It was one of our rare, busy-busy weekends…
Since Fanless’ birthday was on Thursday, November 11th, I took him to his first ever hockey game at the Bankatlantic Center on Friday, the 12th. We got there fairly early so we got to watch the practice prior to the game. It was the Florida Panthers vs. Minnesota Wild.
Our usual “hold out the camera at arm’s length” photo. You can see that Fanless was being a total grumpy pants at this point.
We didn’t even realize the game had started. There was the introduction of the team and the national anthem and then everyone sat down, and I guess they just started playing. We were like “did it start?” “I don’t know.” (I guess I’m used to the Heat games where they basically tell you every single thing going on.)
Do the other hockey teams have cheerleaders? I’m pretty sure this is a South Florida thing, no?
I don’t know why I got such a kick out of this sign the section usher was holding up, but I thought it was cute.
Listen I’m not even gonna lie… We had absolutely NO idea what was going on – and there’s not a whole lot of announcing going on either – but it was still pretty fun. And when the Panthers score a goal? Holy crap! That place goes nuts! Horns, strobe lights, fog machine! Craziness, I tell you. Oh, and the Panthers won, 2-1.
Our Saturday was pretty mellow. We had to run a few errands (Best Buy, Target, Walmart). Since we were out by Aventura, we decided to visit the Adrenalina shop, which is related to the TV show of the same name. It’s a pretty cool place if you’re a 14-year-old boy. They have a Flowrider wave pool (just like the Royal Caribbean ships) and an area for kids to skateboard.
The shop is located in The Village at Gulfstream Park, which is like a smaller scale version of the shopping and entertainment complex at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino.
See? Here’s that picture again. At least he’s smiling this time (I used the old “this is for your mom!” tactic).
Since we hadn’t had time to do dinner out on Friday, we decided to do Birthday Dinner on Saturday at a place in The Village called Cadillac Ranch.
Oh my word… I hiiiighly recommend this place. DEEEE-liciousness!!! I had the Jumbo Shrimp and Crab Alfredo (I was literally stuffed after four bites; I can’t even explain how humongous the shrimp were, and there were tons of them). Fanless had the Prime Rib Special (my mouth is watering just looking at the picture) which, of course, I tried. We both agreed it was probably the most tender steak we’d had.
After dinner, we finished up our errands and went home to relax.
On Sunday we attended a co-ed Baby Shower for our friends, Mike and Kat. It was at Volunteer Park in Plantation, which was a nice location. We were in a large covered pavilion and just behind us was a little wooden bridge that looked out over a small creek surrounded by (what I guess is) marshland. I thought it was pretty, in it’s “nature-ness.”
The park also has some stables and we walked over to check out an equestrian event that was taking place at the time.
And in case you are wondering what boys do at a co-ed baby shower, here are Fanless and his friend, Eric, drinking beer and checking sports scores on their phones. The guys at the table behind them were watching the Dolphins game on a portable TV. It was pretty funny when the hostess was calling out the answers to one of the shower games and those guys cheered at a Dolphins touchdown, but we thought they were cheering about the shower game! Boys, I tell you.
So that about covers it. It was a pretty fun weekend, and even though it was busy, it wasn’t crazy or tiring. Pretty perfect, if you ask me.
Peace out, yo!