Monday, February 21, 2011

Impromptu Road Trip and Some Food Buys

Today is Family Day here in Ontario so NO WORK for us!!  Hooray!  We aren’t doing anything much as most everything is closed, but we did go on a fun adventure yesterday!  DS had a soccer practice yesterday morning and we found out from one of the other Dad’s that the Washington Capitals were playing in Buffalo in the afternoon.  Said Dad convinced us to buy last minute tickets and so the adventure began!  We kinda felt like the Griswald’s heading to Wally World on the way there, but it all worked out in the end.  :)  Here’s how it went down, in point form;
  • flew home from soccer practice and ordered tickets online
  • hopped in the Jeep at 11:15 am for a game that started at 12:30 (did I mention that it was a 1.5hr drive??)
  • waited for tickets to be emailed to us on the drive down
  • call ticket seller to find nearest FedEx location to the HSBC Centre so we could print the tickets once across the border.
  • beautiful, sunny drive down
  • 30 minutes from the border a rock shot up at our windshield and chipped it
  • 10 mins from border have to stop for gas (left home so fast we didn’t think to check the gas tank!!  DOH!)
  • get to border and encounter a 40 minute wait to cross.  (The last few times we crossed on a Sunday afternoon we didn’t have to wait at all!)
  • PASS HSBC Centre  to get to FedEx, print tickets
  • FINALLY get to the game half way through although we did listen to the game on the radio in transit.
Comical or what?  But it was 100% percent worth it because the Capitals Ovechkin is DS’s favourite team player ever!  Pictures!IMG_5171 IMG_5196 IMG_5188 IMG_5190 IMG_5172 IMG_5173 IMG_5177 IMG_5189 Yes, we were CANADIAN’s in Buffalo cheering for the WRONG team.  LOL  That earned us a few dirty looks.  But you’d be amazed at the amount of Washington fans that were there!  And I found it amusing that each time Ovechkin was on the ice he got booed.  HA!  After the game we met with our soccer/hockey family at the front doors and walked over to TGI Friday’s for some grub.IMG_5198 None of us had been before and we all enjoyed our meals.  I ordered a bruschetta pasta which was divine.  I didn’t take any photos there, but I do have a picture of my leftovers that I ate at lunch today.  There’s also a small piece of my hubby’s salmon from his meal on my plate:IMG_5215 And the 4 kid acting like hams before leaving the restaurant:IMG_5200 Truly a fun, spontaneous, amazing way to spend a day that started out having zero plans.  I should mention that I live pretty much smack dab between Toronto and Buffalo.  The drive to the Air Canada Centre is the same length of time as the drive to the HSBC Centre.  However, NHL hockey tickets are MUCH cheaper to buy for games in Buffalo.  We are fortunate to have the option, though….
It’s been a very long time since I posted about any groceries on Krista’s Kraving’s, so I took a few photos after I shopped at Costco and the “big” grocery store on Saturday.  I still haven’t done our regular grocery run, yet.  By “big” grocery store, I mean the one across town that stocks certain items which I love/need that my regular store does not carry.  Costco was a big haul this time because we needed stuff like toilet paper, toothpaste, etc…IMG_5211  IMG_5206 IMG_5208 IMG_5209 IMG_5210 IMG_5202
I was thrilled to find the individual Greek yogurt’s.  I have Kristie the thank for that.  She keeps me in the know as to what our Costco is carrying!!  :)  And from Zehrs;IMG_5207 IMG_5203 IMG_5204 IMG_5205 IMG_4729 Nature’s Path and Kashi are 2 of my favourite brands and are well stocked at the “big” grocery store.  I bought other items as well, but mainly stuff for the kids lunches, etc.  What been popular in your grocery cart lately??
I’ve been enjoying some pretty fab eat, too.  Check them out!IMG_5092 IMG_5212 IMG_5152 IMG_5154 IMG_5170 IMG_5079 IMG_5083 IMG_5163 IMG_4914 IMG_5071 IMG_5150 IMG_5153 IMG_5089 Well folks, that’s the end for me.  I’m off to do some laundry, make some muffins for the week and hang out with my fam!  Have a great rest of the day!
Bye for now!!


  1. Oh my goodnes--what a grocery trip! Glad you had a fun adventure.

  2. Aw! You're such an awesome Mama to take on the impromptu road trip so your little man could see his favorite player! And it sounds like the trip was a fun one ;)
    Lots of great buys. I love those multigrain crackers- yum! And I'm on a HUGE Greek yogurt kick as of late. Hope you're having a nice Monday off

  3. such a great trip! You all look so many in ALL the pics!!! :D
    enjoy the rest of this holiday! :)

  4. I love spontaneous trips! What a fun adventure! :) Hope you had a fun Monday off! :)

  5. What a fun way to spend a day off of work!! Looks like a blast! And no mind to those people giving you dirty guys would know hockey better than they would anyway! ;)

  6. Wow! DD and DS have the best parents EVER! The Washington Capitals are my team...well I'm not a big hockey fan (yikes) but I have seen them play before. The CEO of my mom's company use to (or may still) own the Capitals so he gave out free tickets to employees all the time. Glad you and your fam had a great time.

  7. Yum yum, I love Crunchmaster crackers!! We sell those where I work and they are very popular. I also love Odwalla bars (and I'm giving some away for my Giveaway this week!).

    I can't wait to have a family with whom to take "random road trips". Seriously, that sounds like so much fun! I don't know that I would go to a random hockey game (my dad and brother would, any day) but just getting out of the house for a day and doing something fun like this is just so great! Glad you had a nice day Krista.

  8. ah, you're so awesome to have such an awesome day for your kids! too much fun!!!

    and omg you are going to love those crackers!!! i ate an entire bag in like, 3 days because i dipped them in everything! they're so good!!!

    and love all the toothpaste...looks like what my mom picks up, except she doesn't have kids at the house anymore. we just steal them from her. lol.

  9. Sounds like an awesome day, Krista!! Love all the pics! I bet the kids had a blast!! :)

  10. that is so neat you have a family day!

    You are the best family :)

  11. Looks like you guys celebrated the long weekend right. Love it!
    Shout outs to the Greek yogurt. I'm almost through my whole Costco stash! Looks like it's almost time for another trip. Definitely not complaining :)


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