“Sista, Sista! Never knew how much I missed ya!”
This past weekend Chelsea came to visit me and wow did we have a great time! The best way to describe my sister is the exact same, yet the complete opposite of me. This is why we get along so well. What I lack she has, and what she lacks I have, I hope.
She flew in on Thursday night and we came back to our place and created our own happy hour. We made a cheese and fruit tray, steamed some edamame, and I introduced her to my new favorite wine, Citra, a red wine made from the Montepulciano grape. It was a great night of catching up and spending time together; this just made me realize how much I missed having my sister around.
It’s funny to hear the two of us talk. While my conversation is mostly about a great, new health food or tip I found, she talks about cosmetology, products, and cosmetics, all of which are very foreign to me. Don’t get me wrong I love a good conditioner or a great, new mascara, but this is why I have her, to keep me updated with the best new products. Her travel kit is larger than my entire supply of products. She has every hair product, lotion, spray, and cosmetic imaginable. She would whip out something that I had never even heard of before. A typical conversation between us goes, “Ashley, where are your facial wipes?” I reply, “Don’t have those, Chels. “ This is where a bar of Dove soap comes in handy to me, something she probably couldn’t imagine.
Friday morning, we got up and I made Chelsea my favorite breakfast which includes, ½ cup oatmeal, topped with blueberries, cinnamon, ½ a packet of Truvia, a dash of salt, a tablespoon of shaved almonds, and plain 0% Greek yogurt (which has very little lactose). I mix it all together and have my fruit, carbohydrate, and protein all in one bowl, it is delicious (to me)!
I noticed Chels was eating it kind of slow so I asked her if she liked it. She replied, “It’s good…different. Tomorrow morning I’m going to make you a REAL breakfast of eggs and bacon!” This made me laugh, because to me, that sounds terrible…just another example of our differences.
After breakfast Chelsea and I went on a long walk where I showed her all of Reunion (where we live). It was great to finally have a real person to talk to on a walk, rather than a phone conversation. Once we returned home, we headed out for a day of shopping, lunch, and more shopping.
Friday night was my favorite! We first made a yummy pitcher of white wine sangria to sip on while we got ready to head to Bongos, a Cuban Café, in Downtown Disney (owned by Gloria Esefan) for dinner and then Cirque Du Soleil. Chelsea, Viviana, Laura, and I had a great girls night, while the guys stayed back and played video games, truly their idea of a great time. The food was delicious and the show was incredible. Definitely a night to remember! The picture above was taken at Cirque…
Saturday morning we woke up early and started our day with a massage. This was definitely a treat and not something we get to do too often. We laid by the pool for most of the day and then had a “Fiesta” on Saturday night. We made a taco station, guacamole, salsa, and skinny girl margaritas. A few of Dustin’s teammates came over, so the guys once again played video games most of the night, while the girls cooked, chatted, laughed and shared stories.
Sunday, I took Chelsea to our church to worship and hear God’s word. We learned that we can overcome anything in this life because God has overcome the world. Sooo true. It just so happened that mine and Dustin’s favorite singer, Kyle Thomas, was leading worship and he was yet again awesome. I was so happy Chelsea got to hear him.
For lunch we went to my favorite “salad spot.” It’s called, “Greens and Grille.” It’s a build your own salad place. Everything there is organic and fresh; I love the salmon! After, I took her to the market where we grabbed some fresh veggies and fruits for the week and then headed to the Wide World of Sports of the baseball game. Our two roommates Jonny and James were pitching in the game so it was the perfect game for me to take Chelsea to. The weather was beautiful, it was actually pretty hot! Both of the guys pitched great— it was the perfect kick off to baseball season!
Sunday came to an end which meant it was almost time for Chelsea to leave. Her flight was at 5:30 am Monday morning, so we went to bed pretty early since we had to get up at 3:15 am. It felt like the second our heads hit the pillow the alarm clock went off. Chelsea caught her flight and headed to the beach for continued fun in sun for her spring break. I was sad to see her go, but so happy for the time I got to spend with her! I’m already thinking about when the next time we will get to see each other again!