Thanksgiving 2017 in Indianapolis

Hey friends!! How are you this morning? It is always hard to get back into the swing of things after a nice holiday break, but it sure feels good to be back in a routine.  We celebrated Thanksgiving this year in Indianapolis with my in-laws.  We switch each Thanksgiving and Christmas between my parents and my in-laws and it seems to work pretty well for us.  We are on the same schedule with my sister and her boyfriend/his parents so my parents either get all of us or none of us. 😉  This Christmas we will be in Nashville, which will also be the first time we haven’t had to travel for the holidays since living at home in high school. 🙂 I am pretty excited to get to enjoy our decorations this year and spend a little more time enjoying the holidays rather than traveling.  

Last Wednesday we left for Indianapolis.  It is about a 4 and a half hour drive so it wasn’t bad at all.  We arrived to see our “agenda” on the nightstand.  My mother-in-law is the cutest.  

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We had some soup for dinner at home and called it an early night.  Somehow both dogs and my husband ended up in my bed (my TWIN bed) for a movie to end the night.  I kinda love the snuggles though. 😉 

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Thanksgiving morning we woke up bright and early to head to the annual Drumstick Dash.  The proceeds from the race go fight homelessness in Indy.  My brother-in-law and I ran while my husband, other brother-in-law, and mother-in-law walked.  

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Thanksgiving day was spent just hanging around the house, watching movies and playing cards until it was time to start cooking.  

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We only eat in the dining room on special occasions so that makes it kinda fun!  

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This year we opted for a less traditional meal of surf and turf and lots of sides!  We made steak, lobster, scallops, a delicious salad (romaine, goat cheese, craisins, apples), green beans, roasted carrots, a mashed potato casserole and a sweet potato casserole!  We all agreed it was one of the best meals we have ever had!! 

 

Riley is sporting a new look these days and he wanted to show ya’ll… 🙂 

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Friday evening we headed downtown to the Pacers game!  It was a really close game and they ended up winning it right at the end!  

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I am SO thankful for this guy.  He is my rock.  

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As you can see I didn’t take as many pictures as usual.  I am really trying to focus on being more present and living in the moment.  We had such a fun time in Indy with family and I am already missing my mother-in-law’s amazing cooking.  🙂  We headed back to Nashville on Saturday afternoon to avoid the Sunday traffic and to have some time at home before heading back to work.  We cleaned the whole house, unpacked, did a few loads of laundry, did grocery shopping and meal prepping, completed some Christmas shopping and put up more decorations.  It is such a wonderful feeling going into a new week feeling refreshed and prepared!  I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with your loved ones!!

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your Thanksgiving?
  2. What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?
  3. Do you travel each year for the holidays?

Weekend Recap 11.13.17 Wedding in Captiva Island

Good morning!!!  I hope you are having a nice week and had a nice weekend!  Ours started early on Wednesday morning when we headed to the airport to catch our flights to Captiva Island.  My oldest friend, Dana, got married this past weekend!!  Dana and I went to preschool together, lived in the same neighborhood growing up, went to elementary school together and then reconnected about 4 or 5 years ago when we both lived in Cincinnati.  

Jon and I arrived Wednesday afternoon and headed straight to a late lunch on the water before making it to the resort.  This was our view as we crossed the bridge. 🙂 

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We were exhausted from traveling all day so we were in our pajamas and in bed by 7pm.  It was lovely.  

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A little while later we were greeted with a knock on the door from the hotel staff that dropped off a welcome bag from the bride and groom that included schedules of the weekend activities. 

Thursday morning we headed to the gym before laying at the pool for a couple hours.  After a while, one of us got restless (…it was not me… I could lay at the pool all.day.long.) so we headed to our room to change for a round of golf.  There is a 9-hole course on the resort property (we stayed at South Seas Resort). Okay, I didn’t actually golf… I drove the golf cart and painted my nails while my husband played. 🙂 

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We lucked out with amazing weather the entire weekend.

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After golf we got cleaned up to go to dinner at Harbourside Bar & Grill.  We opted for a table outside since the weather was beautiful.  

 

We shared some shrimp to start while we admired all the yachts parked at the marina. 🙂 

After dinner we headed over to the beach where the bride and groom hosted a welcome party with drinks and dessert for all their guests.  

On Friday morning Jon had plans to play golf with the groom and some boys so I opted for a workout and some relaxation at the pool.  Before we knew it, it was time to get ready for the wedding!  We hopped on the trolley, which took us out to a beautiful location overlooking the ocean.  

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How cute is the bride and groom’s little boy all dressed up in a suit? 

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The ceremony was beautiful!!  The bride and groom read their own vows , which always makes me cry.  🙂 After the ceremony, the trolley took us to the golf course where the reception was held. 

I’m not quite sure if you can get much prettier than this venue.  

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I mean really?!?!  How amazing is that sunset!!!

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After cocktail hour, speeches, and dinner, it was time for dancing!

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The beautiful bride, Dana, and I.  It was just a tad bit windy. 🙂

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Saturday morning we headed to the pool for a few hours.  We ordered lunch poolside and this salad was sooo tasty!

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Later in the afternoon we headed to the beach to meet up with some friends to hang out for a little while.  

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Once we were nice and toasty, we headed back to the room to clean up for dinner.  We went to Harbourside Bar & Grill again since it was so close to our room.  We got a different type of shrimp to start this time and it was really good!  The sauce was amazing.  I can’t remember what my husband got, but I got the red snapper and it was SO yummy!!  

After dinner we stopped by the bride and groom’s house to say hi before heading back to our room.  Our flight wasn’t until Sunday afternoon so we got to sleep in a bit, hit the gym, and take our time packing up before hitting the road for the airport.  We had such a blast in Captiva, but we sure were happy to see our pups again!!  We really missed them. 🙂 

I hope you guys have a wonderful week!!  I am hoping to have my post about our DIY dining room table up next week!  Can’t wait to show yall!! 

Questions:

  1. How was your weekend?  What was the highlight?
  2. Do you like seafood?
  3. Where is the best wedding destination you have ever been to? 

 

Weekend Recap 9.24.17 Trip to Dallas to Visit My New (Doggie) Nephew and Avoid the Boys

Hi friends!! How are you all?  How is your week going?  Mine is flying by, which is always nice!  Last Thursday after work I headed to the airport to catch a late flight to Dallas for the weekend!  As much as I was excited to visited my sister and her boyfriend and their pups, there was another reason for the timing of my trip.  My husband goes on an annual boys ski trip with a group of 10 or so guys each year.  Well somehow the boys came up with the grand idea to add a summer trip to the mix this year in Nashville…. at our house.  Needless to say.. I needed to get far away from Nashville and hope that my house was still in one piece when I returned. 😉  

Before I left for Dallas, my friend Rachael came over for dinner and some baking for our pups.  We made these homemade dog treats and it made plenty for her to take some home, for my pups, and for me to take some to my sister’s pups.  The pups LOVED these treats.  Peanut butter and bacon grease for the icing.. what is not to love.  I quickly realized I only had a gingerbread man cookie cutter. 🙂

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Friday morning my sister and I had a workout class on the agenda.  We were both eager to try Tread Barre for the first time.  The workout incorporates running on the treadmill, pilates, and strength training.  Ya’ll… it was SO tough!! If you get the chance to try it, I highly recommend it if you are in the mood for a HARD workout.  We were drenched! 

We came home to see the pups!! You guys probably remember Otis, but there is new addition to the family.  My sister and her boyfriend got a puppy named Murphy a couple months ago!  He is the CUTEST! 

In my happy place!! 🙂 

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We made a quick smoothie for breakfast with protein powder, almond milk, ice, strawberries, blueberries and peanut butter.  Murphy is allllll about any and all food!

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I dropped my sister off for a quick meeting at her law school while I headed to an appointment.  Afterwards we grabbed lunch at Eatzi’s. After lunch we headed to a couple local stores for some shopping!  I actually got a new dress, sweater, and a necklace so it was a success!

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After lunch we took the pups on a walk to the dog park so they could run off some energy.  

 On Friday night we had plans at a new Asian restaurant with some friends. We got all dolled up and headed out! 

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I got a rice bowl with lots of veggies and an egg on top!  It was delicious! 

Me with my two Dallas favorites!  

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Saturday morning after we took the dogs on a quick walk, we had plans to rent bikes to ride downtown to the farmers market!  Lime Bike is in several cities and it is such a neat concept.  You just download the app and are able to see where a bike is located around the city.  Once you locate the bike you scan it with your phone to unlock it and then you are off!  

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We headed downtown on this beautiful day!

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We biked around 3 miles to the Farmers Market and spent time walking around the indoor and outdoor sections of the market.  

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My sister and I both bought cute Dallas tank tops and my sister’s boyfriend bought a candle. 🙂

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Loved seeing all the pumpkins on display!!

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And I rode the tractor… thankfully it was a stationary one! 😉

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After a while of wandering around, we walked to the nearby restaurant called Mudhen for lunch.  My sister and I shared some blood orange mimosas and I got the market salad, which was soo yummy!

After lunch we walked to the plants/pumpkins section of the market.  

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These pumpkins were massive!!

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Then it was time to open up the Lime Bike app and find some nearby bikes.  Unlike other bike rental companies where you go to the nearest bike station, Lime Bikes can be left ANYWHERE in the city.  It is such a cool concept!   We found one at the market and walked less than a block to find two more for our ride home.  (In my mind I was prepared to take an Uber if there were no bikes around us… but there were TONS in the city so it was not an issue at all.)

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My sister dared me to take this picture… I think I fit in quite nicely. 😉

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After our biking adventure we took the dogs to the dog park for a bit then my sister made us a delicious dinner of grilled salmon and asparagus, roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes and quinoa!  Bring on allllll the veggies! It was soo tasty!

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After dinner my sister and I had plans to stop by our friend Shelby’s for a little engagement party for their friend Ann.  

We had a drink and chatted all things weddings with the girls.  

These two girls definitely make me miss living in Dallas!

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I had such a fun time with my sister in Dallas all weekend.  I sure miss living 10 minutes away from her, but it is fun to have a great excuse to visit Dallas often!  

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That wraps up my amazing weekend in Dallas!! I hope you guys have a great rest of your week!! 

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. If you have siblings, how often do you see them?
  3. Do you have any nieces or nephews (human ones not doggie ones :))?

Weekend Recap 9.17.17… Friends Wedding in Columbus & Lots of Old Friends

Hey friends!!  How was your weekend?  I didn’t get around to blogging this weekend because it was jam packed!  We left for Columbus, OH on Saturday morning at early o’clock for our friends’ wedding.  We had a short layover in Chicago and got to Ohio around noon.  We rented a car and drove about 15 minutes to our hotel downtown.  

I found this picture on my husband’s phone from dinner last week when my mother-in-law was in town.

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After we arrived, Jon went to meet up with a friend of his while I rested for a bit before getting ready for the wedding later that evening.  The wedding and reception was at the Westin Hotel.  The hotel is beautiful!  

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After watching our friends say I do, there was a fun cocktail hour with all the guests.  My husband is friends with the groom from college; they were in the same fraternity.  A lot of their fraternity brothers attended the wedding so it was really fun getting to catch up with everyone after all these years.  Fun fact: My husband and I met in college at Miami of Ohio.  He was a junior and I was a freshman.  At the cocktail hour, there were a bunch of different napkins personalized by the bride and groom.  My favorite included fun facts about them!

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After the cocktail hour, we headed back to the same room where the ceremony took place for the reception.  They transformed it into a beautiful reception with lots of tables and a dance floor.  These were waiting at our seats with lottery tickets inside.  How cute! 

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The couple had a traditional Jewish ceremony and included my favorite Jewish tradition.  I always get nervous that someone is going to fall and get hurt, but thankfully no one did. 🙂 

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We had a blast celebrating the beautiful couple and seeing old friends.  After a few hours of dancing we headed back to the hotel for some rest before another early morning flight.  We left Columbus at 8:25am and got home to Nashville at 8:40am thanks to the time change!  It was so nice to have all Sunday at home to get ahead for the week.  We went grocery shopping, walked the dogs, cleaned the whole house, meal prepped and even got in some naps. 🙂 

Have a great week, yall!!

Questions:

  1. Favorite part of a wedding?
  2. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  3. How many weddings (if any) are you attending this year? 

Last Hawaii Post… But Certainly Not the Least! Hiking in Maui!

Happy Friday!!! Woo!! We have almost made it to another weekend!!!  We only have a few plans this weekend, which I am all about, but I am sure the plans will pile on as the day goes on. 🙂

One of my favorite outdoor activities is hiking!  When we were living in Utah we frequently woke up on the weekends with hiking being at the top of our priority list for the day.  After being in Dallas where there is no hiking, we sure are happy to have a few hills in Tennessee.  But they are nothing like the mountains in Hawaii!

My sister’s boyfriend’s friend happened to be in Maui the same time we were there.  He takes a family vacation to Maui ever year and knew all the good hiking trails… or so we thought. 😉

Once we arrived at Iao Valley State Park , we parked and headed for the path.  We followed the path until the end, which isn’t very far.  Then we were led over a guard rail to the “real” hike.

This picture doesn’t even do this view justice.

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The hike began quite easy, but got difficult really quickly.  There was a lot of brush and MUD.

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Taking in the views while trying not to get eaten by mosquitoes and stuck in the mud. 😉

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Once we got going it was a pretty neat hike, but way way wayyyy too muddy for my liking.  🙂

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On Friday we did the hike that was near our condo we stayed at.  We had been eyeing it all week long so we decided to give it a go.  From the bottom (and in this picture) it doesn’t look steep at all… but I can assure you that it was very very steep.  It was almost like steps up onto rocks the entire time.  The top is about an hour and a half up to the windmills.  We made it about halfway before turning back. 🙂  My husband was a little winded. 😉

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Hiking/walking/running are some of the best ways to explore a new place and get a little exercise!  We had such a fun time!!   Although I have probably 500 more pictures of Hawaii, this is officially my last little recap of our vacation!!! We really enjoyed our time on all our adventures and would highly recommend a trip to Maui!  I can’t wait for our next adventure!!  

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the cooler weather coming through!  If you are in Florida, please stay safe!! Thinking of you all. 

Questions:

  1. What are you all up to this weekend?
  2. Favorite place you have ever gone hiking?
  3. Favorite TV show currently?

Hawaii continued… Mama’s Fish House & Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Good morning!!!  I am up bright and early for a walk with my dogs and a workout before getting ready for work.  On the days I start my mornings with a nice walk and a workout I feel so much better and more ready to tackle the day.  I feel like I have more energy and make healthier choices too.  

We have been working hard on getting our new dining room farm table finished.  We are still trying to figure out the exact color/stain/whitewash tint we want it, but it is coming along and I am excited to show you guys soon!  I am pretty proud of my husband for all his hard work!

Back to my final recaps of our recent trip to Hawaii!  After my brother and dad left, we still had two more days in Maui.  Thursday night we had dinner plans at Mamas Fish House.  We had heard great things about this place so we were excited!  

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We quickly realized that we accidentally made reservations for the next Thursday, but we decided to wait for a table anyway.  We were all so hungry and I think they could tell we were a little frustrated (out fault, not theirs) so we were pleasantly surprised when we got seated rather quickly and received a complimentary bottle of champagne.  

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This was beyond gracious of them and we really appreciated the hospitality.  

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We all split a few appetizers, but the crab guacamole was my favorite!  

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I got the tuna and it was incredible!! We left stuffed and very happy!!  

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Friday night we had plans for a sunset cruise that left at the marina near our condo.  

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We had such a fun time sipping drinks, eating yummy food, and chatting all while cruising on the boat.  

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Love these peeps!  

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It was such a wonderful last night in Maui!!  

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My next and final Hawaii post will share pictures of the amazing hiking we did on the last days in Hawaii!!  Have a great day yall!!

Questions:

  1. What is one place you are dying to visit?
  2. What is your favorite workout at the moment?
  3. What are you most looking forward to during fall?

Labor Day Weekend Recap 9.4.17 Family Fun at Lake Burton

Hey guys!! How are you?  How was your long weekend?  We made it back from the lake Monday afternoon, but had the best weekend away.  We left Friday after work for my in-law’s lake house in Georgia with my dad, brother, our pups and my mother-in-law.  We got in late on Friday night and went straight to bed. 

On Saturday morning, we took a walk with the pups then hit the lake!!  Our dogs aren’t spoiled at all….

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This little munchkin did some tubing!!  

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And made a new friend at the marina after he got some ice cream!  I am still trying to convince him that dogs are better than cats… he disagrees.  

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Saturday afternoon we played some ping pong and took turns on the kayaks in the cove before loading up on the boat with some drinks and appetizers for a little sunset cruise!

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The pups were pretty happy they got to tag along. 🙂

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My dad and brother. 

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My dad tried all day long to catch a fish and finally did later Saturday evening! 

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Sunday morning we all piled in the car and headed to a nearby trail for a short hike!

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The short hike led to a beautiful waterfall!

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Jacob leading the way. 

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The crew minus my dad, the photographer. 🙂 

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Me, my brother, and my daddy!

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After our hike, we hung out on the boathouse for a while before taking out the jetskis!  Jacob couldn’t get enough!  He likes to go fast!!!  My dad last about 5 minutes. 🙂

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We had such a nice relaxing weekend filled with lots of fun activities and fun family time, but we were all a little tired when we got home on Monday.  Riley headed straight for a nap with his “friends.” 😉

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Later that night he decided I was a better pillow. 🙂  I just can’t get enough of this pup! Don’t you guys worry… Callie gets all the love too… she was probably just hiding in a corner during this picture… she is a funny one. 🙂 

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That about sums up our weekend at the lake!  We are so fortunate our families get along so well and we can all be together on long holiday weekends!! I hope you guys all had a fun and relaxing weekend as well!! I will be back later this week for my final two recaps of our trip to Hawaii!!

Questions:

  1. Did you travel anywhere for Labor Day?
  2. What was the best meal you had this weekend?
  3. Did you get to do any outdoor activities this weekend? Lake? Pool? Hike?