Love and Lights

Last night, 14 of us met up at Winterhaven to check out the holiday lights.

us

Winterhaven in a housing development here, and is known for their elaborate holiday light displays- I think it’s part of the Homeowner’s Association requirements. There are designated nights to walk or drive through, as well as horse-drawn carriages and trolleys.

We took the trolley tour, which had flip-down sides and bonus: it was heated.

trolley

The driver was awesome and told us interesting facts about the neighborhood and different houses. It was built in 1949 and the guy who designed it wanted it to make it unique to Tucson by planting an abundance of pine trees. When he planted the trees, electrical outlets were built into the base of the tree, so they’d be easier to decorate without needing extension cords. Every year Tucson Electric Power decorates the enormous trees with holiday lights, while the homeowner’s go all out in their yards with decorations.

It took a while to figure out my camera on the “holiday light” setting (actually I still don’t really know how to use it), so some pics were a blurry disaster, and others came out kind of artsy.

MY OTHER VIDEOS

couple

At least that’s what I tell myself.

We drank hot cocoa, ate kettlecorn, waved to the people walking, and chanted random things- a wild group 😉

Some of the houses:

house

house (2)

gingerbread

A HUGE dragon and castle:

dragon

and the “Bellagio of Winterhaven”- lights and a fountain that moved to the music. It was seriously amazing.

fountain

Before you knew it, I was crying into my kettlecorn when the trolley made a “Kyle stop” at one of the houses,

and my little bro got out and asked Megan to marry him.

kyle and meg

I’ve always considered her my little sis –she and Kyle have been dating almost as long as the Pilot and I have known each other- but it’s so exciting that it’s official. So very happy for them <3

This morning we’re all off to a legendary brunch at my nana’s house, and then getting in some active recovery cardio at the Street Fair.

See ya later with a Family post!

xoxo

Gina

Any other brides-to-be out there? Check out the Bridal Bootcamp workouts on the Fitness page if you’d like some new moves before the big day <3

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48 Comments

  1. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on December 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Somehow when I read the post on facebook “with exciting family news” I said to myself – I bet Kyle proposed! How weird is it that people that don’t know your brother or have even met him can guess things like that just because they read your blog??

  2. Holly on December 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

    awwwwwwwwwww that is fantastic! congratulations to the happy couple! 🙂

  3. Silvia @ skinny jeans food on December 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Awwwh! How romantic!!

  4. Steffany on December 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Aw, congrats to your bro !! How sweet !! (:

  5. katelyn on December 11, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Very Cute!!! Congrats!

  6. Katie on December 11, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Omg how SWEET! As soon as I saw exciting family news, I KNEW it was your brother proposing, I had a good feeling ; ) Congrats to them!

    Gina you look fabulous my dear!

    Happy Sunday love! xoxo

  7. Julie on December 11, 2011 at 11:22 am

    What a beautiful way to propose!! Congratulations to your brother and his new fiance 🙂

  8. paulie on December 11, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Thats So cute, Congrats to your brother!

  9. Megan Infantino on December 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

    How sweet!! Congratulations to your brother and your soon-to-be sister in-law! What an exciting time!

  10. Krystina on December 11, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Oh my goodness, congrats to your bro and Meg! That’s so great. 😀

    • Krystina on December 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      BTW I just checked out her blog – she’s adorable!

  11. Heather on December 11, 2011 at 11:29 am

    How awesome <3 Congratulations to them! It is truly a wonderful life<3

  12. kari on December 11, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Wow! Gina, tell your Brother and Megan Congratulations!!!! Its such a wonderful and happy time for your family with the new baby coming soon and now your brother engagement. By the way you look so beautiful pregnant.

  13. Amber L on December 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

    awwww!!!! so exciting!! congrats to them and your family!!!

  14. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on December 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I love looking at Christmas lights! Some people can be so creative (and some just plain go over the top!) Some nights, I like to just drive through neighborhoods and look! It is too chilly to go for long walks at night in the northeast!!

  15. Anna on December 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Congrats to the happy couple. I always knew they were going to get married (does that sound creepy?). Your bro always looked like he was really in love with her in pictures.

  16. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on December 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    How exciting!!! They seem like such a sweet couple!!!

  17. Parita on December 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Yay! Congrats to your bro!

  18. Theodora on December 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    What is the holiday light setting??

  19. Mal on December 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Congratulations to your brother and future sister in law! This is really weird, but your brother was in a dream I had last night… I’m pregnant so I’m gonna blame it on that!

  20. Lindsay Loves Veggies on December 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Congratulations on your new family member!! That’s so awesome! 🙂

  21. Dominique on December 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Awww, that is so sweet!!! Congrats to Kyle and Meg! My boyfriend and I got engaged this past September so I’m full of that “just engaged” feeling right now. So far, so good, except for when it actually comes to planning the wedding, which we’d like to be really small and intimate but our parents (well mine anyway) would like it to be huge.

  22. Hillary on December 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I just “aww”ed out loud. Congrats to them!

  23. mi-an d. on December 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    congrats to your lil bro and his gf! i just checked out her blog. she’s got style! 🙂 lil fashionista. love her bangs too! p.s. i’m getting some lulu pants…but can’t decide whether to get groove or astro… any thoughts? p.p.s. i’m LOVING sunwarrior! why did i wait so long??? no idea.

  24. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on December 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Those lights were amazing!!! I just love Christmas lights! That is so exciting about your brother!!! 🙂

  25. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on December 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    EVERYONE is getting engaged! Congratulations to them. Love stories make me swoon.

  26. gina g on December 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Awe I absolutely love it! Congrats to them both! 🙂

  27. Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon on December 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Wow!!! This is awesome!!!

  28. Brooke @ sweats & sweets on December 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Congrats to your little brother! And the gingerbread house is my favorite! Omgosh I would love to decorate our house like that!

  29. Leslie Wingate on December 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Congrats Kyle and Megan!!!!! <3 <3 <3

  30. Ali on December 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Congratulations!!! That is so exciting and very romantic. You have a gem of a brother!

  31. Heather @ For the Love of Kale on December 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Oh my gosh! Congrats to Kyle and Megan! I love her blog (thanks to you!). Ahhh love. <3

    The lights look so beautiful!

  32. kyla on December 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    So sweet! Congrats to your little bro and sis!

  33. Joelle (on a pink typewriter) on December 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Aw, big congrats to them!! Overhead Megan’s blog before, an she seems so cute! Yay for extra holiday love!!

  34. Jenn on December 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I totally had a feeling this was coming from reading her blog. Awwww so awesome! Congrats!!

  35. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on December 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Aww what a cute place to propose! Congrats to your brother and Megan!!! 🙂

  36. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on December 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    What an adorable proposal! So happy for them! 😉

  37. Amanda on December 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Congrats to Kyle and Meg! How sweet : D

  38. Lauren on December 11, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Congrats to them! Maybe little baby fitnessista will be a flower girl soon!!! 🙂

  39. Natasha on December 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Mazeltov to Megan and Kyle – that girl has some serious style, and seems to go to the beat of her own drum…she is truly unique, and she is fortunate to have you as family.
    You and your hubby look happy and I’m so very excited for you to have the best Christmas gift ever – a family of your very own – 🙂

  40. Pure2raw twins on December 11, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    awww congrats to them!!!

  41. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on December 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Aww congrats to the newly-engaged couple!

  42. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on December 12, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Congrats to your bro and Megan!! That is so sweet…and you have a new Sis in Law now..or soon to be. Fabulous!

    “It took a while to figure out my camera on the “holiday light” setting (actually I still don’t really know how to use it)” <— tricky. Generally you are going to have to increase the shutter speed to let in more light, which the longer the shutter is open, the more your hands will just naturally shake, the camera will register this, and you will see blurry pics. So unless it's on a tripod, nighttime shot, i.e. fireworks, and the like…are kinda tricky. For me at least. Unless I have a tripod. Which one doesnt bring to outdoor lighting displays!

    • Fitnessista on December 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

      is it sad that i don’t know how increase the shutter speed or change the aperture?
      that’s a great tip about the tripod- even when i try to hold it still, it’s blurry

  43. Katy Widrick on December 12, 2011 at 9:02 am

    YAY for super sweet engagements! 🙂

  44. Katie @ Plates and Paste on December 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Congrats to your lil bro and new lil sis! 🙂

  45. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on December 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    SO romantic! Congrats to your bro and soon to be sis in law!!

  46. Nicole @ Giraffelegs on December 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

    actually cryinggg!!

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