Sundays off :)

Wow, I’ve had 2 days off and I’m starting to feel like a somewhat normal person 😉 We had 4 weddings this weekend. One on Friday, 2 on Saturday, and one on Sunday (which I bitter sweetly did not attend the set up). So here’s the deal. We have gotten sooo busy at Cross Creek Ranch and I have worked almost every wedding set up since the beginning of the season last September, and that would be 72 weddings! And while I love my job and my happy couples with all my heart, it is just too much. I need balance in my life and I need some time with my hubby to be. So, while I’ll still be working with every bride to design her wedding at this point, I will not be doing the Sunday wedding set-ups. I work with the most amazing team, and I’m totally not needed at the actual set up anyway, it was just hard giving up seeing the look on some of my bride’s faces when they see their wedding 🙂 But I really need this to get some balance in my life.

Friday’s wedding was shades of purple:

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Friday night we ordered Greek food in from Pitas republic. We split the spanikopita (spinach pie) which was AEWSOME! I could have ate 2 orders by myself. I got a gyro, and we split baklava for dessert (also AWESOME!).

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Saturday’s wedding:

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We also had a wedding at the French Country Inn at Cross Creek Ranch. We just finished a major patio renovation and it is georgeous!!! Much prettier than my pictures. It is a totally different feel from the stable. If your are looking for an intimate garden wedding in Florida, this is the most amazing, elegant place you will find, I am sure of it!

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Saturday night was date night at Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant in Tampa. So surprisingly good!!! The parking lot only had a handful of cars, and we were skeptical at first, but the food was outstanding, almost as good as Miguel’s, without the wait:

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Sunday was a glorious day off. I couldn’t help but wake up early, so I did my chores and went to the gym while I waited for hunny to wake up. We got ready for the day, took my car into the shop for new brakes, windshield wiper blades, and an oil change. Then went to lunch at Evos, (healthy fast food?) I guess, I wasn’t wowed, but didn’t feel awful afterwards, so I guess it wasn’t that bad, we split a turkey burger and salmon burger and each had an order of their air baked french fries:

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After lunch we went for a hot walk in a park near our place, but we didn’t last long, it was HOT! We ended up stopping by Cigar City Brewery for some ice cold beers to cool us down. I had a sampler of some ales:

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After our cool down, we stopped by the grocery store for a couple of things, then came home to relax. A couple hours later, we went down to the courtyard to grill some bbq chicken. I am the grillmaster:

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BBq chicken salad for din din:

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Today (Monday) I met my good friend Carrie at Bahama Breeze for lunch for our monthly lunch date. Always so inspirational! We are truly soul mates. I also dropped the hunny at work this morning, got a pedicure, went to the grocery store, did 2 loads of laundry, cleaned up the nest, went to the gym, picked hunny back up from work, made dinner and lunch for tomorrow and am now resting happily on the couch with my feet up and wine near. It is a wonderful day!!! 🙂

Celebrating!

Another wonderful wedding filled weekend. We even had a Thursday wedding!!

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Very pretty with shades of purple. Thursday night I made dinner:

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Whole wheat pasta with cajun tofu, peppers,onions, and mushrooms.

Friday’s wedding was soft shades of pink:

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I didn’t get home until pretty late Friday (crazy traffic), I hurriedly showered and hit the road with my friend Nichole.

Girl date to see David Tutera. My fault that we were running late and ended up with limited dining options, so we picked Crispers for a quick meal. I got a pot roast and gravy topped baked potato, chicken ceasar leetuce wrap, and side salad:

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It was good though! The show on the other hand…… we didn’t really know what to expect, and there were some good parts, but overall, just meh. I was glad to spend some time with my friend though 🙂 Here’s David:

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And some crazy contortionist:

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Saturday’s wedding:

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Saturday night was the best date night ever! The man I love (my future husband), took me to Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant. It’s a new place just around the corner from us that I have been wanting to go to. It was an hour wait, but it was the most fun wait I ever had! We bellied up to the wine tasting bar for a flight of wines.

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We got to try a special reserve wine straight from the barrel. It was the best wine I have ever had:

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They do 8 GENEROUS pours of different types of wines. They get you nice and typsy, then talk you into signing up for the wine club 😉 Dinner was excellent! The best we have had in a while. We started out with the calamari, which was fried tempura style, light and crispy, like a little seafood donut:

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We then split the pesto ceasar chopped salad:

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We were served a yummy pretzel bread:

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I ordered the mixed grill with filet, pork tenderloin, and lamb chop (so good, but I don’t think I’m a lamb chop fan :()

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Honey got the crab cakes, also delicious:

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Sunday was Mother’s Day. I have the best momma by the way. I didn’t have a wedding, so I had the whole day to just relax. It was awesome! We had lunch in St Petersburg at the 4th Street Shrimp Store. I got the fresh, local blackened grouper sandwich and it was amazing!;

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Then we headed to mom and sister’s for a Mother’s Day celebration.  We hung out by the pool, played in the yard, did gymnastics, and had a dance party:

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Even grandma did a cartwheel, it was pretty amazing! Wish I could have snapped a picture fast enough 🙂

Dinner was fried then grilled turkey, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, cole slaw, salad and fruit, yum!

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Such a wonderful weekend. I also had today (Monday) off. I washed all my laundry, cleaned, went grocery shopping and to the dentist. I’m all ready for another busy week 🙂