Our best friends Ashton and Trey were moving back home from Orlando and I was beyond excited! Friday night after work, Me, Thomas, and our friend Boykin (last name) all drove down to Orlando for the big move on Saturday. I was so looking forward to this weekend becasue A) I would get to see our friends and B) I was planning to stay through the weekend after everyone left on Saturday and have a girls weekend with Ashton! Ashton had to work the next week to finish up at her job, but they had to move the weekend before that to keep from having to pay a month of rent for 1 day. Makes perfect sense, but it was not the greatest set-up for Ashton since she would be living in an empty apartment on an air mattress 27 weeks pregnant AND Sunday and Monday were her weekend days at her job and her home was being packed and moved and her husband was leaving Saturday to orchestrate the move on the other end. Whew! This move was a big logistical challenge! haha! When I realized she was going to be there alone with nothing to do, no tv to watch, and not even a couch to hang out on, I invited myself over. At least she would be there with some company for her two off days! What was originally not that fun of a thing turned into a fun weekend that we were really looking forward to!
Friday night, we arrived around 10 and we were STARVING! It rained on us almost the whole time and we were just trying to get there as soon as safely possible because we wanted to grab dinner together. The guys went out to the infamous Miller's Ale House (infamous because we don't have one and apparently they have some great dessert that has become a joke to our friends). Ashton and I were tired and did not want bar food, so we went to IHOP. haha! That's pretty typical of us! We were going to go to Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney, but we got on the road later than we planned and then the rain slowed us down, and we both were about to fall asleep in our plates!
The next day was the big moving day. We were waiting on a few people to get into town to help around lunchtime, so the guys and me (Ashton had to go to work this day) went to the guys pick for breakfast...IHOP. Yes, twice in 12 hours for me! ha! They had a large group of guys that came down to help, and as the only woman I helped with the organizational and cleaning things. The move went pretty quick and then everyone left to head to Savannah. I was on my own for a couple hours, so I took a shower and cleaned us the apartment so that Ashton wouldn't have to. Our plan for that night was to go to Downtown Disney and eat at the Rainforest Cafe but it didn't happen again! ha! Trey thought that it would be much better for her to stay at a hotel so we headed out to find the place that we had coordinated to stay at for two nights. After that, she was going to stay in her family timeshare...too bad we didn't get to stay at the lap of luxury for the 2 nights I was there! We packed up the remaining items in our cars and headed over to the hotel. It was perfectly fine but it certainly wasn't the timeshare with it's huge pools and amenities! We ate at the Macaroni Grill across from the hotel and we were one of like three groups in there at 10. Again, we were exhausted and almost fell asleep in our plates!
Sunday, we slept in late and relaxed for a while. Around lunchtime, we decided to go do some outlet shopping for Emma (she got some adorable outfits from Mommy and Aunt Jennie!) and then we headed over to Disney World. Ashton has season passes, but I didn't want to spend that much money for a ticket when this whole trip was impromptu and we are planning to possibly go to Epcot in April for the Garden Festival. We decided instead to go tour the resorts on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop. I have a whole post coming devoted to this, but oh my goodness, what fun! I have never stayed at a Disney hotel, but I have always wanted to. I will definitely be looking into this for our next big vacation! This wasn 't an organized tour or anything, we just parked at Magic Kingdom, jumped on the Monorail and walked around. We ate a late lunch at the Contemporary and stayed until night so that we could see the tiki torches lit up at the Polynesian. Post is coming soon with tons of pictures! After we were done there, we went to Downtown Disney (finally!) and ate at Rainforest Cafe! Neither one of us was terribly hungry after our late lunch, but we shared an appetizer and I got a salad, and we both got fancy drinks (no alcohol for Ashton!) I have the Landry's card (long story, but got talked into on one of my Disney trips) and I had never used it before. It cut our 45 minutes wait down to about 10 minutes, and then I had a $25 credit for joining, so the grand total for our bill was $9! I also got some cute yoga pants with a leopard waistband for $12! It was a successful trip to the Rainforest Cafe! We also looked around the huge World of Disney store and I oogled the Disney Dooney and Bourke bags! I want one so bad! I have been so close to buying one multiple times, but I haven't yet. I always regret not getting one too. We went back to our hotel, watched a little of the Oscars, and went to sleep!
Monday, we had to check out of the hotel, get Ashton checked into the timeshare, and I had to get on the road so I could go to work the next day. For our last few hours, we went to a nail salon and got a great manicure and pedicure. It was the best one I have ever had! The pedicure literally lasted a whole hour and they massaged my legs about 3 times. AWESOME! I left around 3 and got home at 8 because it rained the whole way home. It was a super fun weekend! The best part though...Ashton came home later that week and I have seen her about 5 times since! I love having my