How To Spend A Weekend In Denver

I have to admit that last year when we visited Denver on our anniversary weekend, I didn’t really have a ton planned, which is pretty much unheard of for me. Normally I have every day planned out down to the minute so we can see and do as much as possible, but since this was an anniversary trip and we had some bigger trips coming up later on that year (Seattle, Europe, Disney World, and Napa), we just decided to keep it low key. But just because it was a low key trip doesn’t mean that we didn’t have a blast and that I don’t have some recommendations on how you can spend a weekend in Denver!

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  • Eat!- If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know how much I love good food and love exploring cities by eating my way through them, so it should be no surprise that this is one of my top recommendations for you during your trip to Denver! Denver is known for being a foodie city and has a wide variety of restaurants for you to try out, and I’m being completely honest when I say that we enjoyed every meal that we had while we were in the Mile High City. Definitely bring some stretchy pants with you during your trip to Denver and be prepared to eat your way through the city!
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  • Visit a brewery or two- Along with being known for a foodie city, Denver is also known for being a brewery city. With a wide range of craft breweries located throughout the city, you and your fellow beer lover will be in heaven with the amount of breweries that you can visit and brewskies you can try! If you’re an avid beer fan, you might consider booking a brewery tour with one of the many that are available around the city. These tours will take you to some of the more famous breweries, give you a tour, and give you a tasting as well! Just be sure to book well enough in advance! We waited too long and missed out on this opportunity!
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  • Visit a winery- I know that it’s ironic to talk about visiting a winery in the state of Colorado, especially when you’re pregnant, but trust me, you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to get your very own urban wine experience at the Infinite Monkey Theorem! Infinite Monkey Theorem is not only one of the first wineries to grow grapes in Colorado, but they’re also one of the first wineries to can wine as well! I’ll have a whole post about our visit to the winery later on, but trust me you don’t want to miss out on this fun experience!
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  • Go to a sporting event- If you’re an avid sports fan, you definitely don’t want to miss out on your chance to see either the Denver Rockies or the Denver Broncos play while you’re on your trip. Both sports complexes are located right downtown, which makes it perfect to escape for an afternoon or evening of some American classics. Just be sure to buy your tickets in advance!
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  • Go shopping along 16th Street Mall- To some, shopping while on vacation might seem boring or like something that they can do at home, but what makes 16th Street Mall so unique is the fact that it’s located right in the heart of downtown Denver, and that the mall is located completely outdoors. In Texas the weather is too hot to be shopping outdoors for over half the year, so we definitely enjoyed the cooler weather and walking up and down the 16th Street Mall.
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  • Get out of the city and go hiking- While this isn’t truly in Denver, you can’t go to Colorado and not take some time to enjoy the mountains and go hiking! Thankfully, there’s plenty of parks and mountains around, so it creates the perfect opportunity for you to get out of the city and enjoy the great outdoors. Chris and I opted to spend our last day of our trip, which also happened to be our anniversary, hiking in Red Rocks Park, mainly so we could see the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater!
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  • See a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater- Located just 15 miles away from downtown Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheater is probably the most iconic concert venue in the whole of the United States. Not only are you surrounded by these huge and beautiful red rocks that were created naturally by the earth, the amphitheater is supposed to be one of the best places to perform acoustically for performers. I will say that even if it’s somebody that you’ve never heard of before performing the weekend that you’ll be in Denver, make sure that you buy your tickets IN ADVANCE. Chris and I were debating about going to a concert while we were there and just decided to wait until we got there to buy tickets. Big mistake! By the time that we made it over to Red Rocks, the show was already sold out, which means that we had to head back to Denver, concertless. So definitely learn from our mistakes!
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And there you have it, my suggestions for how to spend a weekend in Denver! Like I said, most of these items are pretty low key, but isn’t that half the fun sometimes when you’re traveling, just to have a trip that you’re not going at 60MPH the whole time? I’m very happy to be linking back up with these wanderful women for some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever visited Denver? Is there anything that I missed for a fun weekend in Denver?

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My 101 In 1001 Check In #7

Well it’s been a little over 3 months since my last 101 in 1001 update, so I figured that it was time for a little update. While my traveling has definitely been lacking lately, I’ve definitely been able to get a lot of other things done in some of my other categories. So check out below to see how I’ve done!

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Travel

1. Visit 5 countries that I’ve never been to before. (6/5)
After our Europe trip last year I was able to get 4 new countries crossed off my list, including Italy, Germany, Austria, and The Czech Republic. With our Europe trip this year I was able to get two new countries (or three depending on how you look at it) crossed off our list and complete this item on our list! During this trip we visited Scotland, England, and France. Technically Scotland and England are both part of The United Kingdom, so I’m counting them as one country, but it doesn’t matter because I was still able to complete my goal!
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House

41. Organize our kitchen better and get rid of things we don’t use.
Chris and I had a huge list of things that we wanted to get done around the house before the babies came, and one of those items was to get our kitchen organized. It really wasn’t functional the way that everything was set up right now, so we were able to reorganize things and also get rid of things that we didn’t use, like all of those freebie wine glasses that we got from wineries that we never use. I’m so happy with how everything turned out!

45. Decorate the game room.
We finally hung up pictures all over the house, including in the game room, and it definitely feels a lot more like home now. We also know that the game room will soon become baby central so we bought some more storage things to hopefully keep a handle on the ever growing toy collection that I’m sure that they’ll have. I’m glad that we got this done early!

49. Buy a china cabinet and decorate.
So it only took us like a year, but after buying our china cabinet last year, I’m very happy to say that we finally put our china in the china cabinet and that it looks so good! The only reason that I can think of for why it took us so long to actually do it was because we were just lazy. I guess when I actually add things to a to do list that means that they actually get done, thankfully!
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52. Donate clothes that I can’t wear anymore to charity.
Before the babies get here I wanted to try and get my closet a little more organized, especially since I had quite a bit of clothes in my closet that I haven’t worn in years. I’m happy to say that about a month ago I spent a good portion of the afternoon going through my closet and got 3 or 4 huge trash bags filled with clothes out of closet and dresser and sent over to Goodwill. Now I just need to reorganize my closet a little bit…

53. Create a gallery wall on the staircase of our photos we’ve taken.
This is probably my favorite project that we’ve worked on over the past few months, and I absolutely love the way that it turned out! Chris did a wonderful job of getting everything put up and organized, and instead of doing pictures that we’ve taken of our trips we decided to pictures of us from our trips along with some family pictures. It was a ton of fun to go back through our trip pictures and to try and pick out our favorites to use on the gallery wall. I know that eventually those pictures will change though because I’m sure that we’ll want to add a ton of pictures of the girls to the gallery as well!
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Life

56. Get up to date on our family yearbooks. (Up to 2016)
I’m very happy to say that this one is getting closer and closer to actually being complete! Before I started this 101 in 1001 I had only completed our 2013 yearbook and now I’m working on our 2016 yearbook! Hopefully I get done quickly so that I can move on to our vacation books!

57. Get up to date on our vacation photobooks. (Completed through California 2014)
While I definitely haven’t gotten as far as I have on my family yearbooks, I’ve made a little bit of progress on our vacation photobooks. I completed our big Northern California vacation books from 2014, and then I’ll be able to start on all of our weekend trips from 2015 and 2016 along with our 2015 Hawaii trip, and our Europe trips from 2016 and this year. It might not be possible to finish all of these up before my 1001 days are over, but I’m sure going to try!

58. Get updated family photos printed.
This kind of ties in with our gallery wall, but we used not only a family picture that we got taken in March, but we also used some other family pictures that we had taken throughout the years. Especially now that Dart isn’t here anymore, I’m glad that we get to see all of those pictures of us as a family of 3 as we pass them on the stairs.
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61. Read 100 books. (83/100)
If you’ve been reading my Show Us Your Books updates then you know how I’ve hit a little bit of a rough patch lately as far as reading, but thankfully that’s starting to pick up. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to read those 17 books before the babies get here, or by the end of the year because who knows how much reading I’ll get done once they get here!

67. Finish watching the whole series of Friends.
Finally I understand why everybody loves Friends so much, even though I’m probably like 15 years late to the party. The series was so good, and I loved being able to watch the final episodes, especially with everything that’s been going on in our lives lately with the twins! 

75. Start a family.
Technically this one was done last time I did the update, but we hadn’t announced just yet that we were expecting! Chris and I are seriously loving this stage in our lives right now, and we can’t wait until the babies get here!
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And there you have it, all the things that I’ve been able to accomplish over the past 3 months in relation to my 101 in 1001. We definitely knew that we needed to get things done around the house and in our life in general before the babies came and I feel like we’ve really been able to do that. Hopefully we’ll get some more things done and checked off the list before the babies get here!

Recap:

In Progress:
Travel- (2/25)
Houston- (1/10)
House- (0/20)
Life- (3/20)
Food- (0/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (3/10)
Blog- (0/6)
Total- (9/101)

Completed:
Travel- (16/25)
Houston- (4/10)
House- (15/20)
Life- (9/20)
Food- (5/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (4/10)
Blog- (5/6)
Total- (58/101)

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A Life Update

Hi everyone, it’s been a long time since I’ve logged on and actually sat down to write and that’s because I’ve been in a little bit of a funk lately. The last time that I wrote was for the SUYB linkup, but also to say that Dart had a relapse of his cancer and we’d had a scary week trying to get him better. We really thought that the new drugs would give us a lot more time, but unfortunately he had another relapse two weeks ago.

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We knew that there was nothing else that we could do for him, so we decided to make the hard decision to let him go to doggy heaven. Chris and I were both wrecks that weekend, but just being able to focus on the fact that he’s all better now and all of the fun that we had has really helped us to get through everything. There’s still a lot of things around the house that make us think of him, and we miss him like crazy, but each day it gets a little bit easier. I also wanted to thank all of y’all that reached out to me on that last post about Dart, and also when I posted about it on social media. Chris and I really appreciate it so much!

So anyways, I guess that now y’all can see why I needed some time away from this space, but I’m back now, and hoping to get y’all updated on everything and to start writing travel posts again! In honor of that, I thought that I’d do a little currently post.

WATCHING- The Real Housewives of Auckland and pretty much all the Real Housewives series that are on right now. In fact on Thursday Chris and I pretty much had a Real Housewives marathon and watched all the current episodes of Auckland, Dallas, Orange County and New York City. I was pretty happy but Chris was not. The good thing is that Game of Thrones is on tonight, so I know that we’ll both be happy then!

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READING- I seriously feel so behind on my reading and that’s because I had requested all of these books from the library, not expecting them to come in, and then they all came in all at once. So I got caught up on those, and now I’m scrambling to get caught up on book club books along with my selections for Erin’s Book Challenge. I’m almost done with Beartown by Fredrik Backman and then I’m flipping over to The Camelot Shadow by Sean Gibson for my work book club. Hopefully I’ll get them both done before my book club meetings!

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EATING- Lots of leftovers! This past weekend we drove to my parents’ house for the weekend so we could help Chris’s cousin move in, and my parents had her family over for dinner. My dad really outdid himself by cooking out ribs, chicken, and sausage, and like always there were a ton of leftovers. I’m happy for all the leftovers though because that means that we don’t have to cook very much this week!

CRAVING- Surprisingly I really haven’t been craving too much during this pregnancy, but I do randomly get some cravings, and right now I could really go for some Fro-yo! I think that because it’s so hot outside, all I’ve been craving has been cold desserts, and I guess that I should soak all of that up while I can, right!

DRINKING- Like I mentioned before, it’s hotter than hot in Texas right now, and this pregnant lady needs to stay hydrated, so I’m drinking nothing fun, just water. And unfortunately, there won’t be any fun drinks until after these little girls get here, but I know that it’ll be all worth it!

PLANNING- It’s kind of weird, but I’m not really planning any trips right now because we just don’t know how things are going to be with the babies. I did decide that we’d take a little trip to Fredericksburg for my birthday next year, but other than that we don’t have much going on. Besides trips though we are planning a lot of baby stuff, including where everything that we got for the nursery is going to go! I seriously can’t wait until it all comes in!

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FEELING- Like a beached whale. I know that I’m really not that big for how far along I am, especially with twins, but when I’m laying down in bed, it seriously gets so hard to move around! Any other pregnant ladies feel this way?

LOVING- That we got to spend so much time with Dart and created so many memories over these past few months. We got to take some trips, we got our family pictures made, we found some bluebonnets, and we just got as many cuddles and time as we could with him. I have zero regrets about all the things that we did with Dart while he was sick and wouldn’t change a thing.

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MISSING- Obviously I still miss our sweet boy. It’s tough to come home after work because he would always run up and greet us. We miss his barking at the door when somebody would ring the doorbell, and of course how he’d magically appear right at our side as soon as we’d open up the fridge drawer that had the cheese. But probably the thing that I miss the most is how at night he would snuggle right up next to me and throw his head over my stomach and just fall asleep just like that. Even though it sucks and we miss him so much, I’m just glad that we still have all of these great memories of our sweet boy.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend And A Dart Update

So I guess that’s a little bit of what’s been going on with us over the past couple of weeks. We’ve been trying to keep ourselves busy as much as possible, but have also been mourning our sweet boy while also trying to remember all of the funny stories and memories that we have with him as well. Thanks again to everyone that reached out to us, it really meant so much.

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