All good things come to an end…

Sadly, Brett and I dropped Cakes off at the airport this evening for her flight back to VA. Although the week went crazy fast, we still managed to have a great time. This weekend we took her up north to share our island with her for a night. Because we’re so nice like that. And because a trip to Florida is not complete without a trip to the island.

And when you’re at the island, enjoying the beach, there’s obviously never a better time for a sister photo shoot. Especially when you happen to be married to a real honest to goodness photographer.

Cait was a bit surprised that the ocean in FL does in fact get a bit chilly in the fall


And what’s better than some cool jumping beach shots?:

Although the two shots we ended up getting looked pretty darn cool in my opinion, these were literally the only two good ones we got. After 10 minutes of the hubs saying, “No, jump at the count of three, not two” and “Christina, you need to actually lift your legs…” or just seeing him burst out laughing after every shot he took, we finally got two good ones. The other 25 jumping pictures? Well….let’s just say we may not be the most talented jumpers in the world. Here are some of my favorite best of the worst jumping pics:

Soooo talented!

Brett wanted to get in on the action and instead of jumping he just looks like he was freeze framed while walking through the air. Or while climbing invisible stairs.

We love this island. And the fun seaweed and shells scattered all over the beach makes for some fun photo props.

Trust me. Seaweed wigs are all the rage this season.

And then, of course, Brett and I had to introduce her to our “time to go home strawberry limeade” from Sonic. Because it’s tradition.

Caitlin, we will miss you. Come back to Florida soon. Or better yet, just move on down.

Back to the island…

Brett’s parents were down in FL visiting our their condo this past week so Brett and I headed up after work on Friday for a short visit. They left Saturday late afternoon, but Brett and I stayed to soak up the island goodness until early this evening. I know everyone up north would smack me for saying this, but it was a bit chilly on the beach this weekend. The clouds mixed with the cool ocean breeze made it a bit too cold for sunbathing on the sand, but we still enjoyed the sun and ocean views for a relaxing weekend.

This morning Brett and I headed to our favorite breakfast restaurant where I practically screamed with excitement upon seeing pumpkin pancakes on the specials menu. And I was not disappointed.

Pumpkin pancakes for me, strawberry waffle for hubs

The weekend was great. Full of laughter (not much coming from the comedy show we went to on Friday night with Brett’s parents. As much as listening to raunchy jokes with your in-laws is super awesome….) love, good food and my favorite sound of the waves breaking on the beach.

On the way home we broke our new tradition of driving through Sonic for a strawberry limeade because a pumpkin spice cappuccino at Cumberland Farms was calling my name.

And although we loved our time on the island, at the end of the weekend I as ready to pack up and make the drive home, trading the sounds of the breaking waves for the soft rain. Apparently we missed a LOT of rain this weekend since there seemed to be some serious flooding around town. But in the end, it’s always good to be home.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Thursday Thoughts

"Back off or I will cut you!!"

I forgot to add that picture in my last weekend post. One of the many adorable fiddler crabs that me and my mom chased around the parking lot, trying to save. Really, these crabs were so not considerate of the effort we were making to keep them safe. We try to save them from being squashed by cars, they run away. So ungrateful. As you can see by Sherwin’s pose (yes Sherwin. He had to have a name) he can be quite tough when backed into a corner. We left him alone because we feared for our lives after catching a glimpse of those crazy weapons.

Anyways, happy almost weekend. Things that are making me happy right now:

1. The fact that our cake is getting more delicious as it continues to soak up all the goodness.

2. The fact that me and a friend are going to Yogurt Land after work tomorrow to celebrate the weekend. Who doesn’t love a land of yogurt??

3. The fact that I come home every day to a smiling husband who hugs and kisses me right away and tells me that he loves me.

4. The fact that I just started a new book and I get excited every time I crack it open to read.

5. The fact that tomorrow is Friday and the weekend is right around the corner!

Happy Thursday!

Day-cation Becker Style

So the hubs and I (who does have a name btw and it is Brett) are lucky enough to have a beautiful vacation condo on Hutchinson Island. Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly ours, but the in-laws live all the way up on Long Island and we live all the way down in FL…a mere hour and 45 mins from Hutchinson so you can understand how I practically have partial ownership…

Anyways…since Brett and I are so generous, we decided we would travel up to the condo just to make sure everything was okay and all. I know…so selfless. So on Sunday night we packed an overnight bag and headed up to Hutchinson for a 4th of July Day-cation. I am all about living large on my day-cations. Seriously, a well played day-cation can be just as rewarding as a full blown vacation.

For example-

1. A well thought out day-cation becomes amazing when you go someplace with an incredible view. (Which means that if you are lucky enough to live someplace with an amazing view I guess you don’t have to go anywhere!)

The handsome hubs admiring the view

2. A good day-cation means eating mini frosted Hostess donuts for breakfast. Okay, so maybe only Brett did this while I opted for an english muffin instead, but the point is that you COULD eat Hostess donuts for breakfast. Because it’s a day-cation and all.

3. A good day-cation means eating as much ice cream as you want. In our case that meant eating ice cream and cookies for dessert after both lunch AND dinner. Because both meals totally call for desserts. Obviously. Sadly I do not have photos of our day-cation ice cream binging, but I can assure you that it was delicious. Both times.

4. A good day-cation always includes one of my all time favorite activities–reading. And reading becomes even better when you are sitting on your outdoor balcony overlooking the ocean. And it’s even BETTER when you are sitting outside, relaxing and reading while your husband is inside cutting up watermelon and baking sweet potato fries (which put together makes a totally acceptable day-cation lunch).

5. Staying in your bathing suit as long as possible is a day-cation must. And trust me, staying in your bathing suit while you do mundane tasks like washing the dishes, makes the task all the more enjoyable! In my case I stayed in my bathing suit until my skin started to itch from the ocean water and I happened to look in the mirror and see the thousands of salt grains clinging to my hair and face. I looked like I had lice. Or a terrible case of dandruff. Gross

6. Walking on the beach at sunset. Does this really need further explanation? This alone makes a day-cation magical. Add in some ocean gymnastics moves and it becomes over-the-top amazing.

(I know what you’re thinking- “She must be a professional gymnast! Just look at that form!” I can assure you I’m not-although I did love gymnastics until I shot up 4 inches in 6th grade causing my coach to tell me that I would never be a true gymnast and thereby crushing my gymnastics dreams).

7. The last thing you need to make a day-cation amazing is bringing along your hot husband. Luckily that’s not an issue for me as mine seems to come everywhere with me these days. Lucky me. 🙂

All in all it was a wonderful day-cation, complete with watching fireworks from the hot tub on Sunday night and watching about 7 more firework shows on the hour and 45 minute drive back home. Life is good. 🙂

Wedding and honeymoon pics coming soon!