Miami: Surprise!

 IMG_5578  The day of the surprise party, Eddie, Maddie and I went over to Aner’s sister’s house to help set up and to make sure that we got there well before he did. We got to meet his family and twin nephews…so cute!
People started getting there soon after us and we all hung out and waited until Nora, Aner’s girlfriend, texted and said that she and Aner were on their way. Aner was under the impression that he was going to sushi with some friends…Ha! Once we saw them coming up to the house, everyone got really quiet and waited for the door to open. Awkwardly, the door jammed so we all just waited, giggling, as Aner and Nora tried to come in, haha! After a minute or so, someone opened the door for them.
It was so funny! Once they finally walked in, Aner smiles and then does a double take after seeing me filming. Then Eddie threw him a Miami Heat jersey, just like Aner did to Eddie when at Eddie’s surprise party two years earlier. It worked out perfectly! Nora planned the party details so well.IMG_5631IMG_5628  Then came the food! Aner’s family ordered Peruvian food from his favorite restaurant, which was really tasty…meat, rice, and fries, along with a bunch of different sides.IMG_5735 IMG_5750   Aner plays guitar so some of his friends surprised him with a coconut and vanilla cake replica of his guitar! It was pretty amazing. Everything was edible except for the strings.IMG_5831IMG_5814  The rest of the party consisted of playing basketball at the neighborhood court and a pretty intense nerf gun war. Give two seven year olds a bunch of nerf weapons and everything gets crazy pretty quickly! It was a lot of fun goofing off with them and choosing sides. I also really liked meeting Nora for the first time. She’s super sweet and she and Aner are adorable together :)2012-6-22 Miami Surprise Party7 IMG_5894 2012-6-22 Miami Surprise Party6   In the end, the party was a total success! It was definitely worth traveling down to be a part of it.
Steph xo


Miami: Day 1

At the end of June, my husband, sister, and I jumped on an early morning flight to Miami. There was a surprise party planned for Eddie’s best friend, Aner, that Saturday and we were able to go. A few years ago, I planned a surprise party for Eddie and Aner came up for it so it was exciting to be able to do the same for him this time! We got to the airport before the sun came up and got to watch the sunrise from the terminal. Not a bad way to start the day, I’d say.
After a short flight, we landed in Miami. Eddie’s parents live in Miami so his dad picked us up and took us back to the house, where we visited with family and had a late breakfast. The surprise party wasn't until the next afternoon so we had the day to relax and hang out with each other. After filling up on guava pastries, cherries, and fruit smoothies, Maddie and I took a much needed nap. Later on, we watched Eddie’s dad, who is a meteorologist for a Spanish channel, do the weather since I was pretty much the only one who hadn't seen him on t.v. yet.
We met up with Eddie’s dad on his dinner break and went to El Palacio de los Jugos, our traditional stop when in Miami. It’s a Cuban restaurant/mini market that’s open 24-hours and sells really authentic, fresh food. It’s definitely not the fanciest of places, but it’s so good. Maddie had never been to Miami before so we got to introduce her to all sorts of new Cuban foods…congris, tostones, chicarrones, arroz amarillo, pescado...the works.
The best thing about El Palacio is, of course, the juices. They sell cartons of different flavors of juice, a lot of which we usually don’t see in the states. That night, we had my favorite, guanabana. It’s a fruit that rarely grows in the U.S. and is usually found in more tropical places. Eddie and I found some in Antigua while on our honeymoon and I’ve been in love ever since! They don’t sell it in Atlanta so it’s always a special treat to get it on our trips to Miami. Maddie and I also tried authentic Cuban Coffee, aka straight espresso with a hint of sugar, for the first time. We barely drank more than a sip, haha. It’s definitely an acquired taste.
Later that night, the three of us headed out to Hollywood Beach. We went rather late so the whole beach was pretty much deserted, which was nice. We walked down the boardwalk, threw a frisbee around a little bit, and just enjoyed the beach.
We got back home late, ready to fall asleep, and looking forward to the party the next day!

Steph xoxo


Miami 2011: Film

Since meeting my love almost three years ago, Miami has been our most visited destination. Eddie lived there for a few years and his parents still do. We've visited about six times, sometimes just for a night during a layover, other times for a week or so. Around this time last year, Eddie and I took a trip to Miami with my sister and a friend. Our friend got an amazing deal on bus tickets for a new bus line so we all packed our bags and took a weekend trip to Miami.

I took my film camera with me on the trip. Here are a few of my favorite photos:
My favorite smile in the world.
Kayaking in the ocean. Eddie and Aner tipped themselves on purpose, more often than not.
This photo makes me melt. every. time. 
A walk to the park.
So much (blurry) food!
The bus that we took there and back. Oh hey, Einstein.
Steph xoxo


Oh, hello blog.

Well, I unintentionally took a hiatus from the blog for a few weeks. Since returning from Miami, I've been enjoying summer with lots of iced tea, spending a lot of time with my love and family, and traveling a little more. It was a good little break from blogging but I'm back and ready to get back into it. A post on our trip to Miami coming in the next day or two!

Until then, here are a few photos of what's been going on lately:

1. Flight to Miami 2. My love and I 3. Sparklers on the fourth 4. Traditional flag cake
5. Eddie and me 6. Tubing with the family 7. Myrtle Beach 8. the Sky Wheel
9. Working downtown 10. View from the mart 11. Teatime 12. Midnight pancakes

Photos from Instagram. Follow along at _stephrodriguez_

Happy Monday!
Steph xoxo