I'm not going to bore you with too many photos since I took about 200, but I'll give you some of the highlights.
We flew in, got our rental car and met my brother's fiance's dad downtown SF so he could give us a little driving tour of the city. We stopped at the vista point just over the Golden Gate Bridge for some prime photo taking (and of course wind blown hair).
We really lucked out on weather - it was completely gorgeous the entire weekend.
Friday's main event was dinner with Sabrina's family (brothers, parents and grandparents, etc). We went to Rickey's, where the rehearsal dinner will be.
The food, service and atmosphere were top notch in my book - and there was even live jazz musician/singer playing who reminded me of Michael Buble.
The table shared appetizers (calamari, chicken and lamb skewers and prawns over grits) and then ordered main courses. I opted for a spinach salad with bacon, goat cheese, avocado and chicken on top.
And of course we ordered dessert - two platters of these four options to share. Each of them were so delicious. I couldn't pick a favorite.
Saturday morning, my mom and I hit the hotel gym for a short 35 min workout before showering and having breakfast. Then my mom, grandma and I walked over to the mall and took a lap around it for a nice 40 minutes more of exercise.
Soon enough it was time for Sabrina's bridal shower! We made a quick pit stop to look at the church they'll get married in. It is beautiful inside and out.
I was so happy I went to JCPenney earlier in the week to scope out dresses. None of the ones I had at home were all that great so I wanted to find something cute, but affordable.
I loved the one shoulder dress and the fact that it had pockets!
The bridal shower was a lot of fun. We met a ton of her cousins, aunts, family friends, etc and ate some great food.
Sabrina is really into cooking and baking so she got a ton of fun stuff, including a KitchenAid mixer and green and yellow (Oregon Duck colors) cupcake holders in the photo above.
I can hardly believe my younger brother is getting married in two months!
Okay, I think that's enough for one post. I took plenty more photos of our trip into the city to explore the wharf so that will be up next.
On the running front: Guess who's in TAPER mode? Again, this girl. Thank goodness. In fact, I opted to walk three miles during run group rather than RUN. Yeah, that's a true sign I'm feeling under the weather today. I could barely keep myself from face planting on my keyboard this afternoon.
But ultimately, I know that playing it smart now is better for me in the long run.
And AWESOME job to everyone who ran Boston today! I heard it was 80 degrees at the start. A few friends who ran it purposely took it extra safe as anyone should when running a marathon in that kind of heat. Seriously impressive stuff.