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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!

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!

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