Monday, September 26, 2011

the weekend rundown - bummin', baby & Bridesmaids

We were so boring this wekeend (and it was AWESOME), I'm going to spare you the uneventful details and just tell you that we did a lot of relaxing and lounging and fall tv line up watching.

We did make an outing Saturday to go to a local festival (bc RRO had a booth) and we met up with Ant's family and got to eat the fresh hot mini donuts that have become all the rage of the Northern Neck. Those delicious little nuggets are dangerous, and totally live up to the hype we've been hearing for the past few weeks. 

Sunday I visited my college roomie, Lorie, and her husband Jeromie and their brand new bundle of joy, Elly Cate, now 2 weeks old. 


Frantz and Donnie stopped by too so it was great to see them for a bit, and we all had a great time chatting and passing around this sweet little baby girl. 


What a beautiful Momma you are Wils : )




We rounded out the weekend with a viewing of Bridesmaids. I'm not sure it lived up to all the talk, but it was funny and a great way to end the weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2011

September Rivah dining review


page 26


My last dining review (9th total, over the course of 3 years), and they spelled my name wrong.

Awesome.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hello to Baby Aidan

Yesterday one of my closest friends since we were 3 years old gave birth to this sweet little man
Welcome to the world Aidan Parker Fleharty!


Congratulations Lou and Sean!
xoxo

Monday, September 19, 2011

the weekend rundown - Hatch's, Holzbach's & Hudson's

Another weekend has come and gone,
here's a quick summary of the festivities!

Friday night we celebrated my fabulous Momma's birthday
with a great dinner party

Jack even came home for the celebration!



I borrowed a full menu out of a past Southern Living issue and thought it turned out pretty delicious, if I do say so myself : )  Maybe I'll share that later if I remember. Happy birthday Mom!!


Saturday, Ant and I ran errands around Richmond,
then attended the wedding of
our sweet friends Sarah and Wyatt Holzbach
(eeek! that's the first time I've been able to talk about them with one last name! I love all the newlywed firsts!)

check out this drool-worthy dress- LOVE IT!

It was a GORGEOUS celebration,
Sarah- you were such a beautiful bride!!
and we had such a wonderful time!

Ant, me, and Wyatt's brother and best man, Grant

Congratulations to one of our favorite couples, our river buddies : )


Sunday I spent the day with family, visiting the newest little family members, the twins,
Audrey and Olivia Hudson.

The girls are so precious and their
awesome momma Heather is so amazing,
the way she's taking her double bundles of joy in stride so calmly : )
  
Audrey

Olivia


Heather and Olivia

Heather and BOTH her girls!

my ecstatic Aunt Joan, who now has TWO grandbabies!
It was a fantastic weekend of celebrations,
hope yours was just as wonderful!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

the weekend rundown – Luckie’s, lava cakes & lounging

We did it! We FINALLY had a weekend that was relatively plan/obligation free. And boy did we need it after the past few weeks.
Saturday night's creation: lovely little lava cakes
We kicked off the weekend by hopping on a PARTY BUS (hehe) to celebrate Jess’s big 3-0.
17 of us (then more met us there!) partied our way up to the bars of Newport News, stopping at Luckie’s (great time) and Saddleridge (meh) and back and it was a blast. A blast that left me exhausted on Saturday after 3.5 hrs of sleep, but nevertheless, a really great time! Happy dirty 30 sissy : )
**Minimal pictures displayed to protect the (not so) innocent**
Saturday we got our lives back in order with some house cleaning, laundry, big time grocery and supply shopping, and finally got to spend some down time just the two of us while cooking an amazing dinner and catching up.
We feasted on ribeyes with a shiitake mushroom topping, sauteed garlic asparagus, and Red Lobster style cheesy garlic biscuits.
a GREAT bottle of wine
(which was even more fun because it came in a mystery mixed case we ordered so picking out a bottle for dinner was like wine shopping in our own house!)
And finally, these cute individual molten lava chocolate cakes that I made

Sunday we river’d and relaxed at Cross Tides, playing with Ella then when she was napping, playing on the boat/paddle board with Mike
This was the new paddle board game of the day:
Sunday night had us kicking back at the house with fresh pineapple and rum drinks and Beer Garitas (if you don’t know, you’re missing out! I’ll share later), then yummy fish tacos with fresh homemade mango –cilantro salsa.
It was the most low key weekend we’ve had in a loooonnnggg time and it was much MUCH needed!
**My college roommate Lorie and her husband Jeromie welcomed baby Elly Cate to the world yesterday- CONGRATS Houston family!! She’s beautiful and I can’t wait to meet her!**

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11

On 9/11/01, I was in the first week of my senior year of high school in Mr. Stevens' Journalism class, working in the computer lab on the newspaper, when someone ran in to tell us the sad news.

On the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, I join the rest of the country in the rembrances of those lives that were lost, and the feelings of gratitude for those who continue to protect our freedom everyday.
 
But I also think of a happier 9/11 that occurred three years ago, as 9/11/08 is the day Anthony proposed to me and I said yes : )


  Here's to all kinds of memories, the good and the sad.

They're all part of our history, and hopefully your good ones outweigh the bad!

Monday, September 5, 2011

the weekend rundown - babies, boating & boarding

Happy Labor Day!

Hope everyone's enjoying the long weekend. It's been an extra long "weekend" for us as we took a few days off at the end of last week but boy have we stayed BUSY!

(yea I know I'm always saying that, but it's always true!)

After finally getting our power back last Thursday night, we worked on restoring some normalcy to our lives (ie: grocery shopping & laundry) before the river weekend family fun began!

We've spent the past few days at Cross Tides doing the usual: boat rides, paddle board outings, playing with babies, great family dinners and cocktail hours, swimming, reading, eating, drinking, etc.

Last night Anthony, Caleb, Ben and I went to Thai Pot for dinner to give Ben the opportunity to impress us all with his excellent grasp of his new language. We even let him order us some ridiculously spicy foods that he said was child's play compared to the heat of authentic Thai food- yikes! Most notably, CALEB even tried these foods (anyone who knows what a crazy picky eater that kid is will know that this is a huge deal that he tried Thai food! HA!)

Afterwards the 4 of us went to a party at our friends Jack and Meredith's house to hear some great musicians and hang out with friends, it was a wonderful time!

We'll continue eating, drinking and playing with my family today over at my parents' but I wanted to get this post and a few pics up early as tomorrow is my first day of work at my new job and I feel another busy week coming on!

Here are some pictures from the weekend. Off to enjoy the remainder of the weekend!












Sunday, September 4, 2011

San Fran

I've been putting off doing my post about our trip to San Francisco because it's one of those things that seemed such a daunting task, I wanted to give it the proper time and energy to give justice to just how fantastic of an experience it really was. I still haven't had the time to put the thought and organization to this that it deserves, but these have been the craziest two weeks and I fear that if I don't just go ahead and share, I might never get around to it!

Under the guise of a work trip for RRO, Anthony and I hopped on our first together plane ride to spend 5 days in beautiful San Francisco. Anthony's boss Travis and his wife Kristi joined us and we happily gave them sole custody of the hotel room as we had the opportunity to stay with some locals, Ant's good buddy Brett and his girlfriend Kelsie.

It was such an amazing trip. For both of us, it was our first visit to the West Coast and San Fran is such a unique place where we got to experience so much in such a short time.

The work portion of the trip was actually really fun. The guys had a quick meeting or two a few of the mornings, then the big event was the Oysterfest event at Waterbar on Saturday afternoon which was incredible!

We spent an awesome day in Napa, or as I like to call it, my mothership. We were touristy and strolled on the Golden Gate bridge, we ate great food and drank lots of fantastic wine, we visited Hog Island Oysters which was such a cool experience, I dipped my toes in the Pacific Ocean for the first time, we trudged up and down the steep hills for which the city is so well known, we bundled up in Northfaces and Patagonias to weather the chilling late August evenings for which the city is also so famous, and to end the trip, we shucked a WHOLE. LOT. OF. OYSTERS.

Anthony and Travis had great contacts there, and at both Waterbar and Hog Island were given the VIP treatment with complimentary food and drinks sent out, as well as behind the scenes time with owners and head chefs. Kristi and I give them a hard time for thinking they're such "ballers" as they like to say, but we'll admit we were prety impressed : )

Napa:

We started at Cakebread Cellars which was lovely but pretty corporate and other than the fact that we were in Napa, nothing about it made it a unique tasting experience. We lunched at Rutherford Grill which was amazing and we'd do that again in a heartbeat. The next stop was Rombauer, which seemed all too appropriate as it was the same day Anthony's Uncle Meatball passed away, and Rombauer Chardonnay was in fact, his absolute favorite wine that he bought by the case. This fact, in addition to the gorgeous scenery at the winery made this a great stop for us. The final winery stop was at Vincent Arroyo, a small winery off the beaten path that Krisi requested we visit, as it's a favorite of her brother's. This was hands down the most memorable stop of the day. We were given lots of individual attention, tours of the grounds, at least 8 diferent wines to try (free of charge I might add), and our tasting guy was just a great time.





Hog Island:
On the way out to Hog Island, we stopped to be touristy at the Golden Gate Bridge. Pictures weren't awesome the because the ever present "marine layer"( San Fran code for fog) was heavy, as it always was before 11 am and after 6 pm, but it was still incredible.

By the time we got to Hog Island things cleared up and it was beautiful out. We were shown around by one of the owners, Terri, who then sent out drinks and snacks for us which we enjoyed on one of the picnic tables (which people book MONTHS in advance!) over looking Tomales Bay.








Leaving Hog Island, we drove back south, stopping at Stinson Beach to check out the Pacific. It was so strange to be on a beach in late August and not see one person in a bathing suit!


From there, we took the Pacific Coastal Highway back to San Fran. After about 5 minutes of that drive, the novelty wore off and it was all I could do to not get carsick. ha You're so high up and looking down at the rocky shore below, it's twisty and turny and you don't have guardrails for most of the drive. ugh. Getting queasy thinking about it. hah Beautiful though!


We had great dinners out with Brett and Kelsie, who unfortunately had to work the whole time we were there, but Saturday we all got to spend some time together at the Oysterfest.

Held at Waterbar overlooking the Bay, this 3rd annual event sold out weeks in advance and featured wine and food vendors, mostly local, except for good 'ole RRO representing the East Coast : ) The event was packed and we all shucked our little hearts out for the 3 hours that it lasted.


That evening, Waterbar hosted a dinner for the Oysterfest participants, an amazing family style dinner where the staff of Waterbar just made the 4 of us East Coasters feel like rockstars. There was always someone pouring us more wine, bringing us more food, doing public thank you's and mentioning us all by name, it was very cool.
Not a bad view either : )


Perhaps the craziest moment of the entire trip occurred on the way back East, upon arriving in the Atlanta airport. We landed and made our way to our departure gate for Richmond, with only about 15 minutes between the flights. When we reached our gate I decided to run to the restroom really quick before boarding and came back minutes later to find Anthony talking to.... BEN! Ant's brother Ben has been in Thailand for the past year, and was coming home for a month's visit in late September but made a split second decision to come home early to attend Uncle Meatball's funeral. He'd only told his parents he was coming home so imagine how FLOORED Anthony (and I!) were to be standing in Atlanta talking to his brother in person for the first time in a year. It was crazy and we were practically speechless with surprise.
Great end to a fantastic trip!
Thanks RRO for the awesome opportunity and HUGE THANKS to Brett and Kelsie for their amazing hospitality during our stay!
Pics finally up on Kodak Gallery!