Oh, how we have had been waiting for this road trip! Our last family vacation to Silent Lake was over a year and a half ago,
and since we had decided last summer we would focus our time and energy on baseball and weddings, we were anxious to get away.
The trip well worth the wait! The only difficult part was leaving Maggie behind.
We knew we’d miss so much of her puppy-ness while we were away.
Trying to catch rain drops. Haha!
Joey found a lucky penny almost every day.
RALEIGH/DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
Our first stop was Durham, North Carolina to visit Ben’s aunt and uncle. I absolutely adore their house and all the nature
Sharon incorporates into her decorating. Sharon works at a preschool and adores children. She always spends so much time
with the kids, playing and imagining with them. Things not shown in these photos – a trip to the Nasher Art Museum where I
thoroughly enjoyed seeing Nina Chanel Abney’s work, lovely coffee times on Sharon’s back deck,
a fun games night and dinner out on the town.
We spent most of our time on the huge tree forts when we visited the Museum of Life and Science for a day.
I finally took out my Yashica-A twin reflex and took some photos because the light was glorious.
Next, we stopped in Savannah, Georgia to visit Ben’s sister, Syndie, and her family. They had moved there last year and we hadn’t
yet seen their place and they were excited to show us Savannah and all its beauty. There’s a lot of things I didn’t take photos of –
lots of fun hang outs at Syndie & Jim’s place, dinner at The Pirate’s House for Jack’s birthday, and a visit to the SCAD
Museum of Art where I fell in love with Hernan Bas’ work. Oh, there’s probably so much more that I missed!
We didn’t plan much for our first day exploring the city which was hard on the boys.
We just wanted to wander and see things and they just wanted to “do something”. Haha!
Ice cream makes everything better.
This store was so fun! An eclectic mix of antiques, vintage finds and dinosaurs.
We visited Forsyth Farmer’s Market but Joey was super grumpy that day so we ended up
cuddling on a bench listening to some Bob Dylan tunes.
One of the benefits of staying with people who know the city is that they know the city! And where to find good food!
Betty Bombers was the bomb! Loved the light in there and the food was amazing!
Just me, exploring time!
Had some delicious coffee at Back in the Day Bakery.
I had been hoping to take a photo like this with the twin reflex the day I bought it.
So happy that I have this photo before the camera was stolen.
And, finally, Florida! I think it’s been about four years since I had been to the ocean and I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to be back.
Renting a house was a perfect idea because the backyard became a place where we could eat and the boys could play. We even had
a campfire one night. This part of our trip was all about playing in the sand and ocean, relaxing, reading and exploring.
These kind of cacti always look so harmless to me and I want to pet them. Ha! Definitely don’t do that.
Enjoying the sun in the backyard while we ate breakfast.
The boys both got money from grandparents and Joey was determined to buy lego and then to only want to play with his lego
at the beach, in the sand. What happened to building sand castles? I thought it was pretty funny that the Target bag slogan supported his purchase.
One of the best things about the beach (besides the ocean) was the pier.
We walked it daily and watched people fish (we actually saw someone catch a tiny shark!).
We, unknowingly at first, visited the same fan boat place in the Everglades that Ben and I had been to with some friends ages ago.
There was an alligator named Big Ben and one that was named Jojo as well! 🙂
Our fan boat got stuck in some long grass so we had to be rescued. That was the most exciting part of the trip!
I guess no one else was brave enough to taste alligator.
Our only full family portrait!
I wish I had told Jack and Joey to go down there and run around on the shore like this boy.
I barely touched this photo in post processing. That’s how amazing the sunset was that night!
I can’t get over the reflection of the sunset in the window!
The morning we left we all got up early to was the sunrise. Joey and I collected some shells from the beach to bring home with us.
We made sea shell frames from the ones we didn’t put in the bottle.