Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Cutest Little Sulphur Springs in West Virginia

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These photos, my friends, are from the gorgeous Greenbrier resort, located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Brad and I spent Labor Day weekend here with our extended family, celebrating my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary. Pretty impressive, if I may say so--the place and the sixty years. I'm still asking myself how on earth I ended up hanging out in a place as swankified as this--but the answer is simple:  I am very blessed, and my family is pretty amazing.


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One of the cottages our family stayed in during the trip.

Now, if you've never been to the Greenbrier, I suggest that you pack up your things and go now. Wait--make a reservation six months in advance and then go. No, no . . . that's save up lots of money, RSVP, then go. You see, the Greenbrier is beautiful, but it doesn't come cheap. After all, a visit to this lovely resort will give you access to swimming, tennis, horseback riding, fishing, upscale shopping, remarkable dinners, and championship golf courses, all in a location frequented by celebrities, presidents, and historical figures. The dress code is classy, the staff is genuine and personable, and there is fantastic kitsch oozing out of every Dorothy Draper-inspired corner. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how bright and classic-meets-modern the decor was, and started to gain a new-found appreciation for colorful, "mismatched-chic" (a descriptor coined by yours truly).

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One of my favorite lobbies, just outside the resort casino.  The chairs, by the way, are covered in butterflies.
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The Greenbrier Casino
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Bow curtains. I mean . . . come on.
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Walking into one of the gorgeous ball rooms.
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Every Barbie-loving girl's dream.
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Me to my Mom: "Okay, I changed my mind. I'd like to have my bridal shower here now. And my wedding."
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Hallways and Sitting Areas

As part of the "younger crowd," I can also say that Brad, Carolyn, my cousins, and I all used our time wisely. You know, taking pictures of ourselves in the bathrooms, acting grown-up in our fancy clothes, stuff like that.

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Sneaking away from the hotel tour because taking pictures of ourselves in pretty bathrooms is much more important.
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Gurrrl, the front of yo' face is reh-diculous.

The best event of the weekend, by far, was the private celebration dinner my grandparents set up for the whole family to enjoy. Fabulous food and royal treatment--I will take it.

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My grandma and grandpa, admiring life-size versions of themselves. I love this photo a lot.
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Surf and turf. Chocolate cake. I don't usually use the phrase "OMG," but in the case of delicious food, it has to be done.

Much love and thanks to my grandparents and the rest of our family for a fantastic weekend and celebration!

Thank you, also, for giving me an opportunity to wear my fancy shoes. ;)

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XO,
Jennifer

Friday, September 7, 2012

One Hundred

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Can you believe it? This is my little blog's 100th post.

I missed its official one-year birthday, but there was no way I was going to let myself miss two important milestones. This is big stuff, guys. I mean, I had two potted mums on my back deck last fall, and they didn't even last a month.

Over the span of these past 100 posts, I've shared with you all a scattering of everyday stories, recounts of exploratory trips, and random quips about anything and everything that comes across my mind. Ninety-nine posts ago, I had just moved to a part of the U.S. that was completely foreign to me, and I wasn't sure which way was up. But now, I can honestly say that I've settled in, and this place that I originally thought of as a vacation spot has now become familiar and comfortable. Michigan ain't so bad, y'all.

So, this afternoon, I'm celebrating by watching my favorite "blog movie," Julie & Julia, and have taken upon myself to print a bunch of Instagram photos that represent everything I've done this year. I can't wait to hang them up--my house is going to look like a 1970's dark room pretty soon.

If you're just now meeting me, or just want to catch up on what's happened in my past 100 blog journeys, feel free to browse the post archive on the right sidebar. And don't be afraid to leave a little comment love--after all, doesn't our little blog buddy deserve a few words on its big day?

Have a great weekend, everyone. :)
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