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250 some people love my brother

18 Jun

Well, probably more than that – what can I say he’s a lovable guy – but that is the number of people who attended his graduation party Friday night (at our house).

Despite all the work, looking back it was an awesome weekend. Thursday night, Fred (my dad’s friend) and Elaina (his daughter) drove in from Michigan to help with the party. I worked from home Friday and spent the morning setting up tables and chairs in between checking e-mail and finishing reports. By the start of the party, we were all set up and ready to go.

When you attend a party at my house, you won’t leave hungry. My mom is an amazing cook and she didn’t disappoint. The menu consisted of beef and ham sandwiches, sausage and peppers, parsley potatoes, pasta salad, pasta and meatballs, potato salad, fruit salad and three different cakes. Yes, three. I ate my little heart out and so did everyone else.

{clockwise from top left corner: shrine to Joe, posing with his baby cake, the neighborhood kids all grown up, volleyball games}

The atmosphere was great. We were all there to celebrate Joe, and I had a lovely time visiting with several of my dear friends and family. When the party officially ended, no one wanted to leave, and we didn’t make them. We started a campfire and watched as my brother and his friends played hide-and-go-seek. There is nothing like a warm summer night to make you feel like a kid again.

When the big shindig was over, we needed some time to relax. After a quick morning run and some clean up Saturday, we spent the day lounging by the pool, playing cornhole and listening to oldies. And of course we ate tons of leftover food. Cake for breakfast? Yes, please.

That night I made everyone talked everyone into going to the drive-in to see Madagascar 3. We munched on popcorn and laughed our asses off. Why are animated films so good? I don’t know, but I love them.

{don’t mind the blurry pic – me and Elaina at the drive-in}

Elaina and Fred went home Sunday, and we celebrated Father’s Day with my dad. After church and a nap, the boys headed out to play golf (even though it was raining), and my mom and I decided to watch golf. I normally do not get into this particular sport, but I spent a good part of the day watching the U.S. Open and of course eating leftover food.

Now that the weekend is over, I’ll be going on a serious cleanse (no more cake for breakfast) and spending some extra time with my brother. He leaves for the Air Force Academy in 9 days, and I plan to annoy him as much as possible. Let’s be honest – what else are big sisters for?

What I’ve done this month

15 Jun

Is it really the middle of June already? This month is flying by, and I see no signs of it slowing down. My vacation recap of the beautiful Dominican Republic is coming soon, but in the meantime, here are some exciting things that have already happened this month (in no particular order).

My little brother graduated high school. He was co-valedictorian and gave a wonderful speech on going after your dreams. I’ve never been prouder.

It was hay baling season at the Spletzer Farm. In comparison to past years, our little seven acres was a breeze to finish – we used to bale 40 acres! We put up about 700 bales this year.

While Sebastian was still here, we spent an evening at Mastropiétro winery for some sangria and fireworks.

I’ve taken way too many trips to the Elm Road Triple Drive-In Theatre, but gosh do I love that place. Watching movies outside in your pajamas – doesn’t get much better than that.

I attended my co-worker Amber’s baby shower. It was simple and lovely and the best baby shower I’ve ever attended.

I ate my weight in cannolis at the aforementioned baby shower.

Tonight is my brother’s graduation party. We’re expecting more than 250 people at our house to celebrate Joe finishing high school and heading off to the United States Air Force Academy.

If the rest of summer is anything like this month, we’re all in for a fun season. Cheers!

It’s my party

9 Aug

This past weekend was exhausting, but also a lot of fun. And it feels like I haven’t had fun in awhile, so I definitely enjoyed it. On Friday, I hung out with my little brother and his friends, Kennedy and Holt. The four of us went to the Elm Road Triple Drive-In Theatre to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Captain America. We ordered pizza, told silly jokes and ate cotton candy like it was our job. Both movies were entertaining and we had a great time hanging out.

drive-in[chillin’ at the drive-in]

On Saturday, it was my birthday. I turned 23. I don’t feel any older, but I began to realize how fast the years go by. Where did 22 go? I digress. In order to celebrate my big day, my best friend Erika and I went to Pittsburgh. The first stop was the Hofbräuhaus. Having been to the one in Munich, I have to say they do a great job of capturing the atmosphere. There is live music and of course plenty of beer. I ordered Sauerbraten, slow braised wine and vinegar marinated beef, with red apple kraut and mashed potatoes. It was amazing. And I topped it off with Hofbräu Hefe Weizen, an awesome Wheat Beer.

After dinner, we headed to Stage AE to see one of my favorite bands, Death Cab for Cutie. It was hot and crowded, but as usual they were amazing, and I couldn’t have asked for a better evening. Pittsburgh decided to make it even better though and celebrated my birthday with a huge fireworks display over the Roberto Clemente bridge. It was a great ending to the day.

fireworks[birthday fireworks]

Quick side story: Because of the distance, Sebastian couldn’t be here for my birthday, but he made sure I felt his presence. He called me first thing when I woke up to sing me happy birthday. Then throughout the day I opened little gifts from him. They included: a Kodak camera (to capture the day), a Death Cab shirt (to wear to the concert) and energy shots (so I wouldn’t be tired on the way home). He’s so sweet, and I felt very lucky to have such a thoughtful boyfriend.

Sunday was relaxing. I met my old college roomies for brunch, and we caught up on each other’s lives. Then I went back home for my family birthday dinner. We had steak, home-grown sweet corn and Dairy Queen birthday cake. When you have a summer birthday, the cake has to be from DQ.


Even though I missed Sebastian on my birthday, it was a great weekend. But this Saturday, I’m looking forward to staying at home and enjoying some peace and quiet.