Richmond: Brunching and Massages

Last weekend, Ryan and I drove to Richmond to spend Labor Day with his family.  He has an aunt and uncle there as well as his grandpa and since his grandpa isn't able to travel for the wedding, we decided to visit them for the weekend.  His aunt and uncle that live about an hour away from us, their daughter, and his parents ended up coming into town for the weekend as well. 

I'll tell you one thing, there are a million wonderful things about marrying Ryan, his family is right up there on the top of the list.  I absolutely loved getting to spend the entire weekend with them.  We drove to Richmond on Saturday afternoon and ended up staying at the Hilton next to the coolest mall ever.   And as a follow up to my last post, I do not have a shopping problem.  I just love to shop :)...that's all!  We went straight to his Aunt Mel's house and hung out for the evening.  Ryan's parents flew in that night and we ended up stopping by the mall for some fam time shopping.  After we left and headed back to the hotel, we had a night cap with Ryan's parents that...turned into being up until 1 am and way more glasses of white wine than anticipated! 
The lovely ladies at brunch!

Ryan's Aunt Val made me this adorable cake!
On Sunday, Ryan's mom and aunts threw me a mini bridal shower.  We met for brunch at the cutest place.  We all had amazing meals and when we were finished, we went back to the hotel for a spa day.  Let me tell you, best way to celebrate a new aunts is robes, massages, mimosas, and chocolate covered strawberries!  After the spa, we joined the guys for dinner back at his aunt's house and to watch the ND game.  By watch, I definitely mean I stared at the TV and pretended to pay attention.  But, the very best part of the weekend was laying on the floor next to his aunt surrounded by his family watching the game and feeling so happily part of his family.  You know that feeling you get when you are relaxed after a great day with your extended family and you are all just sitting around and you're so happy?  Maybe I'm the only one.  But, that feeling meant so much to me.  I never anticipated feeling that so soon, let alone before marrying Ryan, and I am so incredibly happy to feel so welcomed into his family.  They are the best!

On Monday, Ryan and I went to head home and...dundunduhhhh flat tire.  So, our trip home was a little delayed.  But, must better than a flat tire on the side of the road!  It was fixed fairly quickly and we headed home/to the outlet mall.  :)
love me a top notch c-store

perfect road trip snack

It was such a great weekend that just made me so grateful for Ryan's family!!  I am definitely hitting the in law jackpot!



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