Chad & Lauren on their exit

Jess and I traveled to Greensboro to celebrate the wedding of Lauren and Chad that we would have been celebrating last year at this time if it wasn’t for COVID. It was great seeing friends we haven’t seen in 18+months and the wedding was at a beautifully converted old textile mill.

Preston, Courtney, Jon, JG, Lauren’s brother, Lauren, Chad, Chuck, Jess, Staci, Sarah
Jon & Jess


Farley and Celeste had the only other 2020 Covid-era wedding we’d be a part of other than our own. Theirs was held at a venue called Silver Swan Bayside which had a beautiful indoor/outdoor event space right along the water on Kent Island just across the bridge from Annapolis.

We arrived Friday night for a welcome party and enjoyed the sunset and beautiful sky.

Saturday we did a little socially distant exploring around Kent Island – mostly on the nature trails. By mid-afternoon we headed back over to the Silver Swan Bayside for the wedding.

There were less than 30 invited in attendance and Jon manned the zoom broadcast while Jess greeted guests.

The reception wrapped up just after sunset and many met up at an outdoor bar nearby for more drinks.


Jess and I returned to Dallas for a long weekend of seeing friends, revisiting favorite places and attending a wedding. We started out by visiting her old neighborhood and a taco joint we both loved to frequent. We did some shopping and got dinner with Sydni, Andrew and Doug.

Friday, we met max for lunch, visited Deep Ellum for an art festival, rode our first electric scooters, and went for an evening sail on White Rock Lake with with Tim & Griffin. Friday night was dinner in the Greenville neighborhood.

Saturday we slept in and relaxed before heading to Grapevine to check into our hotel – the Gaylord Texan which was nearby the wedding. The wedding of Ashley and Zach was held in a beautiful winery event space and we got to meet many more of Ashley & Zach’s family and friends as we celebrated. We also kept our eye on the score of the UVA/Auburn basketball game and stopped looking after the 3 pointer at the buzzer was missed only to find out later there was a foul that led to 3 foul shots to win.

Sunday we visited the Dallas Art Museum and went for dinner at another favorite Mexican restaurant with Andrew before checking into our airport hotel for the night.


This summer I got to take Jess and join my family in Portland Oregon for 6 days of touring any my sister’s wedding.  We stayed in a boutique hotel in downtown Portland that was walkable to a lot of neat restaurants and parks.

For Day 2 Jess and I spent the whole day on a tour driving around Willamette Valley tasting some fantastic pinot noirs that the region is known for.

The next day we spent some time at the Oregon Brewer’s festival.

The wedding was at a beautiful botanical garden.  We had fun seeing family, reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones from across the country.  We had a lot of fun celebrating with my sister Cheryl and her new husband Dean.

On the last day of touring we visited Multnomah Falls and the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River