Friday, June 26, 2015

Beach Bound 2015 (Memorial Day Weekend) Part 1

Usually we head out to our favorite little beach spot in July for a few days of paradise. This year however with Hensley going back to school so early (July 28th this year!) and with Andy getting 5 days off of work unexpectedly we decided that even though it was a holiday weekend, we were going for it!

Off we went with little to no planning, a quick call to the best beach hotel EVER and our room was booked and our gas tank full. We were off for 4 days of pure beach bliss!

On the long drive down!

So worth it! This place is paradise.

Did not take us 2 minutes to hop in the pool!

We loved just hanging out by the pool, getting in some beach time and getting dinner at Uncle Vinny's. We were so glad to be at our little piece of paradise. 

Day two was BEAUTIFUL! We didn't see a drop of rain or a cloud in the sky the whole we were at the beach in fact! We decided to take this day and ride the ferry over to Southport to see what it had to offer and eat some great lunch! 

It was a beautiful ride over on the ferry. It was perfect weather :) After a one hour ride over we arrived at Southport.

Southport was recently named the number one happiest seaside town in America. It's a quiet town with lots of great seafood restaurants and awesome little shops. It was pretty busy considering it was a holiday weekend. We had eat at a little place called Provision and Company a few years back and it was so good we decided to go again, despite the one hour wait for a table. There is no lack of beautiful spots in Southport so we grabbed a cold drink and took a stroll to look around.

The hour flew by and soon it was time to EAT!!!

Our view was awesome but I think we were so hungry we were a bit delirious so .... we took selfies :)

We ate tons of crab cakes and peel and eat shrimp and enjoyed each other and the beautiful view.

Soon it was time to say goodbye and head back to the ferry.... only one was full! 

Instead of waiting an hour for the next one we decided to use that hour to shop :) Hensley got some really cute toys and I got some pretty awesome Christmas ornaments. Something I have started to do when we visit a new place or go on vacation I try to get an Christmas ornament to remember our trip. I think it will be awesome to decorate our tree many years from now and it covered in ornaments from all the adventures we have been on! 

Unfortunately, when we got back for the next ferry it was also full. We realized it was best to stay in line and wait out the hour for the next one. Luckily we had some sweet taffy to pass the time. We spent a lot longer then we intended to at Southport and we were more then ready to get back to the island.

Hensley was so ready to just be back at the hotel relaxing in the hot tub. If you can't tell from the picture below. 

Part two coming soon!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Throwbacks Volume 1 and Mother's Day 2015

Since I regrettably started this blog late (around the time Hensley was 2 and half) I have so many memories and things I wanted to include on here. I so wish I had started it sooner, I really wish I had started it when I found out I was pregnant. But since I didn't I am going to try and post random throwbacks of memories photos and little things from a time long past.  

So here's the first edition. Since Mother's day is this weekend I wanted to go back to my first Mother's day as a mother :) It was a special time and one I'll never forget! 

Hensley was a month old :)

Poor little guy was so jaundice in the beginning. 

Got to not only spend my first Mother's day with this cutie but he also decided it was a great time to show me his first smile and lucky for me it I had my camera handy.

We visited with family and everyone got to enjoy our sweet little boy!

Uncle Brandon with Hensley...I do believe this was the first time he held a baby. He got alot better along the way. 

My sweet grandma couldn't have loved him more! 

I just remembering being so thankful to have him in my arms that day :) 

Fast forward 6 years later.......

Hensley and Andy had been working on a secret project for a few days prior to Mother's Day and he was working on it very intensely!

I woke up on Mother's day with Hensley's little face leaned over into mine, eyes bright and already saying "Happy Mother's Day!"

I finally got to see his secret project and his beautiful handmade card.

In addition to my handmade gifts I was given a new dress and AMAZING shoes :) Time for church!

We had a great service at church and an amazing lunch with our families afterward :) It was nice to just spend time together and talk and make memories.

We came home just spent time together and played the new Pokemon game Hensley got that day from Uncle Brandon :) It was great just being with the people I love.

This year my mom wasn't here with us because her and my step dad are still in Texas. It brought up a range of emotions not being with her on this special. Hopefully she will be here next Mother's Day to celebrate with us.

Luckily for me Mother's Day didn't end on Sunday. Hensley's Mother's Day breakfast at school was on Monday. It was so cute. They had a huge spread for all the mother's and their children. They sang the cutest little song and made us some really really special gifts :)

Hensley really worked hard this year to make me feel special and he did a fabulous job at it. He told me how much he loved me so much over the weekend and he was extra cuddly :) It was truly a special few days.

Happy mothers day to all the amazing mothers out there that I am blessed to know. The day I became a mother changed my life for the better forever. I can't remember life before him and I treasure every moment with him. Waking up this morning with his sweet little face and bed head leaning over me whispering "happy mothers day mommy" is priceless and I am forever grateful to God to trust me with this precious gift of my son. Happy mothers day smile emoticon