Amiee had one culinary request for her visit: Donuts from Monuts. I love when Amiee comes (for many reasons but especially) because she always asks for Monuts. We tend to forget about Monuts just in our day-to-day life. They do more than donuts, but we reallllly love their donuts. They have super fun and eclectic flavors, so we get a mixed dozen and everyone tries a bite or two of everything. We probably all looked like Lily when all was said and done, but she's really the only one who we could photograph in a socially acceptable manner.
Amiee's visit overlapped with the dinner we hosted for Brad's Greek class (every time he has precepted or taught, we've invited his class over for dinner at the beginning of the semester), and it was extremely helpful to have an extra adult to help with prep. And by prep, I mean chase Lily around and keep her from climbing everything.
She also bought Claire this Belle and the Beast gown, which was the dress of Claire's dreams.
She was just beside herself.
We also watched Beauty and the Beast with the girls for the first time. This was Lily's take on things.
She actually enjoyed it, but she missed her morning nap, so she was just kinda hanging on.
Also that weekend, we ended up scoring free tickets for the Duke/North Carolina Central University football game (including vouchers for hot dogs, drinks, and popcorn). Obviously, we decked out in Duke blue and went to cheer on the Blue Devils (have you ever wondered why they're the Blue Devils? Read this.).
And look who was there for pre-game fun!!
Bought this cheap shaker. It was a very wise purchase. Also, this was very pre-game. A lot more people showed up by game time.
This little hand sign Claire's trying out is the hand sign that the college kids were using while cheering. I'm guessing it's for devil horns? Maybe bull horns for Durham: the bull city? An attempt to be like all the Texas schools?
I thought this was funny. I'm not sure if you can tell, but there are devil horns, tails, and pitchforks all over this sign.
Found this camel monument outside of one of the science buildings.
We left at halftime because a couple of girls were getting tiiiired. Claire and Lily were, too. Also. Immediately after this, we had to get Brad to use his card to get us into a random, locked building because Claire HAD TO GO POTTY NOW.
On Sunday, we all got to church on time and had beautiful weather. I can't remember what we did for lunch...I'd like to think we took Amiee somewhere fun, but it's completely possible that we ate leftovers; it's escaping me now.
Our attempt at a Sunday morning sister shot. Lily would not cooperate.
But we did get this one!
And Lily does not stand upon ceremony for Bo.
Amiee's birthday is in October, not early September, but we knew that we wouldn't see her until Christmas, so we had a mini party for her during her visit. We made some cupcakes and gave her our present, and Claire loved it because almost no one enjoys a party more than Claire.
We had such a great time and were quite sad when she had to leave. We're very much looking forward to seeing her at Christmas! We love you, BO!
Brad and I needed to take care of a few things at Target, so Amiee (and the Target dog) entertained the girls.
Amiee is really a wizard at getting great pictures with the girls. I stole, I mean borrowed, these from her.
My personal favorite.