Savannah Getaway

My family was originally supposed to go to the beach together this week, but due to poor planning we were not able to find a beach house in our budget. Jon had already requested the time off, and he could not change his week, so we decided to still go somewhere. We typically do a lot of research before going on any vacation, but we were very last-minute with this trip. We went from a vacation that shouldn’t cost anything (i.e. going with my family) to trying to do something on a very little amount of money and not too far away. So, we decided to drive to Savannah, GA. Neither of us had ever been, and we had heard great things about it. It wouldn’t be a vacation for Jon and me if we didn’t hang out at the pool and spend some time at the beach. While I took my camera each time, I did not snag many pictures because I was relaxing and soaking up some much-needed sun, but here’s some highlights of some more adventurous activites we did.

We took two tours which is a bit out of our character, but they were worthwhile, and they were very enjoyable. The first was in Savannah, and it basically covered the historical aspects of the town which is square that each side is one mile long. I wish I had more pictures to show you of our first tour, but it took me a full day to realize that my lens was not completely on my camera so all of my pictures turned out white (washed out) or blurry. Talk about discouraging…especially with all of the beautiful architecture in the city. Our second tour was of Jekyll Island. The island used to be a “rich-man’s club.” Families such as the Rockefellers built mansions and created a club where all of the families from the North would spent their winters. The Northerners, who were mostly New Yorkers, would frequently tell people that these were their primitive cottages…to us, they were (and are) mansions. One home was 12,000 square feet. On that tour, we got to go through two of the restored homes which I enjoyed very much.

We also at a really great pizzeria that one of Jon’s clients recommended to us. On our way to the restaurant though, we got caught in a terrible thunderstorm. There was a storm each evening, but this one caught us at the wrong time. We took shelter in a CVS for almost thirty minutes. “We” (“we” being me) thought it was lightening up so we ventured out only to find out that “we” were wrong. The rain provided for some great memories of running through Savannah trying to stay dry (pics above).

We ate at an amazing little french bistro where I had the best sandwich I have ever had. It was an open-faced sandwich which was a new concept to me, but I truly enjoyed it. Had such an amazing combination of flavors (i.e. avacados, grapefruits, radishes, mango, crab meat, lettuce, tomato, and some cheese). The couple that owns the restaurant actually grew up in France, so I imagine it’s as close as you can get to French flavor and culture. For those of you already asking yourself, yes I ate it even with my food changes. I will cover that in a different post.

So, the weeklong vacation turned into a two-day vacation, but all-in-all it was a marvelous time. Jon and I were desperate for some time together since once of us had been traveling for the three weeks prior. Glad no more long-term traveling until August!

Long time no see!

It has been far too long since I have had a blog update. Life just seems to get busier. Something will end, and I will say “life will slow down now.”  That has NOT been the case! For the last three weeks, Jon or I have been in Atlanta, GA for work. While that may sound glamorous, it’s not. I miss Jon, I miss my pups, and I miss my home. I will go home for one week…which we will actually leave TOGETHER and go on vacation. When we return, I will go to Atlanta again for two days, then we will be together for 15 days, and then Jon will return to Atlanta for three straight weeks. Thankfully, he gets to come home on the weekends, but it’s still a long-time apart. While I’m not supposed to envy anything, I envy the day when we don’t have jobs that keep us apart so often or when I could accompany him on his trips.

Since our last post, we expanded the Sutter family, added a CPA, and began a house project. We brought Mocha Sutter home at the end of May. She’s a chocolate Lab, a wondferul sister to Lexi, and a warm spot in our heart. I can’t wait to see her this evening when I get home! I will have to wait to post a picture until I get home since I had to remove all pictures from my computer. I FINALLY got my CPA certification. I learned back in December that I had passed the last section, but I still had some classes to take and some red tape to cut through. I still have two classes to complete for my Master of Accountancy degree, but all-in-all, things are moving along. And finally, we are in the midst of a crazy patio project. Jon got the urge (that’s right, it wasn’t even my idea or urging) to build a patio out of paver stone at the bottom of our steps in the backyard. The patio will allow us to get a fire pit, move our grill off our screened porch, and have some more areas to relax in. Since temps are in the 100’s, work hasn’t been moving very quickly, but we hope to have it completed before our son comes home (that’s Joe for those who don’t know). 😉

Well, I must sign off. I need to pack up my hotel room and get ready to conquer another day. I can’t wait to see Jon. This week has been long. Made longer by being sick, but somehow seeing him makes all of that melt into a memory.