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Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Frenzy

Hi again!!!  I have really been slacking at this whole Blog thing...but I'm back at it and trying to get into the swing of things before I start week!

After we got home from Utah I decided I was going to make the best of my extended summer and have as much fun as possible before becoming (as I like to call it) a "real person."  As you will see, I think I succeeded :)  However, since there is so much to report and pictures say it better (a.k.a. I'm lazy and waited to long for this update), I'm going to share my last month using pictures instead of words - but I promise that I will be better now that I have to be back on a schedule again :) / :(

Emily and I played tourist at the Botanical Gardens...

...but not at the Arboretum :(

After being tourist, it was off to kickball practice!

Went to NYC to try out for a game show
and saw my buddy Skyler...

...and also got to see Kristen and Rob :)

Gotta love living in D.C. (that's the White House in the background)

Skyler came to visit me in D.C. and we had a blast!

Me and Emily at the Fall Flannel Party...

...along with a ton of other flannel clad peeps :)

The H Street Fest is my FAVORITE!!!

Emily, me, and Seth 

Peter and Meghan (my future PB coworkers) and me at Happy Hour.

Matt's Band (Rounding Down) playing in Baltimore!

Emily and me at dinner post-concert...YUM!!!

Miss Adam's Morgan was the same night as
the Compliance and Ethics Institute - hehehe!

Team Sierra...the Queen and her Magic Toadstools!!!

Dinner with the crew at Mio (a Puertorican restaurant) for Tensie's visit!!!

Me and Tensie...loving Nellie's rooftop :)

Tensie and I :)

Tensie and I...sure do miss that girl already :(

Emily and Seth love carving pumpkins!

Seth's pumpkin creation :)

And with that, I've taken you through the last month of my many good times and many more to come...but first, it's time to get to work and become a "real person" :)  

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Utah and Bear Lake Revisited

Well, I may be a little bit late with this post, but I blame that on all the fun we had on our trip to Utah and how long it took me to recover :)

Last year was our first O'Doyle family vacay to Bear Lake...and we had so much fun that it has now become a tradition!!!  We rent a condo on the beach, enjoy some fun on the water courtesy of Jay's boat, and feed our faces while soaking up the sun...couldn't be a better getaway :)

A view from the pretty!

Family time on the beach!

The Longhurst boys at the helm of the boat.

Me swimming back to the boat after some tubing action.

Me, Evie, and Nolan <3 td="">

Mindy and the kiddos enjoying a boat ride.

These were the biggest pizzas I've ever seen!!! YUM!

After a great weekend in Bear Lake it was back to Utah to spend some more time with the family and catch up with our friends.  It seems like we never have enough time to do it all...but we sure try!!!  Between all the dinners, parties, and other fun, our time in Utah flew by so quickly that it almost feels as if we were never even there :(

Seth and Jack...such a cute mother-son duo :)

Dayton earned his Wolf and even got to pin Mindy with the honor :)

Nielsen's Frozen Custard...deeee-lish!

Me, Edin, Tatum, and Seth at Adam's house.

Seth with Ashley and Eric's cute new pup!

Friends' Night at Sapa these guys!!!

Whit and fitting!!!
After 10 wonderful days, the time came to pack up our bags and head back east...but never fear, another visit to Utah is always near :)  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

No Longer BARred From Having FUN!!!

Why hello again…remember little old me?!  I sure hope you do, even though it’s been a few long months since I last posted anything – but I swear, I have a good excuse J  After two and a half LOOOONG months of studying, I took the Virginia Bar Exam at the end of July and am currently awaiting my results (we find out October 31st, so it’s going to be the best or worst Halloween of my life!).

So as not to bore you too much with bar exam talk (and TRUST me, it’s boring – just ask Seth!), I’ll start by sharing some highlights from the summer that I somehow managed to fit in despite my all-day study sessions J 

Before the bar kicked my but into hyper speed (a.k.a. 16 hours a day of studying) for our post-July 4th final review, we were lucky enough to have most of our good friends stick around for the summer for some fun!  Between pool time, cookouts, and visitors (and studying, of course!), this summer FLEW by (except July, when life seemed to move slower than a freaking tortoise!).

Me and V post our unsuccessful attempt to move in her couch :-/

Clam Bake at Brooke's - YUM!

Pool Day (sans the sun - boo!) with friends.

Fun on the town with Matt, Em, V, and Audrey post-Mary Kay par-tay!

Celebrating Maggie's Birthday (courtesy of Grandma Roman)

Maggie LOVED her treats - thanks, Grandma!

Celebration at Nellie's to celebrate the end of DOMA!!!

Me, Seth, and Whitney celebrating #marriageequality!!!

Em and I at Nellie's after a historic ruling at the Supreme Court :)


With my incoming co-workers on the Patton Boggs riverboat cruise!

Whit paid me a surprise visit over the 4th of July weekend!!!

DC always goes out with a bang for the 4th!

Our house the morning after the 4th...I guess we had a good time :)

To wrap up July, a very happy 2 year anniversary to me and Mista Seth <3 td="">

In addition to fun times in D.C., we had two weddings that beckoned us out of town during the first two weekends of June.  One of my close friends/Brooke’s cousin Kristin married Rob in New York – and I was lucky enough to be part of the bridal party J  It was a blast!  They are Italian, so the food was out of this world, plus we all love to dance, so I worked off SOME of the calories on the dance floor! 

The Franklins at Kristin and Rob's rehearsal dinner.

The Three Musketeers: Me, Kristin, and Brooke

Kristin and Rob's first dance :)

Franklins + Photobooth = Trouble!!!

Seth and I boogying down!!!

The very next weekend one of Seth’s best girlfriends, Emily, married Ryan in San Clemente, California.  We got to ring in our visit by celebrating Emily’s bachelorette party and soaking up some southern California sun J  The wedding was also amazing, right on the beach with quite the handsome minister (hint hint, Mega Seth!).  As with Kristin’s wedding, we rung in their marriage by dancing til the sun came up!  We sure are lucky to have such amazing friends are happy for both of the new married couples!

Whitney, Sarah, and Emily at Em's bachelorette party!

A view from the ceremony...b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!

Emily, Reverend Seth, and Ryan :)

Sadly, once July 4th hit it was all study and no play for this dull boy (although luckily July is now OVER!).  Honestly, I’ve done many challenging things in my life and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that taking the bar exam ranks at the top!  It’s a 2-day test (6 hours of essays one day, 6 hours of multiple choice the next day) and really puts you through the ringer! 

In Virginia, all test takers take the bar exam at one location: Roanoke, Virginia.  It’s about a 4-hour drive down, so I was glad that one of my co-workers to be, Sunitha, rode down with me.  She and I were actually good study buddies this summer and I’m so glad I had a friend there going through the same hell as me J  I’m also beyond grateful to Seth, Mom, Dad, and all my other family and friends for their love, support, and encouragement throughout the entire process  - I LITERALLY couldn’t have done it without you all!!!

My sentiments during July...

But Seth and the pups were there to cheer me on!!!

My study corner :-/

1,000 pages of outlines, 2,000 notecards, and hundreds of hours of study later...
hopefully I passed :) :) :)   FINGERS CROSSED!!!

Now, with the bar exam behind me (hopefully for good!!!), I’ve been playing catch-up on real life and enjoying some MUCH needed downtime.  I’ve had the chance to spend some time with friends before they head off on their next journey, enjoy some QT with Seth, the pups, and other family, and even managed to try and get my fitness back on and catch some rays J  One word: AH-MAZING!!!

Me and V = FREE!!!

Seth and Whitney at Larry Lounge celebrating Whit's last night in DC :(

Yas and I at a BBQ before she leaves for Philly :(

Happy Birthday to my cousin Maritere and her daughter Sofia!

Much of the Roman family at Maria and Jay's!

After such a busy summer, this about sums up our feelings...


And that about catches you up on the goings on of the Romanhurst family since my last post…but never fear, the adventures won’t stop here J  With all this behind me I feel a mile high (literally, since I’m writing from Denver haha) and ready for some more fun…so it’s off and away for us – next stop: UTAH!!!