To finish off the day together, we got dressed up and headed to The Stoney River Steakhouse in West End for a delicious dinner. Jason had a steak that was actually cured in coffee! I wonder if anyone in Seattle has picked up on this little trick? It was so good too! Everything was so wonderful and I would love to take my parents there sometime when they come for another visit, I think they would absolutely love it.
We also received some cards & gifts from our families, which was really fun! Kati sent us a Dama Stovetop Espresso Maker from Starbucks - I included a picture of it, and I'm sure we'll love using it once we figure out how it works. :-)
Then Mom & Dad Kelly sent us a check to get something fun for the house, but where do we even begin? I'm thinking of looking up a house plaque with our name on it or something - I'll have to think about that one for a bit.
It was a rare occasion, but Jason had four whole days off this last weekend and we had a lot of much needed time together and spending it with friends as well. Friday night was girls night, where some of us girls from work get together and go out to dinner and drinks (or in my case, a shirley temple). We decided to try something other than the Morton's happy hour and went down to Hillsboro Village and had dinner at Boscos - yummy! There were 8 of us girls total!! It was such a blast - and when I was driving home later that night talking to Jason on the phone, I told him how much I am blessed with some wonderful friendships out here in Tennessee. I'm not much of an outgoing person, so making friends has been really rough for me. I'm not as trusting to put it all out there on the line, so I've been observing a lot and really testing the waters before opening up. And after a year and a half I've finally come to a place where I've made some really great friends and love to hang out with them when we get the chance.
Here's my homegirls from work - we have so much fun together! Brooke is on the left and Kacie on the right and when the three of us get together, there's sure to be trouble. Brooke is my cube-neighbor. Our cube walls are about chest high, so when something weird, funny or bad happens in the office, our little heads pop up above the walls like little turtles and we start laughing at each other. Then Kacie has also become a really good friend - but she is one busy girl working part time at the office as a paralegal and then going to law school full time at night. Its rare when the three of us can actually all get together, but when we do - we have such a blast!
Here's Kacie with Kathy in the middle and Angela on the right. I really haven't gotten to know Kathy all the well until recently, because when I first started working at Adams & Resse, she was about ready to have a baby and then shortly after her maternity leave she found out she had thyroid cancer and had to be home with surgeries and treatments. She is one strong woman and I really admire her great attitude and hard work ethic. Then Angela on the right is actually still pretty new here - she is so much fun and has an accent like you wouldn't believe! I love listening to her talk and I swear she's one of the funniest people I know.
And then I had to include this last picture I had of Brooke being a goofball. We like to go on movie dates and see chick flicks together. The last movie we saw together was Atonement, which we both totally enjoyed.
Saturday I got to spend 2 hours on the phone with one of my closest and dear friends Jessica, who I've missed like crazy these last couple years!! Then later that night, Jason and I met up with our friends Nick & Mel for dinner. On Sunday after church we did a little shopping at Pier 1 with a gift card we received at Christmas and got a rug for our dining room!
It was such a relaxing and fun weekend and I enjoyed every minute of it! Thanks for all the voicemails, messages and cards - we love you all and are grateful for your friendship!