Monday, August 13, 2012

A Texas Kind of Weekend

Hello again! I hope everyone had a great Saturday and Sunday and you are ready to start up another week. 

Today is a little dose of what my weekend looked like and what you can expect if you ever decide to come visit me in Texas! Summers are the best time to make reservations, so start thinking about booking your flights for next year! The offer always stands. So here we go...


My big brother came into town to visit for a long weekend. That's him in the picture above. As I get older, I think we look more and more alike. What do you think? And that deliciousness in the bottom right, was some shrimp and swordfish kabobs that Ross cooked up for us Friday night. Yes, it tasted just as amazing as it looks in the picture.
 


Saturday we woke up early and drove down to Gruene to float the river. The bus driver that took us to our drop off said we only had to follow two rules to make it a great trip...see above. I am happy to report that we followed them perfectly. If you haven't ever floated a river in big black inner tube, you are missing out. It is seriously one of the most fun things to do during the summer. You pack as much alcohol as you can into a raft, tie it to the "lead" tuber of the group who likes to raft surf and move like Jagger and float for 5-6 solid hours. Oh, and you MUST make friends with total strangers that have waterproof radios and take Jell-O shots with them every hour or so. Then you stumble/crawl off the river and go eat as much Mexican food as you can. Sounds like the time of your life, right? It is!


Then after you float all day you do what any Texan does when in Gruene, you head to River Road Ice House and listen to one of the best Texas Country artists there is, Pat Green. Ross and I have been listening to him for years. In fact out first dance at our wedding was from Pat Green, "If I Had A Million". Look it up. Those who know me well, can tell you that I used to be a straight up Pat Green groupie and may or may not have snuck backstage a time or two. I kept myself under control this time...somewhat.


After all the hoop-la that took place on Saturday, I spent most of Sunday trying to get myself together. I swear, this old body of mine doesn't sync up with my young heart. I am sore in places I did not even know existed and have a few battle scars to show for it. The "day after" is so much harder now than it was back in my twenties. So to cure my our pain, we headed out for a relaxing evening on the lake, with yet again, some Mexican food. It does a body good. I am finally feeling like myself again and can't wait to do it again next year, when the big brother rolls back into town.

It was an epic weekend that I will be smiling and laughing about for weeks so come.

What were you guys up to over the weekend? Have any battle scars? Funny stories? 
Anything that will keep you smiling for a few more days?

P.S. Jade with An Organized Mess is hosting a FAB group giveaway and I just might be giving away something of my own. Be sure to go over an enter.

Cheers to Texas summers!

Don't forget to enter the $75 store credit to Shabby Apple giveaway!


Today I am linking up with these ladies.
 

54 comments:

Chris said...

If and when I make it down there for this shopping trip we keep talking about, can I request that Ross grill up something amazing? Everything you post looks so good! Another amazing weekend... so glad you had fun and had time to hang with your brother!

Sabrina said...

Oh this looks and sounds like so much fun ;) xx

angie said...

what a fun weekend! love all these photos, makes me want to go to texas!

Danavee said...

We love to float, but we always get canoes! I can see a tube in my future though.

Jennifer Sanzo said...

Fun stuff!

jeands said...

wow, you guys had the coolest and fun weekend! that shrimp leaves me hungry.

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

Geeze, you have the best weekends. Like, ever. :)

Head to Toe Chic said...

I need to come visit!!!!! Sounds like so much fun floating on a raft and drinking. You and your brother definitely look alike.

Xo,
Angela

Katie said...

looks like so much fun!! I loved seeing all your pics on instagram - although they made me slightly jealous! :)

Courtney said...

Sounds like so much fun Shanna! Good Mexican food can cure just about anything. Have a great week;)

TheTinyHeart said...

Floating in the river sounds like so much fun! I can't believe how many things you packed in 1 weekend! I need to get out more :)

-Sharon
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Erin said...

I have always wanted to go tubing down the river! We have a GroupOn deal in NYC that will take us into Pennsylvania for it and you can bungee cord a cooler into one of the tubes haha. Looks like such a fun weekend.

Sandra said...

Good times! Summers in Texas are always fun!

Always Maylee said...

Seriously you always look like you have the most amazing and fun weekends! I've always wanted to visit Texas! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Jordan said...

Sounds like a good time! Love the River Bum bottle! :)

Emily said...

Looks like such a fun weekend!! I agree with you about the body not being able to keep up with the heart. I experienced that this weekend too. I sure love Texas, I used to live in Houston and miss it!
Creamy

Amy Shaughnessy said...

Fun weekend girl! I bet I would have been burned horribly after that much time in the sun. I haven't been swimming in almost 5 years. Yikes.

Amy


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Morgan @ xoxo, me said...

This looks like such a fun weekend, Shanna! I don't think you can go wrong with any of these things. Although, I would definitely be struggling the next day too! It's amazing how your body just doesn't bounce back as fast as you get older :) I'm glad you're feeling better today! Have a good Monday!

Shelley said...

I really want to come to Texas next summer! :) Follow me back on twitter so we can tweet! :) @shelleybells07

Caitlin C. said...

I always love seeing your pictures from the weekend! Looks like you had an awesome time, and those kabobs look amazing :)

Simply Sarah said...

I am so jealous of how amazing your weekends always look!!!! Love reading your Monday posts :-)


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Dalayna Dillon said...

Just swinging by to say hi from YOLO! Hope you have a great start to the week. I am celebrating reaching 200 GFC followers on the blog. Giving away some of my favorite things :) You can enter here: http://dalaynadillon.blogspot.com/2012/08/200-is-here-giveaway.html
Talk to ya later!
Dalayna

Erica [pocket full of chuckles] said...

looks like so much fun :) we go tubing every summer here too and it's the best!

Makaila said...

what a fun time!! I get to see my brothers this weekend, I can't wait!

Ashley said...

I love the rules!!! hahha. Do not throw up and do not fight!!

Berty Morales said...

Miss Shanna, I didn't know you are a TX blogger too? OMG, what a small world! What a great post and some of that food is making me hungry now! I seriously hope we get to meet soon and so nice to see you had a great weekend xoxox

Annie said...

OK - this looks like SO much fun, and I'm totally coming to visit next summer :) Floating down a river with tons of alcohol and jello shots sounds like my kinda party! And you and your bro are to cute...you have the same awesome smile :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Sarah said...

I've heard of these infamous float trips and they always sound so fun! Looks like you had a great time. I went out Saturday night as well and did not bounce back yesterday like I used to. Boo.

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

I want to go on a floating adventure SO BADLY! There is one in Laughlin, NV but it's about 147 degrees and 20,000 people. Yours definitely sounds like the time of my life :-)

Montana said...

I LOVE Texas Country!! That was my favorite part about living there. Def the music! We try to go see any Texas Country artists that ever come to Georgia, and we saw Pat Green the last time he was here.
Looks like a blast!!!

Tracy Walpole said...

I spent my weekend relaxing in a hot tub in Wimberly! Felt like we were just up the road from each other :)

Your weekend looks like it was just as good.

Ruthie Hart said...

this looks like a FABULOUS weekend!! I am so sad that we haven't floated the river since 2009....I feel like if I dont plan things, none of our friends would ever do anything ugh! I am living thru u, k? :)

Sami said...

So fun! I sadly have never floated a river! I need to get on that :) I had mexican too and a margarita and it was amazing! Thanks for linking up, as always lovely!

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Oh wow, those shrimp and swordfish kabobs looks amazing...thanks for making me hungry now. :)

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

I need to take a geratol and red bull after reading this. I now realize I also need to get a life.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

What a fun weekend! Your brother must have had the best time! It seems like there are so many fun things to do in Texas!

Thanks for linking up with us :)

Lacey_Renea said...

I'm insanely jealous of your entire weekend! Floating the river AND Pat Green. It's almost too much ;)

Pat played at our company Christmas party a few years back and I was so close to him that his sweat was dripping onto me. I know it sounds kind of gross but since you are a reformed Pat groupie I'm sure you'll understand! :)

Alisa Marie said...

That sounds like so much fun! Pat Green played at my husband's company christmas party last year, I absolutely love him!!

Looks like a great weekend!

Landi {Freckled Confessions} said...

Here again - another amazing looking weekend! I love Pat Green! :)

tara said...

i haven't floated the river in years!! probably because i always end up having way too much.. fun.. ;) and then get dehydrated and feel like i'm going to die and then vow to never do it again! lol

JKT said...

You keep posting fantastic weekends like this...you're going to have many visitors (myself included!) next summer :) Looks like a great time! Glad you had a good weekend with your brother!!

My-cliffnotes said...

What a weekend! How fun your brother flew in!! Love it!

Going to go enter lol

Dana @ five30three said...

I want to have your body when I'm a mom. Oh wait, I am a mom and my body is nowhere near as slamming. Might be the mac n cheese I had for dinner. Or the cheesecake I had for dessert. Shit....

Thanks for linking up, pretty lady!

Samantha Curtis said...

new follower from #yolomondays! My friend has been talking about floating the river forever.. sounds like a blast!

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glad to meet you!

Samantha

Lindsay said...

I swear you have the most amazing weekends. You make me want to come to Texas right this minute! Those shrimp and swordfish kabobs look amazing. Looks like such a great weekend!

Dani @ Inspire Motivate Love said...

I do miss a Texas summer. I haven't visited my family there in so long, and your pictures make me miss it so much! A trip to Houston is on my list for the next year. Looks like a great weekend! :)

Alexa said...

Oh such a fun weekend! I'm always so sad when it's over. :(

prettyanddelectable said...

What a fun weekend! I can definitely see a resemblance between you and your brother!

Heather said...

This looks like the most amazing weekend - I love being a River Bum... and those grilled shrimp look delish!

XO
www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

Andrea {blonde ambitions} said...

So fun!! Wish I would have been in town to come meet up with you all! Definitely need to plan something soon :)

still being [molly] said...

yay! it looks like you had an amazing weekend. thanks for linking up, shanna.

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

What an awesome weekend!! Seriously send me the recipe for the shrimp/swordfish kabobs!! I followed on instagram all weekend and loved your pics!! In the last year of my 20's I cannot handle a night/day of drinking like I used to in college, kinda makes me sad...oh well!!

Kelly { MessyDirtyHair } said...

Wow! Sounds aaaamazing!!! Love all the pics!

Christina said...

Fun weekend! I've never floated before. I need to do it!!

Stopping by (a little late) from the linkup! :)
Christina at Easily Entertained

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