A Very Happy Life

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Delayed Weekend Recap & Photo Dump

I had yet another whirlwind weekend in Austin, cramming in both a wedding of one of my close friends and seeing as many people as possible.  Here’s the gist:

THURSDAY—

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon at Maudie’s: image

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Wedding rehearsal at Nature’s Point overlooking Lake Travis: image

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The property even had miniature horses! image

Crammed in some time to see a friend’s new house in North Austin. 

Then the rehearsal dinner on Town Lake (more photos were previously posted, but here’s a pretty pic of the ATX skyline once the sun went down): image

FRIDAY—

Up early to start getting ready with the other bridesmaids at the hotel.  This included many hours of makeup and hair prep, as per usual.  No pics here.  Then out to the wedding venue on the shuttle (despite awful traffic— thanks, Joe Biden!) to prep for the wedding.  Here’s a quick snap of the bride after she just put on her wedding dress: image

Courtney looked gorgeous and the night was great, despite having to move everything indoors because of rain.  Now she’s Mrs. Supon!

SATURDAY—

I went to a baby shower (because of course there was a baby shower to squeeze in— of course there was!) for a friend from high school who is having twins. 

Then I came back to my mom’s and changed clothes to go see my brother’s family and his 2 kiddos.  We spent the afternoon hanging out while Jeff drove down to San Antonio to see his brother and his brother’s kiddos.  Jeff got back to Austin just in time for us all to go to dinner with my brother’s family at our favorite Tex Mex spot.  (Whew— already exhausted at this point!)

Next came a quick trip down to South Austin to see some college friends and their new house and baby.  It was nice, but a short visit.

Then we drove back downtown to meet up with more friends— most of the wedding party (at least our group of friends from it) plus one of my high school friends who wanted to come say “hi.”  Luckily we all met at my favorite dive bar (Donn’s) which had the Nash Hernandez Orchestra playing (an AWESOME 10 piece band— go see them if you get the chance in ATX!).  They were so good and Donn’s was just as fun as it always is. image

I thought we were supposed to be doing goofy faces in this photo, but apparently I’m the only one who got the memo (and maybe Grant)?
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SUNDAY—

Finally, the home stretch.  Spent time with my mom, spent time with Jeff’s mom, went back over and spent more time with my niece and nephew at my brother’s house, and flew back to Denver.  It’s amazing how 3.5 days can really take it out of you.  We did a LOT but I was exhausted! 

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Glad to be back in my normal, quiet routine!

Autumn weather is closing in, but tonight we’re celebrating the last few days of summer with a delicious Southern Summer Succotash (served with grilled chicken). A bit of bacon, onion, garlic, corn, cherry tomatoes, lima beans, okra, and fresh basil… Perfect.

A few pics from last night’s rehearsal dinner on a boat on Town Lake. Although it was oppressively hot, the sunset and skyline made up for the heat.

Oh right. Texas.

Now I remember. Currently 85% humidity and supposed to reach 97 degrees today.

You’ve got to be kidding me.

Didn’t someone say there’s a chance of snow in Denver tomorrow? That sounds crazy too but I’d take it over this swamp-like weather any time.

Sprained ankle and all, I’m Texas bound. Excited to celebrate Courtney and Sean’s wedding!

Sprained ankle and all, I’m Texas bound. Excited to celebrate Courtney and Sean’s wedding!

DirecTV has free Red Zone Channel today and I just want to know if every Sunday can be free Red Zone Channel day? Please? Because football season is SO greatly improved by it but man that crap’s expensive.

On a related note, I can’t decide if RZC was created for ADHD football fans or (more likely) for wives of obsessive sports fans who enjoy football but don’t have the patience to sit through all the time outs, running clock, 4th downs that result in nothing, etc etc etc. There is so much wasted time in football and I’ve got things to do! Let’s move it along! (You can tell why I think RZC was created for me.)

Two benefits of Jeff bringing home Chipotle for lunch: For one, burrito bowls. Self explanatory. And for two, Sadie gets a new hangout spot. 

Win-Win.

Two benefits of Jeff bringing home Chipotle for lunch: For one, burrito bowls. Self explanatory. And for two, Sadie gets a new hangout spot.

Win-Win.

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Relaxing bath [video]

Oh man. If Roscoe was even 1/10th this chill (instead of sad and pathetic and anxious) when he took baths, he’d get a bath every dang day.

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Relaxing bath [video]

Oh man. If Roscoe was even 1/10th this chill (instead of sad and pathetic and anxious) when he took baths, he’d get a bath every dang day.

(Source: ForGIFs.com)

There’s just no denying how absolutely OBSESSED I am with the new Union Station. The Terminal Bar and the swanky upstairs Cooper Lounge are just too cool! Such a fun night enjoying this new gem in Denver.

I’ve decided to cross-post this from my FB because I do think it’s important:

I’ve been nominated for the ALS ice bucket challenge by the beautiful Caitlin K.  I think the meme has sufficiently run its course so I will not be dumping water on my head (or filling your FB dashes with any other videos to stream), but I do still believe strongly in the message and the intention behind the challenge.  Therefore I have donated to ALSA.org, and encourage you all to donate (or donate again) even though the height of the meme may be over.  I have also donated to the MS Society and my local animal shelter because there are many important organizations that can always use our help and our generosity, even if they haven’t had the kind of hype or attention that internet sensations can generate.  I hope all of you, my friends, will consider yourselves nominated to consider what causes are important to you, and challenge yourself to a metaphorical “ice bucket” every now and then to reach out to those causes and share your time, money, or specialties with them when you can.  (Now I cheers to you with a glass of ice water in my hand.  That’s symbolic or something, right?) 

xoxo, Lauren

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Now I know what I’d look like with long blonde hair. 

(Another pic from Taste of Colorado today.)

Now I know what I’d look like with long blonde hair.

(Another pic from Taste of Colorado today.)