Some things never change...

This week has been low in blogging, 
but as I always say-
when my blog posts are down,
it means other things in my life
are being awesomely distracting.

Beyond a visit to Windsor,
{that totally charmed my face off}

I've been hitting the town with my brother & sister-in-law...

I have some great memories 
of traveling Europe with my brother...

When we sit around a dinner table,
most of those stories are pretty much guaranteed
 to induce tears upon recollection.

Their favorite being the look that I strutted
 around London & Paris one week
in the height of my awkward years.

(Beret + Vest + Pink Puffy Coat = Lifetime of Family Jokes)

Yes, tears of laughter for them... tears of shame from me. I was just living the dream.
However, some of my best memories of Europe 
come from the other half of their marriage...

My sister-in-law, Meredith

{a.k.a. my college roommate}

Oh yes,
we both studied in Florence together
when we were in college...

Florence, 2004
took the continent by storm...

lived together for the rest of college...

and even came back together for a victory lap
through England & Sicily
with my family when the two of them started dating.

It's been six years since we've bought this party
back to this side of the ocean...

and we were doing our best to make up for lost time.

Out the door went through my calm, "local" demeanor...
and I transformed back into a loud, laughing American.

So much so,
that I regret to admit that we even went out last night 
dressed in matching shirts...

This move landed us the nicknames of "Ketchup" & "Mustard" from our dear husbands.

Oh well...

I guess some things never change.

The brilliance of our youth. Hard Rock Cafe, Rome 2004

Now you know more about my family...
and can see why I've tried to destroy all family pictures from 1995-1999.

*images original to Aspiring Kennedy


  1. Laughing at those HUF pictures! Ya'll are adorable - love the matching shirts AND hair. Hi to Mer for me.

  2. beautiful! and I love love LOVE the first pic! Super cute!

  3. You were an adorable little girl! I love it- so stylish and I love the dramatic pose.

    You sister in law is gorgeous! You two must have wowed all the European mean no doubt!

  4. I think you two are adorable!! Ketchup and mustard - too cute!! At my youngest's Halloween parade a few years ago, twin boys came as ketchup and mustard and their little sister was the hot dog!!

  5. Love Love these pictures!! You made quite a stylish mark on Europe during that first visit :) Thanks for all of your continued posts that make me smile, have a wonderful weekend xoxo

  6. Adorable! Looks like you guys had a great time!
    Be blessed :)

  7. Love that the photo of you guys from Rome '04 has you representing the same condiments as the one of you in matching shirts!

  8. oh my gosh I can't believe your brother married one of your best friends! how cool is that!! And that beret and pink jacket at priceless. so awesome. and by the look on your face, I'm not surprised to see you end up in London - you looked right at home even then :)

  9. How amazing that you ended up as sisters in law!

  10. I've just stumbled across your blog and stayed up far too late last night reading it- my husband and I, along with our two dogs and cat, are Americans who've been living in North Yorkshire for two years now. From one very happy pub-goer who still wakes up some days craving Chick-fil-A breakfast to another, "Hi!"

  11. I think that's fantastic. And how lucky that your college roommate ended up being your sister in law! Some people are just meant to be family.

    And I personally think that those pictures are amazing!!

  12. Such a great post! Love all of the family pics.

  13. These are adorable! Ketchup & Mustard- too perfect. It sounds like it could be a potentially awesome girl group ;)

  14. such a fun post!
    xo emily

  15. I loved this photo dump!! Thanks so much for sharing them, they all made me smile and appreciate all the sites you've seen!! I took for granted our time in Europe and I hope to go back soon.

    Have a great week!

  16. Just found your blog not long ago and have enjoyed following along!:)


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