Tuesday, May 29, 2012


You know when you look forward to something for so long and then when it's over, you're left with a little aching feeling? You've got memories and photos, but even then, you wish that one thing you've been counting down to for months, wouldn't be over so soon. 

Brad and I got back Monday night from out first trip together in we don't know how long. It wasn't for any other reason then to simply get out of Hattiesburg for us. It was something he and I planned, and we've been looking forward to this beach getaway for a long time. Saying it was wonderful was an understatement. We were up and at the beach around 7 every morning with our powdered doughnuts, watermelon and champagne, dinners out every night before the sun went down and asleep no later then 9 p.m. We read a lot, ate a lot, shopped a ton and drank even more.

Not a bad view to wake up to for five days.
Prettiest we have ever seen the water!

Thanks to a good friend's suggestions (shout out to Payne's Place) we visited a few restaurants we had never been to. All of which I highly recommend!

After this trip, we've added a few more more "to-do's" for the next time we're in the 30A area: 1. Dinner at Fleming's Steakhouse but next time, watch the martini intake before hand at 2. Tommy Bahama (or you'll be eating your lobster tails for breakfast the next morning). 3. Our favorite dinner spot of the trip was George's at Alys Beach. The Red Bar, you no longer hold the number one spot in our hearts. Watch out! 4. An early night in Baytowne at Marlin Grill.

No one can be on vacation forever, so until next time - back to reality, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't having Sandestin Margarita withdrawals.

Until Labor Day 30A!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This Ain't No Disco

Free tickets to see Sheryl Crow? Don't mind if we do. Randomly at the end of last week my mom called to see if we wanted to go see Sheryl Crow. For three days Dad and I were in a full-out lyric war in preparation for Friday night's festivities. 
She was amazing - smash box and all. ("Smash box" = accordion according to Don) I'll use it in a sentence. Don: "That was so awesome. She played the piano, the harmonica and even the smash box." Man, I love my family. We had a great time, ran into Erin and Andrew at the concert and were able to invite Whitney and Jonathon to come along as well. Any night that ends in everyone wearing Waffle House hats, had to have been a success. 
The following night, on Mother's Day eve, we all went to see Katelyn at her junior Cotillion. I could easily go on a rant about how time flies, how I can't believe she will be 18 in September or how, if I could, I'd reverse time about 10 years. I could do that, but I won't. Instead I'll say that I'm thankful for her, I wish I could be more like her and I think she is growing into a beautiful young lady.

Okay, maybe we are a little alike!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Free Fallin!

Years fly by so fast these days. Guess that's what happens when you buy a new home in February but have only slept in it on a weekend (counting now...) maybe five times. It doesn't seem like a year has gone by since Brad, Ben, Ashley and I made the trip to New Orleans for Jazz Fest. Last year, Bon Jovi. This year, Tom Petty. Both trips equally hot, but both, equally fun as hell. As any New Orleans trip begins, we made our first stop at Pub Zero for a double shot Jungle Juice, or as Ben would prefer, a small Pink Lemonade. His resulted in driving Ashley and I, and mine resulted in a jump on the bed party later that night. Haven't jumped on a bed in awhile? It's fun. You should try it.

Brad flew in from Dallas and met us at Tommy's. I'm sure the food was great but the martini's were even better. Be aware of the $90 appetizer special. I was definitely impressed with the atmosphere.

We turned in early, promising Ben that I'd stay up late the next night, a promise I fell short on. The next day began with a 9 a.m. hearty breakfast of Ponchatoula Sparklers (champagne and strawberry beer), music, Crawfish Monica, music, Crawfish Bread, music, sunburns, music, etc. See the pattern? After the Tom Petty finale and singing Free Fallin at the top of our lungs, we made our way to Superior Grill for a little Mexican food and margaritas. It was lights out before 10 p.m. but we had a great day!   

Good morning New Orleans!
It's been a long time since Brad and I got to spend the day walking around The Quarter. Just getting a drink in this bar or that, walking into whatever store we please and eating here or there. We've made a tradition of going into the Goorin Bros. Hat Shop on Royal Street. His purchase pictured below across from one my favorite shops off of Royal, Fleurty Girl.


Until next year... Cheers!