Sunday, August 21, 2011

Weekend Happenings

We had a jam-packed weekend since it was Cam's Grammy & Auntie Erika's last couple of days until they began their drive back to Chicago this morning.

Erika had never been to Busch Gardens so we decided to go yesterday morning since all of us, including Grammy, have a season's pass. We packed sandwiches, snacks & water so the only money that was spent was for Erika's ticket. In my opinion, Busch Gardens is very expensive at $85, if you're only going for the day. Granted, she'd be able to go an unlimited amount of times until the end of the year, but that's not exactly helpful when you live about 1,000 miles away. Mike & I have 2 year passes so it ends up being pretty inexpensive since we take advantage of it & go often. We used to be able to bring food in with no issues but out of the blue this time, they told us we were no longer able to bring our sandwiches in. Yeah, right. So, we put our sandwiches in Mike's cargo shorts until we got through the entrance & put them back in our cooler bag... we sure are rebels!

I wasn't exactly thrilled with the idea of hitting Busch Gardens in the peak of the Florida heat at 7 months pregnant, but I went with the flow. It ended up being hotter than hell but we all managed & a shower never felt so good afterwards!

Mike & I ended up having a wonderful date night yesterday at one of our favorite tapas restaurants, Ceviche. The meal was excellent as usual, although a glass of red wine would have made it that much better... oh how I miss my delightfully delicious wine! But my baby girl is so worth it!

This morning as the dogs lounged in the sun, Grammy & Erika packed up the car for their long trek back to Chicago. In addition to lounging, Dempsey did her favorite & most annoying thing & barked at the TV. Whenever people are over & think this is cute, I quickly tell them just how un-cute it is when it happens all the time. She used to limit it to other animals on TV, but when she's bored, she barks at just about anything. Not cool!

I am a cooking lover, but for whatever reason, I have not cooked much during this pregnancy. During the week, I just have no desire to grocery shop, cook & clean after a long day, but I need to get my act together & start cooking more on the weekend. So that's just what I did tonight! It's good to be back! I decided to make a butternut squash risotto that I saw on the Barefoot Contessa. It was the second top-rated risotto recipe on Food Network's website so I figured I couldn't go wrong. This would be an awesome Fall meal since it ended up being very tasty, creamy & comforting with a deep golden color from the saffron. Click here for the recipe.

And now it's time to say goodbye to the beloved weekend & say hello to the tiring work-week! Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday tomorrow!

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  1. Does Cam enjoy Busch Gardens? Brian and I were debating on when to get season passes like that... at what age do they really enjoy everything? And that meal you made Sunday looks delicious- I'll have to check out the recipe!

  2. Cam loves Busch Gardens! Really though they don't truly get a great deal out of it until they're closer to two or so. Cam goes on rides, jumps around in the bounce cloud & has a blast on the splash pad. But, really I'd suggest you guys do it whenever, just as a place to go to get out of the house when the weather is beautiful. We'll be going all through the winter with Reese & Cam. There's plenty for babies to look at & the park is so gorgeous. We definitely get our money's worth out of it.