Saturday, August 8, 2009

Time to catch up!

After the wedding/honeymoon, most of my summer has been devoted to:
- trying to organize the house
- my graduate classes
- changing my name
- working out

I slacked BIG time on keeping up with my blog: ( I just went through my pictures, and I do have some photos to mark some of the more exciting moments of my summer!

The Thursday after we returned from our honeymoon, Nick and I went to the Royals v. Diamondbacks game with Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Lisa, Dave, Claire, Timmy, Paul, Diane, and Hayley for Grandpa's 80th birthday. Sarah was there, so she stopped by to say hello and snap a photo: )

SJ and LA
Grandpa and Me
For a late birthday dinner for Lisa and for Lisa and Dave's last night, we went to Tres Mexicanos - YUM - and then we stopped by the Sandbar. After the Sandbar, we went to our house and stayed up too late playing Wii! SO fun! This was one of my favorite nights of the summer!
Mom and Dad
Lisa in the birthday sombrero!
Mom and her troupy for winning the March Madness tournament bracket! She followed President Obama's bracket!
Me and Nick at the Sandbar
We spent the 4th of July in Parsons, KS, at the Adams Family Reunion. We had a GREAT time! There were at least 90 people there - and over 40 others who were unable to attend! We had TONS of food and plenty of laughs. It was good to see everyone!
Marrah and Me
Tim and Jenny
Judy and Jenny
Butch and Nick
Bubba and Sissy: )
Jenny, Pam, and Nick
Sisters: )
N and L

I also spent some time this summer baking! I was able to use some of our wedding gifts to help me try out some recipes!
banana bread
zuc. and squash from Nick's Aunt Kathy and Uncle Gordy
zuc. muffins
zuc. bread
squash bread gone wrong: ( Callie after eating some of the squash bread
(She also ate 4 zuc. muffins!)
One of my friends from college, Katie, is having twin boys in a few weeks! We are all SO excited for her! She looks great and has not complained at all! I know she and Nathan will be AWESOME parents! In July, we went to a cute, Dr. Seuss themed shower for her. SO fun! (After the shower, I stopped at Archiver's and picked up some supplies for our honeymoon scrapbook!)
Amy, Sarah, Katie, Me
Sarah's bachelorette party at the end of July was just the break that I needed! I am SO excited for Sarah and Steve's wedding (about 50 days away!), and the float trip was a great pre-celebration! I rode with Sarah and Amy, and before we left we looked at some of Sarah's flower ideas for the reception. They were beautiful - I can't wait to see them in action! We drove to Rolla on our way with hopes of grabbing a beer at our beloved Grotto. Unfortunately, it was closed: ( Friday night we all sat in the water/around the campfire and chit chatted. It was SO good to catch up! Saturday we floated 7 miles! It was a little rainy in the morning, but it turned out to be a beautiful day! Sarah looked AWESOME in her b-party flaire: ) We ended the evening with a dance party to all of the mix CDs that people had brought to share! SO SO SO fun! I can't wait to see everyone again at the wedidng! YAY!
SJ at The Grotto
L-Dub and K-Dub
KW and SJ
For my half-birthday, Dad made me AWESOME shelves! We will FINALLY have our wedding gifts out of the dining room! I bought 20 containers for all our "stuff!" Mom made me a half-birthday cake, too! HAHA. It was delicious: )
Me and my 1/2 birthday cake!
This week, we had Tiffany, Brad, and Elsie over for dinner! SO much fun! Elsie is adorable! She played with all of Callie's toys (ha!), and Callie shared several "kisses" with her. Nick grilled hot dogs and hamburgers to go with fruit salad, Doritos, and corn on the cob. For dessert, we had oreo pie...that they had left in our freezer at New Year's!!! Ha ha: ) I hope we can get together again soon!
Me, Elsie, and Tiffany...and some oreo cake!
I am SO sad that summer is over! I can't believe that I will be back to work in 36 hours: ( I still have so much left that I had wanted to do, but I do think I had quite a productive summer overall. Only 9.5 months...and it will be summer again!


Nancy said...

Lauren ,
You are just awesome ! What more can I say .
Lokking forward to seeing you and your new hubby at Steve and Sarah's wedding .
Aunt Nancy

Lisa Wilkinson, CPC said...

Thanks for the update! I love your hair. It looks really cute on you. LOVE! Lisa

Julia said...

Lauren! Love the update! talk to you soon good luck on your first day of school!
love j