Tuesday, July 31, 2012


This weekend I got the pleasure of going out to Denver, along with some other girls from high school, to see our friend Katie who lives out there.
Let me tell you what folks. It was an AWESOME weekend. These girls are the type that I don't have to see...or I suppose even talk to for awhile and everything is back to the same. You know what I mean, I think we all have at least one person like that. I am lucky enough to have several!
The first night we were there we walked to dinner. The path lead us along some artsy parts of town. They have some of the coolest art out in the public!

We went to dinner at the Wynkoop Brewing Company.
It's one of the many micro breweries in Denver, and it was delicious!

They had "Trains" which was just a series of beers you could try based on the types.
For example there was a "different & unique" and there was a Summer series, etc.
We ordered two and shared all around :)

I don't even think the food needs an explaination!
So. Good.

The girls.
From left to right, Katie, Nicole, Jenn, and Ashleigh.

 On Saturday we decided we wanted to go for a hike in Boulder.
We went to Mount Santina Trail.
Boy were we in for a treat!
None of us, expect Katie who is the one that lives there, was prepared for that thin air, and steep incline.

There were many breaks along the way.
We were all winded, and very thirsty from the start.
But that's ok because there were awesome views!

Like this one :)

The sky was so blue.
It was grogeous!

 We finally made it to the top!

It was super tough, but we all felt very accomplished.

 Those of you from bigger cities have probably seen these, but for you that aren't, you can rent these bikes to get around town from place to place.
You are able to pick up them, and drop them off at any station.
Pretty neat huh?!

After the hike we went into Boulder for something to eat, and to walk Pearl St.
It was a neat little area with cute shops, and lots of people walking around.

There were all kinds of street performers!

On our way back into Denver.
There was a baseball game going on so there was quite a bit of traffic...clearly.

That night we decided to make some snacks and apps for dinner.
It was an AWESOME girls night in, and we did what we did best.
Ate, talked, and laughed!

 The next day we decided to take advantage of the weather, and the bikes I mentioned above.
We use to ride bikes all over our hometown!
Eveywhere and all the time.
It was nostaglic for all of us, and yet again so much fun!

We went to eat at Snooze.
It's this great breakfast and brunch place that only used organic ingreidents.
The recipes are made from scratch, and the produce and meat are hand picked from local farms.
They are clearly, a very enviromentally friendly and health concious place.
You gotta try it if you go to Denver.
 After breakfast we rode the bikes to another little street filled with remaining farmers markets and cute little boutigues.
We found little baby seats and couldn't resist :) However, we continued to sit there for another 30 mins.

For dinner we went to dinner at a taco restaurant called Margs.
They have amazing margaritas and tacos.
What is cool is that you could get a 2 or 3 taco meal where you could pick from this long list of taces.
There was pork, fish, caperese, chicken.

I think the most important part of this trip wasn't really caught on camera though.
It was so good to see these girls, and I had so much fun.
The older I get the more I realize how lucky, and actually rare we are in having maintained our friendship.
I'm not the greatest at staying in touch with others, but I truly feel like the quote from above is my group of girls from home!
They are all amazing, smart, hilarious, and kind.
They made this weekend unforgetable!

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wedding: First Dance

So some of you may have already seen this, but I have no shame in posting it again because it was easily in my top three favorite things about our wedding. 

Kev and I's first dance. 

For those of you who have not seen or heard of this before the story goes a little something like this. 
One night Kev went out on a boys night with a couple of his high school buddies. 
Well, one of his friends brought/invited some of his work friends. 
Enter Troy. 
Kev and Troy started chatting.
Kev talked about our wedding, and Troy talked about his dance background. 
Somehow it came down to Troy and Kev coming to an agreement for dance lessons. 
That was one of my birthday presents :) 

Yes, ladies and gents my husband was so thoughtful he came back from a boys night at the bar with wedding dance lesson under his belt for his fiancee's birthday. 
Do I have a great man or what?

We started taking the lessons in December (2010), and went to one about everyday 2-3 weeks until the end of September (2011)
The lessons were fun, and sometimes frustrating...more fun in the end. 
Kevin did an amazing job the entire time. Troy always said how impressed he was, and that most men wouldn't catch on so quickly. 
Made me proud of my dancing fool fiance (at the time). 

I think the most exciting part for me was that no one, other than Troy, and a dance club we did a couple rehearsals in front of saw the dance before the wedding. 
No one. 
It was great to have friends and family be, and I'm going to toot our own horns here, so impressed and proud of us for our hard work and AWESOME dance :) 
We danced to David Gray's - This Year's Love.


...and of course this time I have a video for you :) 

Happy Thursday. 

Ps - I'll be out tomorrow and Monday as I'll be in Colorado with some of my lovely ladies. Of course you'll all get an update when I return! Have a great weekend!

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