Thursday, June 30, 2011

Big Day

Wow, I've not written in a while. Having David home for the summer is great, since we've been able to spend so much time together. Unfortunately, I've had a major flare-up with fibro since our beach trip, along with a couple of migraines that kept me in the bed all day.

So, today is David's birthday and our four-year anniversary! It's so awesome that we can be together today. He turned the big 3-0 this year, which makes me think of (or dread) my 40th in December. But I'd like to stay in denial about that, thankyouverymuch.

We celebrated David's birthday with his parents and brother last night; we went to Arizona's, a place we wouldn't normally go (many $$$$, if you know what I mean). Here we are before we went:

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Audrey was very well-behaved. The waitress gave her two crayons, so she sat there and colored for a while, then she proceeded to stick both crayons in each ear at the same time. She's very talented. Then, one went up her nose.
It was bye-bye crayons after that.

For our anniversary, David gave me a new chain for my diamond heart pendant. That piece of jewelry was the first gift he ever gave me, but a couple of years ago, I broke the chain. We kept meaning to replace it, but it hadn't exactly been at the top of our list of priorities. I'm really excited that I get to wear it again.

This pic doesn't do it justice, but here it is:

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I love it! For his "annibirthday", as we call it, I'm giving him a class in concealed weapons. That's what he wanted, so that's what he's getting.

David's brother is a cook at a really nice restaurant downtown, and he gave us $100 gift certificate for Christmas so we could eat there. I can't believe we haven't used it yet, but now I'm glad, because we're planning to go on Saturday night. Mom and Jimmy will babysit the Bug, and Mom even said we could go to a movie, too! I can't remember the last time we saw a movie in the theater. David really wants to see Hangover II (and I have to admit that I do, too).

Fun plans ahead! I'm crossing my fingers for decent health for at least the next few days.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


So, we're back from our trip to the beach. Unfortunately, I was feeling bad (an understatement) most of the time, which really ticked me off. But ultimately, it was a good trip because Audrey had a great time.

From our balcony, you could see all the pools and the lazy river outside. Audrey loved being out there and looking at all the people. She's a people-watcher like me!

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Don't you love her little bear chair?

I was thrilled to get this pic so I could show it to Mom, since she doesn't think Audrey looks like me. After she got the pic, several of her co-workers said we looked alike. Take that, Mom!

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Audrey "rediscovered" the ocean and beach, since I'm thinking she doesn't remember much from our trip a year ago. She LOVED the sand and water, which made me so happy. She would pull wet sand up her legs and just rub it in. Nature's exfoliator, right?

We went to the aquarium, where she came face-to-face with a mini crocodile

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and Daddy went "swimming" in a fish tank.

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That's the best pic I could get because there was a terrible glare. And I was laughing so hard, I couldn't figure out how to get rid of it! He really had to manuever to get up there!

Even though fibro totally kicked my butt while we were there, I'm glad we got a chance to go, especially for Audrey. Here's to hoping I feel good for our next trip in August!

(Sorry for the huge pics, but I don't have the energy to resize them).

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My girl and me

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What could be better?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Okay, it's hot as Hades here, but I'm still pretty pumped. David's out of school for the summer. That means not only do we get to spend more time with him, but we'll also be able to get out of the house more.

And we're going to the beach soon, and it's going to be the bomb diggety (does anyone say that anymore?)

Our condo for the beach is right on the ocean....ahhhhh. I absolutely love the beach. Not a specific beach per se, but just in general. Or I should say, I love a beach where you can see for miles and miles and walk just as far, if you feel like it.

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How could you not love the beach? Oh, I guess some people get annoyed with the sand and whatnot, but to me, it's the most peaceful place in the world. And how anyone can stand on a beach, dwarfed by the power and beauty of the ocean, and not believe that God exists is incomprehensible to me.

I have to admit, I chose my college partly based on its being close to the water. Granted, I fell in love with College of Charleston when I was in 8th grade, but the ocean certainly played a part in my decision.

I used to live on James Island, a full 5 minutes from Folly Beach. Folly is a classic surfer beach, populated with modest houses and year-round residents. It was wonderful to live so close to it. And looking back, I think fall, winter, and spring were really my favorite times there. For one, you don't really have to worry about sunscreen (and that's a biggie for me, since my skin is as white as the proverbial vampire's).

But it's not crowded then, except for the brave surfers who wade out into the cold. I can't tell you how many times I sat on the beach, huddled up in blankets, watching my then-boyfriend and his friends in their wetsuits, having the time of their lives.

I went there when I felt sad, when I felt happy, just anytime. I went there to study; my friends used to laugh and say there was probably sand in my textbooks. There probably was.

I've always felt that I was born in the wrong place, that I was meant to be near the water. I never intended on leaving Charleston, but sometimes life gets in the way. Sure, I could move there now, but being near my family is so important to me.

So I treasure these moments when I get to visit. It's not the same as living there, but hey, I'll take what I can get.