tybee island

Jun 28, 2017

Tybee Island, Savannah
Beach weekends! This is still a wonderfully new phenomenon for us, and we can't get enough. Being so close to so many beaches is just crazy for this family from Alaska. I still compare everything to Alaska because that is probably the only place in the last ten years that I can say felt like home. Every move before that just....didn't. And all of my children's first memories were made there, and they are very quick to say "I'm from Alaska" when asked. Even though the boys were born in Scottsdale.  (Army life can be strange). Savannah is very quickly feeling like home. As if we have been here for much longer than six weeks. 
Tybee Island, Savannah GA
So last weekend we decided to go to Tybee Island! It is not too far of a drive from us, and since it was not a holiday weekend we figured it wouldn't be so crazy busy. There are three spots on Tybee Island for beach goers. The north, mid, and south beaches. We have heard that the south beach is the most crowded because there are tons of restaurants and shopping down in that area. The north is where the lighthouse is and it has a large parking lot, so we kind of figured that that spot would be busy as well because of ease of parking. We were right! So we set out for mid beach. We found street parking, and had to walk a little further to get to a beach entrance. 
Tybee Island, Savannah GA
It seems as though everyone just kind of sets up shop right off the boardwalk. So there was this huge spot of unoccupied beach about a half a mile walk in. That is where we headed! There was not a single person around us, just people walking the beach, which was so nice not to mention easy to keep an eye on the kids. 
They were clearly loving life!! Kids at the beach are non-stop. There is not a damn thing relaxing about going to the beach with kids. Which is all fine and dandy if you are Chris! I don't think he came out of the water once. He and the boys were just diving and giving me heart palpitations as a wave would take them under. Pierce would jump up and say "that was awesome" while giving me a thumbs up (he knows I need reassurance). Odette just ran from the water to her sand toys and back again about 300 times, which means I did too. 

Please remind me to bring coffee on the next beach trip!
Tybee Island Savannah GA
But, it was obviously so fun! And we all fell asleep on the couches attempting to watch Beauty and the Beast when we got home. 

*We got so many questions from people about our beach umbrella, because it was pretty windy out and this thing did not move. Lots of people asked about it on my insta-stories as well. You can get it here. 

ballooning into the week

Jun 26, 2017

Summer tops and shorts
Hello friends!! How was your weekend? I have to say we had a good one. Even if we did nothing but stare a paint dry, it would have been good because we were finally all back together. Chris was gone for a little over three weeks, and it kind of felt like an eternity. There is no need to tell me it could be worse....we have done much much longer. But it seems as the kids get older it gets just a little bit harder, in terms of them realizing just how long he has been gone, or how long it has been since we talked to him. 

My goal this go around was pretty much to just jam pack the kids' schedule with activities, which was great to pass the time, but then of course they wanted Chris there to watch them do various things. And I know it just kills Chris to miss stuff like this....but that is just the nature of the beast right? 
Gingham shorts
Cute gingham outfits
top: shein (sold out, similar here and here) // shorts: old navy (old, love these ones and they are on mega sale!!) // clutch: j.crew // shoes: anthropologie 

If you follow me on Instagram then you saw my little boomerang video of me running out of the house after Chris' arrival home. 23 days with not even a pee break to myself had me longing for a little silence. So I took myself out to dinner. It was Chris' idea, and he stayed home listening to an overwhelming amount of stories, some which included how "crazy mom is". 
Off the shoulder white tops
Off the shoulder outfits
So after many uninterrupted bathroom breaks over the weekend, I am ready to take these balloon sleeves into a new week! Well, kind of ready. I wouldn't mind if the week decided to hurry right along, and if the projected forecast didn't include so much rain! It always comes back to weather doesn't it? 

I hope your Monday is as good as it gets folks!

fourth of july outfit brainstorming

Jun 23, 2017

July 4th Outfits
one // two // three // four // five // six

Am I the only one that is already thinking about July 4th? I mean, outfit wise that is. Not that it calls for crazy coordinating outfits and photo ops, but who doesn't love a little red, white, and blue combo? It is like the American summer uniform, and why not celebrate your patriotism in a cute outfit right? Or maybe just some cute accessories. Stripes are just a no brainer for the fourth. But I also like a classic look with a white top, jeans, and a red lip. So in case you are still a little undecided about your outfit options....here are some cute easy pieces to get you started! 

I hope you all have a great weekend!

dresses and sneakers

Jun 22, 2017

Little black dress and sneakers
Oh, happy almost Friday!! This week has flown by in some ways, and kind of lingered on in others. Does that even make sense? We have been going at full speed. Avalon has been dancing three hours a day this whole week, which seems like a lot for a four year old (at least I thought so when I signed her up), but she is loving it! The boys have basketball camp in the mornings and swim in the evenings, and Odette and I have been logging some serious hours in the car. But this is summer right? Just go go go and then crash. 
Summer dresses
Styling a dress and sneakers

Well, a super easy summer mom outfit for summer is a dress and sneakers. It could take you from day to night if need be. You know if you do those kinds of things like date nights (I'm awkwardly laughing from my paranoid mom perch) I think the last date night Chris and I went on was like 18 months ago? Long overdue. Grandma are you coming to visit soon? But anyway, I love this dress! It also comes in red  (and is only $35) which is pure perfection for July 4th festivities. 
Summer black dresses
Dress and sneakers
And I am pretty sure it is some kind of unwritten fashion rule that you can never have too many black dresses. Even in summer. Or I am completely making this up, which I am fine with. I'll say just about anything to justify my shopping habit. 

How has your week been? Doing anything fun now that is it officially summer? 


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