friday morning catch ups.

/1/ The first catch up is to finish recapping our Memorial Day weekend. On Monday morning, we went to Meadowlark Gardens to test out our new camera. As I mentioned last week, I dropped our old camera and it broke. Luke then proceeded to do a bunch of research and decided to get the newer model of the old one. We ended up getting it used on Ebay, but the guy took good care of it that it's essentially brand new. I still have much to learn, but so far I love the selfie function the most :) The display screen rotates around so it's easy to make sure everyone is in the frame...but apparently it's still not dummy proof, haha.
I know all my previous cameras have the panoramic functionality, but this one is super easy to use.
After walking around Meadowlark, we went home for lunch and the kids napped. Then came the most highly anticipated event for the kids: a pool playdate! The parents of Anna's school friend invited us over for a swim at their community pool, followed by a BBQ dinner. Sounds good and count us in. All day it threatened to rain so I watched the hourly forecast like a hawk, and while it did sprinkle a bit right when we arrived, the heavy rain never came :) The kids had a great time! It was a great ending to the long weekend.

/2/ I also mentioned last week I had the Friday before the long weekend and the Tuesday after the long weekend off. So, what did I do? Basically nothing. But! The hubs and I did go on two lunch dates :)

Friday lunch we shared some scrumptious tacos... #bartaco
^^Baja fish and pork belly were my favorite.^^

and on Tuesday, we had the best ramen at Marumen. Service was great, and my spicy miso ramen was just really REALLY good. I enjoyed every last drop.
Really good ramen!  # marumen
^^Two perfectly peaceful meals without the kids. So luxurious!^^

/3/ We FINALLY booked our Williamsburg trip! Sooooo excited about that!! I don't think I got the best deal, but it was the best I could do. We went through Tripbound to book our stay at The Historic Powhatan Resort and are paying exactly $562 for a 6-night stay at a 2 bed/2 bath condo-style unit. The trick to get a good rate, if you are curious, is to wait within 60 days of your vacation to book (if you are booking a week-long vacation, checking in on Fri/Sat/Sun). For stays less than 7 nights, book within 30 days to get the discounted rate. Confused yet? Well, all you need to know is that I wholeheartedly recommend Tripbound for all your Williamsburg travel need :) The staff there is so friendly and helpful and will get back to you in no time at all. I can't wait for our annual Williamsburg vacation to begin! This year we are trying out Busch Gardens and Water Country USA for the first time! Something new for the kids and practically for us too since we haven't been since 2003?

/4/ Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!


  1. That panorama shot is gorgeous!

    Giggles at Luke losing something in the selfie!

  2. Have fun with the new camera! That Ramen liked yummy and thanks for the tip on saving when going to Williamsburg.

    1. You are welcome! If you guys ever go, I am happy to answer any questions :)

  3. Enjoy your new camera..
    the ramen sounds great..
    and so does your upcoming trip.. planning and getting those details right is so difficult sometimes.. glad you found a pretty good deal


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