Week was a not-too-busy but still fun week. I’m truly slacking on the crafting and home activities front, unless TV watching counts? No. Didn’t think so Here is a quick recap of what we did:
- Super fun and quirky birthday party at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens - I wrote about this unforgettable celebration here. Check it out!
- Free movie & park – Every year we take advantage of the free movies at local theaters. Although the movies are not the latest releases, it’s still a great (and cheap) escape from the summer heat. We saw Alvin and the Chipmunks – Chipwrecked. If you haven’t seen it yet, rent it! Except for the voices (does it only bother me?), the music is fun and the story is entertaining. Here is the trailer. At Regal Cinemas you can still take advantage through next week. Click here for a list of theaters, times and movie options. After the movies we headed to Doral Meadow Park. In case you guessed, this picture is off the internet. I didn’t take my own photos because I was too busy catching up with girlfriends (aka – serious therapy /solving world issues session) but the kids had a great time. Although the playground is shaded, always clean and very well maintained, our kids preferred to practice “gymnastics”, run around the whole park, memorize dance routines, etc. The energy!
- Dinner at ZUMA – One of my very best friends was in town with her husband and we went out to dinner to this downtown hot spot. Our babysitting arrangements didn’t pan out as planned so the girls ended up going with us as well. The decor is chic, the service was very attentive and incredibly knowledgeable (I ask TONS of questions – yes… I am THAT person), the food… oh, the food… was AMAZING. I spent the whole meal oooh-ing and aaaah-ing, talking to my bestie, feeling incredibly proud of Sofi for wanting to try every one of the dozen or so dishes, and not taking pictures. Sorry! I will tell you this: visit Zuma soon and try the panko fried oysters. I don’t know the trick, but the oysters were perfectly RAW on the inside of the golden deliciousness!
- Birthday party at Jumpin’ Jamboree – a fantastic option to escape from the heat (and a little rain on this particular day). Kids jump and bounce to their heart’s content giving parents a chance to relax in the wonderful A/C.
Only a couple of weeks left! I hope you are enjoying your families and friends and taking advantage of this magical summer.
Keep having fun,
Celebrating a 5th birthday a la “Palace Princess Bieber” way
Yesterday we had another crazy yet great summer day with friends. My friend’s daughter turned 5 and we were invited to take a tour (guided by my not-so-shy friend with info sorta-made-up-on-the-fly) of one of Miami’s historical landmark’s Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
PROLOGUE ~ mixed with a touch of behind the scene action:
my friend: “What should I do for her birthday? I thought we could visit Vizcaya. What do you think?”
me: “I LOVE Vizcaya! My girls are dying to go there” (note: I got married there and the girls have seen pictures of the place all over our home.)
my friend: “But touring the house only takes a little while. I was thinking a little tea party at the cafe. Cute, right?
me: “Or we can have a picnic at the park in the grove. They have an awesome playground”
my friend: “Hummmm… But it’s so hot and then I have to take food…”
me: “Just take cupcakes and we’ll order pizza”
my friend: Hummmm… Maybe the girls can all go dressed as princesses and I’ll go to Party City and get princess themed stuff”
me: “Gaby would rather die than pretend she’s a princess. Sofi might go with it”
The next day
my friend: “We went to Party City and she chose Justin Bieber”
We ended up touring the “castle” (more accurately described as James Deering’s 1916 summer home) with 11 giddy kids that were actually a lot more into the whole thing than I would’ve thought possible. My friend aced the castle spiel complete with the “King’s” bedroom and gardens “where Princesses used to stroll”.
We miraculously got a couple of decent bay and garden pictures in spite of the unbearable heat and crazy humidity.And even in a 100 year old regal garden, kids do what they do best. They run and play.What did we end up doing afterwards, you wonder? Pizza & pool party with the Biebs plastered on napkins and plates. Soooo Vizcaya Princess, right?
During the pool party we had a not-so-tea-partyish banquet. Especially considering the fact that Sofi thought it was genius to eat pizza AND pb&j sandwich at the same time. Yes. Together. (Please don’t worry about her health…it was accompanied by a yogurt!)
And it all ended with the birthday girl blowing out her candles with the Biebs watching all along (although upside down).
THE SCOOP ON VIZCAYA
- Official website here
- The center courtyard skylight is currently being replaced so that area is closed off
- Due to the construction, admission fees are reduced through September the 14th
- It can get very hot on a sunny day. Make sure to take water and wear sunscreen if you plan to walk the gardens
- Mark your calendars for January 2013 when Vizcaya’s famous moonlight tours will resume
Keep having fun,