Things have been quite hectic lately so I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. I’ll try and get you caught up on the highlights from the last few months:
Denver Botanic Gardens – Blossoms of Lights
Myself and a couple good friends went to the Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Lights to take in all the beautiful displays of lights around the gardens. I had never been to the Gardens before so it was a great time of year to go. I even saw the location where my brother asked my sister-in-law to marry him, which was special.
It was a peaceful, yet chilly evening, but so much fun and definitely something I would do next holiday season.
I had never seen zoo lights either during the holidays, but have always heard good things about it. My good friends, Abbey and Meredith, joined me and we walked, laughed and took in all the lights, families and joy the zoo offered. I haven’t been to the zoo since I was a little kid, so it was fun to go back even though we didn’t get to see many animals.
Junior League Holiday Party
Our provisional group had our holiday party at Julie’s house, where she made fabulous chocolate martini’s and a variety of holiday sweets. It was an ugly sweater party, so I put my holiday best on and took in the fun. Nice sweater, right?
I love my junior league provisional group. I’m so glad to have joined such an amazing organization. I’ve really met some great women and new friends.
Holiday Lights Wine Tour
A couple weeks later, my boyfriend and I went on a holiday lights wine tour through 5280 Wine Tours (http://www.5280winetoursco.com/). If you’ve never done a wine tour through them, I highly recommend it. I did one this past summer and experienced some of Denver’s local wineries which I had never done before. On the holiday lights tour we started at D’Vine Winery (http://www.winerydenver.com/) in downtown Denver where we did some wine tasting. Afterwords we got on the bus and went to Union Station, the City & County Building and even stopped at a few homes in the Cherry Creek area to do some caroling. It was so much fun and such a fun activity for the holidays!
Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. I love everything about it – from making Christmas cookies with my mom and sister-in-law, putting up the Christmas tree, wrapping gifts and seeing the faces on those who open them and carrying on family traditions including eating monkey bread on Christmas morning. I think this year was one of the best Christmas’s I’ve ever had. I was around the people I love the most including Ben, both our families and friends. There was love and happiness all around me!
Family Vacation to Ocean Reef, Fla.
My family hadn’t taken a family vacation in years, so the six of us took a vacation down to Ocean Reef Club in Florida to see my grandfather. It was great spending time with him and celebrating his 87th birthday. The guys played a lot of golf (Ben was in heaven), while the rest of us enjoyed relaxing on Buccaneer Island, driving around on the golf cart and a doing a little bit of shopping. Definitely a trip filled with good laughs and even better memories!
Canvas and Cocktails
Myself and four other girls enjoyed a morning at Canvas and Cocktails (http://www.canvasandcocktails.com/) down in Cherry Creek. If you ever are in need of exploring your creativeness, this is the place to do it. Plus, have a cocktail… or two, while you are at it! I can’t even tell you the last time I sat down and painted something… it was probably in middle school. I was surprised at how relaxing it was. What better way to paint, drink mimosas and listen and dance to some great music with your girlfriends!
Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace
The end of January, myself, Abbey, Meredith and Laura did Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver (http://www.brownpalace.com/dining/lobby_tea.cfm). We sipped on English tea while munching on scones, tea pastries and tea sandwiches. It was fun to get dressed up and chit chat with great girlfriends while taking in a beautiful and historical atmosphere.
Phew… it’s been a crazy few months, but oh so worth it! I promise to get better on updating this blog more often. 2011 is going to be a fabulous year and I hope yours is too!