First Family Vacation



We’re just back from Hilton Head, SC where we spent our first family vacation. It was a wonderful week of sun, sand, swimming, and lazing about. It was so much fun to be able to introduce Joseph to the ocean. He was fearless and crawled right into the surf. He laughed and splashed at the waters edge and didn’t even try to eat the sand! He also loved the swimming pool at our condo and never wanted to get out. Lots of playing on the shallow steps and “swimming” about. Shawn’s mom came with us and she was most helpful with entertaining Joe on the long car ride and “babysitting” after he went to sleep so Shawn and I could walk over to the Salty Dog and so we could sip on a Dark’n Stormy and listen to a little music. I’m already dreaming of our return.

Outfitted: Weekend in Whiskey

madison visit

Shawn and I will soon be off to visit our friends in Madison to help them celebrate the soon-to-be birth of their son. I have to admit that I am really looking forward to it. Yes, it will be cold, but Wisconsinites sure know how to deal with winter. I’m almost excited to dig out my snow boots! We’ll be squeezing in trips to some of our favorite shops and restaurants during our short stay. If only the Farmer’s Market were open. . . I think I might miss that more than anything else. Except maybe for some Spotted Cow.

101 Things: 80. Go to Las Vegas

Last week Shawn and I took a trip to Las Vegas. He had a national sales conference for work and we decided to add a few days onto the trip for a vacation. (Joseph stayed with Grandma Cathy for the week.)

Its been about five years since we’ve been to Las Vegas, the last time was for our friends’ wedding. Shawn’s conference was actually in Lake Las Vegas, which is about 40 minutes from the strip. It was a beautiful resort that seem a million miles away from the chaos. While Shawn was busy with meetings I hung out and went to the hotel’s spa. Heaven.

After the conference was over, we headed down to the strip and stayed at The Palazzo, which is attached to The Venetian. We had a beautiful suite to stay in and really enjoyed the shops, restaurants, and casino. We went to see the ” “America’s Got Talent” show (Shawn’s choice) which was fun, but I would have preferred to see “Love” instead. Oh well, maybe next time.


We have to be out of the house this week due to the floors being refinished. Toxic fumes are bad for baby – and ourselves – so we are spending the week at a local hotel. I know that sounds like an royal pain but I have to admit that I’ve been looking forward to it. One week without all the noise and distraction of workers in the house, not having to hide in my room all day, not having to worry about it all. Sweet relief. I am hoping to get some much needed rest and peace and quiet. Basically, a vacation. Aaahhh.

Hitting the road

The doctor has given me the green light to make a trip home this weekend to see the family and celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday! We are driving out there, since I think that will be a bit easier for me than dealing with the airport and the hassles of flying. Luckily, I’ve driven this route about a million times so I know all the good bathroom stops along the way. Really looking forward to seeing everyone, especially since we won’t be able to go home for the holidays – doctor doesn’t want me traveling during my third trimester – so this will be the last time we go home before the baby comes.

Also excited to note that I’m 20 weeks today! That means that we’re halfway until Baby Colley makes his grand entrance to the world. Must say that I feel like we still have a long way to go, but at least now are able to have more time behind us that in front. Here’s to the next 20 weeks of hopefully smooth sailing!

Family time and home again.

Shawn and I spent the past couple of weeks traveling about the Midwest to visit our families. It was great to log some much much needed family time with everyone, but we are also glad to be back at home.

We’ve been very fortunate with the weather the past few weeks (wishing everyone well, East Coast!) bright sunny days with no humidity and cool summer nights. Couldn’t ask for more. This is the weather I dream about all winter long. I’m going to try to savor it as much as I can before it fades away.

101 Things: 52. Go to an Indians Game

Shawn and I have been together for over a decade and we have never been to a Cleveland Indians game together. We’ve gone to countless Cubs games, so this made me feel a little bad to never go see his team together. Well, last night we finally made that happen. My sister and nephew were in town for the week, so Shawn decided to get tickets for the four of us for last nights game.

Even though the Tribe lost to Detroit 4-3, we had a fantastic time. The weather was spot on perfect and we had some AMAZING seats. (good job, honey!) There really isn’t anything else like an evening at the ball park with family. America at it’s finest. Hope you all can catch a game before the summer is over!

(for more photos, see the full post)

Off we go!

Shawn and I will be traveling back to the Land O’Cheese for our friends’ wedding. It is a three day extravaganza with both Hindu and Christian ceremonies, I am sure it will be amazing. Not to mention the bride and groom are fantastic people with phenomenal taste. Huzzah for Jen & Nir!

Hilton Head Heaven

Shawn and I returned from our vacation over the weekend. We had a wonderfully relaxing time, just what the doctored ordered. Now that it’s time to return to the daily grind, I’m going to keep these images in my mind to help me hold on to that well-rested feeling. I can almost smell the sea pines and fresh salt air. Thank you Hilton Head, SC for bring me a little peace.