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!
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!!
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 ;)
ten years of valentines days i've gotten to spend with my numero uno valentine! oh time, how you fly. from our dinner dates in tuscaloosa as boyfriend and girlfriend to now, living in the future, as wife and husband, doing adult things! for the past couple of years we have spent our valentines day at home, making din, which honestly, is my favorite way to spend it. but i do like our din dates! so last saturday we went to a fancy din to celebrate early, without the big day of love crowd of people :) and on monday, we celebrated early again with austin's favorite way, king crab legs! just like a few years ago! give the girls some flowers and a card. give the boy some king crab legs. that is the equivalent :) austin says he want to make that a tradition and i am a-okay with that :) on actually valentines day besides the norm that is work, we dinned that evening at home on chickfila - oh so romantic! before dashing off to a concert (jamestown revival!) with some of autins fam. but there was a lot of love. so, success! i hope yours was sweet!
the other saturday morning we put on our layers and headed to our favorite little park for breakfast and to walk with charlie. its my favorite saturday morning tradition, although, i do love it most when its warm. and while we were there, there were baseball tryouts going on! i love how full of life and activity that park is during the warmer months and walking by the football and baseball games on satuday mornings. but this whole trying out thing, so nerve racking! getting up in front of everyone having to show your stuff, ehh not my most favorite thing to do. we sat on the side and watched for a good bit actually. it was fun to watch with austin and have him relive those memories of being a similar age and trying out. once we pulled ourselves away and got to park strollin we let charlie take one quick dip in the stream nearby. nothing makes him happier or gives him a crazy burst of energy. looking forward to more park breakfasts and walks this spring!! come on sun and warmth! we are ready for you.
some snippets from lately as told by my iphone [for the most part!]... trips to the mountain, celebrating my father in law's bday with a home cooked din and cherry pie, banana chocolate chip muffin baking, charlie kisses, attending the alabama/washington bowl game!, birthday celebrating a friend of ours and austin getting to wear her pink crown for a quick second :), a trip to nashville, saturday mornings with sprinkled donuts, netflix watching [the crown!] and all that life jazz!