Monday, July 30, 2012

Michelle's Baby Shower

The lovely thing about living in Bartlesville is that it's only 3 hours away from Kansas City!  So Ryan & I pop home whenever we need to.  It makes it easy to go to say... one of my best friend's baby shower!

Michelle & I have known each other since freshman year of college when we met pledging Pi Beta Phi.  We were instant friends and have been there for each other ever since.  I couldn't be more excited that she & her husband, David, are welcoming their first baby in September.
Michelle's mom was throwing her a shower and there was no way I was going to miss it.  It was the cutest shower.

She got lots of fun gifts that really helped prepare them for their up coming bundle of joy.

This was her opening up the bedding Ryan & I bought them.  I figured one of the first things she would want to get together in the nursery would be the crib!

I'm sad I didn't take more pictures of the setup because it was so cute.  This was the only food picture I got, but how amazing is this cupcake??  It tasted even better!

I feel like I look crazy in all these pictures but I'm still posting them for Michelle.  Love you girl!

Christin, Michelle & I
All pledge sisters in Pi Phi.

Love this picture.  Ha!

Is she not tiny or what?  She's barely gained any weight.

I can not wait to meet their little man, Henri, this coming September.  You better believe I will be there!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Very Belated 4th of July

Our 4th was so much fun as usual.  Susan always out does herself when she has a family & friend get together at the farm.  Ryan & I love celebrating and shooting off fireworks every year there.  It's definitely become our tradition.  This year held it's exciting moments and was a memorable 4th.

Sally started things off by busting out a dress that her sister, Emily, made back when she was little in the 4H Club.  It was the hit of the night and everybody couldn't stop laughing.  Eventually the heat got to Sally and she had to ditch the party dress.  :)

My mom came in town with us to help us celebrate, and she & I both got to check out the new chicken coop Susan designed.  It's it gorgeous??  I love the wood with the metal.

Fancy!  These chickens are spoiled!

Every night those chickens hop up and jump through that window to sleep.  It cracked me up watching them do that every night.  You can see the rooster to the right over seeing everything.  Ha!

He's definitely an impressive rooster.

Part of our group gathered together eating the fabulous meal prepared by everybody.  It was a beautiful night to sit around and chat.

Then the pre firework show started before it got dark.  Of course the boys were in charge of the explosives.

Ryan tried to get my mom in on the action but her throwing strategy wasn't that great.  Ha!

Then the real firework show began at dark.  I have to say it was quite the production.

So much so that do you see that smoke up in the sky by the trees?  That's left over from the fire that was started in the hay from the fireworks.  All the men jumped into action to put it out before it got too big.  It's just been so dry lately that it was bound to happen and Harlan was ready with the hose.  It actually caught fire several times before the night was done.  I'm thinking we should move the firework show next year away from the hay!

That weekend Ryan & I also celebrated his good friend from childhood's 30th birthday party at the park.  It was blazing hot but I took this picture right before it decided to down pour on us.  Hey, we'll take the rain anytime and anywhere!  I think Matt (the birthday boy) still had a great time with family & friends.  It's always good to catch up with old friends.

Over all it was a wonderful and relaxing holiday.  I could use more of those!  :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Summer of Weddings

I'm so behind on posts it's ridiculous!  I don't even know where to start... I guess weddings are always a fun place!

Our good friends Ben & Jami got married in the middle of June and had one of the most gorgeous weddings.  (I didn't hurt that the bride & groom were gorgeous themselves!)  I loved that their reception was held at the Carriage Club near the Plaza.  This place is to die for beautiful.

Our table of friends

Marisa & Kirk (expecting their second little one very soon)

Cynthia & Brandon

Brad & his invisible wife Lindsey   :)
Lindsey wasn't able to make it to the wedding.  Boo!  She's usually the life of the party!

Brad just settled for Ryan.  Ha!

I had to include this picture because it cracks me up.  I don't know what I was doing.  Apparently I was not ready for my picture to be taken.

Ryan & I
I wish I would have gotten a picture of my full dress.  It went down to the floor and was so gorgeous.  I think it's one of my favorite dresses I own.

This was the only picture I snapped of Ben & Jami.  Aren't they gorgeous??  
We had such a fun time that night.  I miss those guys!

The second wedding in June was for one of my best friend's, Lindsey, sister.  Kelsey & Austin got married at this gorgeous place in KC called Mildale Farm.  
I have to admit that we were dying of heat during the ceremony but the scenery made it worth it.  Also, they kept us nice and cool during the reception later on that made up for it.  :)

The other fun treat of the ceremony was that Chris Mann from the voice sang during their wedding!  Apparently the groom is cousins with Chris.  Such a small world!  I forgot my real camera so all these pictures are from my cell phone so they aren't that great.  But that's Chris singing from the balcony.

I love this picture of Austin & Kelsey.  Such pure joy!  (Don't mind the shoulder in the pic!)

There was a line to get into the reception because the bride and groom were greeting people.  It was ok though because we were served peach tea in these cute glasses.

I LOVED this homemade sign.  They had so many sweet personal touches everywhere.  You can tell Kelsey has planned for this day her whole life.  ;)

The inside of this barn was just incredible.  I took this picture and later realized Chris Mann is the guy in the middle drinking from his glass.  Too funny.

Each stable had something different to offer like drinks, entertainment or fun things for the kids to do!  Such a neat idea.

I mean how amazing is this?  I swoon over the string lights.

Lindsey (sister of the bride) & Brad

Really blurry picture of Ryan & I.  Just love camera phones!

Another great shot of me with my eyes closed with my friend Ashley.

The centerpieces that the wedding party help make.

Me, Ryan & Lindsey

Ok, so my favorite part of the whole evening was the surprise dance from the wedding party.  Check it out.
Why didn't I think of that for my wedding?!  I'm telling you Kelsey thought of everything.  Ha!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Annual Family Golf Tournament

At the beginning of June Ryan & I played in my family's annual golf tournament.  I think this was our 3rd or 4th time to play.  Next year will be the 10th anniversary of this tourney!  So crazy.  They plan do some fun things for the anniversary next year.  Can't wait to see what it is.

I was so sad that I wasn't going to be able to finish out my women's golf league this year because of the move (although I am still a horrible golfer!).  But this helped cheer me up a bit.  I just really enjoyed the time I got to spend with my family each week while playing golf.

This year at the tourney our friends Matt & Kara joined our team.

Matt was definitely our hard hitter.

Ryan was Mr. Reliable.

And Kara was our closer/clutch hitter.

Me on the other hand.... I think I just brought the laughter to the team.  :)  Especially after I hit the golf cart by accident with my club when trying to hit the ball.  Ha!

What a good looking team!

Thanks Matt & Kara for playing with us and making it such a fun memory!  Can't wait to play with you guys again.