Just like every year at this time, I cannot believe yet another year has come and gone! It’s crazy to me that tomorrow will be a brand new year – 2015! But before that happens, I want to reminisce on all this year has been – the good and bad, ups and downs, highs and lows. We all know there were MANY! So, a monthly breakdown, including one picture to commemorate each month.
This past weekend was one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon, as it was our first Austin Bloggers meetup! It was also the first time I met another blogger in person (much less, FIVE!).
So, Allison and Jenn coordinated a blogger meetup for us Austin bloggers this past Saturday. Umm, fun! I was completely on board and was excited for Saturday to roll around. And then it did, and…panic ensued.
I only knew ONE PERSON that was committed to going (Allison), and I didn’t have her number or anything. I only had the location and time to meet up. Well, when I got there, it was a big bag of fail, to say the least. The restaurant was crowded, and I didn’t recognize Allison at all. I took to her Instagram and there was nothing. But alas, she posted that plans had changed and they were meeting a Blackfinn instead, right across the way. Okay, moving on…I walked over and again, tried to locate said group of Austin bloggers. Epic fail. Apparently there was another blogger at the hostess stand (Holly) who said we were probably looking for the same people. So, we introduced ourselves and wandered around the place trying to see someone we recognized. She didn’t know Allison, and I didn’t know Lani (her invite). We must have looked pretty lost at this point, because all of a sudden, Tisa walked up and asked if we were bloggers. Bless her heart! We were saved (ha!). We said our hello’s and were seated with our fellow bloggers.
Introductions were made, laughs were shared, and stories were told. It was so much fun!
It was interesting because I was the youngest one there, and the rest of them were moms and trying-to-be moms. And they were all super crafty, as in, owning cricuts and having Etsy shops crafty. Not this girl! Their stories were interesting, though, and the two babies that were there (Lani’s and Jenn’s) were absolutely adorable and pretty much stole the spotlight. They were also all happily married and talked about their amazing husbands and date nights…and I talked about my divorce and post-divorce dating life. Super. Although it was weird, they all made me feel welcome and at ease. They were super supportive and laughed along with me, which was great.
And the food at this place was FABULOUS! Lani and I had the BBQ pulled pork quesadillas, and they were simply amazing! Blogger fail…I didn’t get a picture. I was enjoying the company too much and was way too hungry to think about a possible picture. Oh well! But here’s a picture anyway, because they’re just that goood!
A weekend recap on a Wednesday?! You betcha! That’s how good of a weekend it was…no time to blog about it prior to that dreaded Monday morning and
busyness laziness set in yesterday. So, what better way to start off hump day than by reminiscing over a glorious, glorious weekend?! I can’t think of one.
I shared drinks with amazing friends, laughed until I couldn’t breathe, tried new things, spent time with loved ones, and cherished every single second. Oh, and I ate wayyy more than I should have. #sorrynotsorry
We spontaneously ventured out to the infamous ‘downtown Austin’ Friday night after basically everyone had a pretty crappy day. What better way to deal with that other than to dance too much, drink too much, and laugh way too much?! Again, there isn’t one. It was perfection! There were swanky lounges, not so swanky bars, loud music, shoe purchases, lots of sweaty people, sarcasm, mirror smears, drinks galore, and tub crawls.
Oh, you don’t know about tub crawls? Here’s an example from this weekend:
You know it’s a good night when you end up in the tub for no reason whatsoever!
Saturday was filled with lots of family time and new adventures! Included in this was kayaking on lady bird lake for the first time for any of us, and it was a blast! And no, there are no pictures of said kayaking because we were on the lake and therefore had no phones. Unstable water device plus not so graceful people plus water plus phone equals disaster, so we avoided that at all costs. It was a beautiful day on the lake and we enjoyed every minute. Well, I did at least :). We decided on two doubles and were so glad we did! Fun, fun times. I’ll definitely be back! I’m just not sure if any of my family members will volunteer to tag along again. Soreness definitely set in the next day!
Also, note to self and anyone else that’s never been kayaking: yes, you get wet! Don’t wear blue jean shorts. Actually, just go with a swim suit to be safe! You won’t regret it. 🙂
The rest of the weekend was spent napping and spending some quality time with family. There’s truly never a dull moment when my family is involved, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I’m so blessed to have had such a crazy, busy, fun-filled weekend with those that I love! I can’t wait to do it all again soon.