Beach Bum

It’s been an incredibly long time since I’ve blogged. Sorry friends. It’s been a busy past few weeks, but also relaxing.

After celebrating Memorial Day with good friends and food at the lake and a little bingo, I packed up for a 10 day beach trip.


20130610-100208.jpgI was so incredibly close to the grand prize of $70 in the blackout round.

The first part of the trip was to celebrate Katelin and her upcoming wedding. We spent Wednesday-Saturday soaking up every ounce of sun we could. We also ate incredibly well and shopped a ton.

20130610-100649.jpg Our first stop in Gulf Shores was Bahama Bob’s. And it never disappoints.

20130610-100931.jpg Then, the best maid of honor ever took us to get our nails done. My toes were hot pink, Poptastic by Color Club. My fingers were Don’t Be A Budapest by OPI.

20130610-100939.jpg She even had goody boxes for everyone.

20130610-101001.jpg Dinner at The Hangout. Thanks for the good time, Ben.

We even got to see an America-themed light show at The Wharf. Does it really get any better than that?


While the girls packed up to come home, I switched condos. I stayed for an additional week with the Irvin clan. I’ve been part of their annual beach trips for six years now (except for one summer when I lived in Kansas City).

I got to come up during the hottest part of the day and snuggle with this sweet girl during her naps.


20130610-121500.jpgShe strutted all over the beach in her bathing suits.

This year provided a lot of entertainment thanks to the chairs next to ours. The Southeastern Conference was well represented. We made friends with Mississippi State and Missouri friends, and other Crimson Tiders as well.

Corn hole was brought out, and it got serious. Daily tournaments were played, the National Anthem was a requirement in the final round. There was a lot of good cornin’ happening.


The summer of ’13 has started off fantastically, even if I am a little burnt from 10 days of sun. Here’s to the continuation of an enjoyable summer for all. (And the hope that I don’t wait two and a half weeks to blog again!)

20130610-121600.jpg A happy jelly fish someone created from all the washed up seaweed.



Back from the break

After a wonderful, relaxing spring break, I’m back! It was the best week. I spent the majority of it in Gulf Shores, Ala. Although it was too cold to go to the beach for most of the week, it was a pleasant getaway from Tuscaloosa. Brett is from Gulf Shores, so we spent the week at his home visiting with his parents and some friends who were also down for the break.

I spent the weekend with friends and family, making the most of the last few days. We celebrated our favorite meteorologist’s birthday Saturday night and spent Easter with my extended family. (Both of those activities involved me eating way more than I should have.)

While the week was perfect, I’m happy to be back and ready to get into a routine. Happy Monday, everybody!



The temperature never affects the magnificence of the beach.


We spent an afternoon at The Little Zoo That Could. The different big cats they had were great.


The Spanish Moss trees line Government Street in Mobile, Alabama makes for one of the most scenic drives.


The go-karts are a must on every beach trip. I’m quite the champion.



Fried mushrooms from Bahama Bob’s. They’re a weakness.