a sister is a gift to the heart,
a friend to the spirit,
a golden thread to the meaning of life.
— isadora james
with this gal’s birthday being on tuesday we decided to kick off the celebration early, so i’m wilmington bound for the weekend. with work closing before lunch due to the impending inclement weather, party time will also come early.
gpoyw | missing this girl edition
i seriously think i’m going through withdrawals.
i spent most weekends this spring/summer in wilmington with her & emma,
and i dunno — i guess i got used to seeing them all the time.
i haven’t been down there since my birthday in july, she’s been super busy with work/school & things have been crazy here as well.
it’s so tough being 2 hours away from someone you love so dearly.
rhyan & i are going to see her and em next weekend,
and goodness knows it can’t come soon enough!
this weekend was for marta — as you see above, she was all up in the mix!
she drove into town friday after work,
& we sat around with a cocktail before meeting friends for dinner.
after which we stopped by at our local watering hole,
just for the heck of it.
saturday brought an early morning workout outdoors,
we spent time with our oldest friends at their farm,
much needed after news their grandfather passed earlier in the week.
a late night brought late sleeping on sunday,
& watching dvr’d olypmics in our pajamas.
pool time for us both, homework for marta & snooze time for me.
a haircut debacle with rhyan that
needs will be a post of it’s own,
a dead battery in the car after grocery shopping,
so thankful for a good friend who was more than willing to help.
this weekend was full of so much,
& i’m so happy marta was here to make it what it was …
gpoyw | missing my sisters [& islands] edition
after a day on the beach there’s nothing better than hittin’ up your favorite taco spot for $1 tacos in a bathing suit! hands-down the best tacos around, paired with an ice cold beer … it just doesn’t get much better.
can’t wait for my next trip — missing these girls so very much.
marta’s 21st birthday weekend was for
surprising her by arriving early on friday
an afternoon spent catching up
many margaritas and our favorite mexican spot
an early morning run outdoors
lunch and an afternoon walk around downtown
naps, manis and pedis
sky-high heels and one beautiful gold sparkly dress
dinner for two at a quaint local italian spot
a gathering of close friends jumping out to yell surprise!
drinks and laughs and photos
a delicious breakfast and walk on the beach
and a sunday funday we won’t soon forget
an afternoon dance party
and a recreation of the night before
an afternoon jam session on the guitars
and an impromptu wedding ceremony from the trunk of a car
my cell phone being ‘lost’ for the remainder of the day and night
only to realize it went home to fayetteville in said trunk
marta ordering her 1st official margarita
a pineapple upside cake was made but never eaten
presents were unwrapped and fawned over
and all was well with all of us …
until it was time to say goodbye.
marta couldn’t make the trip to michigan due to her work schedule,
and her presence was missed so much throughout the week.
it was the first holiday we’ve ever spent apart,
and i couldn’t help but feel like something was missing.
it was a good life lesson, how things changes and we adapt,
how traditions won’t always stay the same.
and while change and distance can be difficult at times,
we remember how blessed we are to have each other in the first place.
smile friday | these girls are coming to visit edition
my youngest sisters
texted last night saying the were coming for a
surprise!! visit!! today!!
it’s been since the hurricane weekend back in august that i last saw them,
and that seems like decades ago.
smiling big for the weekend that’s sure to be filled with
lots of laughter and
staying up late watching movies and
drinking seasonal beers
oh, and we can’t forget about nc state tailgating and football tomorrow.
followed by a sunday relaxing on the couch with more football.
oh happy day!
sidenote: this photo was taken last christmas. out shopping at target one night we decided it would be fun to wear matching zip-up pajamas and surprise everyone on christmas morning. needless to say, they were a hit: the other siblings were quite jealous, and we were quite warm.