Summer Travels

It has been an extremely busy couple of months. We have traveled more weekends than we have been home. With trips to Maryland, Charleston, Augusta, and Charleston again we have been racking up the mileage and the house and yard are neglected. It has been fun and exhausting and the kids love visiting people and staying in hotels and screaming in the car. We have more gray hairs and are in the market for a bigger car thanks to these weekend get-a-ways.

I took a “me” trip to go visit my best friend Kassia. Her family is going to be moving to Korea in a few months and after that, possibly Europe. People who have their closest friends down the road or even in the next town, have no idea how lucky they are. Mine are spread out all over the southeast and soon to be all over the world. The thing is, though, we all make an effort to be together. We plan trips, rent beach houses, girls weekends, and even phone dates. It was a great, short trip and just maybe when missing them gets hard, I can chase away the lump in my throat with a smile by thinking about all of the amazing memories we have gone out of our way to create.

Kaela had spent the week with her Nanny so we took Kyle and drove to Augusta to pick her up. Kaela and her Nanny have a very special bond, and if you ask Kaela, she will tell you that Nanny is a lot nicer than we are and her house is better and she has better snacks. This was a quick trip but fun because we got to try out sharing one hotel room between the 4 of us. I am a very light sleeper, so I was worried this would not go well. Surprisingly, it was great! Kids fell asleep quickly. Devon and I were exhausted so we did too. Great night sleep, delicious breakfast and fun at the pool. We will be doing that again.

4 days in a row with my love, the beach! It doesn’t get any better than that for me. We stayed at my sister’s house and had a great time. The weather was perfect and I got to spend time with Angela and Brandi, two of my favorite people. Kyle was afraid of the ocean and slightly afraid of the sand. We did go for a walk on the beach together looking for shells. It didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but when I think about it now, it was one of those small moments that turned into a beautiful memory. Kaela was so excited to be at the “big wave beach”. She played in the water, dug in the sand, chased birds and smiled more those days than I have seen in months.

Here are few pictures from the trips. I wish I had taken more, but I guess I was too busy enjoying the moments to think about taking pictures.










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