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Weekend Recap (x3)

Now that the dust has finally begun to settle on our crazy busy and fun filled summer I’ve got some weekend recap catching up to do.

The last three weekends put me in Minnesota at the lake for a family reunion, at a beautiful park for Labor Day Monday, and just this past weekend at my favorite restaurant in Boulder with friends.

I live a pretty charmed life with some pretty great people.

Some refreshing Marg’s at Zorbaz after our exhausting horse riding expedition.  

…and with that, my Minnesota lake season ended.  Couldn’t have gone out on a higher note.

Next up…Labor Day!  We took it easy and picnicked in the park.  It was great.  And the beautiful pregnant woman in the photo’s experienced her own day of labor just four days later!  Welcome to the world Lola : ) You are crushingly beautiful already/We find ways to gamble no matter where we are : )Ahhh successful relaxing day at the park.  Good times.

Moving on!

This last weekend I spent the day and evening in Boulder with my girlfriends Katie and Ashley.  We don’t get together very often, so this needed to be special.  We decided on lunch at Pizzeria Locale.Now, let me just say, I turn into a little bit of a freak when I’m at Pizzeria Locale.

That’s because it is not simply a pizza joint.

Nay.

It does something to me and I’m almost convinced they put some sort of additive in their foods.

Actually they do.

It’s called cheese.  And love.  They drizzle their pizza with cheese and their cheese with pure love.

I’m actually pretty annoying about how much I love this food.

We sat on the patio and I exclaimed to every passerby “(sigh)…i’m just so happy”.

It’s that good.  It’s the number one restaurant I recommend to people when they come to Colorado.  This is coming from a girl that doesn’t even like pizza that much.

But this isn’t pizza.  It’s so much more that that.We must’ve said “LOOK at these EFFING tomatoes” at least a hundred times.Yes.  That’s a salad with cucumbers, cantaloupe AND GOAT CHEESE!

I don’t even have a picture of the fried cheese balls we started with because I finished mine before the waiter even set down the plate.

End of summer days don’t get much better than that.  Fantastic food, gorgeous weather in a gorgeous mountain city, and incredible company.

Sigh…I’m just so happy.

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What you’ve all been waiting for?

Here it is everyone!

What you’ve all been waiting for!!!

(I can hear you holding your breath)

No…it’s not any type of announcement like “I got a new job!  I’m a highly paid successful photographer! Marlo is pregnant (she’s fixed it’s impossible so don’t get your hopes up)!”

It’s way better??

This is the long awaited final installment of our near month old trip to Minnesota.

TaDa!!

Maybe nobody is bored with photo after photo of us having the time of our lives at the lakes. Maybe everybody is.

Doesn’t matter because posting the images on my blog is the easiest way to get all the people that are in them to see them.  And they’ve been asking.

So here it is, the last lake post of the year (I’m totally lying I’m going again in August).

We left our beloved Pelican Lake on Thursday morning after celebrating the 4th of July the night before.  We had already enjoyed our first 5 days at the lake so much that we felt completely spoiled heading to somebody else’s cabin for another 4 days.

Before we arrived at our destination, we stopped at the beautiful Gull Lake Zorbaz for some grub and great live music performed by Jon’s friend John.  John was gracious enough to be the musician at our wedding and he’s really really wonderful and talented.  He’s also a new dad! No appearances were made by the newborn (it was soooo hot) but I do have some shots from the performance.

It was great to see a bunch of people we don’t get to be around very often!  An afternoon well spent.  Onward!

Christian is a grade school buddy of Jon’s and he and his girlfriend Jennie hosted our group of Minnesota friends for an incredibly fun weekend at his family cabin.  As usual with this group, the moment we all get together we regress to behaving like shot taking college students, convincing ourselves that we are still quite young and capable of such shenanigans.  It never takes long for us to end up in silly hats, playing cards, talking louder and louder, listening to great music…and drunk.  It’s so fun.This goes on and on until before you know it people are drinking out of watermelons, abusing the props, and men are in women’s restrooms.  It’s chaos.  We always rally like champions, learn nothing, and do it all over again.  But it’s different this time!  Because it’s on a boat!We’re still learning about ‘sharing’.The ‘wives’.Not posed.  Not surprising : )Always has to have a melon in his hand.  : )One word: classy.

It only gets worse from here.Told you.It’s called a diaper and it’s a lake thing.  Don’t ask questions.  Just enjoy.
No we aren’t floating in our own pee.  For some reason this lake had a high iron content or something scientific that gave it that hue.Doesn’t get better than swimming in pee with your best friends : )Except for throwing back your favorite beverage while wearing a diaper.  Sigh.  This is the reason for my MN obsession.  Things like this.  Nemesis.Jammin’ to Beiber.Shot pit stop at the lake’s only bar.Saying farewell to his loyal companion.Once sufficiently buzzed up we left the lake for some showers, yard games, more drinks and a killer sunset.He’s gentler than he looks.  Not scary in the least.  Well maybe a little.We’re all well fed…must be time for a booze cruise!Awww.  Look at that pretty loon.  Wanna go to the bar and play pull tabs?  YES!  What a great idea!  Let’s hug it out.
We ended the trip with a genius game of golf.  Four couples – boys hit – girls putt.  It was a really fun way to get the girls out on the course with the boys.…and we played into the sunset.

We crammed a lot of fun into what is always never enough time.  Jon and I were so exhausted from our vacation that we split our drive back into two separate days.

It was all worth it.  These people are the people that make Minnesota so great and me so  homesick all the time.  I’m always grateful to them for pulling us back over and over again.

Two Words…Super Sized

I mentioned in an earlier post that I took almost 1,000 photo’s during our 10 day trip to Minnesota.  Part of this is because I’m shutter obsessed, the other part is because we did so many things and saw so many people.  In attempt to get as many photo’s on here for those people as possible, I decided to just keep it simple and do it ‘two words’ style.

Settle in because there’s a lot of scrolling ahead of you.    :  )

New Brothers

Youngest Siblings
My FavoriteThe BestSunny SmilesOur CaptainSister Dunk
Handsome BrotherGiant LeapStud Muffin
Cute CoupleQuack QuackDaddy’s LapWhole World
Chow TimeWild HorsesHammock Shenanigans Memorable MomentsBooze CruiseBoyfriend GirlfriendBrotherly BuddiesNight SwimmingDouble TroubleMinnesota SkiesBrother TKLovely LocksTan TylerMad SkillsGrinning GoonsZorbaz ToastMargarita BlissSweet GirlDon’t AskBeautiful BloomsDoin’ WorkSwimming PoochBlocking SunBig ChickenHeat StrokeDoggie PaddleSkinny BeerGlamour ShotOwning ItSoaring PatriotsLounge QueenAuntie MeganFirst ChoiceDream Boat Knocked OutHoliday ParadeColor SchemeBeautiful BoatPatriotic PeacePink PontoonDon DraperCanoodling CoupleBrave Mom : )Refreshing ShowerLazy LoungerBaywatch HopefulSand BarTurkey SlayerNo WordsHoliday HottieMy MateTJ SurfingLog LuggerPelican PlanterFirework SpectatorsHope you all enjoyed the pics!  Lake overload yet?  I have one more segment left from our trip home from when we met up with Jon’s grade school buddies which I’ll have up next week!  I’ll end the post with the rest of my fireworks shots and two more words:

The End

Weekend Recap

Good Grief.

Jon hate’s it when I say that.  He says it’s an ‘old person term’.

I don’t care.  That’s how I feel.

We left fresh faced and full of energy for Minnesota last Friday morning in a clean and washed Aviator with a brand new bike rack attached to the back.  Full of excitement and anxiousness we set out for a scenic drive through Wyoming (a way we’d never taken) and on our way pointed excitedly at all the beautiful scenery and wildlife.  We had an expertly packed cooler full of healthy snacks like olives, orzo salad, cherries and blueberries.  The world was our oyster.

Well.

We arrived back in Denver yesterday feeling exhausted and mentally unstable.  Jon’s car was thickly caked in bugs, guts covering the windshield, with a broken bike rack pathetically hanging on the back.  We drove through Nebraska (the way we always drive) and if looks could kill every single stinky cow we glared at would be on its way to the chophouse.  The car was sloppily packed, our suitcases full of dirty clothes and wet swimming suits, and the cooler was empty except for a warm brick of cheese.

Minnesota whooped our butts.

It’s true, Minnesota did completely drain us, but not because it wasn’t fun.  In FACT it was one of the most enjoyable trips back I have ever had.  The weather was uncommonly wonderful and every day we woke up and pinched ourselves because we couldn’t believe it was happening again.  We must’ve spent upwards of 10 hours a day on the boat and in the water for 8 of the 10 days we were there.  I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the Minnesota lakes scene but when you combine that amount of sun with a constant supply of beer, mimosas and cocktails as well as skiing, wake surfing and boarding PLUS late to bed and early to rise for 10 days…you’re a hot mess by the end of it.

I shot upwards of 800 photo’s (…I know…) in those 10 days and have a chore ahead of me to get through them all.  This might be the longest multi-day weekend recap of all time, but that’s the way it’s gonna work.  I’ll be throwing up sections of our week in Minne here and there over the next week or two with some of the regularly scheduled programming appearing as well.

Let’s kick it off with the more ‘fresh faced’ end of our trip…the day we left.

Jon has had an obsession over the last few years with checking Mount Rushmore off of our ‘before we die’ list.

I have had an obsession with avoiding this at all costs.

Well I finally lost the battle when we decided to take a different route home that took us literally right past it.  The drive was FAR more beautiful than the one we normally take and we saw tons of beautiful wildlife and scenery so I had a hard time complaining.  By the time we were close to Mount Rushmore I was finally on board and at about 35% excitement to Jon’s 100%.

I will say this about the monument…the people watching was extraordinary.

The monument itself?  I can’t say the same.

It’s checked off our list, which I am happy about because we can finally stop talking about it, but I’m gonna go ahead and say if you haven’t been there…you’re not missing much.  When we got into the park, I noticed some faces in a hill and said to myself “huh, that must be a replica at the entrance to prepare us for the full scale giant noggins in the giant rock on the giant mountain waiting around the corner“.

Nope.

I think if you’re 6 and your parents bring you as an educational experience that it would be great and seem really huge and amazing!  But when you’re 27 and have had this in your mind as being a certain way, it’s a bit disappointing.  Being the supportive wife that I am, I only laughed and pointed for about 4 minutes before strapping on my ‘I’m on board’ boots and going into full on tourist mode.  I snapped the required photo’s, looked at the required information, stared at the lunatics wandering around for the required amount of time before we headed back to the car for the rest of our drive.

I have evidence:

LOOK at those two ‘mericans!  So patriotic : )

 

Throwback Thursday

Tomorrow we are heading up North to Minnesota and Pelican Lake for ten days of lake time bliss!  In honor of it being Jon and my 9th (!!!) summer at the cabin together, I thought I’d post some throwback photo’s from my first summer there, the summer we met.

For those that don’t know the story, Jon and I met at Wildflower Golf Course which is part of a large Pelican Lake resort called Fair Hills.  My best friend Vanessa and I decided to work there the summer after our freshman year of college, and by decided I mean I DECIDED and then spent the better half of a month convincing/begging Vanessa to come with me.  Well she did and it ended up being one of the best times of my entire life.  I met so many amazing people that I still keep in touch with…including my future husband!

Ahhhh to be 19 again  : )

THEN:AND NOW:

This is one of only TWO photo’s from that summer that have Jon and I in them.  My family was at the resort for Fathers Day and Jon was out with all of his cousins on the boat and decided to stop by.  Meeting my parents a little early maybe??  : )

I’m surely making some sort of smart-ass comment.

This is me and my Wildflower girls on my last day of work at the course.

Here’s the ONLY other photo from that summer offering proof that we did indeed meet.  I’m not sure what’s happening with the hats on his head, but that is certainly Jon.  I’m pretty sure this is the night he cornered me in the kitchen of the Hendrickson cabin and MADE me kiss him for the first time.

I hadn’t yet discovered makeup.  My apologies.

You couldn’t pay me to go back to high school or to most of my 20’s, but I’d go back to this summer in a heartbeat for free.Fire starting at Lake 5 with Mrs. Carpenter : )

Another marriage to come out of that summer – Mr and Mrs. Ian and Courtney Carpenter.

Jon is going to KILL MEEEEEEE  but…here’s the ending of a very sweet note he wrote me that first summer.  Little did he know…. : )

And if THAT doesn’t seal my fate as a dead man – I’m very sorry honey but I just couldn’t resist.

Throwback Thursdays are officially my favorite.

iPhone Photo Purging

Ahhh the things I tell myself I’m going to accomplish in any given week.

It’s already Wednesday Monday and I still haven’t tied up the loose ends on 3 posts I have waiting in the wings for you all.

Le Sigh.

Instead of quality content, how about we do some low quality iPhone photo’s?

Hit it!

Great veil!

Playing with the tulle after the wedding.My poor mothers living room in the days following the big day.

The only remaining Hammerschlagen nail after the festivities.

The beautiful canopy of trees over the cabin.

The exact spot where Jon and I first met.

Jon ‘hard at work’ on our ‘honeymoon’.

Mosquito’s in Minnesota!  Yikes.

Mrs. Corwin and I  : )

My favorite beer!!!!

Minnesota Twinsies

All packed up and ready to go.

Back in Denver…. Notice the ring…I did.

First name is spelled wrong and the last name doesn’t look familiar either : )

Meow.The Finners…

…and again.

Hiking in Boulder.

Such a stud.He did it!

Pine. Cone.

Landscape.View from the top!

Slanted.

Beautiful Colorado.

Kind of like a lake.  Yet not at all : (

Scary sun glare.Hi guys.

Delish.

Beautful Ladies.

Elly and Ashley – so pretty.

I have a thing for fire pictures.

Cheers!

 

I promise I’ll do better this week : )