summertime miscellany

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

to the lighthouse / Belgian beer tasting / bloomin' / cornhole+beer =happy boys / cowboy charcoal /
/ playtime / its what's for dinner / from the garden / pathway / perfection


solitude and peace

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I know I've been neglecting this little space more often than not lately, I just don't seem to have the words or the inspiration for them.  Truth be told, this heart behind the words is a little broken or shall I say feeling "closed off" lately.  These phases in life, though are rough and confusing when going through them, are beautiful in their own way.  For I know we learn our greatest and most powerful lessons from them,  molding and shaping us into stronger, more insightful, and compassionate people.  I will always try to find the beauty in any circumstance, this I am told is a great trait to have.

Seeking out solitude and peace has been a healthy cure for this ache of mine.  I have ventured out of my comfort zone, doing things I normally don't do, and enjoying them.

Driving down to the outer banks all by myself may not seem wondrous to some, but to me it was adventurous and independent. I stopped at roadside markets, shopped at the outlet mall, took the toll road and paid, I savored the salty air and touristy traffic, smiling to myself the entire way down highway 12.  I paid a visit to my favorite lighthouse and although I am unsure of the reason, I just know she is my favorite.
Running extra long and extra hard lately, it is truly my therapy.  I don't know why, but this ache in my soul has been good for my legs.  Either running towards or away from something, that I don't know, but I have been able to push myself farther than ever before and that alone is something I happy for.

More evening walks with Lucy, more yoga, more tea.  And even catching a sunrise or two.
Leaving to-do lists and everything else for another time and finding a spot at the beach with my green chair has happened on a few occasions.  On one afternoon I was surprised with an amazing show.  In my 25 years of beach living I have never seen that many dolphins playing so happily, freely, and so close to the shore.  It was breathtaking and perfect.

Morning mugs of coffee and the sweet girl I nanny for are constant mood changers.  Mashed potatoes for breakfast? sure.  Water park in the morning and a dance party in the afternoon?  Absolutely.  I'm sure she has no idea, but for me, being around her is a dose of pure goodness.  The power of a nine year old's soul is simply remarkable.

And never underestimate the power of buying yourself flowers.  It helps, always.  

Oh and Bob Marley, he helps too.

Until next time.

we're hooked

Friday, July 12, 2013

Pun totally intended.  Our summer has been wonderful so far, instead of planning a trip we decided to take the plunge and buy a boat. {Again with the pun, I just can't help it!} Chris and I have deemed this decision as one of the best yet!  We are in love, hooked if you will.
Red solo cup in hand, sunbathing at the bow, and the sweet southern sounds of Wagon Wheel coming from the radio....This moment, my favorite of the summer so far, made my little southern heart melt.
 Boat hair and tropical drinks, my Captain and I are developing some rockin tans. We are also loving being able to dock up to local restaurants for a late lunch or to have a drink.
 Out in the bay!  To see the lighthouses, watch pods of dolphins, or do some fishin'!  We also watched the 4th of July fireworks from the bay; it was amazing to say the least.  The ride out can be a little bumpy, but my cowboy loves it, and I'm never one to say no to an adventure....
 oh, and the sunsets, did I mention they are breathtaking.  Coming in after a long tiring day on the boat, your skin burns, your hair is a hot mess and you know you have boat cleaning duty when you get back; but this view alone makes all of that worth so worth it.
And occasionally I get to drive!  Hold onto your hats friends....

We're still trying to figure out a name for her, so if you have any ideas we are all ears for suggestions!  And my clothes purchases lately have been deemed only necessary if it can be worn on the boat.  Anything with an anchor on it is a must [duh].  We always have a cooler on hand and towels at the ready, we are boat
lovers this summer, learning the ropes and swimming in the fun! {puns, all of them, obnoxiously intended}

hopefully, if the rain ceases we will be out on the boat this weekend. Let me know if you want to go for a ride!  I truly think the best part of having the boat is sharing this awesome experience will all of our friends....