In which my grandmother turned 90 and we celebrated!

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My dear sweet grandmother turned 90 this past week and the whole clan descended on Nashville to celebrate! My mother is one of five kids and I myself am one of 13 first cousins and it was a joy for us all to be able to be there! In addition we had second cousins, aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews from as far away as California all come in to wish her a very happy birthday. It was also the first time Jeff and I’d been back to Tennessee and seen my family since moving out here – what a fun, sweet reunion!

13 cousins

13 cousins

Playing cards - hand & foot, a version of Canasta

Playing cards – hand & foot, a version of Canasta

I took over biscuit making while my sister made the gravy.

I took over biscuit making while my sister made the gravy.

Biscuits in the oven, gonna watch 'em rise..

Biscuits in the oven, gonna watch ’em rise..

Hanging out with sweet Sam

Hanging out with sweet Sam

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Our little family

My sweet mom and sister

My sweet mom and sister

The grandparents, 90 and almost 93 and married for almost 62 years

The grandparents, 90 and almost 93 and married for almost 62 years

Graham being willing with little Sutton

Graham being silly with little Sutton

Jeff playing with the little Bailey/Reese cousins

Jeff playing with the little Bailey/Reese cousins

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Love y’all even more 馃榾

In which we make it one whole year!

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Our first anniversary! It’s hard to believe it’s been an entire year since we were blessed with so much love and got to celebrate with all our friends and family at Duke Chapel. We’ve decided to alternate planning the celebrations for the big day and I drew to plan this year’s. Last night we had the best meal of our lives at Canlis, one of the nicest and oldest restaurants in Seattle. Even though I called a month ago we could only get reservations for 9:15p, but it ended up being perfect since our waiter gave us a private tour of the building after most of the other guests had left.

We continued celebrating today with pimento cheese biscuits and gravy (from the cookbook my mom sent us for our “paper” gift) with mimosas and cupcakes – yum!

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We didn’t save any cupcakes from our wedding (we left the next morning for our honeymoon and even if we’d been able to save them they probably would not have kept for our two week road trip across the country), but I picked up the same flavors from Trophy Cupcakes and a sparkler candle to top them off from the adorable Flourish in Greenwood.

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Salted Caramel + Neopolitan

It’s the paper anniversary, so Jeff took the wonderfully loose interpretation and got me a gift card for some much needed massages. Thanks, love! I got him some personalized, manly notecards and a journal that I decorated so we can record all the places we’ve been (27 states, 1 province and 3 countries so far!) and lived, and all the places we’d like to go.

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We spent the rest of the day lolling on the couch, watching our wedding video and flipping through our wedding album. Perfect day 馃檪

Happy Anniversary Jeff! Can’t wait for all the many wonderful years to come!

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