We actually started the weekend on Thursday with some family gardening! I called in the reinforcements (Mom and Dad) to help me pull out my azaleas (ugh, hate those) and replace them with prettier shrubs. Don't worry, fellow eco-earth lovers, we replanted the azaleas in the back of house and they act as a barrier to the mud splashing against our house when it rains : ) Don't worry, I put my brother to work on his day off as well; he pulled the weeds and bermuda grass that were overtaking my monkey grass. Thank you family for all of your help! It was a great start to the weekend!
Before- note the 6 azalea bushes in front of the porch
After - a blue sky can make any picture look better : ) This is where I should also mention all of my husband's hard work on the grass. He put in a ridiculous amount of hours making our front and back yard look the best on the street!
Now onto the party! We started the weekend out with dinner at The Admiral - Sam and I love this place! If you are ever in Asheville you must go! But you need to schedule reservations in advance. I actually scheduled our party of 10 over a month out (there's only spot in the restaurant they can fit a party of 10 ). It's a small restaurant, with amazing Top Chef quality food, but has an Asheville, hippie, eclectic atmosphere. Lucky us, Sam and I are eating here tonight. We didn't make our reservations until yesterday at 6pm, and the first available time for 2 was at 9pm! On Saturday we all went up to Bernardsville, NC and did a Navitat canopy zip line tour. Unfortunately pictures from that were taken on my cousin's camera, so sorry I don't have anything to share with you from that adventure.
Saturday night, everyone came to our house for dinner catered by 12 Bones, another must eat-at restaurant in Asheville if you love BBQ. Everyone was pretty tired from their whirlwind visit to Asheville on Saturday evening, so it was nice to have a relaxing get together with everyone. To satisfy everyone's different dessert preferences, I ordered a cupcake pull-apart cake. There was 3 different flavors of cupcakes, and I thought it was a pretty cute idea. And wasn't that nice of us to not make my Dad blow out 60 candles : )
Happy Birthday Dad!
And we did manage to get 1 family picture this weekend, and Roscoe even managed to smile (isn't he a cute dog!).