Parents in Virginia, Round 2! | Anchors Aweigh


Parents in Virginia, Round 2!

This past weekend we had the pleasure of hosting Parker's parents in our new home in Virginia! We hosted my parents earlier in the Summer and were over the moon to have Tim and Leigh in our neck of the woods for a couple of days.

I've said it before, but I really did hit the in-law jackpot. The four of us (five... sorry, Jenny) had such a fun time, and the weekend went by way too quickly as it always seems to do. We found out a couple of days before that Parker was going to get a 4 day weekend since things have been so busy at the squadron. Yes please! There is always that fear that family will come visit and Parker will have to work all weekend (hashtag Navy life), so it was a relief knowing that couldn't happen this time.

Friday evening we went to No Frill Bar & Grill in Norfolk and ate more than four humans ever should in one sitting. The weather was gorgeous and it was the perfect evening to take an after dinner stroll. Virginia really is beautiful in the Summer.

How awkward is the hand placement here? Not our best. 

Friday evening there was a CQ Party for some of our friends, so we were really excited to introduce Tim and Leigh to a few of the people we do life with out here. They were total troopers and the party was a blast! The evening made me realize how blessed we are with the life we have made out here.

Saturday morning, we all went for a stroll around the neighborhood and on the nature trail. Jenny was just happy to be included in the day's activities, and it felt good to be outside and enjoying the fresh air. I've mentioned before that our neighborhood has peacocks, which we think is the coolest thing ever, but we are always afraid that the peacocks will be hiding when we have visitors. We haven't been seeing them as much these past few weeks (Maybe they aren't a fan of the heat?), but one did grace us with its presence on our morning stroll!

Side note: apparently peacocks lose their feathers? Who knew? Right now they just look like giant chickens.

Saturday we divided and conquered. Leigh and I were excited to do a little decorating for the house, so we left the boys to do whatever boys do. They had a nice morning of golf as we set out to put their money to good use. We had a blast shopping and found some great stuff for the casa! We (and by we, I mean Leigh did most of this and I just sat back and thanked her for the direction) put together a Fall tablescape and a blessings wall in the guest bathroom. More on that another day, but yall, I absolutely love what we put together!

Amidst our decorating victory, Jenny also had a little victory of her own. It was empty peanut butter jar day! She lives for the day the peanut butter jar runs out and she gets to lick what remains. That's a red letter day for any pup.

Saturday evening we ate wings at a local restaurant and ended up watching Mean Girls after since they had never seen it. Everyone has to watch that glorious movie at least once. It's too quotable not to see. Parker and I have been on a Parks & Rec kick lately, so seeing Amy Poehler as the "not like a regular mom" was hysterical.

Sunday we all went to church and had a nice little lunch before they had to head home. It took us so long to finally find the right church for us, but we absolutely love where we have ended up and were excited to share that with Tim and Leigh.

Oh, because this picture needed to be made public, I just have to share my lunch from that day. We went to Tupelo Honey Cafe and quickly came to terms with the diet going far, far out the window. I ordered sweet potato pancakes with fried chicken, maple pecans, and powdered sugar. It was heaven on a plate, and I'll leave it at that.

We are so thankful that they made the trip east to see us and experience life in sweet home Virginia. It was a perfect weekend spent with perfect people, and you really can't ask for more than that. 


Janelle Cook said...

Looks like you had a great weekend with Parker's parents! So fun! I'm not even sure what we would do around Dayton to take up an entire weekend if we had visitors, haha

Lisa C said...

Looks like a great visit!

Life As The Coats said...

I can't wait to see what you and you MIL put together! So glad y'all had a great weekend together, and so glad Parker was able to be off all weekend.

Alia said...

looks like a wonderful visit! and yay for husband's being off!

Emily Stewart said...

#cleaneating hahaha! I love it! Looks like you guys had a blast with your in laws! So glad they were able to one see the new digs and help you decorate.. Send Leigh my way!

Emily Stewart said...

#cleaneating hahaha! I love it! Looks like you guys had a blast with your in laws! So glad they were able to one see the new digs and help you decorate.. Send Leigh my way!

Emily Stewart said...

#cleaneating hahaha! I love it! Looks like you guys had a blast with your in laws! So glad they were able to one see the new digs and help you decorate.. Send Leigh my way!

Lydia @ This Marine Wife said...

I too hit the in-law jackpot! I have incredibly amazing in-laws as well. :)

So, I'll admit that I almost laughed out loud at that first picture of you and Parker. You're right, the hand placement is quite awkward. It's like one of those baby belly poses. lol!

Jen said...

What a great weekend with your in-laws, they seem like wonderful people.

Bailey Kay said...

Looks like you had a great weekend!

And I LOLed at that first photo of you and Parker. I'm the queen of awkward photos. I was so stressed out about taking photos with Andy before he came to visit over the 4th that I made my sister's boyfriend practice poses with me. True story.


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