Category Archives: Travel

A Quick Dip

During our most recent trip to Lake Martin we had the joy of getting a video of our little girls first time in the water.

She enjoys her baths, so I figured she would love the lake, but things don’t always go as we plan…

 

 

She seemed to be enjoying herself at first, but soon changed her mind.

Her sweet sad faces are so innocent. I absolutely love that we are the ones that get to comfort her and help her move past her tears. Being a parent is so much more rewarding than I ever imagined it would be!

I know she will love the water in due time. I have a feeling the difference between warm bath water and cool lake water was a bit much for her first visit. I can’t wait until we can try again! Next time we will go AFTER nap time :)

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Sun & Water

I feel like the title should follow with “Earth, Heart. Captain Planet, he’s our hero…”. That was some solid 90′s television!

So far this weekend has been filled with family, naps, cinnamon bread, and floating in the lake, and it’s only Saturday!!

Here is a picture to show you a glimpse of all the fun and cuteness involved.

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I think we may have a water bug on our hands, yay! :)

A Lakeside Visit

We went on our first road trip recently to visit my grandparents up at Lake Martin. We weren’t sure how Sarah would travel, but she did fantastic :)   I left with my parents on a Thursday and Stephen was joining us Friday night when he finished the work week.

On our way up we stopped and surprised my Aunt Vicci and Uncle Steve. It was SO wonderful to see my Aunt’s surprised face. She loved getting to see Sarah, it was the first time they’d met face to face, and the first time I’d been to their home.

We finished the drive up to the Lake and got there just in time to eat some dinner that Grandma cooked up for us.

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A Happy Baby :)

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Sending Stephen a “We Miss You” text :)

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We LOVE Naptime

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Aunt Vicci loving on Sarah

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Staring at Uncle Steve

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Rocking with Grandma

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Hanging out on the couch, relaxing

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Just before we left, with Grandma and Papa

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A Good Drive Home

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One of my favorite views in the world

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I don’t know if that view even looks the same after all the horrible tornados that hit Alabama last week. There was so much devastation all over the state, and Lake Martin was hit pretty bad. Thankfully my grandparents place wasn’t hit, and they had power 2 days later.

It was a wonderful trip and I’m really glad we got to go up for a quick weekend. Just before we left Stephen heard Papa tell my Grandma, “Put a sack of potatoes in that carseat so we can keep that little girl with us.” I will treasure that comment forever, that is SO my Papa :)

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Christmas in Mississippi

This past weekend was my families Dirty Santa Christmas Party over in Biloxi. It is one of the things I look forward to most about the holidays. We always have so much fun, and this year did not disappoint.

On Saturday we traveled with my sister and her husband into Mississippi to hangout at my grandmas before the party.

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Me (big belly and all), cousin Angie and her sweet baby girl, Kaley

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Stephen & I

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with Angie and my sister

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my beautiful Grandma

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future movie nights for this gang!

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my mom with her sister Patty

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my mom with her sisters and her mom

I was bad at taking pictures, so this is all I could get my hands on. I’ll update later with the Dirty Santa side of the party. I love stirring up trouble with stealing gifts, and it isn’t difficult to do when you’ve got family with good taste!

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Labor Day Weekend

I love a good 3-day weekend. Although I’m not working I still live for the weekends and the time it provides with family and friends. This past weekend I went up to my Grandparents lake house on Lake Martin. Stephen had to stay behind for some work he had scheduled, so I hitched a ride with my parents on Friday afternoon.

Growing up we spent our holidays and vacations visiting family. I can’t imagine how expensive family vacations would have cost with 4 kids, 2 of which were boys with bottomless stomachs. We were always excited to take a trip up to Lake  Martin and spend the entire trip swimming, fishing, and hanging out on the pier until dinner. My older brother Matt always had a knack at catching turtles for us to play with, and even in the winter when the water was low we would build forts and make up adventures to go on with our cousins Kim and Lindsey. In the summer my parents would let us pick a few friends and we would go to the lake for a week with my Grandparents. We had the best bonfires up there in the cold months! I’m hoping we get to do that again this year, I could go for some good fireside smores!!

This weekend was a lot like the previous Labor Day Weekends we’ve spent up at the Lake. My brother Matt and I were spouseless, both of which had to work, and there were my parents and my sister and her hubby Jeff who all came up on Friday. This was my first trip since my pregnancy symptoms had really kicked in, so I was glad that the car trip went well.

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Relaxing Friday night

One of the wonderful things that we experienced was some cooler weather. In the morning and evenings it would chill off to around 60 outside and it was sooo nice! I am really looking forward to fall (not that we even have one until late November here in Florida…)

One thing I have discovered is that you never know what kind of fishing there will be at the lake. Last time we were up there I caught several catfish. This trip was a bit different. Matt caught the biggest fish:

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(Which I hope to re-catch next time)

and then Miriah caught the tiniest:

she didn’t even know it was on her hook until she reeled it in to re-cast. The little cutie

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Matt brought Noel with him and she swam more than I’ve ever seen a dog swim!  She even found a way to rest while still in the water:

There she is, just resting on the crossbeams under the pier in the shade. Smart puppy!

Sunday night we went on a Sunset boat ride. It was gorgeous. It’s always fun to see what new houses have been built since our last trip. It always amazes me to see what kind of “lake homes” people have. Some are some incredible I can’t imagine what their real homes must look like.

That pretty much wraps up my holiday weekend. I hope you were able to do some relaxing and enjoy some good BBQ’ing. I know I ate my fair share of ribs and corn-on-the-cob!

Road Trip

Stephen has been working a lot lately and I’ve been sick (looking at a computer screen gives me a headache) so I thought I would give a quick update real quick.

We went on a road trip to Houston a few weekends ago, so I thought I’d share some of our fun times with you :)

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Got to visit our friends Kelly & Brian

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Lunch @ Swampy’s
(had some delicious Cajun food)

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Had a girls night with Sarah :)

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we were in Texas, so the guys wore some boots

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I think this is my favorite pic from the whole weekend

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Our group shots before we left

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a true personality shot

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After Houston we drove to New Orleans to see our friends Matt & Elise. It was great getting to see everybody that’s moved away over the past 2 years. Gotta love a good road trip :)

A Drive & A Good Burger

On occasion Stephen has to visit a different location for work. The company he works for has 3 stores, and yesterday he went to one of their Alabama locations.  On our drive that morning he asked me if I’d like to head over after work and have dinner together and visit the outlet stores. I, of course, said yes!!

After work I plugged in the address and our TomTom led me straight to him {side note: how did we travel before our GPS?!? It’s so incredibly convenient having something show me and tell me where and when to turn!}

After I picked up Stephen he took me to a small local place called Fish River Grill. When you sit down you are given a cup of soup called swamp soup. Both the look AND name made me question dipping my spoon into the greenish substance. Turns out it was really good, it had a mixture of  beans & turnip greens. I have never been a fan of turnip greens, so to eat something that 1) looked like it was taken out of an actual swamp, and 2) had turnip greens it, really took me by surprise with it’s great flavor.

After the soup we received a basket full of fries and our burgers…

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Hurricane Burger
(can feed a family of 4)

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The Swamp Burger
(smaller, but still more than enough for 2 people)

Being in Alabama I should know better than to be surprised by the amount of food you get for 1 entrée. Stephen’s burger was about the size of my hand, and sooo thick. It was crazy. My own burger was huge (but thankfully a good size smaller).

We were even more pleased when the waitress came up and told us we get a free cozy for ordering burgers. We happily accepted and chose 1 for each of us.

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Stephen chose the Camo to “complete the Alabama experience”.

While there we talked to the owner for a bit and she was telling us how she under-predicted the oil spill effect on their place. If people aren’t coming to the beaches, they aren’t coming to the outlets, and aren’t eating at the local restaurants like this Mom & Pop burger/fish joint. The oil spill is really starting to hit the coast, so hopefully we will get some northern winds to whip the oil in a different direction and give the Louisianna, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida coastlines a break.

After dinner we went to the Tanger Outlet to walk around for a while. Driving with a full stomach is anything but enjoyable, so we wanted to walk off that full feeling. It was a good decision!

We made it back to town around 10 last night. I have to say, it was a nice change to my normal Tuesday :)   I think mini-trips are going to become a new regular thing for us!

Family Photo

This past weekend we were in Biloxi for a family reunion. We had an amazing time and I was able to  see some family that I haven’t seen in 20 years, since the last reunion on the coast!

One wonderful occurrence was that my immediate family was all together in one city at the same time! That is a rare occasion for us these days so I couldn’t help but share the special moment with you:

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We started as 6 and now we are a family of 10!  Gotta love it :)

I’ve been swamped since we got back, so hopefully I’ll have more  for you soon!

I can say that I am counting down to the 3-day weekend ahead!!  I love the  4th of July! For our family  it’s a time to eat some delicious bbq and relax in the sun with friends and family. That, and a reason to  high-five my brother Jeff and thank him for serving our country and protecting my everyday freedoms.

How do you celebrate?!?

Weekend Recap

I can’t believe it friends, but June is actually here. The winter and spring have come and gone and summer is definitely here. I can’t believe how quickly it has come. Stephen and I have been in our house for 5 1/2 months now! We have accomplished so much, and still have many fun projects ahead!

With today being the 1st day of June that means Memorial Weekend has come to an end. We had an amazing time up at my grandparents cabin on Lake Martin. Here are some pictures to make ya jealous ;)

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A Warm Welcome meets you at the door

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I bought some new floats to enjoy. These comfortable green beauties were a great purchase!

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My sister Miriah, and bro Jeff really enjoyed them

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Amanda and I enjoyed a paddle boat ride, and had a tagalong giving us a good workout.

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Those green floats did come in handy

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It was a weekend full of sun, laughter and catching up with friends and family

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Amanda, Charlie & I

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Our friends Steve & Amanda came up to the lake on Sunday to relax and hangout with us. We had such a great time getting to relax with them since they moved this past January. I can’t wait until they move back so we can continue some awesome games of Dominoes. Perhaps with Steve’s delicious chicken tacos and Amanda’s brownies and ice cream (hint hint)! hehe

While a few of us decided to head up to the porch and enjoy some shade for a bit, Steve and Stephen spent some time fishing.

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While the boys fished I gave Ava, Steve and Amanda’s eldest daughter, a bottle of bubbles I picked up. I think she enjoyed them…

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Isn’t she adorable?!

The boys enjoyed themselves too…

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My brother Matt and Stephen

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This is the view of the cabin from the dock.

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I love these views…

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The weather was spotty with some occasional rain, but rain doesn’t hurt when you are in the water. Plus, it made for some great pre-dinner napping!  Grilled ribs and chocolate pie made for a great last night at the lake.

I think the lake is the perfect getaway for Stephen and I because he can take naps and read while I hangout in the water and chat the day away. On the way up to the lake we made that stop at Walmart where I got the new floats and bubbles, and while we were there we also picked up a fishing rod for me and this helpful device:

The new GPS

I always gripe to Stephen that we don’t need electronics to get from Point A to Point B because we can look at a map if we get lost. Well let’s just say that I’m not the best navigator, and with us using Stephen’s iPhone for our ‘mapping’ we had a few stressful moments when we had no signal on our trip. For some reason AT&T doesn’t know about Alabama – someone should really let them know…

that is how the GPS came to be. I finally gave in after we travled the new route we take from our new town. It was the first time we have gone into Alabama since the move, and it was so enjoyable. Next time we know of some awesome flea markets and coffee shops we want to visit.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We hung out and fished on Monday until leaving after lunch. We got home just in time to grab some Gordita’s for dinner :D

Weekend Plans

I am so excited that we officially have plans for Memorial Weekend! We will be traveling a few hours north to my grandparents lake house on Lake Martin. I love going up to the lake. Not only is it a mini-vacation, but it’s a beautiful site to look at.

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The lake is absolutely gorgeous. It’s peaceful, serene, and relaxation central. The older I get it’s becomes more difficult to go visit like I used to. We used to spend weeks at a time at my Papa’s Lake house, and now we only get to visit during holiday weekends. That is one reason why I am SO very excited that it’s Memorial weekend, and we will be spending it on that lake!

I plan on doing a few things while we are there.

First, spend time with these people

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Papa & Grandma

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My Papa built his house on the lake before it was a popular place. He spent every weekend up there hammering, sawing and piecing his home together. What started as a small cabin, with no air conditioning, is now a 6 bedroom home with plenty of air conditioning and a newly renovated kitchen! My grandma had to wait many years for that, but it was well worth the wait! When we were little we would ride in the boat and the houses were far between. Nowadays the houses aren’t only closer, but HUGE and definitely expensive! Some people have pools, which makes me laugh since there is free water just a few feet away, and others have huge boat docks with sun decks on top. It’s always fun to see what new homes have been built each time we visit.

Second, I plan to stay super busy right here:

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That’s right, I plan on floating in the water as long as the sun allows. Then, when I’m not floating in the water, I plan on laying on the dock soaking up rays, and thirdly:

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the grandchildren eating at the “kids table”

I plan on eating BBQ, fruit salad and everything else put in front of me! We always eat so well at the lake :)  You can’t say no to grandma’s cooking and grandpas grilling!

I have spent many wonderful times at the lake. With my Papa back home after spending a few unexpected months at the hospital, I am more excited than ever to visit and hear him tell stories of when he was a kid and what mischievous adventures he took part in. I’ve told him time and time again he needs to write a book, and I pray that one day my own kids are able to hear him tell his stories.