Picture Perfect Weekly #20 {My Weekend}

September 16, 2012

I love to share photos and I love Instagram. I was one happy
little blogger when Instagram became available on Android
devices. I jumped, no leaped, on that particular social media
bandwagon and have developed a new love affair/addiction
with it. Because of this love affair I have decided to start my
very own weekly link up called… Picture Perfect Weekly!!!
I would love it if you would join me and share the treasures
you captured with Instagram/phone camera/any other
camera during the past week. I see a lot of fantastic, cute,
funny and happy moments every day.

Share just one or many of your pictures and add a small

Just paste the badge into your post or sidebar and follow
me… quick and simple. You can find me on Facebook,
Twitter and of course, Instagram!

I look forward to seeing your treasured moments!!!

  Friday afternoon found me gazing at this view from the passenger seat of hubby’s car. After my mom arrived at our house and took over the reigns for the weekend, we headed north on Florida’s Turnpike to Orlando. For a weekend filled with fun, good food, great friends and useful information. CFLBlogCon was our reason for a child-free weekend but we combined business with pleasure so to speak!!! 🙂

See this empty car seat? It was a bit strange to be on the road heading to Orlando of all places without nary a child in sight. The ride was quiet, filled with conversation and not a “Mommy he’s poking me!” complaint anywhere to be heard. There was some cussing on hubby’s part as the other drivers on the road where not inclined to follow road rules!!! 😉

After a record 2 1/2 hours we made it and were able to leave the highway behind and head into down town Orlando. I always love seeing these signs… and getting of the highway to see more scenery around me again.

We have been staying at Embassy Suite hotels over the past year or so. It just works out great when travelling with children. Hubby signed up for a rewards program and every time we stay at any of the Hilton Honors hotels we get points. Which can lead to a pleasant surprise like this: Hubby asked for a room on a top floor preferably with a lake view. The hotel sure delivered… we had a room, excuse me, suite on THE top floor, with balcony overlooking Lake Eola in down town Orlando and all without paying a dime extra for the upgrades. Sweet, huh? 🙂

This was the view. Very nice to wake up to in the morning… It is so pretty, with the fountain and the paddle boats, which look like swans, out on the lake.

After checking in and freshening up a bit, we headed out again to meet my friend for dinner. We went to The Ravenous Pig in Winterpark, Florida. Hubby had to make reservations weeks in advance and the place was hopping with people still coming in for dinner when we were getting ready to leave at close to 10 pm at night. The food was phenomenal and we all ate way too much. (More to come on our experience there!)

This rib eye steak dinner for two was our main course. Before it was served a waiter came out and showed us the steak cooked to see if we were happy with it and then he took it back to the kitchen to cut it into more manageable pieces.

Saturday night after a busy day at the conference hubby and I were meeting our friend again to try an Italian restaurant in Winterpark. We were early so we had a cheesy snack and a glass of red wine at the Wine Room. Oh my, what a fantastic place. Another one I will go into more detail at a later time. Let’s just say I’m very happy that I’m starting to enjoy the occasional glass of red wine!

And today, I gazed out the window again as we were heading South on the Turnpike towards home and our three angels after a busy weekend, full of laughter and amazing memories. We even saw a deer run right along side the highway. I was a little worried about the poor thing as there was no fence between the fast moving cars and the grass strip it was running on.

So now it’s your turn to show off your favorite shots of the week! Grab the button on the sidebar and go! 😉


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  • Sandra September 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    How wonderful it is to have a child-free weekend, and to combine business and pleasure! We were able to have a child-free night this weekend, which is already a rarity, but I’ll take anything I can get! I enjoyed your photos, especially of the food and wine variety! These were perfect pics to represent your wonderful weekend!

    • Susi September 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      I feel the same Sandra. This was a rarity and one we both thoroughly enjoyed. 🙂

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell September 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Wow, you really got lucky at the Embassy Suites with that location. The name of the restaurant makes me laugh!

    • Susi September 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Yes, we sure did. Great hotel, great location, great service!!! And the name of the restaurant may sound funny but the food was no laughing matter… simply divine! 🙂

  • Jamie@SouthMainMuse September 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    NO WAY. I was looking at your photo and thought…that looks like the Ravenous Pig? That is about two miles from where I grew up. Can’t even tell you how any times we drive by that restaurant and have heard all the raves but I have never made it there. 🙁 I just learned of that Orlando conference. I wish I knew earlier. And I weekend away from the kids is necessary and wonderful. No guilt — even in Orlando.

    • Susi September 17, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Jamie, really, if you know you are going to be in town make reservations, you won’t regret it. The place was phenomenal… from the service, to the food and drinks… everything! You grew up in a pretty area. I had brought up the conference a few times… maybe you can keep it on the radar for next year… and then we can meet!!! 😉

  • RoryBore September 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    your weekend sounds so dreamy perfect. the pictures are perfect accompanyment — although, red wine is not bad either!! Hubby and I have never had a weekend away from the kids yet. Our eldest will be 8 in 2 weeks: that’s 8 years of
    I love em dearly……but that’ a loooong time. I hope we have one in our future soon.

    • Susi September 17, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Les, don’t lose hope, yet. Hubby and I were talking about how our little trip in March was the first time without the kiddos in about 10 years!!! This year really seems to have been the year for date nights and starting to get some alone time for a weekend here and their. Hoping to make it a trend!!! 🙂 And yes, the red wine was lovely.

  • My Take {#CFLBlogCon} September 18, 2012 at 10:24 am

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  • TBM September 19, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Looks like an action packed weekend. I love taking photos during road trips. Nice job!

    • Susi September 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

      I love taking photos, period!!! But especially during getaways… 🙂