Thursday, September 29, 2016

Our Hilton Head Vacation

Earlier this month we took our first family vacation that didn't involve going somewhere to visit family. While leaving in Austin we traveled to Ohio often but since being home we haven't went on vacation. We've focused much of our attention to spending time with family and friends we missed while living South. So when planning our vacation we had a few rules: a) we wanted to Connor to experience the ocean/beach for the first time b) we wanted to go somewhere we've never been before and c) it needed to be within driving distance. James spent a ton of time scooping out possibilities and after much back and forth, we landed Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island. It was the 3 of us plus my Mom going and the anticipation of our trip pushed us through the dog days of August. I snapped far too many photos to include here so I'm going to share a my favorites along with small details of our trip.



























It felt like we the entire South Carolina coast to our disposal and we took full advantage of that. We visited 3 different beaches and spent afternoons at the pool. We soaked up every bit of sunshine we could before coming home since sunny days are limited here in Ohio in the Fall and Winter.

We were about 45 minutes east of Savannah so we took a day trip and visit the historic town. A TV show was being filmed there, Underground, so that was a fun surprise we stumbled on. We visited a 1800's schoolhouse which gave way to some really fun photo opps. We traveled the city via trolley and that was a first for Connor, which is loved. The downtown area has tons of shops and restaurants and we visited pretty impressive candy shop.

Our resort had a playground and Connor loved visiting it. The were stables nearby as well with the friendliest of horses. We were able to get so close to them to pet and talk with them. Dining at the Salty Dog Cafe was a must and we did that when picking up souvenirs from family and friends.

Connor loved the ocean, the boy just loves being in water. We had a blast and memories were made that we will forever cherish. Connor is already planning our next vacation to... Legoland. I'd much rather have the sand and the sun but maybe he'll get his wish. After all we do have plans to head to Florida in the Spring!


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What's Up Wednesday V1

I've seen other bloggers share a "What Up Wednesday" post at the end of each month for a while now. You are given particular prompts to answer and it makes for a really great "this is life" kind of post. I've been wanting to join in the fun and finally my blogging schedule gave me an the last Wednesday of the month open so I instantly jumped to share my first ever "What Up Wednesday" post. Think of them as a currently style post, which is often hard for me to write but thanks to the prompts given this post all but wrote it's self.


What we are eating this week...
All things pumpkin and pumpkin spice. I'm sure this comes at no surprise to you or anyone else. I've made muffins and a cake and found seasonal snacks that give me even more pumpkin to enjoy. I found Pumpkin Spice Think Thin bar and boy are they tasty! I usually have one with coffee for breakfast on busy mornings.

What I'm reminiscing about...
When Connor was a baby and not a sassy (almost) 4 year old. I don't get how in a little over 30 days we will be parents to a 4 year old.

What I'm loving...
The cooler temps we are having. Finally it feels like Fall. Rain included. Rain and snow doesn't bother me. Humid, sweaty days piss me off on a deep deep level. I would take rain and snow over humidity. For those of you who've never experienced an Ohio summer this may sound all too extreme but when you've spent Summer after Summer "walking through soup" you come to hate the heat.

What we've been up to...
We've been taking it easy this week. September has been BUSY so a few days of easy days and low-key nights were in order. James is home for a bit, allowing us to have family nights so we've been doing more of that. Connor is busy with school 3 days a week plus swim lessons twice a week so he is pretty worn out by Thursday (praise and thanks!).

What I'm dreading...
The days when it's dark at 5. While I am a total cold weather gal, I need some sunshine from time to time too. I am thinking we will just have to get all the vitamin D we can between 1-5 when C is out of school. We may have to bundle up but those precious daylight hours are so very worth it.

What I'm working on...
Can I say all.the.things. and that be enough of an answer? I need to write my Dayton Moms Blog posts and submit those. I'd like to get some posts scheduled here too so I have a bit more downtime in the evenings. I would love to spend an afternoon cleaning the basement and another day working on the garage. Do a bit of purging before the weather gets bad and we can't be outside for long.

What I'm excited about... 
October 24 to December 31. I just love this time of year. I specifically said October 24th because that's James's birthday. From that day forward it's a lot of celebration in our household. From birthdays (3 in 8 days) to the holidays and friends and family birthdays, it's one big party. Christmas this year should be a lot of fun because I really feel like Connor gets it more and more with each passing season. He says he is going to ask Santa for Legoland tickets. Say what?!

What I'm watching/reading...
I am struggling to get through reading Truly Madly Guilty. I wish I could get into this book but it's not happening. But with any luck, I'll finish it this weekend and move onto something else. Tis the season for all my favorite shows to return to TV so when I'm not going 100 MPH I've been watching "my stories" as the grannies call them. I mentioned my love of This is Us and well, it continues after last night's episode. WOW!

What I'm listening to...
The sound of silence. While C is at school I turn off anything that might make a noise and just work. I do have a ceiling fan on but other than that it's silent. I don't know why but holy smokes Connor has been LOUD lately so when he isn't home, I try to soak up all the quiet I can. If I were to share one song that I have on repeat often it would be this one:


What I'm wearing...
Lots of black, white and gray with stripes and legging tossed in. I've also scored some pieces from Pearl and Monroe and love the pieces. The weather is a bit cooler so I can start layering and wearing some of my favorite heavier pieces.

What I'm doing this weekend...
James has a work conference in Columbus so Connor and I are tagging along, which gives us a chance to see friends while we are there. We are having a kid-free night with another couple then we will spend some time around Columbus before heading home. I am hoping to find a new to us park to visit.

What I'm looking forward to next month...
James and Connor's birthday, Fall festivities, cooler weather, slower days.

What else is new...
James is home for a while, with no travel plans for an entire month. Which gives me hope for more time with him (i.e. date nights). Connor just wrapped up soccer and has two weeks left of swim. I'm thinking we will continue swim lessons through the winter to really build his confidence and skill. I am going to lead a Bible study start in November so I'm going to prep for that over the next month or so to really prepare myself for the role and experience.

Happy Hump Day, friends! 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

All Things Pumpkin {Announcement}

I'm sure by now you've caught on to the fact at I'm a bit pumpkin crazy. I blame it on my November birthday. I much prefer a pumpkin pie to a cake when celebrating my day. Give me all the pie but only pumpkin. With my love of pumpkin in it's prime this time of year, I reached out to some blogging friends to see if they would join me in a 4 week pumpkin themed link-up. After some brainstorming our All Things Pumpkin party was born.


Our party couldn't be any easier to join. Each week - October 4, 11, 18 and 25 - visit on of the hosts and link-up a pumpkin themed post. This can be a recipe, a craft, a DIY, your home decor, etc. As long as there is a pumpkin included you are welcome to add it to our party.

Meghan, Beth, Crystal and I are really excited for this link-up. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share with us. Grab our button below and come back next week, October 4 and share with us your All Things Pumpkin post.