Sarah, the weekend was a BLAST!!  Here's how it went down:

Friday night started off with a casual mixer at the Corner Bar in Mobile.  The Corner Bar is owned by one of our very own classmates, Thomas.  We had an awesome time catching up with people we haven't seen in forever!  Here are some of my favorite pictures of the night.

Me and my friend Christopher

Some old classmates of 2001

 I went to school with these people Kindergarten through 12th grade!

Even Erol saw some good friends' of ours!

Annie came all the way from Boston!

 Thomas, the owner of the Corner Bar

And the most school spirit award for Friday night goes to.....

This Guy!!!

On Saturday, my classmates and I attended a tour of our old highschool, given my our very own Mr. McAtee.  It was great to see how things have changed and even more interesting to see what hasn't changed at all!  After the tour, we headed straight over to St. Mary's Church for a Mass in honor of the Class of 2001.  It was so nice to celebrate Mass with my old classmates again.  Mass was celebrated by Father Dan Goode who is also a graduate of our class!  It was amazing to hear him say Mass!!

Saturday night was the main event at a wonderful restaurant downtown Mobile called Cafe 615.  My parents went to the venue ahead of time to set up so I could go get ready for the party.  They are too nice to do that for me!  Cafe 615 did such a great job with the set up and the food was amazing!  I will recommend Cafe 615 to anyone who wants to host a casual, yet nice event in Mobile.  Even  more people came Saturday night who I did not get to see Friday night.  Here are some photos from Saturday night's event:

The food at Cafe 615 was great!

The decorations my Mom helped with for two weeks

My sweet sweet friend, Sarah

Me at the sign in table... where I spent most of the night :)

My Vice-President, Scott, came all the way from New York!

My Treasurer and good friend since Kindergarten, Philip

I had SUCH A BLAST with everyone the entire weekend!  It was incredibly exhausting but totally worth it.  I was so glad to see everyone that could make it.  I thought I would see everyone and think how much they've changed, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that everyone is exactly the same.  I think everyone had a great time.  I can tell by all the smiles on their faces! I can't wait for the 20 year reunion.  However, I don't think I'll be planning that one :)