Monday, April 30, 2012

Future Home Part 2

We had the fun day yesterday: it was time to pick out our colors!

We picked the color for the outside of the house, the floors, the cabinets, the was a big day.

Probably the biggest argument was over the outside of the house.  We liked yellow, but not *too* yellow...or too beige.  We finally decided on "Roycroft Vellum."  Hopefully we like it once it's on the house!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Future Home

On Tuesday night we met with the builder to officially sign our contract.  Friday we gave them a LOT of money...

Which means this is now officially the site of our future home:

Since I've been asked for it, I thought I would also share our floorplan and the picture the builder provided us on a completed model.

Floor Plan

Completed model

We're actually not adding that many options.  The biggest things are changing out the phone lines for internet (ask Geoff for details if you want...), fencing in the yard, screening the lanai, and adding tray ceilings.

We might upgrade our cabinets, but we're not sure yet.  We get to pick out all of that stuff later this week, I'm excited for that part!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

This definitely beats Toronto!

This is the view from my hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

It definitely beats Canada.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

Disney Dining Reviews: Epcot 4/15

Part of the reason I started this blog was to have the opportunity to review Disney restaurants like I did on the DIS.  I'll mark every dining review as such in the title of the post.  I'm sure some I will do as individual restaurants and others I'll do like this one, where I combine several into one.  

For this post, I'll be talking about Sunshine Seasons, Cava Del Tequila, La Cantina de San Angel and the Boulangerie Patisserie.

Sunshine Seasons
As we grabbed fastpasses for Soarin' I heard the Croissant Berry Pudding calling my name.  Of course, who am I to resist the lure of such a delicious breakfast treat?

Croissant Berry Pudding, Sunshine Seasons

I first had the Croissant Berry Pudding last Memorial Day weekend.  In my opinion, it's a little hidden gem that I don't think most people know about.  It's basically a bread pudding made with croissants and blueberries.  It's not overly sweet and the portion is just perfect for a light breakfast snack (light in texture, I'm sure not light in calories unfortunately!)  If you find yourself at Sunshine Seasons during breakfast time, this is definitely worth taking time out to enjoy!

Epcot Flower And Garden Festival

As I mentioned in my previous post, I joined my Mom up at Epcot on Sunday.  I got there just after park opening and quick took care of getting my Annual Pass.

  It was shaping up to be a gorgeous day.  Very few clouds in the sky and a nice breeze.  Our first order of business was to stop by Soarin' for Fastpasses.  I also couldn't resist stopping to get some Croissant Berry Pudding from Sunshine Seasons!

First Weekend in Melbourne

What a weekend!  It's been a great weekend for our first official weekend in Melbourne.

Friday night we met up with a few of Geoff's coworkers and their wives for dinner in downtown Melbourne.  Turns out it was the second Friday of the month, which means that Friday Fest was going on.  The street was blocked off and there were vendors, live music, and other activities going on.  The best part? We weren't freezing!  We had a great time and at the risk of sounding cheesy, we made some friends too!

Friday, April 13, 2012

It's official!

2 posts in one day?  Crazy, I know.

I had a meeting this morning in Orlando.  It finished up right before lunch time and it took every fiber of my being not to make a detour to DTD or one of the Disney resorts for lunch.  (The mere possibility is pretty exciting if you ask me.)  But, I had important things to get done:

Worth it.  Guess who can buy her Disney Annual Pass now?!

Settling In

Our movers delivered furniture right on time Monday morning.  It then dawned on me how much stuff we really do have!  Before too long, our kitchen looked like this:

Talk about overwhelming!  As of now, we have the entire kitchen and living room unpacked and about half of the bedroom...not too bad!  We'll put in some effort this weekend and hopefully we'll be totally unpacked by Sunday night!

It's been pretty warm, but not that humid, so we're loving the weather so far!  Especially when we hear reports of snow up north!  I'll take a bad day with allergies than dusting the snow off my car any day!

Geoff took this picture on his way to work earlier this week, it's right outside our apartment.

Bandit had his first day at his new doggy day camp yesterday.  He did really well!  We're so happy to have found a place that seems just as great for him as Dog E Woggy's up in Rochester!

In other news, I'm going to be stopping by the DMV today to officially become a Florida resident!  ...Of course that means I'll be able to go get my Disney Florida Resident Annual Pass sometime soon!  I'm surprised at my restraint so far.  Surprised and proud of myself!

We also found a house we love.  We have the pre-approval done, so now we just need to negotiate the contract.  Should take about 5 months to build, so I'm sure I'll be providing updates along the way!

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Long Drive

After packing up the car Friday night in the snow (thanks Rochester for the reminder of why we're moving!) we  camped out on the floor of our Living Room.  Bandit was super confused, but rolled with it pretty well.  Geoff brought home Chipotle so we had a nice romantic dinner sitting on the floor.

The next morning, we drugged Bandit with his puppy sedatives and headed over to Time Warner to drop off the Cable Modem & Box.  After that, we were on our way around 8:30am.  The weather was pretty dreary, but at least it had stopped snowing!

On our way!

As we pulled onto the highway, Bandit was already passed out in my lap.  We could tell at that point this trip would be much easier with him than previous trips.  We used to have to stop every 2 hours to avoid him getting car sick.  This time, we drove until we were running out of gas, just north of Selinsgrove, PA.  We hit a Sheetz for gas and lunch and let Bandit go outside.  It was about that time I realized Bandit looked like he was as high as a kite.  At least the pills helped his anxiety about the car!

Sleepy pup!
The rest of that day's drive was fairly uneventful until we hit the DC area.  Our GPS led us astray, so we had to flip to get back on the right highway...where we promptly came to a stop.  The infamous DC traffic!  I was just glad we were passing through DC on a Saturday instead of a weekday! We saw a nice little reminder of Rochester as we passed through the area:


Oh Wegmans, how we'll miss you!!

Before too much longer, we were pulling into our hotel in Fredericksburg, Virginia for the night.  We were a little worried about how Bandit would fare coming out of his sedative-induced haze, but he pulled through pretty great!

The next day was pretty much a repeat of the first...except I started out driving.  We gave Bandit a sedative again and he hardly even shook as we got in the car!

State #6 on our journey

We spent our second night outside of Savannah, Georgia.  Both locations we stopped overnight in were great, they were really convenient to the highway so we didn't get lost!

Monday morning we were up bright and early again to get started towards Florida!  The trip on Monday was only 5 hours, so we didn't sedate Bandit.  Surprisingly, he did fine in the car!  By 10am we had reached the Florida line.

Welcome to Florida!
It was so great knowing our trip was almost done!  My parents were gracious enough to let us stay with them until our furniture was delivered, so we were heading straight to their place.  It's been a relaxing and hot few days!  On Wednesday we headed over to pick up the keys to our apartment, it's lovely and we can't wait to get all settled in.  After getting the keys we did a little house hunting and found a house that Geoff and I just love.  We placed a deposit on the lot while we work out some details with the builder.  I'll post more about that at a later date.

For now, Happy Easter everyone!  Have a fantastic weekend!

Someone's getting used to the Florida Sunshine!