Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bayview - Sally's 40th!

2 Bitches and a 'Hoe 
Two weekends ago, Jen and I packed things in the Tahoe and headed off to NC to celebrate Sally's 40th! It was such a fun weekend, and time we all needed away from our every day chaos. I love the trips where you can pack all t-shirts, shorts, no make-up or hair dryer, and it's just a weekend with the girls being silly and having fun! Girls only trips are the BEST! Sally, I hope you enjoyed it just as much, and thank the lord you are now officially 40! :)

Now let the photo stream begin!

The car was packed and we headed out right after work. We had a great trip down and thankfully no speeding tickets, Jen! Of course we also found time to make a quick pit stop around 9:30 PM for a little pick me up.
We arrived in NC a little before 11:00 and we were ready to get the birthday weekend going! This was my first time to Sally's parents' house, and it was perfection. This is the view from their back porch.

The setting puts you in such a relaxed state of mind, and I can see why this is Sally's favorite spot in the world. Our first morning was spent getting a tour (in jammies and all) of the area and enjoying all the adorable houses along the water.

Our wheels for the tour!
Could this be any cuter? It was in the backyard of one of the homes. I need a cute little space like this for an office or a garden shed. 
 We thought these chairs were so fun! 

After a tour of the area, Sally took us out for a tour on the water. She loves fishing and bought herself this cute little boat for her 40th!
Captain Sally! 

 Once back on land, it was time to get the blender out and start drinking! Cheers to being 40!
 Some fun cups I made for each of us. 
 Jen was pretty much the bartender the entire weekend, and she didn't let us down!

We spent the rest of the weekend drinking, relaxing, eating crabs, trips on the boat, floating in the river, celebrating Sally, and truly enjoying every moment!

 Happy Birthday, Sally! 

This sweet little thing letting me cuddle up to her, is Puggie Su.  She's usually quite the ankle biter, but she warmed up to Jen and I so much over the weekend that I just had to capture our time together. :)
With Sally's dogs and some from other members of her family, we had 6 total running around with us for the weekend. I captured this photo when it was feeding time.

 Our last night, and with such a gorgeous sunset. I think I snapped 20 shots as it was setting.

Sally and I had Jen laughing, and I love the moment I captured. 
 Jen and Sally…we were making memories. :) Love you girls!

 Sally…Happy Birthday, Sunshine! XO

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Hope y'all had a great 4th celebration and enjoyed the long weekend - gorgeous weather and all! Rob and I stayed here at home and somewhat had a low key night. There were a few neighbors having deck parties, but unfortunately we didn't have time to make it to each. I put together a few 4th goodies and we headed over to one neighbor's for a cookout.

Believe it or not, I had picked up these red gumballs from Target a few weeks ago, and decided to toss in a mason jar, and decorate a bit. Who doesn't like to chomp on a good gumball?  :)
 I stole this idea from Pinterest, of course. Tied up some licorice and there you have it. 
I have two of these cupcake stands from a wedding I worked and the bride was going to toss them. Needless to say, I snatched them both up and they worked perfectly for the cupcakes I made. Perhaps I did a bit of overkill with the flags, but it's the 4th!
And heaven forbid I show up to a party without Paula Deen's Gooey Buttercakes. They are just so easy and so darn good! Gooey goodness indeed!
Rob and I ended the night up on a neighbor's roof deck with just a few friends. It was quiet and the perfect spot to catch the city's fireworks. We usually just end up watching them from our deck, but it was nice to celebrate the night with friends. We headed off to PA the next day, so it was an early night for these old folks.

Rob and I traveled with my parents to visit my Uncle and celebrate his birthday. Lots of family time this weekend, but we had a blast! The weather was just so unbelievably gorgeous, and thankfully we were outside for most of it.

Look at these gorgeous flowers outside of my Uncle's house!
The birthday boy about ready to dive into the strawberry cake I made. Seriously, I was a baking fool this past weekend.

Loved catching up with my cousin, Lori. 
 I captured this photo of her little boy pouting because he was ready to go home. So sweet!
Sleepy little girl after hanging out with family all day. She curled up on the porch swing and was ready for a nap.
After getting back from PA, Rob and I crashed at my Mom and Dad's for the rest of the weekend. Grilled out, had one too many trips to Dairy Queen, hung out by the pool and just relaxed. It was so fun getting to spend time with them.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend. Next up - trip to NC with just the girls for another 40th birthday celebration! Can't wait, and be prepared for what I know will be photo overload in the next post.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

St. Michaels

Road trip!  

Last weekend Rob and I decided to head to St. Michaels, MD, which is just about 90 minutes from home. It was a gorgeous weekend and although we thought about crashing at a cute (my words, not Rob's) B&B for the night, we ended up just going for the day.

It's such a charming town right along the water. I immediately fell in love and started thinking of what house I wanted to buy for our weekend getaways with family and friends. You know, the adorable cottage that would make the front cover of any magazine. Ahh...a girl can dream!

Day trips are so fun, especially when it's the first time visiting as a couple. I had never been, and Rob's last trip was with an old girlfriend 15 years or so ago, so you know that just sucked!  Well, we crossed the bridge and spent the day walking, shopping, grabbing lunch and topping it off with an ice cream stop!

Although most stores were to my liking, Rob just tagged along and went in each one with me.  Of course he walked the aisles in about 2.5 seconds, and I could have gone broke buying so many fun things for the house.  Like this crab I wanted for above our TV.
Or this to hang on the back porch with an outdoor bar. 

Adorable stop for ice cream!  
We stopped in at Foxy's for some lunch along the water. 

 Pick your destination....
 Greee? Oh yes, please!
It was such a fun day getting out of the house and doing something different. We ended up stopping at the outlet malls on the way home and spending even more money.  Day trips can be expensive even when you don't plan on it. 

Hope y'all have some fun 4th of July plans! Looking forward to the long weekend and a few festivities thrown in. 

Cheers to a great celebration!