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? 

Maui Ocean Center and the Haleakala Crater at Sunset

Hey guys!! How was is your Labor Day weekend going?  I am soaking up the last few hours of vacation in Georgia before heading back to Nashville.  Today I am continuing on with my recap of our Hawaiian vacation!  

We heard great things about the Maui Ocean Center and since we were staying so close to it, we walked over one morning to explore.  We got to see all different types of fish.  

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Swimming in the coral. 

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My favorites are the colorful ones.  I said, “That orange one looks like nemo.”  My little brother was quick to let me know that the orange fish was in fact NOT nemo. 🙂

More turtles up close!

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There was a tunnel you walk through that is surrounded by a tank filled with sharks!

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Eeeek!  A little too close for comfort!  

The sign we are all making in the picture below is “shaka” which is the Hawaiin sign for hang loose or aloha. 

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Another activity we knew we wanted to do in Maui was drive to the top of the Haleakala Crater.  The best time to go is either sunrise or sunset.  Since the sunrise spots fill up quickly, we opted for the sunset drive and a little more sleep in the morning (it is about a 2 hours drive up so you have to get up around 3am to make it there on time).  We saw this pretty rainbow on the drive.  

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In about 2 hours you drive from sea level to 10,000 feet in elevation above the clouds!! 

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The roads are windy and small so if you get car sick, you should take some Dramamine.  

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We drove up and up and up and finally made it to this parking lot where visitors come to watch the sunset.  

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We actually hiked up another 10 or 15 minutes to be at an even high vantage point.  If I hadn’t been there I would think these pictures were fake! 

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It was easily the highlight of our trip and the most beautiful view I have ever seen!

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The back side of the crater. 

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Jonny and I at the top!

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Dad and his kiddos at the top!

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I could look at these pictures all day.   Nature is so beautiful. 

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Questions:

  1. Have you ever been to a volcano before? 
  2. Do you prefer sunrise or sunset?
  3. How was your Labor Day weekend? 

 

 

Vacation in Maui continued… Doing all the Adventurous Things Like Ziplining & Snorkeling

Hey friends!! Happy weekend!!! I hope you are able to enjoy this long weekend with lots of fun and relaxation.  Have you guys all gotten the rain from Harvey?  We did on Thursday night and it was a lot!  Stay safe out there!  (Everyone affected by Harvey is in my thoughts and prayers.)

When my sister first brought up the idea of ziplining, I was not immediately on board.  Heights just aren’t my thing and hanging by a wire is less than desirable to me. 🙂  But soon after I came around and decided to just conquer my fear and do it.  We all got on board (yes, even my 10 year old brother…if he could do it, I could too.) and were off to the plantation where we were going to zipline.  

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I may look calm and collected, but I assure you I was thinking this could be the last selfie of my life. 😉 

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The ziplining course was not near as scary as I thought it would be.  There were 5 pretty short lines that we zipped across in pairs.  

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I was very nervous on the first one, but got more comfortable each time.  

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I even let go of the handlebars a couple of times… can you believe it?! 😉 

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One activity that I knew I wanted to do in Maui was snorkeling.  I love to snorkel and try to do it anytime I am somewhere tropical.  We Four Winds to do our snorkeling adventure with and it was absolutely amazing.  

They provided breakfast, lunch, and drinks and all the snorkeling equipment.  We went snorkeling at the Molokini Crater and got to see tons of different types of fish.

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 I am just mesmerized every time I get to snorkel.  Ocean life is so beautiful.  

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We even got to see a couple dolphins swimming near the boat.  They are my favorite. When our snorkeling trip came to an end, we hopped off the boat and saw tons of huge turtles swimming around at the dock.  There were big rocks by our condo and the turtles would swim there every day too.  These are some large turtles!!  

I have a few more recaps from our trip to Hawaii and I hope to complete those all next week!!! Have a wonderful rest of your Labor Day weekend!

Questions:

  1. Have you been snorkeling or scuba diving?
  2. Are there any sales you are looking forward to this weekend?
  3. What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?  Mine was mountain biking in Utah… it was a little to scary for me.  🙂