Thursday, April 9, 2015

Viva Las Denver | Part 1

Remember that one time I scheduled this for the Friday before spring break and I had forgotten to finish it? Oops! Oh well, these things happen when offline life spins into a frenzy in prep for spring break. Then school picks back up and you forget... again. 

Now, where was I?

Oh, glory be! Spring Break 2015 is upon us has already come and gone! I am was perched in the Denver airport, listening to the Cinderella soundtrack, people watching my heart out as I wait for a flight home to Texas the first (second?) time I worked on this entry. Three weeks later I cannot believe that much time has passed since my spring break adventures! But better late than never, right?

Boy, it was a full week! I spent my spring breaks in college doing mission trips to the Texas/Mexico border (and it was so strange not to go again this year!) so this was my first jet-setting spring break to date!

When the week finally arrived, I packed my bags for sunny Las Vegas to visit Hannah, one of the Three Musketeers from my time at Baylor. I knew Denver then Dallas would be in my future, so packing for a myriad of climates and adventures was rather tricky. I learned so many lessons along the way. 


I was so eager for the trip that I packed on Wednesday. All of this (and so much more!) fit tightly into two carry on bags. On Friday I got a text from Hannah asking if I wanted to hike through Red Rock Canyons to which I said "Sure, why not!" so in went a pair of tennis shoes, a t-shirt, and athletic capris. I grabbed a lightweight rain jacket for the weather we are supposed to face in Denver and called it a done deal. Apparently the rain let up right before I landed so it wasn't even necessary.

And if I'm being honest, I only wore about half of the above since I had a chance to do laundry mid-week, so my next getaway will be even lighter packing-wise. Plus I did a little shopping while out and about with the gals, so I should have left more room ;) I took the shot above because initially I was going to share packing tips, but that's a post for another day.

I flew in to Vegas on Saturday afternoon after spending plenty of quality time at Dallas Love, reading a few magazines, catching up on blogs and the like. I had a brief layover in Houston then made the final leg to Nevada. Hannah picked me up at the airport and we headed home for the evening. That next morning we attended her church then went exploring in the shops near her neighborhood. 

It should come as no surprise to anyone that we ended up at Anthropologie. They must have some kind of magnetic pull on me that I simply cannot ignore. I end up at one in every city I visit... so, yes, that does mean I stopped at the one in Denver, too. You know me too well!

Monday was our day to hike through Red Rock Canyon. I am not outdoorsy in the least, but it sounded fun and we wanted to take her brother's senior pictures, so why not kill two birds with one stone? Well, there were lots of stones, and this trek through the park was not what I expected. I assumed there would simply be a path to follow around the rocks; never would I have imagined rock climbing to follow the "path". At one point on our way back we got so turned around that we sent her brother scurrying ahead trying to find a safe way back to the beginning, abandoning our initial path altogether. It was a day for the books, and we celebrated a safe return with a trip to In 'N' Out Burger.

I'm pretty sure I ate my way through the spring break trip. SO. MUCH. GOOD. FOOD. Of course, we justified all of our splurging meals by eating at home several times during the day and walking thousands of steps (according to Hannah's FitBit).

Tuesday was St. Patrick's Day and also the day we decided to tour the strip. We wandered through shops and casinos, watched the water show in front of the Bellagio, had dinner at Container Park, and weaved our way through the crowds decked in green for the day.  I also took Hannah's head shots while we were out and about (and I was spit on by one of the crazies in the crowd... not my favorite moment...). We finished the day at Serendipity 3 where we split the Forbidden Broadway Sunday which was positively divine.


Isn't she gorgeous and so stylish? Hannah is quite the trend-setter and one of the sweetest and most creative souls I've ever met. It was such a delight to get to spend the first half of the week with her since I hadn't seen her in almost two years (what?!). We managed to survive St. Patrick's Day/Spring Break in Las Vegas (crazies upon crazies, I'm tellin' ya) and on we went. 

We spent one day exploring antique shops and the arts district, and another we kept low key around the house with a brief expedition to Barnes & Noble. I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up in one sitting and picked up If You Find this Letter for my flights to Denver and Home. I had already ordered Shauna Neiquist's Savor and it would be waiting for me in Texas but I decided to peruse it anyway. Lastly I found the most beautiful edition of Les Miserables but it weighed half a ton and is certainly not something I have time to read while school is in session, so back on the shelf it went.


On Wednesday night we had a painting party with Hannah's mom, and we each painted our own set of birch trees. I went for a bright background with spring blooms and now I want to paint all the things! Or at least all the birch trees ;) My sister and I are hoping to do this with Mom soon, so I'll let you know how it goes.

My time in Las Vegas came to an end all too soon, and on Thursday evening I headed for the airport to make the second leg of the journey to Colorado. I'll share about that side of the adventure sometime next week.

For now, what do you think of the new Brave Love look?! It was so spontaneous. My old template was only eight months old but I needed a change. Something crisp, clean, and simple to get me going again. There are exciting things ahead for Brave Love and I think this look will propel us into the future. But right now I need to be propelled off to finish my homework, so this is where I leave you.

Have a blessed day, y'all!

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