Back to work after a lovely long week off. Steve also took the week off so we were able to tackle a few home improvement projects, enjoy a short vacation at the shore and spend some time with our families.
Our backyard is at the bottom of a slope and when we get those days and days of rain, the entire back patio floods. So we (I say we, I mean Steve. And my dad.) put in a drainage system to prevent another frantic run to fill sandbags during hurricane season. It was hot. It was dirty. But my two favorite fellas did an awesome job.
We then spent a bit of time on the West Coast of Florida where Steve and I got married. Unfortunately it rained pretty much the entire time we were there. We stayed in a cute town that – had it not been raining – would have been great for walking and browsing. We wouldn’t have needed the car at all. It did let up the next morning for a while. Enough time for us to enjoy the beach for an hour or so. Of course I forgot the camera and didn’t capture any of Abi’s first visit to the Gulf. I don’t think it’s enough to say that she loved it. I would say she lurved it. To no end. She was so well behaved the entire trip. No freak-outs, no tantrums. She was in such great spirits it made the rain a little more bearable.
We came home to an already clean house (don’t you just love when you think ahead before a vacation…no matter how short?) and promptly shipped Abi off to my parent’s house for the night. Steve and I were headed out on the town. Big Time stuff. I even wore a dress. Alas, the Spanish restaurantwe were wanting to go to was closed for a week to allow all the employees a vacation over the holiday week. Dinner was still good, though. There’s this place that served something called garlic knots. Knots of dough sprinkled liberally witholive oil and RAW garlic. Whew. You’d better be in love with someone, is all I’m saying.
Managed to talk Steve out of the Transformers move and rented one instead. Had some wine and relaxed. Slept late. Made cupcakes. Oh, and the cupcakes. I’m working my way though a cupcake cookbook my sister gave me. This past week I made Red, White and Blueberry cupcakes along with Banana Butterscotch cupcakes. Of course, no pictures.
We enjoyed the Geneva 4th of July Parade with my parents and grandmother – but that requires it’s own post. Small Town Parade. If you haven’t been to one, please do.
So here’s finally a picture of my little lady looking like she’s just returned from the season in Boca-