british columbia: day 2 & 3

we took our time getting up and heading out to harrison hot springs, home of THE sasquatch!


after checking in at the resort, we walked around town, which was adorable.

we arrived back to the resort just in time for tea and cookies by the fire.

after dinner we finally hit up the hot springs! it was glorious!




the next morning we got breakfast and decided to walk to the source of the springs. peeeee-ew, it smelled!


y’all, this place was beautiful. it was peaceful and lovely and i didn’t want to leave!! just look!!


washington: day 2

once back in the US of A, we picked up Brandon at the airport and decided to check out pike place market. we got sandwiches and ate them on a grassy area overlooking the puget sound. brandon told us all about his trek up mt. ranier, which sounded intense!

before i knew it, it was time to say goodbye and be dropped off at the airport.

this was one of the most wonderful vacations i’ve ever been on! chelsea and i were both amazed at how much activities we were able to cram into one week. we were GO GO GO the whole time and we loved it! i’m so thankful chelsea wanted me to join her and that i was able to.

i reeeeally want to go back to the north coast with casey. i know he would love it!

beach, wine, and rock & roll!

as most of you probably know, i participated in a mother/daughter beach trip over memorial day weekend. i don’t know about the rest of the mothers/daughters, but i had a lot of fun!

the first night we had dinner at the hangout and, as usual, it was a happening place! so happening that we had a hard time hearing each other talk, so we mostly just listened to the live band and watched people. we conducted our own ethnography on two groups of ladies. more specifically, two bachelorette parties. one group appeared to be having a great time. the other, not so much. we concluded that this was due to their choice of clothing. basically it’s hard to have fun at the beach when you’re dressed for the club. we also watched a large man booty dance on a table. it was a sight to see. the rest of the night was spent chillin’.

most of our time was appropriately spent on the beach, in the ocean, hanging in the condo, and eating.


we did venture out to go on a dolphin cruise, which turned out to be worth the hour we spent melting in the sun while the boat captain looked for dolphins. it was really cool to see the dolphins “jumping for fun,” as chelsea put it.

that night we had dinner at the best restaurant, the gulf. i ordered something totally out of character for me: a burger and fries. i ate every bite and it was so, so good. we also went to flora-bama to try their famous bushwackers. we thought they were just okay.


in conclusion, my time at the beach with my mom, rita, abby, linda, and chelsea was fabulous!

my mom came back with me to birmingham and we continued the good times. we went to a beautiful place called hidden meadows vineyard & winery. we had a tour of the grounds and learned about the wine making process, which is way more tedious than we imagined. the tour was followed up by a tasting. there wasn’t a single wine i disliked even a little. when the tasting was done, we each ordered a glass and sipped it on the porch. we had a lovely time!


we also went to avondale to see casey do rock & roll. even though their band never practices, they sounded great and even though i was tired, i had a good time!

the other thing we did, besides hanging out and eating food, was spend way too much time shopping for curtains. it was still time together though, so it was good.

 the time while my mom was here seemed to go by fast and slow. so i guess it evens out? who knows. the three days at the beach with my family and the ten days i spent with my mom were so enjoyable! i already want to start planning something for next summer!

oh yeah, linda and i both found really big (broken) conch shells buried on the bottom of the ocean floor. she found her’s first and made me dive down and dig it up. the way it was buried made me think for a split second, that i was about to dig up a human skull. i’ve never been so glad to see a shell in my hands. here’s the one i found and dug up.


a word of warning. this post is long with no pictures. SORRY!

this weekend was excellent!

saturday started with a good cup of coffee followed by a run with kat and rollins. it was a little chilly out, but once we got going it felt great! after the run, i decided to take bella to the farmers’ market with me. it was interesting. she did fine. i wish i could explain to her that pulling will not get her where she wants to go any faster and she’s probably hurting herself trying. she ignored everyone that pet her because she was only interested in one thing: smelling all the smells. she also pooped in the middle of a nice graveled sitting area. i stood there for a second worried that when i walked away to find a bag, people would think i was leaving it there. then i decided i didn’t care and went to find a bag. exciting stuff!

when i got home, i took ellie for a walk so she could have her own special time. without bella around to peer pressure her, she hardly pulled at all. the only time she really pulled was when she wanted to inspect a dead opossum. gross. on our walk, we were joined by max, a dog who was an obvious escapee. i made him follow us home and stuck him in our backyard while i called the number on his tag. his dad lived down the street and had just noticed his roommate left their fence open when i called. he came and got max and all was well.

while i was out running around, casey worked really hard all morning doing yard work and cleaning out gutters. once he was done with that we sat down to relax and watch game of thrones. five hours later, yes five, casey went to band practice and i met some friends for dinner. we went to mexico lindo and i ate a crab quesadilla that tasted way better than i thought it would. the dinner conversation was, how should i put it…irrelevant. the small talk and catching up was nice, but after that everyone talked about kids and daycare drama. halley and i were the only ones without kids, so we just sat there and listen. oh well!
after dinner some of us went to get frozen yogurt. i was too full to get any, but i did partake in sampling. the sea salted caramel pretzel flavor was super delicious and so was the rice krispie treat flavor. next time, it’s on.

on my way home, i stopped by publix to grab a cake for church the next day. while i was browsing my options, i felt something tickling my chest. i figured it was a loose hair, but no, it was a bug. first in my shirt and then in my bra. needless to say, for a few seconds, i looked like a major weirdo. anyway, on my way out of the grocery store, i looked down at the cake and noticed it didn’t say “good luck” like i wanted. it said “good luckily.” what?! that doesn’t even make sense. whatever.

on sunday, i met ashley and jack at the magic city art connection. we wandered around for a bit looking at art. my least favorite thing about these types of festivals is that i’m quickly reminded that i’m not creative and i have no talents. such is life. jack was pretty bored the whole time, so we finally took him to the kids’ craft area and he made a little diorama thing. once done, we headed to church street coffee for some beverages and snacks. it was really nice to sit and talk with ashley while jack read books in the reading nook. jack eventually wandered back over to us and told me he was a doctor. long story short i got 100 shots in my elbow. i told him i was suing for malpractice.

church that evening was good. after the service, we said a bittersweet goodbye to john and mary katherine. they’ll be missed by many, but will have so much fun in their new city! FYI, the “good luckily” cake was a hit. hehe.

on our way home, casey and i picked up some sushi, which was enjoyed while lounging on the couches and watching more game of thrones. perfection.

has anyone ever wondered why, if they are soooo good at smelling,
dogs have such a hard time locating food that is sometimes
literally two inches from their nostrils?
a bunch of crazy coots, i tell ya!




last saturday i joined the mezzell family at the zoo. this was cora’s first time and i’m not sure what she thought about it. she didn’t want to spend too much time looking at any one animal. she was ready to move on after about 5 seconds. she also wanted to make sure all the animals were well fed and comfortable. she kept asking about their food and where their beds were. aww.

my favorite part was the elephants. i was really happy to see that their new habitat is really big with two large ponds. as far as zoo habitats go, this one has plenty of room for the four elephants in it. seeing the elephants made me even more excited to hang out with some in thailand later this year!!

anyway, this is the only picture i took worth sharing:

there was a sign on the glass that said, “please excuse my mess. i wouldn’t let my keepers clean my exhibit today!” feisty!!

after the zoo, cora invited me to eat dinner with her. i couldn’t say no to such a sweet invitation! i asked her if casey could come and lucky for him she said yes. we got to taco mama just in time to snag one of the two picnic tables outside! after dinner we played around for a while. here are some pictures.



cora’s selfie!

good times, with good friends!!

i’ll leave with this oldie but goodie: