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A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

Happy Monday everyone! This weekend was definitely one for the books, so I have a feeling that I might be dragging a little bit this morning and wishing that I could be back at the beach instead of in the office. But alas we all must adult, so instead of being at the beach I’ll be reminiscing about it with Biana for some weekending!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

Friday

Since my birthday was so close to the weekend, I knew that I wanted to get out of the city for a quick weekend getaway. We knew that we wanted to go somewhere close that we could drive to, and somewhere that would be easily accessible to dogs as well so that Dart could go with us. We tossed around a few ideas, but when we started talking about how Chris had never been to Galveston before, the idea of quick weekend at the beach sounded perfect!

Chris picked me up from the office on Friday and then after a quick hour drive we were out of the city and on the small island of Galveston. While there are a ton of hotels to choose from on the island, Chris and I opted for a VRBO rental that was literally right off the beach. When we first arrived, the wind was really starting to pick up and there was a chance for rain, so we opted to stay in for the night, cook some dinner, and just relax. It was the perfect start to the weekend!

Saturday

The bedroom that we were in faced east, so we were up bright and early Saturday morning. Dart had never been to the beach before, so we were anxious to get him out there to see what he would do with all the sand and the waves and all the seagulls!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The beach was very busy that morning, and we enjoyed a couple of miles walk and watching Dart going insane over all of the new sights and smells and of course the ocean. If you follow me on Snapchat, you might have seen the video of Dart when he was standing in the ocean and then got scared by the waves coming in. It was so funny! Needless to say, Dart definitely prefers the sand to the ocean!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

After our morning walk, we headed back to the house, made breakfast, and then packed up our stuff and headed to the beach. It was very windy on Saturday which meant that we had trouble setting up our tent to begin with, but once it was setup we enjoyed the cooler weather that we got with the wind. It was a beautiful and relaxing day, despite a little bit of rain for about 10 minutes, and I loved just sitting at the beach and reading a book and planning part of our Europe trip. It was perfect!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

At around 4:00 we had our fill of the beach so we headed back to the house and relaxed for a little bit before eating dinner and then going on another evening walk on the beach. That night there weren’t nearly as many people on the beach as there had been that morning, so it almost felt like we had it to ourselves.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

Sunday

We had an early checkout time at 11:00 Sunday morning, so Chris and I made sure that we were out of bed early enough to get a walk in with Dart before eating breakfast and packing up. Sunday morning felt a lot like Saturday evening in the fact that there weren’t that many people on the beach, so Chris and I let Dart off his leash for a little bit and he absolutely loved it! The wind wasn’t as bad as Saturday, but that also meant that it got a lot hotter than Saturday as well. After our walk we cooked breakfast and then we hit the road to get back home.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The Wandering Weekenders- A Birthday Weekend At The Beach

The advantage to going on a weekend trip so close is the fact that we got home so quickly! Before we knew it we were back at home and getting started on laundry, grocery shopping and just getting ready for the week. Our little weekend trip to Galveston was perfect, and I’m so glad that we got to continue my birthday celebrations at the beach!

Have you ever visited Galveston before? Have you gone on a birthday weekend getaway?

One more thing before I go, March means the beginning of Spring and the start of something new. To get you fresh and ready for the new season, I’m teaming up with Emelia and a few other blogger babes to gift one lucky person a $75 Sephora or Ulta gift card –winner’s choice and a bunch of Emelia’s tried and true favorite products including a GlamGlow mask, BECCA Highlighter and more. The giveaway ends Sunday April 2, so be sure to check back on the blog next week to see if you’re the winner!

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A wonderful 30th Birthday Weekend spent in Galveston, Texas. Sand, sun, the ocean, and family, there's nothing more that you need!

A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List

Today is the day, I’m officially 30 years old. 30. Thirty. The Big 3-0. The Dirty 30. THIRTY! Even typing this out feels so incredibly weird. I know that 30 isn’t that old, but for some reason this year has gotten me so incredibly freaked out. I think that 30 is the age that everybody thinks that they’ll have things figured out, they’ll have accomplished something in their lives, or they’ll at least know where they’re going.

The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List

When you’re young, you think by age 30 I’ll have done x, y and z. I know that 30 really isn’t that old, but I got almost a little depressed thinking about the fact that I’m 30 because I thought that I’d have done more by now. So to get myself out of that funk, I thought that I’d do a little reverse bucket list for my birthday to show myself how much I really have done so far in my life, and how I still have a lot of time left to accomplish even more things!

The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List

  1. So Earned a Bachelor’s Degree- I think that it’s easy to forget how not everybody has the opportunity to go to college, so I’m lucky that I was able to go and get a degree!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  2. Earned a Master’s Degree- I might have taken a victory lap, but it was worth it to earn my Master’s as well as my Bachelor’s degree.
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  3. Became a licensed CPA- Definitely not the easiest thing to do considering it’s a 4 part exam that you have to pass all 4 parts within one year. I’m so thankful that A&M had such a great program and that I passed when I was in school!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  4. Got Married- I found my person early on, and we decided to get married right after school. It was the most perfect wedding, in my opinion!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  5. Owned a dog- Owning your own pet is completely different than having a family pet. You are their everything, and I wouldn’t change our time with Dart for anything!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  6. Purchased two houses and sold one- We purchased our first house after we got married and then during the summer of 2014 we sold our first house and moved into our second. It was so stressful, but totally worth it!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  7. Purchased my own car- As cute as my yellow bug was, I was so excited to trade him in for Quatro!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  8. Skydived, twice- If you can believe it I was more scared to jump out of a plane the second time around than the first. But we got our pictures taken during the second jump, which was cool!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  9. Rode in a hot air balloon- During our trip to Napa last year we got to ride in a hot air balloon, and it was one of the most extraordinary experiences I’ve ever had!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  10. Rode in a helicopter over Kauai- I’m finally getting ready to write about our time in Kauai, and one of my favorite parts of the trip was the helicopter ride that we took around the island. We got to see some parts of the island that aren’t visible any other way than by air.
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  11. Took a gondola ride in Venice- When in Venice, you must take a gondola ride! While we didn’t get sang to, it was really relaxing and I loved getting to cruise through the peaceful canals of a beautiful city!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  12. Drank beer and danced on tables at Oktoberfest- One of the main reasons that we visited Europe last year in September was because we wanted to go to Oktoberfest! A once in a lifetime experience, I’ll never forget how much fun we had, and all of the crazy Snapchat videos I took as well!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  13. Visited the real life locations from the Sound Of Music- One of my favorit
  14.  movies of all time, it was so surreal to see all of the beautiful locations in real life!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  15. Visited the land of my ancestors during a visit to Prague- My great grandparents immigrated from Czechoslovakia, so it was an amazing experience to walk around Prague last year in Europe.
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  16. Visited a real life castle- Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Walt Disney for Cinderella’s castle, and we got to visit it last year. It was as beautiful as I had hoped that it would be.
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  17. Watched the cows being driven down from the mountains in Germany- Still a very big tradition in Germany and Switzerland, when we were riding up to Neuschwanstein we actually got to see the driving down of the cows from the mountains. It was so cool to see everybody decked out in their lederhosen and dirndls leading their cows with the huge bells down the mountains!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  18. Wine tasted in Napa Valley- You know how much I love wine, and Napa Valley is the place to drink wine in America! I could go back time and time again!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  19. Wine tasted in Italy- Our first day in Italy was spent wine tasting around the Vicenza area and it was such a dream! It was also really cheap too, way cheaper than in the States!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  20. Seen the tree at Rockefeller Center at Christmas time- I view NYC as one of the most iconic places to visit during Christmas, and I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice during the Christmas season. I love being able to see the Rockefeller Tree all lit up at night!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  21. Been on TV at the Today Show- This year is actually the 10th Anniversary of my very first trip to NYC, and one of the things that we did that first year was to visit the Today Show, and we were actually on TV! My friend’s dad took pictures when we were on!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  22. Visited the top of the Empire State Building- One of the most iconic buildings in NYC, I loved to visit the top and to see the view!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  23. Read a multitude of books- One of my favorite things to do is read, and probably the only positive to having a commute everyday is that I have the opportunity to read everyday. I’ve gotten to read so much over the years, and thanks to the Show Us Your Books linkup I have a never ending list of books to read!
  24. Biked across the Golden Gate Bridge- It was definitely an adventure, and a workout, but it was so much fun to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. If you can believe it, Chris was more scared to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge than he was to bike across it.
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  25. Dined at the top of the Eiffel Tower, even if it was only in Las Vegas- I know it’s not the same thing as dining at the real Eiffel Tower, but for our first time in Vegas it was an extraordinary experience. Plus we had amazing views of the Bellagio Fountains!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  26. Saw real life volcanos spewing lava- I totally didn’t appreciate it when I was there, but seeing a real life active volcano was really cool. I’m hoping that Chris and I will be able to make it there together one day.
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  27. Walked on a black sand beach- I don’t remember seeing a black sand beach the first time that I was in Hawaii, so I pretty much freaked out the first time that we saw one when we were there in 2015.
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  28. Walked through the White House- It’s not super hard to get a tour of the White House, but it is something that you have to sign up for before a trip to DC. When I visited with my mom in college, we really enjoyed getting to walk through an iconic part of the United States history.
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  29. Visited Washington DC during the Cherry Blossom Festival- Probably one of the busiest times of the year in Washington DC, we timed our trip perfectly a couple of years ago and got to see the Cherry Blossoms during peak bloom. They were beautiful and I don’t think that I’ll ever forget that experience!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  30. Walked the Freedom Trail in Boston- While the United States might be a young country, we’re also a very proud country. It was a surreal experience to visit some of the places that our forefathers fought for their freedom from Britain.
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List
  31. Made it to age 30 with a loving family and a ton of friends that I love so much! While it’s freaking me out, not everybody makes it to the ripe “old” age of 30. I’m so very thankful that I’ve made it, even if I’m not super excited about it, and that I have great family and friends that have supported me in every way possible throughout the years. Thank y’all and I love y’all so much!
    The Wandering Weekenders- A 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List

And there you have it, my reverse bucket list for my 30th birthday! We don’t have any wild and crazy plans for my 30th birthday weekend, that was pretty much taken care of last weekend in Vegas, but Chris, Dart, and I are packing up the car and spending the weekend at the beach! Besides a quick day trip, Chris has never been to Galveston, so I’m excited to show him around!

My 30th Birthday is kind of a big deal to me so I'm breaking down everything that I've accomplished by doing a 30th Birthday Reverse Bucket List!

The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

Can we just talk about the fact that all of the time changes really seem to mess with you more the older that you get? I swear I was so tired on Sunday and I’m blaming it all on the time change and not on the incredibly busy weekend that I had. So let’s do a little weekend recap with the always amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

Friday

March in Houston has been filled with some rainy weather, and Friday was no different than the several weeks before. So rather than go out, Chris and I decided that we needed another quiet night at home. We cooked dinner together, well pretty much Chris cooked dinner and I kind of helped, and we spent the rest of the night just relaxing and getting caught up on our DVR shows, our usual Friday night ritual when we’re at home it seems.

Saturday

Rain was in the forecast for the full day on Saturday which totally threw a wrench in the plans that Kathleen and I had for taking birthday pictures again. We had plans to go to Dry Bar for some total “treat yo self” plans, but we ended up canceling those plans and just decided to get our pictures done as early as possible in the morning as possible.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

So we bought our balloons early in the morning and then headed to our first mural, The Love Wall, to take some pictures. As I was literally setting up the tripod for pictures my “0” that Kathleen was holding on literally flew away. When we looked at the string it looked like Party City hadn’t tied the ribbon on tight enough so with the wind it literally got disconnected from the ribbon. Talk about freak accident right!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

Kathleen and I weren’t going to let that stop us from having a good day though, so we still took some pictures at the Love Wall and then drove over to take pictures at a couple of other murals. The next location that we went to was actually right around the corner from my favorite Houston brewery, Saint Arnold! I’ll definitely be wanting to make more visits there sometime soon!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

Before we went to our last mural of the day, Kathleen stopped back by another Party City so that I could get another “0” to take some balloon pictures. When I told them what happened they almost didn’t give me another one because they said that they “weren’t responsible once the balloons left the store”. I call total bull on that statement because they should at least be responsible for how well they tie their balloons together. But that obviously doesn’t matter because they gave me my “0” so that I could get some 3-0 pictures!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

Our last mural stop of the day was to The Biscuit Paint Wall which was our first stop that we went to last year when we took our birthday pictures. It was so much fun to recreate those pictures and to be all bloggery with a fellow blogger!

After pictures we were both starving so we headed to Rice Village for some brunch and a little shopping. We stopped by Little Liberty which is a smaller version of Liberty Kitchen that we visited last year, and while the food was good, the service was so terrible! They didn’t have enough menus for everybody and the servers didn’t seem to know their own menu. It makes me wonder if they’re a new restaurant and need some time to get set up.

After brunch we headed to Kendra Scott so that Kathleen and I could use our 50% off discounts. Despite a torrential downpour, we made it into the store and each got some great pieces that we’d been eyeing for a while. To say that we had an eventful and fun day would be an understatement!

When I got home from taking pictures with Kathleen Chris and I headed to our friends house for dinner. It had literally been since Christmas since we’d seen Sarah, Clayton, and their daughter Ellie, so it was literally so nice to catch up! Also I can’t believe how big Ellie has gotten in such a short amount of time! She’s so cute and such a good baby too!

We had some delicious fajitas for dinner prepared by Sarah and Clayton and spent the rest of the night catching up and playing a fun new board game, Dixit. The whole premise of the game is that you’re trying to get people to not guess the card that you’re playing based on the clue that you give. It sounds very confusing, but I promise that once you start playing it gets really easy and very addicting!

Sunday

We were up early again on Sunday, not only because of daylight savings time, but because we were also getting our family photos taken first thing in the morning! A coworker’s wife started up a family photography business and after seeing some of the newborn pictures that she took for another coworker, I knew that I wanted her to take some family pictures of us. We met up at a park near our house, and spent the next hour taking pictures. Dart did a really good job, and I think that he was partially showing off because of the new people that were around.

Lindsey already posted a few of the pictures on Facebook, and they’re so incredibly beautiful! There’s only two that she posted right now, but if this is any indication of how the rest of them are going to look, I know that they’re going to be just what we wanted! If you’re in the Houston area, definitely check out Lindsey’s Facebook Page when you need a family photographer! She was wonderful to work with and she took some amazing photos as well!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

The rest of the day was spent relaxing at my parents house and trying to stay awake after I finished up our taxes for the year! I swear I was definitely in need of a nap, but didn’t want to take one. And even though the temperatures dropped on Sunday, Chris and I didn’t do our usual pho dinner, but opted for some pizza instead. Don’t worry though, we definitely watched The Walking Dead!

After a very busy weekend, you’d think that I’d have a not so busy week, but that’s definitely not going to happen. I have a play on Tuesday with my mom and sister and the Rodeo again on Wednesday with Chris. Then on Friday I’m jetting off with my friend Kayla to Las Vegas to celebrate our 30th birthdays! It’s going to be busy, but a very fun week to be sure!

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The Weekend filled with lots of photo shoots, mural hopping, and family time!

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