Weekend Recap + Monday Madness Link Up 8.23.15

You guys, I had an awesome weekend. It's been over 2 years since Nick and I have "gone away" together. He's done some guy trips and I've vacationed with my sister and friends, and with work, school, and family obligations we let taking a trip together slip out of focus.

We headed to Northern Kentucky right after work on Friday to go to our friends Mark and Danica's. We made it in late after a 5 1/2 hour drive and got up early the next morning to make the short drive to Cincinnati to the Western and Southern Open.

So I'm obsessed with tennis. I have loved it since my family went to the US Open when I was 12 or 13. Also, in case you haven't read this blog before, I'm also a gigantic crush on Andy Murray.

We got the venue right as the gates opened so we had time to take in the grounds and catch some practice.

Mark, me, and Nick

Mark and Nick - best friends since middle school!

The great thing about practice is that you can go in any stadium and take any seat to watch. I ended up in the first row at Center Court to watch Andy practice!

Me and Andy.

Died and gone to heaven. Seriously.
Nick and Me with Andy in the background

We also got to see Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic practice. Novak is #1 in the world right now.

Novak and his team including his coach and tennis great Boris Becker.


The first semi final match we watched was Djokovic v. Dolgopolov.

Novak doing press after his win.

The second semi match was Federer v. Murray which was awesome! Andy is such an athletic player and Roger has this ease and eloquence to his game.

Roger doing media after his win.

After a long, hot day in the sun we headed to The Cheesecake Factory!

Sunday morning before heading back to Michigan we stopped at bakery in Kentucky and enjoyed our breakfast at a park with a great view of Cinci.

Hope you had a fabulous weekend too!


  1. So so so jealous! You have such amazing pictures of such amazing athletes. I wish I were there, the US Open is one of my faves to watch on TV! One day I hope to watch in person, watching practice looks almost better than the games ;)!

  2. I cannot believe you got to see so many players up close like that!! My mom would be so jealous!

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

  3. I mean - best seats ever?! Also amazing photo quality!!

  4. Looks like you had such a great weekend! Glad you were able to see some of your favorite athletes & ending the day at the Cheesecake Factory sounds pretty good too!

  5. Oh such great pictures! You were so close to the players. What a great way to spend a weekend!!

  6. Wow, your seats were fantastic! What a great getaway. I LOVE tennis. Nothing better than ending the day at Cheesecake Factory too! What's your favorite cheesecake? :)

  7. i never heard of Andy Murray until today. til this post lol. Looks like it was a beautiful day!

    Trish - tales from trish

  8. looks like a great time! i love that you could watch them practice as well. so cool!

  9. i saw your picture you posted and wondered where you were. it sounds like a fun weekend. i love tennis too! i really want to go to the US Open one of these days.

  10. That sounds so fun! My hubby played tennis growing up, so I am learning all about it now!

  11. So fun and you got some really great pictures! I've never been to a professional tennis match but it's on my bucket list!

  12. Glad you guys had a great time away - it looked like a lot of fun! Love your sun hat.

  13. Looks like you had a great time, your pictures are awesome! I've always wanted to go to the US Open! Thanks for hosting today.

  14. What a great time and such great pictures, so close up! What a fun/perfect get-a-way!

  15. So glad you guys got to slip away! Looks like you had a fab time. I've always wanted to go to Kentucky!

  16. Pretty jealous of your tennis watching!! I played competitively for 12 years and always love watching the pros play! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  17. SUCH a great weekend! I love tennis, and I can't even imagine how much fun it would be to go to a tournament! Did you guys stop at the park at Drees Pavilion? Your pictures look exactly the same as mine did last weekend!

  18. SO cool! LOVE that pic of "you and andy" - dying!