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Star Spangled Shenanigans

7.09.2013


Walking back into my office this morning was a sad experience. Reality is here staring at me in the face and I don't like it. Not one bit. Vacation is over, my friends are back in their home states, and the surprises are complete. However, my heart is happy and I have a killer tan! You win some, you lose some right? ;)

Last week was one of the best times of my life. Some of you KNOW what happened if you follow my instagram, but if not, I'm going to explain now.

I got to play part in surprising one of my favorite people in the world with the help of my Ohio darling and Boston muffinheads.

You can read Steph's recap HERE, Katie's recap HERE, and Erica's recap HERE. They all made me smile ear to ear when reading them! It also made me want to cry and throw a temper tantrum because its over, but the memories will no doubt last a lifetime.

Last Tuesday, Katie flew in from Ohio to Houston to surprise Steph and as much as I wish I could have been there to witness it, but I had something else up my sleeve that had to make me stay put.



As that surprise was unfolding, I was getting ready for WEDNESDAY. Right after I launched the Glow Workshop here on this blog, I literally was running around my house like a crazy person trying to get out the door to pick up Erica and Kurt at the airport. Those little muffins flew in from Boston and were going to surprise Steph later that night in San Antonio. Drew met us for lunch downtown at Stubbs BBQ, and I gave Kurt and Erica a little tour of Austin while we waited for Drew to get off of work.




We couldn't get to San Antonio fast enough y'all. Drew and I took a photo of us in the truck that said, "On our way!" and had Erica and Kurt hide behind the seats so they couldn't see them. I knew Steph would be looking because she kept getting surprised, so I had to really make her think it was JUST DDHP and I coming! ;)

When we arrived, Drew and I walked in, and a couple of minutes later...



After that, the surprises were OVER (even though Steph kept asking "WHO'S NEXT!?") and the REAL fun began. We had dinner on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, and then headed to Aunt Frances' river house in Concan, Texas. (aka my most favorite place on the planet!)



We stopped at Wally World on the way (aka my least favorite place on the planet haha) and had ourselves some fun in the aisles. I have NO idea what I'm doing, but I'm just going to call it the "Shaynado" (Shay + Tornado moves. I do what I can.)



Who says you have to grow up when you're 27? My thoughts exactly.

The rest of the trip was hardly documented because one) our service was in and out and two) we all kind of just felt like being in the moment. We took a few photos, mostly with our iPhones, but most of it was documented in the ol' brain. We had the best time, laughed til' we cried, cried til' we laughed, played games, danced it up in the river, engaged in real convos, acted a fool, and just danced the nights away.



I love these girls (and guys) so much and I just can't imagine life without them in it, simple as that. Saying our goodbyes on Sunday are always dreaded and we can never believe it's time to go our separate ways (again and again) but we always have the next trip in talks before we give each other that last hug and "see you later!"


Genuine Friendships are few and far between anymore, and all I can say is, when you have wonderful girls in your life? Embrace the ever living mess out of it. AND when they have the best husbands and boyfriends in the world? Makes it just THAT much sweeter.



I needed this past weekend more than I knew. Friends, Water, Sun, and Sweet Dance Moves? Oh yeah. My heart, mind, body and soul are refreshed. To say I'm content, happy, and just blessed? Major, major understatement.

Til' next time y'all...

*If you are ever wanting to visit the Frio, Aunt Frances rents out houses on her property HERE. I HIGHLY recommend it!*



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  1. Looks like such a great time! Those surprise videos are priceless :)

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    1. It was so much fun and they are priceless for sure!!! :) XO!

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  2. There are no words to describe the jealousy! So glad you girls had so much fun and I LOVED that you all surprised Steph. :)

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    1. All I can say is that I hope and pray you get your BUM to a Texas A&M game this fall. I can't wait to meet you muffin! We all love you!

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  3. Ugh. Can we go back and shake our tailfeathers in the river all over again?? Seriously-having all of us together (at last!) was a DREAM. COME. TRUE. I cannot WAIT to do it again some day!!!! (Should we start planning that now?!)

    Love your little muffin butt as much as you love my wide set can. (I still cant get over the fact that I actually said that outloud...)

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    1. Glad you guys had a blast, annual tradition for sure!!

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  4. Such a fun time! Loved seeing all the posts of surprises! I have to agree I was like why didn't I take more pics in Vegas? Because I was present in the moments! Love it!

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  5. I loved follwing you girls on Instagram! You all seriously have the best time together, I can totally tell :)

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  6. UGH there are just NOOO WORDS to describe the fun we had. I cant even begin to describe how much of an AMAZING weekend we had i want to go back!!

    dying over stephs comment...DYING!!!!

    and now that we have all met eachother multiple times, we can get rid of the 'blog friend' thing and say REAL LIFE BEST FRIENDS!! tho i feel like i know all of you forever and ever!

    loove so so so much!!
    xoxox

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  7. what an amazing trip! I love that group picture!

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  8. SOOOOOOOOO CUTE! :) I love all of this so much. :)

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  9. This looks like SUCH a fun trip! Seriously so jealous of you all!

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  10. looks like so much fun!! i'm glad you ladies had a fun weekend.

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  11. It looks like ya'll had so so SO much fun Shay. The Walmart Harlem Shake is hilarious!

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

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  12. This is too perfect. I'm so glad you were able to disconnect and have some good 'ol fun my friend!!! And you know I always love yo dance movesssss!!

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  13. Y'all are all so intentional. I love your friendship!

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  14. I loved following along on Instagram...you girls know how to have a good time. :) So fun!!

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  15. I've followed you girl's adventures all week...HOW FUN! You girls are so blessed with your friendship.

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  16. Looks like you guys all had a great weekend. Nothing like great quality time with the girlfriends! I was totally enjoying following along on Instagram!

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  17. AH SO SO fun!! I loved watching everything unfold via instagram & twitter!! You girls are so lucky to have each other (: (:

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  18. looks like a fabulous time Shay!!! Girl time, the lake, laughter...cant go wrong :)

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  19. Oh Shay bay bay and Drew...I love you two so so much. You were so much fun to be around and I loved our chats together, you know what I mean ;) ;) I'm so glad you and BBFT helped arrange this thing because it pretty much made my life. Next time Billy is coming to join!

    also I require you take that many selfies on my phone again bc scrolling through them and seeing them everyday make me HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY

    Love you!

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  20. I love every single one of these recaps about your amazing weekend! It's so amazing the kind of friendships that blogging can bring, it looks like you guys had an incredible time!

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  21. oh my goodness Shay, these videos seriously made me cry over here! except for the harlem shake - that made me laugh :) love that you all are such sweet friends in this crazy blog world!! looks like such an amazing time!

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