Memorial Day Weekend Blate {Part 1}

Here we go!

Today, I'm sharing days 1 & 2 of our big Blate here in Columbus. I figured one post doesn't do this whole last 5 days justice, and I'd probably start to get dizzy from so many pictures on one post, so you get 2 posts for this amazing recap.

Steph and BBFT flew in on Wednesday night and the other girls weren't coming in until Friday, so we got to hang out with them for a day and a half before the other girls arrived. I was literally so excited to pick them up..I just couldn't wait any longer.  See?

Dance parties in your room are totally acceptable.

I can't say I wasn't nervous to have Steph, BBFT, Erica, and Jess all stay at our house. I mean, would they feel welcome? Would they hate it? The pressure was on and I WAS nervous! Luckily, like Billy told me 50 times,  everything was fine in the end and I had nothing to worry about.

Steph and BBFT finally landed safely (after they texted me 3 times pictures of their drinks they got on the plane) and I told them we would wait for them outside and pick them up by passenger pick up. I decided to just run in myself with Rocky and surprise them while Billy pulled the car up, and I just immediately went running over to Steph and about knocked her down with the biggest hug ever. Then came my infamous "BBFT!!!!" scream and huge sesh and suddenly all was right in the world. They were in my city, already fell in love with our pups Rocky after 30 seconds, and the girls would arrive soon. Happiness.

Once we got home and settled in, drinks were made, our house tour was given, and then we just sat up and talked until about 3 in the morning. Beau and Billy were back to their normal conversations about guns, hunting, and inappropriate bathroom things. A taco bell trip may or may not have happened, as well.

The thing about Steph and Beau is that we have only "met", technically "vacationed", with them once before this trip, but they feel like our closest of friends. I can honestly say we consider them our best friends. The four of us have so much fun together and we are all so similar. It's comfortable and effortless with them. They really are the kindest, most fun couple. It's perfect because Steph and Billy can hang out and talk together, while BBFT and I are off doing silly things that they judge us for, and it's perfectly normal. Nothing is off limits for us to talk about (and trust me, we talk about it ALL) and there are so many times we mention how much we lived in the same city. Actually, it was more like Steph saying, "I mean, besides your friends, family, and jobs-what else do you have in Ohio? You might as well move to Houston!"

...ok, ok, she's right.

 The blogging world is wonderful, isn't it?!

{I spy yellow shorts...}

We decided to exchange gifts this night as well. I had some fun aviator sunglasses, a scarf, an OSU koozie, and a water bottle for the pool for Steph (and one for BBFT). Steph got me and Billy "red neck" wine glasses (aka a mason jar with a candlestick on the bottom), the most AMAZING "Keep Calm and Blog On" tshirt, a beach bag, UH koozies (of course), a fun headband for my birthday, and the best of all....a picturebook from our trip to Naples. Pages and pages of all our favorite pictures from our trip together, and that meant the world to me!

The next morning, Thursday, we woke up and made Steph and Beau breakfast and knew exactly where we would spend the day....our favorite pool/restaurant/bar, called the Goat. Let me just say this, the weather was in the upper 80's and lower 90's all weekend long, with zero rain. We couldn't have been any luckier!

side note: you'd think that since Steph has lived in Texas her whole life, the Ohio heat wouldn't effect her. WRONG. Girlfriend gets HOT instantly and was often caught licking sitting on top of our air vents! I'm not sure who loves them more...her or Rocky? Steph famous line of the trip: "I'm soooooooooooooooo hot". Beau's response? "Shut it, Stephanie!"

Where was I? We soaked up the sun, made some interesting random friends at the pool,  ate lunch outside together, and sipped on drinks all day. Me and Steph have a tradition of getting McDonald's iced coffee's together (a tradition can be just twice, right?), so once we were done at the pool, we picked some up so that we were all ready to have a nice night out together. But first, we had to make a pitstop at our local Kohls to pick up Beau new flip flops. Why, you ask? Because the ones he bought smelt like a dumpster. I can just hear Steph now saying, "BEAU! We can smell those! Why didn't you get new ones before you came?! SICK! We are going to get new ones now!" ...and that we did. We had a hilarious trip inside the Kohls (considering most of us had quite a buzz) and made friends with an employee who ended up giving Beau the $20 pair of flip flops for a whopping $2.98. It was hysterical (one of those-"had to be there" moments.)

the bromance
 back together again...

so typical
 of me and Steph...

Thursday night, we took Steph and Beau to dinner in downtown Dublin at a place called Mezzo. Downtown Dublin is a super cute area with modern shops and restaurants, and it is the city I grew up in.  I knew we wanted to eat outside on a patio to enjoy the weather, so we thought it was the perfect place to take them! We had a great dinner, and then we wanted to show them some of the local bars we go to on a regular basis. We stopped at a bar/restaurant where I play sand volleyball at in the summer, called Flannagans. Flannagans recently built a pool and swim up bar, so we sat outside in lawn chairs and had drinks by the pool. After Flannagans, we took them to another bar we go to often and Steph bought us some of the nastiest birthday cake shots I've ever taken. ;)

{the patio of Mezzo}

Have I mentioned I'm really awful at taking shots?
I am.

Who knew that Ohio could be so much fun?! I told ya'll (for you, Stephanie) it's a fun place to live. Also- right before the pool this day, Billy and I showed them all around where I grew up, my parents house, and the lot where my parents are building their new house. It was the best feeling to be able to show them the areas where I grew up and where we hang out at often. At the end of the day, I can say this was one of my favorite days I've had....ever. Loved every single part of it!!

...oh, and it only gets better from here when Erica and Jess join in on the madness.
Rocky got so much attention, he could hardly contain himself.
Look how presh he is..

PS-Notice how Beau and I are matching and Steph and Billy are?
Not planned!

For those of you who have asked, both Steph's skirt and my dress are from Target!

Stay tuned for Part 2! :)


  1. Do you know where she got that long, striped skirt she has on? I LOVE it!! How cool to make a good friend from blogging!!!

  2. Been following you on instagram... looks like you ladies had a fabulous time! Yay for blog friends!!!



  3. LOVING everything about this post!! Was all this REALLY just last weekend??????????????????? Where did time go!?? Missss y'all!!!!

  4. So fun! I feel like thats all I can ever say about these re-cap posts. BTW- I found out that my three best friends read your blog on a regular basis. However, they are losers who don't comment or follow through google friend connect. ;)

  5. Looks like a blast. You must live in a super fun city. Blog friends are the best! :) Love your outfits too.

  6. LOVE everything about this - both of you ladies look so freakin' pretty in all these pics!! :)

    Also these pictures make Dublin look so cool haha .. love it.

    cant wait to read more!! :)


  7. Love reading this - love how much y'all love each other! Um the meaxi dress/skirts? Planned? SO CUTE! I know that there isn't a pic of your birthday dress in this post but I'm obsessed with that dress as well. You have me all excited for my blate with Beth in 7 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. after all the pics this weekend I had so many questions! I'm so glad I got to FINALLY read this post.

    when are you looking to have more house guests? I guess I'll wait until I marry someone awesome haha jk

    all stores are cooler with a buzz on... fact

    P.S. I definitely didn't realize Ohio was this cool when I lived there. Swim up bars? adorable downtown? hmmm...


  9. LOVE. Pure love.

    You forgot to mention how I bitched 24/7 about melting in the Ohio heat. It's okay...I covered that part in my recap ha.

    Gah-can we come back yet? I promise I won't complain about being hot, or my husband's feet smelling, or how my eye watered for 3 days straight. Pinky promise!!

  10. Looks so fun! I love your swim suit and you dog is so cute!

  11. You guys are so cute! Can I just have either of your bodies please and thanks! Also, did ya'll happen to notice that in your night out outfits.. you and Beau and Steph and Billy are color coordinated?! Too funny! Can't wait to see the rest of the trip :) Oh and how come Denver doesn't have any bars with pools and swim up bars.. I'm moving to Ohio ;)

  12. Aw, it looks like you guys had an awesome time together!! Your friendship with Steph is so inspiring! I love how you guys have become best friends IRL. It's just amazing what the blog community can do! :)

  13. Awe, how awesome was this! I loved reading every second!

    I love love love BOTH of your Maxi dresses. Where from?

    The four of you are really awesome, so awesome I can tell in pictures. I can't imagine how REAL LIFE would be.

    So sweet. Can't wait for the rest of the recaps!

  14. Looks like you 4 had the BEST time!!! I want to be there and tan and eat my way through Ohio with you!! And LOVE your maxi and Steph's skirt. Sources?? xo

  15. It looks like y'all had a blast, I love all the pictures. You girls are beautiful! Oh & don't feel bad I am not a good shot taker, I cringe.

  16. Oh my goodness it looks like y'all had such a blast! Loving your dress and Steph's skirt! Target is magical :) Can't wait to hear about the rest of y'alls adventure!

  17. i love this!! yall seem like you had the best time! totally jealous!

  18. So glad you had such a great time! Love love love your maxi dress and Steph's skirt! And I love the photo from kohls...too funny!

  19. Omg I'm horrible at taking shots too!! hahaha i'm weeeeak lol.

    Looks like you guys had so much fun!! Can't wait to see the rest of the recap/pictures!

  20. I love that you all got to meet up--- looks like y'all had a blast!


  21. Love it alllll! Nothing better than showing people Ohio IS COOL ;) I'm so jealous I was just a couple hours away missing out on all the fun! If I come up with a fun nickname for my hubby can I participate in the next Ohio meetup?! ;) Love all your bathing suits too!

  22. Loved the recap!l Please tell me where those great dresses are from and where you bought your adorable bathing suit!!

  23. Looks like a great time. Can't wait for the rest of the recap. It's awesome how bloggers can get together and it feels like you've been friends forever. I love it.

  24. Looks like such a fun time. I need to find a place like the Goat or Flannigan's around here!

  25. Looks like so much fun!! I look like that when I take shots too. LOL

  26. Loving this post! Looks like you all had a great time. I absolutely love that photo book! SO cute and thoughtful.

  27. So, so fun! Love all the pictures.

    You make me want to go on a blate. It is amazing to me how you can make such amazing friends through blogging.

    I have the same dress you have. It is such an incredible dress and everyone is so surprised when I say I got it at Target :)

  28. More great photos!!!! Have a fabulous Wednesday darling! Kori xoxo


  29. looks like SO much fun! blogging is seriously the best. and im the same way about shots... i don't know how i threw em back in college... but apparently im too old for all of that now. lol

  30. So amazing!! I've blog hopped between all of ya'll to hear the stories and can't wait to read part 2! i knew ya'll would be just as awesome in person and now you have witnesses ;)

  31. LOVE IT!!!! Pretty sure I blew your phone up too, along with Steph's on instagram. This BLEEKEND (Blate plus weekend?) looked like such a blast! I have to meet you SOON so get your butt down to Texas and DDHP and I will come to Houston and we will party hardy. Sound like a plan? GOOD. It's settled. XO!

  32. I seriously had both of those target dresses in my hand and I put them back because I have soooo many dresses, but now I want them again!!

  33. I think it's so awesome that y'all have such a great friendship & bond! So special! Looks like y'all had a great time the first 2 days! Can't wait to see the rest!

  34. Love love love your blog! Now get your tail to texas...I wanna meet yall too!

    So glad yall had a great time!

    Momma J

  35. Sounds like you all had a fun time! Where is your adorable bikini from?

  36. Where did your friend get her cute coral necklace she has on with the maxi skirt? I love that whole outfit!


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