Miami Wrap Up

The trip extension came and went quickly and by the last night, I was ready for my own bed! We we had this sudden stroke of genius to make the most of our missed flight connection by staying in Miami, FL a few extra nights (in case you missed it, read about it here), we didn’t know it was Memorial Day Weekend. The craziness that is South Beach was increased by about 6,000%. The entire population of Miami’s airport at 10 pm on a Wednesday night was more than the entire population on TCI. I’m just guessing, but I’m pretty sure I’m right. I’d like to think that Mark and I can enjoy the laid back, no rush Caribbean scene just as well as South Beach’s 24/7 party with cabbies honking just to honk… but we were in bed by about 10 pm every night. So maybe not so much.

But we had a blast in Miami! Here is are some shots of what we did while we were here:

We took a boat ride around Miami Bay! We saw some dolphins, all the different skylines from the different cities that make up “Miami”, Stiltsville and some of the mega-homes along the way! If you’re looking for something different to do, check out Ocean Force Adventures for the boat tours! We took a 2 hour tour found here: Biscayne Bay Adventure Sightseeing!

Boat Ride in Miami Bay!

Boat Ride in Miami Bay!

We ate at Joe’s Stone Crab. DELICIOUS seafood and I got to wear a bib which meant I could eat as much as I wanted and didn’t have to “suck anything in” while doing so! I thought it was going to be a little hole in the wall restaurant, but it is not. It is huge and old-school upscale!  Want to eat here: Joe’s Stone Crab. 

Joe's Stone Crab

Joe’s Stone Crab

We went to a Miami Heat Game, sorry Cleveland.  I even bought a Miami Heat shirt, sorry again Cleveland. 

Miami Heat Game at American Airlines Arena

Miami Heat Game at American Airlines Arena

We rounded out our trip with the most amazing brunch at The Peacock Garden and Cafe. Such a cute restaurant full of charm! How cute is their herb garden in an old bath tub! I so want to make one for keepsies. 

The Peacock Garden & Cafe

The Peacock Garden & Cafe

And that’s a wrap for now. See you again soon Miami!

xoxo,
Rachel

An Unexpected Extension to our Trip

Miami Skyline

Downtown Miami Skyline

So as you might have read yesterday our plane had “mechanical problems” and was late leaving Miami to come get us from Turks and Caicos. Unfortunately we didn’t find out about this delay until after checking into the airport which meant we were stuck waiting it out. We had about a 2 hr delay which was just enough for us to miss our connecting flight back into Cleveland. Sigh, kinda. As much as I was looking forward to coming home and sleeping in my own bed (AMIRIGHT?) I wasn’t really ready to end spending constant quality time with my hubby. As we were waiting in line to get re-ticketed, Mark must have been reading my mind because he asked if I wanted to stay in Miami a few extra nights. Um, yes please! An agent calls us over and hands us our new tickets: departure time 6am or something the next morning (Thursday). Mark asks the lady if we could possibly get a different flight home.. say for Sunday.

She looks confused as I’m sure most people who miss their connecting flights are trying to get the next possible flight and we are over here trying to delay it by a few days. I don’t know if we took her by enough surprise or what but she quickly says “Sure, how about 8 am on Sunday.” We figure we might as well push our luck here and ask if we can have a later flight. Again she says “Sure, how about 8 pm on Sunday.” We happily nod our heads and take our new tickets and grab a cab. We make some hotel reservations in the cab and we’re on our way to a suddenly, unexpected extension to our trip and the weather the next few days is nothing but sun, sun, SUN! Stay tuned for more Miami, FL fun!

xoxo,
Rachel

p.s. we did not know it was memorial day weekend and what we were about to face in South Beach on a holiday weekend….

This is what two people look like after delayed flights, missed connections and trip extensions. A nice mix of dirty-ness and excitement.

This is what two people look like after delayed flights, missed connections and trip extensions. A wonderfully awful mix of dirty-ness and excitement.

 

Throw Back Thursday

Feeling nostalgic as of late. Probably considering our wedding is FAAAAST approaching. I normally don’t participate in #tbt (Throw Back Thursday) because I’m far too lazy to find pictures old enough to be considered a throw back. I’m talking baby pictures from Mom & Dad’s house. One day I will remember to just scan a lot of them when I’m there and have a backlog of them ready for every Thursday for the rest of my life. I could throw back some middle school pictures, but wait, no, way to awkward looking. [White eyeliner and glitter on my cheeks, yikes] or high school, but wait, no, way to awkward looking. [heavy black eyeliner and refusing to wear anything but inside-out-hoodies and sweatpants to school, yikes again] I could Throw Back some college pictures, but I fear my future in-laws will judge me in a very negative way. Also, these college pictures are still prominently framed in my office and I refused to acknowledge that my college days are now enough in the past to be considered Throw Back.

So on this fine Thursday, here are some Throw Backs of Mark and I. As much of a Throw Back as you can get from only knowing each other 2.5 years.

 

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Throw Backs from: the dinner after Mark proposed, the first time I took Mark to THE Ohio University, our first (and only) time skiing, a holiday work party, a dinner date at Gervasi Vineyards, the actual proposal, my favorite picture of us of all time, a picture of us climbing some bamboo trees in Hawaii, us at the Grand Canyon, a night out at Velvet Tango Room in Cleveland, us at a comedy show in Chi-town, a picture of us being slap happy in Arizona, a casual stroll along the beach in Malibu, The eve of New Year’s Eve, a Jason Aldean concert at Blossom, a picture from a spontaneous birthday trip to Florida, us posing for a picture while on a safari in Africa, and finally, a picture from a party we had on Dec. 21, 2012 (End Of The World Party). The End. Happy Throw Back Thursday everyone!

P.S. Sorry for all the pictures but it is fun to take a stroll down memory lane sometimes!