Bryant's First Beach Trip

Happy July! We had a busy beginning to our month, starting with a trip to the beach! We hadn’t planned on taking Bryant to the beach until he was a little older, but when Bill’s family invited us on their family vacation, we decided to tag along.

Truth be told, Bryant only spent about an hour on the actual beach… Little guy couldn’t hang much longer than that! But he absolutely loved the water and playing with his daddy!

Bryant is teething, so his moods were a little hit or miss. Along with the long day of traveling, it took him a little while to get adjusted to his new environment. He is usually a happy baby about 90% of the time, but the trip took a toll on his little self! He didn’t sleep great the first night, so the next morning, we let him get a nap while we headed to the beach for a little baby-free time while Bill’s mom stayed with him in the condo.

I wish I had gotten pictures of Bryant in the actual ocean. I stayed back at our chairs so I could give Bill one of Bryant’s “firsts”… He loves to swim in the ocean and I am definitely more of a lay on the beach person, so I thought this would be a special moment for him and his boy!

Bryant loved the water! He was babbling and splashing the whole time. He is definitely going to be a fish once he learns how to swim!

Once he came back over to our spot on the beach, we put him in this bouncer my mom found on Amazon.
I will link it here: Summer Infant Portable Activity Center

He never quite got the hang of the bouncing, but I really liked the seat because it came with a bag so you could carry it easily, and it popped open and closed really easily! He loved all the toys that were attached to it, and I especially like that it had a sun shade! Even under the tent, you can’t be too careful with the sun on the beach. We have even used this in the yard since coming back from the beach, so I definitely recommend it!

After about an hour, we were done. I love this picture so much! It was hot, we were all sweaty and Bryant was ready for a nap.

After we all showered and rested up, it was time for dinner! It was 4th of July and Bryant was definitely the best dressed… as always : )
Sweet boy ate crab legs for the first time and tore them up!

This boy loves his daddy something fierce. He is always smiling when he’s with him. We really enjoyed sitting on the balcony in the mornings just the three of us. Bryant was so sweet just taking the world in. He is so curious and studies every sight and sound… And he loves the pool! He was kicking his feet and splashing the entire time! He loved the little octopus on this float my MIL got for him and I think he could have stayed in there all day!

You can get his float here: SwimWays Baby Float

I love being this boy’s momma! We had so much fun together and I’m thankful for this time away! He is just growing up so fast , and I am trying to soak up every stage. Packing up to head home was bittersweet, but we were all kind of ready to get back to our own beds and routine.
On the way home, we stopped at the outlets, which secretly may have been my favorite part of the whole trip : )

This sweet boy just needed a bottle before we hit the road, and he was out like a light! Look at that grin! He really was a champ on the long drive home. We only stopped twice; once for a bathroom break and diaper change, and then once to grab a late lunch!

Our lunch stop was in Augusta. I asked my friend Bekah for a recommendation since she used to live there, and she pointed us to Tako Sushi. It was Asian-Mexican fusion, and it was to die for! Sushi and Chips & Salsa at the same place? Sign me up!

PS: Find someone who looks at you the way Bryant looks at guacamole.

All in all, it was a fun trip for us and I can’t wait to take Bryant back to the beach!

Random product links for things we used and loved on this trip:

Teething Ring: https://amzn.to/2LJExLg

Baby Sun Hat: https://amzn.to/2XB01RB

Baby Sunscreen: https://amzn.to/2Xv9gxW

Disposable Bibs: https://amzn.to/2LHPcGo

High Chair Cover (similar): https://amzn.to/2JmXwtG

Taggie (The best toy for the car/stroller! Bryant LOVES his!): https://amzn.to/2xFnvWc

Goodbye Summer!

I realized I haven't posted a blog in a while... I definitely go through phases of wanting to blog all the time, and then being lazy about it. Plus, I don't think my life is that interesting a lot of the time... But I thought I would go ahead and do an "update" post about the summer! I always seem to get excited about blogging around fall and the holidays, so I'm sure I will get going again, soon. This summer was amazing. Last summer went by so fast, and I was SO BUSY all the time. This year, I forced myself to stay home, hang out with my friends and family, relax and really take summer one day at a time. I loved it so much more! Here are just a few of the highlights of Summer 2017...

Mission Trip 2017

This year's mission trip was different from years past, and did not go according to plan in any way, but it truly turned out to be my favorite Mission Trip since we started going each year. I felt like our group grew closer together, leaned in to their relationship with Jesus and learned what a life of service truly looks like. Also, we had "Jorts Day", so what could be better?

Fourth of July

I love any excuse to have or go to a party, and 4th of July was the perfect time to get together with friends! This year we watched the Milledgeville fireworks together... And then on the 4th, we spent the day at Taylor's parent's house on the lake. Definitely one of my favorite memories of Summer 2017.

MACK

Mack came to visit a lot this summer, which I loved. He is so busy and keeps all of us on our toes! He even helped B cut our grass one *hot* afternoon.

BaseCamp

Basecamp was different this year too! We changed locations to Rock Eagle in Eatonton. It was nicer to be closer to home, and the campus is BEAUTIFUL. But it was definitely a big change from our usual location. I love this camp and all the hearts who work hard to make it happen. Youth ministry is exhausting, frustrating and confusing, but the guys who run this camp are the best in the business and I'm so thankful to get to work alongside them!

Year 3

I started my 3rd year in Kindergarten-world this year! I'm grateful for my job, and I love my sweet co-workers, but this year has come with plenty of challenges! I just keep reminding myself that these babies are all sweet souls that the Lord put in my path for a reason, and I don't want to waste the time I have with them... It's easier said than done, but it's worth the work!

Doughnut 5K

We only did it for the doughnut.

Earth, Wind & Fire

Y'all. B is the most wonderful man and surprised me with tickets to Earth, Wind & Fire! Disco and funk music is my guilty pleasure. I love to jam around the house or on a long road trip. EW&F was a bucket list item, and I'm not exaggerating when I say it was the BEST show I've ever been to. They are freaking old and had so much energy, it was crazy! The whole amphitheater was just a big dance party. And B & I both said they sound better live than they did on the original recordings. It was such a fun night!

Weight Loss

It's not a secret that I've struggled with my weight for some time now. I've blogged about it before, and I've tried so many different things, but this summer I REALLY focused on my health and my habits. These photos are exactly 1 year apart and I've lost 20 pounds since last August! Yay me! I have some more to go, but I'm so proud of myself.

Labor Day 2017

For our last summer shebang, we went to Hilton Head for Labor Day weekend. Gosh, it was a perfect trip. The highs were in the 80's, there was a perfect breeze and we got to hang with our best palz. It was so much fun! These are literally 2 of the only photos I took, so obviously we were having too much fun... Ha! : )

Okay, so that's pretty much my summer in a nutshell since I last blogged... Like I said, it was one of my favorites and I'm sad to see it go! But I'm excited for fall to get here in just a few short weeks!

Nothing Goes Faster Than a Vacation...

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I realize I just shared a post about our cruise, so I know it seems redundant to share our vacation so soon... But it was a quick weekend getaway, and we probably won't go on another one for a while, so you'll just have to get over it : ) I'm so grateful for mini-vacations like this. At the foundation of my soul, I am a homebody, but I still love traveling. Weekend trips are the perfect thing for me, because it's enough to relax and recharge, but you get to sleep in your own bed a lot sooner. Plus, I had a personal day left for the school year, and I didn't want to let it go to waste!

   

I took Friday off, so we left Thursday afternoon. We stopped at one of our favorite little spots right outside of Savannah. This place is special to us, because the first time we went to Savannah, we needed to stop for a bathroom break and all 3 gas stations on the exit were closed. We were hesitant to go into Ronnie's because it doesn't look like much from outside, but we were surprised to find out they have awesome milkshakes! So now, anytime we got to Savannah or Hilton Head, we try to make a stop.

Friday morning, I woke up early and just hung out on the balcony for a while. I've been here 1 million times, but it never gets old.  Even with a storm rolling in, it just seems right.

We stopped at Panera for breakfast before we stopped by Kroger for a couple of things.

  

We finally made it top the beach! The weather turned out to be so nice, but the wind was out of control. We ended up moving to the pool for the rest of the day. Also, those chips are bomb.

Friday was Cinco de Mayo, so obviously we had to hit up Mexican. Asking a stranger to take your picture is always a crap shoot. This isn't my favorite picture of us, but I'm glad we got one!

  

As an appetizer, we got the grilled Mexican street corn! Oh, yes. And for dinner we both got different tacos to try. My favorite was the Southern Fried Chicken. It had pimento cheese, collard greens and boiled peanuts. It was amazing.

My favorite.

I've always wanted to eat at Harold's Diner. We pass it every year and say we are going to go, and then forget. I'm so glad we tried it. It's the epitome of a "hole in the wall", but it was some of the best breakfast I've had in a while. The griddle is old and well seasoned so all the food tastes amazing. The coffee was good, too, which is always a plus.

Day 2 on the beach. And also our last day. The wind was bearable this day, so we stayed laid out all day.

After we packed up, we headed to the Sea Shack for supper. I would never go to HHI without stopping here. It's our absolute, 100% fave. And this Crab Bisque is absolute perfection.

   

If we were responsible adults, we would have left right after we ate dinner so we could get home at a reasonable hour. But, we are not responsible and very impulsive, so we decided to play a round of mini golf before we headed home.

(I won't talk about who won, but if you're wondering, it was the person with the black club.)

Love of my life.

Leaving around 10PM means stopping for coffee before you hit the road.

I feel like a new woman after our trip. So thankful for a getaway, even if it is only 2 1/2 days. Now, let's get through these last 12 days of school! Come on, summer.