Photo dumpapalooza needs to be explained. These are all bad photos.....the end:) 

Before I jump in to K's birthday celebrations can I also just say that I got to babysit Princess Nithi and her little friends this week and what a treat. I don't have one non-blurry photo of them but it was adorable seeing them all romp around together. It really has been years since I've been in a whole group of little kids (whhhaa?) and they all played so well together and had a giant giggly mess of fun. Honestly, this reminded me of my sisters and I when we were little, bossing each other, telling on each other but fiercely loving each other too.

What fun! 

Ok, on to K's birthday celebration. This weekend K got a whole four days off, for much birthday celebrating. We kicked it off by going to see the Harry Potter midnight showing Thursday night. It was spectacularly awesome. We went with K's friend T, bought candy at the grocery store and got our own limited edition 3D glasses to keep, which turns out to be beneficial as well as very rad as they are much more comfortable than the standard fare. We went to see the show that started with Part 1 at 9, then released part 2 at midnight. Annnddd, since we are nerds and wanted good seats, we got there at 7. So, if you can't do math, we were at that movie theatre seven and a half hours. I very much loved the last movie though, and that is saying something because I didn't really like most of these movies, though I clearly adore the book series. 

Friday we headed to the lake with (K and J) and (L and F). We eagerly did everything we could, including game playing, reading, floating in the relaxation station (Costco rocks that apparently!), tubing (which made K and I sore), taking pontoon rides, riding the wave runner, cooking etc. It was really fun and what a great way to kick off some steam. We have been saving the large bulk of our vacation for the  wedding so it was so lovely of K and J to host this little getaway. 

Some choice pictures from the event include Odie trying to keep cool

K with a signature Rolling Rock, our cheap beer of choice this season.

The birthday boy and his candles. Consequently this story is something of a disaster but it turns out to be something K loved anyway. I tried to pick up an ice cream cake on the way to the lake at DQ, but the one we looked up was closed. Went to the grocery store there and they didn't sell cakes, bought him ice cream which got melty in the malfunctioning freezer. I ended up sticking those gosh darn candles in a bowl of melty ice cream and we all supped. 

Yeah, I'm going to buy him an ice cream cake on his real birthday still though the face of a girl who just stole an early bite of breakfast. 

J poses with the fruit.....and some of K's delicious chocolate zucchini bread. 

To top it all off, we spent yesterday with B, who came to town to go to the Reel Big Fish concert with K. I believe they had tons of fun as they came home sweaty and grinning. Before I dropped them off I also got to chaperone dinner at what is quickly becoming one of our favorite places Beer Kitchen . I always love a good gastropub. 

Speaking of food that is bad for you, we had one last hurrah tonight after my work/on his dinner break when we made a dinner date at Pizza 51 . We had never tried it before, but this is where all the cool kids from UMKC go. I was pleasantly surprised by a pretty light pizza. Here are some photos of us chowing down. 

The wedding highlights of this post are that my Marmi is a goddess. She has been sewing away on a dress that must remain secret, but is totally fabulous already. I am pretty excited that we dipped below the 100 days mark and will be printing up some invites come next with my sis LP. Also, been looking up the average October temps. Last year, between 77 and 65 on our date. Year before, between 54 and 43.....umm crazy Fall here we come! 

In importing my recent photos (taken from my phone, shame on me for never charging my lovely camera's battery lately), I realized that these are all about food. I'm taking this as a good sign of all the fun times we've been having. 

Before I tantalize 'all my reader's' taste buds though, I must preface this with the fact that we have also been having lots of exercise to counteract this. We have still been riding, including some very fun rides with Mom and Dad and training for the BikeMS also. 

However, the fun part is the food. 

Witness, our 4th of July celebration. We had crappy food at Cheeseburger in Paradise (ew, and in all honesty, we went there looking for a bathroom:) Really, K convinced (see, he thought I didn't know what he was doing) me to go to Nebraska furniture mart (which was closed) to fake shop for T.V's (which we aren't buying, unless somebody dies and leaves us tons of money, in the hopes there would surprisingly be some blow out sale for the 4th with a deal I wouldn't be able to pass up (it is fun to dream). 

However, K got a milkshake and was therefore happy 

The one cool day last week I spent a little time baking. I took a recipe a work friend gave me for the German Bierock and modified it, american man style (i.e. what I had in my cupboard). It ended up like a shepard's pie in a soft roll. K went crazy in love with these. 

We also hit up the Westport Food Truck Festival with the awesome L and F  and had a great time despite the serious heat. It could also be the fond memories of sitting with this food in our bellies while watching HP 1 with the commentary of Wizard People, Dear Reader 

A delicious Asada taco and alternately totally blah chicken taco

Fried catfish (pretty darn good, I've never had this) 

L's nachos, which all declared as 'How could they possibly make this taste this bad' 

K with his pretty darn good Philly Cheesesteak. 

Not pictured here was a cookies and cream cupcake from Ms. Nene's cupcakes and it was really good. I wouldn't say it was as good as my fav Cupcakes a la Mode, but it was much lighter and delicate, and therefore much more welcome in the 100 degree weather. Dear Westport, next time you want people to eat, don't charge 5 bucks for entry AND 5 bucks for beer, and invest in some umbrella rental:) 

All in all it was a wonderful time. 

This post's wedding sneak peak is of two of the DIY (i.e. thrift store items plus glue) stands for the dessert table. 

We have been trying to get all the rentals down this month. We also received our AMAZING invitation from awesome , which we are very excited to send out. If you missed the seriously numerous posts, check out the engagement picture gallery where you can see pictures for awesome L, a la the link to wedding website on the right hand navigation. 

Until next time!

It is so freaking hot, I think we can all agree. However, K and I have been having tons of fun despite the heat. I spent a long time on a work trip, the highlight of which was finding this in the Skymall catalog. Needless to say it was SOO tempting to snatch it up for K's impending birthday....but I didn't. 

We celebrated my Mom's birthday with a fun day at the pool, went to another pool with K's work friends and had a very fun "4th of July" party with some of my work friends. All in all, a very busy weekend. Unfortunately, the only thing I took (cellphone) pictures of was our night at Shakespeare in the Park. This year's production of Macbeth was well done, and we got a good spot by getting there early and spending the time on some cold beer and Uno. 

K partakes of the strawberries and carrots we brought :)  

The set. 

The new family cooler, as K took every opportunity to mention:) He was the proud owner of this, our first cooler. 

The crowd soaks in the sun. 

Sandwiches! K style (meaning, no condiments) 

We had fun on our extended weekend and are looking forward to some more fun at the lake for K's b-day soon. 

No new wedding news, except that we'll be spending the month trying to finalize everything so I don't have to have any more wedding nightmares.