Happy Summer

It’s been over two months since the moved to our new beach place and, I have to say, it is better than I expected.  We are enjoying a great summer near the ocean; exploring, relaxing, adventuring and refreshing as we gear up for this upcoming school year. This summer has given me a small glimpse into my future with the hubs and no kids. I’ve seen a quick view of what empty nest life will be like.  I am incredibly sad to see this season go, but, after this summer, I’m becoming more excited for the next season. This coming school year, both of my children will be seniors; one in high school and one in college.  Also, my daughter gets married in a little less than a year!  This means over the next year, we will choose a college for our son. Our son will graduate from high school.  We will plan and put together a wedding for our daughter.  Our daughter will graduate from college and become a registered nurse.  And about one year from now, our daughter will get married! Lots of changes on the horizon.  Lots of emotions to be had.

I have a ridiculous amount of photos to share from the first couple of months in our beach place.  Scroll on if you’re bored and have time.




The Big Move


So, it’s been nearly a year since I’ve posted to the blog but this big change warranted a post. Hoping to get back to more postings about our new journey.

It seems like most people have a similar story; the couple meet in college, they fall in love and get married. They spend the next 10 years or so traveling, building their careers, building a home with pretty things and enjoying time with each other before settling down to have children. Good, bad or indifferent, our story is the opposite of most.

My husband and I met when we were 16 during my junior and his senior year of high school. We fell in love and got engaged at 19 and 20, married at 20 and 21 had our first baby at 21 and 22 with the second baby at 24 and 25. There was no money or time to travel, to build a career, to build a home with pretty things or spend a lot of time together. We focused on our children and our family.

Then in the blink of an eye, we realized our children are pretty much grown. We took a step back and evaluated. We have been married for nearly 22 years and most of our furniture was given to us and we had no matching dishes or towels (just to nam a few). We had been so focused on raising children, we hadn’t really focused on all the little things. We were living like college students!

So we decided to make a big change. We decided to sell our family home and purchase a small town home near the beach. Our town home is about half the size of our family home. This was the perfect opportunity to throw away all of our old crap and actually be adults and buy and fill our home with new and pretty things.

Our daughter has moved out and will be getting married next year (yikes!). Our son will be 18 in a month and will spend his senior year in the town home before he goes to college. After that, it will be just the two of us. We have never truly been married without kids but we are excited about this next season of our lives. While everyone else our age is raising a family, we will be biking to the beach to watch the sunset, paddleboarding down the intercoastal, fishing from our boat, walking to beach restaurants for dinner and traveling the world.

Even though our story is different, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have two amazing (ahem) adult children (still so hard to say) that I am incredibly proud of and a loving husband that I get to spend the rest of my life with. So while it’s sad to see my children go, I am excited to step into the next phase of our marriage; our fun empty nest phase.


A photo of my children every month :: October
Dancing by the Water Walking down fishing bridge
Dee {16 years and 7 months}:
She is always listening to music and lately has been the happiest, silliest teenager. It brings my heart joy.

Trey {13 years and 5 months}:
He is going through a growth spurt and changing drastically. His deeper voice still shocks me.

Our Thanksgiving in Photos

1. Paddleboards on the Dock – YOLO 2. The hubs pulling out the fried turkey 3.  Me paddleboarding 4. The completed masterpiece 5. My dad and daughter cooking 6. Sunset over the water 7. My dad and daughter being silly in the craft store 8. My brother dared my daughter to eat an entire can of cranberry sauce for $15 during Thanksgiving meal – she did and won! 9. My son cutting a fish he caught 10. A little nighttime game playing 11. Me and my daughter paddleboarding 12. My dad wearing my daughters sunglasses – isn’t he cute! 13.  My daughter swinging on the dock 14. Me and my daughter at sundown on the last day of the trip

Looking Forward to a Wet Thanksgiving

Looking forward to traveling to a sleepy island and hanging out here. It will be a very wet Thanksgiving; swimming in the pool, swimming in the canal, going to the beach, fishing and best of all…lots of paddleboarding!

Serenity Now


A paddleboard, some peaceful water and a little Kenny Chesney; now that’s serenity.

The coolest thing about paddleboarding is that its awesome exercise but it doesn’t feel like exercise. Did you know you burn anywhere from 600-700 calories in an hour? That’s more than surfing. It kinda blows my mind. I’m an exercise freak but what I love even more than the exercise is the stress relief and peace it brings.

I was able to paddleboard twice this weekend which is absolutely unheard of. It’s been awesome!!!

Sunrise Runs

I was able to get in four morning beach runs this week!  It is most definitely one of the best ways to start the day; quite invigorating, energizing and beautiful.  Here is a summary of my sunrise running view each day this week.





Start the Day with Beauty

I’ve recently added in morning beach runs a few times per week.  I’ve figured out how to time my runs so that I get to see the sunrise and I have to say…what a way to start the day!  It is breathtaking, beautiful and magnificent.  The beach is my happy place; my peaceful dwelling.  To add the beautiful sunrise just makes it almost magical.  I just praise God to get to see His breath taking creation each morning!

Here is the sunrise this morning in stages.  Enjoy!