Catching Up and Being Thankful

23 Nov

I’ve been quite the delinquent blogger this Fall… but I’m going to post one big catch all for all our recent activity and then get back on the bandwagon this holiday season! 2011 has been a long year, and for multiple reasons has been a bit of a test of our mental & emotional strength, and a great learning year for our marriage. I feel good about leaving this year in the dust, as we are very much looking forward to a great 2012.

I believe where I left off was just before a totally kick-ass wedding we had the privilege to attend. Kelly & Dan got married on an early Fall weekend in late September. In typical Drennen fashion, we left in what we thought was plenty of time… but it turns out we almost didn’t make it there AT ALL. The ceremony was about an hour away (with lots of traffic – distance was about 15 miles – yay Chicago!) and we were cutting it CLOSE because we didn’t account for as much traffic as we had. I started freaking out in the car, having visions of missing the entire wedding and having to sit in the car, or finding some side door to creep into while disrupting the entire mass, resulting in getting blacklisted from any Lawler event EVER. It was not good. Thankfully, we made it with about 2 minutes to spare and got a great aisle seat 😉

When Kelly came down the aisle, I was borderline blubbering. I don’t know what comes over me at weddings but I was a mess! She looked gorgeous, and I was beyond words happy for her. It was so awesome to see all of the small little details she worked so hard on come to life! I’m such a believer in creating a wedding day that is authentic to you as a couple, and Kelly did that better than anyone I know, including myself. Every single detail was done with purpose and it did not go unnoticed by the guests.

Another trip we made this year was out to Washington DC to visit my Dad, Kim & Michelle. We had GREAT weather, and thoroughly enjoyed exploring their city, seeing where they dwell (along with the President), shopping, eating, etc. We loved Old Town Alexandria (where they live) and started to think “ohh, we could live here…” until we got on Zillow and saw how insanely expensive it is. We technically could live there, but we wouldn’t be able to have the kind of space & lifestyle we want. Big sigh. It’s trips like these that make us step back and realize that life is so short and we really do miss being near our families.

Last weekend, we had Tom’s brothers & their girlfriends here for the weekend. It was great to spend some QT with them, and get to know the special ladies in their lives (and I’ve always wanted a sister…!) We got to play tour guide for the weekend, which was fun for us because we often forget what a great city we live in! We took them downtown to see the “bean” and to lots of yummy restaurants. This was another time when after they left, we talked about how much we really DO love our life, but it’d be nice to be a bit closer to everyone.

Today, we hit the road to the Mitten to see Mom & Mark for a night, and then the Detroit family tomorrow. Then back to the city to spend the weekend with Dan & Dad. We’re going to do lots of cooking (surprise, boys!) and make Grandma’s brisket, cheer on the Spartans  in their last regular season game (future Big Ten champs BABY!) and relax. I have NO desire to go shopping on Black Friday, which is a slight change for me. I want to spend every second with people who I love since our time together is always so short. Growing up is such an interesting thing!

Happy Thanksgiving to you! I hope you have safe travels, plenty of food on your table, and are surrounded by people you love!

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