Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mr & Mrs!

August 17th, 2013 was the day my dear friend Betsey said yes to Andrew while overlooking the the Atlantic Ocean and Nauset Beach. Needless to say the wedding and entire weekend was perfect. I can never remember the exact moment when I met Betsey at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I guess I have always had a memory of her throughout the numerous Biology courses we shared. Specifically, I can remember sitting next to Betsey in one class in which I probably spent more time watching her write meticulous notes with her five different colored gel pens. Maybe I should have figured in this moment, we would soon become close friends. However, it was not until our Junior year spring semester study abroad when we both truly connected. Betsey was studying in Copenhagen, Denmark with some other friends from HWS while I was in Norwich, England. One long weekend I decided to come and visit everyone. While I stayed with my best friend Marisa, I ended up spending an entire day with Betsey as Ris spent the entire day in the Biology Lab. I swear, Marisa is still jealous to this day of our outing. This day, I actually remember very well. Looking back on that day I remember the constant laughing and easy conversation we had. We spent the day together at Tivoli Gardens, and it was spectacular. I dragged poor Betsey on every rollercoaster I could find. Even now I am surprised that she is still friends with me. Over a bowl of noodles for lunch at Wagamama I thought to myself, "Why haven't we been closer friends for the last three years?" Over the course of our semester abroad we bonded on our shared love of science, travel, limoncello and all things preppy. We instantly became friends and have grown closer even after graduation. My only wish is that we were closer in location. Maybe one day when we move to Newport.

Congratulations to the new couple! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day. Can't wait to see you both again soon. We love you guys.

P.S I hope I did not embarrass myself too much on the dance floor that night. 

The beautiful bride

Best bridesmaid gifts ever!

Pictures on the beach

William Smith Girls!

Some champs to calm the nerves

Officially the Galvins


Someone found a dark and stormy

Cutest ring bearers ever.

Newport Crew

Thank you Meadows Family!


The perfect evening

Saturday, August 24, 2013

5th Annual Hannan Family Reunion

August 3rd, 2013 was the 5th Annual Hannan Family Reunion. It has become a day that I have anticipate and look forward to every year. The idea of the reunion was born one cold February day when I was studying biochemistry in the Rochester University Library. I was homesick, exhausted, completely and utterly confused. The only thing that got me through the rest of the semester was the thought of spending time with family in the hot August sun by the St. Lawrence River. So it was then that I started planning this family get together. 

The days activities are kicked off after a mimosa toast and the annual passing out of the shirts. The t-shirt idea was born with all of the cousins receiving their number from the birth order. After the original 15, new husbands and wives and children are added on now making the final number now 24! Any significant others that accompany a family member and have not yet been lucky enough to enter the family are given a t-shirt also, however, the back reads 00. The rest of the day is open to fun, games, conversation, swimming and boating. But there are several events that have become tradition such as the wiffleball game as well as the family bonfire complete with Mimp's homemade popcorn.

While this year was a bit cooler than others, our traditions carried on. 

The 5th Annual T-shirt!

MK & Mikey

The boys in their shep shirts

Mk, Quinn and Robby

JohnnyCash & Shelby

Brent & Caelum on the dock

Owen fishing

Chase (a.k.a Mayhem)

These three are trouble

The cousins 
(Just missing Danny, Brooke and new baby Parker!)

The original four.

The gang plus significant others (Mike where is Nat?)


A swing and a miss
(Please note the life jacket as home plate)

The Rider Family

Marge and I


Watching a storm come across the River

I love this family!

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