Today I am thankful for my sibling, my brother Matt. I lucked out when it came to younger siblings. My brother is 3 years younger than me. We would fight and argue making my poor parents crazy. Growing up with a younger brother was a blessing. I learned to share things like toys. I learned to work together with my brother on projects like our Leggo projects we would challenge ourselves with. We had big ideas and even bigger dreams. Siblings are a funny thing. I could never picture my life without a brother,.
This past weekend I took a mini road trip to visit him. I am lucky that Matt lives in the same state as me-which makes visiting each other much easier. We spent the weekend gallivanting around downtown Orlando catching up on everything. On Saturday we went to Lake Eola’s Fall Festival in downtown. It was a little warmer than I would have liked but it was a great event! Local food vendors, artists and boutiques came out and set up booths to sell their items. We even managed to start Christmas shopping for my parents. (I applaud myself on starting early this year!)
We hit up one of my favorite lunch places in Orlando, Pom Pom Teahouse. This place has the BEST teas (iced or hot). I usually order their Yellow Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich with an iced tea of any flavor and I tried the Lavender tea this time around. It was the most delicious tea I have ever had. (Plus it made me feel calm which I needed!) We headed to Celebration to do Matt’s new head shots afterwards. My brother also dabbles in photography so being able to take his pictures was fun! We had a good time running around Celebration looking for the best lighting.
We opted for an inexpensive dinner so we could go out later to our favorite wine bar. Burgerfi was our dinner choice. Their burgers are similar to Shake Shack if you’ve ever been to one. (I highly recommend them both!) Later int he evening we heading to Eola Wine Company to sip on some delicious wines or as Matt chose, champagne. The next morning we met up with our parents for brunch at a little place called Dexter’s. It was delicious! Brunch is always a good thing especially to top off a successful sibling weekend.
My brother and I have these sibling weekends every few months or so. Once of us will volunteer to drive to the other for the weekend. We usually try to do fun things that we can bond over. For Matt and I that’s shopping, getting brunch and watching funny shows/movies. We try to keep up with our sibling weekends but it is hard. Matt is about to graduate from college and he doesn’t work a normal 9-5/Monday-Friday job. But we make it work whenever we can!
If you have a sibling (or siblings) pick up the phone and give them a call. I know it’s hard to stay in touch when you’ve moved out and on with your life but your siblings are always going to be there. Reach out and say hello!