After a week of digging our way out from under boxes, it felt pretty darn wonderful to pack our bags for the weekend and head about 100 miles south to Birmingham!
On Friday we drove a whopping five miles to my parents’ home, dropped off Teddy and the girls for a weekend of fun, and then we made the short trek to Birmingham to kick off wedding festivities for one of Jamie’s close friends that he went to church with growing up. Cliff was in our wedding seven years ago, so it was a treat for Jamie to now stand beside him for his big day.
We got to Birmingham about an hour before the rehearsal dinner so that we could bypass Friday afternoon rush hour, so we ran over to Jackson’s in Homewood, grabbed an outdoor table, and enjoyed the gorgeous weather with an appetizer and a drink. Felt like a spontaneous mini date to kick off a celebratory weekend.
Friday night was full of rehearsal and rehearsal dinner events, which made for a really sweet and enjoyable evening with friends. We stayed with my pledge sister Brittany (who was a bridesmaid in this wedding) and loved getting to see her and her new husband’s home for the first time as well as squeeze in some extra time together after the rehearsal dinner and over breakfast the next morning.
Before I dropped off Jamie with the other groomsmen for lunch Saturday morning, we ran over to Macy’s to grab a few last-minute wardrobe essentials. Jamie starts his new job today! My prayer for him today is that he remains humble, teachable, and confident in his skills that have well prepared him for this role. I know he’s going to do so great in the civilian sector of his field. I know he’ll feel a thousand pounds lighter after day number one is behind him!
After I dropped off Jamie, I ran over to my best friend Ashley’s home. We quickly caught up and then picked a lunch spot – Crestline Bagel – where we talked for way too long at a table outside soaking up the mild temperatures before the inevitable severe weather came rolling in around 3 p.m.
At 5 p.m., we were off to the wedding!
You would never know it was storming outside all night because inside the reception, everybody was having an absolute blast! Seriously, the bride’s family put on a HECK of a reception! Did you see my embarrassing videos on my IG stories?! Haha. We danced our tails off and had so much fun!
Isn’t my groomsman the cutest?
Even though we couldn’t use the balcony of The Club, the rain was actually really pretty to look at! There were several covered areas that we enjoyed sitting under with friends when our feet needed a break from dancing, and we so enjoyed the atmosphere.
Love my Britt! We shook our lighted tambourines for hours and made sure to snag a few extras that were laying around at the end of the night to bring home to the girls. They’re obsessed! Such a fun addition to the dance floor!
Jamie and I stayed with Ashley and Wade Saturday night (you may remember when I was in their wedding last summer) and stayed up way too late talking, laughing, and eating popcorn before calling it a night. They made us a big breakfast Sunday morning before we hit the road to head home to our girls.
And though we always appreciate a night or two away just the two of us (we slept until 8ish both mornings – GASP), coming home to these happy faces and their big hugs is the absolute best of the best.
Hope you had an enjoyable weekend as well! I’m hoping to be sharing a blog post each day this week as well as catch up on a bunch of my favorite blogs that I’m so incredibly far behind reading. Life is quieting down around here, and it feels good to be finding our new normal.
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 5 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo