Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Royal Wedding

I'll admit it.  I got up to watch the Royal Wedding.  At 4am.

I have always been fascinated with the Royal family.  When I was a freshman in high school, I was convinced that I was going to marry William and be a princess.  It's every little girl's dream, right?  Then when Diana died, I was glued to the tv watching the coverage of the funeral.  I remember thinking how sad it must be for those boys to come to the realization that their mother will never see them grow up.  

I was barely a month old when Diana married Charles, but I've always loved hearing stories from my mom and her friends about watching the wedding, about Diana's dress (especially that crazy long train), and the overall excitement.  And now it's my turn to witness history.  Live.  Because in my head, watching it on TiVo and watching it when I woke up wasn't an option.  It wasn't live.  It wasn't watching history happen.  It's not experiencing it.  It's after the fact.  

I was as giddy as I used to get on the first day of school as  I sat on the couch in my pajamas at 4am and texted back and forth with one of my childhood best friends.  I wanted to have a slumber party and get up and watch it, but all my friends were against it (except for one, but they didn't get my 4am wake up call).  

The wedding was an absolute real life fairy tale.  Kate looked absolutely beautiful.  William looked dashingly handsome (because that's what you say about a brand new Duke, right?).  And what about when William saw Kate for the first time and he told her she looked beautiful.  Swoon. 

I am glad I got up to watch.  Maybe 30 years from now, my children will get to witness their children getting married.  

How adorable is that wedding party?

My favorite thing about this picture is little Grace covering her ears! 

This photo looks so formal, yet so elegant.  

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I Heart New York (Still)

And so my incessant rambling of being SOOOO close to New York City worked.  Because Sunday, we loaded up in the car super early and headed to Roy's sister's house in Jersey and took the train into NYC for the day.

Me and mom on the ferry 


Me and Manhattan!

Me and Mom in front of the Empire State Building

Me and Mom in front of Rockefeller Center

Times Square

Times Square at dusk

My love for New York is deep.  And if I can only spend 8 hours at a time, I'll take every second I can get.  Although I do need to go back for a real trip soon.  I know I've been saying that since my first trip in 2007, but it's so true.  

Good Morning Baltimore

This weekend I got the chance to hang out with my mom and Roy in Baltimore.  It was a great chance to get away from all the hustle and bustle of work for a bit.  We crammed the extended weekend full of fun things to do, but it still felt very relaxing and was so nice to get out of Nashville for a bit.  Even if I did trade the 80 degree weather in for 50s and 60s.