Sunday, May 3, 2015

Easter 2015

While Josh and I were celebrating PB and Aarthi's wedding, my Mom and Charlotte took the kids to the Easter party at the Austin Country Club, where they enjoyed face painting, egg hunting, cupcakes, and a visit with the (creepy) Easter Bunny. 

They made sure to send me lots of pictures...







It is safe to say that they had a blast!

Back and my Mom and Jimmy's house, Ava decorated cookies and dyed eggs (all in her fabulous bunny face paint).



She also played her favorite new game...hide Nello :).


On Sunday, Josh's parents drove up from San Antonio to join us for the egg hunt and brunch.

Ava was ready to see what the Easter Bunny had brought.






The Easter Bunny got a little ambitious with the distance of the eggs (particularly in light of the drizzly weather), so Bru and Josh had to do some quick re-positioning :).



Ava got quite the haul. 


And the big ones were filled with undies. Ha!


Rylan enjoyed watching while swinging with Bunny and Grammie.





Both kids loved the baskets from us.







After brunch at my Mom's, we headed over to Grampsie and Nana's house to hang out and enjoy an early dinner before hitting the road back to Dallas.





It was such a wonderful weekend!

Friday, May 1, 2015

PB and Aarthi's Wedding Weekend

One of my best guy friends from law school got married in Austin on April 4, which worked out perfectly because my family was able to watch the kids while we celebrated PB and Aarthi's wedding, and we were able to spend Easter with them as well (more on that in a separate post). It was the first Indian wedding that Josh and I had ever attended, and we were so excited! 

The festivities kicked off on Friday with a welcome reception and Mehendi, a traditional part of the wedding celebration where the women receive intricate henna paintings on their hands/arms. 

I loved my henna design! 


The other girls got them done as well. Each was unique and so beautiful.




The welcome reception was not the same as a rehearsal dinner...it was more like a second wedding reception as it was equally large and elaborate.

Complete with performances...


And delicious food... 


[This was Josh and my first taste of Indian food, and now we are addicted. We have to get our fix at least once a week.]

The wedding was held at the new JW Marriott, and while it was completely booked on Friday night, we were able to stay there on Saturday. The hotel was amazing, and was set up perfectly for a big event this like this one. 

I didn't manage to take many photos of our room, but I did capture the ridiculously cool light fixtures in the bathroom…


Some of the Austin artwork…


And our fabulous view…


Once we checked into the hotel on Saturday morning, the celebration continued with the Baraat, the groom's procession before the wedding ceremony. In this case, PB rode in a (very) nice car through downtown Austin while his friends and family danced along with him through the streets. 


As evidenced in this video, we had so much fun!

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The ceremony started around noon and lasted for several hours. However, as is customary, everyone was chatting during the ceremony, and they offered refreshments in the adjacent lobby area for when you wanted to step out for a break. This is how weddings should be done, folks.

Having never experienced an Indian wedding before, I found the ceremony so intriguing. Even though I couldn't understand a single word, you could sense the tradition and significance of each part.




There was a break between the ceremony and the evening festivities, so a small group of us headed across the street to Second Bar + Kitchen for some lunch and cocktails.


The party continued on Saturday evening with a cocktail hour and reception. 

The decorations were so beautiful. 



My handsome date...


During dinner there were several performances, including one by a dancer who can only be described as a hula hoop master. 


I mean...

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The other dancers were amazing as well! 

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The wedding was a mini-law school reunion, and it was so fun hanging out with everyone.


Thanks to PB and Aarthi for inviting us to celebrate with you during your special weekend. We wish you all the happiness in the world!


About Me

My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). After finishing law school, I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea, so I pursued a career in legal marketing. I am now a mother of two who is constantly trying to balance family with a full-time job, which is by no means an easy task. I love: my sweet babies, my handsome husband, my very large family, my fabulous friends, our crazy dogs, wine, TCU football, holidays, cooking, pajamas, reading, Hanky Panky underwear, Central Market, skinny dipping, carbs, live music, a full DVR, the beach, mani/pedis, the number four, Anthropologie, speaking Spanish, trivia, sangria, Pinterest, cheese, dancing, Sprinkles cupcakes, thunderstorms, naps, Tex-Mex, the Texas Hill Country, a warm bed in a cold room, ranch dressing, my job. I hate: working mom guilt, snakes, heights, waking up early, ignorant people, vomit, paper cuts, green fruit, bad hair days, snoring, Miracle Whip, scary movies, bad drivers, pulpy OJ, bikini waxes, and working out. I think that about sums it up.

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