Monday, May 28, 2012

Anniversary Weekend.

A week ago, I went back to Dallas.  It was one year to the day from the first time I went to Dallas.  Who knew then that I'd be back six more times the following year??  

Sidenote: I absolutely LOVE Southwest Airlines.  They have the best customer service, no checked bag fees, and no change fees (which I have taken advantage of multiple times).  However, their fares have gone sky high.  It's ridiculous.  Donny and I used to fly between Texas and NC for less than $100 each way.  Now, it's more than $200 each way.  INSANE.  So, back to US Airways it is since they seem to be the cheapest airfare right now.

I got to RDU fairly early and had quite a bit of time to kill.  Fortunately for me, airports are the BEST places to people-watch.

This girl was doing tricep dips AS WE WERE BOARDING.

Dude was headed to the National Beard Contest in Vegas.  

I got in on Friday night pretty late, so was bummed that I couldn't have dinner at Taco Cabana.  Not to worry-- Donny took me there for breakfast the next morning.  :)  Saturday, I met with Rachel and Donny's sister Kristi and his mom to try on bridesmaid dresses.  I had a good idea of what I liked, so we weren't there for too long.  After seeing them in the dresses, I ended up picking one that was not the one I thought I was going to choose.  But I LOVE it.  Then, we met with Donny and all had lunch at Kincaid's in Arlington.  Yum.

Saturday was also Kristi's prom night, so Donny and I went to Cleburne to see her off for her big night, stopping to see some friends while we were there.  I swear, between Donny and his mom, they got at least 600 pictures of Kristi in her prom dress.  He's so cute in big brother mode.  :)

After we left Cleburne, we went on to Lake Granbury, where we spent Saturday night and Sunday.  I can't believe that I didn't take any pictures of the hotel or of the beach that was there on the lake, but it was so pretty.  We went swimming in the lake, but the water was still pretty cold, so we weren't there too long.  We went back to the room and watched American Gangster, which is a GREAT movie.

The next morning, we got up and went to breakfast downstairs.  What is it about hotels that make some darn amazing breakfasts??  It was SO good.  Once again, I chastised myself for not taking pictures.  For lunch, we met Donny's cousin and best man, Brandon, and his wife, Britta.  They were super nice, and we had a great time.  Then, we wandered around downtown Granbury for a little while.  I absolutely love little towns like this-- they had a ton of cute shops all around a square with the courthouse in the middle.

As we drove back from Granbury, we stopped in Ft. Worth at a comic book store since Donny was on the hunt for some Captain America thing...  I felt like Penny in the Big Bang Theory.  There were a bunch of dudes in the back of the store playing Magic or some other games of the sort.  Not a one of them acknowledged my presence or made eye contact.  Even the owner of the store who was manning the cash register had an entire conversation with Donny while I was standing right there.  Never even looked at me.  I barely made it out of the store before busting out laughing.

Almost as soon as we got back on I-20 to head back to Dallas, we heard this loud noise in the back of the car.  So, we pulled off the highway onto a side street, and Donny got out to inspect the situation.

He pulled this out of the tire.  Thank goodness it hadn't punctured the inner wall of the tire, so we didn't have a flat.

While he was working on the car, I went over to say hi to this little guy who wanted to play.  I wanted to take him home with us, but Donny vetoed me.  Possibly since he was fenced in someone else's yard, but whatever.

Later that night, we went to dinner with all our friends at Abuelo's.  We had such a good time, and the food was fantastic.

clockwise from bottom left:  Julie, Rachel, Monica, Laura, Donny, Brandon, Khrystal, me, Lyn, John, and Mike.

Khrystal, me, and Lyn

On Monday, Donny had to go to work early, so my plan was to spend the day reading by the pool and soaking up some sun.  I went out to the pool and had the place to myself for a couple hours.  A little before lunch, the head of the maintenance crew came by and asked me how I had gotten in.  I told him through an open gate.  And he informed me that the gate should've been locked because pool was closed until the following weekend.  So, my pool day was cut short.  No problem.  I was prepared for the pool not to be open-- I had brought season 1 of the West Wing.  :)

After Donny got home from work, we went to dinner at Taco Cabana, picked up some happy hour cupcakes, and went to see What to Expect When You're Expecting.  It was a cute, funny movie.  Just not my fave.  I did tear up during some parts in the end though. 

Even though I knew that Monday would be our anniversary and had planned accordingly, we both totally forgot until dinner that night.  Hahaha.  

Tuesday was my last day in Dallas, so Donny took that day off of work to spend with me.  We started the day at the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens, which was absolutely gorgeous.  Thank goodness we got up and got there in the morning.  By the time we left, it was super hot, and I was sweaty.  I can't imagine if it was after lunch that we had been there...

Then we went to the Kimbell Museum to see the Impressionist exhibit.  I adore Monet but had never seen any of his work in person.  It was spectacular.  I loved it-- they had Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, and even a Manet, among many others.  

Then we stopped for lunch at Love Shack in downtown Ft. Worth, and I had one of the top-five burgers of my whole life.  Seriously, if y'all are ever near there, you need to try one.  The rest of the day/night, we chilled at home, watched baseball, went to BW3 for dinner, and made a grocery run at Target.  And all too soon, I was back at Dallas Love Field bright and early.

Just one more fantastic weekend in the books.  :)


  1. So glad that you had a wonderful anniversary weekend!

  2. I grew up going to Grandbury Lake every summer and absolutely loved it! I miss it so much. Downtown Grandbury is so nice! And my great grandmother lived in Cleburne her whole life! Small world!
    When is Donny moving to be with you?? One of these days I need to plan on being in Ft. Worth when you are!!!!

  3. aw what an awesome weekend!

  4. Glad you had such a good anniversary weekend. You two always look like you're having so much fun together!

  5. What a wonderful anniversary weekend!! Love the pictures from the gardens :)

  6. it cracks me up that you love cabana so much. it's sooooo good, right? we go there all the time!!

  7. Seriously, what's up with Southwest ticket prices lately? So frustrating!

  8. Sounds like a fab weekend! How many more times will you visit him in TX before he moves to NC?