Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Checking In: 9/10/14

Last week, Red Beard started his new job (same company, different department, more pay). We're very grateful for this change-up; it will afford him some new career opportunities, and it will afford us less stress in the bill-paying department.

And, of course, his start-up coincided with me being sick.

It was one of those kinds of sick where you barely leave bed, and you don't even care that you're missing out on the outside world because all you want to do is lie down.

Thankfully, it wasn't anything more serious than seasonal allergies. I just have really bad reactions to the seasons changing sometimes and guess what, y'all--Fall allergies are out! It's been years since it hit me that hard.

Today is the first day I actually felt like doing much of anything since last Wednesday (oh yes, our apartment looks amazing right now, lol).

I've been pondering many things, though, and I've continued to read my Bible (there was only one day I couldn't because my head hurt too bad).

God's been good and there are exciting things to come in our lives.

I hope everyone is well.
--Mrs. D. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Riding the Vacation Wave: Oh, the Places You Go!

I thought that Labor Day might prove a good time to reflect on our mini trips while on vacation in NC this summer. Like I posted yesterday, though, I am also still in summertime mode... that may be part of my motivation.

But, make haste....let's take a trip to...

>>Fort Fisher (Ferry Ride + Aquarium)

While on vacation, we decided to visit the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher--known as the "fish zoo" to my niece.

And what better way to get there than by boat? That's right, we took the ferry!

NC has a public ferry system that is super affordable, time efficient, and a really fun way to travel! For each family-sized vehicle, it only costs $5 to ride (we would have paid more than that in gas).

Click here to view the 2014 NC ferry schedule.

Once your car is loaded onto the boat, it's time to ditch the family ride and climb to the ferry's upper deck to look at seagulls, other boats, take pictures of your feet, etc.
Driving onto the ferry! Don't worry; my parents had a license plate. I just blurred it out :)
Upper deck!
Pulling out into the big water.
A passing large barge...
This picture doesn't do it justice... it was huge!
Mine and my niece's feet! (We're both wearing crocs.)
Red Beard looking all smooth.
Making our way back to shore.
Fish outside the aquarium...
Fish inside the aquarium... lol. I struggled to capture the actual fish, as you can see!! Although, it's a little difficult when you're simultaneously watching a 2 year old. 
>>Southport, N.C.

Post-ferry return, we were all hungry. I will be writing about the restaurant Provision & Co. in my food post (great place to eat, y'all!). But the town of Southport itself is very charming! This quaint, coastal town is littered with cute shops and equipped with a trolley (if you're not inclined to walk around). This would be a fun spot to visit on a rainy (or sunny) afternoon.

Notice the stuffed dog in the window? That's my grandpa's solution to buying my grandma a dog...
Confession: I was way too engrossed in looking around to take many pictures!

>>Bird Island

This mini trip was researched by my older brother, and we were all under the impression that it would be simple and, well, quick. Not a long walk at all. We were wrong about the quick part. At least with 10 adults, plus 2 toddlers in tow. Not to mention the sun swiftly setting.

However, it was one magnificently beautiful walk, and man, was it a wide beach!

As the name suggests, Bird Island can be a fantastic spot for watching birds. There is a mailbox, too (that we never reached because it got dark too quick), where visitors can submit a "hey--we were here" or "my thoughts on this place" kind of thing. More information about Bird Island can be found on this website and this other website.

I recommend you complete this mini trip when you have ample time to make the jaunt. If you're into scenic exercising, a romantic walk on the beach, a good way to tire out your kids, or amazingly beautiful scenery, this is definitely a good stop.

Bringing a box of doughnuts and coffee would make it even better. :)

Here's hoping to visit these places again soon,
--Mrs. D.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Afternoon

Red Beard is typing his literature paper on Bradford and Winthrop, Miss Kitty has succumbed to a long nap, and I am enjoying a glass of iced water on this hot August afternoon.
I know the Fall bug has bitten many folks already, but when it's a muggy 90 degrees outside, I can't help but revel in that last bit of summer heat blazing on outside.

It makes me think about donning our swimsuits once more so we can refresh ourselves in the cool creek water in the woods (or maybe even a pool). And it makes me think about sinking my teeth into another crispy B.L.T. sandwich before our friends no longer have surplus summer tomatoes to give us.

Most of all, I like to think about God's goodness to us. So often we fail to see the beauty in our surroundings--the lush green of plants, the vibrant colors of flowers, the refreshment of cool water, the beauty of the sunlight...

And God made all of those things for our enjoyment.

I hope you can appreciate the last stretch of summer this holiday weekend. Tune in to God's Words, and take the time to just relax in the season God has us in.

Taste and see that the LORD is good,
--Mrs. D.