Isn't it just beautiful? Thank you family!!
Now, on to our fabulous, whirlwind trip! Arrived on Thursday evening and the highlight-after seeing our family of course-was meeting this guy!
We are all dog people so this was absolute LOVE at first sight. This is Jasper and for anyone who has missed the previous post, he was rescued from a Korean meat packing plant. He is still young - they're guessing between 2 and 3 - but he is truly the most calm and loving puppy ever! We couldn't get enough of him! But, we were here for some other special moments as well.
Friday morning after the girls headed to school, we headed to Tampa. We decided to try a restaurant we hadn't tried before and were so glad we did!
We got to sit on the upper level so this was our view. Those wine bottle chandeliers were beautiful. I think I "pinned" something like that once. Who knows, that just may have to be my next DIY project-lol.
This was my lunch-homemade black bean and fresh corn burger with a sriracha aioli and caramelized onions with a side of sauteed spinach-yum!!! Before anyone gives me too much credit for making such a good choice of a "side", I will admit that we started this meal with an appetizer of loaded homemade potato chips!
My husband decided it was time for a splurge for him so he went for the macaroni and cheese stuffed meatloaf. Yes, you got that right! That things was truly large enough to serve a family!
After lunch, we headed to the International Mall for a bit of birthday present shopping and a stop at the Cheesecake Factory to pick up a lemon-meringue birthday cheesecake as well as slices of key lime, salted caramel and a chocolate-coconut explosion-kind of like a Mounds bar meets cheesecake.
We had a bit of time back at the house to visit with Liv and Caitlin before the Devilettes all showed up and they were off with us to follow shortly!
To say it was a little "toasty" would be an understatement but getting to be there to watch this special young woman who we all love so much perform was well worth it! Wish we lived closer so we could be there for her every week!
Saturday was our chance to celebrate Olivia's 14th birthday by having lunch at her favorite restaurant in St. Pete. Can't believe we didn't get one picture of the birthday girl but by then I think we were all just savoring our last bit of time together and none of us even thought about it.
We arrived home just in time to head to Harrison's football game which took place even though there was a pretty good rain coming down so us "old folks" got a pass and didn't end up sitting through it in the rain. We decided to make lemonade from lemons so we ran and picked up some Chinese food and got home right about time for the Gator kick-off. We won so it was a wonderful end to a wonderful weekend.
Today we are catching up and getting ready for another full and fun week ahead. Stay tuned.