Saturday, October 3, 2015

Synfully what?! Syndal who??

Do you remember back in the day when we blogged probably almost every weekday??  And we had topics for certain days of the week, weekend recaps, blogger meetups, poser-artsy photos, link ups?? Well maybe some of that is still going on without me, but I've definitely not taken the time to keep this page up.  I have several posts partially drafted but I really just lost a lot of interest.  I used to love this space.  I've made some great friendships through this space.  But it takes time to read blogs and thoughtfully comment and write posts you are proud of.  And honestly I've just been too in to my head, my work, my life, that the last thing I wanted to do at the end of the day was sit in front of the computer some more.
So what have I been up to?
Well, mainly, managing a zoo.  Ruby is a big puppy now.  And she has officially entered hunting season.  She's doing pretty good lately, but there have been many tears in the puppy training process.

this photo cracks me up!! this is the face she makes when you tell her to stay.

It's definitely Fall here in Minnesota - cooler temps, open windows, and extra kitty snugs.  I've spent time taking care of house projects and some furniture projects but the fall is always really busy.

My friend Katy and her hubby bought their first home - like 2 miles from us!!  And they had their first annual backyard beer olympics a few weeks after they moved in.  Had scoring been consistent, the Ortmans (or 'Ortmanistan') would have taken a trophy.  Just saying.

Our Summer was pretty fantastic - our FIRST year in the last several without one single wedding. We finally had our weekends back and it was glorious.  I'll do a summer recap post because it was just so much fun :)

I'm hoping to get back in to this space because I miss it - more to come, friends!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mexico with my Galentines

Over Valentine's weekend I went with 3 of my favorite girls to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for what was dubbed 'Galentine's Weekend.'  There's only really certain people you can travel with - and I fully believe you have to have a special kind of friendship to go on vacation with somebody.  Britt, Blaire, & Becca are like my sisters and we can bicker and still have fun and it was a trip for the books!
We left on a Wednesday morning, and we took shots and had bloodys at the airport before heading on the plane - and that was the beginning of a few really fun days.


We  headed to Riu Vallarta - all inclusive and it was amazing.  We spent most of our time at the beach or pool/swim up bar.

In the evenings we stuffed our faces at the buffet, laughed at the bar, and danced at the discotecha.

On the first morning we all had "couples" massages on the beach - it was heavenly, and a perfect way to start the day.  We spent the day at the beach or the pool and went on a boat ride to a show that evening - "Rhythms of the Night"

The bummer about this evening was that it was an outdoor show and it poured.

It was also super fun hanging out with our vacation friends!  We met two couples from Nebraska and when we found out 2 of them were nurses we knew it was meant to be.  We met up with that group every night for the rest of the trip and had a blast with them!

The following day we spent near down town Puerto Vallarta. Britt has always dreamed of swimming with dolphins, so although I have done it before, we all did it again.  We all got kisses and rode on the fins - I was terrified to get pulled around the pool with a dolphin in really deep water, but I pushed myself to do it and then there were no pictures of me riding the dolphin on our picture CD!

This was by far my favorite day of the trip - we had lunch on the beach with margaritas, a bucket of beer, and the freshest fish tacos I have ever had.  And there is nothing better than enjoying it all with your best friends laughing around you and your toes in the sand. 

we tried really hard to get a good jumping picture!

That's me & Blaire going for a sunset dip - and this is when a big wave took me under for a moment and I came out of the water with my bathing suit top down and sunglasses gone forever!  We all had that happen a few times but I miss those sunglasses!!

This photo cracks me up - this was one of the resort's waiters.  One night him and another waiter hung out with us when they were done working.  We all talked and had tequila and tried to learn Spanish.  It was dark so when we got a picture with all of our eyes closed from the bright flash we died laughing.  Pajarito hooked us up with reservations the next night.

On our final day we did another boat tour where you could swim out to a hidden beach, do snorkeling and do some paddle boarding.  
Unfortunately, I had the worse case of sea sickness.  The waves and the current was really strong so I didn't feel completely comfortable getting in the water anyways, but I was really bummed to come all that way and not be able to enjoy my time out there.  It was a gorgeous day.  I layed on the boat while the girls were out on the water until there was a man in front of me saying "senorita! come with me and take nothing with you!"  For some reason I didn't even question this man and I went with him, got in a little dingy boat with 10 other strangers, and we got dropped off on a deserted beach.  It was immediate relief of my sea sickness, the beach and the view was absolutely stunning, there were crabs running around everywhere, and I had nothing to take any pictures with.

By the end of the trip we found some creative ways to shield our fried skin from the sun!

and of course we had to document the best tequila chaser we discovered - saladitas saltine crackers!  Seriously - try it ;)

sunshine, tequila, beach, friends, and adventures.  It was the best.