Monthly Archives: August 2011

Estes Park, CO

If you’re feeling less-than-amused with weekend recap posts, this is the last I’ve got….but it’s a good one.  Two weekends ago Chris and I flew to Denver to celebrate one of my closest friend’s wedding.  It was the best weekend we’ve had in a long time; everything was absolutely perfect.  My participation in this wedding included the first reading, and I’ve since decided it’s the best way to be involved.  It says, “you’re important to me and I want you to be a part of my wedding,” and gives you a little extra time to explore where you’re at.  The only drawback was the nausea and excessive perspiration that ensued in the hour leading up to my big performance.

When we first got into town we finally had the opportunity to meet and spend some time with Brooklynn, Tom and Alicia’s little bundle.  She was completely well-behaved, smiled and giggled on command (should you sing the itsy bitsy spider) and had the longest eyelashes I’ve ever seen.

The day of the wedding we had just enough time to explore Estes Park.  We took a three hour off-road tour in a land cruiser up to 9,100′, and decidedly there isn’t a more exciting way to view the Rocky Mountains.  I questioned why the tour had been deemed the ‘roller coaster ride’, and doubted the ‘laughter and smiles’ the brochure promised, but at increased speeds off-road in this thing I would have been long gone without a seatbelt at each rock or turn.  The ride delivered all that was promised and more.  It was hysterical.  I’d strongly recommend something similar if you have the opportunity.

And then there was the wedding.  Sarah looked absolutely breathtaking; so very Sarah, and so very gorgeous.  The wedding itself left no page unturned; she thought of everything.  The feel of the wedding was rustic elegance, and the views were entirely too picturesque to be real.  Sarah and Nick were married outside with the mountains in the backdrop, and it was truly surreal.  The dancing was as alive as the views, and I couldn’t have enjoyed myself more.  I’ll let the pictures we took speak for themselves:

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Tradition Reinstated

Towards the end of July/beginning of August the entire Lavigne clan packs into a few gas-guzzling SUVs and pulls the two ski Nautiques up to Lake George, NY for one long, jam-packed weekend of fun.  The past two years this trip has unfortunately fallen off the radar, but three weekends ago Chris and I packed into our own little gas-guzzler and met 17 other Lavigne family members at the Chelka Lodge.  Our new summer toy I may have failed to introduce:

Though Chris and I have been traveling to weddings too often to make the full extent of this trip, from Friday through Sunday we skied, jumped off cliffs, road go karts and played mini golf, box-stitched with gimp, and  all around enjoyed one of my all-time favorite spots.  Here’s a small recap of the trip:

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Everything’s Bigger in Texas

I’ll first apologize for the scarcity of posts as of late.  Chris and I have been on the road every second we aren’t working in the past month…or so it seems.

Two weeks ago Chris and I miraculously fit all of our clothes and necessities for a four day trip to Texas into one little carry on.  Most of you are well aware that I’d rather be stranded on a chairlift in the peak of winter than isolated on a beach in the summer heat, so it should be no surprise that Dallas in the middle of July wasn’t a vacation destination.  However, six of us from Rhody took a flight to DFW to celebrate the nuptials of one of our best friends from high school.  I learned several things from my short stay, namely:

1) Six people in one hotel room tests my one’s patience.

2) Texas is not for me.  The temperature never dropped below 100, houses larger than some college dormitories sat on lots smaller than my left big toe, and the only form of entertainment we stumbled upon was strip mall shopping.  If you’re into that sort of thing, you’re in luck, because there’s a strip mall on every street corner.

3) I’m happy to have checked another state off of the big 50 list, and I won’t shed a tear if that’s the last check mark that state sees….though I do hear Austin might be worth a look.

Despite this being a less-than-ideal form of a summer vacation, it was fun to spend time with friends and Chris and I were happy to share in Nick and Courtney’s wedding festivities.  Without further ado, here’s a recap of the event:

The trip started off with a bang as Pauly Shore staked out Billy’s location in more than one airport:

I was happy to return to one of these fine establishments:There were cute dogs.  A plethora of cute dogs.I learned about this southern homecoming tradition:

And had some mouthwatering Mexican food:The wedding had a true pageant-esque feel to it, and it was fun to see how a wedding half way across the country does it up—with lots of color!

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