Sunday, November 18, 2018

Honeymoon Day 1

Tuesday was the first full day at the Seafire Resort in Grand Cayman. There was the remnants of a hurricane that was passing through the island, so it was rainy off and on. The locals kept apologizing to us for the rain, but coming from the endless sun in AZ we didn't mind a little rain.

We got up for a BeachFit class at 9am. We ended up being the only ones in the class so it was a personal training session (which is what happened every day for workouts).
Look closely to spot the lizard in this picture.
This was our breakfast view every day.
Storm view from our hotel balcony.
I ran into friends Nathan and Elina from NYC. Every night the hotel hosted happy hour, and we were walking through the lobby on Tuesday night and I was like I know the people singing and playing guitar. Small world.
Sunset views.

We had dinner (taco Tuesday) at Coccoloba which was a restaurant at the resort. It had started pouring again so it was enjoyable sitting in there looking out at the rainy ocean.
The drinks were soooo good :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Honeymoon Day Negative 1 and Day Zero

Thought I should get our honeymoon blogged so when I go to scrapbook it years from now I will remember details...

We stayed at the Arizona Biltmore the night after our wedding and then again Sunday night before going to the airport to begin our honeymoon adventures.
This is the courtyard at the hotel. It was still extremely hot in Arizona that weekend (hotter than normal actually).
On Sunday night we had dinner at The Twisted Grove and then had gelato for dessert.
The front of the Biltmore hotel.

Our room for our two nights.
Saying goodbye to the Biltmore and heading to the airport.
We flew on Monday morning September 17th from PHX to MIA to GCI. This was around 8pm local time when we landed at Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman.

We stayed at the Seafire Resort and it was so nice.


The hotel gave us champagne when they found out it was our honeymoon.
Room service when we arrived at the hotel - salad and mahi mahi sandwich with a creme brûlée for dessert.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

July 4th 2018

Blogging is getting away from me this year...too much wedding planning :) But, this blog has been so useful in helping to remember details - I just finished scrapbooking 2008 and often referenced blog posts from that time frame for details.

The Fourth of July fell on a Wednesday this year, so there really wasn't a long weekend for the Fourth. On Tuesday night (July 3), Dave made reservations for he and I, and Gibson and Jackson at Toro. The Scottsdale Princess was hosting a Freedom Fest with music and fireworks and to get in you either had to be a hotel guest or dine at one of their restaurants. We had never been to Toro (I had never even heard of it), but it was excellent!


On the actual day, Mom again hosted a party and fireworks. This is her favorite holiday, and the backyard and location of the house is perfect for viewing the AZ Country Club fireworks.

My favorite nephews - Owen and Uriah
My favorite fiancee - DH
Eating dinner
Uriah telling Jackson "you have to go swimming with me now!"
Dad and Owen
Colby and Uriah
Owen was done swimming and I don't know what Dave is doing :)
Kyle setting off fireworks in memory of Grandma Hazel. She bought a bunch of fireworks for July 4th 2013 and we have done them for her every year since then.
Red, white and blue popsicles. I used a recipe from Against All Grain and it actually turned out quite well. The red is strawberries, white is coconut milk and blue is blueberries. These will make another appearance in the future.
Me, Mom and Kellyn
Ending the night with some sparklers

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Kentucky Derby Weekend 2018

For Christmas last year one of my gifts from Dave was a big hat with two tickets to the Kentucky Derby included. I had told him a while back that it was on my bucket list and he allowed me to check it off.

We flew to Indianapolis on Thursday night May 3rd. We arrived at 1am local time and left the next morning to drive to Louisville so we didn't have much time in Indy.
Downtown Indianapolis
We stopped at this cute little coffee shop in Columbus, Indiana (thank goodness for Google maps).
My first time in Kentucky.
On Friday at Churchill Downs was the Kentucky Oaks, which is a race for 3-year-old fillies. This was included as part of the derby ticket so we decided to go to the race. I'm so glad we did - it was a perfect day weather-wise and it wasn't too crowded.
Right before the race they had a parade of breast cancer survivors so pink was the color of the day.
We were staying in Lexington and we found this local, grass-fed burger place for dinner.
Saturday was Derby Day! The weather app had been going back and forth all week between, sunny, cloudy and rain. Well, rain is what it ended up being. And it wasn't just a light drizzle - it was a steady rain. The entire day. This was leaving the parking lot...fortunately there was a guy walking around selling ponchos because we had not read the rules that umbrellas were not permitted through the gates. I also didn't even mess with heels - wore my reefs all day.
At the main entrance.


We started the day in the infield - these turf races were so fun to watch from the infield because the horses were so close. You could hear how loud they were when they ran by and feel the ground shake.
After walking around the infield for a while we saw a tunnel that took us out to the paddock area (where the horses prep for the race). It was much more civilized out in this area so we spent the remainder of the day here.
We wagered $20 each on two horses - I picked Magnum Moon and Dave picked My Boy Jack.
We stood in the rain and watched a few races and then we decided to go under cover for a while.


We had a mint julep while we were waiting...couldn't do the Derby without one.
We lined up here a couple of hours before the Derby race (there were a series of races that day and the Derby was one of the last).
Justify before he went out to race. At this point he is on his way to a Triple Crown if he wins at Belmont in a few weeks.
Dave's horse My Boy Jack
This was my horse, Magnum Moon.
The screen that can be seen in the picture above is where they broadcast the actual race for those in this viewing area. It was so much fun to watch with everyone and hear the crowds cheering for the horses. Even though it was the wettest Derby day on record it was still a fun time...when we got back to the car our pants were soaked (even with the poncho) and mine had mud spots all over them (which fortunately came out in the wash).
This was our horse farm Airbnb in Lexington.

It was beautiful and I loved all the horses.
We did breakfast in Lexington Sunday morning and stopped here for a coffee for the road.
We drove from Lexington, through Cincinnati and then to Indianapolis. As we were approaching the airport we got a notification that our flight was delayed. So...Dave drove us here.
We toured the Indy Museum and then headed to the airport.
This was such a fun weekend of pageantry, horses and tradition. And I got to experience it all with my best friend - thanks to DH for making it all happen!