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.


My sister & those twins we’re all excited about…

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so first off, I know I really slacked-off on this little blog in May, but you guys, time is flying by!

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^^And by flying by, I mean enjoying a cocktail (or two) while I wait for my flight. 😉 ^^

Have no fear, I’ve had a few fun-filled, busy trips that I can’t wait to tell you about – starting with my sister’s TWO babies and her TWO baby showers over Memorial Day weekend.

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^^My brother-in-law’s a highway patrolman so the twins have their uniforms all ready to go!^^

You may remember last time I made the trek to Missouri to visit my family we had the opportunity to toast to my sister Shannon and her pregnancy (she’s documenting it all here), but over Memorial Day we really got the chance to shower her and those babies with love.

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Can you tell we were all a little excited about feeling them kick?

So much so, it might’ve looked like a Pinterest board exploded in my parent’s kitchen. Sadly, I’m still wishing I could take all the credit for the crafty-ness, but Shannon’s good friend from college came over and worked her DIY magic.

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^^And that all was just from the first shower of the weekend!^^

But perhaps the most exciting part of each shower was the gender(s) reveal for all the guests.

Somehow (I sure couldn’t do it), Shannon managed to keep them a secret from almost everyone – immediate family not included – for several months. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait that long. Whew.

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^^In fact, my creative cousin over at Chasing Davies, came up with a cute way to reveal the gender(s) at the shower she graciously gave for Shannon.^^

So without further ado, the two newest members of the family will be…


^^A niece and nephew. I couldn’t be more excited!^^

In fact, by the end of the weekend I think all that excitement had gotten the best of us. 🙂

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Because a short 48-hours later it was back to D.C. for a little cuddle time with one of my favorites…

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before Jeff and I headed-off to Las Vegas! But, more on that later this week.

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This looks familiar…

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I’m telling you, she’s basically Kelly “The Dog Whisperer,” and much like the last time, there was another sweet little boxer (not that I’m biased) that just took to her. You might’ve seen him on this blog before. 😉

Cosmo and Kelly 5If you follow me on Instagram (you mean, you’re not tired of all those dog photos yet?) then you might’ve noticed we made the long drive to Missouri last week with the pups in tow! It’s definitely not as simple as Jeff and I hoping on a plane, but well worth it with these two and the little bond they had going on. I think I say, “my heart’s melting” far too much, but this time I really mean it.

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^^I mean Cosmo even let her use him as a footrest with little complaint! Can’t say he’s thrilled when I try that too.^^

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I’m thinking I’ll just secretly adopt a boxer and leave it on their doorstep. I’m positive my parents will thank me for it later. 😉

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