Cinco De Mayo

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!

By this time last year, I was headed out to the Midland / Odessa, Texas!

I flew out of John Wayne Airport ON Cinco De Mayo going to my layover in Denver…they have the cutest little wine bar right there across from my gate. Can you guess where I spent my 45 min waiting for my seat to be called? Yeah, perfect way to start the flight. 🙂

I am a super friendly person, I like meeting new people and creating a connection. Seems like basically everyone in your area is going on the same flight….I start introducing myself. You end up meeting people from all walks of life, in different stages of life, different adventures and maybe you end up spreading some joy too!

I met a traveling biker in line, part of a Christian outreach program going to Paris to spread the gospel. A young woman going to Chicago with the cutest workout clothes on, she was super nice. ( I ended up seeing her again on my returning flight! Totally random right?? ) I sat next to the nicest older man on my flight from the Denver to Midland. He told me all about the oil field, it is so complicated!! Not to mention extremely competitive.

He was coming back home after spending a week or so in Denver after checking on his ranch and doing some maintenance. We spent the entire hour and a half flight talking! It was really nice, having a genuine conversation with a stranger and not one bit of it was forced. When they said our flight was landing we couldn’t even believe it! It went by so fast because we had such a great talk. About life, love, his children, adventures, everything!

As a Californian, if you’ve lived here long enough you’ve experienced an earthquake. Talking to my plane buddy, he had never experienced an earthquake. The best way you can describe it…it’s like turbulence on a plane but depending on the size it can be more dramatic or less dramatic than plane turbulence.

For those of you who haven’t been to the Denver airport… as soon as you step off of the plane this is what you see. ” TORNARDO SHELTER HERE”. Needless to say, I was incredibly shocked when I stepped off the plane. One of the first things you see ( other than the fact you are in the middle of nowhere ) big signs for Tornado shelters!

OK STOP. TORNADOS?! Like Dorothy’s house getting swirled up into the sky and landing in OZ, those TORNADOS?! Not gonna lie, it was terrifying!! From what I’ve heard. People who have been through tornado watches and sirens, think that earthquakes would be more terrifying. Honestly they’re both crazy. But being able to physically see this crazy swirling monstrosity tearing up the ground FROM THE SKY?! Low key, I’d probably freak out.

So I quickly found  a place to rest before my flight, grabbed a beer and it calmed the crazy tornado shelter nerves. LOL! ( there wasn’t even any signs of a possible tornado by the way, it was clear, sunny, no wind, entirely perfect day, I was just being a little dramatic )

Once I arrived and Karen picked me up we immediately went straight to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in the beer garden! Cutest little place ever. Obviously when they have boots for mugs, you must get two. There was the cutest cafe lighting in here, we got our boot mugs and some great photos.

From there we met up with a few of her friends and learned how to do some real Texas two-steppin’! We went to the most random hotel with a bar and tiniest dance floor…Get this, inside the hotel they had a MINI GOLF COURSE!!!!

How incredible is that?!?!? It was like an outdoor feel in an indoor area. This entire hotel opened up in the middle to mini course but by this time it was of course closed. For this reason, we walked all around the mini course just because we could!

Austin

The next morning we set out on our road trip to Austin!!!


There were so many changes in the earth the scenery went from nothing. Dirt, dirt and more dirt. To farmland, tiny little towns, with wildflower fields, random antique shops and horses! Finally we get to Austin, we are ready to check in to our hotel change, stretch and get some food!

Austin is one of my favorite cities I’ve visited so far. It is up near the top of the list with New York City. Austin is a plethora of hipsters with all their micro brews, it has the largest food truck community, and amazing little niche places!

Then got all settled in at the hotel then decided to stop and grab dinner at Eureka burger! Which is always yummy and one of the closest places in walking distance we could go to. We walked all up and down 6th street, (totally not the same during the day).  

Keep Austin Weird

We decided to head back to the hotel and changed to get ready for the night. Visiting downtown Austin’s super famous 6th street is incredible, there is so much to see at night. It gets super packed, the street is totally filled with everyone just having a good time and live bands playing everywhere. First and foremost rooftop bar filled with live music blaring all around is definitely something you need to experience at least once in Austin.

Austin has a huge homeless population as well. Literally on 6th street, if you go a black to far in either direction it will land you in a sketchy area.

Spending all night meeting a bunch of new friends from all over we decided to head back to our hotel. Right down the street from the hotel theres a hostel called the Firehouse Hostel. A random guy on the street told us about this ‘Hidden Bar’. Hesitant, we did not think it was a good idea going in alone. Two girls by ourselves into a hostel ‘hidden’ bar. I had just watched a tv show about human trafficking, that seemed like something that would go on there.

There is massive amounts of tourism in cities like Austin. Girls. Alone. Furthermore walking around in big cities looking like they’d be naive or too trusting, I can totally see how they’d lure them in with that. We were not about to put ourselves in that kind of situation!  Neat idea though! We probably would have checked it out if we had our guys with us, would’ve been more safe! I am wondering if anyone knew about this ‘hidden bar’ in the Austin Firehouse Hostel? I would LOVE to hear about it if there is!


The next morning we met up with some friends right outside of the Austin big city area…we went to the river and floated on the boat all day! Seriously the coolest experience ever. We found a turtle and named him Fred. Coolest little guy. Kept swimming up to us and interacting in his turtle-y way!!

To commemorate our trip we tried to re-do our Cinco De Mayo day! I have a photo from Texas (on the left) and a photo here! I tried to get a matching can but I couldn’t find the Miller California can.It also happened to be the only super windy day….we just had the pool cleaned and all pretty before this photo was taken. 

Cheers to many more adventures, whether near or far, together or apart.

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

Engagement Party

Holy moly! It’s been like two weeeeeeeks since I last posted!

It’s been crazzzzzzy! So much has gone on, we’ve had our engagement party, Easter, photo shoots, created a hilariously awesome BAEWATCH video….where do I begin!

Let’s start with the engagement party! And on the next post I’ll go over some of my favorite Easter recipes made healthy.  Along with some of our photo shoots just to keep the posts shorter. 🙂 

I have the absolute best family and friends in the whole wide world. They helped make the day just fabulous. We set up as much as we could the night before. 

I Created this cute little photo booth area. For all the guests to pick a prop then snap a pic!

We had the best florist (Bottles and Blooms !!)who created our beautiful garlands and then my cousins amazing candle sticks…doesn’t it just make everything POP?! 

I am a sucker for simplistic and elegant centerpieces. I love that they have my favorite flower ever (calla lillies) and then just the right amount of succulents placed along the garlands! I decorated the garlands with some deep blue bottles we had lying around. Added some random mermaid decorations and fire related items so that it incorporated both of us into the decor.

We are so blessed with family and friends who surround us. It was so nice to see everyone who came to celebrate our engagement. We have had quite an incredible ride during our relationship. I cannot wait to see what our future holds.

My dad had prepared alllll the food, with his special super secret recipes for the chicken and Tri-tip. Insanely good.

My mom made her famous salad that is literally to die for, if you don’t like salad this is the one salad you WILL want to eat. I’ll post the recipes for it my next blog post!

Our favorite local brewery helped us out with a BOMB keg and growlers FILLED with all our favorite beers. Literally a 5 gallon keg, 4 growlers, 3 mini growlers all filled with our favorite beers. It could not have been better! We even bought a ton of other beers from the store, but the ones that got drank the most, all of Last Name Brewery! 

The night went by way too fast, I wish we could do it again. So many great conversations and hanging out with all our people. Seeing everyone get to meet each other for the first or see each other again…MAGICAL! I could not have asked for a better group of people to have been there. It was the best day ever! I can only imagine what the wedding day will be like. Filled with everyone we love on the best day of our lives! 

Shout out to a few of my people who came to help set up and get things all set up. Alex, Brandon, Bryanna and Jake for coming early and setting things up, getting a TON of ice that was desperately needed. ( I totally underestimated the amount of ice that would be used) To my parents who worked so hard to make this amazing day even possible. To Trevor who put the things I couldn’t lift and the things I can’t reach right where they needed to be.

Thank you to EVERYONE who came! We love you all and you all mean so much to us!!

Another big thank you to the following people:

Eric – Expressionary Events

Katie – Bottles & Blooms 

Matt – Last Name Brewery

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Paint Nite

I’m an auntie!!!!

Before you freak out, it’s a happy little fur baby! The most beautiful white pit bull eveeeerrrr. My sister and her boyfriend adopted this lovely girl, her name is jersey. She’s totally cute!

Look at her!! She is such a happy camper right here!

Besides this cutie pie hijacking our heart this past week, we got more of our engagement photos back and OHHHH MAN. SO AMAZING 😱🤓

I got to catch up with a bestie, always nice having girl time.

Of course, who doesn’t love jacuzziiii time with a bestie?!

Fiancé and I had our first paint nite adventure. It was pretty magical. Paint Nites are hosted everywhere, but we found out our favorite local brewery hosts them every other Tuesday. (I think we found our new date night….lol) it was quite fun.

We had dinner with another couple before paint nite who live in lake arrowhead. Last time we saw them we had such a fun snow adventure! It was literally magical. For a California kid who never sees snow on her doorstep, going to Lake Arrowhead with snow everywhere and RIGHT ON YOUR DOORSTEP. Pretty freakin magical! It wasn’t warm by any means, but the sun was out and had started melting the snow.

It didn’t sound like rain, because rain falls hard on surfaces. This was most of a soft sound! Like the melted snow falling into a fluffy cloud.

Magical right?!

Anyway, we got to have dinner with them and it was AWESOME!

We went straight to Last Name Brewery for our Paint Nite. Seriously the best idea ever, bring a whole bunch of people together, incorporate alcohol and an art teacher! It’s second grade all over again for adults! I LOVE IT.

Everyone paints the same painting….but NO ONES ever looks the same. Ever. Everyone has a different perspective of it and its really neat.

Photo above to the right is what the example is.

Here are mine and Trevor’s

Above is my photo with Matt from Last Name!!! With my painting up on the shelf!

…..can I just say how cool it was to STAND on the bar? Check that off the bucket list!!

 

Venues, Shopping and food!

I had the loveliest time going venue shopping with my mom, fiancé, and our unbelievably amazing wedding coordinator. (SO EXCITED)

We saw three really great places and are scheduling to see probably 4 or 5 more.
My firefighter is such a trooper. He worked 120 on (5 days) had 24 off (1 day) and worked another 120 on. Only to have the next two days off and the one before he goes back to work is the day we go see all the wedding venues. Then he goes back to work another 5 days! (he is aaaaaaaaamazing)

For those of you who are not familiar with firefighter schedules, it can change at a drop of a hat. You never know when they will actually be working. They do have a set schedule that they work, but just ’cause it says they have a day off, doesn’t mean they won’t get called back or need to cover for someone. Which is the great part about the fire service. It is one gigantic family, everyone is there for each other and someone is always willing to trade shifts or help other people out when they need it. I’ll share more of my fire family fun times later!

We went to see the Franciscan Gardens first in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Absolutely gorgeous, you’re practically in your own secret garden… almost…they have a private courtyard and you find yourself completely surrounded by beautifully tall greenery that makes you feel as if you’re in a whole different world. Once you go inside to the cocktail area or what can even be considered a ceremony/reception area…there is the most beautiful original brick walls and exposed rafters. Seriously, so pretty and you can transform the place into anything you can dream of! It was definitely a contender.

Seriously, do you SEEE that brick?! It is GORGEOUS.

Second place we went to, was Ole Hanson Beach Club in San Clemente. Absolutely stunning as well. Right on the water, you literally cannot get any closer than we did. The ceremony can be held right on the grass. Unfortunately unseen in the photo on the left.

Photo on the right is where the reception would be and boy oh boy, that was literally the most spectacular view ever. My mermaid senses were TINGLING!

We had a little time to spare in between all our appointments, so obviously when you are in San Clemente you HAVE to visit the Rainbow outlet! So many awesome shoes….I’m so bad…I bought three pairs of Rainbows…..one was a shiny pair of gold sandals…how can you pass that up!?

 

 

Still having some extra time, we did an impromptu photoshoot for a fun designer friend of mine! Link listed ( Custom Fire Tank ) Follow her Etsy, she has the BEST custom stuff. Her instagram account is @hunnyleigh @TheSassyAppy she posts all her latest stuff there! You can also like her Facebook page ( Sassy Appy )

 

The third and final place we saw on our wedding venue tour was Casino San Clemente, which had by far the most history. If only the walls could talk in that place…I’d probably never leave. Frank Sinatra has been there, Judy Garland, Betty White, basically everyone who was anyone in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s through and up to today have been there. They have a History Hall listing all the people who have been there, as well as all the previous historical events that occurred there. Literally the coolest spot for history lover like myself!

Look at these ceilings! Aren’t they incredible? It is so pretty to just look at! The one on the right is the ballroom where the reception would be held and the photo on the left is History hall with the tin ceilings.

 

Needless to say we have our hands full trying to find a place we really want to get married at. Every single one of them speaks to both of us.

We have another set or two we will be seeing and then we will make our decision! Good things are in store! I am so excited for our wedding and incorporating all those things that represent both of us.

So obviously by the end of the day we are all STARVING, we’ve been juiced up with cups of coffee to keep us engaged all day…but now it is time for us to go eat FOOD. We make our way back to the South Coast Plaza and we decide on Boudin SF…Anyone heard of it? 😀 BEST CLAM CHOWDER BREAD BOWLS EVER!! Originally from San Francisco, and has made their way down to the lovely OC. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of our meal…but you can just imagine the freshly homemade sourdough bread bowl filled with the most delicious clam chowder.

 

Our wedding planner & coordinator:

Expressionary Events  Website

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Eric Our Coordinator!

 

Sassy Appy:

Etsy Listing

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Facebook

 

Listed here are the links to the venues we’ve seen:

Franciscan Gardens

Ole Hanson Beach Club

Casino San Clemente

 
We visited Rainbow Sandals, in case you want to shop ;]

Rainbow

 

Food! Here is where we ate

Boudin