Vacationing.

Ocean City.

Ocean City.

Over the Memorial Day weekend we headed out to my parents house on the Eastern Shore and I wish we had more opportunities to go there for long weekends… but you know, work and stuff so I try to just soak up the time we do get to spend up there.

Yay Rides!

Yay Rides!

We headed up to Ocean City one morning because it’s not too far from their house. Since we have always had this house up there I spent so much time there as a child and I was really excited about seeing her enjoy the boardwalk, the food, the ice cream, the rides, and all the people to watch.

Carousel

Carousel

Sydney had SO MUCH FUN riding the rides and she wanted to ride them over and over again. We rode the carousel twice because she was obsessed with the ponies. I wasn’t sure how she would do riding the rides but she actually rode them all by herself and I was really impressed with her. She’s getting to be such a big girl.

Playing games at Ocean City

Playing games at Ocean City

After we got back to the house we headed over to the little beach near my parents house to play for a little bit before we had dinner. Sydney has experienced the beach before but she was a bit annoyed by the sand on her shoe and then also by the fact that it was IN her shoe after we left the beach.

A little beach time.

A little beach time.

We also spent one day wandering around the island of Chincoteague. We saw the ponies and had so much fun shopping and even stopped for some fresh, seafood lunch.

Seeing the Chincoteague Ponies

Seeing the Chincoteague Ponies

Some of my extended family was also up with us over the weekend and Sydney loves spending time with them. We had a really great time with them and Sydney obviously loves all the attention she gets from them. It’s also really cute to see them dote on her and spoil her rotten – not that she needs any more spoiling but it’s still awesome to see them love her so much.

Fishing off the backyard

Fishing off the backyard

We had my aunts, uncles, and cousins over for a BBQ one evening and we spent a significant amount of time fishing off the dock at my parents house. It is so awesome that they live right on the canal at the bay because Sydney really enjoyed fishing and so do I… which is great because Sydney was interested in holding the fishing pole for like a second and then she wanted someone else to hold it for a while until she remembered how much fun fishing is.

Fishing!

Fishing!

One morning I actually took advantage of the cooler temps, the beautiful view, and some free time to get a run in. I wish I could be running here all.the.time. because it was such a great run. I even managed to get my fastest time in AND almost get hit by a deer. That’s right. I ALMOST GOT HIT BY A DEER WHILE RUNNING. Because nature. It was mildly terrifying and also kind of awesome. Thankfully there were no other encounters with the animals.

beautiful view on my run

beautiful view on my run

Just writing about our trip makes me want to go back. Because this was my morning coffee view. And who wouldn’t want more of this?

morning coffee.

morning coffee.

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A road trip.

I haven’t been very successful with my goal to Blog Everyday in May… I’m not really sure what happened, but it seemed like every day just got away from me and before I knew it several days had gone by without even thinking about participating in this link up. There are a few prompts that I missed that I’m going to circle back and write, but today I’m talking about a road trip I’d really love to go on.

Historic Route 66. The Main Street of America.

Something about it just sounds like so much fun. I’ve always wanted to fly in to Chicago and rent a car and just drive until I hit Los Angeles and see all the sights along the way. I really love road trips and I think this one would be a great way to see some of the cool stuff that America has to offer.

There is just something fun about those kitchy road side attractions that really gets me excited and there are so many of those kitchy things to see along Historic Route 66 that I know one day I will be making the drive. Who doesn’t want to see the worlds largest rocker? Or Tow Tater, the inspiration for Tow Mater in Cars? Or an 80-foot blue whale?

I know I do! That sounds like the perfect summer vacation to me! I definitely wish I had done it when I was a little younger (say in my early 20’s?) because I think it would have been much easier to just hop in a car and make the drive but I think it would still be fun now (or in a few years!)

Have you ever driven along Historic Route 66? Or is it something you’ve always dreamed of doing to? I’d love to hear your story!

 

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Fresh Face Friday: A great trip.

I’m linking up with We Took the Road Less Traveled for her Fresh Face Friday link-up.

She gave us a prompt last week to write about the greatest trip of our life, so that is what I’m doing today…

You’re probably expecting me to write about my honeymoon, right? Because that was probably one of my most favorite vacations ever. It was so very much needed after all that wedding planning stress, but no that is not the trip I’m writing about.

In February of 2012 Steve and I took a cruise with my parents. It is now the cruise we lovingly refer to as “the Sydney cruise”… because, well… we came home with the best little souvenir we could have ever imagined.

We sailed aboard the Carnival Pride and visited Cape Canaveral, Florida, Grand Cayman, and Freeport.

Our first two days were spent at sea since we sailed out of Baltimore. And what did we do?

Well, duh.

Well, duh.

My dad and I enjoyed some fruity drinks… and ate as much as we could (thank you buffet!)

Relaxing.

Relaxing.

We also spent some time relaxing in these hammocks. It was a little colder until we got further south so there wasn’t a whole lot of sun tanning going on but these were still a nice place to relax and let the day pass by.

Our first port was Cape Canaveral. My mom was super excited about this port because of the Kennedy Space Center. So that is where we went that day. It was actually a bit of a chillier day so I’m glad we didn’t plan any water activities or we probably would have been a little cold.

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Obviously, I was excited. (and I think it took us like five tries to get that photo…. they’re not easy that’s for sure!)

Inside a pod

Inside a pod

Mom and I hanging out inside a pod… they were definitely small AND rather difficult to get in and out of.

We spent our second day at the beach in the Cayman Islands. It ended up being the nicest day we had for any of our ports of call so it was the perfect day to spend at the beach!

Beach day!

Beach day!

Our third port of call was in Freeport. We were supposed to go deep sea fishing (my dad’s excursion choice…) but the weather was really uncooperative and the seas were apparently too rough to go out so they canceled it. Instead we spent our day at the Freeport straw market and spent all the money we saved by not going on the excursion!

Yay shopping!

Yay shopping!

We had 2 more sea days on the return trip and it was a nice way to end the trip. Relax on the front end, fun in the middle, relax on the way back.

Plus this.

Martini tasting!

Martini tasting!

A martini tasting? Why don’t mind if I do! And I did. And they were delicious. And now I want a martini.

We also enjoyed some wonderful dinners. I think my favorite is the fancy dinner because it’s usually the one with the lobster. And, as it turns out, you can really order as much food as you want at dinner. Like 2 entrees? Get them both. Thankfully we learned that early in the trip so we could really maximize the whole free food aspect of the cruise. (I’m all about free especially when it comes to delicious food!)

Mom and Dad.

Mom and Dad.

Aren’t they cute?!

and so are we…

Love

Love.

And there you have it folks. The vacation that I will never forget and will always be glad we took.

We Took the Road Less Traveled