Weekend Recap: October 24-26

Despite a gloomy drive on Friday, we ended up with some pretty rockin' weather for our annual fall weekend away!  Our weekend extended to two nights this year with my family renting a cabin "up north" the night before we were planning to go up with Ryan's family.  

We drove up to Marquette, Iowa on Friday afternoon with Emily and arrived at our amazing cabin with some daylight to spare!  Mom took some great pics while we still had light, then we moved inside for games and a steak dinner.  We ended the night with a fire and great conversation...it was wonderful.
On Saturday morning, Dad made a great breakfast and then Ryan and I headed out the door to meet his family for our annual outing!  Ryan spent the day fishing and I spent the day shopping with my mother-in-law and Ryan's godmother, Colleen.  We got to spend a little more time with my mom and sister too! :)

Saturday night, Ryan and I grabbed some dinner at Eddie's Irish Pub...even though the food ended up being great, we waited about an hour for it, so we didn't do much else Saturday night besides just relax.
Sunday morning, we ate some breakfast, stopped at Stark's to stock up on liquor (seriously, the best prices), and then grabbed a Bloody Mary with Ryan's momma before heading home.
As always, our weekend was wonderful and I am so grateful for my family and the beautiful country that we live in.  Life is good, we have it good, and I have so many things to be thankful for.  I am one lucky gal.


Weekend Recap: October 10-12

It's Monday...and I'm sick.  :(  I think I wore myself out this weekend!  Check out all of the fun I had:
Friday Highlights
  • Field Trip on my sub day with 7th graders
  • Lindsey came over after school for a catch up session
  • My sis, bro, and I got some chinese for dinner
  • I met Ali for a drink and then a Haunted House
Saturday Highlights
  • Hugging Brooke over and over and over
  • A wonderful turn out for B's baby shower
  • Staying after the shower ended to catch up with B
  • A great night at Aubry's wedding reception
  • LOWLIGHT: Quickly losing $40 at Jumer's, ha!
Sunday Highlights
  • Bears Win!
  • Put my new bedding on my bed
I need to try to relax a bit this week before another crazy weekend!  But as I've said in the past, all of this is worth it.  My friends and family mean the world to me so I want to celebrate with them as much as possible.  Next weekend, I'm looking forward to going to Jess' brother's wedding as her date!  It'll be a crazy time and I can't wait!  Just need to get healthy before then. :) Happy Monday!


Up, Up and Away...

The Quad Cities Hot Air Balloon Fest took place last weekend and my mom and I decided to go check it out.  We got to the fairground before 7:00 in the morning only to find out that the wind wasn't cooperating and they would be taking off from somewhere northeast of Colona.  OK...how the heck do we find that?  We ended up getting in our car, driving towards Colona and just happened to see a trailer with a basket (for the balloon) on it!  "Follow that balloon!"  We weaved around some country roads and ended up at this farm.  Not all of the balloons could take off at this location, but we were up close and personal for 5 of them.  It was loads of fun, totally random, and I'd definitely do it again! :)