Hey hey! How are you? How was the weekend? Any fun Halloween adventures? I got a kick out of seeing all of the amazing costumes and group costumes on my IG feed. The family theme ones are my fave!
We’re back in Valdosta after a weekend getaway to Jacksonville. I originally had the weekend blocked off for a teaching event that fell through, so we figured that we might as well make the most of it and travel somewhere close by together. One Ocean is a special place for us, so we’ve enjoyed sharing it with the girls while we’re here. Liv is already a fan, and when I ask P what she wants to do during the day, she says, “Go to a hotel.” Help us all.
We left after Liv got out of school Friday afternoon, and rolled into J-ville just in time to grab tacos from TacoLu (SO good!) and have a picnic in the hotel room. When we were walking in, we were thrilled to see our favorite bartender: Hugh! If you ever visit One Ocean, you HAVE to get a drink from him. He’s the coolest, most laid-back guy, and will tell you stories about his life while he concocts the best cocktails ever. While the girls and I were finishing our dinners, the Pilot ran down to chat with him and bring up a couple of drinks. He asked Hugh to make me something fun, and this is what he brought back.
It was slightly sweet, a little spicy, and went down a liiiiittle too smoothly.
Saturday morning, we were up early and ready for breakfast outside on the patio.
(The “mermaid tunnel” walking down to the restaurant.)
There was the slightest ocean breeze, and the food was great, as usual. I got the Atlantic, which is two eggs (over easy), protein (I ordered chicken sausage), potatoes, and toast (they have gluten-free!).
(With decaf coffee.)
After breakfast, we walked down to the water to look for seashells, watch the birds, and get our feet wet.
It was a little chilly, so we didn’t do the whole swimsuit thing, but we told the girls they could get their legs wet. As always, this is what happens when we say, “Just get your legs wet.”
They were both completely drenched, covered in sand, and pretty happy.
After baths back in the hotel room, we walked around the neighborhood. It’s packed with cute shops and restaurants, and even though we were still pretty full from breakfast, we grabbed lunch at Homespun Kitchen.
The acai bowl was so dreamy, and was topped with an enormous blob of peanut butter; just the way I like it.
I miss having acai bowls walking distance away from the house.
Then, a miracle happened: THE FAMILY HOTEL NAP. Usually one of us will take Liv somewhere fun while the other parent fails at putting P down. To our surprise, she crashed out, Liv was watching a movie on the iPad, and then the Pilot and I crashed out. It was glorious.
When we woke up, we headed to the mall to shop around and then grabbed dinner at Moxie. We shared an enormous cheese board, deviled eggs,
and for my entree, I got the kale salad with salmon (<— I always consider ordering something different to be more exciting in life, but then I just get what I actually want haha.)
We went back to the hotel to watch the World Series and call it a night!
Sunday morning, we had breakfast at the hotel before packing up and hitting the road. On the way back, we made the necessary Trader Joe’s stop. We grabbed all of the usual favorites + some new finds.
Here are the things I’m most excited about:
This morning, it’s back to the routine around here, and looking forward to Halloween!
What was the highlight of your weekend? When you take a road trip, where do you usually end up?
Happy Monday! I’ll see ya in the morning with a new workout.