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Thursday, January 5, 2017

After Christmas and New Years Beach Trip

The few days between Christmas and leaving for the beach we managed to sneak in a few activities. On Monday the 26th, Emma and I met my friend Caroline Stelling for lunch at Tupelo Honey. It was delicious but the service was SLOW so Emma was melting by the time we left. Great to get to catch up with just Caroline. She and I lived together in AOPi and now she's married to one of Tommy's oldest friends (who he lived with for 2 years after college before we bought our house). We see them often but it's always good to get the girls-only time too.
(wearing her adorable outfit Nana gave her for Christmas)

On the night of the 27th we met the Mitchlers, Ansley Reynolds, Christy Reimann, and Andrew Maxey for dinner at Tupelo Honey (yes it's a popular choice these days). Andrew and Christy were leaving the next day to go back to West Palm and the Mitchlers had just flown back in from Europe that day. We enjoyed getting to catch up with everyone. Emma did great at dinner (thanks friends for going early so we could bring Emma along :))
(before we left to for dinner. Such a stinker!) 

On the 28th I sent Emma to daycare so I could run some errands to prep for our trip and pack without having to coordinate around her nap times. I was paying for the whole week anyway so figured it was worth it! I was able to go to the dentist, Target, Kroger, Costco and packed. It was productive! Then that night the Hartmans came over and we grilled out and sat by Tommy's new fire pit. They were in Greenville for most of the week of before for Christmas so we wanted to hang out before we left town the next day. Always enjoy spending time with them (and Coop enjoys his play time with Champ).

The morning of the 29th we headed to Cape San Blas, Florida. We rented the same house we did last year with the same group. We had 13 of us in the house and 3 dogs. The house sits at the very end of the spit and so we had the beach pretty much to ourselves. The house has a great screened porch which I much enjoyed sitting out on. We trade off nights for cooking dinner and do our own things for lunch and breakfast. We go out one day for lunch to the Indian Pass Raw Bar which is always delicious! The boys played golf one morning as well. The weather was pretty good this year. It wasn't super sunny every day but it only rained a little bit one of the days. We enjoyed some fires on the beach (we had quite an ordeal getting firewood this year!), down time with movies, homemade dinners, time for games, and just enjoying each others company sitting on the beach. It's always a very relaxing trip (even with a baby this year) and we had a great time. I am not so sure we will make it next year with an 18 month old who will be on the go. Emma was the perfect age this year as she isn't mobile yet and is pretty resilient with sleeping in her pack n play in random places but I don't foresee that being the case a year from now. We shall see how it all plays out. 

(we had to wait longer than anticipated which went into her nap time. cue passing out on daddy's shoulder. He wasn't complaining) 
 (who needs toys when you have an empty water bottle?)

(hanging out with Auntsly wearing her adorable vest from Katherine who lives in Jackson Hole)

I can't believe it's January of 2017 already. I can't believe we aren't in year that Emma was born anymore and that she turns 8 months next week. Fastest 8 months of my LIFE! I am looking forward to all that 2017 brings. We are both settled into our jobs (Tommy started a new one back in September), Emma is growing like a weed and exploring new things every day, and we are just enjoying all that being a family of three brings. We started looking at our calendar the other day and boy 2017 is already shaping up to be a BUSY Spring atleast. Our weekends are filling up fast with weddings, showers, trips, and so much more. All fun things to look forward to in the coming months! Wishing you all a wonderful year!

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