Monday, June 25, 2012

Resolutions & a summer goal

It's almost July. You know what's on my mind? New Year's Resolutions. Yep. You read that right. But who thinks about resolutions in June? Me. I want to make sure that those goals I set back when the year was new and promising are still going strong. I absolutely love new, fresh starts. Even Sunday (sometimes Monday) mornings are exciting because it's a brand new week.

Aside from the yearly "I want to work out more & eat healthier" goal, which was probably on everyone's list, including mine, I actually only set one goal I really wanted to accomplish this year:

Try a new restaurant in Charlotte each month.

Here's where we've been:

January: BT's Burger Joint 
February: Dish, Toast of Dilworth
March: Poppy's Bagels, Musashi Japanese Restaurant
April: Sir Edmond Halley's
May: Al's Pizza, The Lodge
June: Meskeren (Ethiopian food), Good Food on Montford

I have also set a summer goal which is to only make fruit desserts* and started the summer with one bag of sugar that has to last me til the end of August. 

My favorite dessert so far has been this fruit pizza I made for Michelle & the girls when we went to meet Reagan for the first time! I've also enjoyed making this and this... although don't forget to peel the pears!

Here's to summer fruit, and good eats in the Queen City!

*Exception: Andrew's 30th birthday extravaganza.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Before & After

 The great thing about summer is that I have TIME! I was going through things to drop off at Goodwill when I realized that Andrew's old seersucker suit was in the pile. Hello! That's fabric I wouldn't have to go buy. 

So I took some scissors to it... 

And, voila! A seersucker wreath. It was so easy to make and didn't take too long to put together. I'm getting super excited about his birthday. I might put a bowtie on it for the party. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Life Lately

Summer is my favorite!

We went to Shakespeare on the Green with some friends. It's becoming an annual tradition.

 I love being in Uptown at night.
Last weekend we went to Maya & Stephen's wedding in Greenville.   

It was really sweet and they were so excited to get married!

Hooray! I made it through the school year! This was for Andrew:

We celebrated by going to Good Food on Montford. It was, indeed, really good food.

This past weekend this happened:

Good form, Andrew! 
(I am actually a horrible bowler. But that's ok. I was happy to be with friends.)

A few of us:

Father's Day! Mom and Dad came down to Charlotte for church & lunch. I made Dinner: A Love Story's salmon salad and then these roasted pears for dessert. However, I forgot to peel them!! Oops! Oh well. I did make Pops some homemade ice cream!

Happy Father's Day, Dad! You're the BEST!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Life lately

 Hello there! I have so much to catch up on but this will be one of those posts where the pictures do most of the "talking".

Last weekend I went to Greensboro to celebrate Katie's baby-on-the-way! What a beautiful cake.

It was a Caldwell reunion!

 We enjoyed a cookout on Sunday with friends.

Anthropologie catalog picture. It makes me happy.

Oh joy of all joys. This past Friday was the last day of school for the kids. 

Andrew and I had our last "school day" breakfast date at Brueggers. Once a week for the past school year we've left the apt for a very early breakfast.

As you can see, I'm very, very happy.

 Some of the second graders playing a game. 

I received some sweet teacher gifts.

This one went on the fridge. :)

I have a teacher workday tomorrow and then I'm free for the summer. In many ways I feel like life will begin again on Tuesday. It's been a really hard year but maybe more on that later.
Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Life lately

I have been busy with end-of-year activities and also learning to relax! Like the morning of Memorial Day:
Double shower at school.
Michelle had Reagan on Tuesday, May 29th! We decided to celebrate by opening the bottle of wine she gave me as a hostess shower gift.
I just can't wait to meet her!!
Last night we had Ethiopian food.
We then took a walk on the new Greenway. It was beautiful.

I love living near Uptown.
Happy Weekend to all!!