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Sunny San Diego!

My trip to San Diego for my friend Sam’s wedding was incredible.  I loved this city! It was beautiful, vibrant, and full of life.  There were always so many people walking around, eating at restaurants, and hanging out at bars that I often wondered if anyone even worked.  I was also secretly wishing I had a schedule like that!

Bachelorette Party

Andy and I traveled all day last Wednesday (with a 3-hour layover!) and arrived in San Diego at 7pm. I was tired so I hit up Starbucks and my energy instantly changed…thank God! We stopped by to check in at our hotel, the Sofia, and I quickly changed and got ready for the night.  I had some serious partying to do!

My first stop was Sam’s Bachelorette Party at the Whiskey Girl.  Andy has a friend who lives in the area so luckily he had other plans (and it would be a total bust to bring a boyfriend to a bachelorette party!)

I couldn’t wait to catch up with my college friends.  I had not seen some of them in over a year, which is just way too long!!

The Bride-to-Be

It was a Wednesday night and because it was San Diego and no one apparently has to get up for their job, it was a packed house!

We had a great time dancing, catching up, and boozing (a lot!) until the bar closed.

My drink of choice for the night was a vodka with soda water and a splash of cranberry juice and fresh limes.  They made em’ strong! But for nearly $9.00 a drink, it better be 😉

After a night of drinking and a full day of traveling, I was starving.  I didn’t have a real dinner (and I was drunk) so I hit up a Pizza Hut with some of the others for a light night meal.  It hit the spot!

Sight Seeing

Even though I awoke each day in San Diego feeling hungover and tired, I still got my butt outta bed to see some of the city.  I brought my workout clothes and shoes to go for a run but that never happened.  I was OK with that as I was more concerned with being with my friends and having a good time.

Coronado Island

We spent some time walking around Coronado Island, which was stunning.

There were lots of cute shops and restaurants surrounding the beautiful hotel:

We spent some time walking down the beach.  The weather was about 70 degrees, so the water was too cold to be in.  But for walking, the temperature was just right.

We took some time to explore downtown San Diego as well and enjoyed a few of the restaurants and bars.  I really love the atmosphere San Diego has! It’s so relaxing and fun.

Rehearsal Dinner

Sam and Ryan had their rehearsal dinner on Thursday evening and it took place on the beach.  It was simply beautiful.

A cookout style dinner was served, which I thought was delicious.  We dined on BBQ ribs and chicken, potato salad, rolls, and baked beans.

It was a lovely evening filled with friends and family of the bride and groom

Bridal Party

College Friends

Andy and I

After the rehearsal dinner we hit up the bar scene yet again in downtown San Diego.  It was a fun night!

The Wedding

Sam and Ryan’s wedding took place on a Friday night outside on an upper level of a hotel.

Ryan and his parents

Sam with her Dad and Step Dad

She made a gorgeous bride!

The ceremony was lovely and I’m thrilled I was a part of Sam and Ryan’s special day!

Congrats Sam and Ryan!

 Time to Celebrate!

The reception was just as beautiful and elegant as the wedding.  It took place inside the hotel, which was nice.

We enjoyed bacon wrapped scallops, crab cakes, and bruschetta as appetizers, along with champagne and the open bar.

Dinner was a choice between steak, chicken and mushroom ravioli.  I chose the ravioli since I’m not a big meat eater and I especially enjoy ravioli.  Before our meal, we dined on crab soup and salad.  The meal was delicious!

Not long after dinner it was time to cut a rug on the dance floor.  That was no problem for us!

I even busted out my secret talent later on in the evening:

Pure class, I know.

Bustin' a move


The night was amazing and we all had a blast celebrating with the happy couple!

Back to Reality

Andy and I were sad to leave sunny San Diego the next day and were not looking forward to our 4-hour layover in Dallas Texas (which is smoldering hot right now!)  We didn’t get home until 1am and we both crashed immediately.

I did absolutely nothing on Sunday and now I’ve been trying to transition back into my normal, every day life (but secretly wishing I could live the San Diego lifestyle and hang out at the beach in the middle of the day!) I would love to go back to the west coast and explore the sights more.

Time to get to work!  Have a great Tuesday!

Question:

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

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Weekend of Babies

My weekend was filled to the brim with babies!

Baby Shower

Saturday was Andy’s cousin Melissa’s baby shower.  She’s due in September and is having a boy.

Melissa and her mom

The shower’s theme was “A Star is Born”, which I though was so cute.

The room was filled with lots of decor that matched the star theme, including these delicious homemade cookies and cake pops:

During the shower we played a few games including baby bingo and guessing the baby pictures of celebrities.

My love for trashy reality TV and celebrity gossip came in handy (for once) and I got most of them right!

For each correct answer you got you earned a raffle ticket for a prize auction.  I put my tickets into numerous prize options that were available:

I was feeling lucky on Saturday and my name was drawn three times! I only accepted one prize though, which was a basket of books.  I can’t wait to get started on some new novels!

Food

A party would not be a party without food.  And  Andy’s family never disappoints in the food department! We had an assortment of goodies including Lobster Bisque (my favorite), sandwiches, potato salad, pasta salads, pin wheels, fruit, and desserts.

It was a great baby shower and I’m happy I got to be a part of it.

Baby Sitter’s Club

On Sunday Andy’s sister-in-Law, Lindsay, and his parents were volunteering at an event and his brother had to work.  That meant that Andy and I were the last resort to baby sit.  With no experience in the baby department, Andy and I went into the situation having no clue what to expect.  We certainly would not have been members of the Baby Sitter’s Club!

When we arrived, little Claire was taking a nap.  The day was off to an uneventful start (which I certainly appreciated!)

Andy and I settled in at his brother’s house and began watching some TV.  But before we knew it, Claire was up and ready to play!

Claire loved this toy and bounced her little heart out:

She also enjoyed playing with her fury sibling, Buddy:

After playing for a bit and eating, she was ready for another nap:

She ended up napping three times while Andy and I were there.  Baby’s are so sleepy (although I could have used a nap too!)

It was a fun day and I’m glad Andy and I got to experience our first baby sitting job together!  What a team we made 🙂

Vacation Plans

Wednesday I’m leaving again for another vacation, although this one will be a bit shorter.  Andy and I are going to San Diego, California for my good friend Sam’s wedding.  I can not wait!  Sam and I were roommates in college and sorority sisters.  A lot of our college friends will be attending as well and it’s going to be a great little reunion!  Now I just need to focus on my work today and tomorrow (which is not easy! I’m so excited) and soon enough it will be party time!

Question:

Have you been to San Diego? If so, what is a “must see” there?