Monday, December 28, 2015

Disney Port Orleans - French Quarter

We just came back from spending the weekend at Disney. The Mr. planned a weekend getaway for us since we weren't really going anywhere for our winter break. We stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort. First time I've ever been there and happy that he chose this resort. Brought back memories of our trip to New Orleans a couple years ago.

The Port Orleans resort has two parts, French Quarter and Riverside which are in walking distance to each other. One thing I really enjoyed about this resort is it's proximity to Disney Springs. We weren't really interested in going to any of the parks and dealing with crowds, but we did want to go to Disney Springs. We were able to take a riverboat from our resort to Disney Springs meaning we didn't need to step foot in our car the entire stay. I really appreciated this because I find Disney to be the most confusing place to drive around in.

Our first evening there, the Mr. had made dinner reservations at the Boathouse and then he got tickets to see La Nouba. I have never seen a Cirque de Soleil show and was excited to see it. It was such a good show. I held my breathe for about ninety percent of the show. 

The next day, we slept in, had breakfast at the resort and then walked over the Riverside to rent a two seater surrey bike. We had a blast riding this bike! Lots of laughs and a couple huffing and puffing uphill.

After bike riding, we went back to our room to freshen up and headed over to Disney Springs for lunch. We tried out the food trucks and stopped by Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Soda Shop for something sweet.

That evening, I made reservation at Boatwright's Dining Hall, a restaurant at the Riverside resort. After dinner we walked back to our resort and watched Cinderella on the lawn.

The next morning, we packed up, checked out and drove over to the Grand Floridian for breakfast with Disney characters.

It was a great weekend and nice to getaway for a bit. I hope to be able to go back soon.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Gingerbread House 2015

This morning we decorated our Gingerbread House. Last night we built the house itself to give it plenty of time to set. The Mr. came up with the design and did the decorating. I was in charge of the icing.

Next year I want to do a village!


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Tea

Today was the first day of our eleven day holiday break from work. Ha-le-lu-yah! I was seriously starting to lose my mind this last week and was in desperate need of a break away from work.

Our first activity to kick off the break and celebrate the season was to have tea at our fave tea room, Royal Tea Room.

How precious are the desserts?! The ugly sweater. I die.

This evening we decided to roast some chestnuts. The last time I had chestnuts was when I was child and I really have no idea why it's taken me so long to have them again! They are so yummy! A bizzo to de-shell but worth the efforts. A definite Christmas tradition from now on.

Next on the activities list is decorating a Gingerbread House!


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Victorian Christmas Stroll

Today we went and had brunch at my fave, The Oxford Exchange, and then walked over to the Plant Museum on the University of Tampa's campus to tour the Victorian Christmas Stroll.

Each room had a Christmas tree that was decorated to the theme of the room. Here are some close up pics of some of the trees.

The tea cup tree was one of my faves because I am a big fan of high tea.

We wanted to do this last year and had to cut our plans short due to a family emergency, so I was happy that we were able to do it today. The weather was also cooler making it feel a little more like Christmas.