Friday, March 24, 2017

2016 Summer Vacation to Tybee Island - Part 1

Adam and I love being able to take Connor on trips whenever we can, and we decided to do a little summer vacation at the beach in 2016.

We had originally planned to go back to Pensacola, FL like we did in 2015, but as we got closer to the dates we booked the weather forecast was looking bad. So we cancelled that and changed our plans to go to Tybee Island, GA. In the end, it was actually less expensive and it was somewhere that none of us had been before!

We left Friday afternoon and made the drive, getting into town in time to check in and go to bed.

Little dude slept hard, but it didn't take us long to wake him Saturday morning so we could head to the beach!

We spent all morning playing in the sand and the waves. We were thankful we found a hotel right on the beach so we could easily walk in and out as needed.

Connor loves playing in the sand!

Even though it didn't rain while we were there, the weather was unfortunately still not ideal. We had a ton of wind, so that made the water so rough that they eventually put up double red flags and told everyone to stay out. Not ones to be deterred from having fun, we decided it was a good time for lunch and to explore the island.

We had some yummy lunch at a little place right across the street from our hotel.

We also found a fun ice cream and shaved ice spot for a treat.

I snapped this fun photo of my boys as we walked around exploring the area.

We also drove around a bit and stopped in a few of the beachy shops to poke around a bit. We made our way back out to the beach for a bit that afternoon, but we still weren't able to get in the water. After a bit, we cleaned up for the evening and drove into Savannah. We found a delicious pizza place, and then walked around a bit before heading back to our hotel.

It was a really fun first day of our trip!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kicking Off 2016 Summer

Adam started last summer with two small weekend trips. We always love getting away, even if just for a night or two. We have a ton of fun going on road trips, even when they're random like one of these.

First, we went down to Atlanta in late May to see Dave Matthews Band (you're not the least bit surprised, are you?)

Since we had spent a weekend there for the show last year and done a couple of activities, we decided to just go for one night and the show this time around.

However, we did have to go to Shake Shack once we got into town Saturday! We love this place we discovered in NYC, and the location in Atlanta is the closest one to us so we don't miss an opportunity to go anytime we're in town or driving through town. Delicious!

After dinner, we made our way over to the concert. As always, it did not disappoint and we had a great time enjoying our favorite band.

Sunday morning we slept in a bit before having lunch and heading back home.

A few weeks later, we went to Tunica. This was so super random for us. In April, we had a package from one of the casinos there in the silent auction. No one was bidding on it, so we had lowered the starting bid at one point in the evening. Adam decided to bid on it, and he won, haha! One of the things I love about our marriage is that we have so much fun together, and we can make almost anything into a good time.

We hit the road on a Friday after work, and we stopped in Memphis to have dinner. Before long, we crossed into Mississippi (our first time in the state) and found our hotel in Tunica.

We knew before we went that we probably wouldn't enjoy the casino all that much. For starters, we weren't planning to gamble much. More than that, we hate cigarette smoke... and these places are full of it. Nonetheless, we knew it'd be neat to see the different little casinos.

It was clear as we drove in that Tunica's hay day has ended - a lot of the casinos/hotels are closed. My grandparents always loved gambling, so I would hear stories of them going there a lot before their health declined. It was kind of neat seeing what they were talking about.

It was fairly late in the evening when we arrived, so we spent a few minutes playing some penny slot machines and having a drink before going to our room to watch tv.

On Saturday, we slept in. As in, we woke up at almost noon and were shocked. It had been a pretty tiring spring with my big event at work (I had worked a 90 hour week for the first time in my life leading up to it), and we both were in the thick of some of our final (and hardest) classes of grad school. It was worth the very small price we paid for the hotel package at the auction to get this kind of good sleep. We had seriously been out cold all night!

We did a little research and found that there is virtually nothing to do in the area. We had gotten excited when we found something about a riverboat tour and decided we would go do it - but it had closed quite some time ago.

So instead, we went to Waffle House and enjoyed a delicious breakfast and then went over to where the riverboat used to be and took in the views of the Might Mississippi.

We then drove to another town about 30-40 minutes away and went to see a movie. HA. Even though we weren't doing a ton that we couldn't do at home, it was still really fun to just be away from our normal world and spend time relaxing together.

We got back to the hotel in time to use our vouchers for the buffet dinner. We tried a lot of food, and none of it was all that great. Nonetheless, it was included so we filled our bellies and then hit the penny slot machines again to round out our evening.

We got up the next morning and made our way back home. All in all, it was a fun, random little weekend away, but I can't say we'll ever see any need to go back to Tunica.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Memphis Fun

Adam had to go on a business trip over a weekend last year, so I decided that Connor and I needed to get into some fun while he was gone. This led to us spending a weekend with my parents in Memphis.

We drove over early Saturday morning and checked into our hotel. Connor loved spending the afternoon in the hotel pool!

That evening. we went to dinner and then saw The Jungle Book at the movies before crashing for the night.

The next morning, we were off to the Memphis Zoo. None of us had ever been, and we really enjoyed spending all day there as we checked out all the animals!

We had a ton of fun! We made our way back home after our day at the zoo, and I loved having this time with Connor and my parents!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wedding Fun!

Adam and I spent a recent Saturday night at the wedding of one of my good friends. It is always so fun to see your girlfriends that you used to commiserate with about being single find her person and get married!

It was fun for us to have a reason to get all dressed up.

The wedding was at a beautiful church in Nashville, and it was a really sweet ceremony.

Then we made our way over to a nearby music school for the reception. We enjoyed some appetizers as we caught up with friends in the lobby for a bit.

Adam also had some fun with the decor.

We were let into the main room and got a table with some of our other friends and enjoyed a great evening. Dinner was delicious, the toasts were great, and the first dances were so sweet.  Then, we all joined in the dancing! Adam also had some more fun with the decor.

I love these friends so much. Many of my memories of my single days are with these people. We're all older now, and some of us are married. We all have more serious jobs now, and one of us doesn't even live here any more. Even though life looks a little different now and we're not altogether as often, these are still some very special friends. I'm glad we can always pick up where we left off.

And I'm so happy for Christina!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

More Springtime Adventures 2016

As spring came to an end last year, we were still having some fun!

On Mother's Day, Adam and I went to church and then joined my family for lunch so that we could see my mom. We don't get to have Connor that weekend, but Adam gave me a very sweet card that Connor picked out for me. I also got some flowers! Being a stepmom is tough, and it made me feel so good to have my boys thank me for being a great mom. It was great to get to see my mom, too!

Not long after Mother's Day, I got to chaperone Connor's spring field trip. We had so much fun! First, we got to go on a boat ride. Connor's been on a boat with us a few times, but it was still fun to see how much he enjoys it!

Then, the kids got to zipline. Connor was a little nervous, but we talked about how much fun he would have and he climbed right on up. He loved it!

His last activity was archery. This was a bit tougher for him, but he still had fun giving it a try!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Springtime Adventures 2016

Adam and I were pretty busy last spring with grad school, but we managed to find some time to have a few little adventures and enjoy the warmer weather.

I feel like this picture in particular shows how we just like to have fun wherever we go, even if it's just the grocery store!

We spent one Saturday in the spring checking out the Vanderbilt campus and Centennial Park when everything was starting to bloom. We also went inside The Parthenon, something I had never done before.

We also had an afternoon we spent in the 12 South neighborhood checking out all of the little shops and having a snack at The Flipside.

Another Saturday was spent at Connor's Pinewood Derby race. We were so proud of him for working hard on his car and doing his best. My boys are so handsome, too!

In late April, we were at my work event that I spent a LOT of time planning over the months leading up to it. It was my first time for this particular event, and it went so well. I also think we clean up pretty nice, if I do say so myself.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2017 Snow Day!

Tennessee weather is drunk. We have had lots of days in the 70s lately, and it was 80 on Thursday. Yesterday? We got snow. 

We woke up Saturday morning to find our back yard covered.

Connor is with us this weekend, and it's the only snow we've seen in TN this year so we made sure to get outside to take some pictures and play a bit.

It was melting pretty quickly, but we were still able to have some fun. The boys enjoyed throwing snowballs at me!

Connor built a tiny snowman.

Adam and I enjoyed getting to see the snow. It always reminds us a bit of our time living in Indianapolis.

By the time we went in, it was mostly melted. Nonetheless, it was still so pretty to see for a bit!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

My 33rd Birthday - May 2016

Last May, I had a lot of fun celebrating my 33rd birthday with some of my family and friends!

My actual birthday fell on a Friday the 13th, just like when I was born. I always love when that happens. We had Connor for the weekend, so I decided that was a good night for a family birthday dinner. My parents and sister came over so we could go eat at our favorite mexican restaurant.

I always like getting some good family photos on birthdays!

Then we were off to dinner! Apparently, quite a few large parties picked the same restaurant that evening, and we had to wait longer than we ever have before. The manager recognizes us there and kept apologizing. When he found out it was my birthday and we finally got a table, he brought me a specialty margarita for free in addition to the one I ordered. Fun!

After dinner, we went back to the house and opened presents. I received several nice things from Adam and Connor, my sister, and my parents. One of my favorites was a t-shirt quilt my mom made me with my shirts from college. What's really fun is that one of the shirts is one I was wearing the day Adam and I met in 2003!

Later in the weekend, we went to Arrington Vineyards for the afternoon with friends to enjoy some wine, snacks, and a beautiful day! It was so nice to hang out with friends and celebrate a bit more.

Connor enjoyed playing with one of our friends' little girl in particular. They ran around for quite a while, and it was adorable.

We're so thankful for good friends to celebrate special days with - we love these people.

My sister was able to join us as well. Believe it or not, we sometimes don't get to see each other that often so it's always nice to hang out.

It was a really nice birthday, and I'm thankful for another year of life!