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? 

Christmas in Indiana Part 2

Good morning!!  I hope your Wednesday is off to a good start!  I just got back from an early class at the gym so I am feeling great!  Exercising will always be my favorite way to start the day.  It just sets me up to make healthier choices throughout the day and puts my mind in a good place.  

So back to where I left off yesterday with my recap of our trip to Indiana.   Sunday morning we opened presents!! My mother-in-law is the best gift giver ever.  

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And then we ate some breakfast!

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A little later, I had an assortment of goodies for lunch!

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And we played a bit of ping pong…my husband has to go easy on me.. he is a lot better than me. 😉

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A few hours later, we gathered in the dining room for Christmas dinner. 

We had a huge delicious meal of steak, swordfish, mashed potatoes, rice stuffing, green bean casserole, cornbread, and a pear and walnut salad.  So delicious!

Christmas cookies!

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My brother-in-law got me the game Taboo for Christmas so we decided to play that night.  We were laughing hysterically and someone, who I won’t name, may or may not have peed his/her pants. 😉 

My mother-in-law’s mom was a huge Cubs fan so my mother-in-law got us all shirts for a picture for her holiday card this year.  I know, dad, I told her it was against all my morals to wear a Cubs shirt.  🙂

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That wraps up our trip to Indiana for Christmas!  We had such a fun and relaxing time with my in-laws over the weekend.   I am sad the holidays are coming to an end, but it is always nice to come home and get back into a routine.  I am soaking up our time at our house now because it won’t be long until we are officially in Nashville!  

Questions:

  1. What is something you cook ever year on Christmas?
  2. Do you open presents or eat first on Christmas morning?
  3. Favorite type of Christmas cookie?

Cancun Mexico Part 2 … Vacation Versus Adventure

Hi guys!  Well it is already Wednesday and by the time you are reading this (I am writing this Tuesday) I will be on my way to Nashville for the rest of the week.  I have a couple things to do in Nashville to get ready for our move so off I go! 

My husband and I often talk about the difference of a vacation and an adventure.  An adventure to us is exploring a new place while immersing ourselves into the culture and seeing all the popular attractions and local favorites.  A vacation to us is about relaxing and reading a good book, but not worrying about “seeing” or “doing” too much.  While our big London/Amsterdam trip was definitely an adventure, our Cancun trip was most certainly a true vacation.  Before we even got to Mexico, we planned to “not plan” anything.  During previous trips to Mexico, I have swam with the dolphins, deep sea fished, snorkeled, and explored the town, but this time we didn’t even want to leave the resort.  So we didn’t.  And it was exactly what we needed.  It was truly so relaxing and nice to not have an agenda.  

This is where I spent all day on Sunday.  It was lovely.  

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Heaven. 

The water is so clear and beautiful. 

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We have decided we are going to make this a yearly tradition.  It was the perfect time to get away.  Although we both love the holidays, they can be a pretty stressful time especially with our families in different places.  This was a special time for us to just reflect on how blessed we are and really enjoying the holidays.  Can you see the rainbow in the picture below?

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Lucky girl. 🙂

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The resort had a cute little espresso bar too so every day after the pool we would grab an espresso or two.  Espresso and champagne are my favorites.  Not together, of course. 😉 

Saturday night we got ready early and headed to the theater for a drink before dinner and ended up playing a round of scrabble.  Did I tell you guys that I love games? 

 

The huge Christmas tree in the lobby. 🙂

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Saturday night we went to the Steakhouse restaurant for dinner. 

So yummy!

When we ordered a drink after dinner while waiting for the show, the bartender gave me two glasses of champagne.  For the record, I did not drink that big one! LOL!

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Sunday morning we went to the gym bright and early before catching an hour or two by the pool before getting ready to head home.  We had one last amazing lunch… I had a salad the size of my head and it was delicious! 

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We had such a great time on our vacation and I can’t recommend this all-inclusive resort enough!  The food and drinks were soo good and the staff was truly amazing!  We will definitely be back!  I hope to check in with you all tomorrow or Friday!  Have a great rest of the week! 

Questions:

  1. Favorite cocktail?
  2. Pool or beach?
  3. Appetizer or dessert? Or both?

 

Cancun Mexico Trip With Jonny

Hi friends!!  I hope you Tuesday is off to a good start.  My started on a rather….icky note due to a furry little guy thinking it was okay to potty inside last night… My dogs are very well behaved and potty trained, but every once in a while.. I won’t name any names (eh hem… Riley…) one of the pups decides he isn’t going to wait until he gets to go outside.  Fortunately the accident was not on carpet… unfortunately I walked right into it my gym shoes this morning in the dark while getting ready to run on my treadmill.  So yeah.. it has been one of THOSE days already and its not even 9am.  

But let’s focus on the positive, shall we?  My husband and I just got back from the most amazing vacation ever in Cancun, Mexico!!  After a hectic morning last Wednesday (my husband forgot his backpack at home when we were on the way to the airport) and a flight connection from hell (for some reason my name was under our reservation twice and my boarding pass wouldn’t let me board our connecting flight to Mexico… they worked to fix it for 20 minutes… meanwhile my husband is on the plane freaking out that I am not going to get on and I’m freaking out thinking he is going to Mexico without me… they finally got it fixed with about 1 minute to spare..).  Needless to say, we were more than ready to get to Mexico and our resort when we finally arrived late Wednesday afternoon.  

We took a short shuttle ride to our hotel, Riu Palace Las Americas.  This was the first time my husband had stayed at an all-inclusive resort so he was pretty skeptical.  I had been to Cancun and all inclusive resorts quite a few times over the years and think it is the way to go for a relaxing, stress-free vacation in the sun.  This resort is absolutely stunning and did not disappoint!  

 

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I have stayed at Riu resorts before and while they are all pretty nice, this one was exceptionally nice.  It is also an adults-only resort so I think they definitely helped with the peaceful atmosphere and everything is geared towards adults so that is nice.  

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There are 5 or 6 restaurants in the resort and none of them require reservations, which is always nice.  There is one buffet and the rest are sit-down dining.  

The food was amazing.  So fresh and tasty.  My husband was so skeptical that the food wouldn’t be good at an all-inclusive, but even he raved about it.  On our last day he said, “well I didn’t have one bad meal.” so I think that explains how good it was!

The resort was beautifully decorated with lots of lights for the holidays.  We went to the nightly show (different every night) most nights, but our favorite was the star impersonations show.  They did Brittney Spears, Elvis, Beyonce and more.  It was amazing!

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I am proud to say that all 4 mornings we were there we made it to the gym!  We also played lots of games/sports during the day.  My husband loved the ping pong tournament… until a guy almost 3 times his age beat him. 🙂 🙂 🙂 

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I did more lounging… and swimming up to the bar. 

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I mean.. a cold pina colada on a hot day… doesn’t get much better than that.  

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Speaking of the weather.. it was amazing!  In the 70s and 80s every day except for a little scattered rain on Sunday.  We weren’t too upset though… we just sat under covering and read our books! 

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The pool is more our kind of place, but we did take a couple walks on the beach. 

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I loved having lunch at the resort and piling my plate high with a big ole salad!  yum! 

Oh and mimosas and beer with lunch :).

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My husband entered the football throwing contest… he did not win. 😉

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The entertainers asked us if we walked to play water volleyball… we said sure why not.  They later told us it was tequila volleyball.  Every time you missed the ball, they poured tequila in your mouth… Tequila is not my thing so I tried my hardest. 🙂

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Thursday night we went the theater before dinner for a little Black Jack.  Thankfully it was fake money. Gambling stresses me out. 😉

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I’m better at drinking pina coladas. 😉 

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Thursday and Friday nights we went to the Japanese restaurant because we loved it so much! 

We may have had that sushi platter times 3! 🙂 So yummy!

Love this guy!!  So grateful for time away from work and our crazy schedule to spend quality time together.  It is so important to us.  

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I will finished recapping our wonderful trip to Mexico tomorrow!! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! 

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Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. How is your morning going?  Better than mine I hope. 😉 
  3. What re you eating for lunch today? 

 

Weekend Recap Continued…Breckenridge, CO for the weekend!

Good morning!!  Who else is feeling a little exhausted today?  My little pup Riley was up all night (not sick), but just fidgeting and not wanting to lay down so needless to say, I did not sleep much.  I made a curry dish last night and he licked the bowl and we are thinking that he might of had an allergic reaction to it.  Eeek.  No more table scraps for that little guy.  

Anyway, back to our Colorado trip.  After a good night’s rest, we woke up Saturday morning ready for a nice hike.  My dad had just visited Breckenridge a couple months ago and suggested a couple hikes to us.  One hike he suggested was the McCullough Gulch.  He said it was pretty steep, but we could do it.  It was only about 3 miles so we decided to give it a try.  He said to drive all the way to the end of the road to park and start at the trail head.  

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Well the only problem was that the road was closed for repairs so we had to park at the end of the road and start our hike there.  My husband kept insisting that the hike would be too long because we added the extra road to it, but I kept thinking the trail head wouldn’t be too far down the road.  

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I was wrong.  He was right.  We walked over 2 miles just to get to the trail head, but at this point I was determined to complete the hike.  There is a beautiful lake at the end of the trail.  

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So we walked… and walked… and walked…

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This picture is evidence that my husband carried nothing…. 

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While I carried the backpack the entire way… 🙂

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I made him drink water and eat a snack about every 10 minutes so it would lighten the load. 🙂

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When we were down in town the morning of our hike, we saw hikers in shorts and thought they were crazy.  Well… little did I know I would have preferred shorts for about 90 percent of the hike.  But when we got to the very top and turned the corner to see the lake, it was FREEZING!!! That’s why I am wearing my husband’s patagonia in this picture. 🙂

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The long, steep hike was definitely worth the views at the top.  

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It was such a beautiful day. 

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We took a couple panoramics.

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And then we headed back down the mountain. 

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Jon wanted to climb this tree..

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Then he decided he knew a “shortcut” and took us off the path…. into a swamp.  20 minutes later, we were backtracking to find said path.  

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Thankfully we found it ;).  We were both hurting by the time we finally made it to the car.  Our hike that was supposed to be 3 miles ended up being over 9.5 miles.  So we celebrated.

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We cleaned up and headed out for a drink before dinner. 

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Then we made our way to Blue River Bistro for dinner.  

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I got the beet salad with salmon and my husband got the ahi tuna special with udon noodles.  We both agreed that this was the best meal of the trip.  

Sunday morning we headed to the local coffee shop, Cool River Coffee House (we did this Saturday morning too) for coffee and breakfast.  We ate our breakfast outside as we watched people (and their doggies) take a morning stroll.  

After breakfast we wondered around town and did a little shopping before stopping in a couple bars to watch some football.  After a couple hours, we were hungry again so we stopped at CB & Potts for lunch.  They have a nice outdoor area and we just couldn’t get enough of the beautiful weather.  I’ll let you guys guess which meal was mine. 😉 

We had such an amazing time in Breckenridge and even if you don’t like snow sports, I would highly recommend visiting in the off months because it is absolutely beautiful.  The town is so cute and quaint and the people are very friendly.  We will definitely be back! 

Questions:

  1. Mountains or the beach?
  2. Do you like to hike?
  3. If you have a fitness tracker, how many steps do you average daily?

 

St. Louis & Des Moines Trip

Hi guys!  I hope you all had a nice weekend!  Mine was really nice and I sure was happy to be home this weekend.  We flew home from Des Moines on Friday night and I realized that our last flight of the day was our 7th flight in 7 days… Whew!  That is a lot of traveling and it isn’t letting up anytime soon. 

Let’s back up a bit to last week.  My husband had some traveling to do for work so Riley and I tagged along.  I’ll apologize in advance for the crazy amount of puppy pictures in this post.  I am not great at selfies and since Riley is my travel buddy, you get pictures of him. 🙂 Our first stop was St. Louis.  Riley and I stayed busy at Forest Park all day while my husband worked.  The weather was amazing.

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The park is huge so we walked and walked and walked.  There is a zoo, an art museum, tennis courts, a place to rent paddle boats, and so much more in this beautiful park.  

This guy was in his happy place!

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Especially when we found the water… 

It was so nice out that we grabbed lunch and ate in the park. 

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Then we stumbled upon more water… and someone wanted to dive right in! 

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I uploaded two videos to my youtube channel of Riley drinking/trying to get in the water.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a video of the 3 times he fell in the pond… 🙂

Monday night we got a yummy dinner at Wildflower and my little sidekick tagged along.  

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My husband got some type of brisket risotto and I got the salmon special that came on a nicoise salad.  The next night we opted for Indian food take out.  It was some of the best I have ever had.  

This little guy was living the life.  

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We stayed right by the arch.  I think the last time I had been to St. Louis was for a school trip in 8th grade.  It was good to be back! 

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Wednesday we headed to Des Moines (my husband had to work) to visit my brother-in-law and see his new house.  Riley loved it. 

 

 

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The first night we got Thai food that was delicious!  I got an avocado green curry with tons of veggies.  The portions were so big we all had enough for lunch the next day.

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Since this post is getting rather lengthy, I will stop here and be back tomorrow for my weekend recap!  Make today a good one! 🙂 

Questions:

  1. How was your weekend?
  2. Do you like Indian or Thai food?
  3. Are you a fan of leftovers?

Lake Burton Trip With Friends Part 1

Hi guys! Happy Wednesday! Woo, we made it to the half way point!  This week has been physically and emotionally draining on me, but my mom comes into town today so I am really looking forward to seeing her and spending some time just hanging out around the house.  Yesterday I was able to squeeze in a last minute cupping session (you can read about my first one here) to help ease the pain in my neck and back.  It was glorious and the marks are not near as bad as the last time so I think that means my circulation is better?  Who knows.. but I did leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.  

Two weekends ago we were in Georgia at the lake for a long weekend with some of our best friends.  We had friends come from Atlanta, Boston and Nashville to spend the weekend with us.  We are so blessed to have such amazing friends that will travel so far to spend time with us.  🙂 Today I just wanted to do a little recap of our fun weekend with our friends. 

My husband and I arrived early on Thursday morning after our flight Wednesday night was cancelled (that has never happened to me before).  We grabbed our rental car and groceries and headed to the lake! We took a short boat cruise before our friends arrived.  Did I mention Riley got to come?  And he gave me so many kisses because he was so happy.  This dog just LOVES the water. 

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This view never gets old.

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My husband and I cooked a simple dinner of tuna, salad and avocado before our friends began to show up! 

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Then I found the boys like this… #rufflife 🙂 

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Friday morning started bright and early with a workout crafted by my bestie, Rachel.  If you can’t tell, it was SO hard.  We were all dying by the end, but it was a nice way to start our day.

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We spent most of the day on the boat cruising around and playing with the pups!

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Friday night we had dinner at home that consisted of grilled chicken, salmon, asparagus, and roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes! so so so good!

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We hung out on the boathouse after dinner before taking an evening boat cruise to the marina when we got word that Sammy Kershaw was playing a concert on the lake that night.  He is an old favorite of mine so I was really excited!   

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Ofcourse we had to have lots of cuddles with the pups before heading out.

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Love my peeps!

This girl and I have so many memories from high school to a lot of Sammy Kershaw songs so it was fun to reminisce with her!

That’s all I’ve got for you today!  I’ll see you tomorrow to wrap up our trip!! Have a great Wednesday!!! 

Questions:

  1. What song reminds you of a past memory?
  2. Have you been to any concerts recently?
  3.  Do you take your pets (if you have any) with you when you travel?