Morning, ladies! I hope you are well, I'm still playing catch up from the weekend and finally feeling back to normal. Today for Wanderlust Wednesday I'm sharing a recap about my fabulous weekend down in Orlando, Florida. This weekend was our kickball championship tournament for both coed and women's teams and I also made plans with some fabulous bloggers for a blate.
Our flight landed at midnight on Thursday so I missed getting to see the fabulous Kate. We waved in the sky to each other, but I was still bummed I wasn't able to meet her. Normally I'm a direct girl, however when tickets are $75 each way I'll suck up the two flights, especially when we don't have to get off the plane. #winning
Everyone was either incredibly hammered or asleep when we checked into our hotel so we decided to just hit the sack and try and bank some extra sleep. Man, sleeping for ten hours was AMAZING. We rolled out of bed, grabbed some coffee and our rental car and then drove around Orlando to run some pretournamnet errands. Once those were done we headed to International drive for our Hash House breakfast. YES, Orlando has HASH HOUSE and we were sooooo excited. I tried to keep it in check after doing Whole24, but I totally inhaled my biscuit and some of Le Husband's waffles.
We visited the outlets [!!!] where I bought some new active-ware. I snapped up some new Skyscapes, a gym bag [can't find online, similar here], USA shirt [outlet only] and Le Husband grabbed some new lifting shoes and a new bag as well. More damage could have been done, but I had to hightail it back to the hotel to shower and get ready to meet up with THE GIRLS!!!
I was so excited to meet up with Pamela, Emily and Keri [we missed you Kate]. I'm holding a 99% success rate with my blates [always one right?] and this one was pretty freaking fantastic. Earlier in the week we had made plans to meet at one place, but because of the EDC festival we changed things up on Friday and I was able to meet the ladies at one of their favorite places. Traffic was a bit of a mess for everyone and I was incredibly thankful all three girls took the time to brave everything to meet up with me. All of the girls were so genuiune and just as real and fabulous as they appear on their blogs. It was a wonderful HH of stories, laughter and of course, pictures.
I was bummed I had to leave for dinner, but enjoyed the short blate and was super happy it all came together. After picking Le Husband up from the hotel we hightailed it to Kres [thanks for the recommendation, Pamela] for a delicious dinner. I devoured my duck and risotto [pictured with the Hash House food] and Le Husband's steak was perfection. We walked around for a bit after dinner then met up with the sissys at the hotel. It was get packed time and then lights out since our first game was at 8:30am and the part was about an hour from our hotel.
Saturday was game day #1 and it was scorching hot by 9:00am. Our team played extremely well all morning and I had some pretty awesome catches. Honestly I wasn't expecting much since our season was pretty up and down, but we had ALL the right players and everyone was doing their best to help the team win. We went into eliminations as the number one seed and continued to battle until the final four. Unfortunately we played one of our biggest rivals and they had the better game that day. Even though I hate to lose, if we had to that was the way I wanted to go out of the tournament. We played hard, the other team just landed kicks and so it is what it is. I was so proud of my team all day and incredibly thankful we decided to join Panik after OSC folded. It was a wonderful game day with my family and with my dear friends. After the loss, we stuck around to watch a bit of the finals and then headed to the hotel for pizza and football before lights out. We were all exhausted from the heat and playing ALL day since there were no girl subs. I barely made it through a quarter of the OSU game before it was lights out for this girl. Sunday morning brought another early morning.
During the breaks on Saturday I was able to get in my Planksgiving challenge planks. People thought I was a bit crazy but hey, you do what you gotta do to get your challenge planks in right?
Sunday mornng we were up super early for the women's tournament. Thankfully there was a bit of a breeze so it wasn't nearly as hot as Saturday. Our aunt and soon to be uncle [!!!] came to watch some of games and it was so great to see them. Our first two games went really well and I was on point offensively/defensively which gave me a huge boost. Unfortunately due to some errors we lost our third game and then our fourth game was really close until a really great kick from the other team. Thankfully we made it to eliminations, unlike last year and we played our hearts out in the elite eight game. We had our chances, but couldn't convert when the other team did so we lost and were out of the tournament. Again, I can't really pout too much after the loss because everyone did what they could and it just didn't work out the way we wanted. I am extremely proud of my play both days and if we truly walk away from kickball after this year I can look back and say I went out on a high note.
|The family that plays together, eats together!|
After the tournament we ate dinner at Hash House again and once again our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. I tried their pot pie and it was insanely huge and delicious! We all enjoyed a celebratory drink regarding the 2015 season but were too full to share a dessert. I was super bummed no one wanted dessert so Le Husband went on a mission to get me something and brought me a tasty cookie sundae. We ended the evening packing up and relaxing before our early call time for our flight.
Despite an unfortunate incident at our rental car place ( DO NOT RENT FROM DOLLAR IN DOWTOWN) we arrived at the airport with plenty of time and breezed through security. I decided to use one last drink ticket in the flight home and felt very relaxed while watching my Disney movies.
Before I sign off I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to all who serve in the armed forces. As a former military brat I am filled with pride when I see someone in uniform. You better believe I'll be hugging a VETERAN today! #landofthefreebecauseofthebrave
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