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A Wedding Weekend

How in the world is it already almost the end of May? I seriously can’t believe how fast this year is flying by, especially since this coming weekend is Memorial Day and also the start of our European adventure! But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, so instead let’s talk about how great of a weekend that we had this past weekend celebrating my cousin and his new wife. Of course, I’m linking up with the always amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wedding Weekend

Friday

When Chris and I were invited to the rehearsal dinner I thought that we would be ok just leaving work a few hours early in order to get to the rehearsal dinner, but Chris and I had a few errands that we needed to run before our Europe trip so we decided that a day off work would be the perfect day to kick off our weekend. We woke up at a decent hour on Friday, ran our errands, and then headed to College Station for the rehearsal dinner.

We spent the afternoon hanging out with my parents before we all got dressed and went to Luigi’s, an Italian restaurant in College Station for the rehearsal dinner. It was so much fun to see family members and to start the celebration for the couple of honor! The wine was flowing, along with some liquor as well, and we all had a really good time! The bride and groom and all of their friends headed out for some more fun after the dinner, but us old people just headed back to my parents house, where we still managed to stay up until midnight just talking about anything and everything.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wedding Weekend

Saturday

We woke up early Saturday morning to get a walk in before breakfast and the start of our day. Unfortunately it was quite toasty outside so we didn’t get a very long walk in, but we did manage to peak into one of the houses that was being built in my parents’ new neighborhood. Please tell me I’m not the only one that loves walking through houses as they’re being build!

Later on that day Courtney and I headed out to get some pedicures with a friend before the wedding. I forgot how much I love pedicures (although I also kind of hate the whole cuticle thing) because it had been maybe years since I’d gotten one. It was long time coming, I know! After pedicures we got the boys and grabbed some Torchy’s for lunch before heading back home to relax and get ready for the wedding!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wedding Weekend

One of the things that my sister and my mom and I always talk about before we have big events that we’re all going to is what we’re going to wear. When my sister said that she was going to wear the same dress that she wore to Easter, I totally didn’t think anything about it, until she literally walked out of her room wearing the same exact dress that I was wearing! Luckily my mom and I are about the same size, so I was able to borrow one of her dresses to wear to the wedding. What can we say, great minds think alike, and Courtney and I kind of had our own little version of “Who Wore It Best?” or “Bitch Stole My Look.”

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wedding Weekend

There was a chance of rain and thunderstorms all day and my cousin and his wife had an outdoor ceremony and reception planned, so all of us were praying that it wouldn’t rain on their big day. All of those prayers must have worked because the weather held off, there wasn’t a ton of sun which kept the temperature down, and everything turned out beautifully. My cousin’s wife was stunning, and you could just tell how incredibly happy they were the whole time at the ceremony and the reception.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wedding Weekend

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wedding Weekend

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wedding Weekend

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wedding Weekend

After they said their vows, we spent the rest of the evening dancing the night away and catching up with old friends and family. They had a live band at the wedding that played a great variety of Texas Country music and classic country as well, so Chris and I loved being able to break out our Aggie Wrangler dance moves again! Before we knew it, we were all pretty tired and ready to head back home to go to bed. We seriously had the best time at my cousin’s wedding, and we wish them a lifetime of happiness together!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wedding Weekend

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wedding Weekend

Sunday

We all slept in a little bit on Sunday morning, and then spent the morning relaxing with my parents and sister and her husband and all the puppies before we headed back home to get some things done around the house. It was back to the usual Sunday routine of laundry and blogging, but no grocery shopping since we’re not going to be in town long enough to really eat a ton. It was the perfect way to end a great weekend! Now I just hope that my two days of training will fly by so that we can be on our way to Europe sooner rather than later!

Do you love wedding weekends? Do you have any routines that you get done before an out of town trip? 

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A beautiful wedding weekend surrounded by friends and family as we celebrated my cousin and his bride!

My 101 in 1001 Check In #6

Wow, it’s so crazy to think that another 3 months has passed since the last 101 in 1001 check-in! I honestly thought that with this check-in that I would maybe cross off like one or two items, but I’m very happy to say that I’ve actually completed a few more items than I expected! I hope that I can continue to check more things off the list as I go!

The Wandering Weekenders- 101 in 1001

Travel

17. Go on three girl’s trips. (2/3)

One of my best girlfriends and I have birthdays that are only 4 days apart and this year was a big one for us. We both turned the big 3-0! In order to celebrate we decided that a trip to Las Vegas would be perfect, and was it ever! This was Kayla’s first time in Sin City so we did all of the typical Vegas stuff, we gambled, went to a couple of shows (including BSB, which was perfect for these late 80’s babies!), ate some amazing food, and of course saw the Welcome to Las Vegas sign! We also did some not so typical Vegas things like The Mob Museum in Downtown Vegas and The Neon Museum. One of these days I’ll get around to blogging about this fabulous girls birthday weekend!

The Wandering Weekenders- My 101 In 1001 Check In #6

24. Take Dart to the beach.

For the weekend of my actual birthday, I knew that I wanted to get away from Houston, but I wanted it to be close and somewhere that Dart could actually go. Chris and I were going back and forth between Fredericksburg and Galveston, and Galveston ended up winning out because Chris had never been before. It was so much fun to see him run around the sand and get freaked out by the waves!

The Wandering Weekenders- My 101 In 1001 Check In #6

House

39. Organize our photos and music on our computer.

This is actually done! I’ve been pretty good lately about having a system of folders where we divide up our pictures by year, then month, and then break each month into a category for pictures. It’s helped me so much when it comes to making our family yearbooks!

Life

56. Get up to date on our family yearbooks.

I’ve very happy to say that I’ve made a conscious effort to get these done this year! I finally completed 2014 and started on 2015. I told you that I’m really far behind! I hope to be done with 2015 before June 30th so I can start and complete 2016!

57. Get up to date on our vacation photobooks.

This goes hand in hand with our family yearbooks, but I’ve found that I can’t really create our family yearbooks until after I’ve created our vacation photobooks because I end up adding too many pictures of our vacations into our yearbooks. First world problems I know. Anyways, I’ve found that creating the vacation books first is really helpful, and I’ve very happy to say that since our 2014 Family Yearbook is done, and our Northern California trip books are also completed! I’m hoping to get our Hawaii books done soon so that it won’t take forever to finish our 2015 Yearbook!

59. Get family of three pictures taken (me, Chris, and Dart).

When we found out that Dart had cancer, family pictures of the three of us became even more important to me. Luckily a friend from work’s wife has a photography business called Lindsey Marie Family Photography  and she took some beautiful pictures of the three of us back in March. I seriously love these pictures so much, and I know that I’ll treasure them forever! I just need to actually get them printed off one of these days!

The Wandering Weekenders- My 101 In 1001 Check In #6

The Wandering Weekenders- My 101 In 1001 Check In #6

The Wandering Weekenders- My 101 In 1001 Check In #6

61. Read 100 books. (84/100)

I’ve definitely been in the middle of a reading slump lately, but I’m hoping that will all turn around for me soon! Since this 101 in 1001 challenge has started I’ve read 7 books in 2015 and 56 books in 2016 and 21 books in 2017 for a grand total of 84 books. I’m hoping that I’ll get even more reading done on our long flight to Europe!

67. Finish watching the whole series of Friends. (Season 8)

Since all of our shows have been back on we really haven’t had a chance to watch that many episodes of Friends, but Chris has already said that it’s his goal that we finish it this summer. I’m definitely ok with that and can’t wait to finish it up!

Recap:

In Progress:
Travel- (3/25)
Houston- (1/10)
House- (1/20)
Life- (4/20)
Food- (0/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (3/10)
Blog- (0/6)
Total- (12/101)

Completed:
Travel- (15/25)
Houston- (4/10)
House- (10/20)
Life- (6/20)
Food- (5/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (4/10)
Blog- (5/6)
Total- (49/101)

And there you have it! I’m about half way done with my challenge so far, and while I don’t think that I’ll be able to complete everything, I’m pleasantly surprised with how well I’m doing so far! Hopefully I’ll have even more checked off next time around!

Other 101 In 1001 Posts

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My 6th Check-In for my 101 in 1001 Challenge! I'm about half way through the challenge and about half way through my 101 in things!

The Weekend Preparing For Europe

As far as weekends goes, this one wasn’t too terribly exciting, but with everything that we have coming up, I’ll definitely take a weekend of prepping and getting ready for vacation over some extreme busyness! So let’s start the week off with a little bit of weekending with the always amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend Preparing For Europe

Friday

It seems like Chris and I have been going and going nonstop lately with lots of weekend trips, and we haven’t really had time for an actual date night. So Friday night that changed since we actually had a weekend at home. Chris picked me up from the bus stop and we grabbed a quick dinner at La Madeleine’s before heading to the movies to finally see Guardians of the Galaxy 2! We both had heard so many good things about the movie, and we were definitely not disappointed! It was just as funny and action packed as the first one, and needless to say, we’re definitely looking forward to the next movie in the series!

Saturday

We were up bright and early Saturday morning so that we could get started running errands for our Europe trip, but our first order of business was taking Dart on a nice long walk off leash. I swear he will try to pull that way every time we go on a walk now because he loves being free and all of the sights and smells too.

So after we were done with our 3 mile walk to start the day off, we went home and showered and then headed out to start our day. There were a few things that we needed to pick up for our Europe trip, including new shoes for Chris and I, so we decided to head to the Galleria and finally try out Shake Shack while we were in the area. I had the chance to try it in Vegas and loved it, and I knew that Chris would love it as well! It was a delicious start to our shopping trip, and we also managed to get everything that we needed at the mall.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend Preparing For Europe

Another reason that we went to the Galleria was that we needed to stop by Houston Camera Exchange to exchange the pancake lens that I had bought last year for one that had autofocus. Chris was also hankering to get a new tripod for our trip, and he wanted to look at another lens for his camera as well, so it was definitely a worthwhile stop. While Chris didn’t get his lens this time around, I now have a little bit of an idea of what he might be getting for his birthday later on this year!

The rest of the day was spent watching some TV at home and finally nailing down our plans for Europe 100%. I had consulted my Rick Steves books numerous times and had plans and quite a bit of our tours and stuff booked, but we still hadn’t looked at restaurants and how the public transportation was going to work. Thankfully Chris and I spent a few long hours Saturday evening knocking out Paris and Edinburgh, and we’re both really excited about the amazing food that we’re going to eat and all of the things that we’re going to do and see!

Sunday

Sunday was our day to sleep in and to wake up sans alarm clock, and oh my goodness did it feel good to sleep in until 9:00! We decided that Dart deserved another walk, so we took him on one after we’d woken up. Unfortunately it was already way hotter than it was yesterday, so our walk wasn’t quite as nice as the day before, but that didn’t stop Dart from enjoying it!

After that we ran by Eddie Bauer and picked up some rain jackets for our trip since London and Edinburgh are likely to have some rain in the forecast and the last thing that we’d want would be to miserable and wet walking around the city! Thankfully they were having a sale, and we got both of our jackets for a little bit more than one normally.

I’d been craving some Mexican food for a while, so Chris was sweet and took me to Chuy’s for a Fur Mama’s Day celebration. I had forgotten how much I love that creamy jalapeƱo dip, and it was so good to eat it again!

After we picked up the groceries we headed home to get the final details pulled together for the London leg of our trip. Let’s just say that we’re going to be eating a ton of fish and chips and finally trying out some Indian food as well!

The rest of our Sunday was spent relaxing, backing up pictures just in case anything happens on our trip, and watching a little bit of Outlander to get us ready for Scotland! This weekend definitely wasn’t the most exciting of weekends, but I felt like we got a lot done for our trip and I feel even more ready for it! It’s hard to believe that in less than 2 weeks we’ll be hopping across the pond for our second European adventure!

Did you have a good weekend? Do you like to have a weekend to prepare before a big trip?

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A weekend preparing for our Europe trip was filled with lots of errands and research, but also some pretty delicious food!

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