A Sad Week

August 29, 2009

Like I said in the previous post, I’m slightly behind on my postings (you know, we were moving and all), but I hope to catch up soon.  With that said,  the last week we were in Charlotte was a very bittersweet week – lots of “see you soons!” (sad) but lots of excitement over the upcoming adventure (good).  

On Tuesday night, some of the girls from playgroup took me out to Brio for a good-bye dinner.  It was a great time with great friends, yummy food, and the added plus that we could spend some time talking in complete sentences and finishing a conversation without having a kid vying for our attention.  Momma Kate,  Aston‘s mom, took a pic of everyone at dinner (minus a couple that had left a little earlier).  I have to say, I really am lucky to have such a great group of friends – everyone supportive of each other and each other’s kid(s), and I would look forward to running into all of you around town and seeing you and your little one(s) at playgroup each week.  I really will miss the commaderie we’ve established over the very short 2 years I’ve known you!!  Thanks girls!!  Dinner was delish!!

Wednesday was Zoe and Cole’s turn.  All of the kids from our playgroup that were in town met at Barnes and Noble for our last playdate.  It’s hard to believe that I’ve known these moms and toddlers almost 2 years now.  Boy, a lot of things have changed: one – the kids are now interacting with each other (sometimes good, sometimes not so good), and two – we have almost doubled in size with the addition of the baby siblings: Liza, Riley, Cole, Bailey, Stellyn, and the upcoming babies: Kiley, Brooke, and Baby Willette.  Aston‘s, Kate‘s, and Emilia‘s mommies also wrote about our playdate.


(From L to R: Emilia, Ava, Aston, Kate, Mia, Zoe, and Kyrie.  Not present: Caedan, Connor, Jordan, Maisie, and Morgan)

On Friday night, I had a surprise birthday/good luck party for Kirk at the house.  Kirk was totally surprised that his friends from work were at home when he got home, and the taco bar from Salsarita’s was very, very yummy (thanks, Willettes!!) Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures at the party, but I think we all had a good time.

Like I said, it was a bittersweet week.  We had a good time seeing everyone, but we were sad to know that we won’t be seeing them for a long time.  I think we have the best friends in the world, and we will miss everyone in Charlotte.  See you soon, QC!


The fam

The month of August is always a busy one for us with the family reunion, birthdays galore, and the beginning of the Clemson football season.  This year has proven no different with gearing up to head to DC.  I’m a little behind on posting, and I have a ton of posts to post, so I hope to post every couple of days. 

Anyways…Aug 6th-9th, Kirk, Zoe, Cole and I headed to St. Augustine, FL for the annual Bradley Family reunion.  There is some discrepancy as to whether it’s the 33rd or 34th, but I am definitely not the person to decide that.  We had a ton of fun, and Zoe loved hanging out with all of her cousins, grandmommy, and granddaddy.

 IMG_2864 Zoe, Cousin Sean, and Aunt Patty

IMG_2885 Grandmommy and Cole at the pool

Kirk and ZoeAmy and Cole


IMG_2895 Cousin Julia and Cole

Aunt Katie and Cole Aunt Katie and Cole

Aunt Katie will be turning a spry 95-years-old this November, and so that all of her family could wish her a happy birthday, we had a surprise birthday party for her.  Here’s a little bit of the party:

One of the highlights of this year’s reunion were balloons.  These balloons were not your ordinary regular balloons; oh no, after blowing them up, the kids would let them go, and the balloons would make this crazy sound and go really, really high.  Zoe LOVED these balloons and seen below. 

Birthday Surprise!

August 13, 2009

Kirk’s birthday was this past Tuesday, and as a surprise, I hired a fantabulous photographer to come to the house to do Cole’s baby pictures as well as a few shots of the kids and me together.  I have to say, Chanda (www.photographybychanda.com) did a wonderful job, and if you’re in the market, she will definitely treat you right.  She’s very professional but not stuffy professional; very down to earth, and I think she probably knew my whole life story by the time she left 2 and a half hours later.  Here are a few of my favorites (there were almost 500 photos, so this is definitely a very small sample.)  Kirk loved the photos, and we’re now slowly sorting through them all and trying to figure out which ones we want to display in the house.