Sunday July 4th!
Man! This has been an awesome weekend 🙂
Friday night, our family went up to the mountains to stay at the Ameristar in honor of my mom’s “49th” b-day(lol she thinks). Our mom is one hard-core gambler. Already this year she has gotten sent vouchers for a free room, and she never has slept in it once. She will literally get to the room set her suitcase down and gamble all day and night. Then the next day when it is time to leave… she finally comes up to the room and gets her suitcase to leave. This woman goes to sleep every night at 7:30 because she has to wake up at 3 in the morning, but when she goes gambling sleep is not an option for her. Luckily, this time we were out of school so we got to enjoy the hotel instead(since we are not 21 and all lol)!
When our dad and older sister Karstee got home from work, we drove up to meet our mom and Ash. Of course it had to be blistering hot the whole way up and the traffic was out of the wazoo because of the holiday weekend. When we finally approached the hotel at the bottom of the mountain it just glimmered. It was the biggest hotel in the whole gambling city! Unfortunately, Whit and I have not figured out how to adjust our DSLR camera to darkness… so the majority of the pictures on this post just came from the internet. But trust me they are 100% accurate photos!
Look how friggen huge this hotel is!
This was our bathroom in the hotel room. It was very spa like! I took a shower after swimming. It was so nice 🙂
Can you see Whit in the mirror?
I have never stayed in such a spacious room. This bed and the pillows were so heavenly. I wanted to buy them! There were giant duvets on the bed too… which added to the comfort. I used to have a duvet, but it lost most of its’ feathers and they are so expensive that I have not bought another one since.
Do any of you guys own a duvet for your bed?
After we dropped off our bags it was getting late and we were HUNGRY! So we went downstairs and ate at the buffet. This was one pricey buffet at $19.99 a person… but the food was totally worth it! Whit and I being the foodie bloggers that we are. We had an entrée plate and a dessert plate. Of course since there were sooo many choices of good food, we narrowed it down to the few things that we were craving most and had a few bites of everything. Overall my favorite entrée was the chile verde taco I had and my favorite dessert was apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Pretty much everyone in our family except Whit and I felt sick after dinner. Why… do you ask? Because portion control is key. If you are going to eat at a buffet then do not go crazy!
After din din, Whit, Karst, and I went back to the room to let our bellies settle while the rest of the gang went back to gambling. Once we were all settled then it was time to hit up the POOL! I wore my favorite Juicy Couture shirt(thank you Ashley!) over my suit while we walked through the halls.
Sorry for the terrible pictures! Hopefully I will figure this camera out soon 😛
Since we were up in the mountains, the air is kind of crisp at night so we also enjoyed ourselves by the warm fire pit!
After swimming, we went back to the room, took showers, and were still not TIRED! It was getting super late, but I swear the city is like NYC… nobody sleeps. So we headed down to the lobby and sat by the fire while we all read magazines. It ws so relaxing!
Sooner than later though… reading was the thing that all made us tired so we went up and fell asleep.
In the morning before we left we woke up and had Starby’s Perfect Pot of Oatmeal while we watched the Nickolas Sparks movie. It was so cute! I just love romantic movies. I hate how his movies never have happy endings though 😦
Well we had a BBQ last night and I ate the same exact thing again tonight.
Pictured is a turkey burger on a whole wheat bun and a fruit salad! The best combo eva.
This salad was inspired by the one Whit and I both had at the Ameristar. It has mandarin oranges, purple onion, pecans, and raspberry vinaigrette.
This morning Whit and I wanted to have a festive looking breakfast. So we made…
We do not have trifle’s, so a bowl that we layered the ingredients in had to do.
IN THE TRIFLE:
- 1/4 cup of cooked old-fashioned oats(w/ a splash of vanilla extract)
- 1 container of strawberry yogurt
- 1/2 cup of berries(we had raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries)
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 cup of Kashi Go Lean Crunch
- 1 tbs. pb
Whit and I packed our fav. Lean Pockets and plums for lunch at work today. This is truly the best Lean Pocket ever. If you guys have not tried the Garlic Chicken White Pizza then give it a try 😉
Right now it is raining cats and dogs, there are a billion tornado warnings all over Colorado, and Fireworks are illegal here… so I guess I will be watching the fireworks on TV this year. This is so weird because this is the first 4th of July where it is raining for me. It kinda sucks, oh well! I am just going to have to suck it up and enjoy the rest of this fabulous holiday.
But before I go, I have to tell you about the Mecca of all S’mores that I had last night.
I used a COOKIES ‘n’ CREAM Hershey’s bar instead of the ordinary milk chocolate. It was literally the best S’mores I have ever eaten. Since it is Summer, you guys best be getting to making some S’mores. Have you ever made S’mores different that than the ordinary? If so, how!?