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Monday, May 15, 2017

On to a New Chapter with #2

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a good weekend and enjoyed Mother's Day.  We spent Friday and Saturday in beautiful North Carolina watching our #2  close one chapter in her life at Duke and opening a new one in Atlanta. 



Our #2 picked us up bright and early at the airport.  Shopping, of course, was first on our to do list.

Miss Daisy was delighted to be back to one of her favorite malls, Southpoint.  If you want to read about her last visit, you can find it here.



Let the retail negotiations begin...



Here's Miss Daisy doing her classic eye roll.



From the looks of things, #2 must have been convincing.





We met #2's beau, Sweet Nick, for lunch.  He is a pitcher on the Duke baseball team and had a game later in the day.  He will be graduating on Monday due to his schedule.



I love Cheesecake Factory's Skinny Menu.  
That way, I can leave more room for dessert.



We asked this charming young lady to point us towards the best deals.



We texted this photo to our #1 with the caption "Grad present for #2!"
For some reason, she did not see the humor.



Graduation was that evening.
What is it about bagpipes that make me misty-eyed?



There's my girl!




Can you spell r-e-l-i-e-f?



Proud Mama!



The next day we had lunch close to the airport.  The food was fabulous, but the service was quirky.



Bonus!
Across the street from the restaurant, this darling neighborhood offers up their porches for the Art Walk.






I met Gretchen who is a native Bostonian.  
Her pottery is beautiful.






Love this house!




I can't wait to visit my girl in her new home in Atlanta.
She told me that I have to give her at least a week.
We'll see.




A bittersweet moment at the airport.  I just asked the Mister how it felt to have our last one off the payroll.
This was his reaction.




A very pooped Miss Daisy.
It's hard to keep up with a whippersnapper like me.


Until next time...






Meanwhile... back at the ranch.
Our sitter always sends us photos when we're away. 




Katie Clooney
Katie Clooney

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.

33 comments:

  1. Congratulations to your sweet girl! As I mentioned before, if she ever needs anything...point her in our direction. Let me know when you will be in Atlanta!!!

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  2. Congratulations to #2 and to mom and dad, too. What an accomplishment! It looks like a terrific weekend full of great times. Miss Daisy needs to take a few vitamins to keep up with you. Hope you two are headed to Texas soon. We'll plan a double date with the our Traveling Totes.
    Have a great week!

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  3. Congrats on launching #2!! Love that porch art show...very neat. We are headed to NoGA this week and looking forward to a visit with our Atlanta family.

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  4. Congratulations to your #2! You should be very proud. I cannot wait until you visit Atlanta and find all of the great places to eat and shop.

    Take care and have a fabulous week!

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  5. Congratulations to all of you on this big achievement! She'll love Atlanta and I know you already love visiting there!

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  6. A very big CONGRATULATIONS to your sweet number2!!! How very proud you all must be. This is just marvelous! Best wished on her new path to a good life! What a lovely Mother's Day celebration!!!!

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  7. Congratulations! How wonderful that #2 is off to Atlanta on her own and finished with her degree. That shopping area looks wonderful and I love the art walk on the front porches too. I almost went to graduate school at Duke, and I'm secretly hoping to sway Grace in that direction. It's such a beautiful part of the country!

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  8. Congratulations #2, Katie, and crew! Let's the Atlanta fun begin!! Woo Hoo

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  9. Awwww, your little family always reminds me so much of my own. Congratulations to your daughter!

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  10. Congrats to your sweet daughter! It's exciting to see our children "spread their wings"!! Miss Daisy is certainly getting around quite a bit for a "newbie"!!

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  11. Congratulations and best of luck to your daughter in this new chapter. Bagpipes get me every time too. That very first note sends me to tears.

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  12. Congratulations to your beautiful brilliant baby girl!! How proud you must be to have raised such gorgeous & accomplished daughters!!!! You must give me lessons; I can't get DD to her required reading logs. Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day. It is still a difficult day for me since my mom has passed. Hope to meet up with a soon! Hugs & kisses, Dawn

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  13. Congrats mama!!! You all are gorgeous I tell ya!! Even Miss Daisy, lol!! Man, that is us in 6 years, we will have all 3 done!!! Yippie. They have already asked for German cars, ha, Mr. Nine saves those for mama, lol!! You two; pa and ma just beam with pride!!! LOVE!!

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  14. Such a great accomplishment for daughter and parents...I had a wonderful time in Atlanta the two times I visited; once in January, it was 85 degrees and once in July, it felt like it was 120 degrees..still had fun. It doesn't matter the temperature because you will be visiting a loved one. Take Care.

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  15. Yes, my hubby had a smile like that as well when ours graduated from college. It meant a huge raise for us. :o)) Hubby's sister and husband live in Atlanta and we enjoy going and doing all the fun things with them. Congrats to your daughter!

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  16. Congratulations to you all! As we were driving down to SC this weekend I thought of you and your #2 daughters' graduation!

    I know you're all so proud!

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  17. I really love the front porch art walk idea! Very nice and that pottery does look wonderful! Great photos and what an exciting weekend you all had!! Safe travels back!!

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  18. Congratulations to your daughter and to you and hubby too. :)

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  19. Bravo on a great accomplishment in life for daughter #2. I get a lump in my throat thinking of how all four of mine 'did their time' and went on to pursue careers of their choice (which isn't always easy in this economy). Looks like you all had a great weekend. The shopping made me jealous but smile!! You and your daughter are twins and both lovely. And you each have handsome guys!!

    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, Katie!

    jane x

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  21. Congrats to your beautiful daughter! Miss Daisy sure looks pooped but her mom looks as fresh as a daisy.

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  22. A big congrats to #2 and both of you - what a relief, right?! Meanwhile, that squished hosta back at the ranch may or may not survive the lounging lizard. ;)

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  23. Congratulations all around! I hope your #2 loves Atlanta. New chapters seem a little bittersweet to me since something has to change or end to start anew. But that is life. Glad to see your Mother's Day was wonderful!

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  24. Congrats to #2! What a happy and proud weekend for you all! I'm sure you and Miss Daisy will love visiting Atlanta!

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  25. Congrats to all! What are you going to do with all the extra funds you now have?! Let's renovate something!

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  26. Congrats to all! I'll be driving through Atlanta on my way to Florida this weekend - I'll make sure and wave as I go by :-)

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  27. Huge congrats to you and the Mister for getting #2 off the payroll. Wait. What? I mean, congrats to #2! What a huge achievement and is it just me, or did that year fly by in a blink?

    However, there's another question I really want answered, Sis, which was raised in a previous comment.

    "How long lasting Best sports products ?"Looking forward to your reply.

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  28. Congratulations to your beautiful daughter, Katie. I hope she loves Atlanta. Both my daughters are there and they complain constantly about the weather. I on the other hand love the milder winters they have. xo Laura

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  29. I well understand that look of euphoria when the offspring are off the payroll! You and your daughter look so much alike. This is such an exciting time in her life when everything is laid out in front of her. Your pride in her will be doubled many times over in the coming years. Congratulations!

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  30. Congrats Katie! Looks like a perfect Mother's Day weekend! Psst...tell the Mister to wipe the smile off his face, the kids are never off the payroll!! He's got weddings and grandchildren to fund!
    Jenna

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  31. Katie, Congratulations to your #2! Beauty and Brains all wrapped up together -- I wish her much happiness in her new life! Mister really does look extraordinarily happy too. Linda
    (p.s. ~~holding my breath waiting to hear how long lasting best sports products too~~ :) )

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  32. I love every word of this post! And congratulations to you all! Your family -- fabulous you, lovely daughter, handsome husband. Even the dogs (you didn't bring them!) are cute! How do you do it?!

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