Vacation

Vacation and a Mandatory Evacuation

Jimmy, Sadie, and I arrived in the Outer Banks over the weekend and headed right back home on Tuesday due to an emergency evacuation in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian.

We met my family at my parents’ beach house and had a lovely few days together! We spent our time swimming, playing in the sun, eating seafood, and enjoying all the babies (and dogs–six between all of our families to be exact!).

How about some pictures?

Couples on beach with dog and babiesDad holding baby in he air on the beach

Sadie had an absolute blast on the beach! When we visited in April, she didn’t get much of a chance to play in the sand, so it felt like a new experience for her this time around.

She wasn’t a big fan of the waves, but enjoyed toddling around in the sand, meeting other kids, and making sandcastles!

Mom and dad building sandcastle with babyBaby girl sitting in beach chair on the beach

It was really nice to spend time with my parents, siblings, nieces, and all of our dogs. It’s tough to coordinate all of our schedules to get together all at once, so having a few days of uninterrupted family time was incredible!

I’m really excited to see “the girls” continue to grow up together and spend time at the beach each summer 🙂

Three babiesDogs in pool

One of the best aspects of visiting the Outer Banks in September is that restrictions on bringing dogs to the beach are lifted, so we were able to share our beach time with the dogs.

Jimmy and I brought Mavis to the beach with us one night while we looked for ghost crabs with my sister and her husband and we discovered that little May May likes to hunt ghost crabs! We’re 99% sure she ate one that she caught, lol.

Cocker spaniel with ghost crabGuy laying on couch with three dogs

Despite the incoming hurricane, we had wonderful weather! The high temperatures were in the 80s, it was sunny, and the beach was relatively empty after the Labor Day holiday.

Jimmy, Sadie, and I managed to take a few walks together and we talked about how we dreamed of taking Sadie to the beach while we were on our babymoon. It was a beautiful full circle moment that we thanked God for ❤

Family on the beach with babyKill Devil Hills beach ocean Outer Banks North Caroline

While our time was cut short, we truly enjoyed every moment we were able to spend together.

There’s nothing like the blessing of time to just let go of daily obligations, relax, and refresh. We came home feeling ready for the next season!

Girl wearing baby in carrier on the beach in Outer Banks by the oceanBaby girl sitting on bed smiling

I’m praying anyone in the path of Hurricane Dorian stays safe and that those impacted by it will have minimal damage and be able to get back to normalcy as soon and safely as possible ❤

Have you ever been evacuated or had to cut a vacation short?

Diving Back In and A Few Favorites

As I mentioned in my post about our vacation, Jimmy and I wasted no time getting back into the swing of things once we arrived home in Pittsburgh! The first thing we did when we got home on Saturday was mow, weed wack, and mow some more. Mowing past our garden got me all sorts of excited to start planting!

We had a church fellowship dinner for my father-in-law and his wife on Sunday and it was so special! Everyone brought food, the fellowship hall was decorated beautifully, and the time spent with our church family was just the best. My assignment was to film a vlog of everyone giving a message for the bride and groom, and I had a blast with that.

On Monday, Jimmy and I were back to work! We were excited to hear that the zipline he worked on for the Pittsburgh Zoo will be opened this weekend. Go Jimmy!

One of the dogs I have been pet sitting for a few years turned six-years-old, so I took her on a special trail walk for her birthday.

Chocolate lab on bridge by water in Pittsburgh Panhandle Trail by Walkers Mill in Rennerdale PA Pittsburgh

The weather was just beautiful and made me so thankful that this is my job. It’s not always fun to walk dogs in January in Pittsburgh, but it’s 100% worth it come May!

In the evening, I had some real estate work. My brother is listing my father-in-law’s wife’s house for sale (Did you follow that? Lol!), so we all met up so Will could go over the contract with them and I could photograph the house for the listing.

Southbound Enterprises real estate agent Will Smith talking with client in CraftonGirl taking pictures inside a house with DSLR camera

It was a family affair, which I loved! Jimmy even tagged along as my assistant and carried a step stool around the house for me to climb up and down to get some good shots. He snapped this photo of me because he thought it was so funny that I scrunch my face up when I’m focusing. Oh, and if anyone is looking for a house in Pittsburgh, let me know 😉

It’s Tuesday as I type up this post, and I’m sure the rest of the week will include more pet sitting, mowing, and real estate work. It feels good to get back into the swing of things. On Saturday, Hannah and I will be hosting a joint birthday cookout for our husbands since their birthdays are just a day apart. I can’t wait!

Before Jimmy and I left for vacation, I had a few things I wanted to share, and I’m finally getting around to it. First, I have some new favorite markers for journaling.

Pilot Frixion erasable marker pens

Technically they’re erasable marker pens. I have only used the eraser once or twice and it worked fine, but I would definitely say they’re more of a marker than a pen. They sort of write like a pen, but definitely come off as a marker. Okay, I’m done geeking out over writing utensils, haha.

Next up, I went to Trader Joe’s and got some fun food and drinks to try out!

Trader Joe's maple ladders and sunflower seed spread and coffee and other products

I’d literally give all of the above products a 10/10 for price and taste. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d either choose the Colombia coffee beans or the maple ladders cereal. So good!

Okay, one last favorite. Our families and neighbor took such great care of our pets while we were gone, and it made us so happy. Mavis and Lola stayed with my parents for the week, and we had both of our parents and our neighbor check in on Malcolm on different days.

Pets

We got some great pictures of the girls from my parents of all the dogs hanging out and were slightly obsessed with talking to Malcolm on our Petzi cam!

What are some things you’ve been loving lately?