That’s What He Said

October 26, 2009 at 9:17 am 25 comments

I took myself a mini-vacation this weekend. Jealous? Yeah, I know. Stephen and I took his family to Galveston for the weekend to stay at Bella Rose and have a fun-filled family get-away. There were 8 of us: Stephen and I, his parents, his two sisters and their boyfriends. There are a few things you need to know about this group. First, we are a loud bunch. Second, a few members of this group have a tendency to repeat phrases over and over until they are no longer funny… then they repeat them a thousand more times until they somehow become funny again. This weekend the two phrases of choice were “Oh, piece of candy” which apparently comes from an episode of Family Guy or South Park or something, and “That’s What She Said” which, well, if you don’t know where that comes from you can just stop reading my blog right now because we will not get along.

The problem with weekend trips is that you really only get one full day of vacation. Everyone arrived on Friday and we stayed up long enough to unload the cars, chat a bit, and my SIL’s boyfriend to have a cold burrito from Buc-ee’s. Then the eight of us took turns brushing our teeth and getting ready for bed. We needed a good night’s sleep, we had a long day of doing nothing ahead of us. You really don’t want to be tired for that.

We all woke up on Saturday morning at different times. Eventually everyone was up and dressed and we headed to the Sunflower Bakery for some very necessary blueberry pancakes. We ate until we couldn’t speak anymore and then we ate some more. I am obviously overreacting when I say that we ate until we couldn’t speak anymore… because there is really never a time that the 8 of us can’t speak. Not possible. We stuffed ourselves back into our cars and headed to the beach. Texas tends to be bipolar when it comes to weather so we weren’t quite sure what to expect. The great state gave us some beautiful weather but it was a tad too cold to be beaching so we just walked around, took a ton of pictures, and watched Stephen and Shawn chase some crabs.


For some reason I think it’s funny to take a picture of someone taking a picture. It really never gets old for me. I’m aware that it probably gets old for you so I will old post that one, not the one of Stephen taking a picture with his cell phone and his tongue sticking out.


This is the Hurst family. Please ignore my monstrous feet!

We had plans to go to the botanical gardens at Moody Gardens. We got ready to go and then as we were just about to load into the car we realized that we didn’t know where we were going. We called Moody Gardens to figure out where they were located. My brilliant sister-in-law jokingly asked the guy on the phone if the had the botanical gardens. Umm, no. They are closed. Soooo, on to plan B. Problem was that we didn’t have a plan B. We didn’t even really have a plan A.

We eventually decided to head to The Strand and walk around a bit. Remember what I said about the two phrases that were repeated?? Well imagine taking those phrases to a street with three candy stores and a Gay Pride Fest. Phrase number two was edited in honor of the weekend’s events. Hence the title of the blog. Obnoxious? Yes. Slightly inappropriate? Yes. But often outrageously hilarious? Absolutely. Let me just say that if you’ve never had the opportunity to be within ten feet of a gay pride fest, you’re missing out on a lot of leopard print belts, short shorts, giggling, and (oddly enough) plaid Keds. Who knew?

We shopped, visited the Elissa, went to the candy store to watch them make taffy, etc. etc.


Incase you can’t read that sign, that’s the Ike water line. My father-in-law is 6’7… so yeah, it was really high.


That’s a piece of aluminum. There was this machine where you pick a letter, pull a lever, pick a letter, pull a lever, and on and on until you spell what you want. It presses each letter onto this coin. Stephen made one for me. It says, “Stephen Loves Chelsea Always.” Other coins floating around were “Shawn and Heather,” “Ndrev Loves Courtney” (Andrew wasn’t very good at it…), and “That’s What He Said 2009.”


Don’t you love him? He’s so cute. That was at the Elissa. Nothing exciting was going on behind him, he’s just THAT excited to see a ship! Later there were a bunch of men climbing up with harnesses. Stephen was convinced that they were going to repel down but they ended up just doing some work on the sails. The anticipation left us underwhelmed.

Anyways, that’s not what’s important about the weekend. The important thing is that for dinner we had two delicious Pioneer Woman recipes followed by a chocolate cheesecake that made us all die. It was a great food weekend. And since that’s really all I require out of life, I would say that this weekend was one of my favorites in my recent memory! And it may or may not have something to do with sharing an old-fashioned chocolate shake with my hubby!



(Ten on Tuesday tomorrow. If you’re a blogger and want the questions ahead of time, email me. Most of you said you were cool with getting them Tuesday morning, but if you’re a planner like me, I can send them to you. chelsea.hurst (at) hotmail (dot) com)

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  • 1. Kyla Roma  |  October 26, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Oh that looks like so much fun! Mini-vacations are so good, and going with the whole family to just relax and be silly sounds dreamy.

  • 2. Molly  |  October 26, 2009 at 9:59 am

    The suspense is killing me. Which PW recipes did you make?

  • 3. Lindsay  |  October 26, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I am in love with your dress. Where did you get it??

    Also, I attended a drag show Saturday night..hosted by Miss Gay Kansas (I kid you not). So if you’ve never experienced that before, I think you’s HILARIOUS.

    “OH! Piece of candy!” HAHA! Come on, Sister! That’s from Family Guy! That’s how they trap James Woods and get rid of him…every time he’s on the show! haha! Good one, Hurst family!

  • 4. Kathleen  |  October 26, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Sounds like a great weekend! I’m going to Galveston on Nov. 7 to run a 5k, and we’re making a day of it. I can’t remember the last time I was there!

  • 5. Southern Gal  |  October 26, 2009 at 10:05 am

    OK. It’s been nice knowing you. And I hate to stop reading, but I can’t for the life of me think of where “That’s what she said” comes from.

    Be sweet and tell this ignorant woman.

    Your feet are not huge in that picture. I’ll have to show you a couple with my size 12s in them and you’ll know what I mean.

    The coins were so sweet.

    And we had Pioneer Woman’s Creamy Mashed Potatoes again yesterday and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. One of my favorites.

    Can I still read your blog?

  • 6. mbowman7  |  October 26, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Looks like y’all had a great time. I’m jealous I haven’t had a mini vacation in a while….But we do plan on going to San Antonio for the weekend in November. SO I guess I can’t be jealous any more.

  • 7. Jimbo  |  October 26, 2009 at 11:53 am

    What a crazy weekend! I have to also ask Molly’s question: what PW recipes did you make?

    Also, where’d you get the shake?!

  • 8. Autumn  |  October 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Looks like a great time!

  • 9. Alice Rosenhagen  |  October 26, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I love you and want to continue reading your blog but today’s was waaaay too confusing for me. I am old – I don’t know those quotes so didn’t mean much to me but I’m glad you had fun with the whole Hurst family! I WANT YOU TO COOK FOR ME!!!! 🙂

  • 10. Erin  |  October 26, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    “That’s what she said” is a must in my family. Switching the “she” to a “he” for gay pride – I almost died! Looks like a fun weekend away 🙂 I’ve been dying for one of those.

  • 11. Becky  |  October 26, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Looks like you had a blast! I have NEVER been to Galveston, but it sure does look fun! I need to make a trip now that I am in Texas for sure!

  • 12. Samantha  |  October 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Oooh, what were the recipes??

    Looks like you had another great weekend! I love mini-vacations!

  • 13. rachel  |  October 26, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    love Stepehen’s face in the boat picture!! cracked me up!

  • 14. Dottie  |  October 26, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    love Kings for milkshakes!!!

  • 15. the Provident Woman  |  October 26, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    You have to be really careful with those coin machines. It’s very easy to make it say something not good. Trust me! I speak from experience. Oops!

    Just letting you know I have a giveaway on my site.

  • 16. Maureen  |  October 26, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    It was a fun weekend! Thanks Rosenhagens for the use of your BEAUTIFUL home! It is warm and cozy and comfy. Chelsea, your dinner you made was just the most delicious one I’ve had in a long long time! And the cheesecake…decadence! I still think you should offer cooking lessons. It was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time too! I will email photos soon…Thank you again for everything! I love all my kids, kid-in-law, and future kids-in-laws!

  • 17. Jill  |  October 26, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Looks like you had a fun weekend 🙂

    And as someone with monstrous feet, I won’t bother telling you that I don’t think your feet look monstrous because I know it does no good. I’m 5″3 with a #9 shoe. Yep.

  • 18. Debbie  |  October 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    How fun! Never would have guess that plaid Keds were popular amongst the gays. Good to know.

    ps – LOVE your dress!

  • 19. Darla  |  October 26, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Your little plaid dress is CUTE!

  • 20. Lisa D  |  October 26, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Fun! I think “That’s what she said” is like the quote of the century or something. It is applicable to so many situations.

    I love that plaid dress!

    What a fun weekend!

  • 21. The Husband  |  October 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    My wife is HOT in that plaid dress! So much so that she gets hit on at the grocery store when wearing it!!! (It’s ok… I’m proud, not jealous!)

  • 22. Ashley  |  October 26, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Looks like a really fun weekend, and I am also in love with your dress!

  • 23. Sara  |  October 27, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I love your weekend~! I’m so jealous!

    I want a coin with MY name on it, too!

  • 24. Ashley  |  October 27, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I’m kind of jealous over the custom coins… okay really jealous!

  • 25. osarah  |  October 28, 2009 at 5:22 am

    I’m glad you guys had such a great weekend! I can’t wait until we’re close enough to make weekend getaways to the coast.

    Also, those custom coins are awesome. I want one!

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