April 4, 2016

Good-Bye To Yoooooouuuuu {Weekend in Review}

Oh my land, what a weekend. I don't think we could have packed anything else into that past few days if we had tried. Here we are in April and the month of our trip and it all feels so surreal. Each day is another small small step forward to our destination.

I had hoped Friday would be an easy day to get ahead for Saturday but the work gods were not in my favor. It was small fire after small fire after HUGE ISSUE and I felt so behind when I left work an hour later than planned. Both Le Husband and I had rough days and we decided homemade pizza was just the ticket. It was quite delicious and gave me a bit of pep in my step to finish up the party prep before passing out for the night.

Saturday I slept in a bit and then hit the ground running. There was packing up of bins, finishing up party food prep at the apartment, another purge, no food eaten and then it was off to my parents house. They were such champs letting me host the party at their home on such short notice and it ended up being the best thing in the word. The weather held out and everyone pulled together to get everything whipped up before the guests started to arrive.

I was almost a complete blogger fail before and during the party because I took two pictures. Luckily my sissys, mostly BABYSPICE, snapped some pictures for me to share. Even though this was an informal and thrown together quickly party I still tried to go all out on the snacks. We had lots of chips and dip, veggie tray, hummus, cooked to order burgers with fixins, brats, cuban chicken, broccoli slaw, chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, tater tots, cookies, cheesecake bites and of course cupcakes. I mentioned the cupcakes I wanted to make here and randomly they were peanut butter which was NOT what I was expecting. I decided to bake regular chocolate cupcakes and then made the icing sans peanut butter. Pretty sure they were fabulous because none were left with at the end of the night. I snatched one of the last ones, heehee!


Sportypsice was so sweet and picked up some beautiful flowers for decor and Babyspice snapped these lovely pictures. They added just the perfect touch to the party. #lovemesomeflowers #smalltouchesmakeallthedifference 


Our first order of business Satruday afternoon when I showed up to help set up was to pop the champs. It was a day of celebration and I wanted to share a bottle with my best gals. There were five bottles still left and we went through them ALL plus one brought as a gift. You could say the champagne sangria was a hit, haha. #loveourdinosaurglasses

The original recipe I chose ended up being kind of a dud, so I was in quite a panic Friday night trying to come up with a plan B. Can I grateful I am for mr google? He brought me to this recipe and after a lil tweaking [added different fruits and some grapefruit juice with the orange juice]. Yum, I want another glass right now. 



While the food was wonderful, the true star of the party was all the love felt by those who came to send us off into the sunset. I was completely floored by the turn out of our friends from all our different groups [over 40+ people] and so thankful the weather held up. We had our kickball friends, my work friends, soccer friends, family friends, neighbor friends and few friends I've known for 20+ years. I wish I had been able to spend more time with everyone but it's always hard make the rounds when your the hostess. I will be forever grateful to Babyspice for being the photographer and making sure I got a picture taken with everyone in attendance. Yup, she installed a 'you can't leave without a picture rule' and it was quite fabulous. Surprisingly I held it all together and didn't blubber at all. I had one or two moments where I teetered on the edge of bawling but managed to hold it all together. #keepittogetherman


The party started at 5pm and the last guest left around 11pm and we still had a little clean up to do. It was an exaushting day of being on our feet however it was oh so worth it. I am incredibly blessed to have this life and SO THANKFUL for my wonderful family. We threw this all together in seven days and they were all rockstars helping out any way possible. Hugs were very long and tight at the end of the night as the realization of the coming months arose but again, we were all able to keep the tears at bay. I couldn't ask for a better family and am so grateful for them. #bradybunchforlife
My heart is so full!
Sunday morning came too early and we jumped right into the swing of things. It was church, home to pack up more boxes and the car, a fun pedicure with the ladies before another stop at the storage unit. Let me tell you HOW much my feet appreciated the massage, heaven sent I tell you. The company was quite wonderful too. #pinkforsummer

I made it back home and just fell onto the couch in our mess of an apartment. The days are beginning to feel the same, so much work done but so little reward shown in the home. I know every step counts but I'm started to get anxious it all won't get done without multiple sleepless nights. Neither Le Husband or I wanted to cook so we headed out to our favorite Mexican joint for a delicious but predictable dinner of fajitas and margs. 

After dinner we came home and went right back to packing up and finishing up our trip plans. It seems that Germany is not going to work out so it's on to northern Italy [we think]. I also laid out most of what I want to pack for the trip and am HOPING to get it finalized this week. Did I mention I was trying to make it in a carry on? No, well yeah, we are gonna try. Which reminds me, it's time to get off here and finish up some more stuff. Can I get a PTL for no more 6am class? I don't think I'd make it tomorrow if I had to teach, I am so wiped out mentally and physically.

OH, before I go, one more good piece of news…I GET TO KEEP MY JOB FOR TWO WEEKS AFTER THE TRIP!!!!! WOOOOOFREAKINGHOOOOOOO! I am so thankful everything ended up working out the way I envisioned and I am SO GRATEFUL my boss ended up working with our schedule. Our moving date has changed to June but that is okay, I am 100% thrilled with the extra few pay checks. THANK YOU ALL for your prayers and good vibes, I so appreciate them.

Hope you have a FABULOUS Monday! <3 p="">
Linking up with these ladies

33 comments:

BLovedBoston said...

So glad that party was a success and all the champs and sangria drank is a testament to that!! Really happy for you that everything is working out with your job as well! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

Such cute pedicures! That drink concoction looks amazing! :)

Ashley said...

What a fun party!! That is awesome news about your job too!!

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Oh my goodness! You had such a busy weekend! Glad the party turned out successful and that pedicure sounds like the perfect way to recover after being on your feet as much as you were! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

yay about the job thing - that's so lucky! and what a fun time with friends celebrating with all the champs. so much love around you girly!

xoxo cheshire kat

LMW said...

I know the party was bittersweet but so glad it turned out well and you had a blast. And yay northern Italy!!!

Liz Jo said...

You're so close to moving and getting ready it must be really bittersweet. I'm glad your party was a success. I'd be so sad about leaving but so excited.

Love the and pedi's especially the shade of purple.

liz @ j for joiner

Jen said...

What a fun party!!! I am loving those OLE dip bowls!!

Nikki said...

Sounds like your party was a huge success! So happy for you! Also so happy that the work situation worked out in your favor!

Leslie said...

Yay for keeping your job for a few weeks post trip! That must be such a huge relief! It looks like you all had a proper send off, and how special that so many people came out to wish you well. In high school, my family and I went to Europe for 30 days and we each just had a book bag. It worked out really well because it made traveling so easy, but in all the pictures, we are definitely rotating just a few outfits. Looking back, I'm so glad we did it!

Darcy said...

Seems like a great party!! That is so great your boss was willing to work with your schedule!
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Rebecca Jo said...

I'm sure the emotions of all the celebrating was up & down...
YESSSSS on the job!!!

Foxy's Domestic Side said...

So happy your party was a success and that you got everything done, the OLE bowls...dishes..whatever they are...so freakin cute! Glad that your works is working with your schedule, yay! And a carry-on...holy cow! I don't think I could do that...have you thought of getting a backpack, so when you're moving between places it can be on your back instead of rolling it around? Like you need anything else to think about...haha!

Laura Darling said...

That's so great that you were able to get together with everyone! Wonderful memories! And that sangria looks amazing!

Emily said...

I was waiting/hoping/praying for the good news about your job. Yay!!! I know that takes a huge weight off of your shoulders (during a time when there is a lot of weight on your shoulders to start with!)

Kristina @ Ms.Modify said...

What a busy, but wonderful weekend! You are blessed to have so many loved ones that care so deeply about you! Where did you get those OLE dishes? I love them!

Have a great Monday!

xo, Kristina

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Sounds like a fabulous weekend spent with your favs, so much love! Those OLE dishes are too cute, and gimme all the guac and champs! <3
Green Fashionista

Emelia at Dream Big & Buy the Shoes said...

What a fun weekend, so nice that so many people turned out...and your family helped with everything, that's what family is for. Good news on the job front, it will all work out with packing. One day at a time, have a good week!

Andrea Nine said...

You're so adorable! Yay for party success and YES to Italy and the job!! You have such a tribe.....so great!!

Veronica-VeroSays! said...

Great news abou work!!! Mani/pedis are the best!!!! Wooohoooo, OLE! Xo

Kait said...

I Love those OLE bowls and I'm so pumped for you that you get to keep your job for two weeks!

Carolyn said...

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITING!!! :) I promise - the minute you board that plane all of this craziness will be worth it! Also... a carry on?!?! Go you! :) I could NEVER get that done!

Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld said...

Such a fun party!! Glad you had a great weekend!

Shelby | Recent Somethings said...

Prayers work! So glad the job situation is one less stresser!! Your party looks fantastic and like the perfect send-off (holy champs bottles everywhere haha; love it).

Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre said...

Looks like such a great send off party and what fabulous news about your job!

The Siberian American said...

Your send off party looks like so much fun! Yay for getting to keep your job for an extra two weeks!

Erin LFF said...

So glad your party was a blast and that so many awesome people could come celebrate with you guys! :) And HOORAY for the good news on the job front!!

Emily said...

Sounds like the party was a huge success and you had quite the spread! The sangria looks delicious and a pedi was such a nice reward after all the packing and moving.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

What a wonderful sendoff party. You've got a great crew at your back!

Really happy about your job news too.

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

oh no, no germany?! that's so sad :( you've got this packing thing girl, you can do it! i know it! i'll help you lol. yay for the party being a success but boo on the champs sangria being a dud, thank goodness for google. and um nothing wrong with a predictable dinner when it looks that delicious. yum!

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

Talk about a filled weekend getting everything done! I don't know how you made it through all the pictures without crying! I definitely would have been a mess! That sucks that you won't make it to Germany, but that's great news about your job!

emily @ a little bit of emily said...

What an extremely special weekend! Your party sounds absolutely fabulous - what a great way to celebrate. Hope you have been able to catch up on your sleep and get rested for everything else ahead of you!

Christina Lea Loves said...

The party looks fantastic and yay about keeping the job an extra two weeks!