weekend shenanigans

Beach Shenanigans

You may or may not have noticed my absence the last week or so. I am not here to apologize, because I don’t feel one needs to apologize for living life…you know? I basically took a break from everything. I did not open my laptop one time at the beach. I stayed off Facebook, Twitter, and just randomly checked in on Instagram to share a few moments of our trip. I didn’t think one time about work or how miserable I am. I didn’t think about the things we still need to get done around the house. I didn’t think about the mental list I have of accomplishments and dreams that are just sitting out there without any action. All I did was sit around our condo, take long walks with Zoe, take in the views of the ocean, and lounge around in the pool. (In one hour increments the best you can with a toddler who is go go go.) I ate some spicy Doritos and golden Oreos. We stopped at Steak n Shake in Prattville on the way down, as we usually do. We took Zoe for ice cream and out to eat one night at Sassy Bass where I indulged in crab claws and crab cakes.

On Friday morning, Chris and I took a walk and decided that we had enough vacation. We consulted with Zoe, who nodded in agreement that she wanted to go home, and packed up our car and headed back to Birmingham and our much more comfortable bed. Just like that, vacation was over and reality slapped us in the face. I had about 10 loads of laundry, Chris had a jungle in the backyard to tame, and poor Mac had a long overdue grooming that he needed recovery from.

This weekend, we laid low. Chris had a little side work to tend to. Zoe and I took a trip to the outlets near our house since I didn’t get to hit up the ones at the beach. (Where I discovered we now have a Michael Kors outlet store!!!!!!!) A rain storm came through while we were there, so we took cover in the food court where I decided it was high time that Zoe tried Auntie Anne’s! She was obsessed and kept saying “mo pwease”. We knocked out our grocery shopping for the week. I indulged in some Publix sushi Saturday night, Chris grilled hot dogs for lunch, and last night (thanks to Amy!) we enjoyed some paleo chick fila nuggets with garlic and parsley smashed potatoes.

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th week! Linking up with Biana.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Bri @ My Life As... July 9, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    I haven’t had spicy doritos in so long! Unplugging & enjoying vacation sounds perfect! The nuggets & potatoes that she shared look so so good!

  • Reply Kate July 9, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Glad you had a wonderful week! I’ve been unplugging more and more, and it is absolutely necessary and amazing at the same time. Yay for all the spicy doritos and Steak n’ Shake <3

  • Reply Andrea Nine July 9, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Iโ€™m so proud of you. This was the beach trip that Zoe could really soak it in and strut her all American cute lol self. Mama you needed that downtime with your family!! Hereโ€™s to many more beach memories!

  • Reply Biana July 9, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    I’m so happy that you were able to relax,unwind and enjoy time! I hope you bought something at the MK store! xo,Biana

  • Reply Kay July 9, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Looks like so much fun and sweet Zoe looks so happy! Love it!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer July 10, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Girl you NEEDED that break! Sometimes you have to let your mind rest. You can’t pour from an empty cup! Glad you guys had a good vacation. I feel Zoe on pretzels; I can never get enough, either!

  • Reply StephTheBookworm July 10, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I’m so glad you were able to get away and shelve some of your struggles and stresses for a few days!
    Sidenote: Auntie Ann’s is so good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Danielle July 10, 2018 at 10:55 am

    You definitely don’t need to apologize for being absent. I hope you had the best time on the beach and it sounds like you did. I love vacation food. Definitely a huge favorite of mine. Loved seeing all the photos last week! Glad you are back!

  • Reply laura July 10, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I love your vacation attitude, and I’m so glad you got that break. I missed the shit out of you, and I’m glad you’re back – for purely selfish reasons of course. Z looks so cute in all of her beach gear! Crab cakes- yuuuuuuuum

  • Reply Lauren July 10, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Mo pwease!!! That is the CUTEST!!!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders July 10, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Zoe’s 4th of July outfit is so cute! I swear getting kids dressed up for holidays is the best! And hooray for not getting on the internet of things while you were on vacation! I swear completely disconnecting is the hardest part for me!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag July 11, 2018 at 9:30 am

    I did miss you last week, but yeah, you definitely don’t need to apologize. Bloggers are allowed to live their lives without being online 24/7 and it sounds like you had a really great, relaxing vacation so that’s wonderful. Steak n Shake sounds SO good right now!! And aw, I love that Zoe likes Auntie Anne’s – she’s a keeper; those pretzels are great. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    -Lauren

  • Reply Sierra July 12, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I am so glad you said that because honestly, it urks me when people apologize for not having a post up. I’m sorry, let life happen. Ok, enough of my rant lol. I’m so glad you were able to just sit and be present. That’s how vacation should be! I loved seeing your stories and all the beach fun you guys were having! Zoe is just the cutest little beach babe. Sierra Beautifully Candid

  • Reply SMD July 12, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Pet peeve: bloggers who apologize. So please don’t. LOL

    Peacing the F out is so good for you! I’m glad you have a great vacation.

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