Bayfest was also in town that weekend. I didn't get down there in time to get a pickle juice sno cone, but we did get to see Bret Michaels in concert. And it was just as awesome and hilarious as I thought it would be. He put on a really good show. If he comes back to town I'm pretty sure we'll go. Oh, and speaking of music. Vanilla Ice is coming to town in a couple of weeks. Not even kidding. You should probably book your trips now. It's going to be hilarious.
The week between CTC and heading back to Iowa Nate and I finished up some painting jobs and tried to get caught up on work so that we wouldn't be stressed during our vacation. Didn't totally work out like we thought it would. The newest issue of The One Bride Guide (the magazine I design for as part of my job) went to press and is now on stands. It's GORGEOUS. And I'm not just saying that because I'm more than a little biased. It really is. Nate and I had left for Iowa before it was done being printed, but Monica overnighted me a couple of copies (thank you!).
Our trip back was short this time. I was a bridesmaid in my good friend Emily's wedding so we headed up for a few days. The wedding was beautiful and as far as I could tell everything went off without a hitch! Congrats again Em and Nick!
It also worked out that we could celebrate my mom's birthday while in town. We tried to throw her a surprise party...wasn't so much a surprise...but it was still worth it because I got to see people and family from out of town that I hadn't seen since last Christmas at the very least (thanks for coming down Dave and Jen!). I have some pictures from the party on my camera still, so those will have to come later. My family and her sorority sisters did surprise her though with a second surprise party on her actual birthday. Nate and I had already left town, but it sounds like it was a good time. Happy birthday Mom and Grandma! Miss you guys!
Nate and my friend, Kevin, rode back with us to Corpus. It was a long 20 hours for him I'm sure. I know I was more than ready to get out of the car. Ugh. We always enjoy having company though. I had to work, but Nate and Kevin hung out at the beach and the Lexington during the days and then came home and showed me all the dumb pictures of themselves they'd taken. Seriously. These two together is like a one liner movie that never ends. Hilarious. And I don't think I've eaten that much Mexican food in one week ever. Kevin said he wanted tacos for every meal. And I'm pretty sure we hit 75% of them at least. We also spent some time up in San Antonio at the Alamo and the river walk before Kevin flew out.
Now it's back to our routines. Which is actually kind of nice...
A rider getting his tires ready for the 65 mile ride. Yes. It was still dark at 6am. And yes, I still HATE getting up early.
A couple of other riders. There were several hundred all together.
The first pack of the 65 mile riders on their way around the bay to Portland.
This guy was quick. Especially coming down a 200 foot tall bridge.
A rather unusual bike. You pump your arms and legs to make it go.
Some of the 25 mile riders with their CTC metals.
This guy on the right dominated the award podium for the time trials. Must be the aerodynamic helmet...
So happy to be finished. I would be too if I'd just spent 4 or 5 hours on a bike seat.
Nate with the K.I.D.S campaign sign and logo he designed.
The newest addition to the Rippke Mac family. So lovely.
Nate and Karina at the Bret Michaels concert.
The latest (and greatest) issue of The One. Yep, that's Karina on the cover. Pouty lips and all ha.
And then we left for Iowa....
Trying to entertain myself during the 20 hour car ride home to Iowa. I ate so much beef jerky.
And then my good friend, Emily, got married...
So cute together.
Emily holding my fake hair since I chopped mine all off.
Em doing Emily's hair and putting the veil on.
So pretty and calm.
All the bridesmaids. :) Courtesy of Tim. Thanks!
Hanging out during pictures. Courtesy of Tim (the guy sitting on the left) again. I didn't have a camera. :)
Jen on her color coordinating crutches. Andrew being a very good groomsman. Yep...Tim.
Me and Claire at the fountain pictures. And one more from Tim, my groomsman.
Em and Andrew at the wedding. Looking good bro and sis.
Me after the wedding. Look how cute my little bouquet is.
Yay for bridesmaids! And champagne...
Em and Nick cutting their cake. Courtesy of Tim.
And then our friend Kevin came to back to town with us...
And this happened.
And this classic shot. This is the fun that happens while I'm at work. Look at those pointed toes.
Kevin having so much fun in the gulf.
Clearly can't read.
Not sure what's happening here. I didn't get to go to the Lex with them either.
Me and Kevin with Selena.
Izzy and Bean LOVE Kevin.
Me and Nate at the Alamo.