Jul 302012

Hellooooooo blog world. Are you all having a great Monday? Is there even such a thing as a great Monday? Well, despite the fact that crawling out of bed this morning to work out was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done (slight exaggeration, I admit) the rest of my day is going well 🙂 But let’s recap the weekend, shall we?

Friday evening started the weekend off with a bang as I went over to my friend’s apartment in DC for the aforementioned Olympics party. She was a great hostess and provided us all with red and blue drinks, red white and blue pretzel M&M snacks, and popcorn torches.

In addition, she had some fresh cherries and baked challah (sp?) bread and hummus for us to snack on. It was great! Fabio enjoyed the popcorn torches best.

Clearly he is ready for the games!

Then we filled up our drinks and sat around watching the Opening Ceremony and the Walk of Nations. What did you guys think of the ceremony? At first I was a little underwhelmed, and frankly thrown off by the story-telling aspect of it all. Eventually though, I realized that I liked all the choreography with the kids on their beds and enjoyed the dances at the end especially. I think it was definitely one of those things where at first you are like eh I don’t know about this and then later when you see recaps you’re like that was so cool! Haha, what did you guys think?

On Saturday morning Fabio and I woke up bright and early for attempt number 2 at reaching King’s Dominion. The result?


This time we left early enough that the traffic was minimal and we reached King’s Dominion by around 11:00 a.m.

While we were en route to KD, I read some yelp reviews on my phone so we would be prepared for the best rides (it was a long car ride ha). One review suggested buying the Fast Lane passes which, while pretty expensive at $45 a pop, let you bypass all of the lines. On a Saturday in July, we thought this was a pretty crucial luxury and, since Fabio bought the tickets via a Groupon and saved us some money, we decided to go for it. Although we felt a little guilty for spending so much on the passes, we hardly ever go to amusement parks and we decided we might as well live it up! YOLO!

Let me just tell you, it was so worth it. We didn’t wait in line anywhere for more than ten minutes and we were able to ride all the rides we wanted (some even twice). For one popular ride, the Volcano, we overheard the people in line behind us say that they’d been waiting for over an hour. We sheepishly grinned at each other since we’d been in line for only 5 minutes (and were about to get on) and had already ridden the ride once already. Woopsie! Best $45 I ever spent.

So, we spent the day riding all of the rides KD had to offer and had a really great time.

Once we had been there a little while, our stomachs started to rumble and we decided to grab some lunch. We first walked into an air conditioned “grill” hoping to find something good to eat, but after getting one whiff of the oil and fried foods we high-tailed it out of there in search of something a little more figure-friendly (although I do love fried foods on occasion, the smell of this place was GROSS). Suddenly we rounded the corner and saw heaven Subway!! Woohoo!

I chose a 6-inch ham sandwich on whole wheat with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and mustard. Yum! It was perfect.

After riding around on a few more rides, including some water slides, we eventually called it quits and headed home. We were exhausted from all the walking around in the sun! We had a fun evening watching the Olympics on the couch with Jack, and even indulged in some delivery Chinese food for dinner (beef & broccoli + General Tso’s = the perfect lazy evening).

On Sunday morning I hopped out of bed and took Jack on a quick two-mile run. When I returned, I whipped up some whole wheat pancakes for breakfast.

They were delicious! Recipe to come soon!

Then Fabio and I headed over to some tennis courts near us to practice our game (I counted the run and the tennis as part of my cardio of choice for Tina’s best body bootcamp).

After hitting the ball around for a while, it became apparent that we are not very good at tennis. In fact, I was snapping some pictures of Fabio when he accidentally hit the ball over the fence and hit a lady in the neighboring court!!


Tough guy


Sheepish guy

Lol! Obviously he apologized to the lady for hitting her and retrieved the ball. I think we need some more practice haha!

Later on Sunday afternoon we did some cleaning & chores around the apartment, before eventually going for a two-mile walk up to Trader Joe’s for some groceries. Naturally we stopped on the way home for froyo.


Then a few hours later for dinner I made us some skinny buffalo chicken wraps and crispy baked french fries. They were awesome!

Then we spent the rest of the evening relaxing and watching the Olympics! They were pretty much playing 24-7 the entire weekend, which was nice. The gymnasts are definitely my favorite, and I could live without the basketball games thankyouverymuch. Seems to me like I have to sit through enough basketball games without the Olympics lol.

Anyway, how was your weekend? Did you go anywhere fun? Flip upside down on any roller coasters? Or maybe you found an excuse to turn an errand into a stop for froyo 😉 Do tell!

 Posted by on July 30, 2012

  13 Responses to “King’s Dominion or bust!”

  1. Seriously, what a fun weekend! Glad you two got to head to Kings Dominion after all.. and with an amazing deal! I never heard of amuseument parks offering such a thing. That’s too cool. I just complained to the hubby how hot I am @ the moment.. and that froyo sure looks refreshing. If only it wasn’t going on 10 at night! We had a wonderful weekend. It consisted of starring @ the televison screen watching the olympics 🙂

  2. Mmmm everything looks so delicious and it looks like you had such a fun weekend! I went camping for two days this weekend (cut from three days to two by an unexpected work shift…boo!). I love roller coasters and I really want to go to an amusement park soon. It’s been so long!

    • Oooh I LOVE camping! I haven’t had a chance to go this year (or last year now that I think about it) but I try to go at least once a year with my family 🙂

  3. Omigosh that’s so fun that you went to an Olympics party too- yours looks great! I LOVE those torches too! I wish I would have thought of that! And how fun that you got to go to the theme park this weekend- sounds like those fast passes were def the way to go! And I spent a ton of time watching the Olympics too- I’m hooked this year! I am loving swimming and of course, gymnastics!

  4. Popcorn torches?? Why have I never heard about these before!? They look amazing. Sorry, bit over-excited about them… Your weekend looks like so much fun. I love theme parks. Definitely worth the money to skip the queues! I thought the Olympic opening ceremony was a bit off the wall but I did enjoy it. I think there were quite a lot of references that maybe non-British people wouldn’t get straight away. It was interesting to watch!

    • Haha my friend saw the idea for the popcorn torches from an article on Buzzfeed which gave out tons of tips for hosting an Olympics party. Didn’t they turn out cute? And I think I agree about the British references…I bet I would have enjoyed it more if I was more familiar with British history.

  5. haha I love the Olympics party goodies! I have to admit that I was a little underwhlemed by the opening ceremony overall. But then again, it’s a little hard to compare anything with the Bejing ceremony last time! Also – I LOVE KD! Chris and I have season passes, although we haven’t made it out there too many times yet this year. The Intimidator is my fav! Also – 100% agree, gymnastics is my favorite but I could definitely survive without the Basketball!

  6. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  7. What cute themed olympic snacks but that ride looks super scary (we have a similar ride at our Aussie theme park) and it is so fun to go on 🙂
    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

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