Tybee Island is a fabulous place – I highly recommend it. I think we have found our annual Spring Break destination. Everything was great – great weather, great beach, great basic accommodation and great planning by MM. We stayed at the campsite, which is why we intentionally only stayed 2 nights. Having not been before we were unsure of what a ‘cabin’ would be like and exactly how tight quarters would be at night. As it turns out it was fine – even slightly bigger than the ‘caravan’ we stayed in in France last year. Of course it was made more bearable by the deck that functioned as an extra room in the evenings. MM and I ended up bed hopping with the kids though as they were a bit disorientated with the bunk beds…just like the old days I never knew where everyone was going to be when I got up in the morning:)
As I mentioned MM planned perfectly. In fact we both drafted Excel spreadsheets (yes we are nerds and old habits die hard!) before we left and they matched almost perfectly, listing all the items we needed…great minds think alike! We even remembered the coffee machine so sanity was preserved each morning. We wanted to spend as little time as possible in stores so we even took our own wine, beverages and snacks. It all worked out perfectly and I was able to enjoy a chilled beaker of wine while Daddy frolicked in the Atlantic with the kids.
We ate out one night but to be honest I am no fan of eating with all the other Atlantans on spring break, at over priced, beach side restaurants, so my favorite meal was a large pizza on the cabin deck with a home made margarita:) It was noticeable how much easier holidaying with an almost 6 year old and a 4 year old is compared to last year. All they seem to need is a good peanut butter sandwich, markers and paper and they are perfectly happy. We even had art work to present to the slightly high pizza delivery guy.
The only bummer was driving back on the freeway yesterday. We were informed by our son that he was ‘absolutely desperate’ for the loo. Now why do they always wait till they are in dire need to inform us? Anyway MM sped up to try and find an appropriate, safe place to stop, and crumbs there he was waiting to snare us with his radar gun. Shucks – a speeding ticket, deserved I know, but a bummer non the less. Oh well at least we saved on the restaurant dinners:)
The Spanish Moss of the Deep South in Savannah:
Hanging out on the cabin deck:
The perfect beach:
My favorite beaker:)
The perfect place for a nap….
Yeah Spring Break is here! Everyone in this family needs it. 7am school bus rides take their toll on all of us after a while. My daughter has been asking for regular updates on ‘how many more sleeps’ there are until we go to the beach. It’s fun to see how excited she is. I’m not quite so excited yet as I have to pack for a family of 4 camping for 2 nights, and of course you need as much stuff for 2 nights as you do for 5 ranging from pillows to dixie cups, and from spf 30 to toilet roll. I know we will forget something – the test will be is it something we can do without? I’ll just make certain that my cocktail shaker makes it:)
Prior to everyone disappearing on Spring Break my running buddy and I went for a 10 miler yesterday. I found it really tough – I don’t know what is wrong with me. I had no significant aches or pains but just felt like I had low energy, my body and soul just wanted to give up. Maybe a couple of days of rest at the beach will help? I hope so as I’ve got another half fast approaching in April.
As I went to meet the school bus yesterday I was shocked to discover our only immediate neighbor has put her house on the market. Spring is definitely the time everyone tests the market as most families want to move before the start of the next school year in August. We don’t talk a lot, but she is a great neighbor, mainly because we do both just get on with our lives with little interference so I will miss her. However it would be fantastic if we get another younger family moving in. We’re in a good school district so fingers crossed. I also really hope she gets what she has listed it for – it’ll certainly do wonders for our house value and prove to me that the Buckhead Bubble is recession proof.
So I’m going to take a few days off being online – I’ll be back next week with stories from Tybee.
As Spring is growing ever nearer plans for Spring Break are afoot. This is the first year we have ever really had to consider Spring Break as we’ve never previously been constrained by school vacations. With this being our year of house renovations I wasn’t sure we would get away at all, but the thought of over a week at home with the children filled me with such fear that we have just booked 2 nights away! Hooray we’re off to Tybee Island for 3 days! We thought it safer to book just 2 nights as we’re staying in a cabin and really have no idea what to expect – if it works out well we can always stay longer next year, and if not, well we’re only paying for 2 nights and can jump in the car to head home! I actually think we will all love it given our fun experience in a caravan last year in France – at least Tybee will be warmer, even in April! I just can’t wait to get to a beach and feel the sand between my toes…
In preparation for the holiday season I ordered two new bikinis from Boden. I always have a couple of cheaper Target bikinis on the go but this year I really wanted some decent, age appropriate bikinis – I’m not ready for the tankini or a full piece yet but still a little more coverage may protect my children from embarrassment over their mother for a little while longer, at least by the pool. Anyway I have to say both the Retro bikini and Ruffle bikini are DIVINE. They arrived in a fabulous little bag too for storage – Boden always go the extra mile and long may it continue. Oddly enough I photographed the bikinis without me in them:)
I went with a US size 8 top and size 6 bottoms. I definitely think the bottoms are on the generous size especially if you are not used to a lot of coverage. My previous bikinis have all been little string things so the Boden ones do feel a bit bigger and I’m glad I sized down. My only irritation with the Retro bikini top is that I wish the tie had a stitch in it so it doesn’t come undone – I think it might drive my OCD mad. The Ruffle bikini is perfect – it is a great sporty fit, good coverage for my C cups that have breastfed two children:) I love the Ruffle one so much I have just ordered it in the Bluebell Bud and Apple Stripe colorways too while the ‘buy 3 get the 4th for a $1’ offer is still available. I’m planning a LOT of time by the pool this year in lieu of Biquet Plage.
Trying the bikinis on did again reveal my soft, round tummy to me. I’ve run 20 miles in the past 4 days and I’ve eaten a million calories. So the plan is to keep up with the exercise and ditch the calories. In order to rest my weary legs I swam 30 lengths this morning. It was so much fun, the pool was so quiet, and it was great to sit in the sauna for 15mins afterward. I’ll be lucky if I can move tomorrow after using all those upper body muscles that rarely get worked out at all.
Today I fancied wearing some Fryes so I planned my outfit starting with the boots first. I’m wearing my Sabrina Fryes in clay, Hudson Collin jeans, Boden essential scoop neck tee, and my Boden Fairisle cardigan (no longer in stock). The cardigan is one of my favorites – it’s very snug and cropped and always feels very neat when I wear it.
Oh and I changed my nail polish – I’m wearing Opi ‘We’ll always have Paris’ in suede finish which is nice and matte.