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backyard soiree

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celebrating love with a backyard soirée

I am so blessed to have some beautiful, amazing friends.  It’s hard to all get together [and we’re missing 2 of the girls!]  for events as everyone is scattered across the country.  Over the fourth of July weekend, a handful of my loves were in town.  They planned a backyard gathering to celebrate Brett and I getting engaged.  I thought we were meeting to go out, but upon arrival, they had this set-up.
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Katie, Carley, Molly, moi

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A beautiful evening with the sun shining through the trees.  Champagne with floating strawberries.  A whiskey + bourbon bar.  Slices of cheese.  Homemade guacamole.  Areyouserious?
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Conversation and giggles surrounded us and made me feel like the luckiest girl to have such a support system.
And know what else? Their husbands are phenomenal humans as well.  Way back when, I loved being able to introduce Brett to my girls, they’re my soulmate sisters… but to also have the chance to introduce B to the fold and have him connect with their men?  I.  Love  It.  Since meeting years ago, we’ve have had countless long nights of laughter and ridiculousness.
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Everything is falling in to place, and my heart is so, so full.
Thank you so much for all the thought you put into this backyard evening, ladies.
It means more than you know,
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Listening to this.
Drinking this.
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to ring or not to ring?

I’m not getting married anytime soon, nor am I even remotely close to engaged.  But, I’ve had slightly strong opinions on jewelry from square one.  I’m a simple lady.  I don’t prefer diamonds, baubles, dangling earrings, and such.  I need functional pieces that work whether I’m running a half marathon, cooking a quiche, or jumping in a lake.

For some reason, I’ve never been impressed with diamonds and the whole engagement ring process that soon-to-be-wed couples go through.  Putting that money to use in other ways is what I’m more interested in.  A 16-day backpacking trip through Europe or a downpayment on a house.  DailyWorth recommends putting that $5,000 towards 100 nights of paying a babysitter $50 so you can get some alone time out on the town.  I would much rather have a modest, super simple, less-expensive ring (or a tattoo?…) in exchange for a handful of super memorable adventures.

For example, let’s go to the airport, take the next international flight out and spend a week wherever we end up.  Complete spontaneity.

In my world, the price of a tiny mineral is not directly proportional to how much a guy loves his woman…

Just my thoughts,

xo

 

Cool video.  Sipping on.  Listening to.

 

 

 

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