What Do August Showers Bring?

Awesomeness, that’s what. 

  
And super-hot ladies, my friends.

The picture above is from our family shower, thrown by FSIL Amy and Chris’ mom and aunts.  It was at a local restaurant, and it was filled with our family and family friends. 

   
   
   
   
I loved Chris’ dress at this one. She looked so pretty! My mom helped me pick out my outfit, which is why I look fancier than usual. The only sad part of the whole day was that she wasn’t able to make it. She had a compression fracture in her spine, probably from wrestling a bear or something. But my brother recorded all of the present opening, and they took her a meal to go. We visited the next day, which was nice. 

Mom is feeling much better now, still improving. Sad that she wasn’t at the shower, but happy that this means she will be at full power at the wedding. 
A few weeks later, our wonderful friends threw us a shower! It was at the Wigle Whiskey barrel house, so the location and the drinks were excellent. 

And the company, of course. 

  
Chronica knows how to party. 

Aubrey, Heather, Michelle, and Beth threw us a lovely shower. It really was a lesson in Pinteresting. The took the travel theme and ran with it. So lovely!

   
    
    
   
 Both were awesome and lovely and special and perfect. Chris and I are so, so lucky. 

Thank you to all of the people who made these happen, attended, or sent their wishes from afar.  We love you all. 

45 days to go. Let’s plan a wedding! #Chronica2015

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Trip to Raleigh — live blog

Chris and I are headed to Raleigh, and I will attempt to live blog it!

10:53 — left work. Hooray!

11:15 — left Starbucks, PSL in Chris’ hand. This basic girl is happy.

11:26 — in traffic already on 79, and a funeral procession just passed, which included a hearse, a pickup truck with a giant Italian flag in the bed, an SUV limo, then multiple other trucks with an assortment of Italian, American, and rebel flags…and sometimes a combo of all three. Who was this person?!

11:52 — lunch stop at Sheetz. In Waynesburg. We are hungry!

12:16 — back on the road! Our napkin supply is building up quite nicely.

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I am messy.

12:35 — West Virginia! Anyone who thinks this is a small state has bever driven from the top to the bottom.

1:36 — just woke up from a short summer’s nap, which was amazing. I missed a call from my mom, whose voice mail said she was about to take a nap. Great minds think alike!

1:46 — it takes about 37 years to drive through this state, but it sure is pretty.

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1:59 — current music is from RHPS, which makes me want to share this awesome picture Erin made Chris for her birthday!

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So ridiculously talented. And we are so lucky to have her as a friend.

2:55 — this live blog is a little boring, my friends. I’m simultaneously sad that it’s not more interesting and happy that nothing bad has happened. 

3:52 — on the road again after a pit stop in Beckley. Starbucks count — 2. 
4:06 — it’s raining! Glad Chris is driving. 

4:19 — I needed to charge my phone — because of the blogging — so now it’s Postmodern Jukebox time. The best time of all. 

4:28 — just got off the phone with FSIL Amy, who thinks it’s funny we brought ingredients for a kale salad with us. She’s making us dinner when we get there, which is pretty sweet. 

4:47 — we have seen so many cops. I realize it’s a holiday weekend, but there have been a lot!

5:22 — “That looks like a monkey in a jacket praising the heavens on the back of that truck.”

5:43 — refueling stop. Sheetz count — also 2. Who will win this epic road-trip battle?!

5:46 — in addition to selling wine, this Sheetz has a drive-thru. What?!

  

5:52 — a true sign of fall.  

 

6:01 — rainbow! Gayest road trip ever!

  

6:13 — Pilot Mountain and a torrential downpour.  

 

6:57 — weather has cleared up a bit, thankfully. We have about an hour to go. Almost there!

7:46 — I got excited to post something from Graham, NC, and then the app went nuts. Now Chris is singing to herself. It’s been a long drive. So close!

7:56 — was just referred to as Dolly the dog’s FAIL (future aunt-in-law). Funny, Amy. Funny. 

7:58 — this just in: everyone is driving like an insane person. Except my lady, obviously. 

8:01 — regretting the decision not to put this beer in a cooler so we could consume it immediately upon arrival. 

8:10 — safely arrived! Thanks for joining us!

10:29 — I was chastised by FSIL Amy for not saying that they had wine waiting for us. The finest Charles Shaw vintage was offered to us when we arrived. Thanks, Fern and Amy!