Posts Tagged ‘Travel’
November 11, 2013
Hey there friends! I hope today is treating you well. It’s a chilly start to the week up here in the low 40s. Yup, we’re there already and this new northerner is not quite ready for it.
Instead of letting the cold get me down, I wanted to jump back into recapping weekend shenanigans and linking back up with Katie to share what is making this Monday marvelous. Lots of things, considering we had a fun-filled visit from one of my NBA dancer co-hearts just a few hours away!
I met Kelley through a mutual friend about ten months ago and we instantly clicked. At the time, she was a dancer for the Chicago Bulls and we have enjoyed telling stories and sharing the experiences our jobs bring us. I have been urging her to visit our neck of the woods for a while and was ecstatic to finally see her face pop up at our arena last Friday night!
We had a home game, and although the Pistons lost it was still a fun one.
(Photo credit: Brian Sevald)
I’m so glad she was there to see everything, and both of us agree that it’s neat to experience how games are run in different cities.
After the game, we joined our entertainment teams in celebrating the start of the season at a post-game hot spot right down the road. It was so much fun!
At one point I remember calling Scott out for his new Movember mustache and it becoming the photo opp theme of the night. Good times!
After a late night out, we took advantage of a Saturday morning to sleep in and I made us Fiber One pancakes for breakfast as soon as we got up and moving. I should have snapped a photo because they were notably delicious topped with the pumpkin butter I have been obsessed with lately.
The majority of our early afternoon included catching up on girl time and hanging out with these furballs.
Scott made it home from a work event a little after lunch and we finally got motivated to show her some of our favorite things to do in the area. Of course a stop at a cider mill was one of them!
There we enjoyed a cup of warm (and cold!) cider, a couple of donuts (the best) and a brief trail walk to take in the scenery.
After the mill, we headed over to Rochester Mills Beer Co. for dinner and each enjoyed our own small fire roasted pizza. (Again, fail on my part for not taking a photo!)
At this point of the night, all three of us were content with staying in with a low-key night, but decided at the last minute to do something a little more spontaneous. How about a night out in Canada?
I have mentioned on the blog before how close we are to international territory… forty minutes from Windsor to be exact.
So, instead of giving into feeling “meh” we got dressed and made it out the door within the hour to spend a night across the border.
We arrived on the late side around 11 p.m. and only made it to a few spots before calling it a night, but for what it’s worth had a great time people watching and dancing the night away!
Early into the morning, we made our way back to the car and crossed the border back into Detroit making jokes about technically being in and out of a country for just a few hours… no big deal.
Sunday started early with a team practice for me, followed by plans to take Kelley to lunch on the way out to drop her off at the bus stop.
By the way, have you ever heard of the Megabus? My friends here have raved about it and I convinced her to purchase her ticket over from Chicago for just about $50, which is a lot less than what it would cost to drive over herself. Her overall experience was a positive one and I will be keeping that option in mind next time we want to make a trip over to CHI town!
Anyways, plans for lunch quickly dissolved when Mr. Roadie decided to hightail it outside and take a jog around the neighborhood on his own. He doesn’t run away often, but when he does there’s no getting him back in until he’s ready. Sometimes he can be a real peach.
We finally got him back inside with just enough time to get Kelley over to Detroit for her departure. We said our goodbyes and I ended up napping the entire car ride home.
As soon as we got inside the house, I really gave into the lazy Sunday feeling and enjoyed a much needed nap accompanied with pet snuggles. I woke up to Scott watching football and we spent the rest of the night extremely mellow.
There was a trip out for coffee, followed by a movie rental of World War Z.
It was okay… the reality of the main character surviving the situations seemed unrealistic to me but, after all, it was Brad Pitt. So everybody wins.
It was for sure an enjoyable weekend. I’m looking forward the week ahead and I am sure there will be plenty to keep us busy even though there aren’t any home games on the calendar. Now I’m off to catch up on some work and get ready for practice tonight.
Before I go, I want write a special THANK YOU to all of the veterans who served and who are currently serving our country. You are special soles who bless others every single day with what you do. Thank you, Veterans, much love and prayers to you!
Have a great rest of your Monday!
November 5, 2013
Holy guacamole you guys. I feel like I say this a lot, but this past week has been nothing short of a whirlwind.
I’m sorry for the temporary blogging hiatus yesterday. You see, I was smack dab in the middle of “Not Growing Up” and enjoying spending as much time possible time with our friend, Barry, while he was in town from Chicago.
I guess it all started with a quick and insanely eventful three days in Florida! Putting the good food and spots we ventured out to aside (I’ll be covering some of my favorites later this week!) this post will be filled with friends and family photos. Because after all, that’s really why we went there.
After an action packed Opening Night Wednesday night and close to zero sleep, Scott and I set off for the south and arrived home in Orlando, Florida about 1:30 p.m.
We were instantly welcomed with warm weather, sunshine, and palm trees. As much as I adore experiencing the seasons and changing of the leaves up in Michigan, I do miss the feeling of calmness I get when I see palm trees.
They just scream home to me.
After lunch, we drove over to my parent’s house in Longwood to say hello to them before the craziness of our plans started.
<Enter continuous chaos!>
Scott and I came into town for a friend’s wedding but wanted to make the most of our time there by seeing as many people as we could. With only two and a half days to do it in, we most definitely lost sleep and quite possibly may have also lost our minds. But, we’re home now and are doing our best to catch up and get back to reality.
In the grand scheme of things, all of the running around and stress of coordinating was well worth it, and getting to pop into town to see people I love couldn’t have come at a better time. Below is a compilation of the highlights, which may include an unexpected (and ridiculously awesome) twist in the end. Here we go!
Friends and Family Time in Florida
Like I mentioned, we met my friend Meggan for dinner Thursday in Winter Park. She was the very first person to come visit us after we moved up north and I was excited to catch up with her over a nice dinner at Prato.
(Happy Halloween colors!)
We got home and went straight to bed ready to tackle the next few busy days of visiting. While I planned to sneak into a barre class while I was home, I completely slept past my alarm and missed it Friday morning. Bummer. Instead, my body caught up on some sleep (temporarily) and we finally made our way out the door to meet another Megan for lunch.
She also came to visit us over the summer! Must be a Meggan/Megan thing.
We spent the afternoon wandering around the city, got pedicures (yes, that “we” includes Scott!), and made it home to my parents’ house just in time to drive over to my sister’s for a family dinner. It was SO great to see her and spend time with my brother, grandmother and their families.
We also got to see Courtney, who I have known since I was two years old!
As I made my way around the house catching up with everyone, I started to realize our time together was way too short. I really wish I had at least another day with them!
While I was home, my mom booked a flight to come see us right after Christmas which made me feel a smidge better about leaving so abruptly.
Can’t wait to show her around our area in the wintertime!
Directly after dinner, we set out for an after rehearsal dinner party hosted by the bride and groom we came in town to celebrate. While I forgot to snap a picture of us all together, I did, however get the camera out for this guy.
Eh, you win some, you lose some.
After an hour of mingling, we then made our way downtown to catch the tail end of Megan’s birthday celebration!
Once again, it was wonderful to see familiar Florida faces and left the night feeling sad that our time together was cut so short.
Saturday was just plain AWESOME.
With only a few hours of sleep under our belts, Scott and I got up at sunrise to meet a group of our church friends for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. I’m a bit upset I didn’t snap a photo of us all, but it was with the same group of folks that threw us our send off party before we moved away last year!
We chatted it up for about and hour and then followed them over to our church to pop into their morning rehearsal for the Singing Christmas Trees. (Remember when I was in that show?) Once again, our time with friends was short but sweet.
We made it back over to my parents’ house with just enough time for me to drop off Scott and bring my mom along for brunch with Katie and Ashley (who were both bridesmaids in our wedding!). Since Ashley lives two hours away in St. Augustine, I was so excited to hear she could make it down for a quick visit. She recently became a mother and I was SO happy to finally meet baby Rylan in person!
That bow. That outfit. That smile. I couldn’t stand all of the cuteness!
We spent the rest of our morning talking about life and Katie’s upcoming wedding. I can’t believe how grown up we all are already. It seems like just yesterday we were in high school figuring out how to straighten our hair.
I sure do miss them!
After wrapping things up, my mom and I stopped by the mall to pick up a pair of heels and lipstick for me to wear to the wedding later on. As soon as I got home I hopped in the shower and got ready as fast as I could. Ready, set, here comes the bride!
While I normally take more than enough photos at events, this one was different than any wedding I have ever been to. Our friend Karly was marrying someone you may happen to recognize, along with the rest of the ushers.
No I am not lying.
And I’m still freaking out about it.
As soon as we arrived, we told security we were there for a different event (the “secret code words”) and were handed off to a few different escorts until we got to just outside the reception area. We were asked to check our cell phones and cameras, and were told that we couldn’t post anything about the event anywhere.
I guess that was a small price to pay for getting to attend this event. As we made our way to get seated, I just about died when I saw Justin Timberlake appear in real life. There he was, escorting the couple in front of us to their seats… no big deal. Trying to stay calm, I couldn’t wait to see who our usher would be and may have squealed like a little girl inside when I saw it was Lance Bass.
I only had a million posters of him hanging up in my room in middle school. Since Justin was an obvious favorite of the boy band, I always had a thing for Lance instead.
He approached us and held out his arm for me to grab onto. I for sure thought I would trip or say something ridiculous, but instead kept my composure pretty well.
Just a few minutes later, it was time for the ceremony to start and I put my excitement over what just happened aside to see the beautiful bride walk down the aisle. She looked absolutely stunning and giggled a few times as she made her way towards her groom. Ah, I just love the two of them together!
The wedding was everything I pictured it being. Fabulous. I can’t share much, but I will include a few photos of the after party outside the reception area when we were allowed to get our phones back.
(Get it, Chris!)
It was truly a party and everyone had a blast into the wee hours of the morning. As exhausted as I was, we held strong and celebrated the night away with the newlyweds.
They even did a birthday shout out to him at midnight when he officially entered his forties! What an amazing way to kick off the day!
As you can imagine, the lack of sleep continued on with a wake up call of 6 a.m. for our flight home which we almost missed. A late start paired with a slow shuttle and unfortunate security check points almost did us in this time.
Luckily, we made it on just in time for last call and arrived back in Detroit with just enough time to get to the arena for a home game, followed by an outing for the birthday boy.
Now that I am home looking back at it all, we seem crazy. At least that’s what my family tells me. But you know what? We live in the moment and make the most out of every opportunity. Call us nuts, but we’re on a mission to enjoy this last year or so before things settle down a little.
Today, I’m off to get ready for another home game. Thanks for checking in and I will have more stories for you tomorrow!
August 19, 2013
Good Afternoon! Well, today sure has zipped by.
I wanted to publish this post early this morning, but I guess WordPress had other plans in store. I have had the hardest time with my server lately. Not only has it been intolerably slow, but it freezes up and times out every few minutes. Is this happening to any other blogger friends out there? Super frustrating.
Since posting wasn’t in my future before hitting the gym for Fitness Pilates, I am going to start there. It felt SO great to get out of “vacation mode” and back into my normal healthy living routine now that I’m home again.
Although I was incredibly full from a full day of eating in Frakenmuth (sharing that with you in just a sec!), I felt like I just had to go running last night. Do you ever feel that way? My body was tired, but my mind was going crazy without that extra release of workout endorphins it has been missing lately.
5 miles last night + Fitness Pilates + 3.1 treadmill miles today = one happy girl!
Ahhhhh. That’s better!
Yes To Blueberries Giveaway Winners
Thank you to all who entered the Yes To Blueberries Giveaway! It was great to see your excitement to try out the line of skin care, and I don’t blame you. Yes To™ products have taken over my (twice) daily skin care routine, and I am still loving the way it makes my skin feel every time!
• Entry #84: Laura Wolf - You won by liking Housewife Glamour on Facebook!
• Entry #45: Emily Englert - You won by following @hwglamour on Twitter!
• Entry #39: Nicole Trevizan - You won by liking Housewife Glamour on Facebook!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address to claim your prizes. You have 48 hours to do so, or I will be forced to pick other winners. Don’t miss out!
An Afternoon In Frankenmuth
Okay… now onto the part of the post that coordinates with it’s title. Scott and I both had an event to work yesterday in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Since it is about an hour away from where we live, we planned ahead of time to hang around for a few hours!
Have you ever been to Frankenmuth? It’s known as being “Michigan’s Little Bavaria”, is home of the “World’s Largest Christmas Store”, and is absolutely charming!
We didn’t have enough time to fully explore the area, but made the most of our trip down the main strip. The first stop was at the Bavarian Inn restaurant and castle shops.
We had a hard time deciding where to eat lunch, since we had heard great things about a few places from friends. While thinking about it, we enjoyed the atmosphere and live music around the castle shops.
Gotta love a good cut-out photo opp every now and then!
While walking through the main courtyard, we noticed it was almost time for the Glockinspiel to go off. Right a 3 p.m., the bells rung and started playing a few familiar tunes. A few minutes later (yes minutes), some figurines came out and began telling the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamel. I was pretty pumped to see the figurines come out and rotate around!
After another few minutes, Scott and I realized this would be a story told on the slow side… so we ended up moving on.
Our tummies were rumbling and we finally decided to eat at Zendher’s.
It is famous for their chicken dinners, and always has a waiting line out the door of both main dining rooms.
We got sat in a huge dining area, which almost felt more like a cafeteria to me. There was a buffet on the side, offering almost anything German inspired you can imagine.
Since I am not huge into trying too many meats (which is why most people turn to the buffet), I ordered off of the menu. Without knowing it, my meal also came with more than a few appetizers.
(Chicken Noodle Soup, Cranberry Dressing, Cottage Cheese, Cole Slaw, and a Nut and Fruit Bread with Strawberry Jam.)
Andddddd Chicken Liver Pate.
I know it is considered to be a delicacy, but I really have no urge or intentions on trying anything with the word liver in the title. Sharing this with Scott of course prompted him to offer me cash for my efforts. One piece of bread smothered in chicken liver pate = $75.
Wouldn’t you do it? I’ll just let you observe how that went.
I’m almost certain I will never be trying it again, but regardless, I am now a $75 richer woman. Boom!
At the end of the video, you saw me trying my potato dumplings to try to hide the aftertaste. The side of them, along with my main dish of Chicken Schnitzel was pretty tasty!
Our late lunch continued with a trip to the dessert bar, and I may or may have not shared some of Scott’s orange sherbert and fruit cobbler. We both left miserably full!
Wanting to walk it off before heading back home, we took a few strolls down Main Street and stopped in a few shops along the way.
We Scott also wanted to join in on some ribbon game fun at the fountain.
As a child, I remember visiting Frankenmuth with my family and how much we loved the homemade fudge. Scott and I agreed another trip was in order later on this year and we just have to wait until then to get our fudge fix.
It was a fun few hours to explore, but we still have yet to go see the World’s Largest Christmas Store as well as a few other big landmarks. I think it will be even cooler to visit in the winter when it actually feels like Christmas!
Until next time…
Auf Weidersehen, Frankenmuth!
August 16, 2013
Hey guys, and a Happy Friday to you!
Today is still a bit on the rough side… but Scott and I are starting to get back into our groove. I want to thank you all for the sweet comments and encouraging words you left on yesterday’s post as well as on my social media pages. They do make me smile!
With family and loved ones on the brain, I wanted to share the final day of our vacation with you all.
Our trip to Arkansas/Missouri is always filled with lots of food, things to see, car rides, and family time. Scott and I spent our Tuesday and Wednesday bidding farewell to his parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews. We only get to come home once a year, so we made sure to soak in some quality time before heading back home to Michigan.
Tuesday was a lazy day. Since all of us had been go-go-go since the minute we landed, it was nice to take a breather and relax for an afternoon. Scott’s mom and I fished, while Scott rolled around with the dogs in the yard.
And I use the term “fishing” loosely. I really should have said “attempted to fish.” I didn’t get very far casting my line before Becky had to come in for back up, then we only spent a minute or two waiting before reeling it in. There were other things to see in the pond!
It may looks like an alligator, but don’t worry, it’s just one of their dogs, Sadie. She was loving the pond and extra attention.
As our afternoon ended, we knew it was time to pack up and move towards Scott’s dad’s house. It’s always hard to say goodbye to family.
About an hour and a half later, we arrived back in Powell, Missouri. The house smelled great, and as soon as we got to the kitchen I had to take a photo of Belle snuggling up to Kay (Scott’s step-mom) as she finished cooking dinner.
Roadie does the same thing! Always has to be touching. At all times.
Dinner was ready in a pinch, and it started with this delicious Asian salad.
With all of the fresh ingredients, I was surprised to find out the salad came pre-made from Sam’s Club. Easy peasy!
Dinner, however, was made from scratch and was a delicious Hawaiian Beef and Peppers dish.
All of the vegetables came right from their garden, and it was so good I had seconds. I will have to get the recipe and remake it at home to share!
We spent the rest of the night catching up on the porch with Kay’s parents.
Then went out on a sunset mule ride!
Not the animal mule, but this fine piece of machinery labelled the same.
We made a few laps around the property, went down to the stream, then made a pit stop at the chicken house on the way home.
(And so we meet again, Charlie!)
It was great to get some fresh air and I can finally say I’ve ridden a mule. Ohhhhh yeah.
Morning in Downtown Bentonville
We rose early the next morning and were out of the house by 8 a.m. Before going to the airport, we had plans to meet Scott’s niece and nephew in Downtown Bentonville.
For those of you who didn’t know, Bentonville is where the headquarters of Walmart is located!
Pictured above is The Spark Cafe, a bakery and coffee shop dedicated to the brand, and pictured below is the very first Walmart store. Ever.
Sam Walton opened his first five and dime store in Bentonville Town Square back in 1950!
Today, that humble little store is the location of the Walmart Visitor Center, and is still filled with some of the classic sellers.
Who would have thought such a big corporation started off this small?
We ended up eating breakfast at Press Room, a charming little cafe that offers tons of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options.
All four of us ordered the Breakfast Tacos, but I asked to substitute chicken sausage for the regular chorizo.
Inside of whole wheat tortillas was chicken sausage, scrambled eggs, avocado slices, and fresh cilantro, and it came with a side of homemade salsa and orange slices. They also had a ton of specialty coffee drinks that I missed out on by ordering a regular coffee as soon as I sat down. The others had drinks like Cocunut Vanilla and Creme Brulee Mocha lattes. YUM.
I would go back there in a heart beat!
Coming home and seeing family is always bittersweet. After a week of being away from home, Scott and I were ready to go back but already miss the familiar faces we were able to see.
Until next summer, Hesington family! We love you!