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The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies

Man oh man, the longer weekends just really seem to fly by even quicker than the two day weekends! Chris and I took off on Friday so that we could have one last extra long weekend in Blanco visiting his parents. This was weekend was also special because it was the  last “trip” that we were going to take before the babies get here. So let’s get into an extra long weekending with the always amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies

Friday

We arrived at Chris’s parents house in Blanco late on Thursday night, so we were able to sleep in a little bit Friday morning before we woke up to start the day. And we woke up to some of the best news on Friday, our friends had their little girl! She’s so precious, and I can’t wait to meet her when they’re in town in December for a visit! Chris had a few calls to make in the morning, and before lunch time got here we were ready to get out and explore a little part of the Texas Hill Country that I had yet to visit: Gruene, Texas.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies

Gruene (pronounced like the color green) is a small Texas town that is known for it’s German heritage but also as a hub for Texas country music. Despite many economic hardships that hit the town Gruene Hall never closed, and to this day continues to be a place that launches Texas country music stars.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies

When we arrived in Gruene, we immediately went to one of the most well known places in Gruene besides Gruene Hall, The Gristmill! Located right beneath the Gruene Water Tower, The Gristmill offers open air dining and amazing views of the Guadalupe River. We arrived a little bit after lunch time, and because we were visiting on a Friday afternoon and arrived not during normal hours we were able to get a table without any problems, but I have heard to be prepared to wait in some pretty long lines if you want to eat there on a Friday or Saturday night. But don’t worry the food is well worth it! I personally got the Chicken Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes, and oh my goodness was it delicious!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies
The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies

After lunch, we spent the rest of the day exploring the Historic District of Gruene. There were antique shops and other little knick knacky shops galore, and it was a lot of fun to just walk through them all. We did find the cutest little children’s boutique while we were in town, but unfortunately it was a little (A LOT) out of our price range. I guess that I’ll be sticking to some of the twin purge pages I’ve found on Facebook instead! We managed to not spend a ton of money while we were in Gruene, and then headed home to a nice and quiet evening at the house. It was the perfect end to a perfect day!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies
The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies
The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies
The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies

Saturday

I feel like the past few weekends if we have a day where nothing is really planned Chris and I manage to sleep in until 10:00 or 10:30. I guess that we just get so worn out during the week that we just have to sleep in (although I think that it’s mostly me that’s worn out). Anyways, I figure that we might as well do it while we can because I know that we won’t be able to once the babies get here!

Once we were up, we only had a short time before the Aggie game started. To be honest I didn’t have very high expectations for the game, but thankfully we were able to pull out another win over Arkansas in overtime. It would have been a lot less stressful of a game if the refs hadn’t taken one of our TD’s away in the second quarter, but it doesn’t matter because we won in the end!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies

After the game was over, we headed out for another short little trip in the Texas Hill Country, this time to Luckenbach. What was established as a local Trading Post, the town of Luckenbach never really grew much bigger than that, and in fact eventually went up for sale 1970. The town was actually bought, and not long afterwards, Jerry Jeff Walker recorded an album in Luckenbach which pretty much launched the small town into Texas Country fame! Luckenbach really hasn’t grown too much, but it’s still known for being a great place to listen to live Texas Country and even go dancing as well.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies
The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies
The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies
The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies

We arrived around mid Saturday afternoon, and enjoyed just walking around and seeing the sights and listening to the live music as well! The only thing that would have made it better would have been an ice cold beer, but I guess that I’ll have to enjoy that next time we visit. The town of Luckenbach is right near the town of Fredericksburg, and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to make a pit stop there next year when we visit.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies
The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies
The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies

After spending a couple of hours in Luckenbach we drove back to Blanco and spent the rest of the evening relaxing. Chris’s dad grilled some fabulous ribs and deer sausage, and then we made a quick trip to town for some dessert of DQ Blizzards! I can’t tell you the last time that I had a Blizzard, but it was so good! Both babies were very happy too!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Last Weekend Trip Before The Babies

Sunday

We didn’t get to sleep in that late on Sunday because we needed to make it back to Houston for a funeral for one of my friend’s brothers. It was a very sudden death, and my heart just breaks for my friend and her family. The rest of Sunday was spent getting a few things organized around the house, like finally bringing baby stuff upstairs so that it can be organized in the nursery soon, and just relaxing before the week started.

We had such a blast this weekend in Blanco, and we definitely enjoyed our last weekend trip without babies! Although, I have to admit that it’ll be a ton of fun to go back and visit with the babies in tow because that means that momma will be able to enjoy a beer, and I know that they’ll enjoy the time traveling as well!

Have you explored small towns near your hometown? Do you enjoy visiting small towns in your home state?

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Our last weekend trip before babies was a long weekend in the Texas Hill Country with some trips to Gruene and Luckenbach! It was so much fun!

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A Beautiful Lake Weekend

After staying at home for the past month or so, Chris and I were beyond excited to head to Canyon Lake for the weekend with some friends of ours. It was such a great weekend filled with great food, great scenery, and the best company! Of course, I’m linking up with Biana for some weekending!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

Friday

As soon as I was done with work on Friday, Chris and I hit the road to Canyon Lake for the weekend. Our friends Sarah and Clayton had invited us and some other friends to their lake house for the weekend and we seriously were beyond excited! Luckily we didn’t hit too much traffic and made it there in pretty good time.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

We spent Friday night like we normally do when we all get together after not hanging out for a while, talking about anything and everything. It was so much fun to just catch up with everybody and see how things were going. We all headed to bed around midnight, so maybe I’m not as an old lady as I think that I am!

Saturday

We were up pretty early Saturday morning but still took our time making breakfast and relaxing before the guys grabbed all of the lake stuff and headed down to the water and us girls quickly followed. Unfortunately for me, my doctor had suggested that I don’t get in the water because he didn’t know how clean it was, but it was still a lot of fun to just hang out and talk to everybody even while they were in the water.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

Dart came down with us and while he didn’t particularly love being in the water where he couldn’t touch the bottom he still liked getting held by Chris in the water, well maybe he didn’t like that too much. I was glad that we took his bed with us though, because he just enjoyed lying under the shade of the umbrella on his bed and hanging out with us.

I was really glad that they had all of the umbrellas because I was able to hang out near the water underneath them and stayed pretty cool the whole time and I didn’t have to worry about burning, which was really nice! Sarah and Clayton also had their adorable daughter Ellie with them and she had such a blast splashing in the water and looked the cutest in her bathing suit! I have to admit I seriously can’t wait until we know our genders so I can start thinking about all the clothes I get to buy our own babies!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

We headed back up to the house around lunch time and spent a few hours just hanging out and relaxing. We had every intention of going back down to the water, but unfortunately some pretty big thunderstorms rolled through so we had to cancel our afternoon plans. So instead we spent the afternoon playing board games and hanging out. Before we knew it, the storms had passed and it was time that we got started on dinner. The guys grilled fajitas and it was the perfect meal to end our lake day!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

It probably wasn’t the wisest move, but after dinner we decided to play a new board game that Chris had picked up recently called Pandemic. The instructions were so incredibly confusing and it took us a while to figure out how to play, but by the end of the game we had it figured it out. We still ended up losing, but we all loved it at the end! The whole premise of the game is that there’s a disease outbreak all over the world and everybody had to work together to try and cure the diseases. It’s a lot of strategy and thinking ahead, and confusing at first like I said, but it’s so much fun! Definitely try and check this game out!

Sunday

We had stayed up late the night before to play the game, but we were still up pretty Sunday morning and did the same routine that we had Saturday morning. After breakfast we were all still talking about Pandemic so we decided to play again. It definitely helped that we knew how to play the second time around because we ended up winning the second time around! It was a blast!

We spent the rest of the morning just hanging out and talking while the guys went fishing and before we knew it, it was time to start packing up to head home. It was such a fun weekend and I swear that the drive back is always the worst!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

We got home at a decent time that afternoon and unpacked everything before heading back out to meet up with my parents and sister and brother in law to all celebrate my sister’s birthday and Chris’s birthday. We had so much fun all getting together and hanging out, and I don’t think that’s happened since my cousin’s wedding back in May!

Even though Chris and I were tired when we got home from dinner, there was one thing that we absolutely had to do before bed, and that was to watch Game of Thrones! We seriously can’t wait for this season!

Overall it was a fantastic weekend and definitely one for the books! We can’t wait to all get together again for another fun filled weekend!

Do you like going to the lake on the weekends? Did you watch the season premier of GOT?

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A wonderful weekend spent at the lake with amazing friends! Canyon Lake is the perfect place to spend a weekend in Texas!

The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

After an entire month of going and going nonstop, it was kind of nice to have a weekend where we didn’t have that many plans at all. One of my favorite parts about spring in Texas is all of the beautiful wildflowers that are in full bloom, and with us being so busy in March it didn’t leave any time to go out and explore the area. So when this weekend rolled around, finding a big patch of bluebonnets to take some family photos in was our number one priority! So let’s see how it all panned out with a little weekending with the always amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

Friday

While we didn’t have any big plans for Friday night, my Friday afternoon was pretty awesome because we got a break from work and went to the Astros exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs. While the Astros didn’t take home the win, it was still pretty awesome to get some time off from work and also to see how much Minute Maid Park has changed. Not only is there a Torchy’s Tacos in the stadium, but also a Shake Shack and a Bahama Bucks! Needless to say, I will probably eating very well during this baseball season!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

Chris picked me up from the game and we went to the Galleria for a quick trip so that I could exchange a purse that I had gotten for my birthday. I really wanted a small bag that would be perfect to take into the Aggie football games next year, and I think that I found it at Tory Burch! It will literally only hold my cell phone, car key, credit card and license and that’s about it. I guess that’s all I need for a football game!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

That night, my parents dropped their pups off for the weekend while they went out of town for a wedding. They’ve grown up so much since we last had them at Christmas, and while Dart still doesn’t have the warm and fuzzies about them, we still had a nice, relaxing night at home.

Saturday

We were up bright and early Saturday morning so we could try to find some bluebonnets. I thought that there would be some in College Station so we headed that way. Unfortunately we didn’t see any big patches of them, and I thought that we’d missed them this year. We made a quick stop by my friend Kayla’s house so she could finally meet my parent’s new pups. They were very happy to get out of the car and meet her!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

After that we decided to take a back way up to Brenham through the small town of Independence that’s supposed to have a ton of bluebonnets. We had just passed through the town of Independence when we saw a huge patch of bluebonnets that actually weren’t on somebody’s property. So we pulled over and started taking pictures.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The doxies weren’t too interested in the bluebonnets other than trying to eat them, but we did manage to get some pictures of them in the bluebonnets and of course some family of three pictures of Chris, Dart, and I! Dart was in full form and totally hamming it up for the camera, and I loved it because we got quite a few adorable pictures of him!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Bluebonnets

After we were done taking pictures we drove home and spent the rest of the day just relaxing at home. We had a lot of stuff on our DVR that we got caught up on, and then went and grabbed pho for dinner a little later on in the evening. It was the perfect way to end our Saturday!

Sunday

While Saturday had some plans, Sunday literally had zero plans at all, especially considering that we were supposed to have some big storms blow through. I slept in a little bit and then woke up and spent the morning lounging on the couch until my parents came to pick up their pups. Around the same time that they left, Chris also had to head out to the airport for a week of training near DC. While I’m definitely going to miss him, I would definitely be lying if I said that I’m not looking forward to a week alone of getting caught up on my shows and relaxing with my three legged pup.

The rest of my Sunday was filled with normal Sunday activities like grocery shopping, laundry, picking up around the house, and getting some blogging done. Not terribly exciting, but very relaxing and just what I needed after a month of go, go, go! It really was the perfect weekend!

Have you ever seen the Texas bluebonnets? What’s your favorite part about Spring?

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All about our low key weekend in search of bluebonnets. Bluebonnets are synonymous with spring in Texas and I'm so glad we found them!

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