Back home & 23 weeks

We’re officially back home. This vacation has been filled with so many wonderful memories, magic, and happiness. I really can’t believe it’s all over. My family and I had an amazing time here in Orlando.

This last Thursday marked the official beginning of week 23! I can’t believe I’m 23 weeks pregnant already, the time has gone so quickly. This week at Disneyworld I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of emotions. I felt extremely overjoyed, blessed, & grateful!

However; like every first time mom, I started thinking about the new chapter unfolding before me and was overwhelmed at the thought of my new responsibilities as a mom. I started thinking about all the things needed to be accomplished before our baby arrives, and then the anxiety started to kick in. I’m trying to remind myself to take it one day at a time, to make small checklist and not over analyze the small details. I also need to let go of control because I know I have little control over what can happen. I have faith and hope in God that He will guide my husband & I down the right path as new parents. I also know I have been blessed to be surrounded by a loving family that continues to show us & our growing family love and support. I can’t wait to bring our baby to Walt Disneyworld one day, and the many other adventures we will have as a family. We had the best time at WDW, but I know the next time we come out here it’ll be extra special sharing that time with our baby girl

Side note: we didn’t enact the midday break, but with a mid week break from the parks and tons of sleep throughout the trip I was able to easily get through the last two days at WDW strong!

This is how we took a break from the parks. We scheduled a date night on Wednesday!

We were celebrating in a few short months we are going to be parents!


Mommy & daddy can't wait to meet you sweetheart.

I hope all you amazing super mom's enjoy your special day! Happy Mother's Day!


Las Vegas Recap-Part 2

Day #4-More time on the famous Las Vegas Strip with my cousins

This day began late, as we were all exhausted from our eventful family reunion.

We decided to go to the strip once again, and walk aimlessly as we enjoyed the sights and took pictures along the way. We ended the night iat the Paris Hotel, and took the elevator all the way up to the top, all 46 stories.

The view from the top!

My husband & I-It was crazy windy, and freezing that night, but we still had fun!

Day #5-An early Valentine’s dinner & show

My husband planned this day, and I loved every minute. He whisked me away to one of our favorite restaurants on the strip, The Eiffel Tower Restaurant.

We rode the elevator 11 stories up. As you step out of the elevator you get an open view of the bustling kitchen, seeing everything being made in batches, fresh to order. You can also see walls of the vast wine selection.

Turning the corner you see the bar, facing an amazing view of the strip. You’re then greeted cheerfully and enthusiastically by the staff. We were escorted to our table.

This was our view as the night progressed…

When we first arrived. Around 5:00 PM.

When we first arrived. Around 5:00 PM.

As our appetizer was being served.

As our appetizer was being served.

This was complimentary-Cauliflower soup, to help cleanse the palette.

This was complimentary-Cauliflower soup, to help cleanse the palette.

Warm Maine Lobster Salad, Fingerling Potatoes, Toasted Caraway Seeds

As dinner was being served.

As dinner was being served.

My husband’s main course-Roasted Rack of Lamb, Tomato Tart, Tarragon Ju

My main course-Individual Eiffel Tower Beef Wellington, Sautéed Snap Peas

As we were enjoying our freshly made Soufflés

As we were enjoying our dessert!

Eiffel Tower Soufflé

Freshly made Grand Marnier Soufflés

We were able to see the Bellagio water show numerous times throughout our dinner.

The  The Eiffel Tower Restaurant is definitely one of the best views of not only the strip, but a wonderful place to watch the sunset. Plan to stay at least two hours. Savor every bite. It’s a great way to slow down from the bustle of daily hurried dinners, and a break from rigid schedules.

After our dinner we wandered around the strip until our show started. We watched the Marc Savard-comedy hypnotist show at the V theater in Planet Hollywood.I really enjoyed this show, it’s 100% audience participation, and at our show we had several volunteers. Marc’s personality made show flow smoothly. We enjoyed it and shared several laughs, mainly geared toward the hypnotized audience members!

Infront of the V theater- An extremely entertaining way to end the night!

Day #6-Our final Night

We met up with family for a quick shopping trip. We had to say our goodbyes here, since the remaining cousins left around 4:00 PM, It’s always hard to say goodbye, but we all vowed we would see each other soon. My husband & I took the latest flight possible (9:40 PM). We spent our last hours in Las Vegas with my brother, brother-in-law, sister, and niece.

We walked around the Town Square a beautiful outdoor mall located ten minutes from the airport. We ate dinner at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

And then we had to say  more goodbyes :(!

My husband and I can’t wait to return to Las Vegas again!

I did eat a lot more than I planned, and didn’t workout as scheduled, but I was able to re-connect with family I don’t get to see as often as I would like. We made so many incredible memories, laughed harder than ever, and I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. Sometimes when you go on vacation, your health habits aren’t as perfect as they are at home. The key is to try your best when you’re on vacation, but get back on track once you do return home.

The most important aspect of a vacation is a mental break; something your body & spirit need more of then just exercise and tracking calories. I played major catch-up this week, and I can’t wait to show you the changes I’ve made!