Although I wish I could go back and relive the weekend all over again, it sure feels good to be reconnected with cell phone service, my computer, and my own bed.
As Rachel and I were hiking up a mountain a few months ago, we came up with the idea of having a Halloween party in the mountains with our friends. October is such a beautiful month to be in the mountains and I was so excited to take photos of the fall scenery. I was also looking forward to seeing everyone after being away in Washington D.C. for so long.
We packed up the car around one and headed up so we could decorate before everyone got there.
It was supposed to be a two hour drive, but it turned into a three and a half hour drive because we got distracted and stopped about five times for “decorating purposes.”
The house took our breath away. It was so quiet and peaceful, but we were about to change that for the weekend.
This called for a toast!
I just couldn’t put the camera down.
We had two sets of corn hole out and other games planned.
After decorating and putting away all the groceries, we finished our bottle of champagne and waiting for our friends to arrive.
This place had fishing, canoeing, paddle boats, hiking, and a swimming dock.
There were people swimming in the water. I don’t know how they did it…it was 55 degrees outside.
We found a place that could sleep fifteen of us. It had an adorable loft and a downstairs. The fireplace was my favorite part.
I am not a streamer expert, so this was stressful. I dropped the streamers off the top of the deck a couple of times and it was a pain pulling them all the way back up. It was a long way down…but I think they turned out pretty well.
We grilled hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken, baked french fries, and had other finger foods out. No one was going home hungry.
Trouble makers holding the culprits.
I had my favorite party drink made in a giant pitcher, crystal light lemonade and tequila!
The gang was all there!
Too many drinking games…
I don’t even know who to give credit to for these photos. This is what happens when you leave your camera laying around.
We were safe in a house full of pharmacist, nurse practitioners and gynecologist.
Even though we all went to bed around five am, I was up at nine. I always fight the urge to wake up, but it’s impossible.
I made a pot of coffee and headed out on the deck to relax.
Once everyone started waking up around eleven, I headed into the kitchen to whip up breakfast!
We had scrambled eggs, bacon, blueberry pancakes, regular pancakes, quiche, toast, mimosas, coffee, yogurt with fruit, and donut balls.
Back at it in the morning.
I was in tequila recovery mode and had a salad and a juice. I needed something to cure the pain…it gets worse with age.
It was costume time!
I was in D.C. for almost a month, so we scratched our original costume idea (because we weren’t going to see each other until the day before the trip) and went with an easier choice, the angel and the devil. We will do something more creative next year!
I look ridiculous in this photo, but Rachel looks gorgeous so I had to post it for her.
We ordered our dresses from ASOS and added accessories.
I loved Alicia’s and Patrick’s costumes! They’re adorable.
We were going to go barefoot, but it was toooooo cold out on the deck and so I was stuck with my boots. I know they don’t go with the costume, but they were the comfiest.
We made more food around five. Pizza, fries, salads, subs, cheese, crackers, veggie trays, and everything else in the fridge.
I was impressed with my salad rig. It had carrots, hummus, spring mix blend, crackers, tomato, avocado, pepperjack cheese, and balsamic.
BACK TO THE GAMES!
We spent all day Saturday watching the football games and playing more drinking games. We had an Iowa win and a Notre Dame win!
We played flip cup around the table and Jenga at the same time. Whoever was last to flip the cup had to pull out a Jenga piece. Each peace had a rule written on it.
I stuck to water Saturday night because I can’t do two days in a row. I made a trip to the grocery store to grab necessities for the house and we thought it was necessary to buy a giant pink horse too. Plus, the grocery store was the only place I could get cell reception. I had to Instagram somehow 🙂
I fell asleep after the Notre Dame game Sunday night and was up early Sunday to clean up the house and make breakfast.
One of our friends brought spinach feta quiche and it was delicious.
I made eggs, and baked up the rest of the tots.
It poured all day Sunday, but it was relaxing.
I relaxed on the porch with coffee listening the rain fall onto the water.
Rachel and I cleaned up the rest of the house and then headed out at ten. It was dreary and a great day to sleep off the weekend.
I had to stop and take a photo of the creepy house on the hill.
When I got back into town, I went out to lunch before the football games.
We went to my favorite salad spot, Bakersfield. I love their Johnny salad!
I spent the rest of Sunday doing laundry and hanging out with Grumples. This is going to be a crazy week and I’m out of town again on the weekend. Hopefully it’ll slow down soon!