Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy 2011 Thanksgiving

We always look forward to Thanksgiving because of the time we get to spend with my husband's aunt and uncle.  They live on a horse farm ( I guess 6 horses counts as a horse farm-it does in my book).  Anyway, Chrisitian loves to feed the horses and Chloe is now at the age that she too can start enjoying the outdoors a little more.  So for this Thanksgiving:
 Wednesday night Chloe and I made turkey cupcakes while Michael and Christian went to a UK game.  I also made two different dips and a celery spread for appetizers to take the next morning for our 12:00 Thanksgiving lunch.

Thanksgiving morning started early because Michael ran his first ever 5k.  Christian is involved in the Fitness Club at school and Mr. Eclker gets them involved in all the local races.  I ran the last one with Christian and this time Michael said he would do it.  They both did a great job and got back in time to shower and load the car.

We finally set off for our 45 minute drive to the country.  Once there, I seen Christian only while he ate because the rest of the day Michae's uncle Rick drove the kids around to help feed the horses while giving them a little tour.  Chloe joined for one of the rides around the farm before coming in to play with Hannah.

The dinner was great and the company was even better. 

That night Michael went out for the Black Friday sale at Walmart.  He left at 11:30 and did not return until 4 a.m..  He came back with a 32 inch tv to replace Christian's 22 inch ( we were giving Chloe his old one).  He also bought me two pair of boots ( which was nice but I am not so sure about (too much fur)--we'll see). 

He slept in until about 11:00 and then we all headed to Waffle House for our favorite breakfast.  I have said this  before, but I would choose Awful Waffle over Cracker Barrell or Bob Evans anytime.  IF there was an IHOP closer then I might have a decision to make. 

We went shopping for Christian's movie , " Eragon", which is an older movie and very difficult to find but finally found it at our local blockbuster in the previously viewed sale items.  MIchael had looked in every bin in Lexington ....LOL

I bought Chloe  and myself a pairs of riding boots ( they seem to be the fashionable thing right now).  Hers are so adorable ( gray with little buckles up both sides).  Christian chose a painter's hat ( that is what I call it) or maybe it is like a newspaper boy' s hat... well whatever it's called,  it made me think he might grow out of his need to want to dress in sport's attire everday. He is such a cute, kind kid! 

After we shopped a little, I stopped at Kroger and bought a few things to make dumplings for mom and dad's that evening.  We were coming over for left-overs that they had cooked with Rhonda and her kids the day before but when I found out there were no Dumplings -- NO DUMPLINGS, then I had to make a pit stop.
We typically eat Thanksgiving dinner with my parents the Sunday after Thanksgiving but this year mom had to work so they went ahead and had dinner with my sister and her kids.  Left overs were still deelish!  I helped cook the dumplings while Michael took a little nap ( much needed).  Christian was such the trooper helping make the brownies and begging to help with the dumplings.  Chloe on the other hand crumbled left over cookies all over mom's nice festive table cloth.

Here are a few pictures of 2011 Thanksgiving

Michael and Christian get pumped before their run.

Me and Chloe's turkey cupcakes! She ate about 4 --but only the icing!

She is not a morning person!!

My corn and bacon dip, celery with apricot and ricotta spread, and  lastly buffalo chicken dip--yum.

Chloe and I on the golf cart (which she called a tractor).  For us this as close as we ever get to a tractor!

Michael and I trying to rope Chloe in to eat.

Christian is so good with younger kids.  He had so much fun playing with Sam and Caleb.

Christian with his beautiful cousin Kayla- they are both so photogenic.

MeeMaw and PeePaw with all the grandkids!

Off they go to sight see.

MeeMaw and Chloe.

Nanny and Gail enjoying the day.

PeePaw and Chloe back from feeding the horse an apple.

Friday morning breakfast--look at those two fine young men! I am SO lucky!

Chloe and me ( this is only one of the 10 straws she pulled from behind the counter)

Mom over-seeing Christian's dumpling making.

He helped me put the dumplings in the water as well-- I love him!

Chloe finishes off the night at Grandma's with a little Kareoke - OF COURSE.

UK- Behind the Bench!

Michael was offered two tickets to the UK game last Wednesday night.   I told him to take Christian. He would love going to the game and sitting SO close to the team.

Michael said they were only two rows up from the bench. He actually felt like part of the Big Bluecoaching team. He could hear everything that Coach Cal said to the boys as they were pulled to sit on the bench.  Here are a few pictures of their fun night.

Christian behind the bench at the UK game! 

Love his blue tie.

This is one of our old governor's sons who now plays on 'Cougar Town"  ( tv show). 
Michael finally figured out why all the women were flocking to get his picture.

UK wins (of course)!  Christian could have stayed for autographs but he was ready to head home after fourth quarter! For the record, I would have stayed.

Monday, November 21, 2011

November Weekend Getaway for TWO

Michael has been out of town (out of the country) for the last couple of weeks so when he mentioned that his last stop was in sunny Tampa Fl. he decided to extend his stay into the weekend and fly me down for a nice romantic weekend.

I hate missing work and I especially hate being away from my kids too long but it was a weekend away with the my best friend and soul mate.  Adult conversation would be nice and alone time with my husband would be great since we share our bed with a large Golden Doodle and a two and half year old ( and  our almost 12 year old who will pretend he has fallen asleep, so that he too can occasionally end up in our ever shrinking king size bed).  I would not change it for the world- I LOVE my family and those extended cuddles are welcome anytime.  I think Michael and I make time for each other and the rest of it belongs to developing long lasting relationships with our kids.

Making the most of our weekend:

Friday, I was exhausted (recovering from a work week).  Flying by myself for the first time was not as bad as I had it made out to be, and I sat next to a retired teacher which made the time "fly" by quickly.  Michael and I headed straight to Crabby Bills where we had our favorite "Chicago Style Oysters" and my new favorite a Margarita up with three olives.
Next we drove down to the beach just to soak in the view and smell the salt in the air. It gave us a chance to talk about Michael's work and recap what had been happening at home while he was away.

That night ,we went to the mall where we bought Christian a few shirts for Christmas, Michael a new pair of Buckle jeans (his favorite), and I purchased a cute new phone case for my I-phone 4 .  After sampling  a piece of peanut butter fudge  (there goes my 500 calorie diet from last week) from this amazing chocolate vendor in the mall, we decided to call it a night.

Saturday I woke early ready to begin our day--making the most of our short time together without the kids.  I looked up directions for the Marine Aquarium where Winter, the dolphin had made her home and we spent the morning there- learning about injured dolphins.  It was very informative and getting to see these guys up close and personal was amazing.  Next time we have already planned to pay for Christian to swim with the dolphins (always thinking about the kids).  We bought the kids the picture book and left (well until I had to come back and retrieve my purse that was left upstairs by Winter's tank----which is SO ME).

LUNCH- Our favorite place is Post Corners Restaurant and Pizza.  We have been coming to Clearwater for about 17 years now and this is a place we always eat.  While in the parking lot we had a security guard ask if we were attending the wine festival-we knew then what we would be doing that afternoon.

After lunch we decided to go ahead and purchase our tickets.  It was about $55 dollars per person which for the amount of food and wine that was ingested during the course of two hours it was well worth it!!  We would have stayed longer but I had already scheduled us a couple's massage for late afternoon.
The Wine and Food festival was wonderful.  The food was from all the local upscale restaurants.  My favorite was the Lobster Pot's roasted pork over cheesy polenta.  I have never tasted so many unique cuisines within  a few minutes a part ever before.  I will say I said no to the escargot --Michael of course indulged.

Michael had to pry me away from the wonderful event so that we could have enough time to shower before heading to our massage appt.
The massage was my first and Michael's 100th.  This is one of his guilty pleasures.  I enjoyed the massage but at the same time felt very uncomfortable and insecure ( not sure it is my thing).
After the massage, we headed down to the pier and found a great beach-side restaurant where we laughed, talked, and listened to an 80's band ( yes, we are that old) and it was a great ending to a very nice eventful day.

Sunday was breakfast at another one of our favorites Frog Pond restaurant.  The portion of food is ridiculous, tasty, and just a treat to the taste buds.  Always seeing the same familiar faces-it is like going to breakfast with family.

This was the ONLY day we laid by the pool ( got a little too much sun on my chest).  I was glad to get a little sun-kissed before heading back home.  To go to Florida without laying out would be a sin--although we were having so much fun it was hard to find time to just stop.

Michael and I finished up our last meal together by splitting a lobster tail at PJ's Oyster bar and then I took him to the airport to catch his flight.  I then came back and got ready for my 5 o'clock mild micro-dermabrasion facial at the same salon we visited yesterday.  Some parts of the scraping off of the dead skin was a little uncomfortable but she made up for it with a hydrating face and hand massage.  Now this was my thing!!  LOVED it-the girl is now my new best friend.

Flew back between two guys that never spoke (which I prefer), so I could actually enjoy my book!

Chloe -Beth was there to greet me at the baggage claim where she kissed me and acted all giddy-I loved it!  Then when Christian returned home from school, I got another big hug!  Love my kids, love my hubby, and count my blessings each day that our life is finally starting to turn around again.

Crabby BIl's where we ate the best oysters ( small but good).

A little pic. of us in front of the menu board.

The fudge counter at the mall!


Marine Aquarium

Petting a sting-ray (slimy)

One of the oldest dolphins there-taking a break ( she was older than me)

Winter, over in the corner of the tank.

Holding Winter's prothetic tail.

The movie poster hangs close by.

Michael enjoying the view of the beach from Post Corner's Pizza.  One of our local favorites!

The Greek Salad is SO BIG AND SO GOOD- this is the medium that we split.

....Before the rest of our food came out.

Pizza is incredible!

Our Wine And Food Event.

A fruity display.

My favorite place where they served roasted pork over polenta-crazy good!

This was a great soup from the Oyster Catcher ( I think).

One of the Italian Vendors.

Nice little drink with or without the view.

The tent that housed all the great food and drink!

Michael enjoying the liquor taste test (inside the Hyatt). 

I enjoyed a chocolate mini-margarita.

Cleaning the sand off my feet by crushing a bunch of grapes.  I created a t-shirt with my foot prints.

Rolling my feet with purple paint.

Amazing cakes made to look like a sand castle and wine bottle.

Michael giving me a taste of his  key lime pie ice-cream sandwich.

My new car - if I could have anything I want ( Infiniti SUV). 
The black mercedes beside it is Michael's favorite!  A HIS AND HERS.

Our massage room- soft music, soft light, and total relaxation.

May I present the nice sunset we watched.

The beach front restaurant, The Palm Pavillion, was a nice place to sit
back have an appetizer and drink and listen to a band.

Frog Pond breakfast-yum

I could only eat half the waffle.

PJ's has the best Main Lobster tail.

Last Day at PJ's before taking Michael to the airport.

Forgot to take a picture of the actual meat-- we ate it too fast!
My nice little facial station.

I wonder if she used all these products on my face - it sure needed it!

This is the little device that helps to scrape away dead skin- Pretty Gross I know! 

Waiting to board.
Pictures from our weekend: