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Going to the Chapel…

Happy Tuesday!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July and that you are staying cool during this tremendous heat wave!

I, for one, had a fantastic weekend!  Larry and I drove to VA Beach for our friends Beau and Gen’s wedding, which was a spectacular soirée. 

On our way to the beach we sat in just a little bit of holiday traffic,

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but we simply could not complain about this view!

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Or the weather!  It was a truly beautiful weekend!

My camera broke right before the ceremony, so I don’t have pictures of the actual wedding. 😦

However, I do have pictures of the rehearsal!  The wedding was held at a country club on a very green golf course with rolling hills. :)  The site was absolutely breathtaking!DSC03553

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Right before my camera broke I was able to grab a couple of shots of the reception decor. 

Gen is a very artistic and amazingly creative gal!  She handmade these glass paper weights using sand from the beaches of both Virginia and Florida.

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She also named each table after something beach-y.  Larry and I sat at the Nags Head table 🙂

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Weddings are so much fun.  Not only is it an honor to share in the bride and groom’s special day, but it is also a great way to catch up with friends you may not get to see as often as you would like. 

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We are so happy for the beautiful couple!  Congratulations, Beau and Gen!!!  :) 

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~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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Home from the Stead

The Homestead that is.

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We started yesterday with a guided tour along rushing waterfalls and a lush forest. 

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Isn’t he handsome??? 😉

The naturalist that was our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about nature. 

He taught us that very rare orchids can grow in this area of Virginia because the water is a constant 60 degrees all year round.  They only bloom every few years and keep their bloom for 3-7 days.  Look-y at what we saw!

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We learned about Stitch Plants.  See how the leaves seem stitched together?

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We also saw a snake!

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Not only was our guide knowledgeable, but he was also very entertaining!

 

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After our hike, I went to the spa. 🙂

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It was the most luxurious spa experience I have ever had.  I showered, sat in the steam room, and lounged around for almost an hour before my facial even began.  I left feeling lighter and more relaxed than I have felt in a very long time.

After the spa, Larry and I went to the indoor pool and swam briefly before we discovered the sun deck.  We decided to lounge  in the sun for about 40 minutes before heading back to our room to get ready for dinner.

Dinner, like all things Homestead, was a grand affair.

We had cocktails in the empire room.

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And at dinner, I sat down right next to this lovely lady.The boss’s wife also happens to be Leeane Morgan, the southern comedian who has appeared on Dr. Phil and Paula Dean.  She was definitely a southern belle and reminded me very much of Sandra Bullock’s character in The Blind Side.  She called everyone “dah-lin” and “sweethearrrrt.”  Doesn’t get more southern than that!  I loved her!

I’m so happy to see Larry recognized for his hard work!  He definitely deserves it and so much more 🙂

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~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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Ruthie Anne and Everything Grand

Good morning!  I bet you’re wondering where  I’ve been. 

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Larry’s work gave him a trip for two to the Homestead Resort for being a top ten sales person in his region.

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The resort is massive.  It is impossible to see the entire building at one time.

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Everything is grand.

We arrived yesterday in the early afternoon and went horseback riding.  My horse, Ruthie Anne, was rather small for a horse (only 900 lbs), but she was full of personality, and it took some work to control her.  I was a nervous wreck!  Larry said I was stiff the entire time.  I wish I had pictures to show you, but somehow our memory card was erased, so most of yesterday is lost.

We then went for a 3.4 mile hike on one of the resorts many trails.  Somehow during our hike we got a bit turned around and ended up doing the loop again!!!  We finally found the horse stables and they called a shuttle for us.  We hiked close to 5 miles yesterday up steep hills and rocky terrain.  Talk about a workout!

Last night, after an informal dinner with his company (and a $9.75 glass of chardonnay!), we sat on the grand front porch of the resort in charming rocking chairs watching a storm roll in over the mountains.

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Thunderstorms in the mountains are the best!  The thunder echoes off the mountain tops and the lightening seems especially bright against a clear black sky.

Today we are going for a guided hike called the Cascades Gorge Walk.  A naturalist will be our guide to explain the formation of the gorge.  I hope to get some exquisite pictures!

After that, Larry is going to play a round of golf, and I am heading to the spa for  Luxury Facial.  Then tonight we are headed to a formal dinner with cocktails, prizes, and more! 

It should be an exciting day!

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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