For today's weekend update, we're traveling back in time to last weekend to recap my blogger friend turned BFF's stay here in the Lonestar State. Pretend your in the hot tub time machine, would you? There's a LOT of ground to cover so our weekend with Katie & Billy will be recapped via TONS of pics and over the course of a few different posts. K? K!
Let's take it from the top...Beau & I picked up Katie & Billy on Thursday night around 10pm. Let's just say it didn't even take them being on Texas dirt for an hour before we had Katie (who's been a vegetarian for 2 years now) eating meat. A cheeseburger, to be exact, from none other than Whataburger. If you're from TX, you know what I mean. If you're not from TX, and have no clue what fancy ketchup is...I'm sorry.
For obvious reasons, we documented every bite and clearly-they loved it...
The rest of the night was spent chatting, catching up, drinking wine on the front porch, and finally crashing sometime in the wee hours of the morning. We soaked up every single minute of it.
I woke up the next morning to none other than Katie hopping in my bed, with the sweetest, most thoughtful card & gift...
Her note...oh the note...was just the sweetest thing ever. She may or may not have shed a tear or two because since we've both lost a parent before, we just have a thing for pennies. Her gift: a penny keychain that says "Lucky Us" meaning lucky us to have angels looking down over us and placing each other in our lives. I could not be lucky enough, that's for sure...
And as if that weren't enough, when I walked into our kitchen to make coffee, this is what greeted me on our bar:here!
As soon as we realized how pretty of a day it was, we immediately went outside and went for a long walk around our neighborhood. (You know you're getting old when "long walks around your neighborhood" are a highlight of your day...)
Katie, on the other hand, couldn't get over the fact that there was no snow on the ground. Damn Ohioans...don't they know there's never snow in Houston??
Our next stop on the list was the visit my sister-in-law, Julie, who's pregnant with triplet girls. She was put on mandatory bedrest the same week Katie came into town so it was mandatory we go visit her! ;) Julie blogs too and has heard about Katie for the past two years so it was SO fun seeing them actually meet in person!
After spending time with the momma-to-be, we hit up Top Golf. It's basically like a 3-story driving range mixed with an adult daycare. Pure aweseomsauce, that's for sure. Billy was so fascinated with it I wouldn't be surprised if he opened up a franchise in Ohio, while Katie & I discovered that we both officially SUCK at golf. The end.
Later that night, we invited friends and family over so everyone could meet. :) I'd been hyping this moment up for SUCH a long time I was convinced people were going to start asking for Katie's autograph. ;)
...where Katie also got to meet Kristen (All in my Twenties) & Shay (So Shay) in person...FINALLY! I must say, seeing blog friends meet for the very first time is one of the coolest things to witness because though they've never met, it's like they've known one another forever! Kristen and Shay kept saying to Katie "You're real!" LOL...yes...she's real.
The second coolest feeling ever is witnessing your real life friends meeting your blog friends! I'm pretty sure 99% of my real life friends still think this whole blogging thing is a crock and that I have invisible friends these days so it was so nice to prove to all of them that Katie and Shay are, indeed, legit.
L to R: Kristen, Shay, Me, Katie, Ashley, Chelsea, Casey
The rest of the night was spent visiting, sipping on a little moonshine (duh), and playing games. ("What are yours like?" was our game of choice. I HIGHLY recommend it if you've never played it before! So much fun with a big group of people!)
It goes without saying a good hearty breakfast and fresh mimosas were necessary the next morning...
Saturday was probably one of my most favorite days of their trip here because it was like they were a part of our every day lives. Shay & Drew were staying with us from Austin, and Katie & Billy from Ohio, so waking up together, drinking coffee and making breakfast together, to me, was one of the best feelings ever.
That afternoon, we finally took Katie & Billy to their very first rodeo! Ohio really needs to get with it...us folks from the South have been doing this since we were in diapers!!
I think I speak for Katie when I say it was complete and utter culture shock for them. Camel rides, fried everything, big hair, kids riding on sheep, kids tackling cattle, pigs giving birth, lots of bling, cowboy boots galore, parking lots FULL of nothing other than pickup trucks, BBQ sandwiches, more cowboy boots, sausage on stick, etc. The list goes on and on!
The whole gang: Beau, Katie, Me, Brian, Mom (double-fisting?), Shay, Drew & Billy :)
Fried oreo | classic #OOTN | Katie choking down moonshine | pure love
Our time at Mo's consisted of the wobble, flaming Dr. Peppers, two-stepping the night away and Katie getting all types of flustered over a woman hitting on her man. #hothusbandproblems
Per usual, this was the end result...Katie sleeping in the infamous yellow pants, me using Katie's head as a pillow and Shay as my blanket.
Sunday afternoon called for the ultimate hangover cure: mexican food and more booze. Katie & Billy's FIRST tex-mex, beer-rita AND tres leches experience, might I add.
Saturday afternoon, Katie, Shay and I soaked up our last few minutes together before Shay would be on her way back to Austin. (Boo for distance!)
What? You don't lie in your driveway playing on Instagram?
Part II of #Kryshsdotexas coming tomorrow! ;)