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our disney world trip – part 1 of 2

hello, friends!

i hope all of you had wonderful holidays, starts to the new year, and hey look – valentine’s day!  time is flying.  and sadly, it’s obviously flying too fast for me to do regular blog updates!  it’s funny, for christmas this year, the big kids’ big gift was a trip to disney world.  it was a surprise revealed on christmas morning, and we left a week later on january 2nd.  for weeks since we’ve been back i’ve been thinking to myself, “man…i really need to find a way to record all of the things i learned during this trip to disney world, so when we go back i can remember them. how can i do that?”  and then i thought, “self — you have a BLOG!  remember?!?!”  so here i am.  hopefully some of these things can help you, too!

first, i want to start with this photo.  this here photo was taken circa 1988 on my ONE day spent at disney world, ever, in my whole life.

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we drove down, visited the park for one whole day, and then drove back.  there were no books read, no disney planners used, no meal plans, no nothing.  my, how times have changed.  so much to decide now!  so overwhelming!  i decided to call a disney planner my friend betsey had used, named susan, to demystify this most magical place.  she was invaluable, and after i got her to decode the disney lingo she had rolling off her tongue, we got along famously.  her email is susan_thomason@hotmail.com should you want to use her too.  i will add that her services are available at no cost to you — but she was able to price out different options, make our meal reservations, hotel reservations, fast passes, save money on package deals she is privy to and basically answer any question you have about disney.

another resource to know about, if you’re heading to disney world, is dixie delights.  amanda knows everything there is to know about disney, and has great insight from visiting so many times.  her blog also has easy to navigate sections for all things mickey, and i pored over all of the tips and recommendations before going!!

so here’s how the scene was set…

TIMING:

we left on january 2nd, and returned january 6th (APS, our school system, had no school jan 4-5).  park days were jan. 3 / 4 / 5.  we did magic kingdom for two days (jan 3 & 5) and hollywood studios (jan 4 — primarily for the star wars feature, since rush is obsessed).  we chose this time because on the crowd meter, january 4 and 5 were supposed to be some of the lowest of the year…  in actuality, it rained on jan. 3 so the crowds were lower.  we didn’t know how good we had it!  jan. 4 / 5 — especially jan. 5 — were PACKED.

LODGING:

we opted to stay at the contemporary resort on disney resort grounds.

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we liked that it was on the monorail, you had an option to walk to the resort (which we did one morning and it was lovely) or take the boat.  we also were going to do an early breakfast at chef mickey’s, and hey – it’s in the hotel so how easy is that?!  i thought the contemporary was fine.  not the nicest hotel, but not the worst.  you are obviously paying for convenience, which it is definitely that.  i think when we go back, we will stay at the grand floridian.  it’s nicer, a little calmer atmosphere, i felt like there were more places to lounge (more on that later — and the all-important mizner’s lounge in particular), and hey – if you’re shelling out the big bucks to go to disney, you might as well shell out a bit more and make it a nicer vacay for the adults too.

MEAL PLAN:

we did the disney meal plan where you get 1 quick service meal, 1 sit down and 1 snack a day.  oh, and refillable mugs but we really didn’t use those.  i think this plan was fine, and we were able to get most of the character meals we wanted using this plan (even with the 2 sit down credits at cinderella’s castle).  we ended up with a TON of snack credits left over, and on dixie delight’s recommendation, stopped by the confectionery on main street our last day and brought home a bunch of yummy treats.  but all in all — i think this was a good meal option, and we only had to pay out of pocket for 1-2 meals.  we brought breakfast items and ate them in the room while we were getting ready.  i brought things like: granola with almond milk (they had a fridge in the room which i knew, so i loaded it up), yogurt, bananas, cereal bars, granola bars.  rbb and i hit the coffee shop in the lobby (latte = snack credit!) and we were off.  you can also use your refillable mugs for coffee in the quick service restaurant that is in your hotel, but i wasn’t sure if they were BPA free and coffee is really hot ya know. ;) #greenpeopleprobs

STROLLER OR NO STROLLER:

we brought one.  just a maclaren umbrella stroller, but i was soooo glad we did.  rinne is 4, and i felt like she really needed it because there was SO much walking.  rush is 6 and he was fine with all of the walking.  DEFINITELY tie a bright / noticeable ribbon on your stroller’s handle though…  you will not even believe how many strollers fill up these stroller areas!!!  and, don’t panic if you come out of a ride and your stroller is gone.  we thought on day 1 that someone stole ours, lol.  no — an employee had just moved it to a designated stroller area.  i kept all kinds of snacks (“healthier” ones, since i knew they would be eating so much junk: squeeze apple sauces, dried fruit strips, granola bars, etc.) in the basket underneath as well as ponchos for each day.

WEATHER:

we knew it was going to rain our first park day…  the forecast varied between 80/90/100% chance of rain.  awesome.  we brought cheap dollar store ponchos and wore them, but they were so flimsy, my hood kept blowing off, the kids were tripping all over theirs and they got all kinds of holes in them.  my advice is this:  if you KNOW it’s going to be cats and dogs at all while you’re there, just bring your good raincoat.  you’ll be glad you did.  the ponchos are great to have in case of a pop-up shower though!

ATTIRE:

my motto was “don’t be a {style} hero.”  i had visions of me wearing these super cute, stylish outfits because i knew we were going to be taking a bunch of pictures, but… this is a case of 100% function, 0% fashion.  i can’t think of any other instance where i would say that.  i went in full athleisure gear, with maybe ONE element of my outfit being somewhat “normal clothes.”  for instance, leggings instead of workout pants with a comfy shirt i would wear to barre class with a sporty patagonia jacket.  or a long chambray tunic to wear on top of workout pants.  but i wore tennis shoes every day — it’s a MUST.  you are walking miles here, people!  layers are important too.  it was always chilly in the morning, then would turn sunny in the afternoon…plus you’re walking so you get warm.  as for the kids, i’m that mom that never lets her kids wear character clothes.  i just loathe them. but, in the “box o’ disney” that appeared from santa because he *knew* the kids were going, i put oodles of star wars tees for rush and minnie / ariel / minions (JUST figured out they are by universal studios, lol!) items for rinne in.  one item in each box was from the hanna andersson pajamas with disney line — darth vader for rush, and ariel for rinne.  gotta be practical, you know :)

ARRIVAL:

we packed the car the night before, and left atlanta bright and early at 6:00 a.m. to beat holiday traffic.  we didn’t hit any!  we pulled into disney around 3:00, checked in and the kids put their bathing suits on right away.  we knew that this would be our only time for them to swim, and even though it was a little chilly, they didn’t care a lick.  rbb and i got poolside cocktails and had fun watching them go down the slide again…and again…and again.  we got changed for dinner and hit the hotel’s roasted marshmallow activity, which lasted all of 2 seconds…

marshmellowswe then hopped on the monorail to go to dinner.  we knew we had to get a quick service meal that night, so we went to the polynesian for their captain cook’s restaurant. i got a salad and it was fine.  not the best, not the worst.  before dinner, we saw the lighting of the torch ceremony and after dinner, we got dole whips — YUM.  i got the float and it was amazing!!!  we went back and crashed to get ready for our big park day the next day…

DAY 1 — MAGIC KINGDOM:

so… it rained nearly the entire day.  boo.  i’m glad it was our first day though, because we did not let it dampen our spirits!  we arrived ready to roll and immediately grabbed our maps and times guides.  and might i add again, i had NO IDEA that minions were NOT disney characters.  oops.

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susan said to head straight for splash mountain and big thunder mountain railroad — so we did.  no lines!  and i was soooo naive about the lines.  they were never all that bad this day, because of the rain…but OMG the sunny days?  insanity — 75-100 mins for the popular ones.  WHAT!  we did happen upon a pop-up sighting with chip and dale…

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afterwards, we did some fast pass rides and then hit cinderella’s castle for our big PRINCESS LUNCH.  and it did not disappoint!  first you meet cinderella…

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then during lunch four princesses (snow white, aurora, ariel and jasmine) come out, one by one, and come around to every single table where they speak to your children and sign books (we got our books from dixie delights, natch).  rinne loved it, and so did rush — he got a sword right when we got there, and rinne got a wishing star.  it was cute — and the food was GOOD!  every meal on the meal plan comes with dessert, which at first i was like woah.  but then once i got used to it, i was like YEAH.  it’s good stuff!

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after all of the princesses, we got more fast passes and trudged through the rain.  we hung out at the park until about 3:00, then took a quick monorail ride back to the hotel because i thought the kids would need to recharge before hitting the park again for more fun and dinner.  um, no.  they didn’t sleep a wink!  i dozed off but they never did.  excellent.  so we just went right back, had dinner at the pinnochio village haus (had to find somewhere that was covered!  a lot of the quick service places have outdoor seating — and btw it was freezing by this point too), and hit more rides.  omg, we hit them ALL and the waits were never more than 10 minutes.  for anything!  i think rush and rbb rode space mountain 3 times in a row.  meanwhile, rinne and i met ariel (again – the mermaid version this time) — bless her little rain jacket loving heart…

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…and rode the teacups, magic carpet ride, barnstormer, ariel’s ride (where i had major de je vu because i remembered standing in line there when it was still 10,000 leagues under the sea!) and all of it.  it was awesome!  we left right before the park closed and even had time to meet tinkerbell and mickey on the way out.  even though we were wet and cold, it was so worth it.  here are the kids bouncing with the mouse himself…

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then it was off to bed so we could hit hollywood studios right when they opened the next morning.

guys, this post is so long and you know i’m out of practice blogging!  i’ll return with DAY 2 (hollywood studios) and DAY 3 (magic kingdom again).

great to pop in to say hello :)

xoxo

frippin out

man – sorry to be such a stranger!  all is well, just a lot going on here.  we went to the beach for a week at the end of july, and there was a lot of busyness leading up to that getting orders out the door…and then tending to the new ones that piled up while i was away.  BUT i did not want to let too much time lapse before i forgot what the heck we did while we were at the beach – so here i am!

i really wanted to title this post “the frippin’ burnettes,” but it just doesn’t have the right ring to it.  the houses in fripp island, SC all have mailboxes with the name of the house on it, or the name of the family who owns it.  a lot of them are boring and straightforward (“jones”), but then a lot of them are clever.  my favorite was “the frippin’ freemans” – i mean, is that perfect or what!  i can tell that the freemans and i would get along famously.

we had a great eventful, and at the same time, lazy week.  we hit the beach every day around 10 with a packed lunch, and then sometimes did double duty at the pool later. the kids were WORN OUT, but loved the water and sand and waves.

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there are deer everywhere.  and they are sweet.

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what i love about fripp is how quiet it is…  we found a pretty remote beach access and went there every day to set up camp.  it was perfect.

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with it being so quiet, there is still a lot to do!  we found a pier where the kids delighted in watching crabs run around and fisherman catching their bounty.

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we also had lazy mornings with coffee on the porch…

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and post-dinner treats (dark chocolate covered banana).

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we ventured into beaufort (the mainland town where all of the commerce is) twice – once for dinner/g. store run halfway through the week (we ate at wren – i love this place and everything was TDF) and then again on the way out of town.  both times we hit up lowcountry market – such a cool place!  they have a fixed goods takeaway bar (we bought a divine tomato/onion pie, a peach crisp and lots of yummy sugar cookies in the shapes of sealife that the kids adored), lunch service (the burger….OMG) and a produce market (really just a few things – but their tomatoes were the delicious straight-from-the-farm kind).  oh and did i mention THE DECOR.

photo-194 copyit was all awesome, top to bottom, and i highly recommend you stop in if you’re ever in the area!  i also recommend you house-stalk the beautiful antebellum homes in downtown beaufort by the water…what i could do with this boxwood garden.  i mean really.

photo-194i also finished a book on the way down to the beach.  this happens like once a year, so it is to be celebrated.  but the book i finished was so touching and interesting and well-written, i must pass it along.  disclaimer: this review will be much more interesting to you if you are familiar with the real housewives of NYC.  it’s carole radziwill’s memoir that she wrote after her husband (son of the ultra fabulous lee radziwill, jackie o’s sister), JFK jr. and his lovely bride, carolyn (who was her BFF) all passed away the same summer.  it really is an amazing story of carole’s childhood in a blue-collar upstate NY town and how she ended up a princess…  i was about 3/4ths done with it when i got to the really sad part right when we hit macon and stopped for lunch.  i am sure the people dining at fresh air bbq think that rbb is one mean SOB, because my eyes were so so red and puffy.  i wanted to wear my sunglasses but that would have been so odd.  you feel overdressed wearing a t-shirt in this place.

photo-194 copy 3i am hoping to be back tomorrow or monday with a long overdue birthday party post :)

good to be back!

xoxo

beach tidbits

we are back from the beach!  we had a ball visiting with my aunt and uncle and sweet cousins who were there, and had perfect weather to boot.

we hit the beach…

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we {i} swung by the tibi outlet…

(i tried hard to buy something but alas, left empty handed)

photo-190we climbed the lighthouse.  what a thrill for rush – he loves lighthouses!  more to come on that front…

photo-190 copy 6we got a box of goodies from sweet mama’s (an institution on st. simons)…

photo-190 copy 4we visited my favorite beach house…

photo-190 copy 5we had a somewhat erratic driver at some points…

photo-190 copyand you know, the best kind of vacations are the ones that are just long enough to miss home.  it’s good to be back!

xoxo

we are closed this week!

photo-189hope everyone has a great memorial day reflecting on the brave souls who fought on our behalf!  calliespondence will be closed this week and back in business on sunday, june 2nd.  we’ll be enjoying some fun in the sun at the beach in the meantime.  follow along on instagram (@calliespondence) to see what we’re up to :)

see you soon!

xoxo

 

hootenanny 2012

we had our college girl’s reunion trip this past weekend and if it’s any indication that i couldn’t seem to bang out a post until wednesday…you can imagine how good of a time we had.  the premise of the trip was that it’s been 10 years since we graduated.  OMG we are old!  it’s a bit disturbing how quickly those 10 years have gone by…and man, they have been action packed!  we left 17 collective children behind to come on the trip.  crazy!  it was so great to regroup and relive old times with all twelve (12!!) girls…and make plenty of new memories too.  fripp was the perfect backdrop – it felt like we were the only people on the island, and for a group this lively – that’s not a bad thing!

merrell and i rolled into town late thursday and abbie greeted us friday morning (after sleeping in and coffee on the widow’s walk overlooking the ocean – ahhh) with summer berry bellinis.

we headed into town (n.b. “town” is BEAUFORT!  only my fave small town with the most fabulous downtown manses, including the house from “the big chill.”  which we did, in fact, stalk.) for brunch and champagne buzz art buying (good idea).  it’s ok though, they are by the local artist eric longo who i love.  i bought a painting from him when i was in town in 2010, and couldn’t wait to go back for more.

did i mention the party favors – sorority t-shirts and koozies?  how awesome is that.  now i won’t feel like a total has-been wearing a XO/PM tumble & fall t-shirt from 1999 with holes in it.

we hit the beach for a late sunning session and waited on the other girls, then enjoyed a delicious dinner that abbie made and got into the cups a little bit…no surprise there!  jenny regaled us with the most AMAZING video she compiled of pictures from college, along with what we’ve been up to since – it brought the house down!  i can’t wait to get my own copy so i can watch it and die laughing (and cry) all the time.  a late night dance party on the widow’s walk ensued afterwards.  it was so dark up there that we had to bring a flashlight and work it into all of our moves.  the whole thing was a little fuzzy, so this picture captures it perfectly…

here is a good example of how we roll: the girl in the middle is pregnant with her 3rd child.  here she is breaking it down at approximately 1 o’clock a.m.

saturday morning came pretty quick and shermosas were made for all (champagne and orange sherbet).  this serving was noted as being an “opportunity.”

we all donned our new t-shirts with pajama pants, grabbed our cocktails and headed out for a golf cart cruise.  stephanie had an extra good time!

it was all fun and games until one of the golf carts ran out of juice…

and we had to be towed back to the house.  womp womp.

then it was time to hit the beach.  we sat out there for hours chatting away…subject matters were most entertaining!

we went back in to take another golf cart cruise and whaddayaknow…  same golf cart ran out of juice.  this time we were close enough to push, and had fun doing it!

we got ready for dinner and caught the sunset up on the the widow’s walk.

some things never change :)

and we were off to beaufort for a fantastic dinner at wren.

our waiter loved us…no, hated us…no i’m pretty sure he loved us.  i think.

we even saw a self-proclaimed maid marion just strolling down the street.  although after she walked away, kanda mentioned she was more like a fairy godmother.

love love love these girls.

i was thinking about something after i got home, how we’ve all left our mark in the last 10 years since we walked under the arch (finally!) on u. of georgia’s north campus.  it never even came up, as this group of girls is as modest as they are fun, which is really saying something.  but i know through the grapevine how accomplished all of these girls are!  we’ve got a partner at a law firm, BFDs in the mortgage/accounting world, a talented interior designer, lab/pharma sales dynamos, a teacher enriching the lives of middle schoolers, an emmy-nominated tv news producer, a magazine writer, a nurse practitioner, a film location scout (MRM, we missed you) and a political campaign manager!  i mean – pretty bad ass, if i do say.  i am so proud to be friends with these gals, and it seems that the constant in all of our lives is our friendship and how much we care about each other, even if we don’t all see one another all that often.  hopefully that will change as this beach trip changes from “blue moon” to “annual!”  life’s too short not to see the people you love.  and oh how i love each and every one of these girls!!

and ulysses s. grant.

(inside joke…sorry)

xoxo

crescent beach & st. augustine

we are back from the beach!  we had a ton of fun.  weather was for the most part good, we explored a new area and had great company.  what more can you ask for?  i hadn’t been to st. augustine since i was a kid, and all i really remember from trips there was the fort.  and how boring it was (sorry mom).  i had no idea that there was such an interesting history there, with such beautifully charming old buildings and things to see…

things like the old ponce de leon hotel (now flagler college), where my grandmother used to take my mom for elaborate sunday lunches.

these pictures do not even do justice in showing how opulent and gorgeous the building is…
the main building houses the largest collection of tiffany glass in the world, if that gives you any indication of just how opulent.
an outdoor breezeway.  i’m a sucker for a good arch!

even the ceilings were fancy.

also very pretty, the casa monica hotel…

sister property to where we stayed in savannah, the bohemian.

i also got to see the church where my grandmother (the original callie) and grandfather got married, grace united methodist.

(it was raining.)

dude…henry flagler built this town.  he led the most interesting (and at times, scandalous!) life…  the man did have great taste in architecture, i must say.

we stopped to snap these pictures before and after dinner at collage on a little date night.  (thanks mom and jeff for babysitting!)  omg – best. dinner. ever.  seriously…if it starts out with tuscan crusty bread dipped in basil infused olive oil and is served with a roasted head of garlic to smear on said bread?  you know it’s going to be a good meal.  i had the grouper and it was mesmerizing.  plus, it’s a cute intimate place with only 15 or so tables.  oh AND they had one of my fave pinot noirs, meomi.  much to love about this gem of a find in adorable downtown st. augustine.

oh yeah – there was the beach too!

crescent beach is about 15 minutes south of st. augustine on AIA (beachfront avenue!  i know you know that song).  we stayed in a condo steps away from the beach – and the pool, where rush wanted to spend every minute of every day.  seriously.  i think he jumped in close to 1000 times.  if not more.

a rare moment when we coerced him to step foot on the beach…

it was generally empty and calm.

of course i had to check out the real estate.  here’s my house – a little charming aqua cottage.  isn’t she lovely?

sometimes you would have thought you were in hyannis port with taylor swift.

rinne’s not much of a beach girl yet – she preferred to primp inside in the a/c.

she also enjoyed many a meal sitting in her “high chair.”  (can you believe this?!  the clip-on portable high chair we brought would not work on the glass table.  the condo complex had a couple of these for folks to use for groceries…and there you go.)

we attempted to get a family photo…  i think this is as good as it gets for now.  everybody looking the same direction at least?!

and it’s time for me to face facts – i’m an atlantic ocean kind of girl.  i just love the slow moving, old towns with the desolate beaches and the cool, refreshing ocean water.  crescent beach was just my speed.  thanks mom for having us down on a great getaway!!

xoxo

shopping on st. simons

if any of you ever make it down to st. simons, you simply must know that there is a tibi outlet there.  how random, you say?!  well, the founder of tibi, amy smilovic (who happened to be in my same sorority at the u. of georgia so we clearly would be total, inseparable bffs if we ever met), hails from st. simons and her parents still live there.  so it’s not too random, and i could not be happier that this place exists.  (specifically, it’s in redfern village – a big collection of cute, local shops.)

once i got closer to the door, all my dreams came true.

these were mainly dresses priced at either $75 or $125, so i grabbed about 12 to try on and headed inside.  i went mainly for the $75 items because honestly – i can get a tibi dress for $125 on sale at bloomie’s and it ain’t a sample.  know what i mean?

…but when i stepped inside i saw THIS!

can you see those prices???  bathing suit tops (which do not apply to me as i have retired all bikinis, forever) for $10, bathing suit bottoms for $5 and one piece suits for $19.  fab!  i couldn’t leave without one one piece suit and two bathing suit bottoms – one for me, and one for brin.  i figure we can find cute solid color tankini tops (btw – can we get a new word for this item – it sounds SO maw maw) at j.crew and bam, done.

they also had stellar deals on fun party dresses (these were not samples – just overruns, i guess).

i loved this one.  how fun is that bib slash built in necklace?

alas, i did not find any winners in my pile of dressing room items.  but i am still on cloud nine from my bathing suit deals!

i also visited the bailey boys outlet – they have darling children’s clothes.  but y’all, i have high, or is it low, standards for outlet shopping.  items must be things i would buy anyway, in good condition (i.e. not too irregular and no missing buttons – lord knows it will never find its way on there again in my care) and at GREAT deals, we’re talking like 70% or 80% off.  they had darling things, but only at maybe 20% or 30% discounts.  i don’t brake for that.

but my mom and i also went shopping (kind of) in the real estate market.  not that we’re buying a house down there or anything, but isn’t it fun to think about which ones you would buy?

i found mine.  actually, i might be in a bidding war with my mom – we both ogled it long enough i’m surprised the owners didn’t come out to chase us away.

of course it has an original brick fireplace.

did i mention it’s a mere block from the beach?  and did you see that tree??
if that one happens to be unavailable, i suppose i could settle on one of these other ones.
i am such a sucker for storm shutters (there has to be a cuter name for those?).
tabby + upstairs porch + aqua door = yes please.
a red door is so perfect for a beach house.
i know rbb is glad i only spent $30 at the tibi outlet and didn’t get us in the hole for a beach house mortgage.  but here’s hoping, one day! 
xoxo

the golden isles

ahhhh…nothing like the first beach trip of the year.  in short, we had a ball in st. simons.

we drove under trees dripping with spanish moss.

we introduced a little one to the ocean…as she eyes it warily.

(she loved it.)

but quickly tuckered out, and found what the beach is best for…napping.

well, and snacking as evidenced by the crumbs.

we indulged in a delicious new treat – homemade chocolate coca-cola cake.  someone liked it so much they just had to get seconds in an illegal manner.

we went to the village.

and ate scrumptious food (this was at the sandcastle).

and also saw the lighthouse.

we played at the playground, which includes copious amounts of jumping.
we had quite a traffic jam back at the house.

oh, and we played a little dress up with our cousins too.

it was a wonderful week, and the weather (and company) couldn’t have been better.  beryl who?!

back with shopping tales tomorrow!

xoxo

gone to the ocean

i’m taking a little time off this week to go to the beach with my mom and the kids…please pray for us on our drive down.  first road trip with two little ones (can that be right?!).  we’re headed to visit my aunt and uncle who live on st. simon’s.  hopefully beryl will step off and we can get some good beach time in.  and you know what else they have there?

oh yeah – a tibi outlet!!!  can’t wait to tear it up.  i’ll report back.

xoxo

getaway

well, it’s already back and at ‘em!  i feel like i was gone for a skinny minute.  we had fun though; savannah is just the most gorgeous town.  i forget that it’s so beautiful…and every time i’m there i wonder, why don’t i come here more often??  a mere four hour drive from atlanta, with so many shops and restaurants and nooks and crannies to explore.

we stayed at the bohemian, a very hip hotel downtown on the waterfront.

maybe even too hip for these parents of small children who don’t get out much.
the art all over the hotel was tres funky.
we had a great view of the water, as well as the shenanigans going down on river street (not shown to protect the innocent).  the hotel also boasts a wrap-around rooftop bar where we had a nightcap.  very cool!
after a delightful recommendation from a former bridal client and friend, we dined at circa 1875.  it was fantastic!!!
saturday after i dropped rbb off to play golf in hilton head, i met up with my college friend, jenny, and her adorable baby boy for lunch!!  i’ll have to show you his birth announcement soon :)
after lunch, i ducked into the paris market.  i had been before and remembered what a neat store it was – nothing’s changed.  still fab.
died over the sideboard.  parfait!  and almost walked away with the gold mirror on the table for my dining room, but it wasn’t beveled so i passed.
my favorite part of downtown savannah is really all the residences.  i walk by and wonder which one i would live in (after i inherited the millions of dollars it would take to purchase said residence, of course).
isn’t this gate cute?  i know it has to lead to the most darling courtyard.
i didn’t have as much time as i would’ve liked to shop and browse the real estate, because it was time to head on to the wedding in hilton head!
the house where the wedding was held was so pretty.  i am such a sucker for a grassy strip that goes between your wheels…does it have a real name??
the ceremony was behind the house, overlooking the marsh.  here’s the groom waiting on his beautiful bride.

i wish i had a good one of the bride – she looked so lovely. you never take enough pictures, you know??

i loved catching up with my friend lindsey, who recently moved away from atlanta.  come back!!  

it was a really fun weekend…but i sure am glad to be back with the kiddos.  missed those little suckers!  and i would have pictures from easter to show, but rinne tossed her most previous feeding all over herself, her sweet easter outfit, my arm and rbb’s sportcoat as we were walking into brunch.  sigh…  she spent all of easter in her bloomers and a bib, as an attempt at a little modesty.

next year i’ll plan two easter outfits for her :)

xoxo