Fall Cleaning, Surviving Irma & a Hurricane Slumber Party!

In my last blog, I mentioned that we were doing Fall Cleaning this weekend, and I wasn't kidding! We spent almost the entire day cleaning and getting things ready for the change of seasons.

I washed and ironed (whut) all the curtains in our house, cleaned the oven, dusted all the fans and light fixtures, cleaned all the baseboards and crown molding and flipped our mattress.

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B literally cleaned every window in our entire house (22 in all), as well as the window sills and the screens. He was my hero! It was a lot of work, but the windows are so clean and clear now! They look so good.

We were worn slap out after all that work. I slept like a baby until Sunday morning.

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Sunday after church, we had lunch with my parents. B grilled steaks and my mom pan roasted asparagus, mushrooms and onions. It was all so good! I made this salad platter, too. This is my favorite way to set up salads when serving them at parties/get togethers. I had romaine, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion and green bell pepper from my garden! I made a creamy Italian dressing to go on the side. Easy and delicious!

We knew Irma was scheduled to hit Sunday night, so B went to Walmart to get some snacks, water bottles and some other things we needed around the house.

Josh, Erika & Trey came over to wait out the storm. We watched Irma coverage and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers before we decided to watch some movies.

First we watched Signs. I don't know why, but we discussed this movie when we hung out a few weeks ago and we've been saying we were going to watch it ever since. I remember being really scared of this movie when I was a kid, but it really wasn't that scary this go around. After Signs, we watched an 80's "horror" movie called "The Wraith". It was really bad. LOL But it was funny to watch it with our pals. I do not recommend.

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Monday we woke up and nothing was going on yet. It was rainy, but not much else was happening. B made me a latte and we watched more Weather Channel. I'm telling you, I was glued.

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Once everyone else was awake, I decided to make breakfast. Pumpkin and regular buttermilk pancakes with bacon. Easy and delish. After we ate, we settled in for a Harry Potter movie marathon.

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We took a break for a brief intermission in between the movies to check out what was going on outside. The wind was really picking up around 1PM. We had a few branches and a couple of limbs fall, but nothing too crazy. We were very lucky. Our neighbor had a tree fall on her house. I can't even imagine.

And then... The lights went out. We moved out from the den to the dining room and started playing games. We played Uno... Katie was the dark horse and dominated us.

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And then, Taboo -- My personal fave! The girls won!

Maxx really doesn't freak out during bad weather, but he was seemingly nervous yesterday. I think he just knew something was going on, but he didn't understand. I pulled a chair up to the table and put his bed on it, so he could be close to us. He was very happy! : )

To finish our game marathon, we played Monopoly for 4 1/2 hours... I have so many memories of playing this game with my family, but it's not my fave. Josh dominated the game, and I had terrible luck and kept rolling to the corners and drawing crap cards. Ha!

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It was really fun having everyone over for basically 24-hours. I have a dream that one day we will all live on a commune together and that's what this felt like. LOL Thankfully, we got power back, right around 10:30PM. I was so happy to have it back, but I know a lot of people in town are still without. Props to GA Power! They even texted us to let us know power had been restored to our area. So nice!

Anniversary Getaway to Savannah! Day 3

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"Nothing goes faster than a vacation..." - Ken Simpson

I woke up Saturday morning and felt immediately sad. I couldn't believe how fast our trip went by... We went upstairs and had breakfast in the dining room and got to chat with a few other guests at the B&B.

After we packed our bags, we checked out and decided to recreate a picture from our honeymoon...

  

5 years later in the same exact spot. Who are those babies in the first picture?!

We had pretty much a whole day to do whatever we wanted, so we headed to Wormsloe Historic Site. The arched live oaks are absolutely STUNNING and the way they line the driveway makes my southern belle heart flutter.

We got to have a mini-photo shoot (shout out to our tripod) and I was so happy with the pictures!

   

We changed clothes at the Visitor's Center and decided to walk around the plantation grounds. We even checked out the Colonial Life area. NERD ALERT.

We stopped for lunch at the cutest little bakery/deli called Great Harvest Bread Co. This roast beef sandwich was so good!

We drove around for a while, but got bored really quickly. We had dinner reservations at 6:45, so we didn't want to get sweaty again. What is the most logical thing for a Millennial couple to do? Go to a coffee shop, duh.

 

 

The Foundery Coffee Pub was such a cute little place, and the coffee was great (iced latte with hazelnut and coconut syrup). Definitely would recommend.

It was finally time for dinner! We changed clothes at the coffee shop, and headed to the restaurant.

   

We ate at Alligator Soul for dinner on our One Year Anniversary, so we decided to revisit for Year Five. It wast just a delicious as I remembered.

I stuck to the basics and got a ribeye, but B was a wild man and ordered the kangaroo... Yep, you read that right.

I tried to take pictures, but the restaurant has dim (romantic) lighting, so photos were not really ideal.

The kangaroo was shockingly delicious --very similar to steak-- but my parents were horrified that B actually ordered it!

YOLO, am I right?

For dessert we split the Bananas Foster Beignets and they were nothing short of amazing. After dinner, we headed home, and it was definitely bittersweet. I'm a homebody at heart, but these little getaways are always so special.

5 years of marriage down, 1 million more adventures to go!

Anniversary Getaway to Savannah! Day 2

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We decided to have breakfast in bed on Friday morning. The only time slot they had available was 10:30, and that was fine with us...We got to sleep in!

  

I loved wearing my robe every morning and evening in our room. Nothing like a robe and slippers to make you feel fancy.

  

We pretty much just wandered around with no plan on Saturday. Savannah is called "The Walking City" for a reason. There is so much to do and see, all on foot. I am a total history nerd, and Savannah is absolutely fascinating. I'm not a big River Street gal, but the downtown squares are my jam.

We stumbled upon this "Fragrant Garden" in Forsyth Park and it was a perfect spot to sit on a bench in the shade and relax for a minute.

    

It reminded me of the movie "The Secret Garden" ... I was obsessed with that movie as a little girl.

Tourist pic.

     

It's honestly a sin to visit Savannah and not get some fresh pralines. We stopped at River Street Sweets to cure our craving, and we may or may not have bought fudge and truffles, too...

   

Since Friday was our actual anniversary, I was getting sappy all day. "Remember this?" "Oh yeah, when we were here last time we did this!" Of course, we had to go take a picture of Huey's, which is the first restaurant we ate at after we got married. (To be honest, the first meal we ate as husband and wife was Popeye's in Dublin. LOLOL But, this is far more romantic.)

What better way to celebrate your anniversary than to walk through a cemetery...

  

If you're ever in Savannah, you really have to see the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

   

It is truly one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen.

  

The stained glass, the paintings, all the details... It is literally breathtaking.

  

*Nerd alert* I was literally tearing up looking around. I couldn't help but think about the temple in Exodus (NERD) and how Jesus deserves even more than this beautiful place. It was just so beautiful, and honestly, very humbling. Told you: NERD

We were super sweaty after our day of exploring, so we headed back to the room to shower and get dressed for dinner. The restaurant where we originally planned to eat dinner didn't have reservations available until Saturday night, so we decided to do something more casual. Cotton & Rye is a newer restaurant in Savannah, serving elevated southern food.

   

We had about a 30 minute wait, but it was so worth it. I ordered the fried chicken and B got the burger. Everything was so fresh and flavorful! I loved that macaroni and cheese, but I would be lying if I said I didn't fight the urge to ask for hot sauce for the chicken ; ) But, I refrained...

 

After dinner, we decided to get coffee at the Foxy Loxy Cafe. The cafe was so cute! I loved the rustic decor.

  

The latte was amazing, and I love the art! I got the coconut brownie bar, but it was so rich I only ate 2 bites.

All the heart eyes for this guy : )

The Gastonian, looking gorgeous at night. We ended the night by *finally* watching Moana in our room! I know I'm late to the party, but I loved it so much! Such a cute movie.

 

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.