random afternoon.

a few weeks ago, my friend blew out her knee playing softball. she is a hairstylist which requires her to be on her feet all day. because of the blown out knee, she has been forced to take some time off of work. a couple of tuesdays ago...my regular day off and her forced day off...we decided to have an adventure and we hung out. it was almost like we were in high school again and playing hookie. it ended up being one of the best days i've had in a long time. and all we did was went to lunch, a movie and to her parents house. i took pictures along the way...so i decided to share them with you.

sara, my friend, is getting married in a couple of months and her fiance just so happens to be a chef at a local restaurant. and he is a fantastic chef at that. on our adventure, ted (the fiance/chef), offered to make us lunch. it was the most delicious lunch ever. sara's fiance is a genius. it is grilled halibut on a bed of jasmine rice with asparagus covered with pineapple salsa. to.die.for. i'd kill to eat it again. for real.

after lunch, we went and saw crazy, stupid, love. it was super awesome.
i love, love, loved it.

when the movie was over, we went to sara's house because she needed help ordering photos from costco. as i previously mentioned, sara is getting married this fall and she needed to order photos for their announcements. while we were ordering the photos, sara mentioned that her brother needed help, or rather, a ride. he had to take his car to get fixed and needed a ride back to their parent's home. i was down with helping out because, you see, their parent's home is on a ranch. the ranch that is also known as my favorite vacation destination.

like i said, sara is getting married this fall. she is going to successfully top her brother's wedding...which was dubbed the best wedding in the world ever. i promise you will hear about it. but taking a trip to the ranch was a perfect opportunity for us to take some photos of the wedding venue and such.

this is one of the amazing views at the ranch. i just can't get enough of this place. i can't wait for the wedding.

the drive into the ranch. i don't know why, but it is magical to me.

the ranch dogs are hilarious. the corgi is ruby and the other one is nelly belle. she was born this spring. they get so excited when people show up. it took them awhile to calm down. especially nelly belle.

ruby is sara's mom's dog. she is so funny looking to me. have you ever seen a corgi in real life? they are hilarious. i love their tiny, little legs.

nelly belle is darling. she is sara's dad's dog. i love nelly belle's mom and her grandma. they are the greatest ranch dogs. if i could own a dog, i would probably take one of nelly belle's relatives. i'm not kidding, they are the best dogs. i'll tell you all about them if you want. i could go on and on.

she's such a puppy. she was trying to chew on everything.

even sara's brace. oh...poor sara's knee/leg.

this is a view of the yard. can't you see why i love it so? it's just too darling. chicken coop and all.

i'm not joking. this place is magic.

while we were touring the ranch and the "wedding venue" we even checked out the chickens. i mean, can this place be more adorable.

one last view of the entrance.

yep. it was one of the best days. i wish i would have taken a picture of dinner. sara's brother made us bagel dogs...the kind you get from schwan's. i'd never had one, but it was delicious. and the best part is that her brother actually talked to us. back in the day...when he was a big, bad cowboy...ridin' the circuit...he would barely say two words to us. but now that he is all grown up...and learning to fly a-10 warthogs for the airforce (click on the link...it is pretty cool)...he is a conversationalist. well, considering. i mean, he is pretty cool now. cooler than when he was a cowboy...hahaha. anyway, i seriously can't wait for the wedding. it is going to be to die for amazing. you just mark my words.

what have you been up to?
anything super exciting like visiting ranches?

that's all.


  1. What a great post!! Love you both and how sad I am that I will not be at the wedding as I hope I am coming home from the hospital that day with a new little one... I know you will make sure to post lots of picture though for me to see.

  2. . . . how fun. jealous you went to the movie without me. you will have to watch it with me when it comes out on dvd. are you excited for sara's wedding or what!? made me hope i get an invite ;)