we’re on our way to IOWA

I am so, so excited – we’re on the road. destination: my hometown.

to see my parents.

my grandparents.

and what I’m really, really excited about … my brother is coming to visit from colorado! I haven’t seen him since Thanksgiving, so this is a treat!

family reunited.

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then we’re headed to Iowa City. home of the Iowa Hawkeyes. & my college memories. which I can’t wait to relive this weekend. woo hoo!

last year [J] & I went back for a game and …

we had fun, to say the least. we cannot wait to see what this trip has in store!

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last night I did a lot of prep work to get us ready for the weekend. [because we’re living healthy-err]. so I made us snacks! aka – when we’re tempted: grab a healthy snack bag vs a trouble tailgate treat.

veggies. fruit. yogurt. cottage cheese. pirates booty.

& home-brewed iced coffee. in mason jars.

then I had to pack my clothes …the worst part about traveling.

actually the worst part is the unpacking.

but all of that is behind us – because we’re on the road.

[and I even got up EXTRA early this morning to work out – go me!!!].

happy thursday friends.

[tomorrow “the week in photos” will be posted as scheduled, from iowa].

our weekend in des moines.

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend.

[J] & I got home late sunday night from iowa. and were so exhausted, I was functioning at about 60% all day monday. but am happy to say ..I’m now recovered.

we left friday morning, to join our friends for their pre-wedding festivities [couples shower, bachelor/ette parties]. in des moines, IA.

[I anticipated this photo the entire two hours it took us to get to the iowa border. my expectations were higher, but it turned out ok – for being in a moving car, going 75mph].

the couple’s shower was a casual backyard party; complete with a margarita station, the groom’s home-brewed beer [which was delicious], a scrumptious italian buffet, a game of bags/”cornhole”, and re-purposed wine bottle lanterns as centerpieces. everyone had a blast and I loved catching up with friends I haven’t seen in awhile!

then came saturday..

the boys left mid-morning, destination: only God knows, for the bachelor party. it’s still a mystery to me. but I had more important things on my mind – like changing into my black & gold and heading off to a bar to watch the iowa hawkeyes. which I did, with my Aunt! the weather was gorgeous, so we sat outside – ate, drank, & watched iowa beat minnesota.

[classy ladies – i think. the purse on the left, I got my aunt on hautelook. love!]

then came the bachelorette festivities… which began with a sushi & hibachi dinner.

always guaranteed to be a great time. but this place did something I have never experienced at a hibachi restaurant …

the chef shot SAKE at us. and you had two options: take it like a champ OR pay the consequences [being drenched in sake].

[the bride!!]

my first turn: he got sake in my eye, so I turned away [natural reaction] ..well he kept on shooting sake at the side of my head. I got drenched. my second turn: I took the bottle right out of his hands, helped myself, and didn’t spill a drop.

[all the gals].

[J] & I had so much fun – we can’t wait for the wedding at the end of the month!!

on our way home, I conveniently needed coffee as we were approaching Iowa City.  we were there once last year for one day. and I miss it. we both have a lot of memories in that small town – including it being where we met, six years ago. so we took a joy ride through town. then stopped in the middle for [J] to ..

clean the windshield.

while I took photos …

then we were back on the road …

[a picture I took in the car ..#nofilter – just a gorgeous night].

until next time IOWA …

happy tuesday.

[I can’t believe it’s october already].

sorry we party.

on saturday, we woke up stress-free [the event had been a success …& was over!!].. to coffee & bagels. clearly knowing it was destine to be a great day. what was our plan? to party. I don’t know if you’ve met a hawkeye football fan before, but we take our game days very seriously. and regardless of the outcome, we will enjoy ourselves.

the game: the university of iowa vs the university of northern iowa.

two places close to my heart. one being where I attended college [go hawkeyes]. the other in the town I grew up in [when you’re not playing iowa, go panthers]. so [J]’s parents, my mom, my friend [ash], [J], & I headed over to a neighborhood bar & grill.. all decked out in our black & gold.

[he was forced into rolling his pants legs up for this].

[like mother, like daughter].

we drank. we ate. we cheered. & we won.

the party didn’t stop there.

it was a gorgeous night, so… we continued the party in the tree house.

[until it got dark].

then the night was still too young to quit, so… we played drinking games. while my mother acted as DJ; of some of the finest 70’s music.

sunday was a tad on the rough side. but sometimes you just have to be responsibly irresponsible. & celebrate the win to the fullest, because you don’t know when the next one will be. [just kidding. I’m a hawkeye through it all].

cannot wait to see what next saturday brings :)

happy tuesday.