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Celebrating in Key West

by Meghann on January 11, 2012

Wow.

Thank you for all of the congrats and well wishes. Derek and I are truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives. The last few days truly felt like they were a dream. πŸ™‚

Please excuse my lack of consistent updates since Friday. Derek and I stayed in Key West after the relay and it was so nice to just disconnect and be together. Key West is one our favorite cities, it’s so relaxing and very go with the flow – the perfect spot to spend a couple of days celebrating post-engagement. πŸ™‚

I would also like to give a huge shout out to the best Ragnar Relay team in the world, We Ran With Your Mom Last Night!

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If I were to pick a group of 12 people to run from Miami to Key West with, this group would be it. Everyone finished with a smile and were just so easy going. This was one of my favorite races ever and the grand finale at the end was just icing on the cake. Thanks guys! You all rock!

After we all finished on Saturday- and spent a good amount of time enjoying our first showers in 48 hours – we grabbed a quick bite to eat (an unmemorable fish sandwich from the first place we saw with food) and joined the rest of Ragnar teams for celebratory free drinks at Rick’s.

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I’m going to have to request that all future friends I go out with wear hot pink shirts at crowded bars, I can’t tell you how easy it was to find all of our team mates when we were separated. πŸ™‚

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The party moved to Sloppy Joe’s, where we spent the whole night on the dance floor dancing the night away.

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Lots of inappropriateness ensued. It was epic. Have I mentioned how much i love Key West? πŸ˜‰

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At approximately 8:30am I heard a group of rowdy people at the breakfast buffet outside our window. I told Derek that it sounded like one of our team captains, he told me there was no way because, at 2:00am, he was far from his right state of mind. So I got up and peeked out the window. Sure enough, it was him. Happy, loud, and not a bit hung over. I hated him.

I moved a bit slower and eventually pieced together a breakfast from the complimentary breakfast spread. Nothing fancy, but it worked.

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Derek’s parents were still in town from their surprise appearance at the finish line, so we spent the day with them. There was a little wedding talk, but mainly I was more interested in hearing stories from their wedding. Derek’s Dad proposed to his Mom in the Cayman Islands and they eventually honeymooned in the same spot. He also didn’t have a ring for her at the time and for their first 10 years of marriage they only wore matching engraved wedding bands. She eventually got a diamond ring, but still wears the original engraved wedding band to this day.

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We ate at Foggarty’s on Duval and we all fell in love with their generous salads. If you’re looking for a good seafood salad in Key West – go to Foggarty’s. The food made up for last night’s fish sandwich fail.

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And, of course, you can’t got to Key West without getting a slice of Key Lime Pie.

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Especially when that piece is dipped in chocolate and comes on a stick. Yum. Yum. Yum.

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We really just took it easy on Sunday.

We saw Mallory Square

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Took a few photos

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Had a few drinks

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Ate some oysters

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Acted like tourists

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And watched the sunset.

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Relaxing and perfect. πŸ™‚

The night ended in our hotel room with the Denver Bronco’s football game and a shared bag of chips and carrots with a container of hummus. You really can’t ask for more than that. πŸ™‚

On Monday, we started the day with a few friends at our favorite restaurant in Key West – Blue Heaven.

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I took a leap of faith and tried my first bloody mary ever. The verdict? I loved it! I’m not a huge fan of sweet drinks, so this was right up my ally.

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For breakfast I ordered the Rooster Special with potatoes, eggs, pecan pancakes, and bacon. After the bloody mary and a glass of champagne with a splash of cranberry juice, i needed real food in my empty stomach.

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Then we headed to the Southernmost Beach Cafe for more drinks.

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A round of mimosas was enjoyed by all.

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This is my I-have-to-stick-my-feet-in-the-water-to-say-I-did-it-even-though-the-water-is-effing-freezing face. πŸ˜‰

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Our Sunday partners-in-crime .:)

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Apparently when I start drinking in the morning, I like to sleep in the afternoon. I took a nice two hour nap from 2:00 – 4:00 and woke up wanting ice cream.

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Derek and I saw these gigantic cookies in the window and knew exactly what we wanted.

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Hello… lover.

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Four of us shared this sucker and it was still too much, but, man, that cooker ice-cream sandwich was GOOD. πŸ™‚

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Derek and I decided we’re serving cookie ice-cream sandwiches at our wedding. Thoughts? We also want Jeremiah’s Ice. Heck, let’s just do all desserts. Who needs a real dinner? You’re just there for the cake anyways. πŸ˜‰

I <3 Key West at night.

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Jim and KellyAnn took us to their favorite spot on the island – Amigos.

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This was their third time eating there this trip. Apparently it’s THAT good.

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Derek and I were pretty full from ice cream, so we split the three squared taco combo.

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It was good! Especially the tacos. I love it when places have corn tortillas instead of flour, I think that makes a real difference in the overall flavor of the taco.

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‘Let’s head over to Sloppy Joe’s for one song’ turned into a 6 hour ordeal. But isn’t that how it always goes? I left early, but the rest of the group were out dancing all night long. Sloppy Joe’s really does offer the best live entertainment in Key West, plus their ‘craft beer bar’ in the back is quiet and perfect for talking when you need a break from dancing. Oh, and the fact they offer craft beer is pretty amazing. I learned that’s hard to come by in Key West!

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Monday was our last day in Key West.

I began the day with a light breakfast

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And we grabbed a veggie hummus wrap to share on the plane ride home.

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Yes, plane ride. The 52 minute flight from Key West to Tampa was totally worth the $59 we each paid for the ticket. WORTH IT! I don’t know if you’ve ever made that 8 hour drive before, but it sucks. Well, unless you’re running it. πŸ˜‰

The plane ride was smooth. The drive home was smooth. Picking up Maddie was smooth. And the smoothie I made when we got back was smooth.

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Dinner was a lazy, random scramble. My body’s still on lazy Key West time, alright?

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So there you have it. That’s how Derek and I spent the first 72 hours of being engaged. And we enjoyed every minute of it. πŸ™‚

I’ll be back to regular posting this afternoon. Pinky swear. πŸ™‚

1 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

I went to Key West one spring break with the fam — it was sooo beautiful! Continue to have a BALLER time!
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2 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

That cookie sandwich looks SO great!! Yummy!!

Congratulations again. There are so many bloggers getting married this year, which is really exciting. I’m getting married July 7 and can not wait!!
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3 Krissy @ Shiawase Life January 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

It was a terrible idea to read this post on an empty stomach, ahah! We visited that Key Lime pie place on our honeymoon! And wow, love the sweet stories from Derek’s parents. What a dream come true in so many ways!!!!!
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4 Kristy @ KristyRuns January 11, 2012 at 10:35 am

What a great long weekend to celebrate! Congrats again! πŸ™‚ P.S. I need that chocolate covered key lime pie!!!!
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5 Lindsey January 11, 2012 at 10:36 am

Love the idea of doing ice cream sandwiches at your wedding!
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6 Andrea January 11, 2012 at 10:38 am

Congratulations! So happy for you…looks like Key West was a great time:)

My husband and I were actually married in a vineyard, very low key, and we did serve ice cream sandwiches for dessert. We rented an ice cream cart and made all the sandwiches ahead of time, ordering fun labels for each one. We just used the break and bake cookies at the grocery store and various ice creams. They were a hit!

7 katie January 11, 2012 at 10:39 am

i was only in Key West for a day ever, and it was fun! I went there on my way to little palm island!

Congrats again! <3
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8 Hillary January 11, 2012 at 10:39 am

So glad to hear you guys took your time celebrating and enjoying each other. It’s a once in a lifetime experience—might as well soak it up!

And I agree about the desserts at the wedding. My boyfriend and I aren’t even engaged yet, but we’ve already discussed our wedding cake. Yes, really!
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9 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine January 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

Meghann, I have really enjoyed these posts!! Key West is gorgeous and fun and you totally captured that. πŸ™‚ So happy for you that your engagement is off to such a fun start! Derek picked such a wonderful way to do it. πŸ™‚

Looking forward to reading about the rest of your “engagement journey”!

10 Lena @Fit on the Rocks January 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

Booze, good food, and beach runs…sounds like my kind of trip! Glad you got to enjoy your engagement and post-race in a fantastic place. Can’t wait to start reading about wedding planning stuff πŸ™‚
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11 Rachel January 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

Amigos is so good! I thought I disliked corn tortillas until I had their fresh ones. Glad to hear you had a great time in Key West. Let me know next time you’re over on the east coast of the state, we can celebrate at the pub!

12 Eric January 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Sunday Night Trivia at the Pub ?
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13 Julie January 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

You’re making me want to go to Key West!! I’ve never been but think I may need to go for my 25th bday! The food looks delicious to πŸ™‚

14 Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted January 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

I wanted to do appetizers and desserts at our wedding! I seemed to be the only one into it but I really have no idea why!! Would have been awesome! Ended up with a regular apps, dinner, and cupcakes with some additional desserts.
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15 Heather January 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

i lloovvvee key west! I have only been once on a disney cruise (is that a disney boat behind you in one pic?) but we had a blast. We walked the whole thing on our own and hit all the touristy spots. Would love to go back and spend more time!
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16 Alicia from Poise in Parma January 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

Enjoy the post-engagement buzz!! Wedding planning can wait!

Your trip is seriously causing some waunderlusting on my end of things. I’ve heard great things about Key West. Now I really want to go there!
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17 Kath January 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

I would love to attend an all desserts wedding!!
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18 Cat @Breakfast to Bed January 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

As per your last post, don’t feel bad, I can’t remember what my husband said to me when he proposed either. He insists (it was at Niagara Falls) he said “I want to fall in love with you every day for the rest of my life” All I heard was “blah blah blah, he’s on his knee, blah blah blah oh holy f&ck, blah blah blah, look at that ring”

Also, I LOVE chocolate dipped key lime pie like woah.
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19 Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete January 11, 2012 at 11:04 am

I love your description of Jim the next morning: “Happy, loud, and not a bit hung over. I hated him.” Ahhh yes, the Jim we all know and love. πŸ™‚
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20 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups January 11, 2012 at 11:06 am

I love that you two were able to vacation a bit after getting engaged! I haven’t been to Key West in years but I remember loving Sloppy Joe’s and the Key Lime Pie Factory. What amazing memories!
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21 Kate January 11, 2012 at 11:11 am

Aww Meghann! It is so great to see you so happy.

I lived in KW for a year and a half and I have to disagree about the drive. It is AMAZING, especially if it’s your first time. So many places worth stopping in the upper/mid keys. And I need to give you some less touristy recs for the next time you go down there. There are some truly tremendous restaurants and bars that aren’t so generic. You sure hit all the tourist faves though and glad you had fun!

22 Sara January 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

CONGRATS πŸ™‚ such an awesome time for you!!! & you have left me majorly craving that salad & key lime pie πŸ™‚

23 jessica January 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

I am confused! You said his dad also didn’t have a ring when he proposed. Did Derek not have a ring? I thought there was a picture of it on your announcement post? Which was beautiful by the way. If you don’t have one yet what is the plan??

24 Meghann January 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I was just adding to the story. Saying they got engaged in Cayman islands and didn’t have a ring. Derek did have a ring. You’re right that word doesn’t quite work in that sentence structure.

25 The Swim Diva January 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

Are you sure you gained weight? I think you are looking mighty thin!
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26 Meghann January 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I did gain weight during my HIM training, but I’ve managed to lose most of it through some changes in my diet and exercise routine.

27 jena January 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

i HAVE to know what airline you flew on? My BFF lives in KW and I NEED cheap tickets there! and, i’m incredibly jealous that you flew back to Tampa when I had to endure a 10 hour van ride, dear goodness, that was rough!

You are a trooper staying out till all hours after Ragnar. I was done, on my BFFs couch by 10 on Saturday night, and Sunday night wasn’t much different. Although, i spent the majority of the day Sunday drinking my way around KW. Good times! I’ve never been before – it was definitely an experience. I can’t wait to go back!
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28 Meghann January 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm

We flew AirTran! The trick was flying back on Tuesday and booking the tickets a couple of months in advance, flying Tuesday was a lot cheaper than flying on Sunday. πŸ™‚

29 Army Amy* January 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

Looks like an all star weekend!*
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30 Kristyn January 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I am SOO SOO SOOOO excited for you! Yay for so many brides in your family and now YOU! I’m getting married in the Dominican Republic in July. =)

Congrats, Meghann!! Love you pictures showing off the bling!
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31 Meghann January 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Now that sounds like a fun destination wedding! Congrats to you too!

32 Missy January 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

A huge congrats on the proposal! How exciting!! I’m a big fan of your blog and I’m so happy for your Ragnar Relay Team! Congrats on the finish πŸ™‚ Maybe someday I’ll be a part of a Ragnar Team!!

33 Krystina (Organically Me) January 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I really want to go to Key West! Your engagement weekend/mini vacation sounds perfect.
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34 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

This looks like a wonderfully relaxing weekend! Congrats again, enjoy this time!

35 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

oh that cookie sandwich looks AWEsome!!

COngrats again–so exciting!

36 Lindsey @ Sound Eats January 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

First of all, congrats!! πŸ™‚

Orignally, Ross and I were going to get married in the winter – we actually had tentatively decided on the same date Caitlin and Kristien got married (didn’t know them at the time). I totally wanted to have a “Venetian hour” dessert buffet type reception. A later ceremony (at sunset or under the stars) and have loads of fruit/ salads/ cheese platters/ fondues/ and mini desserts (a wedding cake, too, of course) under the stars and twinkly lights outside.

But then we changed our date to the summer and went with the middle of the day luncheon so we could have a slightly-cooler late morning ceremony so we wouldn’t die during pics outside. πŸ™‚

Congrats again!

37 kathleen @ the daily crumb January 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm

awww i love this post, meghann! you look SO happy… just basking in newly engaged bliss, exactly as you should be. enjoy this special time!!

38 Cynthia January 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm

When my husband and I got married, the wedding was at 2:00 in the afternoon and we chose to have a dessert buffet. We had make your own ice cream sundaes, brownies, pie . . . and of course the wedding cake. We also had some fruit and sugar free dessert options. It was awesome!

39 Kathy January 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I want to go to Key West …right now!! You make it ALL look wonderful…and I want to go to Sloppy Joe’s and to that place for Key Lime PIE on a stick!! YUMMY!

I know I am repeating myself but what a wonderful race/week it was!! Can I vacation with you guys next time but NOT participate in the race? I could be the designated driver? πŸ˜‰ ha!
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40 Kristi January 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I just wanted to mention that my cousin is a bouncer at AJs and he always updates his FB status when he’s working – tonight, for instance, for Flippin’ Tuesdays πŸ™‚ I wonder what couples there tonight might later get engaged πŸ™‚ congrats!

41 Emily January 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

It looks like you guys had so much fun in key west. Congrats Again!

PS that cookie sandwich looks amazing.
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42 Brie January 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I’m still so excited for you!
I love proposal stories so much. And also key lime pie.
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43 Katie G @ Just Roll With It January 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Sounds like a great way to spend the days after your engagement! I’ve never been to Key West, but looks fun. I’ll get there someday! Don’t blame you for taking a plane back, 8 hours of driving vs. 52 minute flight = flying wins every time! PS: I love the ice cream cookie idea for the wedding, and even more, all dessrts, ha
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44 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I have seriously LOVED reading your last few posts so much- and all of the detail that you put into them! And this one in particular makes me want to go back to Key West SO bad… I’ve only been once, and it was for just one day. But, I recognize so many of the spots you hit and have so many similar photos- in Sloppy Joes, the Key Lime pie place, the same “bodies” where you can stick your head through… love it all!!
Congrats again, and thanks for sharing it with all of us!!

45 Ellie January 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I love your dress! were is it from?

46 CATHY January 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Hi! I already said Congratulations, but Congratulations again! Did you see Skinnyrunner’s post about the Limiteds shuttered bridal line? The dresses are $59-$99 each and seriously cute. You should check it out. πŸ™‚

47 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life January 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm

What a great way to celebrate your engagement!! You have had quite the crazy last few days, you have to be exhausted from all the excitement!
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48 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

What a fun few days in the sun!!!

49 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I’ve always wanted to go to Key West but have heard that it’s one big party place. Your thoughts? From your pictures it looks like there is other things to do besides drink and party.

Welcome back to the real world! πŸ™‚
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50 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Mmmmmm…that ice cream sandwich looks delicious!!

51 Meghan January 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm

We had an ice cream guy at our wedding and it was amazing. It is.called Pure Magic and he started with a base of flavor then the guest picked the mixin and he froze it with liquid hydrogen or something. it was amazing!

52 Melissa @TryingtoHeal January 11, 2012 at 10:08 pm

What a fun time celebrating! You make me miss Key West! I want to go back…your bachelorette party!? haha!
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53 Sarah January 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Congrats! It looks like you had a great few days celebrating! I love Key West, seriously had to talk myself into getting on the plane to come home!
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54 Liz January 12, 2012 at 12:36 am

I’ve never been to Key West, but would LOVE to go! Oh, and the cookie ice cream sandwich looks delicious – I say an all dessert wedding reception sounds right up my ally πŸ™‚

55 Victoria Runs January 12, 2012 at 10:14 am

Blue Heaven is my favorite breakfast spot! I used to live in KW and love their granola πŸ™‚ nom!

Love your photos! I haven’t been back in 5 years… I am itching for it! My college girlfriend ran ragnar and I am so jealous. Maybe next year! Congratulations again!!!
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56 Katie January 16, 2012 at 10:57 am

Does it get any better than cookies and ice cream? Maybe not. πŸ˜‰

If you still want to do the traditional aspect of a cake at your wedding, you could always do ice cream cookie sandwiches as a late night snack shortly before the night ends! For our wedding, we had a french fry bar with various toppings and milkshake shooters as our late night snack, but we were looking into the option of fresh baked cookies with milk shooters as well! Yum yum. Our wedding was also a food festival of sorts…it’s amazing I didn’t need to be cut out of my dress with scissors when the night was done!
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57 Linda January 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

OMG – Congrats, 1st of all πŸ™‚ I just started following your blog (I think I found it on SkinnyMS – not really sure where), but I was just searching around and found you – and followed your journey in which you ‘raced’ into your engagement πŸ™‚ But, it is my 2nd point that makes me have to comment – your trip and description of Key West has pretty much made up my mind as to where my hubs and I will spend a long weekend this Spring! I have been trying to decide where to go, just to get away (maybe for his birthday in April) – we went to Key West a couple years ago during a scuba trip (we stayed on Key Largo, and took a day trip to Key West – and that was a long enough trek for us!), but we were with a group, so we didn’t get to venture off on our own…I think I may need to check out what’s going on in the Keys and follow some of your route!! Thanks for the updates, and for letting me follow your blog – very entertaining. Congrats again, and best of luck!

58 Jillian January 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Congratulations! I’m curious as to where you stay when in Key West? Hoping to plan a trip in the near future and would appreciate suggestions. Thanks!

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