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According to a blurb my sorority posted on Facebook about a week ago, a friendiversary is the anniversary of becoming friends with someone. It just so happens that this terminology lesson coincided with TWO excellent events: my friendiversary with Erin (roughly January 17thish or so — whatever day we had Traditions on our Disney College Program) AND Erin’s visit to the west coast with her husband Mike (they got married in November, if you remember from here).

So we got to have a FRIENDIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

The initial reason for their somewhat last minute trip west was actually a friend’s wedding down near Anaheim, but they were going to spend some time in the Hollywood area too.

Jeremy & I met up with them one night for a Haunted Hollywood Bus Tour (cue the creepy music).

Erin and Mike on the tour bus

This was actually my very first LA bus tour. Our driver was…interesting to say the least. We all actually probably knew more about motorcycles than anything else at the end of the tour. And the only thing I may have been scared of was his completely insane driving.

BUT we drove by The Magic Castle (Neil Patrick Harris is a member of this exclusive magicians club/hangout), which was exciting because I desperately want to go sometime.

The Magic Castle (invitation only)

We also saw Bella Lugosi’s (aka Dracula himself) old house, which was appropriately creepy looking.

After that we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe, which was actually a first time event for me! And of course took some goofy pictures, because that’s just how we roll.

Two days later we were lucky enough to get to see Mike & Erin AGAIN and spend practically an entire day at the West-Coast Happiest Place on Earth (aka Disneyland) with them. SO. Much. Fun.

Best. Ride Photo. Ever.

Erin & I in Toon Town!

I thought the tea cup might fly off the hinges for a second...

All the Texans

Casey Jr Circus Train at the end of the day

It’s always great to have dear friends come visit — I can’t believe I’ve known Erin for FOUR years already! Time flies! For our 5 year, maybe we’ll switch and I’ll go to Texas…OR maybe we’ll just drag ourselves back down to Orlando ๐Ÿ™‚

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A week ago (well, almost two weeks ago Saturday now…oops) one of my very best friends Erin got married, and I was able to not only fly down to Texas to see it, but I got to actually be IN the wedding too, and spend lots of time (though never enough!) with Erin and her absolutely wonderful now-husband Mike.

I flew in Friday early afternoon, and of COURSE got to spend over an hour trying to get a rental car, because that kind of thing just happens when you’re trying to fly into Houston and drive over an hour away to get to a rehearsal dinner on time! Luckily I had a large enough window for it not to be a problem though, and I actually got to the hotel just as Erin was coming by to check into the bridesmaid rooms with my other friend Emily, and Erin’s really great friend from high school, Daisy.

Emily drove Jeremy and I to the rehearsal & dinner, where we passed this along the way:

Oh, hello giant fire hydrant

The rehearsal was great! and the church is SO beautiful — one of only a very few basilicas in the entire United States.

Emily made Erin’s practice bouquet for the rehearsal, with some key touches like A&M colored ribbons, and a reference to our favorite past boss:

Spot the Hidden Mickey!

The rehearsal dinner was at Bistro Lemonde, in Beaumont. So chic! And great food. We pushed together some of the tables to make epically long ones capable of fitting the whole wedding party plus some extras. It was also ideal for fork pyramid making, as Jeremy and Aiden (Erin’s 3 year old cousin) could attest.

 

ANKOLE CATTLE for all you Safari Drivers out there

The next day, all the bridesmaids gathered at the hotel to put on makeup and get dressed. I MAY have walked down the hall in my pjs, and continue to bum around in them until it was time to actually put on our super awesome bridesmaid dressed (with POCKETS!)

After we were dressed, we then hopped in the limo (!!) to go to the church so that Erin (the lovely bride) could dressed. There are a lot of photos of her getting into the dress and the shoes and all of that — just like Cinderella if she had her mom, aunts and bridesmaids to help her instead of little birds ๐Ÿ˜‰ But here is Erin and Mike in their gorgeous gown/dapper suit in the BEAUTIFUL church:

the wedding party

Then the crazy/possibly buzzed limo driver took the girls and the newlyweds Mr. and MRS Williamson (!) over to a pretty, old-fashioned feeling country club for the reception. It fit beautifully with the 50s/Frank Sinatra-esque theme of the wedding. I’d like to think this photo below where the flash messed up also fits the theme, because it looks really retro!

There was a big Texas A&M ice sculpture with the grooms’ cakes for Mike, and Erin had this great Cinderella’s carriage ice sculpture at the buffet as well. I loved the elegance mixed with the fact that we Disney kids will always find a way to fit in our Disney-ness (tastefully) at every occasion, dangit! ๐Ÿ˜‰

After a bit of mingling and the first dances it was time to cut the cake! The topper was a curlicue ‘W’ and the actual cake was strawberry, yum!

Aside from general wedding celebration merriment, there were also a few mini reunions of the aforementioned Disney kids, which was a welcome bonus to the day. My roommate from the program, Jenny, was there and it was great to catch up!

Me, with "Peaches and Cream" as they somehow came to be known for part of the CP ๐Ÿ™‚

After more munching, talking and dancing, it was time to see off the happy couple, as they travelled to Houston for the night and then onto HAWAII for the honeymoon.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Williamson!!

They’ve since returned from the honeymoon, and I’m told that they had a SPLENDID time!

 

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays — it normally hits during perfect fall weather (save the one year in Pittsburgh when it SNOWED…) and I love a good costume. I was lucky, too, that my mom was really craft-y when I was growing up, so I had a TON of really awesome at-least-partially-homemade costumes.

Unfortunately, since this was pre-digital camera, I don’t have a lot of them scanned into my laptop yet (especially now that the photos are living in boxes aaaallll the way in North Carolina). Still:

Jaclyn’s Halloween Quick Hits!

Early on, there was a little less homemade, and more of an emphasis on “the classics”. Exhibit A, above, The Pumpkin! At a Halloween party in the townhouse neighborhood I lived in as a baby, with my old neighbor/BFF Alex, the bunny. Note his really awesome pumpkin flashlight, which I think I also had, because I remember loving it.

I really shined in elementary school — witches, clowns, black cats, and one year my best friend and I were jack-in-the-boxes that were made out of HUGE boxes and pretty freaking cool. The epitome of awesome though, had to have been the year that I somehow convinced all the girls in my neighborhood to band together and go as the 7 Dwarves (I’m Sleepy). We were even allowed to leave our assigned sections of the school Halloween parade (dictated by homeroom) and walk as a group. Pretty much my favorite Halloween ever.

…and I have no more scanned pictures of Halloween through school until college. So, COLLEGE! UNC-Chapel Hill (my alma matter) has one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the south. So big, it has it’s own Wikipedia entry. It’s crazy. But fun. I wasn’t always super theme-y with anyone, but junior year my best friend and I went as flowers, which was slightly different than the norm and pretty cute. It was cold, so we were more “cute” flowers than “sexy” flowers, but we were SPARKLY!

I was pretty excited about my Senior year Halloween though, because I had a ton of fun dressing up as Snow White, and we kind of inadvertently had a Disney theme going on, since after Anne-Marie and Abby decided to go as Dalmatians, Lauren came along as Cruella De Vil. It was also a major WIN because of these girls I met on Franklin Street:

The 7 Dwarves! Full circle from elementary school, complete.

I was lame and didn’t do anything last year, being new and hesitant to the LA Halloween scene, and have yet to come up with a decent idea for this year…But I still have a week! Anyone have any good ideas? Please leave them in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚

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