Friends Thanksgiving probably wouldn’t have lasted past its first attempt in 2009 if our friends weren’t such good cooks. But it did because they are, and Sunday we hosted the fifth annual Friends Thanksgiving potluck at our house (which has been our motivation to get unpacked and settled in the last month).
A vat of mashed potatoes. Creamy pumpkin mac and cheese. Corn casserole, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, oh my. And a festive cider-bourbon cocktail to wash down pecan, pumpkin and derby pies. If any of you want to start inviting me over for Sunday dinner on the regular, that’d be alright by me.
This motley crew of 20
fit squeezed at one family-style dining table set up in our modest living room.
And it was awesome.
Despite their reluctance and their snarls and their sarcastic comments as I say squeeze in tighter…almoooost readdyyy, every time I get to pull out the tripod and set the self timer it means I’m with some of my favorite people — having a good time, celebrating something, adventuring, or just enjoying a huge meal on a frigid Sunday evening in November.
And really, who wouldn’t be thankful enough for that to want to grab it in a picture?
Posted in Celebrations, Friends, Holidays
Tagged cooking, food, friends, friendsgiving, holidays, home, life, photography, photos, thankful, thanksgiving
According to our iPhones, Hugh and I hung out with dogs this weekend.
But we did other things too.
We spent Friday night on my parents’ deck snacking, grooving, and catching up with visitors — Aunt B and Uncle Tim. Saturday morning I enjoyed a nice, flat run through all the neighborhoods surrounding ours, where I used to meet up with friends for bike rides, sleepovers, and kickball. It certainly took me back. We hit the Manassas farmers’ market followed by brunch at City Square Cafe, both right in Old Town. It’s always nice to show Hugh a beautiful day in my hometown. A visit to the grandparents, an afternoon cook out, a trip to Lowe’s, some home improvement chores, and Sunday dinner with a friend capped off the weekend.
Posted in Family
Tagged dogs, family, farmers market, home, iphone, manassas, manassas junction, old town manassas, photos, summer, train station, virginia
Our friends beach trip tradition began back in May of 2008. We woke up only a few hours after our graduation celebration at TOTS ended, piled ourselves into cars and caravanned down to Myrtle Beach for a week in a tiny, run down three bedroom beach shack filled to the brim with 19 people.
It was the best time.
And so — every year since 2008 — we’ve made our annual pilgramage to the beach with some of our best buds. For the past few years we’ve been going to Nags Head over the 4th of July because fireworks on the beach are hard to beat (as is a free vacation day).
While Thursday was spent celebrating this great country of ours, Friday and Saturday were for the knock down drag out competition of Beach Olympics. Sixteen people, four teams, countless rounds in six different events over two days. Because I love a good excuse to use my tripod, we paused before the final event for some pretty priceless team photos and one last group shot of all the competitors.
The competition was so serious that Commissioner Hugh kept track of it on a complicated scoreboard that hung inside the tent all weekend reminding us to keep our game faces on.
My team unfortunately had a few tough breaks and did not quite come out on top. But there’s always next year.
Posted in Adventures, Friends, Photography
Tagged beach, fireworks, friends, july 4th, life, nags head, north carolina, obx, outer banks, photography, photos, summer, travel, vacation
This whole job change thing has distracted me from social media for the last few weeks, so I’m offloading some of the thousands (not kidding — thousands) of photos I’ve taken recently.
For Memorial Day weekend, Hugh, Elizabeth and I joined my family for a few chilly days down by the Bay where we ate oysters, drank watermelon beer, played some cornhole and did some sitting.
We made it back in time to spend Memorial Day out and about in the DC area with Hugh’s parents. On the agenda: a morning kayak/canoe on the Potomac and an afternoon Bowie Baysox game.
Posted in Adventures, Photography
Tagged canoe, chesapeake bay, dc, family, friends, kayak, maryland, memorial day, outdoors, photos, potomac river, vacation, virginia, washington dc