Let the Celebrating Begin!

This weekend has been full of celebrations!  Friday night was a wedding reception, Saturday night was a wedding and reception, and today was a day to remember and celebrate our heroes and our freedom. 

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Daniel heading out to drive one of the firetrucks in a Sept. 11 memorial

Friday night was a wedding celebration for two of our close friends (more like family).  Their outdoor reception could not have been more perfect.  Mason jar glasses with customizable name tags, live music, delectable food…what more could you ask for?  I danced all night (and my feet just loved me for it), and it was truly amazing to get to share such a special time with my friends. 

mike and tara's reception

Saturday night, my brother was the best man in his best friend’s wedding.  In case you didn’t know, my brother started losing weight last November, and this past Thursday he hit the 100 pound weight loss mark.  I am so incredibly proud of him (blog post on his journey soon to come), and he looked so handsome in his suit at the wedding!

tippett's wedding

As I announced last week, this is my birthday month.  Last night, Daniel surprised me with an early birthday/anniversary present…


REBEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I cannot explain how ecstatic this makes me!

As soon as we got home from church and grocery shopping today, I read the instruction manual and started taking pictures (okay, maybe I snapped several before reading the manual).  I have been taking pictures ALL.DAY.LONG and I love it!  I am already completely obsessed with it. 

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Clyde’s photo shoot

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Harley’s photo shoot – love this one!

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Mom and Dad – aren’t they cute?!

Obviously, this is my birthday present, anniversary gift (we don’t usually do anniversary gifts, though), and Christmas present.  Have I ever mentioned that Daniel is the best gift giver ever?  Literally – the first gift he bought for me was in December 2002 when we started dating, and I cannot think of one thing he got me that I haven’t loved.  Pretty impressive if you ask me.  He continues to amaze me with his thoughtfulness. 

Tonight we had a small cookout at my cousin’s house.  We roasted hot dogs and made s’mores (my favorite!) around the fire. 

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The boys had a blast, and they gave me PLENTY of opportunities to use my new camera.  They are just so adorable!

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this little one loves s’mores!

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“driving” the 4 wheeler

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hot dogs are awesome

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big bite!

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what buttons can I push?

Another great weekend – so blessed!  I hope all of you enjoyed your weekend as well, and that you took some time to reflect and count your blessings.  It’s hard to complain when we have so much for which we can be thankful.  Have a FABULOUS week!

Goals for this week: post more than once a week (terrible blogger award should definitely go to me!), take a bazillion pictures with my new camera, eat CLEAN (no sugary and sodium-filled junk), yoga twice this week, and an extra amount of laughter each day!

What are your goals this week???


4 Responses to “Let the Celebrating Begin!”

  1. 1 runningismagical September 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Ummmm CONGRATS to your brother!!!! That is so amazing! I love stories like that. They make me so darn happy!!!!

    And those s’mores look amazing…I’m still in a s’mores food phase 🙂

  2. 3 megan @ muncher cruncher September 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Oh my gosh! I am SO excited for you!!! I wish we could take a class together to become pro photographers!! Those s’mores…oh boy…heaven.

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