Monday, April 23, 2012

Bikes and Wine...oh my!

This weekend, we met up with friends and headed off for a fun weekend of bikes and wine.  Except we were in the Jeep and I don't like wine....  BUT, we had a BLAST!!!

WE met up in Cole Camp for the first stop!  There isn't much to do in Cole Camp, but we managed to have a quick breakfast while we waited on everyone to get there and wondered around the town.  After everyone got there, we headed off to the first winery stop!

David found the perfect accessory for the day....

Now, I don't really like wine.  Never have, I have tried it several times, but I was going to be with fun people, have a good time and I might try a little wine.  I tried several wines, I found out - I still don't like wine!

One of the girls with us told me that she enjoyed watching me taste the wine because I made such faces if I didn't like it.  Too bad we didn't get a photo of that!  (Thank goodness.....)

Helen is such a beautiful, sweet person!  I so enjoyed spending time with her!

We went to several wineries on Saturday.  I think 5 in all.    When you tour the wineries in Missouri, you can get a passport and get stamps from each winery and you get fun gifts and meals!  So, we all got our passports stamped and it was fun!

My favorite winery of them all was Casa de Loco!  It was a pretty place and had these balconies that looked out over the water, quite beautiful.  They also served brick oven pizzas, we didn't have one, but they looked delicious.  We will definitely go back another time!

Out on the balcony....

The Lovely Lisa....

Danny and Linda....

The girls... (except for Linda, boo....)

 The guys (except Danny....)

Danny and Linda slept in and missed breakfast!

We had a blast and I would love to do it again.  I think the bikers would be glad for some warmer weather next time!

On Sunday after breakfast, the Joplin group headed south and the KC group headed north.  KC group was going to more wineries, we decided we had had enough wine and headed to the outlet stores and stopped by Bass Pro for the guys on the way home too!

Friday, April 20, 2012

It's about time!!

Oh My Goodness, It has almost been a whole month since I did my last blog post!  So many things have been going on and quite frankly, I just haven't had time to even think about it.

We got Brian's mom home from the nursing home (she had fallen and broken her hip and was rehabbing at the nursing home), and we thought things were going pretty good.  Then on Easter Sunday, she fell again and broke her other hip.  So, we have been traveling a LOT back and forth to Grove to help out, stay the night with her and we also helped get them moved to a smaller house.  So, it has been a very stressful time.

Even though Brian's mom was in the hospital on Easter, we still got together with the kids for dinner.  We had a good time and Madelyn really enjoyed hunting for her Easter Eggs!

Everyone had a good time and we enjoyed a delicious dinner!

We loved being able to eat outside for the first time this year!  Not sure how I managed to get photos of everyone but Nick and Lauren, but trust me they were there!!

Mads had a play date and Miss Olivia and Julie came over to hang out with us!  They had a blast!  Madelyn just wanted to hug Olivia and touch her, I'm not convinced that Olivia wanted it to happen.....

My workouts have been a bit sporadic with all that is going on, but I'm hanging in there.  I am LOVING the Les Mills PUMP workouts.  A LOT!  We started a new challenge this week and I have stuck to the program this week and my muscles are feeling it!  I love that too!  I am following the meal plan from The Eat Clean Diet -  Vegetarian.  I've had some yummy food, but I did slip up a bit yesterday and had some jalapeno poppers and sweet potato tots!  So, I have a little more work to do!

I have been so stressed that I am thankful that I have my workouts to keep it at bay somewhat!

Things are starting to settle down a little bit, so I am hopeful that it will stay that way!  I hope that I can get back to the blog on a more consistent basis!