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this gigantic field of purple and orange zinnias spotted on the side of the highway during our drive to Richmond, Virginia

Nilla accompanying us to Virginia and staying in her very first hotel – she digs it.  

a Sunday stroll down Monument Avenue with coffee in hand and archways of low hanging yellow leaves above

David being off every single weekend this month 🙂 which didn’t change his dislike for his picture being taken.. 

eating lunch with Kim and seeing these leaves that looked like flower petals 

finally replacing our old kitchen table with this one which has a pole in the middle so our feet don’t hit the legs! And picking up these white slip covered chairs during my first trip to Ikea – that store blew my mind!

adding navy blue pillows from Etsy to our breakfast booth

bringing out all my scarves – the oversize blanket/poncho scarf seems to be everywhere now, making it basically ok to wear blankets in public. I support that whole-heartedly 

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driving through a neighborhood and checking out all the halloween/ fall decorations

Even though this house didn’t decorate, I loved the doors, topiary, and color scheme   

David’s parents coming to visit and us taking a quick trip to the Duke Gardens 

Nilla becoming ‘super dog’ at dinner after David tucked a paper towel in her collar 

using one of David’s off weekends to visit Charleston – my friend Mollie’s husband (also named David) is on an away rotation in Greenville, South Carolina so she let us stay at her beautiful downtown apartment (here & here)

eating our way through the city at Husk, Eli’s Table, and the Blind Tiger 

the weekly David and Nilla cuddle pic (ok they aren’t cuddling but it’s close enough in cuteness)

these colorful umbrellas across the entire front steps .. just set up to celebrate life

indulging in some Sunday night mexican at South of the Border on the way home from South Carolina

Ok so these pictures are more of a monthly favorites recap and are not all from this week. David was on clinic this month, so he went to work 8-5 and got every weekend off! Just like a real, live normal American! whoop whoop!! Do you remember on the playground when kids used to say “I do not want a 9-5” …. turns out 9-5 is a dream. 
The first weekend of the month David’s parents got to come up and we ate Carolina BBQ at our house, watched football, and showed them around town. 
The second weekend we went to Richmond Virginia and got to see Layson and William and Martha and Eric right after they had gotten engaged * 🙂 As well as walked to get donuts in the morning *, enjoyed Cary Street * in the afternoon, and walked down monument avenue *
And the 3rd weekend we went to Charleston *. All in all, a great month. Today begins the last weekend David is off and we are going to spend it in Chapel Hill. We might take a day trip to Raleigh since David has never been! A low key weekend is definitely one of my favorite kinds and I am looking forward to spending time with David before he’s back underground. 
Also, the temps are really starting to drop here and I am on the hunt for a pretty holiday coffee mug. I am thinking this onethis one, or this one.
Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend and thank you for reading!  
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