Saturday, July 16, 2011

Vegas with Dave and Kellie with a Surprise visit with Andi and Tara

Dave and Kellie are our best friends from college. We love hanging out with these guys and miss them dearly now that we don't live in AZ anymore. I'm not the best at keeping in contact long distance but with these two we always pick up right where we left off. We have taken many trips to Vegas together, many road trips in college and then a few more upscale trips after graduation. Our last trip was a few years ago for fourth of July but then life got busy and then had a beautiful little boy so we spent more time chilling at home.

Anyways let's get to the point. Kellie and I have been wanting to see Celine for years. When we heard she was returning to Vegas we booked our tickets and our trip to Vegas immediatley!! We were so excited for this trip to have a weekend away and relive old times with our best friends.

This is the four of us many years ago, probably close to 6 years ago... WOW

Here are our attempts at recreating this picture this trip

Kellie and I at our beloved Celine Dion show

Dinner before the show with the boys

Now what made this trip even more amazing that I thought it was going to be is that I found out a week before we left that my best friend Andi from high school was going to be in Vegas with her sister Tara the same weekend. We planned a rendevous at the Flamingo pool on Saturday. Since we had no luck finding lawn chairs in the sun on Saturday Kellie and I splurged and got the 5 of us our own pool bed where we camped ourselves for the day and worked on our tans and beer bellies.

This was one of the best Vegas trips I can remember!!! We all met up the last night to do some gambling at Bill's but Kellie and I didn't last long and made it an early night. I guess were getting a little old but we still enjoyed ourselves.
Note: This is a horrible picture of me and I'm embarrassed to share it but it's the only one I have of the whole crew so I had to post it.

Birthday & Rodeo

This year I was lucky enough to have my mom here with me in Houston on my actual birthday. I took a day off work so we could have a relaxing day together and then we went to see Sugarland at the rodeo with Laurel and Tim. It was a perfect day and I was so glad to have her here for it!!

The Birthday Girl with all her guests :)

This is Laurel and I at the rodeo again a few weeks later, we went with the boys to see the Zac Brown Band

The Houston Rodeo is always a ton of fun and we have lots of guests during the month to share in the excitement!!

Hollywood Beach......Our Favorite Relaxing Destination

Well once again I am very behind on my blogging so I thought I would just start with the beginning which was the February.

Laurel and Greg invited us to join them at her dad's condo in Hollywood Beach for a long weekend in February so we jumped at the chance and we were not sorry. This has to be the most relaxing vacation ever. It is beautiful in Hollywood and while there is lots to do to keep us busy it is still relaxing. Dan's condo has a gorgeous view and is easy to get to, not to mention we have beach access and an amazing espresso machine. Almost every morning I woke up to a latte made by Laurel and breakfast prepared by Greg before heading off to the boardwalk or the beach for the day. Can't get more spoiled than that!! We rented bikes for the time we were there which allowed us to explore the boardwalk and venture in to town for dinner one night where we discovered VINO and had a blast.

Fast forward to July and we just returned back from a fourth of July weekend in Hollywood and once again had a wonderful time. Note: All the pictures are from the first trip:)

A walk on the beach.

The four of us before heading off to the airport....sad day, I hate leaving paradise :(

Tim and I on the Intercoastal after a stop at Billy's for some Stone Crab

VINO is this great wine bar where you buy your wine by the ounce. You get to taste a little of everything and then committ to a glass of whatever you want. We hung out around the red wine area for most of the time but the refigerated case of white wine photographed better

The view from the balcony at sunrise

Before heading out for dinner

Breakfast on the boarwalk the last day!!