Florida Family Fun

This weekend my cousins from Miami, Fl flew in to visit us here Virginia folk. We greeted them with music blasting, a birthday cake for Tristan, and lots of food. Courtesy of my cousin, Colette, I made a tangy and delicious frozen drink. It was gone in seconds! It consisted of 8 lemons, 5 oranges, and four limes which were juiced into a pitcher. Then I added the juice into a blender with ice, water, sugar, and a few mint leaves. It was a perfect drink for the record high temperatures the D.C. area has been experiencing.

That evening, we all went into Reston to eat an Italian dinner at Vapiano’s. After a delicious dinner we walked in and out of a few stores and got some frozen yogurt. We were just trying to stay cool because the temperature was still around 100–even at 8 PM!

We went home and watched some crazy horror films at night (our usual tradition) and headed to bed. The next morning, we woke up and made a huge breakfast for the family–consisting of bagels, donuts, eggs, bacon, coffee, juice, and a delicious fruit salad my cousin Diana made with fresh mango flown up with them from Miami! After breakfast my mom, Sara, Diana, and I headed to one of my favorite little places, The British Pantry. Diana loves all things British so I thought it would be a fun place to visit. 

Seeing all the things I saw in stores while living in London brought on a slew of memories. We picked up a few things from the store (including my favorite cookies!)

In the afternoon, we had a big barbeque (we did a lot of eating this weekend) as a thunderstorm rolled through cooling things down. After the barbeque, we set up a slip ‘n” slide which Sara and Dylan bought. A few of us had a pretty intense water gun fight and then proceeded to slip and slide (and bleed) a few times. It was fun but painful. I realized I am not as young as I used to be. Bailey enjoyed himself the most I think.

After dark, my Dad went out and set up a bunch of fireworks in the middle of our neighborhood. It was a pretty little show and we all enjoyed the sparklers and beautiful colors. It was a wonderful end to the weekend! Tomorrow my cousins (and Sara) head off to Williamsburg, so I won’t see them again until Tuesday night. But I am looking forward to another week of work. I really love my job so far and am excited to continue progressing there.

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Erin founded the Wonderlost Travel blog in February of 2015 after her experience of studying abroad in Europe. Erin has had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and parts of South America and Asia. She enjoys writing about and photographing her travel experiences in order to inspire others to get out and follow their travel dreams. She has collaborated with tourism departments, restaurants, and other travel bloggers to share reviews and travel advice with readers in over 100 countries. Erin has a passion for traveling the world to experience other cultures and explore nature!

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