The past two weeks have flown by! They were filled of fun, family, and friends and went by all too quickly. Summer, stay longer please!
The first week Matt headed to Austin for a work training and to spend time with his family. They had a great time playing cards and hanging out. While he was gone I had trainings for work as well (who says teachers get all summer off? ;)) and Baylor was less than thrilled to see Matt was leaving and that she had to stay home.
While Matt was gone Meredith was able to come up and stay with me for a few days. As soon as she got in town we headed for Italian style pizza. YUM.
We had fun hanging out, watching crazy TV shows, eating delicious food and catching up. While I was in training the second day Baylor and Meredith became best friends for life.
After Meredith left town my sweet friend Heather agreed to help me transport a bed frame to Canton for my sister. Elizabeth is moving into her apartment this weekend and we still hadn't figured out a way to get her the bed frame she needed from my garage. Matt was out of town and it wouldn't fit in my car. Elizabeth asked if maybe Heather would be up for helping us and use her husbands truck. Heather is that "drop everything and do what I can to help" type of friend so we set off for a crazy road trip that started with us girls trying to figure out how to get a bed into a truck by ourselves. We rocked it and then Heather rocked driving a truck for the first time ever. We had lots of laughs along the way, a delicious meal in Canton with Elizabeth, and then headed back home. It was a crazy day filled with adventure for sure!
Then it was time to head out to Colorado to see the Jacksons!! Matt got home the night before and we were packing to get ready to leave for Denver at 5 am. We went to start one little load of laundry when we realized our washing machine was way overdue for a cleaning. Like I-can't-stick-clothes-in-there-to-be-washed-because-it-smells-so-bad kinda cleaning. So thanks to google we learned how to clean a washing machine and 3 hours later had a clean load of laundry done and ready to be packed.
We caravanned with the Scruggs up to Colorado and had fun hanging out with their family on the way up. Mary Lindsay and Slater had a surprise engagement party to attend the night we got in so we hung out at Starbucks (yes, the second Starbucks stop for the day!) and read. It was the start of a relaxing, restful, and fun trip!
We grilled out several nights and enjoyed the amazingly cool weather on their patio. We had some delicious meals and great conversation sitting on the patio. Miss it already!
We also tried Colorado style pizza for the first time (yum!), had an amazing breakfast one morning at Snooze, and got cupcakes from Whole Foods after our hike day where we may have shared one in the car together. The girls also may have gotten a little too excited about the possibility of eating a cupcake in the car before dinner. We are wild and crazy I tell ya ;)
On Sunday while Matt watched the World Cup Final and Slater worked Mary Lindsay got to show me around some of her favorite parts of town. This beautiful garden is in the middle of the neatest neighborhood. It was a gorgeous day and so fun to walk around!
Slater and Mary Lindsay had plans to go to a concert Sunday night so Matt and I had ourselves a little Denver Date Night. We headed to the Denver Botanic Gardens to see the Chihuly exhibit. I was so excited to see this exhibit again after seeing at the Dallas Arboretum and Matt was excited that we got in free because of our membership to the Arboretum #datenightforthewin. After exploring the gardens (which were so cool because it was in the middle of downtown) we headed for dinner at a great Italian place.
The next day both Mary Lindsay and Slater had the day off so we headed out to Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a beautiful day to hike and explore the park. Colorado is beautiful and it was so fun to be able to be surrounded by such beauty and nature.
We drove through Rocky Mountain National Park looking for elk and other wildlife. We got out to see a family of elk that were about 100 yards away and then all of a sudden we got to see two elk cross the road just a few feet from us! Such a fun experience!
We had a great trip filled with lots of laughter, catching up, card games, and spending time soaking up the beauty of Colorado!