Our Little Family Beach Trip

This past weekend we headed down to Holden Beach for a little family vacation. Nothing fancy but us and the rest of BrittWhitFun’s family. We really had no choice cause of all the renovations going on we could not be at the house.

The first day we were there we had a great breakfast over at Nana’s house. We then headed to the dock and got on my FIL’s boat. There is just something great about being on a boat in the summer time. We rode around for a while and found a great spot on the inlet and set up camp.

We spent the entire morning and afternoon playing in the sand, swimming, fishing, and just relaxing. It was great. The beach is one of my favorite places and it is awesome that my in laws share the same joy.

After we got done we loaded up camp and came back to the dock. We went back to the motel we were staying and got showers. After we got cleaned off we headed back over to Nana’s house so the kids could have some alone time with their Pop and Nana while the adults went out to dinner.

We had a great dinner at Provision Company which included a couple of cocktails and seafood. It is always great to get away without the kids and enjoy some adult laughs and conversation.  After dinner we went to a local ice cream shop where my SIL just can’t seem to eat an ice cream cone the right way. I mean who bites the end of a cone with ice cream still in there?

After some much needed rest we ready for day two. We went back to Nana’s house and ate breakfast again and then headed down to the beach.

We spent another long morning and afternoon on the beach swimming, digging holes, looking for seashells, and eating burgers from the local pier. Its was an awesome day. My kids got disgusting, especially Evie, and had to be rinsed off before heading home.

I must say I love my in laws and my little family. Our beach trips are always so much fun. I hope that even though our Nana is selling her place that we can continue these trips and enjoy each others company.

Exploring Charleston

As. you could tell from last weeks posts it was mine and BrittWhitFun’s anniversary. We decided that instead of taking the usually trip to the beach to go somewhere we both have never been. So after some talking my wife decided to book us a weekend in Charleston, SC. I have always heard that Charleston was a beautiful town that was full of local artist, good food, and some great local beer. I have to say that after a long weekend I have never been more sick of food and beer but it the greatest way possible.

We arrived in Charleston Friday afternoon. We were both starving. We decided to stay in Mt. Pleasant cause it was cheaper and there were plenty of stuff to do here also. The first place on our list was some good lunch. After some suggestions from our friends we ended up at Shem’s Creek Bar and Grill. I of course had to try shrimp and grits for the first time and it did not disappoint. We sat near the water and watched people paddle board in the creek. I tried an IPA called Damn Yankee that was very good.

After lunch we headed to Isle of Palms beach. This beach was cool. There were plenty places to park(for a $1.50) and lots of shops. The beach as amazing. The sand was so soft. My wife and I took a long nap on the beach and just relaxed with one another.

Soon it was time for dinner. We headed to our hotel and checked in and then went to Melvin’s Ribs and Que. It was a lot of food and I could not even finish it but it was good what I ate. Then we went to a bar and had some drinks and desert. before calling it a night.

The next day we got dressed and headed to Charleston. We stopped first at Another Broken Egg Cafe. After waiting for a table for an hour and another hour for our food we indulged in a cinnamon roll that was out of this world followed by a Hello Lucy. The food was worth the wait! So good and I wanted to steal there little cute mugs but my wife told me we did not need another one.

After breakfast/lunch we explored the market place. I loved this place cause it was nothing but local artist and chiefs. We bought a few gifts for some loved ones and ourselves and I did manage to get a nice coffee cup. We even found a cool Charleston Christmas store and bought some ornaments for our tree this year.

We managed to find a cool wine bar and sat down and enjoyed a couple of glasses before heading out to see some sites.

The first place we went to was Washington Square Park. This place was so cool and it had plenty of shade. It was behind this beautiful church. After cooling off we headed to Waterfront Park which had an awesome view of the water, a pier, two splash pads, and a water taxi. It was just so neat to walk through.

By this time we were tired so we got to our car and went to Starbucks and grabbed some iced coffees. I fell asleep cause according to my wife I can fall asleep anywhere. True story.

I had made dinner reservations for us at an upscale restaurant called Magnolia’s. So we headed back into downtown and made our way there. We had some great martinis to start us off. We then were seated and indulged ourselves in some fried Mac and cheese and palmetto chesse, which now that I am typing this makes it sound bad for my stomach. My wife got a salad and I got buttermilk fried chicken that was out of this world. I wish I could have stopped myself long enough to take a picture of it. So good.

After dinner we went to the hotel and chilled out for a little and then headed back to Isle of Palms again. This time we just got some ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s and walked on the beach and looked for shells. It started to get dark and we headed back to our hotel for some rest.

I must say it was a great vacation with my wife. It is not every day we get to have some alone time. She did a great job about being away from the girls all weekend. Sunday she was ready to get home and I really can’t blame her. I was missing them also. It was a great anniversary with my love. I still can’t believe we made it to six years and I can’t help but feel we are only getting started.

The Last Day Of My Twenties!

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Well we are finally almost here. The day before I turn 30. I never thought I would get here and for 365 days I have been dreading it. I have no problem getting older. I am excited to see what the next chapter of my life will bring but I can’t help but look back on highs and lows of my twenties.

  1. Turning 21- That was a fun night or what I remember was.
  2. Graduating College- Met some great people and worked my butt off for that degree.
  3. Falling in love- It happened a lot and I learned so much.
  4. My first “Big Boy” job- I hated every minute of it but Wells Fargo taught me a lot.
  5. Meeting my wife- Went in with pink eye and left with a date.
  6. My first apartment- Miss that Bachelor Pad including the smell and noisy neighbors.
  7.  Loosing my job- The best thing that ever happened to me.
  8. Finally getting my dream job- I love working in Advertising!
  9. Getting engaged- Still can’t believe she said Yes!
  10. My Dad died- I miss him everyday.
  11. Getting Married- The best day of my life.
  12. First time flying- Scary but fun.
  13. First time in another country- Mexico was the best honeymoon
  14. The birth of my kids- No words can describe how amazing this was
  15. Buying a house.
  16. Getting Fat- Pregnant wife + McDonalds= 300 pound me.
  17. Loosing 80 pounds– Working out+ no McDonalds= 220 pound me.
  18. Running my first 5k- Came in 3rd in my age division.
  19. Completing my first half marathon.
  20. Completing my first whole marathon

I am sure I am forgetting so other amazing moments of my twenties but these are the ones that mean the most to me.

I am excited to see what happens in the next 10 years of my life. I look forward to watching my kids grow up and getting closer to my wife. I also can’t wait to see where my healthy lifestyle takes me.

Here is to being 30! Lets do this!

29 Looks Real Good!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!

So today I turned 29 years old. Besides the incredible doom of turning 30 that is now only a year away, I am excited. It’s hard to believe that I am this old. I sure don’t feel old.

Today I did what any good domestic husband and father does and went couponing. Harris Teeter had super double coupons this week so it gave me the opportunity to stock up on some All detergent. I got 6 bottles and 6 packs of pods for $0.89 each! Nothing like saving money to get you feeling like you are so on fire. Man what a rush!!!! More on that later.

After that I got my free birthday drink at Starbucks which was a iced Caramel macchiato and of course it had to be a Venti. So I sat there thinking about what this yer was going to bring forth in my life. What did I want to achieve this year and where did I want to go. Would it be a new job or maybe new physical challenges? So here is what I want to do this year before I am 30.

1. Run a half marathon.
2. Go to a new place.
3. Find a new job.
4. Add on to my family.
5. Cycle more.
6. Go camping
7. Go on a very long day hike.
8. Take my wife away for a weekend.
9. Lose more weight.
10. Get a handle on my nutrition.

So after coming up with this list I went and had lunch with my mom and she got me a red velvet cake. Did you no that there are no calories on your birthday? It’s true or at least that’s what I chose to believe. After lunch my wife took me to a nice and dinner with our little peanut and I have to say I can’t wait to see where 29 is going to take me.

Summer Adventure 8- A Safari In Our Own Backyard

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On Friday we had an awesome trip. We heard about this place here in Mooresville, North Carolina that is actually quite unique. It’s like a zoo but there are no cages for most of the wildlife. Thats right! No fences!

We went to this place called The Lazy 5 Ranch. It was almost an hour and a half away bit when we got there we were quite shock as to what we saw. It was about $11 for my wife and I to get in. The kind lady at the window handed us one bucket of feed and pointed us in the right direction to start our quest. The one thing about this zoo is that you have to drive through it. You just read that last part correctly. We started down the dirt road passing a sign that said “welcome”. Suddenly, I felt like I was in the movie Jurassic Park. The music never played and John Hammond never came out to greet me. I was a little bummed but kept driving forward.

As we started our journey we were greeted by ostriches. These birds are scary as they got close to our car and rammed their heads in our feed basket. I speed up to get by them as they reminded me too much of the raptors. I now called them “devil birds” for the rest of the tour. We then came to a section where pigs and goats were. They were so cute and even let you pet them. Then I happened to look up and saw a herd of zebras coming my way. When we arrived at the gate they gave us a list of animals not to feed and a zebra was one of the ones at the top of that list. We just drove up to them and let them come to us and we pet them. It was amazing and now I can say I pet a zebra. K-Dub loved it!

As we came to another section of the tour we were greeted by antelope, deers and rams. I now have a very vial hatred for rams now. Those things are scary and they are greedy when it comes to feeding them. We also saw a bunch of wilder beast cooling off at the water hole. The we came across one of the most scariest things about this tour. We got stuck in a herd of steers. You are not supposed to feed them so we rolled our windows up. Their big horns hit the sides of our car as my teeth grind with every loud thud, Now I know how those kids felt in the movie when the T-Rex was coming after them in the car.

The final area was where you pulled up to the only two fenced in areas in the whole place. One has a rhino in it. He was sleeping but it was cool to see him. I have never seen a rhino in person before. It was awesome! The next area was they kept about six giraffes. They were cute and we loved feeding them. After passing that area you came across where they keep the buffalo. I have never seen a buffalo before but it was awesome. They are huge.

After finishing the tour we got out and made a quick bathroom break before heading to dinner. That place was really fun and we will have to come back soon.

How Coffee Almost Killed Me

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Yesterday I almost died or at least I felt like I was going to. I never knew that drinking a simple morning beverage would be the almost end of me.

It all started in the morning of course. I just got up and got ready for another day at the office. I was feeling a little sluggish and decided to make a cup of coffee. I recently found the love of this beverage as I had never liked coffee unless it was made at a Starbucks in the past. I made a chocolate glazed doughnut flavored coffee and put some creamer and drank it. I actually drank it pretty slow.

I waited about ten minutes and did not really feel anything so I decided to make a cup for the road. This is something I never do. I started my commute to work sipping my coffee cup and jamming out to my new Justin Timberlake album. I got to work around nine and still was not feeling anything.

My office had a Starbucks in the lobby so I stopped in and got their dark blend coffee. I put a dash of half and half and headed upstairs. I got to my desk and by 10:30 am I had completely devoured my grande sized coffee.

Now around noon I started to feel dizzy and then it was followed my a migraine headache. My nerves in my fingers went numb and I started to shake. My heart started beating really fast and my vision got very blurry. I thought I was fixing to die.

I do have a heart condition called Afib but I have been able to keep it under wraps for the past few years. I told my boss I was not feeling well and headed home.

Once I arrived at the house I laid on the couch and slept for a hour and a half and then told my wife what happened. She told me I was a stupid person for drinking so much coffee in three hours and for knowing about my condition and how dangerous that was.

Now that my wife has put me on a one cup of coffee a day regiment, I do see how I could have died. My new found love for homemade coffee will always be true as I still brew my morning cup.

Georgia Bound And Beyond!

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Well as I am writing this blog we are 125 miles away from Atlanta and I have my wife singing Adele in my ear. I need to vent a little.

So ready for a great weekend in Atlanta but right now I have one thing on my mind. That is getting to the hotel and laying on my rented king size bed. I have a big day tomorrow and I am going to need a good nights sleep.

My pregnant wife has been a real trooper on this trip. Asking questions about things I have no idea how to answer like if black people like Justin Bieber. How does one answer such a question? Never mind, as this post just drifted away into rambling.

I better go now. I have to switch to the next Adele song. Awwww it’s our wedding song. Now she is going to ask me if I remember. Gotta go.

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