Month: March 2014

The Black Molly Grill

Last night my sister-in-law & mother-in-law gave us a great gift – babysitting so we could go out to dinner for our anniversary! Ashley had given us a gift card to The Black Molly Grill in St. Augustine, so we decided to check it out.

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Anytime we see Spinach & Artichoke Dip on a menu, we usually have to try it. This one didn’t disappoint!

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I ordered the Datil Chicken with goat cheese and sweet potato fries.

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Blake decided on the Aviles – chicken, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, goat cheese and a lemon butter sauce served over penne.

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YUM! Both were out-of-this-world delicious. Their portions are HUGE so we had three boxes of leftovers to bring home with us.

It was fun to go out and enjoy good food together. Cheers to six years of marriage!

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Bon Voyage!

On Saturday, we set sail on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas.

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It was our Christmas present from my momma – a family vacay! Unfortunately, I don’t have many great pics to share. I was paranoid that we’d be charged international rates if I turned on my iPhone, and I’m just not very good at carrying around an actual camera anymore. You’ll just have to take my word for it that we had a great time!

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We started with a full day-and-a-half at sea – which gave us time to explore the ship.

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Blake and I sailed on the Allure in 2012, and it was nice to see that RC is updating all of their ships to compare with their newest fleet. Touch screens are all around the ship so that you can see what’s going on, how to get where you want to go, or who is serving food at any particular time. Seriously though, that’s important stuff!

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All of the stuff was incredibly helpful and friendly. I’m not going to lie – cruising with a toddler is NOT easy! All he wanted to do was run around, and all we wanted to do was protect him from every little thing that could harm him, hurt him, or break at his slightest touch! Cruise ships are definitely not designed for the little ones.

Kailey, on the other hand, had a blast! Kids 3 and up who are potty trained are welcome to join the Kid’s Club. There are activities planned for them throughout the day and night to keep them occupied and having fun. I thought Kailey might be timid to be left alone with strangers, but I was wrong. She had a BLAST!

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Our first stop was in Grand Cayman. My mom, Kailey, Josh & Jessie went to the beach while Blake, Cameron and I explored. We walked and walked around the island. We even made a stop at The Ritz Carlton… you know, just to check it out. It was a beautiful island and we had fun just walking around and taking it all in.

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The next stop was Cozumel, Mexico. Josh & Jessie had booked an excursion for the day, so Mom, Blake and I took the kids into town to shop. We bought t-shirts, maracas, and hand-woven fans, browsed their jewelry collection and then determined we were done shopping once we couldn’t haggle them down on a tiny diamond ring that caught my eye. So, it was time for lunch.

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We shared a pile of nachos at Margaritaville and somehow ended up with a round of FREE margaritas. Hey, it’s five o’clock somewhere!

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On Tuesday night, we decided to skip the main dining room and opted to eat at the Chops Steakhouse on the ship. I’ve heard rave reviews about their meals, so we bit the bullet and paid the $30 per person. It was AMAZING! I’m not a fan of paying for food while on a cruise, but it was well worth it! Really delicious steaks and side dishes.

Our last day at sea was quiet and relaxing. We browsed the shops onboard, played trivia, packed up our suitcases and enjoyed our last meal in the dining room. All in all, it was a fun cruise. We can’t wait to cruise again, though next time we’ll wait until Cameron is older.

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Wedding Time!

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At long last for this girl, her big day had finally come. Time to drop those petals like a pro… and she did! Every last one of them!

The wedding was beautiful! Every detail had been thought through and executed perfectly.

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We had a day full of pampering with the bride, and then danced the night away with all of our family and friends.

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These cuties might have stolen the show for a minute or two.

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But the main focus was definitely on Sarah and Alex.

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And maybe a little on Kailey and Alex.

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It was a great way to celebrate the beginning of their marriage. All our love and best wishes, Sarah and Alex!

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Wedding Prep and Rehearsal Dinner

We’ve had a very busy week and lots to celebrate! This girl is getting married!

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Thursday, I picked up the kids and took Cameron to my mom’s house so that Kailey and I could meet up with the bridal party. Mani-pedi time!
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She was treated like a princess!
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Once some family came into town, we headed out to a restaurant I’ve been wanting to try. Funky Pelican! It’s right on the pier. I’d like to go back when it’s warm enough to sit outside. This night, it was pretty cold! But still delicious, great staff, and yummy food!
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Friday was spray tans and getting ready for the rehearsal. There was a last minute change for the ceremony location  due to some construction taking place at the resort, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time!
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Nothing better than a fun evening with the whole family!
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Up next… the Wedding Day!

The Bean

I lost a good friend yesterday.

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This little boy came into my life on my 21st birthday.

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Last Wednesday, he turned EIGHT!

In October of last year, Bailee went to live with my in-laws. My sister, Ashley, was his new momma. And she spoiled him rotten! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate her taking him in when we couldn’t anymore.

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He started to get sick a few weeks back. It was off and on at first. We thought it might be his dog food, because it had recently had a recall. Ash got him new food and continued loving on him to keep him comfortable.

Last Monday she took him to the Animal Hospital. He just wasn’t being himself. They ran tests, suggested a follow-up with our regular vet, and put him on a special diet. On Thursday, he had an episode in the vet’s office that scared even the vet. After bloodwork, x-rays, and an ultrasound – we still had no answers.

So yesterday, my mother in law took him to another vet to get a second opinion. They kept him for the day to run more tests and when she picked him up, he happily trotted out to the car. On the ride home, his heart stopped.

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I met the family at my in-laws and we buried him in the backyard.

Some people don’t understand how a pet can be a friend. Even my husband doesn’t get it. But when I look back over the past eight years with Bailee, he really was there for me through so many huge life events. He was my roommate through college. He was at my feet while I assembled our wedding invitations. He snuggled with me when we lost my dad. He was the first one to know I was pregnant with Kailey. And we danced around the house together. He was Kailey’s first playmate.

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He came to church softball games. He was our protector when Blake worked late, barking at every sound he heard. He was my vacuum when Cameron started eating finger foods and threw 80% of them on the floor. Christmases. Birthdays. Family get-togethers. He was always around and always asserted his presence.

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It may sound silly to some, but he was a special little guy who holds a piece of my heart. So glad to know that he is at peace.

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