Monday, November 24, 2014

Buffalo Bills Game and a Spontaneous Day Off Work

Late last week, Zach and I bought tickets to the Buffalo Bills v. Miami Dolphins game at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami.  We left work a little early on Thursday and drove down to the Thursday night game.  

The Bills lost and the stadium parking and crowd was awful, but this was still one of those trips we will look back on when we have kids and miss the spontaneous days.  On the drive down, we decided to take Friday off work and stay the night in Miami.  We booked a hotel room during the drive down, went to the game, hit up a sports bar afterward, and then visited South Beach for a delicious brunch at News Cafe on Ocean Drive the next morning before driving home.  

Here are the few pictures we took from our quick trip.  We are so lucky to live in Tampa.  We're driving distance to Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Key West.  I'm working on a post all about why I love Tampa.  More to come on that.  :)

Holiday Anticipation

This year, I am so exciting to decorate for Christmas and Hanukkah!  We bought a nice new artificial, pre-lit tree and beautiful glass ornaments and we have a gorgeous wintery wreath.  Zach and I are going to install lights outside - it will be his first time installing Christmas lights.

I told him not to get too excited, it's a giant P.I.T.A., if you catch my drift.

I am listening to Christmas music as I type this. 

Zach's sisters and their men, and Zach's sweet baby nephew, are arriving in just two days - yay! 

But before we start the Christmukkah celebrations - Thanksgiving!  We are just about set.  More on that soon!  Xx

Friday, November 21, 2014

Halloween 2014, Part II

I realize I've been slacking on this blog.  I go through spurts where I'm into it, and at times I just have other things on my mind.  Here, finally, is the last of our Halloween pictures.  :)

Tinkerbell has competition.  ;)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Flosgiving 2014

Each year, during the weekend before Thanksgiving, our friends have a friendsgiving potluck dinner called Flosgiving.  Flo is the nickname of our friend Ryan, and the get-together originated with him.  We had a great time meeting new people, visiting with old friends, eating and drinking.  Here's a picture of Shannon and me and one of Zach and me.  :)  

This week, two of Zach's three siblings are coming to stay with us for Thanksgiving.  We can't wait!

What a handsome man!

Halloween 2014, Part I

He's a penguin.  I realize it's not clear from this picture.

This year, Zach and I joined friends on a Disney-themed bar crawl in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The bars really got into it, decorating to the hilt and even allowing their employees to dress up.  :)

This coffin opened and closed and the body popped out.  It was very creepy.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Flora... The Florist of My Dreams

If I wasn't a lawyer, I would start a florist shop.  I like my career and I have a great job so that's not happening any time soon.  Zach often orders me flowers from my favorite local florist, Flora.  This time, he was in trial (which he won!) so he sent me flowers to thank me for supporting him during his trial prep.  He told Flora I like orchids and peonies and they put together this stunning arrangement. 

Best husband ever.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Club and A Lightning Game

Sooo I joined a book club!  Weeee!  Thrill of all thrills.  I am SUCH an adult.

Truly though, I'm really enjoying book club.  The girls are cool, accomplished and smart, and the books they've selected so far have been excellent.  I like to read and I like to drink wine, so why not?

Anyway, one of the girls in the book club works for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and she generously offered us free tickets to the game.  Zach was in trial, so I went with a few of our friends and it was a great time!  We won, no, we kicked the Canadiens' butts.  Here are a couple shots of just the girls.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Trick or Treater Cuteness

This was our first Halloween in the new house and we weren't sure how many trick or treaters to expect.  Many houses along the road, including ours, lined up white paper bags with flameless candles in them.  Many of our neighbors were outside with their kids, mingling and enjoying the gorgeous weather.  One of the neighbors even had tables in their front yard with food, drinks and seating.  

Zach and I sat on our front porch in costumes and handed out candy to the trick or treaters.  Zach's penguin costume was a big hit with the kids.  :)  The trick or treaters were so cute in their costumes, all excited and polite, I could hardly stand it!  Unfortunately I underestimated how many there would be so we ran out of candy.  I am already looking forward to next year.

I hope you had a fun Halloween!  Xx

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Coral Skies Music Festival 2014

Here are a few shots from the Coral Skies Music Festival in Tampa.  It was an all-day music festival.  We had a great time.  You may notice that things got weirder as the day progressed.

Wild Cub:

Bombay Bicycle Club - two thumbs up!

Bleachers - can we take a moment and acknowledge how much style the lead singer does not have?

City and Colour - my favorite performance at the festival

This guy.

Julian Casablancas and The Voidz... weirder than I thought they'd be.  We left a few songs in.