June 23, 2014

Fantastic Family Weekend Recap!

I was a terrible blogger this weekend, but sometimes enjoying yourself is more important than documenting it right?

So I have VERY few photos for evidence of an amazing weekend with my family that came in from Indiana.

Still… I feel the need to do a recap of what an epic weekend it was!

My aunt, uncle and my two cousins along with their husband and girlfriend all stayed at my parent’s house this weekend while here on their family vacation across the northwest.

I got up early Saturday morning and did yard work (I feel like such an old lady getting up at 7:30 on a weekend to pull weeds). Then James and I headed over there to meet the family and go to the Saturday market and explore  downtown Boise. Not only was the farmers market going on, but there was also a refugee festival and the LGBT Pride Parade. Apparently Indiana is even more conservative than Idaho because they were all blown away by the diversity of the events all within a few block radius. Actually, I was surprised myself, but also happy that Idaho is progressing!

After mingling around the market and grabbing some beers and apps at a local brewery we split up for a while so they could see a few things in the area (like their old house and my grandparents’ graves). I tried to sneak a nap at this time because I knew it was going to be a long day! Ted and Gunner joined me.

Then it was off to a late lunch and quick stop at my place so they could see my first home. Afterwards we headed to Les Bois Park to watch and bet on the horse races!

I haven’t been to the horse racing park since I was a little girl. It was so much fun making bets, drinking beer and learning about how the odds/bets work. It is a lot more complicated than I thought! We had planned on staying only a race or two, but were there through 8 races. It was just that fun!

After some down time after the races, I took my cousin and her husband out. They had wanted to try out some of the bars around town, and it was probably the only chance I will have to go out with my cousin like that ever. Obviously we had to take advantage. We sat out at the patio and had several beers at one of my favorite university bars, and then headed downtown so her husband could check out our new Whiskey Bar. It was more fun than I could have ever imagined. Both my cousin and I decided that if we lived in the same town all the time we’d be inseparable and probably get in a lot of trouble! I think I may have convinced her and her husband to move here though – fingers crossed because I’d love to go out with them again.

Sunday I was up early again to go to an adviser meeting for my sorority. Afterwards I wanted nothing more than to crawl back in bed with some ibuprofen and a Gatorade (I was dying), but I managed to pull myself together and head to brunch with the family. The mimosas food revived me and then it was off to the pool. A few more drinks and the cool water were just what I needed to completely erase what was left of my hangover.

We capped the night off with a bike ride along the Boise River to one of my favorite pizza places in town where we all sat out on the patio and enjoyed a gorgeous night. Once back at my parents' I said my good byes and headed home It's such a bummer that it will probably be another two years or more before I see them all again—unless I make it to a Colts game which they promised me tickets to. I should probably get on that!

It was such a good weekend. I ache a little wishing this part of my family lived here in Idaho so I could see them all the time. But then weekends like this wouldn’t be as special.

What made your weekend special? Do you have relatives you see very rarely? How do you stay close?

Happy Monday all!

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  1. Your family sounds so fun!! My weekend was special because I had frozen yogurt hahaha I love that ish. All of my family lives in a 2 hour radius of each other, but we rarely all get together because my family is HUGE. 13 aunts and uncles on my mom's side. yea.

  2. Ah! Also just saw you put me on your favorite ladies part over there! Thanks girl!