Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy Birthday to my main squeeze! And GO BRAVES!

I am so far behind, I might as well just skip to 2013 and get a jump start! But.... I wont! I’ll play catch up and try to get SOMEWHERE… first up..

April 26th – My sweet hubby’s birthday! 28 years young and sexier than ever! He just keeps getting better looking, I swear! We decided we’d celebrate the right way.. NO WORK! We both took that Thursday and Friday off and decided to go to Wendover for his b-day night. We’ve been loving it out there.. between Roulette and betting on basketball, people watching at its finest, eating lots of food, and being alone, we love it! Minus all the cigarette smoke, and crazies, it really is a fun place! Our plan was to sleep in that morning, but ended up awake early because birthday boy forgot to put his phone on silent.. by early, I mean up at 6!!.. ON OUR DAY OFF! Oh well, I couldn’t wait too long anyway, and had him open his presents by 7… First up.. (after coffee, of course!)

#1 – a new Braves shirt! He loved it and it fits him perfect! It’s so soft and he definitely needed anooooother t-shirt! (no sarcasm here..)  :) oh well, he loved it!

#2 – what?! I could see the MAJOR confusion here.. Another Braves shirt! But this time, it was for me :) He didn’t look too amused, but he didn’t know yet that there was a purpose! He gave me a funny look, then laughed! On to the next!

#3 – Trip itinerary. He looked at it. and looked at it.. and looked at it.. Airfare to Denver, hotel and transportation? Took him a minute. But he finally said “we’re going to Denver?” I smiled and told him to open #4. That’s when it clicked!

#4 – THESE babies! WHOA WHOO! We’re going to a Braves game!! I’m not sure which of us were more excited!  :)

Spent that night and next morning in Wendover and we had an absolute blast! We both won on a parlay and he won big in Roulette! Hit on black 26! How fitting, right?! On his bday! Left the table up almost $200! It was so much fun! Loved our time together! Hope you had a Happy Birthday babe!

The next night we invited friends and family out for a fun dinner. He chose Wingers, of course, and it was a good night! All of his brothers and their wives/families came and I know that meant the WORLD to him! Fun to see all of our friends we don’t get to see often and nice to be with the people we love most! It ended up a really fun night!
Doing the birthday cluck cluck dance!

May 4th – GO BRAVES!

We had an early flight out on Friday.. left about 10:30 so we could soak up Denver and have plenty of time to check into the hotel before the game. We were at the gate for our flight and started noticing all of the Braves shirts. I couldn’t believe how many people on our same flight were headed to CO for the same reason! It was pretty cool! We started talking to a cute little mom with her son who couldn’t have been older than 7. He had his Braves hat on and I saw the picture of Chipper as the background screen on their ipad. She asked us which games we were going to and I told her just tonight's. She looked at me a little funny and said ‘well, if you want to see Chipper play you’ve got to catch at least 2 of the 3”. My. Heart. Suuuunk. What?! Who didn’t tell me this?! REMEMBER.. I’m new to the major league baseball world! This was basically the main reason I rushed to see a game in 2012.. Definitely wasn’t because we have extra moolah sitting around! Chipper is retiring after this season. My stomach was a little sick and Jake and I agreed, if he didn’t play, we’d either try to extend our trip, or hit San Diego with Josh and Heather in August… We landed in Denver and shuttled to Downtown. LONG drive. The airport is about 30-40 minutes from Downtown, kind of a pain.. but glad we planned in advance and had a shuttle ready. 
Waiting for our flight

We arrived at the Hotel and checked in. Fun environment that day in Denver.. the Braves vs Rockies game and the Lakers vs Nuggest play-off game. It was fun to feel all of the excitement in the air! Sports fan’s Heaven! We took our bags up to our room, changed into our game day attire and headed to get some grub! We decided to walk to the ball park.. it was just over a mile and we got to walk down 16th Street, which is basically a giant mall! Mile long mall + baseball game = HAPPY JAKE & LACY! :) we were in awe! As we walked down the street we made note of all the shops we wanted to stop at the next day and headed to the brewery Josh and Heather suggested for lunch. It’s called Breckenridge Ballpark Pub and it’s right across from Coors Field. We headed up the steps to the restaurant after a long and HOT walk (87˚ in Denver in early May? SCORE!) and a server in a Braves hat opened the door for us! We knew we were in the right place! He smiled when he saw our hats and t-shirts and said, “real fans sit at the bar”, we looked up to the bar and it was surrounded by Braves fans! How fun!! We sat down and the nicest waitress in the world served us some YUMMY cold brews and thee BEST. SANDWICH. EVER. Hands down! It was soooo good! I want one right now! We enjoyed the scenery for a bit, ate our yummy food, and decided to head over early to take in the whole experience! (Thanks for the awesome recommendation Josh and Heather!)

We were some of the first people to the field, we found the one open gate and stood in line to get in. I had chills! It is an amazing park and you could FEEL the excitement in the air! We stood in line and when the gates opened I was in absolute AWE! It was both of our first games at a major league park and it was BEAUTIFUL! The foods, smells, people, and it was so clean! (of course I’d say that..) it was just amazing! I couldn’t help but just stand still and take it all in! we stood at in the outfield and watched the teams warm up a bit and I looked at Jake and could tell he was thinking.. he quickly said “I need to call Kailee”.. :) It was so sweet.. we’ve been teaching her a lot about ‘our teams’ lately. And NO, we aren’t brainwashing her! She just knows Red means STOP, Green means GO, and Blue means BYU! :) haha! but she’s been loving pointing out the Braves A on Daddy’s hat, or the Y on his shorts. Its pretty cute :) he talked to her and sent her a pic.. and from then on out we were both like 4 year old kids on Christmas! We got right down to the dugout and watched some batting practice and then watched them field balls.. and that’s when we noticed something pretty dang exciting.. CHIPPER! He was warming up with the starters! YAY! :) we watched Freeman, Uggla and Heyward crush a few balls into the stands and we were in heaven! We loved every second!

We honestly couldn’t have caught a better game. Braves comeback (down 5 runs after the 1st inning), extra innings, Hudson start the game, Kimbrel pitch, doing ‘The Chop’ with all the other Braves fans by us, Chipper homer, ball park nachos, seeds and beer, and a game winning home run by Hinske. Really, couldn’t have been any better of a day! We sat next to a cute couple who were from Idaho Falls. He was a huge Braves fan, she… was not.. Or a sports fan at all, for that matter! But after that game, she leaned to me and said “I might even like baseball now!” it was THAT game for everyone! Amazing! We had so much fun! We made the little over a mile walk back to our hotel with the rest of the fans, still on cloud nine! And right before bed (and after a McDonalds run.. don’t judge ;) ) Jake said to me “top 3 nights of my life! #1- Kailee being born ; #2 – marrying you ; #3 – TONIGHT!” Awwe ;) I was so happy to see him so happy! Every penny right then was worth it! I wasn’t going to say it.. but when Hinske bombed that last HR, I looked at him as we were all jumping up and down and I swore I saw a LITTLE tear! Only a sports fan can relate, tear :) So sweet! We had an absolute blast! I have thought about it a million times since! I can’t wait to go to another one! Maybe next time in ATL? We’ll see!

Hope you an amazing birthday week, sweetheart! YOU DESERVED EVERY MINUTE! And GO BRAVES!

I love you! XoXo


Aubrey A said...

Awww! So much fun! You're a good wife. I always heckle Aaron about his Brewers. Hehe! :)

Heather said...

I am SO GLAD you guys got to be at THAT game. Amazing! We were totally living through you guys while we watched at home. :) GO BRAVES!