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Leu Gardens and a sack of potatoes

Early this morning, I roused the ‘troop’ while Daddy slept on and attempted to sneak out of the house. In retrospect, I probably should have been completely ready to go before I got Vince up.

Instead I brushed my teeth and slapped on some make-up while Vincent whispered things like this “MUMMY, YOU BRUSHING YOUR TEETH??” “MUMMY, CAN YOU PUT MY UNDERWEAR ON?”

“Honey, shhhh, use your quiet voice. Daddy’s sleeping”

“OK MUMMY!! I”M BEING VERY QUIET!”

Surprisingly Daddy did not move during all of this, but I’m pretty sure he was faking it.

V and I dashed out to Dunkin Donuts to grab some muffins and coffee. And some chocolate milk. You know, because it’s Sunday and why not start the day on the proper kind of note. I still cannot get over the fact that there is a milk product out there called ‘TruMoo’ and that I bought it. (In my defense, Vince picked it out and it was the only milk product they sold) Seriously. TruMoo??!  America please. You are doing it to yourself. Just stop it already.

Anyways, my very nice in-laws came over and we headed to Leu Gardens nice and early. Today was promising to be rather hot and so the earlier the better.

What a beautiful walk. What gorgeous grounds… Huge Oak trees dripping with Spanish moss everywhere, green everywhere. Really sharp, crisp and slightly damp green. Meandering pathways leading who knows where. I think we managed about 1/2 of the grounds before V started demanding “Mummy pick me! Pick me Mummy!” and carrying a 40 lb sack of potatoes when hot and humid sucks.

Best part of the morning? One of the groundskeepers called Vince ‘Sir’ and invited him to come over and see her release some newly ‘hatched’ butterflies from a small containment area. (Do they hatch? That feels wrong when I type it) She very carefully explained about how they needed to pump blood into their wings before they were ready to fly and then she unlatched the butterfly house. About 5 beautiful monarchs swept out and fluttered past us. It was quite an exit. For a moment, I felt like I was somewhere else entirely…

I highly recommend hitting the gardens for a jaunt with the family. And it is in close proximity to a variety of nice places for lunch afterwards. Hit up their website for a list of upcoming events including Date Night (once a month) and a fun, spooky Halloween event scheduled for October 28… For Mums with a bit more free-time, there is Storytime too.

Mmmhmmm, I am loving me some gardens…. Go love them too!

xoxo a.m.

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Garden date with the Toddler

“I am not steak! You can’t just order me!”, Melanie Griffin shouted at one of the Baldwin brothers.

Yes, it’s Saturday night, Edward is working and I am watching Working Girl on Netflix because I clearly have impeccable taste in movies. I should add that I started watching it last weekend and am finishing it as we speak.

It’s ok, this much awesome is hard for anyone to handle…

So I cut all my hair off, went to V’s soccer game (it was a 50/50 game day for him), took him to the library, bought new plants, rearranged my garden, contemplated baking cookies but elected instead to put Vince to bed early. Much better plan.

Tomorrow I am going to head to Leu Gardens with the Little Man. For you locals, did you know that the Gardens are celebrating it’s 50th birthday and are offering free admission on your birthday for the rest of the year? I kinda wish I had known about this in July. When it was my birthday.

Even if it isn’t your birthday, it’s still only $7 for adults and $2 for children (through to grades 12). Not too shabby and, lets face it, a lovely way to spend time in Orlando… I haven’t been since Edward and I were scouting wedding locations in 2004, post-hurricane. I’m rather excited.

And I’m taking the camera. Good times! Check out the gardens here and as the weather cools down, hit them up! A great place to take the toddler for a chilled out stroll…

 

xoxo a.m.

 

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