Mary Poppins was wonderful!

Before the Show

All Smiles

My mom, sister and I all loved the show and left singing our way home!

Before the show began, we enjoyed chicken and turkey sandwiches from Maestro’s, a small restaurant located in the David A. Straz, Jr. Center where the musical took place.

Chicken Sandwich


For dessert we shared a churro.


I haven’t had a churro in years!

Growing up, my junior high offered churros at lunch every Friday and I used to get one every time. Oh, how I’ve missed you, you doughy sticks of cinnamon goodness!

After filling our bellies, we headed into the theater to wait for the show to begin.

My Sister & Mom

Me 'n' Mama

After these pictures we were asked to put our cameras away. Apparently pictures are a big no-no during Mary Poppins, so I couldn’t snap any photos of Mary Poppins as she flew through the sky (Seriously!).

Once the musical was over, we left singing “Jolly Holiday” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” They were such fun and upbeat songs and will be featured on my iPod as soon as I get a chance to update it!

When we arrived at home, we snacked on homemade Chex mix and I had a cup of lemon meringue thick & creamy Yoplait yogurt.

Lemon Meringue Yogurt

This yogurt is tasty, but the ingredient list is not so great. High fructose corn syrup is the second ingredient listed. Not good, Yoplait!

I’m hoping to get to bed soon, though we’re all pretty wide awake! Whenever my mom, sister and I get together we are always up late chattin’.

I have the day off work tomorrow, so I may be seein’ you a little later in the morning that usual.


Wedding Dress Blast from the Past

Last night Ryan and I arrived in St. Pete by 6 p.m. to meet my parents and one of my dad’s colleagues at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club to check out the facility as a potential wedding venue.

We enjoyed touring the various ballrooms before sitting in the lounge to enjoy some cocktails. Fun! The Yacht Club is definitely a gorgeous facility and we have some thinkin’ to do!

When we came home we all enjoyed several bowls of hot homemade chicken soup with sweet corn and edamame and a frozen pizza (forgot to snap a pic of my two slices… oops!).


Homemade Soup

Mom’s Wedding Dress

When I first walked in the door to my parent’s house I immediately saw my mom’s beautiful wedding gown hanging up. She brought it out of storage because my mom, sister and I are all heading out to try on dresses today! Exciting!

 After dinner my sister zipped me up in the gown and I did a lil’ fashion show in my mother’s dress. It actually fit, which was neat!

wedding dress mom

In My Mom's Wedding Dress

mom's wedding dress

Modelin' the Dress

wedding pose

Ta Da!

My dad is convinced I need to wear this on my big day. 🙂 He’s so cute because he always talks about how perfect my mom’s dress was and how gorgeous she looked.

Unfortunately I’m not sure that the turtleneck and long sleeves are Florida-appropriate. 😉  

I’m excited to see some dresses today! YAY!

Breakfast and a Morning Run

This morning I woke up at 6 a.m. This is after going to bed at 2 a.m. My mom, sister and I always seem to stay up late talking whenever we get together! I just couldn’t seem to sleep in because I was excited for the day.

I decided to make the best of the gorgeous weather and leashed up Sadie for a fast 5-mile run. I LOVE running when the weather is cool because it doesn’t feel nearly as difficult. It’s great! I was truckin’ the whole time and Sadie was lovin’ life.

When I got home I made an awesome breakfast. I prepared a fruit, yogurt and granola parfait, topped with whipped cream.


Breakfast Parfait

I layered Yoplait cherry pie yogurt, Oikos blueberry yogurt, raspberries, blueberries, granola and Honey Nut Cheerios to make my pretty lil’ parfait. It was delish!


After breakfast and a much-needed shower, my mom, sister, Ryan and I headed off to meet with a potential wedding photographer.   

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The Ladies

Ryan and I needed two attempts to get a decent picture…

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Take One

ryan julie

Take Two

The photographers we met with were two young girls who were very sweet but so far have only taken portrait pictures and have never shot a wedding. I love their style though because they capture moments and emotion in their images. I’m just not sure if we want to take such a huge leap of faith with photographers with no wedding experience. We’ll just haveta see!

Now we’re off for my FIRST attempt at trying on wedding dresses! I’m actually a little nervous but so excited! We have about a million different pictures torn out of magazines or printed off the internet to bring in as references. Let the madness begin!