The Holidays – a Time of Joy and Laughter and …. Lots Going On

Hi guys! I made it back before we leave for Europe so I would call this a win.  I am really trying to get better about prioritizing my time.  There’s a million other things I could be doing, but blogging is such a fun hobby for me and I really want to make the time for it.

So after Thanksgiving we were home for a few weeks before packing up and hitting the road for Dallas.

Side note: I am really curious how other families/couples handle holidays.  Since even before Jon and I were married or even engaged, we have always alternated Thanksgiving with his family one year and Christmas with my family that year and then the next year is opposite.  My sister and her boyfriend are on our same schedule too, which is nice so we know we will see them at whatever holiday falls on our families time that particular year.  It gets a little more complicated with my parents being divorced and my dad being divorced from my little brother’s mom and alternating their custody agreement in the mix too.  It always works out, but sometimes it takes a LOT of planning,  I am waiting for the day we have kids and I tell everyone they have to travel to us instead of us traveling for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year…. because quite frankly, it.is.a.lot.  And I’m tired just thinking about all our traveling plans this past holiday season.  So this year for Christmas it was our turn to be in Nashville with my family.  So the plan was for me to drive (with the dogs) to Dallas and then drive to Nashville with my sister and her bf and their two dogs for Christmas.  It was going to be a lot of driving, but just kinda made sense with the 4 pups in tow.

Well, my sister realized she just couldn’t make the trip to Nashville due to her strenuous work schedule, which we all totally understand.  My mom volunteered to come down to Dallas for a long weekend before Christmas so I was happy I wasn’t going to have to make the trip to Nashville.  Well… my husband already had his flight booked (he is a diva and would not do the 10 hour drive with us ;)) and he had plans to hang out with the boy he mentored while we were in Nashville through Big Brothers Big Sisters and he did not want to cancel on him.  So long story short (although it is not short at this point…) my mom came down to Dallas for a few days and then I flew to Nashville with her to meet up with Jon.  We spent time with family and friends and then flew back to Dallas (my sister and her bf watched our dogs and when we got back to their house in Dallas, they were getting ready to leave for a wedding in New Orleans so we watched their dogs that weekend.  See, I told you it gets complicated.  A couple days later they returned and then my Dad and little brother flew in for New Years week! 2 weeks later we drove home and I was never so happy to sleep in my own bed. 🙂

So here are just a few pictures from our crazy holidays this year!

My momma (aka Mimi) is the favorite among the pups.  Riley always has to be near her at all times when she is around.

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Riley LOVES other dogs toys.  I mean he has a few favorites at our house, but he loves going through other dogs toys and testing out each one… and their beds too, I guess!

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Just cooking in the kitchen in our jammies with my baby Murphy.  He was really cuddly and clingy to me this trip and it just made me so happy.  Jon, can we please get a third dog now????

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We did lots of cooking!  My mom found this recipe for a festive appetizer.  All it is is sliced apples, chopped pecans, goat cheese and a drizzle of honey.  SOOO delicious.

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We went out to dinner at a new restaurant in Dallas and shared some yummy drinks and appetizers and all enjoyed our meals! It was fun to get out for the night!

My momma treated us to massages one day and I felt like a whole new woman.  I ended up getting another one the next week.  I just love a good massage.

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Alllll the yummies for sharing!

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These photos were all taken on separate days.  Riley and Otis made themselves right at home in our suitcases.  Too funny!!

My dad took me and Jon to a Predators game while we were in town. And they won!!

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So we hit a few honkeytonks before heading home (my dad and I may or may not have sang karaoke that night.  🙂

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My dad lives right near the park and with the unseasonably warm weather, we got in quite a few hikes!

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So we always laugh because my dad is not super handy and saves a lot of his projects for when Jon comes to town (Jon is not only super handy, but literally LOVES a project).  It makes my dad happy and drives me crazy because I find a new amazon prime box at my doorstep daily with some new gadget or tool. LOL.  One of the projects was setting up this lifesize chess board for my brother for Christmas. 🙂 How long do you think it took the three of us to figure out the directions?  Actually… don’t answer that! 😉

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Their next project was rearranging the bonus room so there was room to play pingpong!  My dad got a ping pong table topper for his pool table for Jacob for Christmas.

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My sweet Jeanne!  Jeanne and her husband, Harry, are our close family friends and I always make sure to fit in time to see them when I am in town.  They are both 95ish and still living independently.  Jeanne is the absolute sweetest and she reminds me so much of my granny, who I miss so dearly.

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Jon and I had a delicious Christmas dinner at my mom and stepdad’s house before heading back to Dallas to meet up with the rest of the crew.

 

On New Year’s Eve, Jon’s brother, Chris, and his gf Lindsey were in town too.  We took a carriage ride through Highland Park after dinner and got to see all the beautiful homes and lights!

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We rang in the new year with champagne and games at my sister and Max’s house.  New Year’s Day we had plans to attend the Winter Classic game (an outdoor hockey game), which just happened to be the Dallas Stars against the Nashville Predators.

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Let’s go Preds!

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They lost, but we still had fun.

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While we waited for the crowds to die down, we rode a little ride wayyyy up high an d got a pretty neat view of the stadium.

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The next day, Jon and I loaded up our pups, presents, and luggage and hit the road back to San Antonio!  We had a wonderful 2 weeks with the family, but man, were we exhausted!!!

Tell me all about your holidays!! Did you travel or stay home?  Do you have to switch off between families for holidays if you are married?  If you have kids, did you continue to travel each holiday or make the family come to you?

Love you all!!!!! xoxoxox I will be back after our Europe travels!!!

Where The Heck Have I Been? 2020 Year of Getting it Together… Maybe :)

Hi friends!  It has been a minute.  Well actually it has been over a month and for that, I am sorry.  I’m sure you all felt the craziness of the holidays with work, travel, plans and all the above.  And over here, let me just tell you, it has been a *hit show.  I had all these great posts planned for the holidays, but time just got away from me.  So moving forward in 2020, I am going to start scheduling my blogging time like I schedule any other meeting or workout or appointment.  Because if I don’t… it just won’t happen.

There is just so much to fill you all in on so let’s just start by reviewing the holidays and closing out 2019.  More to come on this in a post soon (it is already written, I just have to clear a few things by the hubby – I may overshare just a bit), but 2019 was one hell of a year for me…. and not in a good way.  I tend to think I am generally an optimist, but yall, 2019 got me down.  It hit me hard in the face and I am still trying to recover.  It was a year of lots of changes, good and bad, and just not a lot of consistency or normalcy (something I REALLY crave 90% of the time).

We spent Thanksgiving in Indianapolis with my in-laws.  It was really low key and a nice time to just relax.

A little work before our flight to Indy.  My coworker is not exactly the most motivating.  Yes, he climbed up on the bench then onto my dining room table (I change up my location when I work from home or I get so BORED) and proceeded to just stare at me and whine until I gave him a treat.  He is so BAD, but he is my baby so I let it slide. 😉

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Another picture of proof that Riley is the baby aka the king of our household.  He is such a diva and we love it.  Callie girl is still over here being weird as ever and we love her for it. 🙂

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So since we had so much going on before the holidays with work and such, this was the first year I did not send out Christmas cards…I am very disappointed in myself and will get my act together in 2020.  But, if you need to see a potential…this is what it would have looked like.  Me smiling, Riley not sure about it, and Jon not taking his eyes off the tv for some sports game or something.  We are a hot mess.

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Us with my husband’s family. 🙂

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We had a new addition this year (brother-in-law’s gf) so I had to document. 🙂

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We ran the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning and it was way warmer than most previous years which was nice!

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Me and my half blind side kick!

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We cooked so many yummy meals including steak, lobster and scallops for Thanksgiving dinner.  And I took zero pictures. 🙂

We went to see the lights at the Museum of Art, which is quickly becoming a favorite tradition of ours!

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And we had a nice family dinner at Ambrosia.

I always get one of their yummy salads and the salmon because it is just so darn good!

Me and the grinch… and his fro. hahahah!

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I know I have shared a lot about my bowel resection surgeries and my back/neck pain over the years.  I am happy to report that my tummy is still feeling GREAT after my latest surgery in October 2019.  My head/neck pain (it is chronic at this point lasting about 7 years) came back ROARING in December and has had me down for the count more days than I would like to admit.  I’ve seen a few more doctors with not much more news.  We do think most of my pain is stemming from my jaw.  Long story short, I had a VERY expensive mouthguard made to readjust my jaw to alleviate the pain.  Well… a VERY hungry doggies (ahem… RILEY) decided to open the case and EAT it… I mean he actually chewed the entire thing into small pieces (dog for sale… anyone want him???).  Just kidding!  But we realized this jaw pain came back in full force a few weeks after this incident.  So I am currently trying to find a new jaw specialist in San Antonio (I had this guard made in Nashville) to get a new one made.  Jon has made me approximately 10 dentist appointments and while I know they can make me a night guard to helping with teeth grinding, I know I need a jaw specialist that will make another guard that literally repositions my jaw to alleviate the pressure causing the pain to my neck and down my back.  So… here we go.. I know this is all temporary, but can I just say that being an adult sometimes just SUCKS??  It is just plain hard trying to keep up with life amidst all the pain, appointments and frustration. I will get it all figured out soon, but thanks for sticking with me during this trying time.

In other news, our Christmas/New Years was really fun! I have lots of pictures to show yall!! Hoping I can get my act together and get a post ready for this week before Thursday… because we leave for Europe on Thursday night.

One of our friends is studying abroad and a couple of our other friends planned to go over to visit and travel while he is there.  We originally said no, we can’t make it.  But then, one game night and 2 glasses of wine later, we had two tickets to Europe. 🙂 🙂 🙂 LOL.  We found tickets so cheap that we could NOT pass up the opportunity.  My husband and I have been all over Europe a few times (my dad lived in Switzerland for 4 years so we took total advantage of visiting every chance we got), but we haven’t been to 2 of the 3 places we are going.  We are going to Munich (have been to Germany, but not Munich), Innsbruck (I have been for a day or two when my sister was studying abroad there) and Prague (we both have never been!).  If you have any suggestions for these cities, send them my way!! I will be sure to take lots of pictures and share when I get back.

Happy New Year to all my blog family and friends!! 2020 is going to be a great year!!! (this is what I was telling myself before I fell 2 nights ago and ended up in the ER with 2 staples in my head….).  My friends all told me they are going to bubble wrap me up tight.  I honestly think this may be the best course of action….

Till next time, friends!!

Fill me in on all you have been up to!! How were your holidays?  New yEars? Any intentions or resolutions?

XOXOXO

Taylor

The Last of our Cabo Trip!!! Part 4

Hey friends!! Ok this is the last Cabo post, I swear!  The resort we stayed at was Pueblo Bonito Pacifica and it was fantastic.  Adults only and all inclusive and secluded from all other resorts, which was so peaceful and private.  The food and drinks were amazing too!!  We went to a few different restaurants (and our resort and sister resorts) and ordered lunch by the pool most days.   Ahh the good life! 🙂

The last of my pictures are all from our nights before/at dinner.  It was fun to get dressed up and have nice dinners each night. 

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My girls.

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I am the luckiest!

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This one is for you, Morg. 😉  I love ya!!

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Me and Rach… I swear we will live in the same state again one day!

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Surprises at my birthday dinner on the beach!!

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All the kids.

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And the girls. 

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The one and only picture I can post from our night our in downtown Cabo.  There may or may not have been a lot of karaoke going on… that I do not want documented. LOL 🙂  If you pay my sister. she may share videos… but I am warning you, Rach and I’s singing voices were a little rough that night….. 😉

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Me and the “adults.” 🙂

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The whole gang!!! I love you all!!

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Daddy and his girlies!!

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The four pictures of food I took from the entire trip…. LOL.  It was alllll soo yummy.

The last night Rach and I stayed up chatting WAYYY too late, but ya know, you just have to when you don’t live in the same city anymore.  Jon was fast asleep.

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And now it is officially time to go home.  We ate (all the food), drank (all the booze), bronzed (all the bodies), and most of all we just soaked up our time away with each other.  I couldn’t think of a better group to be with celebrating my 30th.  I am super excited for this next year as I just know it’s going to be a great one!!

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And if you are still reading and made it all this way, thank you!! I love you all too!!!

Will be back soon for more fun updates! But if I don’t post before Thursday, I really hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family and friends!!! xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. Are you staying home or traveling for Thanksgiving?
  2. How many Thanksgiving meals do you have? (We had a Friendsgiving at our house last weekend then just one celebration with my in-laws this week.)
  3. Favorite Thanksgiving dessert besides pumpkin pie?

More Fun in the Sun… at the Pool and Beach and Sunset Cruise… Cabo Part 3

Eeeek!! It’s Friday!!! Yayy!! Anyone else excited that the weekend is right around the corner?  I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend with just a couple plans on the books with our friends.  Other than that I am hoping to get some Christmas shopping done and maybe even a little work since next week will be a little crazy with the holiday travel.  

For now, let’s all just pretend we are somewhere warm, on a beach, with a nice cold drink in our hand. ; )

The girlies on the beach!

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I just get so memorized by the ocean.  It’s just so beautiful. 

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My girls at the pool!

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Just soaking up the beautiful Mexico sun!

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On our last full day in Cabo, we took a couple busses to town to go to our resort’s sister resort, where the ocean was much calmer and we could actually get in.  

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We enjoyed a nice lunch on the patio before hanging at the beach the rest of the afternoon. 

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Saturday my dad offered to take us all on a sunset boat cruise.  It was so beautiful and fun!

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Clinging to dear life as the boat was rocking. 😉

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Eric and Jonny!

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The most beautiful sunset.

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Can’t get enough!

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Two of the couples!! My sister and her boyfriend, Max and me and Jonny.

My best friend and sistaaaa.

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What an amazing trip we had!! I still have one more Mexico post for ya!  I hope yall like seeing my trip recaps because I sure enjoy reminiscing on the fun times we had while I compile my blog posts.  

We are already planning a few trips for next year!! Our locations so far are: Florida with friends, Arizona to visit friends, and international travel to Italy and Greece.  Anyone wanna join? 😉

Questions;

  1. Do you get seasick? (I usually do, but thankfully didn’t on this sunset cruise).  
  2. What is one international destination you would love to visit?
  3. How many states have you been to?  (I can count 27 right now…)

Cabo Birthday Trip Part 2!!

Hey yall!!! I’m back!!  I don’t know about you guys but this week seems to be dragging on forever.  All day I thought yesterday was Thursday. Whoops!!  Guess I am just looking forward to a relaxing weekend before traveling for the holidays.  

Back to the good stuff. 🙂 

We spent most of our days lounging by the pool and soaking up the sun!  … Where’s Eric???? (Everyone frantically calling Eric to get in the picture!!)

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Don’t worry, yall.  He made it….for the picture. 🙂

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My peeps at the pool!! We had the most amazing weather the entire time we were there… it was high 80s and sunny every day!

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Oh ya know… just being a little diva by the pool.  Rachael gave me this sleep mask that says, “damn right I’m good in bed…I can sleep for days.”  And if you know me, you know this is so true.  I treasure my weekends when I get to sleep in and my husband is playing golf all morning so he’s not home to wake me up.  Who’s with me??

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Me, Jon and Morgan and Max.

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Me and Rach at the swim-up bar… definitely one of our favorite places. 😉

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Love this sweet man!

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Soaking in vaca…

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Presents at the pool!!  My dad, brother, and his gf got me some new jewelry and my sister and Rach got me new sports bras, panties, the cutest tank that says “I’m not going if my dogs can’t go” (which is very accurate for me), workout leggings, and even more jewelry.  What a treat!! They sure know how to spoil me!

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Just hanging with my peeps!

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Oh you want me to strike a pose? Sure thing, no problem.  … trips over own foot 5 seconds later and faceplants into the sand… 🙂 

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More lounging while watching the sunset.

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Jonny stealing all my kisses in Cabo!

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We watched so many beautiful sunsets at the beach, which was so nice and relaxing.

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One morning the girlies (+Eric) went to the spa for massages.  

 

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My sweet girls!!!! I just love them to pieces!!

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At the spa there is a room with a sauna, hot tub, and freezing cold tub.  The cold tub was absolutely arctic COLDDDD but we would go in there then jump in the hottub.  Highly recommend after a night of drinking.  LOL.  It is so rejuvenating and refreshing.  I felt like a whole new woman.  My massage was the best one I have ever had in my life… and I have had a LOT.  The woman was so amazing and used SO much pressure, which is what I prefer. 

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Another wonderful day in Cabo!  More pictures are coming… 🙂

Questions:

  1. Do you like massages (I am obsessed and my husband HATES them)
  2. What do you do for self-care?  (I like to get massages, stretch, go on long walks, listen to music, cook, get my nails or hair done)
  3. Have you ever been in a COLD tub (and I mean ICE COLD FREEZING)??

CABO for my 30th!!!!

Good morning!!!  

I have been soaking in all the fun we had on my birthday trip to Cabo a few weeks ago.  It was honestly the best trip ever and I’m just so grateful to my friends and family who made it so so so special.  Speaking of special…. when we got to our room… it was alllll decked out.  I asked my husband if he told the resort it was my birthday.  LOL.  I was in for a big surprise.  

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Originally my husband had invited our closest friends and family, but only our two besties (my best friend, Rachael from high school and her husband, Eric) were able to come.  We thought it was just going to be a small, couples trip, but we were wrong!!  We got into our room and were admiring all the decorations and when I turned around….

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My sister and her boyfriend were standing in our room!  To say I was SHOCKED is an understatement.  My sister told me early on that she didn’t think she could make it due to work and I told her not to worry about it at all.  She then went the extra mile to send me a work email showing a deal she was closing that Monday so she couldn’t even book a last minute flight.  This definitely convinced me she really couldn’t come.  I will have to share the video of them surprising me because I was just so excited and surprised.  I am hard to surprise… they didn’t even tell my husband so he was surprised too!

They decorated my entire room including the bathroom… LOL.  

The banner is me recently and an old and SUPER embarrassing picture of me as an awkward middle school girl with crimped hair. 🙂

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The decorations just kept on coming… so so so thoughtful.

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We quickly changed and met our friends at the bar for happy hour on the beach!  

More fun surprises!!  My sister had all these cute hats made for us!!

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Mine said Established 1989.

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Everyone else’s said Vintage 1989. 🙂

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A close up of these awesome tumblers my sister had made for us!! SO FUN!

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My sister brought a Polaroid camera and lots of film and a little book for me to put all the pictures in.  She is seriously the best.  It is FULL of the best pictures from the trip, which is such a fun thing to look back on all the fun memories. 

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A couple days later she pulled out THIS swimsuit she got for me.  🙂  How fun!

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Oh and they made me bring the balloons to the beach for pictures. LOL.  I may have popped the 3 accidentally halfway into our photoshoot… 

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Granny panties because I’m officially OLD. LOL.  My sister’s boyfriend hand-glued all of these rhinestones on the underwear.  HA!

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Just a little poolside birthday celebration. 🙂

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I’ll share more pictures of our fun nights, but Friday night they decorated our table at dinner…. meaning my sister and Rachael.  I tried to get them to both get ready with me and they lied and said they didn’t feel good.  Little did I know they were working with the resort to set up our dinner decor!!

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These girls know my love for champagne so well. 😉

 

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OH! and one more huge surprise… we were walking to my birthday dinner on Friday night and someone tapped me on the shoulder… I turned around and it was my dad and his girlfriend!!!! What the heck!! I was so shocked… they had great excuses for why they couldn’t come too.  So much fun. 

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I have so many more photos to share… I had over 500 between everyone to sort through so I am trying to get my act together and get them on the blog. 🙂 

Also, if you would like my sister to plan your next party, just let me know and I’ll share her information with you. 😉  She is seriously the best planner ever and we were so happy she showed up to make plans for us everyday.  I have never felt so loved by all my peeps!!  

Oh and our resort was a DREAM so I can’t wait to share more!!!

Questions:

  1. Any fun plans for Thanksgiving next week?
  2. If you could take a vacation now, where would you go?  (We always pick Mexico even though my mom and MIL tell us it’s too dangerous and are so worried I will get sick again… I didn’t this time or earlier this year when I went!)
  3. What is your favorite food at Thanksgiving?

 

New Kitchen Hood Project and New Restaurant Double Date

Hey friends!! Happy Wednesday!! It is indeed a very happy Wednesday over here because we are on our way to Cabo to celebrate my 30th birthday (Friday) with our best friends!!! We are SOOO excited!!  I’ll be sure to share some pictures when we get back, but until then I thought I would share a recent home project we just finished.  

This oven hood aka white brick block has bugged me since the moment we moved in the house.  We prioritized updating our master bathroom and laundry room, and adding a carport out back, but this has been next on my list for a while and we finally decided to just get it done and I am so happy we did. 

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My husband was confident that he could do this himself, but we put it off for a bit knowing we would have to fix dry-wall (not our favorite project), but it actually turned out to not be too bad!

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We got the subway tiles off in sheets so that part was actually pretty easy!  Then I let my husband do the hard work…

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All gone!

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This picture cracks me up.  We were trying to hold up the new hood while securing it and it was not as easy as we thought!  We piled up the table, printer and all the books in the house to hold it up, but we ended up having a couple of our guy friends come over to hold it while Jon put the screws in. 🙂 

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After the drywall was complete, we (mostly me ;)) got to work on painting the wall (didn’t have to repaint the whole thing thankfully) and the ceiling aka the worst thing to paint. 

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“Is this thing done yet? Did I miss any spots? Why is painting the ceiling SO difficult? ”  – me 

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The finished product!  We really love it and it opens up the view to our family room so much better.  

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The whole project took us about 3 days (part of 2 weekends) so it went pretty fast! Now we are trying to figure out what our next project will be!  I really want pull out drawers in our kitchen pantry like we had in our house in Nashville.  My husband says he can do this himself… he hasn’t let me down yet so I think when we get back from our trip, I will put him to work. 🙂

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After working on Saturday we got all cleaned up for a night out with our friends!

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We wanted to try a new restaurant, Ida Claire.  

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We shared a few appetizers and all really enjoyed our meals.  The hummus plate was so different and yummy!

Me with my main squeeze. 🙂

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Cheers for double date night! 

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I hope you all have a fabulous rest of your week!! I plan to plop down on the beach with my book for the next 5 days and I can’t wait!!  

Questions:

  1. Do you like trying new restaurants or do you always go to the same ones?
  2. Any fun trips planned for the holidays?
  3. Are you a DIYer or do you hire out projects around the house? (I would hire people if it wasn’t for my handy husband.  He literally can do it ALL.  If he doesn’t know how, he just gets on YouTube and learns. I am lucky, I know! ;))