Wedding Planning: Previewing Venues (Part 2)

Wedding Venue Previews- Part 2

Finally- the good stuff!

So Saturday rolls around and my mom, T, Amy and I all head out to our first stop.

It’s at a place that is pretty far out, but looks pretty from the photos they have on the website; and is very affordable.

We get there and the first thing Amy said was “they must be doing their summer maintenance”. Based off of our Pioneer and Steakhouse experiences we learned that a lot of venues do their maintenance over the summer (slow) season. To be honest the gorgeous running pond/water feature/water fall was lookin’ kinda sad. (We asked about it later and the coordinator just said the pump wasn’t on.. the water was a good 2 feet low. First Clue. The entire property looked like it hadn’t had any maintenance in a good 10-15 years.)

We walked a little further and had a hard time finding anyone, so I tried calling the coordinator. She didn’t answer so we just explored a little bit to kill some time.

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Hey- I took pictures.. too bad they are terrible! haha

There was a really long, pretty walkway that was covered in lights that marked the entrance of the pretty grassy/gazebo area. The area was nice, but there was a little road noise from a nearby street and it was in levels/layers so it had a kind of strange effect. The area supposedly seats 300 (we are having 150), but everyone agreed it seemed like a person would be hard pressed to get even 120 in the area.

(Please don’t think I am knocking these places.. these are obviously just my opinions and based off what we want to do!!)

We walked a little further into the venue and ran across some random men walking around. One asked if we needed help and I let him know we had an appointment, but that we had had a hard time finding/getting a hold of the coordinator. He pulled out his cell and called her and she took his call and said she would be right over. He said we should look around in the meantime.

This place also had a little western town area.. all kinds of store fronts, “saloon”, animals, cave you could walk through (?!), and a bunch of random stuff.

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We found these guys + a sheep so I immediately made plans to kidnap them..

The coordinator found us over by the animals and walked up and asked what our questions were… she didn’t even introduce herself and I found it a bit weird.

I took the lead and introduced myself and everyone and she finally introduced herself and asked again what our questions were. At that point I asked her if she could tell us a bit about the facility and give us a tour and she acted completely put out. She did show us around and assured us that they could accommodate up to 300 people. She also asked like 3 times what our date was even though I asked her in the initial e-mail if they had it available.ย  She showed us the “bridal parlor” and then took us over to the “saloon”/banquet/indoor area. She showed us around and it was super neat, but really musty/dusty smelly. As we were walking out she mentioned “Sorry for the set up- we just had a funeral in here”.. uhhh come again???????

Next she showed us a pretty little antique church front/ grass area (she was walking waaaayy too fast to take pics- sorry!) It was my favorite by far out of the three sections we looked at. The only drawback was the ceremony and the reception would be on the same grassy area so there would have to be an intermission where guests would have to get out of the way. To where, I am not really sure.. We talked in the grass area for a few minutes and I started itching.. like BIG TIME! There were definitely many, many ants in the area! Amy asked about them and the coordinator got defensive and said they treat for ants- she didn’t know why they were there.

I asked about Lori being there and she acted like I had grown another head. She also took the moment to mention that there could be other weddings going on and we weren’t actually able to bring in outside vendors. I asked if she hired extra staff to cover twice as many people and she had a very blank look on her face.. After she was done giving me crazy looks she decided to go in for the big sales push (she had already pushed the sale in the initial e-mail that she answered a full week after the other venues..) and when she realized I was still looking she started prying about the other places I was looking and tried to talk crap about them!

On the way out we checked out the bathrooms and they were hot, dirty and smelly. To top it all off, another bride and her entourage came though and she immediately latched on to them and hardly said good-bye to us.. I will give her credit though, she called the next day to see when we were booking with her! hahaha!

After we got into the car everyone just exploded in negative comments. It was actually kind of funny because everyone agreed 100% on everything. It was nice though because I really liked the previous 2 serious contenders so it was nice to know i wasn’t just going to like everything. haha! Though I do feel like Goldilocks; the steakhouse coordinator was too brusque/cold, this lady was too pushy.. Cry me a river.. I know ๐Ÿ™‚

*I didn’t bother looking up pictures for this one, I think it may be a favor.. And for the record this one “wouldn’t really work” for T’s plan.

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Next up we headed out to our top pick. It’s on a ranch out of town, around 1-1:15 hours away. T is absolutely IN LOVE with this one. I love it too, but think there are some logistical problems.

So we get there and the coordinator meets us at the closest restaurant and leads us up to the ranch.

Let me just say I was sold from when she pulled up in a Jeep with a Border Collie sitting next to her.

So we followed her, and followed her, and followed her down a winding gravel road. But once we finally got there and it was a million times better than we remembered. (We had only been there once for a work function, 2 years ago). This place has a legit western town- complete with a quick draw game with antique revolvers, camp fires, complete music stage/dance floor, gun shop, ax throwing, beautiful bridal room, covered patios for appetizers, cool bar areas.. just everything. Plus it’s a bit out of town and off the mountain so it actually gets quite cool out there. I realize this probably sounds like a carnival, but it is just seriously so cool. Plus we think T’s family from Indy would love it.

The coordinator was BEYOND amazing, she was sooo sweet. She answered all of our questions, gave us a great tour and told us the history of the place. Turns out they do events, but their main focus is providing a cool experience (field trip) to kids that have been taken away from their parents and are awaiting foster families. They have places for them to camp and regularly hold services in their complete (non denominational) church for them. They also teach them about animals, archery, wilderness, etc.

She also said that if we wanted to, we could come set up the day before, and come back for our decorations the day after; that was totally fine. We could stay as late as we wanted, and she has a staff of like 4 girls that help her with the organizing/serving/set up/tear down. She also has 8 “cowboys” that man all the activities for as long as we want them.

She was so unassuming and acted like she truly wanted us there, but like she would be happy for us no matter where we landed; as long as we enjoyed ourselves. We also found out that she had worked with/trained the Pioneer coordinator!

The ONLY thing that really stunk about it all was the fact that I didn’t know the prices going in. T’s HR friend told him the prices were “decent”, but we didn’t really know what that meant since they tend to go all out for their award dinners. So we went in hoping that they really would be decent, and maybe we would be able to get shuttle/party buses for everyone to avoid the long drive/ possible safety issues on the dirt road. No dice though.. it would probably be $80/person…. and that doesn’t include tables, decorations, cake, DJ, dress, tux, flowers, Photographer, etc, etc, etc ๐Ÿ˜ฆ At 150-200 that is just not gonna work for us.

The good news was we found out that the offer horseback rides.. so we’ll be back ๐Ÿ™‚

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Last Preview: September 17

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Do you remember this post?

This place is having an open house and we are going to check it out. It is more expensive.. but I do want to check it out. It has just about everything I have dreamed of…. drawback being it’s a ways out (90 minutes). Either way- we shall see ๐Ÿ™‚

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Congratulations (& I’m sorry) to anyone who made it through this novel ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wedding Planning: Previewing Venues (Part 1)

Sorry for going MIA again.. things have been crazy, like usual. Dang sickness going around!

So.. wedding venues.

I previously asked what an acceptable number of people to take wedding venue shopping was and I received some great feedback, so thank you guys again.

Last Saturday..err two Saturdays ago we went and checked out a few places. I ended up inviting my mom, Amy (aka wedding planner) and Beth (Amy’s good friend, who has repeatedly told me she would love to help. Her ML planned her wedding and she basically didn’t get to take any part in it).

As for the setting/venue- I really like western/rustic. Lucky for me rustic is really in right now, so I have been able to find lots of avenues for design ideas. I just hope my wedding doesn’t look “so 2014” in pictures later… It really is “me” though, so I am just going to go with it.

Our first stop was at a place called Pioneer Village. Pioneer is particularly special to us because it was where T and I had our first dinner together after we went out of town for our first day trip (in high school!). It’s also cool because my best friend worked there, so I’ve spent plenty of time there. The third thing I really like about it is the fact that it is a non-profit. This means that everything is reasonably (or as much as a wedding can be) priced and the facility does lots of community outreach. My favorite of their outreach programs deals with their horses- they load up everything and give kids at the local cancer center carriage rides every Tuesday. Other than that they have the rustic (without being cheesy) feel, and everyone I met was very knowledgeable and seemed to truly care about the facility, their events, and their mission. Oh, and the coordinator was awesome and they would let Lori be the ring bearer.

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Pictures I grabbed from their website.

T and I weren’t thinking a Church wedding, but I kind of fell in love with the “little white Church..” They also have a GORGEOUS gazebo/pavilion area that you can kind of see in the smaller pictures on the table. It’s on a big green lawn and is surrounded by pretty, BIG trees ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, everything is historic and local to Arizona. They have a whole town set up that you can explore and learn AZ history… nerd alert. haha

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After we left pioneer we went and grabbed lunch at a Mexican restaurant near where our next appointment was. In the past I said I would love to get married at the restaurant, but I always thought it was too small and expensive.ย  The restaurant has this amazing patio, complete with a HUGE pond, that has turtles, ducks, geese, water features.. basically all the good stuff. The restaurant is out in a small town on the outskirts of Phoenix, its surrounded by awesome desert views and “legit” western stuff.

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These pics were also taken from their website.. they don’t do it justice at all though

My mom hadn’t been to the restaurant so I wanted to give her a little tour before we left. We walked over to the far side of the patio and imagine my surprise when I “discovered” a whole other side to the restaurant. Turns out they have a huge private patio over there. They also had little animal food “quarter dispenser” things, so Beth decided to feed the ducks.. Only the geese hadn’t been fed yet that day so they were super aggressive.. ahh!!

As we were leaving an employee came over with a big pitcher of pellets for the birds and asked if we needed any help. I took the opportunity to ask if they hosted weddings there and he said yes and went to get me their coordinator’s info.

As much as I love the place.. I didn’t bother to call the coordinator. Breakfast/lunch for 5 people was $140, so I just don’t think with our huge families (+ decorations, officiant, DJ, Cake, blah, blah, blah..) that would work.

Sad, but it was a fun experience nevertheless.

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After we ate we still had some time to kill and there was a place Amy really wanted T and I to check out that wasย  only .5 miles away.

It would probably be a cool place to hang out… but for wedding I just wasn’t feeling it.

No pics.. Trust me on this one people. Wood paneled walls and animal heads.. I’m not that hillbilly ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just almost

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At 1 we finally got to go to our last appointment, that was also about a mile up the road. It was at a steakhouse that had a GORGEOUS patio. Think big tree + fairy lights + ponds w/ bridge..

Based off the website the place didn’t really sell me, but I met with their coordinator at a bridal show last January and she was one of the few people there who really had her ish together… plus a girl T grew up with is getting married there in April and has nothing but good things to say about the venue/coordinator (so far..) ๐Ÿ™‚

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I admit it.. I’m a terrible blogger. Images from website, AGAIN.

The place is really reasonably priced, and the coordinator really seemed to have all the details covered… but it just seemed like she was running through her “spiel” for the 9 millionth time.. it didn’t feel personal at all and I didn’t like that very much. There is also a little western town type thing in front of the restaurant, and it just felt a little.. unauthentic? to me.

T also has some super secret plan for the wedding day, and he said it “will work, but it will be hard”.. I have no clue what the means, so please don’t ask me. I can tell you I’m dying of curiosity though! haha (Pioneer works well for the record..)

After we checked out the steakhouse we headed home and relaxed for a bit before we headed out to T’s Phoenix birthday celebration.

To be continued… ๐Ÿ™‚

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What An Insane Week..

First of all, thank you so much for the sweet comments on my last post. You are all the absolute best.

This past week has really just been too weird. On Tuesday I went back to work to (I was just going to say ‘put out fires’…) deal with me and my Dad’s unexpected absence. Everything was a bit crazy as per usual, but I also had a meeting with the City to deal with the road project. Lets just say I’m not a fan of emanate domain.. it didn’t actually get to that point, but it sure feels like it some times.

Wednesday was another day of craziness.. it never ends ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday it was back up to the cabin. We met with the insurance people and the fire investigators. The insurance people were absolutely amazing- we had a good policy, but I just can’t say enough good things about the crew they have put together for us.

Farmer’s had a builder come in and look at the damage- mainly because they do this every day so they can work with the adjustor to get the costs where they need to be. Our builder is awesome. I was joking that he had my dream truck (Remember this post?) and he basically forced his keys on me when we had to run up to the community center for a working bathroom.

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So I did what any sane person would do.. Took it and then posed with it before I brought it back. Maybe I’m not that terrible of a blogger?? haha

We know a fair amount of families up there- the neighbor informed us that the Women’s Bible study group heard what happened and “we are officially the talk of the town”. Ohi. Small Towns.

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There was no shortage of people up there.

This was early in the day. By 1pm there were plus five more cars/trucks + firetrucks.

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Trying to take an inconspicuous picture.. and TOTALLY got called out. Thanks, Will! haha

The pattern of the fire was a little bizarre so everyone wanted to know what the fire investigator had to say. They had 2 local guys look at it, brought someone in from the nearest “big” city (ha), and then the insurance company had a private person come out. Right now it’s looking like it could be related to the gas line (it was corrugated- there have been problems with this type in the past) so now the insurance company is investigating. Unfortunately, this means there’s going to be back and forth with the lawyers so instead of starting next week they aren’t sure when they will be able to. Right now they are hoping to have demo, framing and mud done before it snows.

This is also the time that I need to go through and inventory the ENTIRE house. Let me just say that my parents had it nicely stocked. My Dad and Uncle when a little crazy last January and decided they wanted a doomsday retreat if need be… even my Dad thinks it was dumb now! ha! Beyond that- the closest store was 50+ miles away so there was no running out for Q-tips, batteries, TP, soda/whatever. Once I get the inventory done I have to collaborate it with receipts and then try to find replacements.

This is going to be an adventure for sure.

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Command Central.

Did I mention our team is amazing. Seriously, thank you God..again.

It was alternately sunny and rainy- Will was kind enough to bring covering, water + chairs or everyone.

The day ended kind of ironically and sad though. I realized I have spent more quality time with my parents up there in the past week than I have ever before ๐Ÿ˜ฆ As we were packing up my Dad was standing there and he kept commenting how sad he was that my room was completely demolished. He knew how much time I spent getting everything just right.. as for me I was facing away from the house enjoying the trees. He talked about how it was sad to watch it rain in the house.. me? Still enjoying the trees. I’m trying to look at this as an adventure.. and I think I’m still in denial. Is that bad?

Lucky for me I have some amazing friends. They were waiting for me when I got home with a lovely wine night.

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Don’t ask me why J thought it necessary to grab every wine bottle in the house and pile it in front of us for the picture..

E found a pin on pinterest that we tried last night. (I’d link it, but I couldn’t find it).

It called for mango sorbet and champagne. We used a melon baller and put the sorbet in our glasses and then the champagne melted it and it combined.

Super yum, in case anyone is looking for a fruity champagne drink ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend

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A Very Surreal Day

So I had the best diet intentions ever for today. I shopped and prepped all my breakfast, snacks, lunches and dinners for the entire week last night.

Another big thing I did was make the mental commitment that no matter what I tell myself in the morning I would be getting my damn ass out of bed for the gym.

Last night I slept terribly. It was weird, I knew as I was sleeping that I was troubled. I tend to have BAD anxiety dreams when I’m stressed and last night’s topped them all. I woke up around 3-4 and saw a text message from my Dad asking if I was awake. He sent it around midnight and then followed it with a message saying call me before you go into work. Since he followed it up with that I figured it was just work stuff (not uncommon) so I tried to go back to sleep for a bit.

Around 6 I woke up to my phone ringing and it was my Dad. He asked if I was awake and I told him not really. He asked me to wake up a little because he had some bad news. He started off by saying we’re fine, Grandpa’s fine, the animals are fine.. but the cabin burned down last night. My heart just sunk when he started telling me everyone was fine, because I knew I wasn’t going to like what he had to say by any means.

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The cabin was my happy place. There was no work and no stress up there. Just relaxation and family. I wrote a post in May that summed it up well I think. It’s just the most relaxing place on Earth (or AZ at least).

My dad talked about selling it a few years ago and it was then that I realized how much I loved it.

The fire started by the side of the house- they are guessing lightening was the cause right now, but that isn’t the final work. It actually started right under my window.

As crappy as it is I know everything happens for a reason. It’s still hard to deal with right now though.

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That’s my bed frame laying on the ground.

The closet and most of the ceiling is laying in the basement below my room. My parent’s bathroom was above it and their tub, sink, and toilet are all laying in the basement closet.

Everything happens for a reason. I can’t even begin to think how bad it would have been if we were there. (And I don’t want to). My Grandpa would have been in the room next to me. He can walk, but he’s slow. My parents would have been trapped upstairs with the smoke. We would have had five dogs with us. (My 2, Grandpas 2 and my moms). Best case scenario we would have had five dogs loose in the forest. Worst… no. T and I also took pretty much all of our family pictures up last time we went. We had plans to come back the next weekend (didn’t happen) and I considered leaving them up there. Thank GOD I didn’t. Seriously, thank you God.

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The fire was concentrated in my bedroom, but the downstairs bath, laundry/mudroom and kitchen all got it bad.

The cabin is 2.5 hours away so we drove up there to talk to the fire chief, police and insurance people early today. The house is likely a total loss. There are a few little things like pictures that they will be able to save and clean up. It started raining while we were up there and they opened up the basement doors so we could look it. It was raining in the basement…water was coming in from the lofted ceiling 3 stories up.

It was all just too much to deal with. It still doesn’t seem real.

2 random asides from today that actually made the day somewhat tolerable:

1.) The police chief brought his k9. As he was leaving I asked if I could see him. He said sure so I followed him to his car. I just literally meant see, but he brought him out so I could pet and meet him. He was super sweet, and it was cool to learn a little bit about him and his training. The funny part was I thought his name was “kilo” from what I read in the community newsletter. Nope, actually “kiko”.. pretty sure they chief thought I was an idiot, but I did explain that I thought it was a pun..

2.) When we went to open the storage unit under the kitchen it reminded me of when I opened it a few summers ago and I saw a really weird critter. It looked and moved like a snake, but it had legs. I asked the fire guys if they were local, and they said yes. So I asked them what it was called. One of the two left to take a call, so it was just me and the younger one. He replied “a skank”. The whole day caught up with me and I snort laughed, because I thought I misheard him. I asked him to repeat himself and he turned bright pink and I was like “I swear I’ve heard them called skanks”. Good stuff.

I told my mom about it in the car on the way home and her comment was “well I wonder how they came up with that. You don’t get that name for nothing”. This came from my super conservative, sweet, quiet mom.

Everything is just so weird right now. I don’t think it’s sunk in much.. I know it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could be.. but damn.

Anyway, thanks for the mini therapy sessions. To actually get back on point- my goals are simple this week. Just make it out with my mind. I am going to try to hit the gym extra for some sanity and eat well- the hard part is done. No recap this week.. next week ‘kay?

Operation Skinny Jeans

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Weigh In Wedneday- It’s Been Awhile, and It Ain’t Pretty

What the freak is up with my format?!?! ahhh!!
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Well, there is no beating around the bush on this one.

I think the title pretty much sums it up.

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I attribute it to vacation eating & drinking.

As much as I hate seeing this number I am kind of glad.

I have some in-my-face proof I can’t eat whatever I want and stay the same weight.

I do think some of this is water weight though, because I didn’t go THAT far over my calories.

So hopefully I will have a much better number next Wednesday!

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Moving on.. anyone ever have a day where nothing seems to go right?

(Stupid question, who hasn’t??)

That’s today for me. Blah.

As I mentioned we celebrated T’s birthday in Colorado. It was fun, but obviously his family wasn’t there so it wasn’t a complete celebration.

I talked to the server (who is also a friend) at the grill where we like to hang out and asked her if she would help me put something together for him. She agreed, and was helping me spread the word to all the people we know who frequent the grill. I was also going to bring by a cake earlier in the day & decorate to have that as part of the surprise.

On Saturday we are going to go look at wedding venues and I’m gonna be dragging Trent around the valley for most of the day. I was planning on asking him if we could stop by the grill for a quick drink on the way home- but making sure he knew I didn’t want to stay long. The plan was stop in and have everyone there to surprise him. They also have a band (not a usual thing) that night, so I thought that would be extra fun as well.

I texted T’s mom and dad to make sure that they were going to be in town and to invite them. His Dad responded right away and loved the idea. His mom responded and said talk to his sister because she’s trying to plan something for herself, T, and T’s mom for that day. (They all have August birthdays).

I texted SIL and of course she doesn’t like the idea. So instead she says how about we do dinner at your house or T’s mom’s house on Friday?

Um..

1- T and I will both be lucky to be off by 8.

2- What the heck?! Invite yourself over much??

As of right now nothing is resolved and I am so frustrated. I know this is nothing in the scheme of things but it’s just one more annoyance today.

It also doesn’t help that I’m already annoyed at SIL.. The short of the story is she recently bought a house.. I sell real estate, but she chose to go with another Realtor. Okay.. She also decided the appropriate time to tell me that they were going with someone else was on my birthday. (Surrounded by guests- at the party..) Her explanation was that she wanted to go with her friend who is part time and affiliated with Dave Ramsey.

Okay.. (I went online and anyone can be an ELP with him by the way..) But what really bothered me the most about the whole situation is she told her parents that she didn’t go with me because she had a good friend who was a Realtor as well, SO SHE DECIDED TO HIRE A 3RD PARTY!!!

Um. Lier!!!

I know I just need to get over it, but dang.

So,so, SO irritating.

I ended up just telling T the plan and now he’s annoyed too.

So now I just feel bad for bothering him with it.. uhg.

Thank goodness today marks the halfway point to the week.

Someone else PLEASE tell me some in law stories to make me feel better!!

Please & thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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Vacation Recap: A Picture Heavy Colorado Trip Post

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Just a warning.. it is going to be picture heavy and content light. Sorry I’m not sorry.

It’s a week late, what do y’all expect?? haha!

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Looking out our rental window

Crested Butte is soo amazing. I really wish I could live there. Well, in the summer at least. On snow heavy years they have 420″ย  average… so summer it is.

One of the things I love most about it is there is so much to do outside. Hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, walking trails, bird observing, flower observing, rafting, zip lining, boating, para sailing, para gliding, water skiing, quadding, camping.. literally just about any outdoor activity you can think of they offer. Everyone there is so healthy.ย I think it helps to have amazing views to motivate you to get off your butt!

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Enjoying some river time

Last year was the first year we took the dog with us. She absolutely HATEDย the water. We forced her in a little, and then she saw us messing around in it and decided maybe it wasn’t so bad after all.

This year she hopped right in (she still dislikes the pool though). Her new trick is begging for rocks.. she’s such a weirdo.

She also decided that she is a search and rescue dog. We threw a few sticks for her (she normally doesn’t care to fetch..spoiled) and she would immediately go grab them and put them on the shore. We were teasing her so we started throwing bigger and bigger sticks/logs. By about 30 minutes later she was running up and down the river pulling logs out! It was too funny. Well, until she stole a little boy’s boat– that wasn’t nice of her. lol

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Goofy dog..

We also went rafting.. I don’t have the pics with me, but I will try to post them when I get home. We just did the granny ride, but it was still fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to do the kayaking down the river next year.

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Cowboy on horseback, using his dog to bring in a cow.

The setting is mostly rural there, so there are lots of cows. My dad kept trying to get me to let Lori chase the cows.. I don’t know how mean cows are though- and she definitely wouldn’t know what she was doing. So no cow chasing for her.

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We took the pups up to the college and ran around on the practice field. I almost went to WSC, and I have spent a fair amount of time on their campus. The one thing that really stands out about the tour I took was when the guide said that their football team isn’t usually very good. BUT they have a major home team advantage when other teams come to play them because the altitude of their fields. haha!

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The speck down right is my 6′ tall dad..

I took this picture standing at the top of a tall hill on top of the practice field (up near their real field). The practice field is higher up the hill than most of the school…

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Don’t mind the squinty-ness

Lori found her inner love of fetching after all..

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But I think the altitude got to her a little bit too. She only chased it for like 10 minutes and then was exhausted.

Tired enough, in fact, that my dad thought she needed to be carried to the car.

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Happy dog. Sad Dog. Happy Dog.

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Lorelei at lunch.

Another thing I really love about Crested Butte/Gunnison- they are so dog friendly.

(Yes, I realize I sound like a psycho-dog obsessed person..)

Gunnison is small town, USA. So of course we had to hit up the Walmart.

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Admiring how my ring and manicure paired with the lovely survival bracelet.

While we were in Gunnison my mom surprised me with a present. She found a toy stuffed dog that looked exactly like Lori.

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It was laying around the house all week and everyone kept mistaking it for Lori. (Obviously at a glance).

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We also went on a horseback ride. This is something we do every year, but this year was a little different because it was raining. and COLD. That being said it was still a neat experience.

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Mist rolling in

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Bear claw marks..

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It was pretty rainy for the art festival this year as well. It was a bit of a let down because there were fewer artists/vendors there, but we still had a nice time.

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We spent probably 3 hours sitting around talking on the outside patio of the pizza place. There was plenty of people watching to do..

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I plotted how to steal this cutie..

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She looks like my first dog, Heidi.

We took evening drives to go look at neighborhoods, and saw some animals while we were out.

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Property taxes are $20,000/year on an EMPTY LOT!! Ekkk!!

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I named her Lady Marmalade.

I’m pretty sure she would have let me pet her if I tried..

This is the main reason I could never be a hunter.

I want to make EVERYTHING a pet.

I do eat meat though, so I feel like a hypocrite. :-/

We also “discovered” The Sweet Spot this year. It’s definitely the neatest bar in town.

I wish I would have taken more pictures of the surroundings, but it was a 1930’s Parisian lounge.

Think lots of silk, velvet and jewel tones with a ..interesting/eclectic twist

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They had a whole living room scene on the ceiling. It was complete with armchair, blanket, book, ottoman, side table, accessories.. all glued to the ceiling.

They also had an ice cream counter, candy counter, arcade and HUGE beautiful hand carved bar.

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There owners also had a mixologist come in and design their drink menu. Yum.

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Pretty sure the crayons were intended for kids.. oopsie.

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There may have also been some shenanigans (thanks to the awesome drinks) when we got home.

One use for extra fruit..

Luckily there is yet another thing I love about Crested Butte- free city bus/shuttles

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We ended up at The Sweet Spot probably 3-4 times, including for part of T’s birthday celebration. His celebration also included pizza, and a long beautiful drive up to Emerald Lake.

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I look like a stereotypical Japanese tourist.

Also not wearing make up. Sorry T. Blame hippie Colorado ๐Ÿ™‚

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Emerald Lake.

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Pit stop for pictures on the drive back to town.

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All in all it was such an amazing trip. I’m already anxious to go back next year ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lori on the car ride home. She had almost an entire bench seat to herself, and yet she chose to sit on top of all the luggage.

Okay then dog.

Did anyone else get to take any vacations this summer? Tell me about them!

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Weekly Goals Link Up (Week 13)

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How is it Monday already?? Time is just flying by.. anyway on to a quick recap of my vacation goals:

Fresh (VACATION) Goals:

1.) Quit acting like Iโ€™ve never seen a veggie! Focus on nutrition- not just calories– Well I wasn’t 100% on this one, but I did improve things!

2.) Start tracking -.. fail.

3.) Water- More of it and less empty calories (drinks..) -I did drink water.. there were plenty of drinks on T’s birthday though.. oops

4.) Keep up the daily walks with the pups. Sure arenโ€™t going to be able to when we get home.. the weather is AMAZING here! -Success on this one!

5.) Keep up with the wedding planning.. time is flying by.- I am noticing a trend with the words “flying” & time.. scary. I did get the last two venues I wanted to check out scheduled, so that’s cool.

This Week’s Goals:

1.) Get out of vacation mindset. I didn’t even want to be in vacation mindset when I was ON vacation.

2.) Drink 100 oz water daily.

3.) Focus on nutrition AND calories. Track everything.

4.) Eat at least one salad per day.

5.) Get to the gym a minimum of three mornings.

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