Monday, June 18, 2012

Sweet Summertime

Oh this past weekend went by so fast!  I seriously cannot believe it's already Monday- where does the time go?!  I think weekends go by more quickly in the summer...  Friday night we went over to the Martin's for a summer pot-luck on their patio, it was perfect!  The weather could not have been better!
Amanda and Chris were the grill masters of the night, and everyone else brought delicious sides and dessert. I had to take a snapshot of all the yumminess!
Saturday morning, Alan and I joined my family on a quick road-trip to Johnson City for the day to see Rachel, meet her family, and visit the farm where she and Colin might get married.  I am so thankful God has provided such a sweet family to be Colin's in-laws, they are great!  The farm was beautiful (see picture of the house below) and Rachel's mom also made us a wonderful dinner so we had a fun time getting to know them all better before heading back to Knoxville.
Sunday after church, we went over to my parents' house to celebrate Father's Day! I am so thankful for my dad who has been such an amazing example to me throughout the years. He is always willing to offer advice, support, and encouragement to me- and also to Alan. Here is a picture from one of my favorite days with my dad!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Savelli's, WVR, and Rowland Farm

After work on Friday, Alan and I met up with sweet friends for Date Night! The kiddos (not ours, duh) were left at home, and we got to enjoy a fun-filled night with yummy Italian, vino, and great friends. Even with a reservation we had to wait a bit at the ever-popular Savelli's (which reminds me of The Hill in STL) but it was worth it as always, and we were able to squeeze in lots of good conversation. 
Can we please do this every weekend?!
Saturday mid-morning, Alan and I drove through Townsend on to Wears Valley Ranch to celebrate Clayton's birthday!  Clayton's parents started WVR years ago as a shelter for children in crisis situations. It has since grown into a school, a summer camp, and so much more.  We had fun enjoying the great outdoors with lots of sweet friends. Danielle went above and beyond hosting, making delicious food, and homemade ice-cream too!
Saturday night we witnessed our friends, Amanda and Jonathan, say "I DO!" Amanda worked at Stone & Hinds with Alan but will now be moving to Florida to be with Jonathan, we will miss them! Their wedding was ahh-mazing! Everything from A&J reciting their vows from memory at the alter, to a mid-summer's night dream of a reception on the Rowland's farm afterwards, it was beautiful (right out of Southern Living) and we had a wonderful time!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Isn't She Lovely

I had so much fun with Rachel today as we searched Knoxville in attempt to say, "Yes!" to the dress. We found several beautiful options (the tough thing is that Rachel looked stunning in all of them) and I think we had a very productive (and super fun) day. Rachel came prepared with pictures of what she likes and after visiting multiple locations, we have some winners. Throughout the day, I found myself humming, "isn't she lovely..." haha! I am so excited!