I love the holidays. I love days off work. I love leisurely afternoons involving sunshine, picture perfect beachside towns and my sweet little girl. Most of all I love that I was able to combine all these with the treat of having my sister in town, even if it’s only for a few days for Christmas. We’re so much alike, we’re practically twins. We finish each other’s sentences, make the exact same sounds at the same moment, laugh alike, talk non-stop and can just as easily sit in silence knowing precisely the thought the other has. It’s glorious. I recommend everyone have a sister.
This Tuesday was unlike most. Instead of emails, meetings, conference calls and deadlines, the day included sleeping in, a much-needed pedicure, a tasty lunch in Grayton with Jennifer and Mike and rolling around Seaside’s lawn watching clouds and people, without a care in the world. Actually, our only worry was deciding who had enough room for dessert and who would walk across the lawn for Dawson’s yogurt. In the end, we all did and we all went. Ahhh. What a life. I wish all my Tuesdays were this fancy-free.
|Emery slept through most of our pedicures
|…decided she likes limes
|Jennifer and Mike
What a wonderful and relaxing day I had yesterday! It was the first day of my twenty-eighth year and I so relished kicking my feet up, floating in the pool, spending a lazy day at our new home and being treated to a fabulous dinner by my handsome husband. Life is surely sweet and I’m currently riding a blessed sugar high.
We spent the morning in the pool, splashing in the water, laughing and watching the clouds roll by. It was heaven. Emery was well slathered in sunscreen and her bright pink hat while I was hoping for a sun kiss.
How cute are those pink ruffles and giant chubby cheeks?
It takes her a little while to decide that she likes the water, but once she does, she can’t get enough. She even tries to lick the water droplets off the float or her hands.
After lunch we took a family ride in the mule down to the scuppernong vines. Hunter’s grandparents owned a nursery years ago and still pride themselves on the variety and deliciousness of these succulent fruits.
We eat them right off the vine.
…and take a bowl-full home to snack on later.
Hunter had to stop at one of his deer food plots and toss out a new bag of corn.
He takes his hunting preparations very seriously.
Meanwhile, Emery and I hang out in the mule and she sees how tightly she can ball her fists.
Then we head back to the pool. It is August after all and just under 100 degrees. There’s our house in the distance! Can you see it?
More fun in the pool, this time without the pink ruffles.
Before I knew it, the day is done and we were dropping off Emery at my parents’ house. Being treated to a romantic date with my hubby was just what I needed!
The sunset over the bay was gorgeous!
Of course, we had to stop at Bud & Alley’s before dinner to watch the end of the sunset and reminisce.
It wasn’t all that long ago that we were enjoying our second first date at the rooftop bar and even less time since this handsome man was down on one knee with a shiny ring in his hand. It’s definitely a special place for us and one full of fond memories.
Cheers to all of the fun we’ve had and all the fun to come! (If you’ve never tried the Mo-garita, you’re missing out!)
We went on to dinner at V Seagrove and proceeded to indulge in more tasty cocktails and delicious food than two people should be allowed to enjoy. Our taste buds and bellies were happy!
We love to support local farmers and fishermen!
Our seats were at the Chef’s table, which overlooks the kitchen and gives an amazing, fast-paced show of organized chaos while we ate. I loved it!
After an appetizer of shrimp…
… I had the tuna…
… and cheese grits…
… while Hunter had what he said was one of the best steaks he’s ever eaten. (And he’s eaten a lot of steaks!)
By the time dessert rolled around, my iPhone died and I was enjoying myself way too much. It’s probably better that there isn’t photographic evidence after this point. It was a wonderful dinner with my man, a perfect day with the family and a birthday treat I was so thankful for.
Happy Fourth indeed! I LOVE celebrating Independence Day! Red, white and blue infiltrates every avenue and the perfectly crisp and patriotic color palette looks sweet as can be on everything from food to fashion to the night sky. Navy and red become favorites and stripes…. oh stripes. I can’t get enough! I love finding spirited ideas for tasty bites and fabulous outfits. Of course, Pinterest only fuels this fire, so here I share a few of my pins for the Fourth.
For Emery, of course…
Yum! Strawberry star cupcakes.
South Walton artwork from the Blue Giraffe in Watercolor
The annual Seaside parade goes right in front of the picture perfect post office and is so much fun to watch.
…and, of course, what is the fourth without fireworks? Beautiful!
Images via my iphone / thetomkatstudio / nordstrom / kraftrecipes / The Blue Giraffe / Pinterest / appolinas
Danielle and I stopped by Michael Granberry’s The Art of Simple gallery in Seaside during our playdate and I thought the place deserved its own post. One, because Hunter and his dad are pictured in Michael’s photo series of life in these parts and two, because the place was chock full of loveliness and perfect little moments. Here are a few of the photos in the series. They’re all black and white and have little or no editing. Michael relies on his skill and art as a photographer to get each shot just right. Hunter is on the bottom right throwing a cast net from a dock to catch fish. His dad is on the shrimp boat at the top.
Other photos in the series are of a YOLO boarder, yoga woman, musician, lifeguard, naturalist, etc. It’s really an impressive collection and so striking in black and white.
The rest of the merchandising in the gallery was equally impressive and adorable.
These notecards made me want to catch up on my correspondence…
Cupcake bath fizzies? Yes, please!
Love these fabric cards…
The place is definitely worth a peek.
I just love getting together with Danielle and sweet little Alexandra for our weekly playdates. I’m pretty sure the little ones have no clue they’re involved in any such playdate at this point. The outings are really just for us to enjoy, though we’re sure the girls are destined to be BFFs, naturally. This week we spent the day strolling around Seaside (literally pushing strollers), eating at the Taco Bar, doing a little shopping and mostly just enjoying being out of the house in good company and in the perfect little town on a perfect spring day. (You know they filmed the Truman Show here, right?)
Emery was ready for a fun day in the sun!
Alexandra had the same idea.
Wandering through Perspicasity…
Lunch at Bud & Alley’s Taco Bar! The chicken tacos and guacamole were delicious.
Such a cute pair!
I just want to relax on these balconies. Perhaps a nice nap in the breeze or a cool cocktail?
The annual ArtsQuest art festival was gearing up so we got a sneak peek and Danielle even found some fish artwork she had been looking for.
What a lovely day!
I always get so excited when my sister comes to town, partly because I just don’t get to see her that often but mostly because she’s my favorite, favorite person. I think we’re twins born 2 1/2 years apart. We planned to go to lunch together in Seaside, but before we ate, I wanted to make a quick detour to check out a store that had only opened the day before. Ahh, Duckie’s Shop of Fun. What a fun store it is. I guess cute kiddie things were never on my radar before, but now I can’t seem to get enough of them. I wanted to buy pretty much everything in the store. Duckie’s has old-school games and candy, stuffed animals galore, dress up costumes, toys, tutus, bags, wall art and plenty of rubber duckies, of course. You name it, it’s probably somewhere in the store. My eyes couldn’t take in all the goodies fast enough. It was like a sugar rush.
Of all the cute things, I ended up with this pink piggy on the left from the Rich Frog K’nit collection. I had to exercise a lot of restraint to buy only one item, so I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before I go back to fill up more of the nursery.
The perfect followup to shopping is, of course, dining. We settled on Barefoot BBQ on airstream row in Seaside and it did not disappoint. These sliders are so good! We ate so much and couldn’t even finish our plates.
If only Jennifer lived here, I’d be a happy camper. At least I can hope that they move a little closer in the next year or two. My fingers are crossed! Do I look like I ate a little too much? No, just an 8 month old baby inside.
The weather lately has been a far cry from the typical warm beach breezes and sunshine we get so used to during most months of the year. The usual activities have been put on hold — thanks to (literally) freezing temperatures — and nights inside have taken over. Heaters are on and fires are ablaze! There is something about a fresh fire dancing about that I find very relaxing and a little mesmerizing. The same goes for Christmas lights during the holidays, which always add just a bit of flair to familiar sights. I don’t even mind the big colored lights, which I used to hate. I’ve been enjoying the tree lights in Seaside over the last month or so as I’ve driven past them almost every day. I think I’ll miss them when they’re gone. I finally stopped and took a picture before they’re taken down. So pretty! They’re like jazzy jewelry for even the simplest sidewalk.
You might remember seeing the Queen Bee Cupcake trailer in Seaside (or here) between Fruit Cocktail and Raw & Juicy. There are a few classic treats it’s hard for me to resist and cupcakes are one of them. I usually prefer the ones Jennifer makes (strawberry & cream cheese – hint, hint), but I had to give these a try, too. I opted for “Chocolate with Pink” and “Key Lime”. It’s hard to compete with the homemade version, but these were pretty tasty. The chocolate was definitely my favorite!
Here’s a before:
And after: Mmmmmm… delicious!
This weekend was absolutely beautiful! There were only a few afternoon showers and the rest of the days were perfect beach days. This was my view from my chair near Eastern Lake today. Sunshine, clear water and best of all, almost no June grass!
I spent a little time at the beach in Seaside yesterday and watched the crowds roll in. I think it was one of the busiest weekends we’ve had so far. For lunch, I refueled at the always delicious Barefoot BBQ
and checked out some of the new Airstream additions surrounding the picture-perfect post office.
Fruit Cocktail – genius!
Queen Bee Cupcakes – sinfully sweet!
I highly recommend the red velvet cupcake! There is also the classic Frost Bites trailer and the new Raw & Juicy anchoring the new ones. If those aren’t enough choices, Seaside also has the Taco Bar, the Pizza Bar or the Shrimp Shack across the street- all tasty! Once you’ve stuffed yourself, follow my lead and find a nice place on the beach to kick back and relax. My favorite part!
Between weekend rains over Memorial Day weekend, I tried to spend as much time enjoying this view…..
It was glorious! When we were finally forced away to refuel with food and drink, we decided to try the new Barefoot BBQ in Seaside. It’s right next to the sno-cone place and sits in a fun little Airstream trailer. There were so many good choices, but the BBQ sliders were calling out to me and I couldn’t resist. Everything looked so tasty and the kids menu is even served on a frisbee. (Kids! Finish your food so you can play with your plate!) I always have trouble making little decisions like which BBQ sauce I should commit to, so it was great that each table had all the sauces to sample — everything from tangy and sweet to hot and spicy. I tried them all! This was so so good and absolutely made my hot summer beach day that much better.