If Only We Could Live Life By The Sea

…One day, hopefully!

The beach makes our entire family feel better.  Its like the air gets a little lighter and the responsibilities and chores and difficulties in daily life fade to back burner. I’m not even talking about having to be ON the beach.  Just being in the vicinity makes all the difference.  Just KNOWING its 10 minutes down the road.  That’s (part of) the reason we are constantly in Hilton Head, visiting my parents.  I joked with my husband the other day that I feel like I split time between houses because I or we have been there so much with the kids this year.

I was lucky enough to start working a job share when I was newly pregnant with my second child.  I am in the corporate world every Monday, Tuesday, and every other Friday.  With this schedule, I am able to get away on little trips a lot, and we take as much advantage of that as we can before the little’s start “real” school.  (I’m guessing it would be frowned upon to pull your kids out of school every other week for a trip? ha.)

We spent out 4th of July getaway in Bluffton, SC (for those of you that just saw the Bachelorette, its a pretty awesome little town!) Hilton Head, and Palmetto Bluff.

Palmetto Bluff is SO good for your soul.  This place is considered the essence of the low country. Problem is how EXPENSIVE it would be to stay there.  Its about 30 minutes from Bluffton so we always sneak over there for a day trip.  Beautiful Ruins, a church on the water that I wish I could have been married in, treehouses, ziplines, bike rentals, and the May River.  So much to do followed by champagne with lunch on the water.

Aside from that, we spent time at the beach, a lot of time at the pool, took the kids to sea pines and climbed the harbour town light house, went on dates, and just flat out relaxed.

My kind of week!

The kids are at an age now where they are SO fun to play with, and they love to play with each other.  Its a lot easier this year with two running playing toddlers than it was last summer.. crazy to think that Jax wasn’t even walking yet last summer!

Pictures from our getaway below.

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All. Things. Hubby.

I truly never was the girl that grew up thinking “I need to be married by the time I am ______” or “I need to have kids by the time I am ______”.  That being said though, we all imagine who we are going to marry when we are little.  Me growing up in New England, I never would have imagined it to be an AirForce baby that lived all over the place, including Germany, and settled in Georgia.  Georgia?  How would my life in a small town in New Hampshire lead me to Georgia?  Oh but it did.

One of my favorite things about my marriage to my husband is that I do believe that it was in the plans for me far before I met him.  For the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, a family friend dedicated a brick at Olympic Park to my brother.  Back then I thought it was a great thing, but Atlanta meant ABSOLUTELY nothing to my 11-year-old self.  (I may not have even been able to find Atlanta on a map…) After I moved here, I remembered the brick and loved having a piece of my brother here with me.  Years later I realized that maybe it was always meant to be that I would end up here, and I had a little help along the way without even realizing it.

Anyhow, back to the childhood dream of who you will marry… that dream includes a lot of rainbows and butterflies. It does NOT include all the reality of what you ultimately learn that marriage actually MEANS.  The daydreams don’t include bills and mortgages, responsibility and chores, children, and sleepless nights when they are infants, who will get the next dirty diaper or clean the bottles, who cleans up the disastrous house from two toddlers, who cooks and cleans and does the laundry.  Marriage is a LOT.  It’s a team, and a partnership, and a friendship and a safe place and everything else.  This man is my world.  In my 11 years with him and almost 6 married to him, he has never let me down.  I most certainly wouldn’t be who I am today without him.

LASTLY (I promise), being an adult with a husband and children also makes me look at my parents in such a different light.  I now understand that they weren’t just “my parents” but they had their own marriage, their own things to deal with and I respect them so much more now that I understand that

I hate myself for this.. but the old mantra plays true… “If only I knew then what I know now”.  (inset eye roll).

OK! Now that I have gotten all the mushy stuff about my babes and my hubs out of the way – onto the fun!

Next up – our travel adventures later this week.

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Lovingly,

Kate

33.

How did that happen?  I feel like once college is over (and that was somehow 11 years ago) you lose track of time.  There is no longer the measurement of what year in school you are, or which semester you are in.  All of a sudden life just continues day in and day out, until you have kids.  They make me realize time again.  I feel like in the last four years I haven’t changed or aged much…(ok I am getting wrinkles thanks to two children). Sometimes I don’t even feel like I should be old enough to HAVE kids. and then I look at my children and see how they have transformed from newborns into full blown children and time catches up with me and practically knocks the wind out of me.

33.

Everyone told me that I would love the thirties.  That you “feel like you know” yourself. That sounded like such a crock  (and a weird thing to say) until I am living it, and it really is true.  I love these years.  The stability of marriage and the amazement of raising people.  Its all incredible.

We just got back from a trip to the Bahamas to celebrate my birthday.  You may have seen my post ON my birthday of our family dinner date.  Happily dressed up and off to celebrate. If only the night actually continued that way.  We went out for Hibachi and ended up having to LEAVE the restaurant after ordering.  I put my wine in a kids to go cup and left with my tail between my legs.  Our kids were a NIGHTMARE.  After that night didn’t go as planned, the Bahamas was a much needed and appreciated weekend were I simply got to play with hubs. We went swimming with the pigs and sharks, jumped off a (man made) cliff at the resort, gambled a bit, and just relaxed… All. Weekend. Long. It was paradise.

A few of the things I wore this weekend that people were asking about are linked below!

crocheted bikini:

http://us.shein.com/Crochet-Trim-Triangle-Bikini-Set-p-357784-cat-1866.html  

polka dot mesh frill one piece:

http://us.shein.com/Black-Polka-Dot-Mesh-Design-Ruffle-One-Piece-Swimwear-p-344229-cat-1866.html

blue and white bell sleeve mini dress:

http://www.zaful.com/smocked-stripes-off-shoulder-mini-dress-p_283821.html