Fun Fourth

Can we all just agree that if the 4th of July falls on Tuesday, we should just take the entire week off? What a strange couple of days after a fun-filled weekend. My days are still off.

Anywho, a few months back we decided it was time for an extended family vacation. For the past 8 years we have spent the 4th at our lake house. It’s a crazy busy weekend, and with all of the boats on the lake we don’t get out a lot. We changed it up a bit this year and decided on a few days in the mountains! (I can’t take credit for the idea, shout out to my sister-in-law)

We live about 3 and a half hours from Ruidoso, a quaint little mountain town in New Mexico. They have horse races, golf, a casino, wineries, and a TON of restaurants. We snagged us an amazing cabin, called the cousins and planned a super fun getaway with the fam!

We arrived on Friday, went to the store and got settled in while everyone arrived. The weather was GORGEOUS. It warmed up to the mid eighties during the day, but the mornings and evenings were just perfect! A nice little break from the 100 degree weather at home.

The next day was spent golfing for some,  hikes (really just walks) for others, and a lot of rest!

Sunday we went to the horse races. I have never been to any horse races before so  I didn’t know what to expect. Guys, it was so fun. We spent a little extra for the Jockey Club tickets and spent the day drinking yummy drinks, eating and betting on some horses! I would go back again, FOR SURE!

The next two days we relaxed, ate great food, walked the town, visited a winery, and enjoyed the views. Definitely one of my most favorite memories.

#summeroffun is in full force!!!

Now on to our next adventure….

xoxo
HP

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Summer of Fun

GUYS!! HI!! Is it real that I haven’t been around here since MARCH? What in the world have I been doing?

My apologies. I am back and ready to stick around for a while!!

So…spring. The season that I apparently just skipped out on completely. It was fine. Spring really isn’t my favorite if we are being honest here. I looked back on the pictures I took in March and April and it doesn’t look like you missed out on much. Oh, that’s probably because I BROKE MY STUPID FOOT. Guys, we were doing so good making it to the gym 3 days a week. I was feeling so good. Well guess what, dropping a 35 pound weight right on top of your foot will halt that progress quickly. It’s been a long recovery, and 2 months later I’m still not able to wear cute shoes.

*note. I actually dropped in on both feet…that’s why both feet are bruised. I just broke the green one though. Sorry if you gross out easily…or hate feet. 😉

Let’s see what else. Oh yeah, we have decided that we are tired of not having summers, so we are shaking things up this year and having ourselves a “Summer of Fun.” With a hashtag and everything. We got ourselves a country club membership that allows us all the golf and poolside we can handle. We have a bunch of fun trips planned. And we will wrap this summer up with a big 5th anniversary Mexican vacation in September!! Seriously, I am pumped.

We started it out a few weeks ago with a spur of the moment Dallas trip to eat at our favorite places, hit up our favorite bars and go to the Byron Nelson. It was AMAZING.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next few weekends were spent at the lake, playing golf and laying by the pool. I am all about the sunshine and warm weather this summer. Don’t yell at me guys, I’m wearing lots of sunscreen.

 

So, that about wraps up the recap and our fun plans. We have a little something planned for October…but more on that later.

Ok, it’s wine time! Can’t have a summer-o-fun with out some vino, amiright!

CHEERS!!
HP

 

Denver Weekend

Whew! Was that February that flew past us so quickly? What a fun whirlwind of a month! We decided in January that we were going to lay low, so when February rolled around it was time to get back out into the world!

We did a quick Dallas weekend to see some friends and have a fun cousin night on the town. We went to the lake for a little R&R. Then wrapped up the  month with an extended weekend in Denver for my brothers birthday.

I have been to Denver quite a few times, but we usually lay low or go up in the mountains to go skiing. This trip was a little different. We got a hotel downtown for a couple of nights and spent the weekend eating, visiting breweries and enjoying the city life. Denver is SO FUN, ya’ll.

We got there Thursday morning just in time for a HUGE snow storm to come through. Our winter here has been extremely mild so we were pretty excited to see some good snow! CPs dad lives just north of Denver, so we stayed there for a night. They just opened Breckenridge Brewery right next door, so we decided to check it out. Is there anything better than a good beer in the mountains? Seriously such a cool place. I can’t wait to check it out this summer when it’s warmer.

The next day we headed downtown to check in to the hotel and get ready to surprise my brother. He had no clue that we were coming! We  walked down the street to grab a table at a champagne bar called Corridor 44, they have the best happy hour specials. My bro and sis in law finally arrived, we yelled and screamed, he was shocked, and we could finally begin the party!! Shout out to my sister in law for such an awesome idea!!! The rest of the weekend was spent visiting breweries, bar hopping and eating great food! I definitely recommend Denver Biscuit Company for brunch and Denver Beer Co for some good beers.

 

Such a fun weekend with my all my favs!!

This past weekend we stayed at home. We worked so hard doing house work on Saturday, we decided to have a little fun on Sunday because the weather was so nice. We got some food to grill, invited some friends over, and played games outside all afternoon. A far cry from all of the snow the weekend before, but we enjoyed every second. BRING IT ON SPRING!!!

 

Everyone have a great week!! On the agenda for this weekend….LAKE TIME!

xoxo
HP

 

 

 

Left Out

Feeling left out is the worst. I think it starts out young. Being left out on the playground in elementary school, someone not including you in their group in middle school, not being invited to party in high school. Even as an adult I get hurt when someone leaves me out of their plans that I feel like I should be included on.

This whole infertility things brings about a whole new mess of feeling left out. I know that I am all in my head (and I’m really working on that) but when you are one of the only ones who hasn’t been invited join in on the baby parade, it starts to get really really lonely. I get it, you want to spend time with the people who are in the same life stages as you. But I have to tell you, I am starting to feel REALLY left out. I want to be able to have conversations with my friends about the stages that our kids are in, compare stories, be able to have something in common again.

I am so lucky that I have been able to meet people that are going through the same infertility struggles as me, but if I’m being honest I will be so glad to move on. I don’t want to be left out anymore. I want to be a little bit normal. I want to blend in with the crowd. I don’t want to have any more awkward conversations about not having children.

But until then, we just keep moving forward.

The Lord hears those who cry out, and he delivers them from all of their distress. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and he delivers those whose spirit has been crushed. Psalm 34:17-18

xoxo
HP

 

Hope in the Future

Is anyone else utterly exhausted from all of the political messiness going on right now? I have never in my 32 years seen this much division. It’s really tough to see.

Maybe I have lived a sheltered life, maybe I am a bit naive, but I truly do not feel like I have less rights just because I am a woman. I was raised knowing I could be anything I wanted to be, that I could do anything I wanted to do, and I could go where I wanted to go. I was also taught that those things would not be given to me on a silver platter, you have to work for what you want.

I feel sad for the people who feel like we have no hope in our country. The people who feel like because the person they wanted in office didn’t win, all of their rights are stripped away.

We live in an amazing place at an amazing time. Our voices can be heard. Men aren’t out to get you and the president is not your enemy. You don’t have to feel hopeless, God’s got this, ya’ll!!

Ok, I think I’m done. Here is a picture of a baby goat to make you feel better. Enjoy.

xoxo
HP

 

 

New Year, Same Me

I’m going to admit it, I am a big old grump about this New Year. I have never really been into making resolutions, but I am REALLY not into it this year. They never work for me. I don’t like giving things up and I don’t like making a goal to change something because I always end up failing.

Do I want to be healthier? Of course! Would I like to drop a few pounds? Who doesn’t! Would I like to spend more time on things that are important instead of worry about little things? Sign me up!

But making a whole list of things to give up or completely change my life? No thank you. So instead of resolutions, I am making some SUGGESTIONS for myself in this new year.

-hit the gym regularly. We were doing really well at the end of last year, so staying on that plan will be easy.

-eat a few less calories in a day. We love to cook, and we cook a ton. So I am suggesting maybe adding a few more vegetables to what we already cook.

-less guilt about things. If I want to eat a chicken fried steak, I will. No guilt. If I want to have a glass on wine on a Monday after work, no guilt. My suggestion to myself to go to the gym more will help with the guilt!

-pay off more debt. That is our biggest goal this year. We did so good last year, I think we can really make a difference this year.

So there you go, my suggestions for 2017. I pray that this year is the year of more growth, more love, and more adventure. (also more blogging…my last suggestion)

Cheers, 2017!!!

xoxo
HP