Archive | May, 2011

Waking Up in the Mountains @ Green Mountain, NC

31 May

Luis and I woke up on our first day on the mountain at my uncle and aunt’s cabin at 6:00 a.m. to watch the sun come out and shine on the mountain views that surrounded us.  It was easy to wake up early with all the different birds that were singing their songs.  It was so lovely to wake up to their sining rather then my alarm clock.

Unfortunately, with all the rain on Friday this Saturday morning view was nothing but mist.  We were in the clouds, which was pretty cool.   The view is of the Blue Ridge Mountains and could be seen from the porch of my uncle and aunt’s house.

So, instead we watched my uncle Eddy play in his garden.  You could see the cabin we stayed in peaking out from the left side of the picture.

The cabin we stayed in is located on the same property as my uncle and aunt’s house.  My dad’s house is only a few steps down the mountain.

I couldn’t believe all the flowers we saw on our way to North Carolina, all along the side the roads and all around my families houses on the mountain.  Atlanta seems to have less and less flowers as summer nears, but here, the flowers were abundant and some I have never seen before.

Luis and I were amazed with not only the flowers, but all the foliage since the last time we came to visit around Christmas time in 2008, since it was winter time the trees were all bare and the colors were mostly brown.  Even though we enjoyed the winter look, we really love the springtime scenery that surrounded us on this visit.

We spent the morning on the porch with the family while waiting for the mist to disappear. Aren’t these kids the most adorable kids ever?  They are my second cousins, Adan and Sophia.

Around 10:00 a.m. the sky became more clear so my cousins and my aunt took Luis and I for a hike on Mount Mitchell.

Yep, this post only covers the first few hours of our first day. Hey! It was a long day, until tomorrow!  =)

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Heading towards Green Mountain

30 May

I was able to leave work a little early on Friday and hit the road to head to the North Carolina Mountains.

Once we left Atlanta, the mountains started to spring up.  This is where I started to get excited.

Half way we stopped into a BBQ place in South Carolina on US-25 called Huntin’ Camp BBQ and Grill.   We chose to have the BBQ buffet for $10.00 instead of ordering off the menu, that way we could sample a little of everything.  It was a cozy place, and it felt like a place more for the locals as everyone knew each others name.

Right after the restaurant there was a roadside farmers stand which I had to stop into, it was too cute to pass up!

We picked up some peaches and Frog Jam then hit the road again hoping to get to Green Mountain before sun down.  My fear the whole way there was to get to my father and uncle and aunt’s house in the dark.  Then my dad called and told me it was raining bad.. great!  Darkness and rain, I was panicking.  Mostly because driving up a mountain still scares me a little, with all the winding roads and crazy fast drivers, and especially in the dark since  the mountain does not have street lights, nor is the road up to their house paved.  I know, I worry over silly things.  We arrived at dusk in the rain. Luis was able to find the house with no problem, and our truck made it up the dirt road without slipping.  I was a happy camper.

When we walked into the house I had a surprise! My uncle Eddy’s daughters were there, who I have never met before! We all spent hours in the cabin telling stories until our eyes couldn’t stay open.  And when we woke up the next day, we had the most amazing sight.

Until tomorrow, day one with the family.

Ugly Day Calls for Ice Cream @ Zesto!

26 May

The best thing to do on an ugly day is to go out and have some ice cream.

At least that is my philosophy.

Ice cream can make anyone smile and make any ugly day just a little brighter.

Zesto is the best place to get ice cream. It’s been in Atlanta since 1959!

The look of one happy camper.

We went to see Hangover II today and now we are home getting ready for our trip to North Carolina tomorrow.  It has been a rough week and I am ready for some family time and three days off of work! Super excited!

Missing the White Trees

25 May

Spring is coming to an end.

In the beginning of spring these trees looked like this…

Today they look like this…

Summer is coming.

Today was a crazy day at work.  Getting ready to head out and get some outfits for our weekend trip to the mountains. Can’t wait!

“I do” 5-24-2010

24 May

One year ago today, Luis and I woke up and decided to go to the Coral Gables courthouse and get married even though we had our wedding planned, paid for, and invitations had been sent.

(my wonderful and talented aunt Elaine helped me make each invitation by hand)

(a handmade ring bowl that says “worth the wait”, which sits on our dresser and holds our rings every night)

(glass starfish appetizer plates)

(handmade felt flower bouquet by Princess Lasertron, which I was on a one year waiting list for)

Looking back we wondered if we would regret not having a magical day to celebrate our love in front of our family and friends.  We could tell you that one year later, we have no regrets. It was our best decision yet.

After experiencing moving away from our home and family and Luis not working, I am so glad we chose to cancel our wedding and use the money for one amazing trip to Japan (Luis’ dream vacation), and to pay off our debt to prepare for our new adventure.

And what an adventure it has been.  Nothing prepared us for what we have been through in the past six months.  All the things we have had to figure out and get used to.  Even though Luis is getting comfortable with school, I don’t think I will ever feel comfortable with living on one income.

I am glad we chose to put the money towards our future, and not to just one day.  It was a smart decision that has given us the happy life we have now.

Back to the day we got married.  After saying some vows that neither Luis and I remember in front of Luis’ mom, dad, and brother as our witnesses we took a little beach weekend trip up north.

Every day that we were at the beach someone came to visit us.  Our friends one night for drinks at Tarpon Bend, Luis’ sister and her boyfriend for a beach, and lazy river day, and more friends on the last day for our first ever experience at a really nice brunch buffet.

I had wanted to be Luis’ wife for years, and to be honest really since we first started dating.  He was so different.  He had the same thoughts and views as me, but a very different personality. I am always sunshine and he is always rain clouds, together we balance each other out.  Not a day goes by without love and laughter.  I am so grateful to be his wife.

Six Feet Under @ 11th Street NW

22 May

Luis and I celebrated our one year anniversary early.  It’s really isn’t until Tuesday, but we thought it would be nice to take our time today and try a new restaurant. The work week is always too hectic to relax and really enjoy some time together.

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Image Hosted by ImageShack.usI was craving seafood, and what better way to meet a craving then having a southern crab boil?

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Luis had The Big Tuna with fried jalapenos on top.

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To top our feast off we had white chocolate banana bread pudding for dessert.

This place was awesome!  We really enjoyed the food, service, and price.  We will definitely be coming back, especially since it’s only a few blocks from our house.  I have it on our must-take-family list for when my mom and aunt come to visit in July.

The only question is; Is it odd that we celebrated our wedding anniversary at a place called Six Feet Under?

Luis says it’s because we will last till we our both six feet under.  Morbid, but sweet.

Potato and Kale Enchiladas @ Home

21 May

When I was a vegan *cough for three months cough* this was a dish I made often.

The only difference was I did not use flour tortillas back then, but now I can.

I love dishes with cumin, I even add more then the recipe calls for.

The fingerling potatoes are cooked with kale, lots of juice from a lemon, and garlic.

The kale was so fresh from the farm that when I was washing it, two bugs that looked like lady bugs came out of it.  In Miami I could only find kale in plastic bags, but here in the south it is freshly picked and bundled together.  Kinda odd to have to worry about cooking bugs.

No matter, it was a hearty and delicious meal.