Happy Friday! Life Lately… Playing Catch Up

Happy Friday friends!! I hope you all had a nice week and are looking forward to a nice, relaxing weekend.  This week has been tough.. I’ve not been feeling great (stomach issues again) so I have had to work from home a bit and take it easy on eating and drinking.  The frustrating part about this whole this is that I can feel great one minute and then really crappy the next.  As of now, I am feeling pretty good and hoping this continues.  

Since the last few weeks have been a little nuts with my health, I am pretty behind on my blog.  But here we are so I’ll share a bit of what’s been happening in my world lately. 🙂

My husband has always been into boys poker nights and as of late last year, I learned to play so I have been joining in on the fun.  Well guess what?  The last one was me and 10 boys and I took home the gold! I’m on a winning streak and I like it. 😉

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Last Saturday my husband and I headed downtown to see an early movie.  We saw Long Shot and I wasn’t expecting it to be very good, but yall, it was hysterical!!! We both loved it!

My man took me out to celebrate… or shall I say, I took him out to dinner to celebrate with my winnings. 😉 

We went to Bistro 9 since we have been wanting to return since we went with my in-laws when they were in town.  I got the seared tuna and my husband got some other fish special and we both loved our meals.  Definitely one of our favorite date night spots! 

But I have to tell yall a funny story… we took my husband’s convertible our for date night and as soon as we parked, my husband noticed something fell from the tree above us.  Well… it was poop.  A bird pooped on my dress!  Too funny. 

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One of our favorite things to do on date night is ride around in the car on new roads with the top down and search for beautiful houses.  So we did just that before calling it a night. 

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We had another date night a couple weeks ago at a new-to-us sushi restaurant to celebrate my hubby’s birthday.  He’s getting old. 😉

We split a bunch of rolls and they were all soooo delicious.  Yes, we ate them all!

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My hubby wanted to show off his new cowboy boots he got for his birthday.  🙂 

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We also had another date night with our friends at Capparellis.  Omg it was soo delicious!! Yes, that is salmon on my salad. 😉 

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Our friends bought a new house so we got to puppy sit for a day.  Callie loves Brody and it is so sweet.  You guys all know that Callie is much for of a human lover than a doggie lover, but she may have converted due to this puppy.  Her boyfriend. 🙂

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Jon and I took a walk to get breakfast last weekend at Rise Up.  We split the chocolate acai bowl and it was so tasty!!

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Riley licking my smoothie cup clean.  He is such a chunk, we love it. 

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Can you spy Riley waiting patiently for his daddy? 🙂

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The dogs go whereever we go… it is a little ridiculous, we know. 🙂

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A few of our friends convinced us to join a coed volleyball league.  Last Thursday we had our first games.  Let’s just say, we need a little practice. 😉

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Jonny made us some mahi mahi on the smoker the other night and I roasted asparagus (added lemon and Parmesan at the end) and sauteed mushrooms with chili powder, paprika and a drizzle of balsamic.  So yummy!

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Veggies topped with veggie burgers is my go-to when Jon has tennis late during the week.  Can’t ever get enough veggies! Can you see Riley behind all my food pictures? 😉

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Last weekend we went out to dinner with a bunch of our friends at a local Italian restaurant, Braza Brava.  It was delicious!!! I got the salmon, duh, with grilled veggies! 

We grabbed a few drinks while we were out too and had a blast just chatting and playing bar games. All the girlies!

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On Sunday we took the dogs on a long walk, did some things around the house, then got ready to head to our friends house for dinner.  On the way, Jon asked if we could stop so he could hit some golf balls.  I’m a nice wife, so I agreed. 😉 

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Once we got to our friends house, we played lots of outdoor games and had some appetizers.  It was such a beautiful evening. 

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The pups enjoyed running around and lounging in the sun. 🙂

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Someone was ready for dinner! 

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Family dinner time!  Callie waiting for some droppings. 🙂

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Some of the boys!

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We made a big salad, grilled corn, burgers and salmon. It was all soo delicious!

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I even had some leftover salmon to top my salad for lunch the next day.  Yum!!!!

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Tell me what you have been up to in the comments!!! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!!

Questions:

  1. What is one food you have been loving lately? (mine is obviously salmon :))
  2. What are your plans for the weekend? 
  3. Do you play golf? (I am so bad, but my husband plays as often as he can)

Thank You for all the Love!!

Hi friends!! Happy Monday!! This Monday is quite a happy one compared to the previous one.  I’ll keep this post short and sweet and save some fun ones for later this week.  

If you didn’t know (I say this because I feel like my husband let the whole world know with all the sweet messages and cards and flowers I received), last Sunday night I ended up in the ER with constant vomiting and sharp, stabbing stomach pains a little before midnight.  We went to a nearby ER (which is affiliated with a hospital, but not attached) and they ended up admitting me to the hospital so I took my first ever ride in an ambulance. Ahh… didn’t think that would ever happen.  

My husband posted this picture from my long hospital stay last year a couple of weeks ago and we have been thanking the lord for all the progress I have made and how happy we are to be home and healthy.  This particular hospital stay was 6 weeks, which was quite unusual and draining.  At the end of this stay I had a bowel resection surgery and left two days later and have been pretty healthy since.  

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Well I suppose we spoke too soon because those same symptoms came back last week and we couldn’t get the pain, vomiting, and nausea to stop so back to the hospital we went.  This time was pretty scary since we are now far away from family and friends in San Antonio.  We also aren’t familiar with many doctors or hospitals here so knowing that I may end up in surgery again in a new town was quite alarming.  

I got a CT scan in the ER and the doctor said they could see the blockage clearly.  We never really know what this means because my last stay I had over 15 CT scans and they said they could never really see if it was a blockage or where it was… that is until they finally decided to do exploratory surgery and were able to see the blockage, remove it, and sew me back up.  

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I spent Sunday night, Monday and Monday night, Tuesday and Tuesday night in the hospital.  I did a lot of this while my poor husband worried his heart out.  

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Our sweet friends took our doggies for a few days.  We are beyond blessed to have such amazing friends in San Antonio that dropped everything to help us.  Our puppies didn’t know anything was wrong and had a blast hanging with our friends and their sweet pup. 

My momma booked a flight to arrive Wednesday night to be with me, but thankfully I was released and able to go home on Wednesday so she decided to stay in Nashville in case I ended up back in the hospital and needed her help later.  I received so many calls, texts, cards, and flowers, I was beyond emotional.  You truly know who your true friends are during the hard, tough times. 🙂 

After my husband showered me and I felt like a human again!  A shower makes all the difference after a few days in the hospital.  

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The real MVP.  I do not know what I would do without this man.  He is truly my best friend and he would do absolutely anything for me.  Could you ask for more??  He spent every day and night by my side…all while working too.  We definitely realized how nice it was having so many friends and family in Nashville (and my mother-in-law coming to be with me) last year in the hospital.  This guy did not get a break this time..and he took it like a champ.  I just love him so much. 🙂

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After a couple days of bowel rest (aka not eating or drinking anything), I was feeling much better.  After a bowel surgery, this is a common thing that can happen because of scar tissue and adhesions that build up and form from doing any type of surgery on the intestines.  Some people never have issues, some have occasional issues, and some people have to have multiple surgeries (my nurse in the ER told me he had 4 of the same bowel surgeries).  

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I am very grateful that this did not end up in another surgery.  I was back to work (from home) Wednesday afternoon and was able to work from home Thursday and Friday so I could rest if needed.  I actually felt much better pretty quickly and was back to feeling like myself by Friday.  I came home to so many flowers I was completely overwhelmed with happiness.  I am one lucky girl. 🙂

I just want to say thank you to everyone who called, texted, emailed, sent flowers, cards, well wishes, and prayed for me.  You will never know how much that meant to me.  I love you all so much and am so grateful for all the beautiful, caring people in my life.  

I hope you all have a wonderful start to your week and I’ll be back soon!! 

Stay happy and healthy!!!!! XOXOXO

Wedding in Nashville Part 3!

Hi friends!!! How are you guys doing today?  I am back into the swing of things and happy this week is flying by! We are looking forward to a Poker night with all our friends on Friday night and a charity walk with our pups on Saturday! I can’t wait! I am hoping the weather is just as great as it was last weekend because it has been a little rainy here this week.

Back to the wedding fun… The reception was held at the same location as the ceremony, which was so convenient and nice not to have to change locations.  If you remember any of my wedding recaps, our wedding ceremony was in my in-laws backyard followed by our reception in downtown Indianapolis.  I wouldn’t change a thing because it was so special for us to get married in my in-laws backyard, but it sure was a challenge transporting all our guests to different locations. 🙂

The wedding and reception was held at Riverwood Mansion just outside of Nashville.  The venue was so beautiful (and a huge plus because it is an all-inclusive place so they take care of almost everything!) and spacious.  

The beautiful couple having their first dance!

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They chose white assorted flowers with a lot of greenery and it was perfection!!  The mother/son dance was so beautiful and the father/daughter dance had us all in tears! 

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The newly weds cutting their fabulous cake! Ahh it was stunning!!

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I forgot to snag a picture, but the bride and groom opted for a buffet/stations for dinner with a huge salad station (with ALLLL the toppings), a pasta bar, and a taco station (which was my favorite!!).

My sister and I at the reception.

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My sister, mom and I at the reception. 

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Us with the boys and me with the groom’s sister outside the reception.  I loved the strung lights outside! So beautiful!

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Me and my hubs!

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Love this sweet guy!

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Me and my sister taking a million selfies on my step-dad’s phone… we may have set this one as his background. 🙂

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My husband and I upstairs by the bridal suite visiting, Cooper the tired pup!

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The girls again!

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The whole gang! 

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I’m pretty jealous my husband snuck this selfie with the beautiful bride!!! 

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The couple had a DJ for the music and it was so fun requesting songs and dancing with all our friends all night.  We tore up the dance floor. 😉

Nashville girlfriends!

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At the end of the reception, the couple did an exit outside and as we were waiting for the newlyweds to exit, I couldn’t find my husband.  My friend sent me these three pictures and I was dying laughing.  Caught ya sneaking another piece of cake, Jonny!!!! 🙂

After the reception we all went to a bar then a club for a bit to celebrate with the couple.  It was torrential down-pouring at this point. Ahhh!  After a little while, my sister, her bf, me and Jonny headed back to my dad’s house for the night.  

Saturday my husband went to hang out with his little brother (from Big Brothers Big Sisters in Nashville) while I went to my mom’s for lunch and some pool time!  

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After a couple hours I headed to pick up my little brother to hang out with us for a bit.  The boys wanted to play basketball and wanted me to join so we played HORSE.  Can you guess who was eliminated first? 😉

Since we wanted to spend some time with my family on Sunday, we took the 7pm flight back to San Antonio… that turned into a midnight flight!!  We thought it was because of the weather, but no.. it was a mechanical issue.  Fortunately since the delay was not weather, we both got $200 vouchers so that (kinda) made up for arriving home after 3am!!! 

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All in all, it was a fabulous weekend celebrating the most amazing couple ever!  We are sooo happy for our friends!  Jon asked me if we could go on the honeymoon with them… no, Jonny, we cannot tag along on their honeymoon. 😉 We wish! That wraps up our amazing weekend in Nashville for our besties wedding!!!  I can’t wait to share more pics when they get the professional ones back!  

I hope you guys have an amazing day!!! XOXOXO

Questions:

  1. Do you prefer early morning or late flights?
  2. DJ or Band?
  3. What is your favorite type of flower? 

Wedding in Nashville Part 2

Good morning!! I hope you guys are having an amazing week so far!  We made it halfway!!  We have been busy over here celebrating my husband’s birthday and enjoying the normalcy of our weekly routine.  We have some fun things planned this weekend with our friends so I am looking forward to that as well! Until then… back to the wedding recap!

On Saturday morning, all the bridesmaids and the bride met at a salon for our hair and makeup.  We had the most amazing makeup artists and hair stylist who helped us all look our best.

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We spent a few hours getting dolled up for the big day!!  They asked us what makeup look we wanted and I just said, “Make me pretty!!!”

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We enjoyed the morning sipping champagne and having some snacks while chatting away about what hairstyle we each wanted.

Rachael let us each pick out our own hairstyle preference, which was really nice.

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I went with some loose curls and a few fishtail/braids to pull my hair out of my face.

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The beautiful bride getting all glammed up!

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Emily (the groom’s sister) and me all ready for the wedding!

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Hanging out with the girlies. 🙂

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We stopped by a friend’s house to change into our dresses for the wedding.  We all got to pick our own dresses too!  My sister happened to have a long black dress fit me, so I just wore hers!  Cheapest bridesmaids dress I’ve ever worn. 😉

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Once we arrived to the venue, we helped the beautiful bride get into her dress.  She helped design this dress and a family friend made it happen! It was so Rachael and looked absolutely stunning on her.  There were definitely tears shed at this moment.

Liz, the bride’s sister, and me watching as all the guests arrived!  The weather was off and on raining all day on Saturday and we were just hoping it would hold off for about an hour for the ceremony.  And it did!

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Mother of the bride and the bride watching guests pile in!

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A few cocktails and a pep talk from sweet Cooper. 🙂

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Rachael’s mom said to me when I was holding Cooper, “You are going to have white dog hair all over you.” And I responded, “I don’t care, I just love this little doggie sooo much!” 😉

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It takes a village, yall!! 😉

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Once all the guests arrived and we were all dressed, we headed downstairs for the ceremony!  (I don’t have any pictures of this, but I am hoping to snag some of the professional ones when the bride and groom get them back!)  I have one more post coming to wrap up the perfect wedding day!  Until then… I’ll hold you over with a few of the bridal party I got from the bride.  We took girls and boys pictures separately before the ceremony, but the bride and groom opted not to see each other until she was walking down the aisle, which is always so special.  My husband and I did this too and I was so happy we didn’t see each other before the ceremony.  It just made it that more special.  

Our crazy, fun group!! 

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Be serious, yall!

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The most gorgeous couple ever!!!

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Mr. and Mrs. Bornhop!!! Aren’t they just beautiful?? (The groom is a fashion designer and designed his outfit. :))

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Part 3 coming atcha soon….

Questions:

  1. If you are married, what style dress did you wear?
  2. What color were your bridesmaids dresses?
  3. How many people were in your bridal party?

Wedding Weekend Part 1 … Rach and Eric Get Married!

Hey friends!! Happy Tuesday!  It sure is hard getting back into the grove of things after a holiday weekend.  But here we are! I am still on a high from two weekends ago in Nashville when we got to celebrate two of our best friends getting married.  It was such a special weekend.  

I arrived in Nashville on Thursday night around the same time as a few other girls so my bestie, Rachael (the bride), picked us up and we did a girls night with drinks and food at M L Rose.  It was fun to have a casual night before all the craziness of the wedding started.  

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My husband met me at my dad’s house later that night (he flew in from an out-of-town work trip).  Water and chocolates by the bed. 🙂

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My sister and I always talk about the funny things our parents do and say as they get older.  I just had to laugh at this sign my dad left me… first of all it was funny that he signed it “the management” and second of all.. where are we supposed to hang the wet towels? LOL.

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Pictures of our pups having the best time with our wonderful dog sitter.  🙂 

Friday morning we had the rehearsal at the wedding venue followed by a lovely lunch hosted by the bride’s family friends at their house.  It was beautiful day with family, friends, and the bridal party and their dates. 

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Me and my sweet bestie, Rachael, on her last day as a single lady!

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Rachael and her bridesmaids, the bride’s sister and new sister-in-law and her three besties from middle school, high school and college.  Love these girls!

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Friday night was the rehearsal dinner at 51st Kitchen.  It was immediate family and the bridal party and their dates and it was just perfect.  We had a small room and had fun just chatting and eating delicious food.  

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There was a beautiful slideshow playing in the background with fun pictures from baby years until now of the bride and the groom.  The groom’s uncle even got up and surprised us all with some live music!  

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I got the salmon… you are shocked, aren’t you!??!

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They brought out a beautiful assortment of desserts afterwards! Yum!!!

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They are just the cutest couple ever!!!  They may have been laughing at the Nelly rap me and two of the bridesmaids changed all the words to, to reflect on their relationship over the years. 😉  Maybe I’ll upload the video one day… maybe. 😉

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After dinner, the bridal party and dates hung out outside on the porch for a couple hours just drinking and chatting the night away.  Our beautiful bride and the bridesmaids. 🙂

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All the peeps! So much fun!!!

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Jonny, I am tired.   Take me home. 🙂

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That wraps up our wonderful Friday before the wedding!! Up next… the wedding day!!!

Questions:

  1. Have you ever been in a wedding?
  2. Do you have any weddings this year? (We have 2 more!)
  3. If you are married, where did you do your rehearsal dinner?  

I’m Back!! Weekend Recap…Easter Weekend At Home!

Hi friends!!! I hope you all had a fantastic Easter weekend.  We kept it super low key and hung out with friends and accomplished some tasks on our to-do list around the house this weekend, which was just what we needed.  I’ll share a few pictures from our weekend today, but the rest of the week is dedicated to recapping the best weekend ever in Nashville (last weekend) celebrating two of our best friends getting married.  It was the.best.ever.  

My husband had off work on Friday for Good Friday and my office closed a little early so my husband asked if I would go golfing with him late Friday afternoon.  Being the great wife that I am, I agreed to ride in the cart with him. 😉  Golfing is just so not my thing… although I do love a good miniature golf outing.  My husband plays with his friends a couple times a week, but Friday I was the plus one.  And I brought my little sidekick, Riley, along for the ride. 🙂

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He was loving life just riding in the cart and watching his daddy play some golf. 

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The weather was absolutely beautiful!

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I meant to show yall these in my post with my in-laws, but how cute is this tea towel and cookbook my mother-in-law brought me??  This book has the most amazing recipes and pictures that will leave you craving everything.  I have at least 20 recipes marked to make soon!!

Saturday my husband played golf with a friend and his wife and I laid out by the pool all afternoon.  The boys joined us after golf then we headed back to their place to grill out for dinner.  We played a few rounds of cornhole then called it a night.

Sunday was spent meal prepping, doing laundry, and taking a walk with the pups.

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We also got in a little yard work, a haircut for the pups and did a little shopping for new cowboy boots for my husband.  It’s his birthday today!! 

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My dad sent me this picture of my husband helping my little brother like 7 years ago when we were in Arizona for Spring Training one year.   Boy, time sure does go fast!

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We didn’t do anything special for Easter this year since it was just us, but I would love to hear all about your Easter celebrations!!!

Questions: 

  1. Highlight of your weekend?
  2. If you celebrate Easter, what is one tradition you have?
  3. Do you have any favorite Easter recipes or candy?  

Weekend Recap 4.7.19 In-Laws Visit San Antonio!

Good morning!! I hope you are having a great week so far! Mine has been busy busy busy because I am trying to get everything done before we head to Nashville tomorrow for my best friend’s wedding this weekend!  We are SOO excited! 

 More to come on that… but until then… back to last weekend.  It was definitely one for the books.  My in-laws were in town visiting for the first time since we moved in late last fall.  It was so great to have them in town.  I love having visitors because it forces us to get out and do touristy things in our town that we wouldn’t normally do by ourselves.  

Friday night we had reservations at Bistro 9.  

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We started with some drinks and mussels that were so yummy.  I got the grouper special and it was soo delicious!!  

We all wanted a little something sweet after dinner so we walked to TCBY for a little froyo! 

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I got the vanilla and chocolate swirl and it was soo tasty!

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Saturday morning after a run I got cleaned up and we headed out for tacos for an early lunch at Betos.  Someone help me, I am addicted to their fish tacos.  

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Afterwards we headed down to the Riverwalk!

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We booked a Riverboat cruise so we could see more of the Riverwalk. 

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They actually drain the river every five years to clean it and have a huge celebration with a mud festival with a lot of activities.  They next one is next January!!!! I am saving the date for this event!  Anyone wanna come visit??

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It was actually really neat!  On one section of the tour, their are love locks like in Paris, which I thought was so cool!

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Afterwards we walked up to the Alamo so my in-laws could see it.  They didn’t want to go in so we just took some pictures outside… honestly, it isn’t very exciting. 🙂

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My in-laws took an Uber home, but my husband insisted we ride scooters home.  We only live about 6 miles away, but yall it was the funniest experience ever.  My husband’s scooter was so much faster than mine and the scooter I had only went so far then it turned to like 2 miles per hour because it was out of the certain zone.  I kept yelling to my husband that I thought mine was dying and he was like “no, it’s just a slow zone, it will speed up soon.”  Famous last words.  We were about a mile from home and hopped in an Uber to finish up our trip. 🙂  

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Sunday we went to brunch at Twin Sisters Bakery and Cafe. I got the vegetarian omelette and it was soo good.  It had avocado in it, which speaks my love language. 🙂  My husband and I both got the red eye (or something like that) which was coffee with a shot of espresso which was so delicious! 

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It was a rainy Sunday morning, but it cleared up just in time for us to do some yardwork!  We put our guests to work… anyone wanna come visit? 😉 

I was on the pick-up crew (picking up all the leaves and weeds) and then I got to work on powerwashing the fence.  Here is a shot of the before.  

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Ahh… I love powerwashing… it is about the only “yardwork” I enjoy.  Now I just have 2 more  sides of the fence to complete. 🙂

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My mother-in-law, father-in-law (he was the blower operator) and my husband mulched and planted a bunch of new bushes, flowers, and rose bushes!! 

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It was sooo needed and our yard looks so much better now.  Yes, that is fake grass in the front… weird, but actually nice because we never have to cut it!

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More mulch!

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My mother-in-law found an aloe plant in our front yard that needed more sun so she dug it up and planted it in a pot so we could put it out back in direct sunlight.  This may come in handy when I get a sunburn down here. 🙂

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Sunday night we watched the ACM’s and ordered in thai food, which was the perfect way to end a fabulous weekend!!! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! Tell me what you have planned in the comments!! xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. What are your plans for the weekend?
  2. Did you watch the ACM awards?
  3. What is your favorite genre of music?