Family Beach Week 2014

Olivia got to go to her second family beach week this passed week.  We had so much fun!


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While Jamie gets to play in Vegas for the week, I get to take care of a teething baby.  Joys.  Somehow my view doesn’t look as great.



Hunting Island State Park

 IMG_9666IMG_9704Fotor0804214810IMG_9698  We took a day trip to Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina.   The park is right above Hilton Head and below Beaufort.  Only an hour and a half drive.  It has a wonderful beach, light house you can walk up to the top to, walking trails and so much more!  Olivia loved the water.  She hadn’t been to the ocean since last years family beach week so I’m sure she did not remember it.


6 years <3


Jamie planned an amazing getaway for our 6 year anniversary.  We traveled only an hour north for an overnight stay in Beaufort, SC.  My parents came and watched little O for our first overnight stay away from her. IMG_9061

It was storming when we arrived but the rain cleared while we explored downtown and then the sun was out for the rest of our stay.

IMG_9069   Of course I had to get Olivia a little gift while we were away.


We stayed at the Rhett House Inn where Forest Gump was filmed.  It is a beautiful B&B with an amazing staff.Screen shot 2014-06-11 at 1.28.23 PMWe stayed in room #1 on the main floor that had a beautiful gay window that overlooked the garden.

IMG_9099Fotor0611125414We were greeted with Champs to start our stay!

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The grounds of the Rhett House Inn are beautiful.  We played croquet and badminton in the afternoon. IMG_9105For dinner, we headed to the waterfront and enjoyed our meal on the patio of the Saltus River Grill.  We shared a Gnocchi app, I had a filet and Jamie had Sea Scallops with risotto.


After dinner, we enjoyed a stroll along the Chambers Waterfront Park.  Many swings line the waterfront.  You can get great views of the Beaufort River, the Woods Memorial Bridge, the western tip of Lady’s Island, the eastern side of Port Royal Island, and the northern tip of Parris Island.  IMG_9117

The Rhett House Inn offers complimentary, homemade desserts in the evening.  We sampled all four that were offered.  So yummy!  Jamie said the apple pie was the best he had ever had.  IMG_9120

We had complimentary breakfast on the front porch.  I had french toast and Jamie had the blueberry pancakes.


After breakfast, we explored downtown on the beach cruisers provided by the inn.  I love seeing South Carolina’s second-oldest city and its wonderful historic downtown district.  The homes and landscaping are amazing.IMG_9128Before departing, we took a dip in the pool at the Sanctuary Golf Club where the Rhett House Inn guests have full access.  Soaked up some rays and then headed back home.

These past 6 years have been amazing. Jamie, you have given me the most precious gift I could have ever asked for, our beautiful daughter Olivia Rose. I love you to the moon and back and can’t wait to grow old with you. No one but you could put up with me this long!



Opa, Nana & Elke

 My mom picked Olivia and I up and we drove down to Florida for the weekend.  It was great to see Opa and Nana.  An added bonus was that my tanta Elke was in town all the way from Washington.  It was Livie’s first time getting to meet her which was special.  She wasn’t sure about her at first but she warmed up really fast once Elke offered her some food.  Such a little stinker!10312585_10152457670830477_6226174462611311994_n10256617_10152457671295477_6548141942043802193_o 10333497_10152457671165477_1507690772297764498_o


Weekend Shenanigans


Little Livie got to enjoy her first UNC tailgate experience on Saturday.  We used to have season tickets for a few years before we moved away so it was exciting going home for a game.  We really needed to put to good use our UNC tent, tables, chairs and other tailgating equipment this year.  Jamie was so excited to take her back to his old campus.  He went not only for undergrad but also for his Master at the University of North Carolina.  So when I say ‘he bleeds Carolina blue…’ I mean he BLEEDS it!  It will always be in his blood.  Jamie’s parents and sister Mika drove up for the game and my parents also went.  It was a noon game so Olivia and I had to go home after she got to experience a UNC tailgate.  She got to meet the real Rameses, a Horned Dorset Sheep and the cheerleading Mascot at the new Victory Walk.  It was sad not seeing the Old Well Walk but I kinda of liked the idea that the first year the school is starting new traditions was the first year for Olivia to join in on the festivities.  We had the opportunity to make new traditions with her.  Jamie and his dad cooked (GIANT) steaks and BBQ chicken on the grill.  We had rosemary potatoes that were so yummy and other fixins.  I am so glad that Jamie got to share a very important tradition with Olivia and show her around a place that he loves now that we live almost 400 miles away.  When everyone went to the game, Olivia and I got to cheer on the team from my parents house.  We even got to see Daddy on TV in the stands!

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Weekend Shenanigans

{one}  Started our weekend off with a real bang!  A tree took out a panel of our fence.  Just wonderful.
{two}  Olivia learned all about Adam and Eve in our family worship night.  She kept getting really big eyes every time she saw Eve.  “No she didn’t!”
{three}  The Bark Park I am a board member on is hosting a Yappy Hour Fundraiser and I got a friend to create amazing flyers for it.
{four}  We slept in our crib for a few minutes this weekend.  Just a few.
{five}  We went to the beach at St. Simon’s Island today.  She was all smiles until we got out there.  We only lasted an hour.
{six}  I got beer tumblers monogrammed for us so we no longer have to worry about glass on the beach.  So fun.  Will post more about them later.
{seven}  Ate amazing shrimp in a little historic town.  Population like five but the restaurant we kept hearing about was beautiful.  Right on the water with an amazing deck.
{eight}  We have been fighting the crazy cowlick all weekend.
{nine}  We went to the Honda dealership to look at some Honda Pilots.  I fell in love with one.  We will see.
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Five on Friday

Little Livie and I are drove home from Florida yesterday.  We had a blast visiting family.
Olivia got to meet so many new faces.

Here is my Five on Friday for the week!  Short and Sweet.


2 month

I cannot believe little Livie is 2 months old!  Where has the time gone?!?  She has developed and grown so much just within the last week.  I want her to stay this small forever!



Meeting Great Grandparents.  Olivia has met all but one Great within the past two weeks.  Their faces just light up so much when they first meet her.  The only one she hasn’t met is my mom’s mom who lives all the way in Washington state.  It is so fun seeing all of the generations together.



I have been listening to this cover of Grimes’ “Oblivion” by Franz Ferdinand all week. I love the original but this cover is great!



I am OBSESSED with Catbird stackable rings!  They sell the whole alphabet in silver, gold and rose gold.  I really want an ‘O’ for Olivia, a horizontal bar of diamonds, an “I ❤ u”  and a heart.  I really could have them all!!!!  They are so delicate and simple.  My ring finger is a size 4.5 so I can usually only pull off thin and slender rings.  I have been hinting at Jamie for awhile now.  Wink, wink…



Even though we got a big L for UNC’s first game of the season, it is still fun to dress little Livie up.  We might be watching it from home but that doesn’t stop me from accessorizing!