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The Last Vacation

19 Aug

Guess what we are doing right now?

We’re running loose in the Ameristar Hotel! LOL… JK we are too young to gamble, so we’re lying around in this luxurious sweet watching some movies. It might not sound like much fun to you, but I have having a blast. Sometimes you just need to get out of “suburbia Life”! Ya know what I mean. On Monday, we will be back to our repetitive schedule of waking up early, going to school, working out, hw, sleep, and work on the weekends. I am too worried though because it seems like the more stuff you have going on in your life then the faster the days go by.

Yesterday, we finally let ourselves sleep in, and decided on an afternoon workout instead. That of which was a HIIT 15. It was short, but effective. Being the overnight oat queens that we are, we had “Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats” today 🙂

  • 1 pkt. instant quaker blueberry muffin oats
  • 6 oz cont. Dannon light n’ fit vanilla
  • 1/2 sliced banana
  • blueberries

Top with:

  • 1 slice zucchini bread
  • chopped cinna-sugar almonds
  • Justin’s Honey PB

These oats were glorious and filling. We both were not even hungry until 2:30.

After breakfast we got down to packing, which took a lot longer than anticipated. Court and I basically packed the house. lol. Oh well, better to be overpacked than not have something. When we were finally all packed, it was time to go grocery shopping for some munchies. We made a quick trip to King Soopers and Sprouts and came back with a good variety of loot for everyone. 🙂

As soon as Ash got off work we did our workout, whipped up a quick-lunch and hit the road. We had to eat it in the car so that we could attempt to beat the 5:00 traffic(Yeah that did not happen).

Whit and I somehow happened to keep ourselves sane in the 102 degree weather on the way up! These thins are so yummy, especially because the pb on the bottom was all melted. If you are going to have these for a snack then I would recommend pairing them with some fruit. They were good, but not that filling.

With all the traffic, it took us about 2 hours before we even reached the mountains. When we got here, the line was around the corner to check in. Who woulda thought so many people went gambling in the middle of the week! So Whit and I just sat down and fun taking pictures.

We were in the other room so you cannot even begin to tell how many people there were in line.

This was not even half the junk that we brought!

Finally in the room. THANK GOD FOR THE INTERNET!

We were not on as high of a level this time!

Awww… RELAXATION!

With all of the stuff that we packed, you’d think that we would have remembered the paper plates… NOPE! Everyone was down gambling so Whit and I prepared ourselves dinner. Not too shabby. A turkey sammie with nut thins on top rocks!

And for the side: Cinnamon goldfish and Animal Crackers

These always remind me of being a kid. Whenever we would go grocery shopping with our mom, whit and I would sit in the basket and eat our Animal Crackers. Then when we were done shopping my mom would pay for them. It is weird how some things can bring back so many memories.

Stacked high with a pepperjack slice on the bottom.

The best part of the night had to be watching this movie. I have waited all Summer to see this. And I have gotta say it was worth it. It just wouldn’t be the same if we did not watch a Nickolas Sparks movie while staying in the Ameristar! It was Karstee’s first time seeing this movie and she cried. Us three love chick flicks. Have you guys seen this movie yet? What did you think? I wish Liam Hemsworth was my boyfriend! So cute 😛

This morning’s breakfast involved a package that arrived in the mail yesterday from SunLand PB.

What Makes Valencia Peanuts Unique

Quoted from the website:

“We call them nuts, but like all peanuts, Valencias are legumes, more closely related to peas and beans with one important difference: they grow beneath the ground.

Valencias are smaller, sweeter and have more intense flavor than other varieties of peanuts. They have three to five kernels in each shell and are grown almost exclusively in eastern New Mexico. In fact 90% of the Valencia peanuts produced in the US are grown within 120 miles of our plant. Portales claims the honor of being the “Valencia Peanut Basin of the Nation.”

Farmers plant Valencia peanuts in May in the sandy soil of eastern New Mexico and west Texas. From a single peanut comes a beautiful plant which blooms in late August. Each blossom drops a “peg” which implants itself into the ground to grow a tasty Valencia peanut…more than 20 per plant.

Valencia peanuts love the sandy soil of the Portales valley and the surrounding high plains. After the peanuts are dug in the fall, they dry naturally in the sunny autumn days which are unique to the area. It’s a climate that is vital for the Valencia- a time for the peanuts to be “kissed by the sun” before they’re gathered for processing.”

Whit and I made instant oats for the whole fam. for breakfast this morning! We enjoyed a bowl of Chai Apple Active Lifestyle Oatmeal, topped with Caramel PB. I loved these oats. If you love chai tea then these oats are for you. They have a hint of spice in them! I loved the peanut butter even more though! It has the same texture/ taste of PB loco peanut butter. It just melted perfectly right in the center of the oats. And caramel flavor omg! This was such a decadent bowl of oats. 😛

Today has been mostly been spent by the pool and hot tub. And now I am enjoying this lunch with a Tazo Chai Creme. Yum!

Well I only have the rest of today and tomorrow to soak up the rest of my Summer break and then it is back to a hectic schedule. I know this year is going to be tough, but it is my senior year and I do not want to stress. This is going to be the year that I figure out where I am going in life. I am kinda excited! Whit and I are thinking of just starting at community college for all of our general classes and then moving on to a University. I have not really found any scholarships that apply to me except a few twin ones, but you have to go to college in their state. I do not know where else to look for scholarships. If you guys know of any awesome websites or scholarships, we are all ears!

-Court & Whit

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Camera’s for dummies please!

4 Jul

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.

 

This was the giant pool on the roof of the hotel! In the very back is just one of the hot tubs that was there. The other one was out on the patio.  

 

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.

Hurry better get yourself a burger before this holiday is over! lol. 

 

This morning Whit and I wanted to have a festive looking breakfast. So we made…
Oatgurt Trifles!

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!?  

 TTYL!

-COURT