For our 10 year wedding anniversary, Stu's request was to "ride roller coasters without the kids." Well, ok.
I'm a Marriott Reward Member, so I booked a room at the Courtyard Marriott near-ish to Busch Gardens. On the suggestion of friends, I actually first booked us at the Epicurean in downtown Tampa. But we decided to be fiscally responsible and pay off some medical bills and go with the less expensive hotel. The Courtyard worked out perfectly. The location was WAY better than if we had been downtown. And the hotel itself was quite nice.
We sent the kids off to Tennessee with my parents. They flew Little Aunt Debbie home and spent some excellent quality time with cousins.
Stu and I bought our Busch Gardens tickets at Publix. We picked up the 2-Day, 2-Park tickets for $99 each. We figured since we were going to be there for 2 days we would not need the Quick Queue passes (that's like Disney's FastPass, except Busch Gardens charges $$ for the experience).
Buying the tickets at Publix worked to our advantage. We did not have to wait in any line at the Park. We simply went right in. If you're going, buy them ahead of time. Not only was the convenience nice, but we saved money doing it that way. A 1-Day pass is $79. So we got the second day for only $20. Not bad.
So, considering that I chopped our hotel bill in half by switching hotels and saved us money on Park Admission, Stu was feeling pretty good about the whole trip. Chalk that up as a win for me!
This past weekend was my birthday. It was better than I could have imagined and hoped for.
I've been so serious in my posts recently, I thought it'd be fun to change the tone for this one. I am not a sad person. I am not a "glass half-empty" girl either. I am an unapologetic realist though.
Anyway, back to the fun.
Hubs and kids got up early and went to Panera Bread to get me breakfast. I absolutely LOVE their soufflés. If you haven't had one, try it. You will not be disappointed.
We bummed around on the couch for a bit, watching TV - my favorite movie, Pirates of the Caribbean was available on Netflix. Breakfast I did not have to make, delicious coffee and a good flick? Win - Win.
My sister and brother-in-law came over with their dogs. They were actually there to help my dad with the fence, but we ended up turning it into a party. Everyone worked on the pool fence (except me - my only birthday wish was that I could have the day off from everything). Then everyone jumped in the pool.
It was hot and sunny (emphasis on HOT) while they were working on the fence. And shortly after getting in the pool, it began to rain. But there was no thunder, so the rain stopped no one from partying.
It was the perfect afternoon. Really. All the laughter. All the squeals. All the barking. The kids had the greatest time. I could not have asked for a better day.
Buddy had this idea for my birthday. I am honestly not sure where he got it from. He called it "the grand finale." He wanted to keep it a secret from me, but his sister told me and he let it slip a few times too. Regardless of my knowledge, he wanted to keep it hidden from me.
In the afternoon, after he swam for a while, he and Grammie went off to pick up "the grand finale." They hid it on the patio until after dinner.
Can you believe it? Another school year is over!
I know, it's so cliche... but time is really flying by! I wish I could put the breaks on. Well, maybe not the breaks, but definitely a lower gear.
This past weekend was full and awesome.
We spent Saturday bumming around in the morning. When Stu went off to his men's meeting at church, the kids and I jumped in the pool. It was one of those days where the monsters are like oil and water. They just weren't keen on getting along. Honestly, it was super annoying.
So the pool didn't last as long as I had hoped. Oh well.
After dinner that night, we decided to light the fire pit. It's a new addition to the back patio. We do so love to roast marshmallows.
Nothing super fancy here... Just crazy stories from our day to day life. Or random thoughts from my brain. Enjoy.