Annapolis in August

We just can’t get enough of Annapolis this time of year! It’s so beautiful, we have such great friends who open their gorgeous homes, and every visit to USNA makes you feel like you’re part of this amazing club. Not to mention, the city is full of history outside of the Academy walls. We went up to visit Greg’s sponsor family, Dave and Sue, who are maybe the nicest, most welcoming couple you will ever meet. Their Springer Spaniel, Tina, was a great host to Myles too!

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These two were elated, trust me.

We were able to attend the final Plebe parade of the summer. I’m so glad we were able to experience it!

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We ran into family friend, Shelley who will be doing big things on the football field this fall. Can’t wait for football season!

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Oh, I happened to stumble into Hobo’s flagship store where I snagged a lovely clutch for 60% off. Boom.

The W.O.W Experience

Two weeks ago, we were fortunate enough to be part of Wisdom Oak Winery‘s  (W.O.W.) first Winemaker’s Dinner. From beginning to end, it was an experience that satisfied both the visual and physical appetite! Each course was prepped by the head chef, Dean Maupin from C & O Restaurant  and paired with a wine from the vineyard. If you know me, you know that I have a Charlottesville bucket list and visiting the winery has been on my list before the list even existed!

When I came upon the Facebook post about the dinner, I purchased tickets without hesitation. I can’t begin to describe how amazing everything was so I’ll let the pictures do the talking!

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All above photos are courtesy of Wisdom Oak Winery Facebook page

Below, are the pictures I captured with my iPhone. I brought my dslr but I decided to leave it in the car.
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Greg and I with gracious hosts, Jerry and Melanie of W.O.W. Such fun and welcoming folks!

If you’re wanting to visit W.O.W., they are running a great deal on a wine tour for two or four people on Amazon. Check it out, only a few hours left!

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Belmont in July

We went Belmont a few weeks ago just to poke around and uncovered the most quaint (and delicious) little BBQ spot, Belmont BBQ. We ate a rack of ribs and ordered the ‘Slop Bucket’…Interesting name but it was amazing layer upon layer of Southern goodness.

I’m beginning to find it more fun to just leave the house and wonder, something I never did prior to moving here. Here are a few shots. Enjoy!

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The mama and baby birds who camped out in the nook of our porch for the summer. Freeloaders.

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Memorial Day Week

It’s been a while since my last post but I feel as though I’ve just gotten caught up since our week-long visit to GA. Yes, a WEEK! It was great. In the course of seven days, I managed to: host a baby shower, spend quality time with (BOTH) sides of the family, see/eat with my gorgeous besties, hit up Nordstrom Rack and get a little business in. Clutch right?! See for yourself…

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Successfully hosted my first baby shower at my parent’s house! The lovely lady in the middle now is the mother of a healthy, handsome boy!

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Some shots from Cathy’s graduation.

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Fun with the Sudderth’s!

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Mema and her daughters minus one.

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These grads are off to do great things!

Cathy’s Senior Session

My baby sister Cathy is embarking on this thing called “adulthood”. Tear. I remember praying for a baby sister not knowing that I would get one! She came into our lives a month early weighing four pounds, ten ounces. She was so tiny that we brought her home in a Cabbage Patch outfit! She’s still little but stands strong in her morals and ethics and I couldn’t be more proud. Cathy will be playing Lacrosse at Oglethorpe University. I’m super excited to see her play since I missed seeing her play while at Parkview. The last time I was home, I took a stab at her senior pictures. Here are a few of my faves.

Enjoy!

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Watch out world, Courtney’s senior moments will be here before we know it! Le sigh.

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It’s Coming…J.Crew Sample Sale

For those of you who knew how much loot I scored at the J.Crew sample sale in Lynchburg this past February, I promised I would let you know the next time it came around. Well so much for giving you a heads up in March. I found out about it the weekend AFTER the sale. Hashtag: FAIL. As to redeem myself, I got word that the J.Crew clearance warehouse will be open to the public Saturday, April 27 8a-8p and Sunday, April 28 10a-6p.

Here’s the skinny because it’s always good to know before you go right?

  • You park your vehicle in the direction the parking attendants instruct. You stand in a line and will wait anywhere from a few minutes (if you arrive right when the sale starts) to two hours. We waited about an hour and a half because we arrived close to 12p when the sale started at 8a. The door man, (yes, it’s THAT legit) lets five in at a time.
  • Don’t bring your own bag. Once you get in, someone hands you a thin trash bag and a price guide that gives a set price for each item.
  • Dress comfortably, you’ll be digging and trudging through pieces upon pieces of clothing. Think of it this way: Just as an athlete wears as little clothing as possible in an effort to be most agile, you should dress in a manner that gives you free range of motion. I’m for serious you guys.
  • There are no fitting rooms so it’s the old holding the item up to you maneuver. You’ll ask your girlfriend, “Does this make me look fat?” and she will respond with a truthful, “Yes, but get it anyway. You’ll never see that price again.”
  • You have a limit of one bag and $500 max per person (you didn’t think I brought the Mr. for kicks did you?).

It’s not a game. It’s J.Crew Collection pieces marked down to astronomically low prices. Respect the Crew. Who’s joining me?

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Address is: 25 Millrace Dr. Lynchburg, VA 24551

Be there.