Last year, my husband and I went for a little road trip to Nacogdoches to meet up there with my local bestie and some of her family for the Blueberry Festival held there annually. I posted about it here and here (it makes me realize that I'm much more of a writer about what I'm looking forward to than what I've actually done) (hence I haven't finished any of the China recap posts from our trip that was now more than six months ago).
I'd been so excited to go this year, particularly since this year feels vacation-less. We went to Pittsburgh to see my in-laws in January, and in February we went to Mardi Gras in Mobile with my best friend and her family. And I've traveled for work (mostly to Philly) a couple times in April, but none of those were really vacations. I only get 2.5 weeks of vacation at my job, so I just worked remotely when we were seeing my in-laws and at Mardi Gras. I'm saving all my vacation days (except one) for our trip to Germany and Italy in September and October. And then I'm using the one remaining day for our trip to San Fran and Napa in October/November, or for the week of Christmas.
So even though we've had a couple trips this year for vacation, it's been a long time and I'm ready for a break from Dallas, so I'd been very excited about a weekend in Nacogdoches.
But given that hubby is having surgery tomorrow, it doesn't seem like it's in the cards. He really didn't want to go, but I can be whiny so he basically assented. He said I'd have to do all the driving and he'd probably just hang out in the hotel the whole time aside from going with us for pancakes in the morning. But in the end, it all worked out -- my local bestie's family isn't going to be in town this year anyway, so she and I have agreed to plan our own version of the Blueberry Festival this weekend!
The activities of which I am aware are blue pedicures on Friday afternoon, and then a blueberry themed dinner at our house that I'm making Friday night. Then Saturday morning, a blueberry 5k followed by blueberry pancakes. The cool thing is that when we go to Nacogdoches for the real Blueberry Festival, we have to choose between the 5k and the blueberry pancakes (if you did both, you'd be in line for hours). And of course we chose pancakes last year. The pancakes there are so good!
But since we're doing our own blueberry festival, we'll be able to do both a 5k and pancakes! Score! If my husband feels well enough, he can be the race official. Then Saturday during the day, there will be a blueberry-related craft planned by my bestie. My bestie has two other surprises planned, I'm hoping one will be ice cream sandwiches, which are also featured at the blueberry festival in Nac.
So I think this coming weekend will be one of my favorite weekends in Dallas all year! Hope hubby feels well enough to enjoy it. And then next year we'll go back to the official blueberry festival for sure.