Thursday, October 8, 2015

Kiawah Weekend

After our amazing time at OBX, I continued down the coast to Kiawah Island for a very special bachelorette party.
One of my very favorite people had her bachelorette party on Kiawah island, so how could I resist? Friends? Check. Beach? Check. Have a Blast? Check.

It may have been a long drive there, but we had a good time. We went to dinner and ate brownies and chilled without the Netflix. I love when people all take the time to just talk and laugh instead of everyone being linked to their devices.

They had seen a shark the previous day so they hadn't even been in the ocean yet.
Well the beach was pretty much empty and we got right in. This was the laziest beach I've ever been too. The waves were almost non existent. it was great for relaxing in, but not so great for teaching someone to boogy board, or showing off your new found innertube tricks.

Before I headed back to DC we had to round out the trip with one last tradition.
It may have taken us 3 years to get this down, but we're getting pretty good at this jumping thing. And since I'm writing this post ahead of time, I can't wait to celebrate the wedding day of Stewart and Bret. Stewart was my very first Peace Corps friend that I made. She ended up sitting next to us on the flight to Cambodia. We shared our snacks with her, and a friendship was set pretty much right then. I'm so excited she's marrying Bret, a fellow volunteer and how great it has been to watch them get together and seeing their relationship progress.

Congrats Stewart and Bret!

Monday, October 5, 2015

OBX Part Deux

I'm so behind on blogging lately. Work has been really busy, and I guess just life has been really busy too. I guess I've reached the point where I'd rather just enjoy the moment and not worry about taking enough pictures to make a full blog post. So I'll blog when I want to instead of stressing about keeping up with all the posts and what not.

Over labor day weekend Hal and I decided to go to the Outer Banks with some friends. We went last year with 4 other couples from church and had an absolute blast, so we went again this year. This time there were 8 couples in one beach house, and we had an absolute blast.
I didn't take hardly any pictures, but just know that just means we had a fabulous time and I didn't want my phone to die on the beach. We also learned that Hal and I are pretty much the only ones who like sea foam. Something about it seems just so magical to me. So when the waves were crazy after a storm, I had to play in the seafoam.
We basically spent 3 whole days playing at the beach and never wanting to leave. We also learned that innertubes can be just as fun as boogie boards, and are much less work to ride a wave. I can't wait until beach time next summer to have more fun with the tube.

RIP beach, we'll miss you until next summer.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

7 Years

Hal and I just celebrated our 7 year anniversary. 7 years! It seems like until you hit 10, it's the odd years that feel big. 3, 5, and now 7. People are always shocked when we tell them how long we've been married. While it's commonplace in Utah, it's always a shock to people out here how young we got married. But I wouldn't change it for anything. We've had so many amazing experiences that we've been able to share with one another that we would have missed out on if we had waited to get married. Getting married young may not work for everyone, but it's done good by us.
We started out our anniversary by going to a flea market out in Dulles which was so much fun. When we went in Hal said we had to set a time limit, and I talked him up to an hour. But as soon as we were inside, he was the one stopping and looking at everything. While we came away empty handed, it was really cool to see some of the antiques people have.

Then we started a 5.5 mile hike out in Manassas which was really fun. It was my turn to plan our anniversary, and we wanted to keep it pretty low key since we've been traveling so much recently, so after our hike we headed to Old Town Alexandria for a nice little dinner.
And for our actual anniversary day we decided to do our other favorite summer activity - The Beach!! It was so unbelievably windy on the beach that the waves were pretty crazy. We didn't stay too long with all the blowing sand, but it was still fun to get in the water one last time for the year.
 We finished out the day with lots of crab legs and local Ocean City ice cream which more may have melted than ended up in Hal's mouth. We ended up driving across the bay bridge right at sunset. It felt like we were riding off into heaven. Not a bad way to kick off our 8th year.

Monday, September 7, 2015

A Day in San Francisco

This past weekend Hal and I spent a little more than a day in the San Francisco area. What was worth flying all the way across the country just to spend the day and fly back across the country?
This guy. Our last living grandparent, Hal's grandpa isn't doing well, so we flew across the country to see him one last time.

We were so lucky that he was awake part of the time we came to visit and could nod his head and speak a little bit. I'm so glad that we were able to see him one last time. It was the first time that I've ever hugged someone goodbye knowing it would be the last time I saw them. You know those people that have such funny personalities that when you see something or hear something you're instantly reminded of that person? That's Hal's grandpa. He always wore those blue jumpsuits with nothing on underneath. And his laugh. He laughs like The Count on Sesame Street, and is one of my favorite things ever about him. Good 'ol CD, we'll miss you dearly.

To temper the sadness of saying goodbye to Hal's grandpa we were so fortunate that his brother was working a MAC event that same weekend in San Fransisco.
We walked all around the city together and saw him in his element at the MAC event, and I was even lucky enough to have him do my makeup at the event. I loved that lipstick so much I snatched it right up. And in case you're wondering, he said it's his go to for weddings this season.
San Francisco has such a fun energy as a city, and has so many beautiful buildings, it's perfect for just walking. Not to mention I forgot how amazing west coast weather is. Coming back to heat and 70% humidity is making me miss those foggy breezy nights.
Beck, Thanks for showing us the town, and being a bright spot in our sad reason for visiting. If you don't follow Beck on social media, you probably should right now. He is such a bright spot of positivity on social media, and he's even making his own organic teas. You can thank me later for introducing you, and tell me you're jealous he's my brother in law. Watch his Konmari videos, they'll make you turn your house upside down, in a good way. Here's his youtubeetsy, and instagram

Thursday, September 3, 2015

What a Sale: 40% off

Holiday weekends are one of the best times to buy stuff on sale. Almost every store has some sort of sale going on for labor day. So I picked two sales that I like, and the both happen to be 40% off.

First up is Chicwish.
Have you ever heard of them before? Their clothes are so cute. I will say, it does take a while to receive them, and you have to ship them back to China if you want to return, but they reimburse shipping, and their customer service is very responsive.

Right now, they're having a 40% off sale. Almost everything in the store is at least 15% off though, if you find something you love that's not in the 40% off sale. And let me tell you, I'm kind of now obsessed with that jacket.


Next is Gap
Have you guys seen that flare jeans are back in style? The middle school me can't get back on the flare jeans bandwagon, but I can get on the girlfriend jean bandwagon. Comfy lose jeans that aren't frumpy? Yes please. And ladies, if you don't own a gap bra, you should. They are by far my favorite bras I own.

Some other Labor Day deals going on -
Bed Bath & Beyond is having their semi annual clearance. Visit in store for up to 50% off
Loft - 30-50% off
Old Navy - Up to 60% off everything in the store

What are your favorite stores/website to shop?
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