Thursday, May 25, 2017

tag along on your husband's work trip, trip!

ahhh vacation!! a few weeks ago austin had to travel to Sea Island for some work biz things. and so we thought it might be fun to make a long weekend out of it, especially since i've never been before. and ding ding!! great idea it was. we first got to explore St. Simmons which is an adorable laid back beachy town on the GA coast. my grandparents actually lived there about thirty years ago! which made their trips to Jacksonville to visit the new baby that was me really easy! it was fun to picture my nana riding her bike on those very streets. there is this beautiful lighthouse that we actually toured and climbed to the very top which scared us both, but maybe austin a little bit more ;) and also fixed in some seafood, farmers markets and looots of tonic and limes for moi.

the next day we headed to Sea Island which was a real, real treat! we got to stay at the Cloister which is just pretty magnificent. i have never been to a hotel like this and oh was it fancy. but no complaints ;) every last detail of the resort right was just wonderful. after checking into the mooost amazing room, we got to explore the pool and beach! ahh beach! i have missed you. later that day austin had to attend said work event which left me on my own to do whatever i pleased. so a long bath and lounging in a big comfy robe and emerald slippers it was. and a lot of book reading! the book club i'm in recently chose 'behind closed doors' to read this month and oh my gosh....!!! i could not stop reading. in fact, twenty-four hours later and i was finished. because it really just seeped into my mind [and nightmares]. it was certainly disturbing but i mean very intriguing at the same time. i definitely, definitely recommend!! later that evening baby girl and i took a stroll as the sun was setting and really just took in the beautiful peacefulness that is Sea Island and the most impressive everything that is the Cloister. we ended the night with some good ole fashioned room service! ha. hotel life, it's not too bad! the next day i was pretty much on my own so it was room service it was again! [$15 frosted flakes, great! what a deal! it's not as fun when you can't expense it, you know?!] and a long day of pooling in the not a cloud in the sky sunshine before we headed back to the land of reality late that evening. [but also making sure to mix in lots of sunscreen, collecting of all the seashells,  grilled cheese and  ice cream].

and hey! while there, i was able to see my dad for a little bit! he happened to be flying in for an event  austin's company was hosting, but unfortunately their time didn't overlap! so i got to spend a little bit of time with him hanging out in his equally as fancy hotel room, which!!! was right next to the one we had checked out of earlier that day! rooms 52 & 53! what do you know? anyways, it was a really great trip and we plan to get back their one of these days with baby girl in tow!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

happy thirty one!

happy thirty-first birthday to that husband of mine!! pretty sure we were just celebrating his twenty-first at alabama and then i blinked!! and TEN years later here we are!! b-day celebrating him still, year thirty one and cheersing my mocktail to my forever college crush / hubby / baby's daddy! may your day be a special as y o u  are! 

wifey, baby and char 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

baby hyatt a... !!!

... a sweet little girl!!! we are having a baby girl!! yay yay  yay yay!! long live us older sisters! ;)

about a month and a half ago, we traveled to my moooost favorite of places for a long weekend of really just relaxing and beach strolling and seafood eating. we had been given the gender results a few weeks prior to our trip and decided to hold off on opening until we were in manomet. which really wasn't as hard as i thought it would be!! i mean i cried when i listened to to the doctors message saying they had the gender results and would mail them to us :) i was already overwhelmed simply knowing that our baby had a gender and someone knew!! ha. which duh of course! but it made it all the more real!  we knew manomet would be a really special place to find out some really special news. i had ordered the golf balls filled with pink or blue powder i had seen before that explode on impact. and i really recommend! what i don't recommend is say youtubing gender result fails the night before. [whyyyy chelsea]. i've seen the baseball version done before which would have also been pretty appropriate but there was no way i would be throwing the ball to austin to hit. what if i dropped it? threw it off the bluff? i dont know and i didnt really want to find out :)

soon enough the exciting day arrived! and it was nerve-racking! i mean, yes baby will either be a boy or a girl and all you ever want and hope and pray is that your baby is healthy, but still to be able to call our baby a him or her was a big deal to us! there were two golf balls in the box, one with a light pink string tied to it and the other with a light blue. so all that was left to do was open the results, grab the right ball and put it out there for austin to crack on open! my sister did the honors! and with tears in her eyes she got us all set up. austin took a few practice swings, one big breath and booom! a big burst of PINK shot out!  baby hyatt is a little baby girl! and oh my goodness, we were soo shocked!! cue tears.  i had convinced us both that we were having a boy! i think i convinced a lot of people. my sister said she had to read the results [female!] several times and then when it came to grabbing the correct golf ball, the light colored strings suddenly looked so very similar. ha but yes, it was the very best surprise!

and so now here we are at week twenty-one! a smidge over half way to meeting our baby girl! the countdown is on and oh do we have some (a lot!!) preparing to do :)

Friday, April 7, 2017

you and me...

...and a baby makes three! 
we are so excited to announce baby hyatt 
will be arriving in september!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

a mountain weekend

a few weekends ago we traveled to north georgia for a little bit of a nothing! which was so nice. to take a little break from all the errands! things to do! responsibilities! we were able to just relax, play outside, eat maybe more than we should,  watch a movie! all of it might i add. and we are so looking forward to getting up there more this spring/summer!

Friday, March 10, 2017

peakin' in on paradise

how cool is technology?! for Christmas this past year austin and i got my dad a yi home camera. we have one in our house now that we use to check on charlie and we thought my dad could use it in manomet to keep an  eye on the beach [and seals!! he likes his seal watching]. while we were in boston pre Christmas we stayed in manomet for twenty-four hours and were able to get it all set up. the camera is linked to an app you download on your phone, so really all you have to do is open the app and you can check the camera any time you want! we actually all loved it so much we downloaded the app and check it daily. i've said it a million times, but manomet has my heart! so getting to peak in on it daily and get a little glimpse of its beauty is such a treat. thank you, technology!!

Friday, February 24, 2017

aloha, maui!

^^ mama's fish house!

bye, bye, maui! forget us not!

flashing back to our time in Hawaii!! because Maui mems are some of the best. we loved getting to experience everything Waikiki beach and Honolulu had in store for us but Maui was more our speed! we arrived at the Honolulu airport about an hour before our flight and only in Hawaii would they let you on an earlier flight with ten minutes to spare:)  which we happily obliged, of course. until we walked out to the tiniest plane we have ever seen. eek!  and we have been on tiny before! a few years ago for our honeymoon. but this one was even smaller, seating about eight people. so we weren't quite sure what to make of it right away  but in the end we really enjoyed it. it was so beautiful to see everything from up above [especialyl Diamond Head!]  soon enough we arrived [safely!!!] in Maui :) yay. we rented a car which i recommend! everything is more spread out so it made getting around to explore so much easier.

we stayed at the Hyatt Regency and were properly laid with the most beautiful flowers. and because tangible memories are my thing, i actually brought mine back and dried it. which was no easy task! and probably not my best flower drying job considering it was hard to cart on top of a carry on and bunch of luggage but i did it :) we loved the Hyatt Regency and the fact that a bunch of other hotels were on the same strip.  it made trying fun new restaurants and shops easier to get to on foot. and make aloha hour [which they call happy hour. and now so do we :)]  and of course, the beaches and pools! which allowed us to fully bask in our vacactionness.

one of my favorite nights was the luau! we knew we had to go to one while there and i am so glad we did.  i am still in awe of the Polynesian dancing and fire twirling! how in the world? all the while the sun was setting in the background. it was really pretty incredible [my iphone agrees! so many sunsety pictures that i cant bring myself to delete.] plus you just can't go wrong with an all you can eat dinner buffet. and deserts! might i add.

a few other places we ventured off to... mama's fish house! it seemed like everyone we talked to who had been to Maui recommended we try it. and nowww, we get it! it has so much character and so much beauty [i can not stress that enough!!] and the food, while more expensive, was so great. it really is a must. [it sort of reminded me of the show bloodline on netflix! yes? without all the dark draaaama, of course. no drama in sunny Hawaii i am sure of it]  we also made sure to explore Lahiana a few mornings/afternoons for some coffee and fun happy hours. it's a great a historic town not too far from the resort and has a bunch of fun shops and restaurants when you are looking for a break from the resort spots.

soon enough [too soon!!] our last day arrived and we headed to the smallest of airports to wait for the even smaller plane to arrive and just as it did,  a rainbow appeared! i can't think of a better send off! except little did we know our Hawaii fun would be extended for twenty-four more hours back in Honolulu.... to be continued ;)

a few Maui recommendations:
Mama's Fish House - you'll be so happy you did!

Leiani's - so convenient if you are staying at the Hyatt or the other string of hotels! and the food was so. good. [hula pie, please!]

Fleetwood's on Front St. - located in Lahiana and had a great great live band and fun happy hour! [owned by Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac : not a bad spot to own a restaurant, mick!!]