Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Date 129 - You Had Me From Hello.

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 - Saturday, September 20, 2014
Type: Wedding Weekend
Cost: $$$$$
Planned By: Amanda and Zak

The weekend started out with the Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner. We practiced the ceremony a few times and got to take a look at the beautiful reception location. Then we headed over to the Oakwood Cafe for dinner. The food was very good! Especially the Buckeye cake Michelle made for Zak.
The next morning all the girls met at Envisions Salon in Erie. One of Amanda's bridesmaids, Maria, works there. We all enjoyed some bagels, mimosas and a fun wedding morning playlist while we got our hair and makeup done. 
Next, we relaxed at the Masonic Temple before the ceremony. We took some pictures, got dressed and chatted while we waited. 
The ceremony was beautiful. There was a huge staircase all the girls walked down on our way to the aisle. It was so pretty. I do not have any photos from this time because I was a little busy. 

Then we took formal pictures with all the family members. A hummer limo was waiting for the bridal party and took us to Frontier Park for some more fun photos. The limo was a lot of fun because I had never been in one.. I liked referring to it as a party bus!

We got back to the Masonic Temple around 6PM and got ready to walk in. We quickly got in to all the activities of the reception. The DJ started out with the adorable Shoelywed Game. Next, were the toasts. Michelle and I did a nice rendition of Mad Libs for our toast, and I think we got a bunch of laughs. The guys had nice toasts also. Dinner was pretty good and the wine we made at The Brew Mentor seemed to be a big hit. 
We watched as Amanda and Zak cut the cake (That Michelle made) and had their first dance.
Later in the night we had a special sister dance to In My Life by the Beatles with each of our husbands in honor of our dad. It was very nice! Then we all had a shot. 
The rest of the night consisted of dancing and having fun. Also Kenny Chesney made an appearance!
Adam and I had a wonderful time during Amanda and Zak's wedding weekend. The location was gorgeous and all the details really pulled everything together. We are so happy to have Zak in our family! The last of the sister weddings is over and we had a blast!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Date 128 - I'm Twisted Over You!

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Type: Creative, At-Home
Cost: $$
Planned By: Dani

First off, I want to apologize to my lovely readers about how long its been in between dates. We have been really busy with both my sisters getting married this summer, so lately when we've had time off we just plop on the couch on watch Netflix. Oops.

Anyway here is an awesome Pretzel Themed date for you to read about!

For dinner we ordered  the all new Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready Pretzel Crust Pizza! This pizza was awesome. It was two of my favorite things; pizza and soft pretzels. I definitely recommend it, and so does Adam.
For dessert we made chocolate covered pretzels. We took the easy way and got the chocolate dip cup from Giant Eagle and used the microwave. They were yummy.
We also made our favorite snack (thanks to our good friend, Lauren), Party Pretzels! Here is the recipe, but be careful they are addicting.
Ingredients: 1 cup oil, 1 Pack Ranch Seasoning Mix, 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt, 1 Bag of Pretzels 
Directions: Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Mix everything except the pretzels together in a small bowl. Put the bag of pretzels in a big bowl and pour the mixture over them. Make sure to mix it up well. Then distribute the pretzels on to a baking sheet. Put them in the oven, and every 30 min stir them. Continue to do this for two hours. Finally, you are ready to party with your party pretzels! They are great right out of the oven and cold. Enjoy!

Last, we made a Chocolate Covered Pretzel Shot. First, you put salt on the rim of the shot glasses. Then half the shot is hazelnut liqueur (Frangelico or in our case DeKuper Hazelnut because we are cheap) and the other half is whipped vodka. Then stick a chocolate covered pretzel in for garnish and shoot. Neither of us thought it resembled a chocolate covered pretzel - but it was way better than the bonfire shot from our bonfire date three years ago.
The next day we acted like human pretzels and did some couples yoga! We found a few fun videos on YouTube, and tried them out. We did a pretty good job at the stretching and stregth, but the acro-yoga was extremely difficult and we didn't get passed the Flying Bird pose (or pretend you're airplane on adam's feet pose). It was a lot of fun trying something new together. Even though we didn't have a lot of mental communication or calmness we did end up laughing a lot! I think we would try this again, and I'm sure the more practice you have the better you get.
And here's Obi. He likes At-Home date nights.