Category Archives: Vacation

Sunny San Diego!

My trip to San Diego for my friend Sam’s wedding was incredible.  I loved this city! It was beautiful, vibrant, and full of life.  There were always so many people walking around, eating at restaurants, and hanging out at bars that I often wondered if anyone even worked.  I was also secretly wishing I had a schedule like that!

Bachelorette Party

Andy and I traveled all day last Wednesday (with a 3-hour layover!) and arrived in San Diego at 7pm. I was tired so I hit up Starbucks and my energy instantly changed…thank God! We stopped by to check in at our hotel, the Sofia, and I quickly changed and got ready for the night.  I had some serious partying to do!

My first stop was Sam’s Bachelorette Party at the Whiskey Girl.  Andy has a friend who lives in the area so luckily he had other plans (and it would be a total bust to bring a boyfriend to a bachelorette party!)

I couldn’t wait to catch up with my college friends.  I had not seen some of them in over a year, which is just way too long!!

The Bride-to-Be

It was a Wednesday night and because it was San Diego and no one apparently has to get up for their job, it was a packed house!

We had a great time dancing, catching up, and boozing (a lot!) until the bar closed.

My drink of choice for the night was a vodka with soda water and a splash of cranberry juice and fresh limes.  They made em’ strong! But for nearly $9.00 a drink, it better be 😉

After a night of drinking and a full day of traveling, I was starving.  I didn’t have a real dinner (and I was drunk) so I hit up a Pizza Hut with some of the others for a light night meal.  It hit the spot!

Sight Seeing

Even though I awoke each day in San Diego feeling hungover and tired, I still got my butt outta bed to see some of the city.  I brought my workout clothes and shoes to go for a run but that never happened.  I was OK with that as I was more concerned with being with my friends and having a good time.

Coronado Island

We spent some time walking around Coronado Island, which was stunning.

There were lots of cute shops and restaurants surrounding the beautiful hotel:

We spent some time walking down the beach.  The weather was about 70 degrees, so the water was too cold to be in.  But for walking, the temperature was just right.

We took some time to explore downtown San Diego as well and enjoyed a few of the restaurants and bars.  I really love the atmosphere San Diego has! It’s so relaxing and fun.

Rehearsal Dinner

Sam and Ryan had their rehearsal dinner on Thursday evening and it took place on the beach.  It was simply beautiful.

A cookout style dinner was served, which I thought was delicious.  We dined on BBQ ribs and chicken, potato salad, rolls, and baked beans.

It was a lovely evening filled with friends and family of the bride and groom

Bridal Party

College Friends

Andy and I

After the rehearsal dinner we hit up the bar scene yet again in downtown San Diego.  It was a fun night!

The Wedding

Sam and Ryan’s wedding took place on a Friday night outside on an upper level of a hotel.

Ryan and his parents

Sam with her Dad and Step Dad

She made a gorgeous bride!

The ceremony was lovely and I’m thrilled I was a part of Sam and Ryan’s special day!

Congrats Sam and Ryan!

 Time to Celebrate!

The reception was just as beautiful and elegant as the wedding.  It took place inside the hotel, which was nice.

We enjoyed bacon wrapped scallops, crab cakes, and bruschetta as appetizers, along with champagne and the open bar.

Dinner was a choice between steak, chicken and mushroom ravioli.  I chose the ravioli since I’m not a big meat eater and I especially enjoy ravioli.  Before our meal, we dined on crab soup and salad.  The meal was delicious!

Not long after dinner it was time to cut a rug on the dance floor.  That was no problem for us!

I even busted out my secret talent later on in the evening:

Pure class, I know.

Bustin' a move


The night was amazing and we all had a blast celebrating with the happy couple!

Back to Reality

Andy and I were sad to leave sunny San Diego the next day and were not looking forward to our 4-hour layover in Dallas Texas (which is smoldering hot right now!)  We didn’t get home until 1am and we both crashed immediately.

I did absolutely nothing on Sunday and now I’ve been trying to transition back into my normal, every day life (but secretly wishing I could live the San Diego lifestyle and hang out at the beach in the middle of the day!) I would love to go back to the west coast and explore the sights more.

Time to get to work!  Have a great Tuesday!

Question:

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

Unplugged

I’m so happy that I got to spend an entire week with my family at the beach in Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

Isn’t my little God Son, Beau, a cutie!?

I spend the majority of the week completely unplugged from the internet.  Sometimes it feels so good to do that (although I did miss reading blogs and I’m excited to get caught up with everyone!)

I didn’t blog on vacation because I wanted to fully relax and enjoy being with my family.  Being on the computer was not on my “to do list”.

I also didn’t blog daily because I literally did the same things day after day.  Those things included:

  • Running on the beach
  • Drinking on the beach
  • Napping on the beach
  • Eating on the beach
  • Eating at the house
  • Eating out at restaurants

You get the idea 😉

Do you notice a theme in the above pictures? 😉 I promise we did drink some water during the day too!

Some people love to have very active vacations and explore their destination.  I’m someone who loves to relax and sit on the beach. Call me crazy, but I love doing nothing! I can spend hours on the beach. 

Exercising on Vacation

Because I really do sit on my butt all day, I do enjoy getting out early and going for beach runs. This past week I split my workout up by running half of the time on the road and the other half on the beach covering right around 3.5 miles.

During the first half of my run I took in the sights of all the beautiful beach houses:

Then I ran up the public beach access board walk to get to the beach:

The last half of the run is along the water on the “harder” sand:

I love being right next to the ocean!

Can’t beat this view! I tackled 6 beach runs during my stay in Emerald Isle, NC (which took about 40 minutes each morning) and enjoyed every one of them.  I swear my body loves being by the water!

Post Vacation Blues

As my plane touched down in Cleveland yesterday I felt the “post vacation blues” setting in.  Luckily I had Andy and the pups to greet me and that cheered me up! I missed my little family while I was away! I told Andy that next year we both need to plan a week long vacation together.  This summer we’ve both had different activities going on and used our vacation hours for all sorts of things like weddings and camping trips. However we’re both heading to San Diego next weekend for a friend’s wedding. Neither of us have been there so I’m excited to see a new place!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Question:

Do you prefer vacations where there are lots of activities (such as sight seeing and exploring) or vacations that are spent lying on the beach relaxing?