{celebrating the birth of my favorite individual road trip style with improvised cake + copious amounts of candles}

If ever there was a Friday to proclaim TGIF, for me this would be it.  With the dental school semester in the rearview, I am happy to be blogging again and even happier to officially start summer with a three-day weekend.  Since this post should really be titled Friday Five(Months), here are a few highlights from the past few… Here’s to a Memorial Day filled with remembrance, relaxation, and cherry popsicles – happy weekend, everyone!

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{the prolongation of no-shave November}


{enjoying verdi’s requiem at the symphony preceded by this unexpectedly good butter bean hummus from underground 119}


{welcome to the fam, Chaco girl}

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{friday trivia: which mccormick sister do these belong to?}


{Thanksgiving circa 1993}

The Thanksgiving holiday this year was exactly what I needed: familiar and cathartic.  We celebrated last weekend with Don’s family then enjoyed the official “turkey day” and long weekend with the extended McCormick clan, making the holiday happiness flow all week long and keeping my appetite for quintessential southern comfort food perpetually satiated.  I came back to school with a happy heart and refreshed perspective, all signs of a good break indeed.

Over the past few weeks, I made it my pointed November mission to enter a season of thankfulness all month long.  In the hecticness of everyday life, it is so easy to overlook all the little joys and blessings intertwined with simply living and I find my outlook is much more positive when I step back from my “to-do” list and quite literally count my blessings, both big and small.

Throughout the weekend I found myself much more perceptive of the little things: the perfection of my grandmother’s chicken and dumplings, the chilly air and crunchy red leaves, the hearty laughter of cousins.  I was thankful for long hugs and happy stories, particularly of 3 little girls clad in pilgrim attire sewn by our mother, watching the Macy’s parade and eager to show off the homemade candy-adorned gingerbread turkey we so excitedly helped mom create to fellow lunch goers.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday that was exactly what you needed.  Here’s to Christmas music and the invasion of fruit cake… and keeping a thankful heart all year round. -xx-


The season of Laura and Mason’s engagement was such a special time filled with an abundance of excitement, love, and celebration.  Now that things have slowed down a bit and the newlyweds have settled into married life, I find myself constantly reminiscing with my sisters about all the fun we had leading up Laura’s “big day”.  One of the most memorable parties during her engagement was her bridal shower in our hometown – in true Southern fashion, it was an afternoon filled with perfectly crisp cucumber sandwiches, gorgeous flowers, and, best of all, sharing the excitement of her upcoming marriage with so many wonderful ladies, many who have known us our entire lives.  Thank you so much to all the gracious hostesses and guests that made this afternoon so very memorable!


{hello, bride}



{china check : pottery barn “caroline” dinnerware }


{flower girls make the best helpers}


{I look forward to eating some very delicious sister-prepared meals off this china}


{my shower gift to the couple : I picked the flourish framing the monogram to match the calligraphy on their wedding invitations}


{hostess gifts : freshly baked 36-hour chocolate chip cookies, aka the only chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever need to know how to make for the}




{my job for the afternoon : gift recorder extraordinaire}


{groomy checking out some waterford goblets}

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