The End of Football Season

The Super Bowl is always an exciting time of the year with the big game (probably even more exciting if your team is actually playing), Super Bowl Squares, and fun parties with amazing (and fattening) food and good friends. But the Super Bowl is also a sad time of the year as well. It officially means that football season is over until next fall.

The Wandering Weekenders - The Aggies Are We

In Texas, most of our lives revolve around football. Chris and I plan our vacations around Aggie home football games. And if you’re getting married in the fall, you plan your wedding around Aggie football games because you don’t want to be that person that planned their wedding on the weekend of the Alabama game.

The Wandering Weekenders - The Aggies Are We

Football games aren’t just about being in College Station on game day with all of the festivities and the energy (and food) that goes along with an Aggie football game. It’s also about going back to a place that you called home for 4 years (maybe more if you were fortunate enough to take a victory lap- or two), reconnecting with old friends, and remembering some of the best times of your life.

So if you see me (or any other Texan) wandering around aimlessly this weekend or any other weekend this winter, just realize that we’re mourning the end of football season and we really don’t know what we’re going to do with all of the extra free time on our hands.

Five Things Friday {Week 15}

Well another week has come and gone, and I’m definitely thanking God that it’s Friday! Talk about a long week at work, so I’m definitely ready for a nice relaxing weekend. Here’s another Five Things Friday to kick it off.

  1. So what’s this I hear about winter storm Juno? I hate to break it to all of you New Englanders, but we’ve been having the most perfect weather in Texas this whole week! It’s been sunny and 75 in the afternoons, which is actually abnormal for us in January. The only bad thing is that we’ll be getting hit with all of the bad weather from up North, just in time for the weekend. Thanks a lot Yankees!
  2. Is everybody ready for the Super Bowl? I’m excited for the game, but once it’s over, we’ll have a long seven months until football starts back up. I can’t decide what I’m most looking forward to, the game (hopefully I win some money from my squares), or all of the commercials! My favorites are always the Doritos and the Budweiser ones.
  3. For the first time, we’re hosting a Super Bowl party! I’m excited to have some of our friends over that haven’t seen the new house yet, even though it’s been a good six months since we moved in. There have been a million posts about the perfect Super Bowl party food, but when I found out that we were hosting I knew exactly what I wanted to make. My mom’s amazing cheese dip and this Buffalo Chicken Chili from The Skinny Fork. There’s just something about football that screams wings, so I think this chili will be perfect!
    The Wandering Weekenders - The Best Cheese Dip Ever!
  4. The series finale of Parenthood was on last night, and before the finale, Chris and I had the two previous episodes to watch in order to get caught up. I’m in love with that show, and I’m so sad that it’s over! It’s the only show that I cry every time I watch it, but I continue to go back for more. There was definitely some ugly crying going on last night, but at least I have Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder to help me get over the loss of Parenthood.
    The Wandering Weekenders - Five Things FridaySource
  5. I’ve said it before, but one of my favorite restaurants in Houston is Uchi, and I’m super excited to be going back tonight with some friends of ours! We’re also going to try and plan our Vegas trip before the guys big conference there in May, so hopefully I’ll have another a trip to our itinerary this year!
    The Wandering Weekenders - Five Things Fridays

Well that’s all I have for this week! Have a great weekend everyone!

Country Life

I know, I know, it’s Wednesday and I’m just now posting about our weekend in the country, but it’s been a pretty hectic week at work so far, to say the least. Also, I’m working really hard to keep up with my goals for 2015 to stay active and consistently work out, which I have to admit is going pretty well. It just doesn’t leave a ton of time for anything else after I get home from work, cook dinner, and spend some time with the hubby. Excuses, excuses, I know, but I promise, I’m also going to try and work on my other goal of consistently posting here.

Anyways, back to our weekend in the country. My parents have some land in a small Texas town in the hill country called Leakey, Texas. Leakey is a few miles away from Garner State Park, home of the Frio River. It’s a great place to go during the summer because no matter how hot it is outside, the river is always ice cold (there’s a reason it’s called the Frio!) and super refreshing. But it’s also fun to visit during the fall/winter because there’s some great hiking in the park.

The Wandering Weekenders - Country Life

As a family, we try to visit Leakey as often as possible, but life always seems to get in the way  and we never get up there as often as we’d like. This past weekend, we had planned out for a few weeks, and Chris, Dart, and I were very much looking forward to getting away from fast paced city life to some relaxing country life.

The Wandering Weekenders - Country Life
My country dog!

Typical days in the country start off with us sleeping in a little bit, followed by a big breakfast and then a long walk (my mom is super obsessed with meeting her steps on Fitbit, and I like joining her so I can keep up with my goals for 2015). Then the guys typically work on some things around the property while the women get started on dinner, which typically involves grilling some big piece of meat of some sort. While dinner is cooking, that’s usually when we just sit around talking and drinking. It’s so nice to have that time with family without the normal distractions of every day life.

The Wandering Weekenders - Country Life
This trip, the guys “worked” on learning how to fly my dad’s newest toy, a brand new drone!

I have to admit, one of my favorite things about this whole weekend, besides hanging out with my parents and Chris, was seeing Dart run around in the tall grass on our property. He enjoys being a country dog in Leakey because he’s constantly with us (he might have some separation anxiety), can be outside all the time (he’s addicted to sun bathing), and, of course, running around without a leash. Seeing my fur baby happy always makes me happy!

The Wandering Weekenders - Country Life
We had one worn out dog on the way home!

Although this might not have been the most exciting weekend (especially compared to last weekend in Vegas), it was the perfect, relaxing weekend, and just what I needed to recover after an exciting weekend in Vegas! I’m already looking forward to going back!

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