Green Bay Trip Recap | amandabixler.com

RECAP: GREEN BAY TRIP

A couple of weeks ago we took an unforgettable and amazing trip to celebrate the hubby’s big 30th birthday. He is a huge Green Bay Packers fan and grew up watching Brett Farve slay defenses, so a trip to Lambeau field was like a landmark trip to Mecca. With my new work responsibilities and schedules, we have opposite days off which means this trip was the first time we’ve spent more than 8 hours in a row together since Labor Day. Can any of my girlfriends relate? If you work opposite days as your main man, how do you manage schedules and quality time together to continue to grow your relationship? Help!
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SUMMER RECAP

I can’t be the only one who keeps asking this question: How is it already August??…right?! Please don’t tell me I’m alone. It has been a whirlwind of a couple of months but I am trying to live in the tension of savoring the final days of summer while also craving the routine that fall and new seasons beg. In fact, I’m actually okay that summer is coming to a close. This fall will be the first time I won’t be going back to school, yet life right now is still offering some small fresh starts. And who doesn’t love a fresh start?
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Anniversary Roadtrip Through Delaware and Connecticut | amandabixler.cmo

ROAD-TRIPPING THROUGH DELAWARE + CONNECTICUT

Friends, it has been a week! On Monday I started a new job and am still going to graduate school full-time, a little insane! I’m trying to take my own advice and not multi-task, take a breather, and change the way I approach my day. I also really don’t want to miss this season – November & December are my two favorite months of the year and they always feel like such a sweet time of slowing down, reflecting on the year, and give thanks for all those memories. Plus the cheerful Christmas music helps!Read More »

Five Surprising Things About Colorado | amandabixler.com

5 SURPRISING THINGS ABOUT COLORADO

Well, I have now been living in Colorado for about a month. The elevation is still a little tough to adjust to, the weather is cooling down, and I’m slowly learning my way around town. And though it’s been lonely at times and I miss my good friends and family from back home, I am loving exploring and learning new things about this beautiful things. Today I’m sharing five things that have surprised me about moving to Colorado.Read More »

WEEK ONE IN COLORADO

 

Garden of the Gods | amandabixler.com

One week ago I was recovering from 1,200 miles, three days, road trip food, and long days. And friends, the 6,000 feet elevation is no joke. It’s been one week of living in Colorado and so far, I have to say it seems quite perfect. I especially feel really lucky to not have to work right now (I’ll be doing graduate school full-time this fall which will keep me plenty busy), which means I have open days to explore, try out new coffee shops, organize and decorate our apartment, and cook until my heart’s content.  Read More »

SISTER DAY RECAP

Sister Day in Pismo Beach, CA

I have been so blessed through marriage to have gained two amazing sisters-in-law. These women are champions, cheerleaders, and prayer warriors. They build me up, send me delicious new recipes, share my love of chocolate and good wine, and have completely embraced me as one of their own family members. See, I told you, amazing women.

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DEAR INDONESIA

Dear Indonesia: Thank You for Teaching Us

Dear Indonesia,

One year ago today, we were beginning our trip to your country. We spent 36 hours sitting on airplanes, wondering around airports, watching movies, and not drinking nearly enough water just to get to you. Our team of eight had spent countless hours preparing, praying, researching, packing, and anxiously awaiting our trip. We sent fundraising letters, recruited prayer partners, and prepared for our English Camp, all in great anticipation of the unknown adventure we were embarking on. Read More »

Girls Weekend Recap

A couple months ago my brother’s fiancé texted both my mom and I inviting us to go wedding dress shopping with her! While she lives in Charlotte, NC currently, she has a lot of family in the Las Vegas area and several bridesmaids within driving distance so she chose Las Vegas as a central hub to go shopping. My mom and I super thrilled to be invited and loved getting to know Lauren and her family better.

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Mom and I left Friday around 1pm and headed out – it usually takes about 3 1/2 hours to get to Vegas from us and the drive was fairly smooth.

We of course had to stop at the newly opened Bad Owl Coffee in Henderson, NV. As a self-proclaimed Harry Potter nerd I was so excited when my mom found this place online! While the coffee was fine, it was the atmosphere that was completely fun.

IMG_5441Each table had a special charm or character icon on it.

IMG_5444I mean, come on! It’s Platform 9 3/4!

IMG_5445I tried their iced coffee with cream and sugar.

After our little coffee shop, we next hit up Ethel M Chocolates (both of these places are in Henderson, NV which is about 15 minutes from the Strip and our hotel). Ethel M Chocolates was started in 1910 by Forrest Mars and they are SO good. Momacita and I are both huge chocolate lovers so this was a must-stop. She was definitely in her happy place and I’m definitely my mother’s daughter.

IMG_5446Mom surveying the haul of chocolate.

We walked away with a mixed box of homemade turtles, truffles, salted caramel bites and a white chocolate bar for A (’cause that fool doesn’t like milk chocolate!). After we checked in to our hotel, we headed out for dinner. I was so excited to eat at Shake Shack – two years ago A and I had visited my older brother in Delaware and they took us here for lunch one day in Philadelphia and it too is so good (you may begin to pick up a theme of our weekend – lots of good food!). There aren’t any Shake Shacks in California so I was looking forward to grabbing a good burger and ice cream while in Vegas.

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For dinner I ordered their basic cheeseburger and french fries.

IMG_5449Oh and then for dessert! It was a s’mores chocolate custard – so good and rich that I ended up saving the second half for a late dessert on Saturday night.  

After dinner we headed back to our hotel to gear up for the next full day of wedding dress shopping. My future sister-in-law wasn’t flying in until late on Friday so we knew we wouldn’t get to see her.

But we had great plans for Saturday! Saturday morning was able to be a lazy and slow morning for mom and I, taking it easy in our hotel room and getting ready. Lauren had made reservations for brunch at DW Bistro for everyone there – we got to meet her grandmother, aunt, cousin, sister (and adorable nephew!), and three of her friends who will be bridesmaids.

IMG_5475Everyone at brunch ready to celebrate Lauren as she finds her wedding dress.

 

IMG_5450An amazing breakfast of jerk chicken and waffles – quite different from good ‘ole Roscoes!

After breakfast, we headed out to the first dress shop. Lauren made a noon appointment at a boutique shop and it was so much fun to see her try on dresses! Her nephew Camden even got to hang out and he sure got some loving from the girls.

IMG_5453Lauren’s nephew Camden and my mom – she definitely nagged him as soon as she saw him.

Lauren tried on several dresses and even found one she loved but wasn’t quite ready to make the commitment. She had a second appointment at 3pm but because this first one went rather quickly we were able to head to a different dress shop that she didn’t need an appointment at. But not before snapping a picture with almost all of the bridesmaids!

IMG_5461A majority of the bridesmaids

We went to the second dress shop and they had the dress Lauren loved at the first place but in the color she wanted – such great news. She tried on several more dresses and ended up loving that one and looking gorgeous in it as well. One of the things that I love about Lauren is how laid back she is – she’s not about making a huge deal of things or overreacting. She thinks through options and wants to make sure she has weighed every possibility before making a great decision. This will come in handy as she will be a pilot wife and needs to be incredibly adaptable. When she tried on the dress, she wasn’t even quick to make the statement that it was the dress she wanted. In fact, it wasn’t until we all left the second store and were standing in the parking lot that she whispered her “yes”.

After that, of course we had to celebrate! Everyone headed to Cheesecake Factory for appetizers and dessert.

IMG_5457This little booger was hamming it up but every time I went to snap a picture of him, he froze all up.

IMG_5460Mom and I shared a Snickers cheesecake – such a great way to celebrate the day!

After our celebratory meal, everyone parted ways. Lauren and her friends were heading out to catch up and mom and I were tired from a couple long days so we called it a night and headed back to our room.

We decided to take it easy Sunday morning but still wanted to leave out relatively early to miss traffic. Naturally, we had to stop for breakfast and I found a great little coffee shop, Tiabi Coffee & Waffle.

IMG_5464Mom and I shared a waffle with strawberries and chocolate sauce.

After breakfast, we took off to drive the four hour trip home. It was such a great weekend of time with my mom and my future sister-in-law, and great food! As you can tell, I love to cook good food but I also love to visit new, local food places.

// Have you been to Las Vegas? What are some of your favorite local food places?

Winter Camp Recap

Back in January, I spent a long, four-day weekend at our local Christian camp with about 20 of the junior higher from our church’s youth group. I have been volunteering within this ministry for almost two years now and absolutely love my time with them each Tuesday night. They are a fearless and rowdy bunch […]