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All-Around Good Time

21 Aug

Disclaimer:  Picture-laden post!

This past weekend as beyond amazing! I finished my very last day of everything Emory-related on Thursday, so my weekend started early…


… with a visit from Christy and Ava!  Christy played a big part into holding my hand during the BIG camera-purchasing process… my mind also jumped with glee when she offered to let me borrow her super-amazing, 50mm f/1.4 USM lens!!  Each lens, as I’m finding out, is vastly different and requires a lot of learning and practicing.  No matter what you purchase, you have to educate yourself on the realms of what the lens has to offer in order to get the quality photos you’re looking for.  So we basically played around with my Canon 60D and her lens (NOTE: absolutely NO photoshopping done to the photos below except one):

Kisses for Mommy

She’s obviously as excited as I am about their visit. Totes obvs.

Getting her to say “hydrangea” was just about the cutest thing I’ve ever heard…

Is it just me or do little fingers make your heart melt too?

Soon after, I met with Ninaroo.  Which meant (naturally) coffee + a rare mani/pedi!  And we apparently were in the same kind of mood, because we picked the same mint green for our fingers and hot pink for our toes.

Can you tell who’s who?

We were sad that HU’s bosses wouldn’t release her until later that evening.. but at least we all got together – with our guys – for dinner at Newk’s.  Classy, you say? You betcha. Especially when it’s 1/2 off wine and beers – TGIF.

After dinner, we headed back to our house for a party!  That’s right… Chris threw an event together!  He really is the best. He also managed to put these up all over the living room and kitchen with the help of my brothers:

And we probably fit 20-25 people in this place – which is no easy feat!  But it was so incredibly great to see everyone, especially knowing that they made the time to come over and hang out!  You can probably tell from the picture below that I may or may not recall every single detail of the evening:

Yes, I was collecting that night…

The Original NinaSquared

One thing is for sure… Chris and I had one of the best nights ever in a long time!  We don’t go out too often and it’s been a while since we had that many people over – plus we saw friends that we hadn’t seen in months *ahem, DavidK, DavidP, BeccaT, and aforementioned significant others*!  It was beyond great!


Saturday began with a somewhat lazy morning… and, for the record, I felt wonderful!  Chris, on the other hand.. well, we all know how he gets after having 2 glasses of practically anything.  😉  No matter what, they day held many promises of a good time because we were off to celebrate HenryH’s birthday at Piedmont Park!  Plus, a little bit of Wendy graduating from her Emory program as well!

Chris and Will

Henry, Dog-Lover Extraordinaire

Can’t say the view hurt the grilling experience….

At the same time, they had an art festival going on, showcasing artists from all around Georgia.  I didn’t get to capture much b/c I didn’t want to be that weirdo, but I did get a couple of random shots…

Cute little Meihong enjoying her temporary hammock…

And across this pond, you can see the little gazebo we had our own pictures done by Glen at Pixel-This (images 4 & 5): 

By the time we got home from being in the sun all day, Chris and I could barely move!  We did eventually, just to make it to the grocery store to pick up some items for a new dinner idea (seriously, our new favorite), which basically is  Taco Bell’s Crunchwrap Supreme.  For about $14, we had enough for 3 adults to have 2 each (which would have totaled about $25 at Taco Bell, I think).

Christy had also let us borrow The Lorax, so we popped that in and called it a night.  Well, I did, anyhow.  I couldn’t stay up and only managed to fit in the first half of the movie before I passed out.  I still haven’t finished it, but Chris really liked it!


I wish I had more pictures to share, but we did also get to see some old friends, Amit & Florence, who are getting married next month.  Since Chris is in the wedding, he’ll stay here while I’ll be in Chicago for my cousin’s wedding, which is on the same day.  We had planned to meet at J. Christopher’s, but poor planning = long wait. We ended up at Waffle House.  Florence did mention it might have been her first time, so I guess it was a good choice… just not healthy.  haha.

As soon as brunch was done, we picked Allan up to meet my dad at Turner Field for Game 3 against the LA Dodgers.

Sadly, we did not win (the series left the Braves 1 for 3), but we did all get to enjoy (more) beer, peanuts, tachos, and good company.  Mostly, it was just good to hang out with our dad… my mom comes to Atlanta a good bit, but my dad’s visits are far and few between because of the odd hours for work.  I can’t wait for both of them to be able to retire and join us more often (perhaps move close to me one day?).

WHEW.  Like I said, the weekend was a whirlwind. Even just getting the pictures loaded took a painstakingly long time (thank you, U-Verse), but it was definitely a memorable experience.

Brookhaven Beer Fest

25 Jul

This post is from a while time ago (June 9th, to be exact), but I kept forgetting to write about it.  This one’s totally personal, but with our lives getting busier, we seem to enjoy times together with friends more and more.  So, back in June, we had tickets for the 2nd annual Brookhaven Beer Fest!  Gotta love big cities… always something to do!

Along with us, we had many of our college friends (and one of the newest and cutest couples I know):

Kate and Pabs

Another great friend of mine, and fellow colleague (with her awesome beau):

Olivia and Vinh

And the guy who introduced me to Chris:

Last, but not least, Kevin (link takes you to his inspired-by-me blog) – with a girl we’ve never met and most likely will never see again:

Kevin – a happy man in a happy moment

And, of course, this post would not be complete without adding a little bit of weirdness… purely because that’s just how we roll.

Kate making friends left and right

Alex, Will, and I –> yes, I like to raise my eyebrow be weird

Told you this was more for me… but since I’ve started this blog, I really want to put in memories to look back on and laugh at.  You know, before events like this become few and far between… which, hopefully never happens.  But I’m sure that every parent has said that one time or another.


8 May

It’s almost here! The end of another school semester… I actually finish today, but it’s been so hard to stay away from the blog despite the need to study that I just wanted to drop a quick note just to breathe a little easier before my 5 o’clock final.

I’ve come to love blogging – it’s so much easier and faster than writing in a journal of sorts, and, let’s face it, my memory has gone to the crapper, but most importantly I love that I can look back one day and see what we’ve done with our lives.  I mostly do this for myself and it’s a great way to tie a friendship with Ninaroo too (wouldn’t you agree?) and keep in touch no matter where we are in our lives.  Right now, we do a great job of getting together as often as possible, but you never know what will come our way!  Plus, with our marriages so close together, what better way to document our memories as we create homes, learn to cook, and decorate?  Side note: Ninaroo’s memory is impeccable and is often my source for recollection.  Although, the best memorizing brain award goes to Amanda – it’s shocking the details that girl remembers!

But, I really wanted to just say this out loud: I really love it when someone I don’t get to see often tells me that they enjoy reading our blog.  It’s selfish and it may sound silly, but it makes me giddy joyful just knowing that people actually read and like NinaSquared.  I’m not asking for more readers, I’m not asking for anything at all.  I just really, really wanted to share that since JK told me that over the weekend (congratulations again, Dr. Kim!!!) and I’ve been thinking about it nonstop!  On top of that, the-future-Mrs. Port never fails to let me know she’s stopped by… and I thank you so much!!!!

So, the Spanish exam is calling my name, but since it wasn’t picture-laden, I’ll leave you with an image of this guy:

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Seriously, this guy has been nearly all over the country (well, maybe the eastern half) and I look forward to his visits.  We don’t talk much when he’s gone, but we always have a great time when he’s around.  ❤ ❤ ❤

P.S. Is anyone else addicted to Instagram?  I said I’d never do it because Twitter took up so much of my time, but never say never! Now I am less Facebook and more Twitter + Instagram! Doh!  Oh, and my username is ninasquared, in case you’re wondering.

Happy New Year!!!

5 Jan

Have you guys ever wondered why things are done in sets of 3?  I like 3s… especially in regards to punctuations… hm…

Anyhow, 2011 brought us some pretty incredible things!

– Got MARRIED to the dreamiest, hunkiest, sweetest, most-patient man EVER (is that better than the cliche “love of my life”?)  I hate cliches… I prefer cheesy – just so I can say “That’s SOOO cheese-balls!”)

– Traveled to BERMUDA (certainly never imagined such a thing!)

– With marriage, loads of “Firsts,” such as our 1st Christmas:

– Started NinaSquared with NinaP (who has been very behind-the-scenes… until the wedding, anyhow — less than a month away!)

– Graduated from Emory University

– Began my Masters education at Emory University

– Got asked to be a maid-of-honor for NinaP’s wedding ❤

– Decorated my first HOME (an ongoing process, of course)

…….SIGH….. GREAT year!

Here are some photos for how we ended 2011 and brought in 2012:


New Years Eve Party Guests

Snacks + Cocktails

A few of the girls...

More girls!

With Hubby!

More Food...

NinaP + James

Getting a hug from Kade

Self-explanatory Resolutions

Happy New Year!

A couple of notes: DO NOT use light pink and light blue just because you like the colors when making a sign… it comes off as a guess-the-sex-of-our-baby announcement.  DO, however, try a funny resolution jar because it was a lot of fun to read through and guess the owner of the resolution!  Note: I do plan to bring those back up in conversation… oh yeah, you know I saved them!)  I also made a cocktail using this recipe. And you can see that I made the champagne-glass stirrers using this inspiration and the same tinsel I used here.

… which transitions nicely into my next piece: 2012 Resolutions!  I promised them, therefore, I must deliver!

(1) Stick with our budget! Hubby and I stretched ourselves a little thin this year, but since our biggest “firsts” are over (minus Valentine’s Day and Wedding Anniversary), we finally lose that excuse this year.

(2) Study harder! I get by with procrastination, but that needs to change!

(3) Keep up with NinaSquared and keep it light and fresh on here!  You guys will have to help me with that…

(4) Save up to buy a Canon DSLR! (I’ve done so much research with Nikon vs. Canon and have finally  narrowed it down… but I’m stuck with simply dreaming for now)

(5) Work/Check-off items on my Home To-Do list

And there we have it! Welcome 2012!

Painting like Picasso

1 Nov

Wanted to quickly share something I did with some friends weeks and weeks ago.  Yes, yes, I’m extremely late in posting this.. but oh well! Here we go!

Alex suggested we go to paint the famous arches of UGA.  And by “we,” I mean me, Alex and friend, Poom S.  So, we met up at Canvas By U!  and got to painting!

Note the painting technique.. Master of the Arts

Caught Poom's face at the right time 😉 - Alex practicing new acting faces to get more gigs!

3 hours later….

Done! Look at that model pose!

Done! But still a creeper...

You’ll note that there is no picture of me.  My painting was okay, but my face was looking exceptionally terrible.  Therefore, I deleted all evidence of that day!

Gotta say, Hubby and I have gone multiple times and we love it,  so you may notice matching paintings in photos from around the house.  I have so much fun doing them – especially when sharing a bottle of wine while we’re at it!  This particular painting was completed on a Sunday early afternoon, so it just didn’t feel right to do some drinking.

By the way, apparently it may take a few tries to “subscribe” to NinaSquared before it actually works.  I found this out the hard way… so if you’re still not getting e-mails with each new post, please try again.  Thanks for the patience!  Not sure why it’s happening… I know it’s a pain in the butt. I can’t tell you how much joy and heart-swelling-goodness it brings me to know if you guys are following me!  Much love! ❤

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