Man…that was a BUSY weekend! But let me say, that NONE of us would be able to enjoy this past weekend, or ANY weekend if it wasn’t for the bravery and sacrifice of all of our Armed Forces! THANK YOU!!!!!
The kiddos had a big surprise in store for them. Hubs took the day off from work and picked them up from school on Friday (that NEVER happens because of his out of town work.). They thought THAT was the surprise….until they pulled up here-
Loews Portofino Bay Resort
! They didn’t know what to DO…what to SAY!! Hubs managed this surprise with a trip to Universal Studios
PS……When you stay on property, you get early admission to both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios! This is an extra perk because of you are a Harry Potter fan (which our family knows NOTHING ABOUT!! Sorry….😁) you get to ride the ride that people LITERALLY wait 3+ hours for!! #notME.
The pools were great..
The Beach Pool
The boys spent the remainder of Friday here while I was on my way there from work.
We had a GREAT dinner at one of the restaurants on property Mama Della’s. I think to date, this is the best Italian food I have had (outside of Italy, of course! I’m going there…SOON! 😉).
Pollo alla Carbonara! MY FAVORITE!!
Julian KILLED his Lasgna!!
Hubs meal: Gnocchi with Braised Beef
Aidan’s favorite…Fetticini Alfredo!!
Happy Family…and FULL!!!
We went to the on site Gelateria for….you guessed it…GELATO! We walked, we didn’t ride!😉
Tiramisu!! My FAVORITE dessert in gelato form!! #HEAVEN
Gelato AND a sunset! Doesnt’t get any better, huh??
Saturday brought excellent weather and more pool time. I got a run in that morning, so I didn’t feel so damn guilty for any indulgences that came later.
The kiddos weren’t the only ones that had a surprise in store. Hubs surprised ME with an 50 minute message and a pedicure at Mandara Spa. This quiet mommy moment was well received!!! He purchased the Balinese Massage, which is a great introduction to getting a massage. I’d never had one, so hubs picked a good one!
It is described (per the pamphlet) as a massage “utilized for centuries to strengthen and heal the body, traditional therapy combines stretching,long strokes, skin rolling and palm and thumb pressure techniques. Flowing and graceful, the Balinese massage relieves tension,improves blood flow, eases stress and encourages harmony.” Uhhhhh….yeah!!!! #heaven #hubsROCKS
Runner’s feet need some SERIOUS attention!!!
One more little surprise for the boys to round out the day. We checked out of the original room and into our new room…wait for it…wait for it….
Yep…you guessed it! They had a Minion themed room adjoined to ours….
You know…the Monions from “Despicable Me”!! They LOVED it and literally walked in, took it all in, and shut us out!! The TV went on and all was well in Minion world!
Dinner involved a new restaurant for us Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, at the neighboring Loews property Royal Pacific Resort. It’s Asian and Polynesian fare, ala Emeril style. It was fantastic!!
Sorry no food pics!!
Sunday…..Universal and Island of Adventure bound!
Fairly self explanatory…huh? #familyFUN
Monday…check out day!😢 , but I managed to seek some morning solice with a cup of Joe…..
It was beautiful! The whole weekend was AMAZING!!
Thanks for reading!
How was your Memorial Day weekend?