34 posts tagged family
Congratulations to my brother, Russell, on his college graduation this weekend! Your sisters are all so proud of you!! I had an amazing weekend in Ohio with my family…it’s always hard to get back to reality after being with all of your favorite people. But I know we will be together again soon.
I can’t believe it’s been 8 years. I love you and miss you every day.
I know I’m a few days late, but Happy December! Although it doesn’t feel like December here in Dallas, with a high of 78 degrees today. I’m not complaining though :) I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food, and fun. I am already getting excited for Christmas because my whole family will be there! I hope everyone has a great Tuesday! And a special Happy Birthday to my BIL, Zach, who is across the pond for a couple more weeks before he and jillianwithak grace us with their presence. So much to look forward to!
Found this great Buzzfeed article on reasons why it’s great to have your sister as your best friend. I’m lucky enough to have 3 amazing sisters that truly are my best friends in the world!
Great article on simple things you can do to make you a happier person. I (try) to do all of these every day. Sleeping is the toughest one for me, as well as spending time with family because we all live in different cities. At least we have texting and gchat :) What little things do you do every day to be happier?
A few more for good measure….
If anyone needs travel tips/wants to look at pretty pictures, you need to check out my sissie over on jillianwithak! Copenhagen sure looks like a colorful city :)
I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was spent with (most of) my amazing family in Tulsa for my cousin’s wedding. I drove up from Dallas on Friday and quickly found out that my brother’s flight had been cancelled and he wouldn’t be making the trip. I was totally bummed! I made it to Tulsa just in time for the rehearsal dinner, which was delicious. I pretty much inhaled the dessert, which was essentially a melted brownie with whipped cream. Amazing! After a couple glasses of wine and catching up with extended family, I headed back to the hotel to get ready for the big day.
Saturday was very stormy, but the sun came out just before the ceremony started. The wedding was beautiful: short and sweet. We danced all night long as Lamkins do (gator pile included), and laughed and celebrated life and love. Our family weddings are always a good time, and I can’t wait for the next one. Who will it be??
Pictures: 1) Gib and me with Dad and Sharon, taking a break from our dance party. 2) Dad and his three brothers. Don’t they look handsome? 3) My aunt is a saint for letting my uncle hang this above their kitchen table. Made for a good wedding decoration, don’t you think? 4) Gib, our cousin Brianne, and our Grandaddy. He wanted to dance all night! 5) Gib and me with two of our favorite men. 6) Some of the gorgeous flowers on the tables.
Heading to Tulsa for the weekend for my cousin John’s wedding. I can’t wait to spend time with family and celebrate. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
The Travel Bug: London
Wow. I am still on a high from my amazing long weekend in London. It was my first time traveling overseas and I fell in love - with the city, with traveling, with being a tourist, with everything. Sharing this experience with my sisters made it even more amazing and I hope we have lots of trips like this in our future.
On Thursday, Gib and I boarded our plane in Chicago for the 7 hour flight to Heathrow. Honestly, the time flew by. We watched a movie, ate lots of snacks, and attempted to sleep. We were so excited, so the sleeping part was difficult. But we did get a whole row of seats to ourselves, which was fabulous. We landed at 6:30 Friday morning (London time) and met our driver who took us to Kill and Zach’s flat in the Notting Hill/Holland Park area. I don’t know how long you would have to live in London to get used to the whole driving-on-the-opposite-side-of-the-road thing, but it still boggles my mind. It was enough trying to cross the street on foot without getting hit, let alone making a right turn. Anyway, we met Kill at her flat, which was so cute! She has it decorated perfectly and you immediately feel at home when you walk in. She even had gifts for Gib and me, including scarves from Scotland and Turkey, as well as some British goodies. She is just the best :) We quickly changed and walked to grab a latte (English breakfast tea for me), and Kill put us on a double decker bus tour before she headed to work. We toured the city (picture 1) for a couple hours, but since there was traffic, we decided to get off and head back to the flat to rest for a night out.
Zach got home from work and gave Gib and me a tour of their little area. We went to Holland Park, walked down some fancy streets with embassies and mansions, and learned about mews (thanks for the lesson, Z!). Then we went back to meet Kill and the four of us walked to The Rum Kitchen, a Caribbean restaurant in Notting Hill. The food was delicious and the drinks were strong, but my favorite part was being with (part of) my family. The four of us talked and laughed and people watched for hours. We decided to call it a night around 11 since we had a busy Saturday planned.
Saturday morning, we woke up early and Zach made Oma’s pancakes, a recipe from his grandmother. It was my first time having them and they were delicious! We got dressed and I put on my gift from Kill - my first pair of Converse. Thanks, sis! We took the tube to Buckingham Palace and spent a few hours there. First, we toured the Queen’s art collection, including the painting above, which I loved, titled Dancing at a Ball at Court by Hieronymus Janssens (picture 2). The collection also contained lots of fashions from the 17th century, but you weren’t allowed to photograph any of those pieces. They were all very intricate and beautiful to look at though. After we saw all of the art, we went outside to watch the changing of the guard. We had a front row view to all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding this daily event - a very cool experience.
Next, we headed back toward the palace for our official tour. Touring Buckingham Palace is something that can only be done while the Queen is on holiday in Scotland during part of August and September, so this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The tour lasted a couple of hours and totally lived up to the hype. The palace is huge! It is so gorgeous and each room is prettier than the last. My favorite happened to be the Green Drawing Room, mostly because of the colors. But I enjoyed seeing everything from the dining room to the music room. There were even a few rooms dedicated to the Queen’s coronation 60 years ago, including a display of her dress and videos showing the actual event. Such a cool experience and I recommend visiting London during these months so that you can do the tour. We finished the tour with a walk around the gardens and pictures in front of the main gate (picture 3). Thanks to Zach for being our photographer.
Saturday afternoon consisted of lunch at a local cafe, macaroons at Laduree, and shopping with my sisters and Zara, H&M, Fortnum & Mason, and Liberty. Fortnum & Mason was huge and hard to compare to anything we have stateside. They are famous for their “hampers” which are really fancy gift baskets filled with wine, food, tea, candles, cookbooks - everything you can imagine. Liberty was so cool and everything I expected - so many floors of fun (and expensive) things. The London versions of Zara and H&M were ten times better than the versions stateside. I will definitely save up for a shopping spree next time! After a few hours of shopping, we went back to the flat to relax before a group dinner that night.
We went to dinner at Goat, a cute Italian-style restaurant in Chelsea where we dined on gourmet pizza and butternut squash ravioli and drank way too much wine (picture 4). We followed dinner with some drinks and dancing at the upstairs bar. My family is always the first on the dance floor and the last to leave, especially when the DJ is playing classics from Earth, Wind, and Fire and Queen. When the bar closed down at 1, Kill and I called it a night while Zach and Gib went out for a nightcap.
Sunday morning was a sleep-in kind of morning with a late afternoon tea planned for the girls at The Connaught Hotel. We sipped three kinds of tea and dined on sandwiches, pastries, and delicious scones (picture 5) all while talking about our amazing trip so far and favorite parts of the weekend. We also talked about our Mom and how she would have loved having tea with her girls. I know she was looking down on us and smiling. I could have a tea like this every day!
After tea, we met up with Zach to see Big Ben and Westminster Abbey (pictures 6 & 7). I didn’t realize how big both of these places were! There was a bike race going on so the streets were closed off and we got to take lots of pictures. I was very impressed with these two historical and famous spots. We then jumped on a cab, then switched to a bus, to drive around the city a bit. We ended up at the London Bridge and Tower Bridge (picture 8) and the Tower of London. With the sun setting and our day of sightseeing coming to an end, we headed back toward the flat and changed into comfortable clothes to walk over to Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. It was a beautiful night and I loved walking through the park - there were so many people out and about. We walked back home and picked up dinner on the way. The four of us ate and attempted to watch a movie, but after another whirlwind day, sleepiness set in and we all went to bed.
Monday was our last day and we wanted to get a few more things in. Killian and Zach went to work so Gib and I walked through the neighborhood (picture 9) over to Portobello Road for some shopping and breakfast. We stopped by Cath Kidston (picture 10) to pick up a few gifts and souvenirs and grabbed a latte, tea, and pain au chocolat at Daylesford. We jumped on the tube to meet Kill for lunch and tearfully gave hugs and said goodbye before heading back to the flat. Gib and I headed to Heathrow, took our 8 hour flight back to Chicago, and made it in bed by 10:30. I set my alarm for 4:15 for my flight back to Dallas yesterday morning.
What a whirlwind long weekend! It flew by but I felt like we were able to do and see so much while we were in London. I can see why my dad considers it one of his favorite cities and why my sister and BIL love it so much. I already want to plan another trip! When can I come back, Kill? In case you didn’t get enough of a recap from my insanely long post, check out my sister’s version of the story plus more pics over on jillianwithak. I’ve definitely caught the travel bug and I can’t wait for my next adventure!
How I feel today and just in general.
(While this quote is deep, I am mostly alluding to the fact that I miss my sisters who left today!)
I am back from London and not very happy about it. It was an amazing long weekend with two of my favorites (3 including Zach). I will post some pics and a recap later…right now, it’s time to tackle my 200+ e-mails.