Monthly Archives: June 2013

Seaside, Florida

The summer travels continued, and this time Rich was able to join!

We ventured down to Florida’s panhandle, where we spent a week in Seaside, a little beach town best known for being the movie set of The Truman Show. Located right on the Gulf, it was a true slice of paradise.

We stayed in a beachfront cottage, and it was the cutest little place, ever.

Our cottage and our view.

Our adorable cottage and the Gulf view.

More of the view.

More of the view.

While in Seaside, we played a round of golf (the single most humiliating four hours of my life, having never played 18 holes previously), rode bikes, lounged on the beach, and even went fishing, where I nearly died from seasickness, but that’s another story for another blog post. The good thing is that Shorty’s Surfside & Topside Grill was able to cook up the fish for us, and we absolutely feasted like royalty. It was amazing.

Four! (And that water you see in the photo is home to the  many, many balls that I lost).

Four! (And that water you see in the photo is now home to the many, many balls that I lost).

A post-yoga treat.

A post-yoga treat. That this existed in Seaside made me so happy.

r & r. Doctor's orders.

r & r. Doctor’s orders.

No need for a car! We biked to dinner. (Hence, the heels rode in the basket).

No need for a car! We biked to dinner. (Hence, the heels rode in the basket).

Fresh catch! All the red snapper you can eat.

Fresh catch! All the red snapper you can eat.

This made my seasickness worth it. I think.

This made my seasickness worth it. I think.

Yep. Worth it. The most delicious red snapper I have ever eaten. Fresh off the boat.

Yep. Worth it. The most delicious red snapper I have ever eaten. Fresh off the boat.

Seaside, and the surrounding area, has now become one of our absolute favorite destinations.

On the way home, we made a pitstop in Destin, Florida to visit one of Rich’s college friends. It was a great way to break up the drive home, and we loved the opportunity to spend time with friends.

I think this photo pretty much sums up the visit for the reunited college buds.

These two... there are no words.

These two… there are no words.

Now, how can the remainder of my summer vacation top all of this?

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California, here we come – Part 2 of 2

Not quite ready to return to the real world after my respite in San Diego (this is what summer vacation is for, right?), I hopped over to San Francisco for a few days to visit another friend from college.

Shannon is the ultimate hostess and every time after I visit her in San Francisco, I have to resist the temptation to move out to Northern California immediately.

Shannon and me at my wedding in October.

Shannon and me at my wedding in October.

Golden Gate Bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge.

Bay Bridge at dusk.

Bay Bridge at dusk.

Bay Bridge, all lit up.

Bay Bridge, all lit up.

And of course, no visit to San Francisco is complete without a trip to Napa Valley.

Alpha & Omega winery and picnic lunch.

Alpha & Omega winery and picnic lunch.

Nickel & Nickel vineyard.

Nickel & Nickel vineyard.

Sparkling wine at Domaine Carneros.

Sparkling wine at Domaine Carneros.

Cheers!

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California, here we come – Part 1 of 2

A few days after returning from Jersey, I set out to San Diego for a half-marathon with some friends from college. Two of us ran the half, one of us ran the full (total champ), and we had two of the best cheerleaders along the course encouraging us every step of the way (thanks, Jax and Laura!).

Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego

Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego

We stayed in the Gaslamp Quarter, and it was so perfect. I ate my weight in cupcakes, went to a local yoga class (twice!), and oh yeah, ran a half marathon.

Finished!

Finished!

It was wonderful to reconnect with everyone, and we agreed that we should plan trips like this more often. Races, optional.

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Why can’t every city be this beautiful on the water?

 

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Belated birthday post

So far it seems that 28 is going to be fabulous. It’s hard to believe that a month has flown by already!

I happened to be home in Jersey for my birthday weekend (Memorial Day Weekend), and despite the fact that we were all ready for summer, mother nature was not. It was 40°. I wish I was making this up. Having traveled from Shreveport where temps were already soaring into the 90s, it felt like it was the arctic.

Even in the frigid temps, we still managed to complete the Spring Lake 5 race, an unofficial Memorial Day Weekend family tradition.

Rosalie, Dad, and me, after completing the Spring Lake 5.

Rosalie, Dad, and me, after completing the Spring Lake 5.

Best friends, post-race.

Best friends, post-race.

 

Sisters!

Sisters!

Later that night, all of my friends and I got together for dinner for a mini-birthday celebration. The only person missing was Rich, who had to stay in Shreveport for work. Womp. Womp.

The gang.

The gang.

These girls are the absolute best.

Jersey girls.

Jersey girls.

It was a wonderful start to the new year.

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Home Improvements

Our backyard used to look like this:

The green you see in this photo is not grass. It is an overgrowth of weeds that took over our entire yard.

The green you see in this photo is not grass. It is an overgrowth of weeds that took over our entire yard and eventually grew almost waist-high. 

So, with the help of Hoogland’s Landscaping, we made some small updates to make this yard enjoyable.

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Take note of the grill. We have become BBQ masters. Kind of.

Take note of the grill. We have become BBQ masters. Kind of.

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Now, all that’s missing is a pitcher of sweet tea. Happy summer!

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The Graduate

The weekend after our NOLA trip, I headed to Dayton, Ohio, for my younger sister’s graduation from the University of Dayton.

It was a great weekend to spend with my family, and I only wish Rich’s call schedule was more flexible so he could have joined us.

Celebratory brunch! (Complete with my brother's handlebar mustache from his trip to the Kentucky Derby)

Celebratory brunch! (Complete with my brother’s handlebar mustache from his trip to the Kentucky Derby.)

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Watch out, world!

Watch out, world!

Congratulations, Rosalie! 🙂

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