So Long Summer

The weather temperature feels a little cooler each morning and night. The tourist traffic has slowed down and the restaurants around Ocean Isle Beach are moving to “Off Season” hours. I’ve been in denial about summer ending for the past few weeks and have avoided all things pumpkin. I’m still not used to summer ending so quickly in North Carolina. In Florida, I expect 90 degree weather until December…or even February. While I love fall, it will be hard to say goodbye to this particular summer. It was the best summer of my life as a newlywed and I loved every adventure and moment with my husband. To say my official goodbye, I’m sharing my favorite moments of the summer.

1. Summer Date at the Beach

Not bad for a picnic first-timer!

Earlier this summer I shared a blog post of how to put together a “Date Night in a Basket.”  Friday nights this summer were usually nights in as we would try new recipes and then select Netflix documentaries to watch. One night we decided to take our meal to the beach and it was one of the best date’s we’ve experienced. I prepared a cheese board and it was surprisingly easy to pack and eat at the beach. You can’t beat the scenery of the beach in the evening as the sun sets. We will go out this fall to the beach with blankets and I’ll think of a warm meal to pack.

2. Carolina Country Music Festival

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My wedding gift to my husband was tickets to the three-day Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach. My husband is a huge Eric Church fan and he was headlining the second night of the festival. Eric Church holds a special place in our hearts as we realized at an Eric Church concert (how classy) that we were both head over heels for each other. Can you guess who our first wedding dance was to? The concert lineup was pretty impressive and we spent the whole weekend in Myrtle Beach. Our favorites were Cole Swindell, Kellie Pickler, Colt Ford, Corey Smith and Rascal Flatts. My husband also had a little fun one night and decided to get a henna tattoo of our boxer Vita on his back. It’s the culturally appropriate thing to do in Myrtle Beach.

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3. July 4th

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We had lots of visitors over the summer and one of my favorite weekends was the Fourth of July. We had three couples (two of my bridesmaids and their husbands and one of Chad’s groomsmen and his wife)  visit us and it was a blast. The boys played golf one morning and I took the ladies to Wilmington for a shopping trip. We also visited Ocean Isle Beach staples including the Silver Coast Winery, Pelican’s Perch and Pogie’s. On the actual 4th of July, we did a big beach day and cookout. The best part was having both our closest friends together for a weekend. We are taking reservations for next year! Everyone is welcome!

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4. Orlando Trip

Earlier this summer I wrote about my first baby shower experience, when I visited my girlfriends for a weekend in Orlando. It was a fun weekend of reconnecting with my best girlfriends as we celebrated our expecting friend. It’s always nice to go back to my old home and relive the Orlando glory days with my girls at our favorite restaurants and bars.

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5. Family Boat Days

IMG_6633Even with all the exciting trips we took and events we attended, my favorites moments from this summer were days on the boat with my husband and pups. Every weekend we were in town, we did a boat day. We’d cruise up and down the Intracoastal Waterway enjoying the sun and blue water. Some days we’d pull our boat into the Inlet and park for the day at the beach areas. We also saw porpoises swimming along our boat. I’ve never been that close to a porpoise in the wild and it was incredible. The pups were very curious about these creatures.

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I’m very thankful to live at Ocean Isle Beach and that my husband and I spent our first newlywed summer by the water. I’m sad to see summer go, but I look forward to our next round of adventures this fall.

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Cannoli and Vita love their boat rides!

What will you miss most about summertime?

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