Monday, July 8, 2013

Our Long Weekend

Emotions. I am filled with at least a dozen or so right at this moment...happy, depressed, thankful, lonely, excited, bummed, but most of all blessed.

You see, I had the chance to go on a handful of adventures, a stay-cation if you will, over the last four days with some of my best friends in the entire world, hubs and kiddos. It was a "Don't Stop, Get It, Get It" kind of weekend that commenced on July 4th.

Now? Well, as I sit here and type, I am all alone. My lady loves headed back home (one to California, one to Kansas and the others scattered across Texas) and Ross took the girls to stay with their grandparents for the week. I am already missing my little off spring terribly and it's only been one day.

So, my world went from one big shindig to a party of one in less than 24 hours. Granted Ross will be home early this morning, but it still feel out of whack to be home alone with in silence. Okay, it's not complete crickets, my iPod's currently on the Pandora "This is How We Do It" station. Yes, it's kind of nice, but lonely all the same since the weekend with filled with so much laughter and good times.

All good things, or moments at least, come to an end. I guess that's what keeps us fired up about the next big thing we have on our agendas. And these moments and memories that I am sure we all had and made over the holiday weekend are the most precious mental Polaroid pictures that will never be lost, stolen or fade in color.

I am beyond blessed to have had these last four days added to my life's file. I only wish that I could have tacked on a few more hours to each day.

Here are a few, okay a possible overkill amount of photos from the weekend. I just couldn't narrow it down to any less. Thank you to everyone who spent time with us. Each and every one of you hold a huge spot in my heart. I couldn't imagine being on this journey of life without you. And to those that we didn't get to spend time with because of schedule conflicts, new babies or because of that dang thing called distance, you were in my thoughts the entire time.

Let the pictures roll...

July 4th was spent with both real and inflatable pools, a slip and slide, games of washers, old school tunes, BBQ, excited kids, festive attire, fireworks and of course friends.

Friday we headed to our neighbors' house on Lake LBJ. We floated, tubed, got thrown off of tubes, won tube contests and relaxed on tubes...oh, and there was a little wake boarding too. And a fish fry. And strawberry moon shine. And a Texas sunset over the water. I would say it was an A+ kind of day. 

Saturday morning we met up with our friends in downtown Austin to hop on this concoction that travels by road and water. It's the Austin Duck Adventures and let me just say, don't do it. It was a total let down, time waster and cost way too much for what it was. It was something we had on our Austin to-do list, we did it, but definitely won't be doing it again. Oh well, at least we got four plastic duckbill calls out of the deal.

The rest of the day and night were spent with these gorgeous ladies. They are some my best buds from college and who I love like sisters. We don't get together very often, because of demographics, but when we do, it's as if no time has passed. I love you girls with all of my heart and so blessed to have you in my life.

Before I go, I wanted to give some extra love to my Prince Charming. Today is our wedding anniversary, thirteen years to be exact. I love this man with all of my being. He is my rock, biggest supporter and best friend. I don't even want to imagine where I would be if he wasn't in my life. My girls and I are the luckiest ladies in the world to have him as a dad and life partner. I love you, Ross!

Linking up with Sami, Leeann, Molly & Carly.


Shanna

60 comments:

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

what a weekend!! looks like a blast out on the lake :) happy anniversary to you and ross!!

Carly said...

Aw the perfect weekend! Happy anniversary, 13 years is an awesome accomplishment!

Carly
www.lipglossandcrayons.com

Alice Warren said...

Looks like you had an awesome weekend! Happy Anniversary to you & your hubby!

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Rachel Murphree said...

Happy anniversary! It looks like a fabulous weekend. :)
- Rachel/ With Love, Rachel

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Happy Anniversary!! :)

Rachelle said...

looks like the perfect weekend. Happy Anniversary.

xo
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Alexa said...

So, any interest in sharing some of your energy with me? I'm exhausted just reading about your shenanigans! ;) But it sounds like you had the most perfect weekend and filled the days with as much fun as possible!

Happy anniversary to you and yo man!

Rebecca said...

It looks like you had so much fun!! Happy Anniversary!!

Lisette H said...

AWww! Happy Anniversary!

If I went by looks alone, it looked like you liked that duck ride. Maybe just a tad. Haha. There's one in Baltimore, so if you hated it I'm glad I never wasted my money on it!

Kimberly said...

This looks like so much fun! Congrats on your anniversary - our 13th is later this month too :)

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Ashley said...

It looks like everyone had a great long weekend!! Happy Anniversary...

xo,
Sincerely Miss Ash

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

Happy anniversary! Enjoy your week alone with your husband!

Lauren said...

It looks like you had the perfect weekend with your family and friends! Happy anniversary!

Lauren
Fizz and Frosting

Amy Shaughnessy said...

Happy anniversary! Wow! 13 years. You go girl. Your lake adventure looks fun. We went to Lake Michigan which was gorgeous, but too cold to get in. We put our toes in and the water stung because it was so cold. Oh well, at least I got a little sun!

Amy

Fashion and Beauty Finds

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Happy anniversary!

I love all of your weekend photos, you packed it in! Fabulous!

Kayla Peveler said...

Eeeek happy anniversary.

Looks like you had one JAM packed weekend, LOVING your hello shirt!!

Nicole said...

Happy anniversary!! Hope you're doing something special to celebrate!

Jenn @ WLB said...

What a wonderful weekend to celebrate so many fun things! Happy anniversary!

Danavee said...

Happy anniversary!!!!!!!

TheTinyHeart said...

Happy anniversary! Sounds like such a wonderful weekend with your family and good friends :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Elizabeth said...

Aw happy anniversary Shanna! You have a beautiful family, looks like your holiday was so much fun! :)

Always Maylee said...

What a perfect mini vacation! I love that picture of sparkle monkey on the slip and slide, she's so cute.

Happy anniversary!!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Sandy a la Mode said...

i know how you feel!! it always stinks getting back to normal after having such a fun weekend!!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

Happy anniversary!! My hubs and I will be celebrating 13 years on the 22nd!!

Rachel said...

Happy Anniversary! 13 years is an amazing accomplishment!

Katie said...

your instagram pictures looked so fun! I want to be in your family. :) i hope you enjoy the week! and happy anniversary!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

Holy crud, 13 years? That is unbelievably especially because you look like you are 25. I know you what you mean about the sadness after a great vacation but it looks like you had a WORLD of fun!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Helene in Between said...

I would feel the same way, sooo much fun packed into 4 days and then it's gone, so hard! but it does look like you had a blast! And happy Anniversary!!

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

AWWWWWW!!!! Sounds like you had the best time ever...great pics! And packed in some serious fun! Happy Anniversary!

XOXO, Jenn
The Stylish Housewife

MorganizewithMe said...

What a beautiful weekend! Happy Anniversary!!! xo

Rachel Lynne said...

AWWWWW HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 13 years?! WOW! So amazing :) Hope you enjoy it! Also looks like such a fun weekend!

Annie said...

First off, happy anniversary! 13 years...wow :) Second, looks like you had SUCH an amazing holiday weekend Shanna! I definitely know what you mean about getting sad when it's over...but I hope you can enjoy some "you" time during the quiet/until the next big thing :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Kayla Gilbert said...

It looks like you always have the best weekends! I need to come hang out in your neck of the woods!! ; )

Kayla
www.lovelucygirl.com

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Happy anniversary! Looks like you've had a lot of great celebrations over the past several days! I totally did a duck tour in Georgia - so fun!

Thanks for linking up.

two birds said...

happy anniversary!! use this kid-free time to have many date nights and to get lots of sleep!! enjoy!

Rachel said...

Wow, 13 years!! That's a long time, lady! Congrats! And it truly looks like you've been having some awesome summer fun!

TaraMixandMatch said...

Happy anniversary Shanna! Happy to hear you had such a fun weekend!

Ashley Barnhill said...

Happy anniversary!!! What an awesome weekend you had! :)

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

Happy anniversary to you two love birds!! All your festives look fab and fun :) enjoy the quiet although I know how it goes feeling a bit "off" after having had such a friend and family filled weekend!

Sarah Tucker said...

Duck Tour? In Austin? That is definitely a bust. Austin isn't even known for duck hunting hahah! Oh the things that city does to make money...

Lake LBJ....so many lovely memories were brought back looking through your pics. I'm jealous you got to tube!

And happy anniversary! Love you!

Niki Caron said...

Happy anniversary!!! It looks like you had an amazing weekend, and your wedding photo is so beautiful! Cheers!

Katie said...

Looks like such a great weekend! It's so great to be surrounded with friends and family! Happy anniversary!

Katie said...

looks like a lot of fun!!
I've been let down by the duck boat ride also. Such a waste!

Happy Anniversary!!! 13 years that's awesome. p.s. you do NOT look old enough to have been married for 13 years.

Erin LFF said...

Such a busy, but fun weekend! :) Happy Anniversary to your and your hubby!!

Brianne Bracco said...

Yay for fun lake days! And Happy Anniversary!!!

Stesha said...

Happy Anniversary my friend! I loved all your pictures from the weekend, and I hope you are having a great time Zip Lining today!! love you!

xxS

Amber said...

I always have that "after fabulous weekend depression" too. At least it was a good one. Your pics look fun!

Happy anniversary, that wedding photo is so pretty!

Head to Toe Chic said...

Happy Anniversary!!!! Love that picture :)

xo,
Angela

Samm said...

Shanna! It looks like you had such a fun weekend! I wish I would have taken more pictures myself, but oh well. Jealous of your stay-cation :)

Happy anniversary!

XO,
Samm
www.dysfunctionaleverafter.com

tara said...

happy anniversary, booboo! i'm seriously in need of a vacation/staycation/something! hope you're doing well, love! xoxoxo

Because of Jackie said...

Isn't it funny how our kids can drive us NUTS sometimes, yet when they leave the quiet just doesn't feel right? Looks like you all had a blast and enjoy the silence:)

FitTravelerAJ said...

Looks like another fabulous weekend in the life of Shanna! I'm sad that you didn't like the duck tour. I have been wanting to do that in Cincinnati.

Happy Anniversary!!!! I saw your IG video of the zipline! Hope you enjoy the rest of your couple time before the girls come back!

-AJ
FitTravelerAJ.com

Susan said...

Awww! Happy Anniversary! xo

Lauren @ Style of One's Own said...

I know exactly what you mean...I get so sad at the end of weekends/vacations/visits. Sigh. On the other hand, looks like you had a great time! Oh and congrats on 13 years!

Lauren
Style of One's Own

prettyanddelectable.com said...

What a fun weekend! Your daughter looks so happy on that water slide... cute! Happy anniversary!

Sarah said...

Well that looks like a stellar weekend!! Happy (belated) anniversary you love birds!

Alissa Kelly said...

AWW happy anniversary you two!!! You guys are so adorable and I love the wedding pic xo

Alissa
FeelingGoodStyle.com

silvergirl said...

such a great, chic look
love the blazer and shorts
Brett

Katie Did What said...

Awww looks like SO MUCH fun!!! :) Yay for great friends! And happy anniversary!

xo

Gwen said...

A belated happy anniversary! Love all your pictures - I'm not always good about taking lots of photos.

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