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It’s the dog days of Summer…

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and we’re soaking up every minute of it.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetWell, at least in between my complaining about the horrendous humidity and constant sinus headaches, but other than that it’s great! 🙂

Just kidding. Besides, what other time of year am I going to get that Au naturel, boat-swept hair?

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Or time sailing the open waters of Lake Anna. (Sidenote: it’s quite possibly one of my favorite places to be.)

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And, you know, indulging in a few scoops of ice cream. Or three, or four. (Wedding diet, what wedding diet?)

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But lets be honest, the dog days of Summer are really about these guys…

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and, well, they’re a little like their mama in that they mostly prefer rest and relaxation in the nice, cold air-conditioning. For that reason – along with many others, of course – I love them so.

Anyway, enough about us and our little ol’ lives. How’s your summer going?

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Meet your newest U.S. Senator…

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Kelly in the Senate just kidding! Though if she were to get elected, she’d be the cutest one on the block!

Last weekend, my little sister and mom headed east to visit Jeff and I in D.C., but looking through my photos, you’d hardly know my mom came too! Though trust me, if you had Kelly has a little sister you too would take an obnoxious amount of pictures. Not that she hates it, or anything. 🙂

But in all honestly, I think Kelly came to snuggle with the pups more than anything. Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset^^And by snuggle, I mean force them to hangout, but you say potato, I say po-ta-toe.^^ Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset^^Or use them as pillows. Which, seems to be a theme with our sweet little Cosmo.^^

But, aside from the all the love the dogs got from their auntie, we had the best time just hanging out, Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetindulging in a completely calorie-free 😉 pasta dinner at the best Italian restaurant around, Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

^^One of each, please! No, but seriously, the Tiramisu will leave you feeling complete.^^

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 ^^Sidenote: the pasta these “Pasta Mamma’s” make is truly what dreams are made of.^^

making a quick trip to Lake Anna to hangout with Jeff’s family and spend a little time on the water in between rain showers,

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^^Kelly after finally meeting Jeff’s sibilings, “I still like Jeff’s family, so far.” Whew.^^

and last but certainly not least, my mom and Kelly finally getting to hear Jeff’s beautiful singing voice I’ve been bragging about!

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Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetMom and Kelly, thanks for visiting! And mom, I promise to take more photos of you next time.

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Another wine weekend(!?)…

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I know, I know, it’s a rough life over here. It’s all in the name of informing the public.

CR 2014 7 smallI’ve been meaning to write this post for over week, but I think a small part of me thought you all might judge me if I kept posting pictures of us drinking wine, so I held off to put some time between this post and the one from a few weeks ago. But then again, this is a judgement free zone, right?

You may remember that we have a standing-date with some of our good friends for a little “couples retreat” of sorts, but since we’re not able to make it work this summer (thanks to two of them leaving us for The Big Apple) we moved our date up a few months. Obviously, it’s a little cold to swim in the lake, so we traded in our swimsuits (thankfully, still working on that wedding diet) for wine glasses and hit up a local winery for an afternoon of cheese, cured meats, and probably too much vino. Oh and this year, we added a few more people and a cute baby, expect Miss Addie held off on the whole wine-drinking part. 😉

I love all these people oh-so-much, and that’s not just the wine talking.

CR 2014 2 small^^Remember this sweet little one? She’s been featured on here a time or two.^^

CR 2014 9 small^^My future husband (!) with a baby, it makes my heart melt. ^^

CR 2014 1 Small^^We don’t want to intimidate anyone, but we’re basically models.^^

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^^So, maybe we’re not all models… 🙂 ^^

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^^These two are tying the knot this year – at a winery no less – and we couldn’t be more excited for them.^^

Okay, I think I got a chance to showcase all my adorable friends with the exception of Brandon, who somehow made it through the whole weekend without a photo! I’m still not quite sure how that happened.

Couples Retreat 2014Before I let you go, I thought I’d let you all know the winery we went to is Cooper Vineyards in Louisa, Virginia. This is a place we love to visit when we’re near Lake Anna. I highly recommend you stop by if you’re in the area. It’s another beautiful winery with a great tasting room!

And alas, it’s back to home renovations this weekend. By telling you all in advance, I feel like I’m holding us accountable to do some work around the house. I’ll keep you posted!

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