Earlier this summer, before it became 7489542943390 degrees outside, we decided to Lime Wash the sandstone on our house. I had been toying with the idea of whitewashing the house for a while.
I brought it up to my husband and he told me to ask all of my real estate friends what they thought. I think he was hoping they would say no, because it was going to be a lot of work… but they all said to do it. Sorry, hubs.
I started on the back of my house with paint, watered down, and tried painting and wiping off the excess and we HATED it. So, back to the drawing board, also cleaning paint off of sandstone is HARD.
Then, it happened. I accidentally stumbled upon lime washing on Pinterest.
I sent my husband some photos and since it was such a cheap investment ($20 a bag), he agreed that we should try it. I ordered two 50 pound bags of hydrated lime from Ace Hardware. I actually ended up not even needing one full bag, so maybe keep that in mind too.
I started by mixing 5 cups of lime at a time. It’s a 50/50 mixture, so 5 cups of water, 5 cups of lime. Stir them together in the bucket. It was like a thick paste.
Before painting, I wet down the sandstone lightly with a garden hose and got to work! Dip the brush in the mixture and basically play around with it. I found that using wide strokes (painting like a toddler) gave the effect I was going for. I wanted some of the brown rock to show through and I pulled it off. I could suggest starting in a less obvious place, until you get in a groove. Use your towels to clean up excess drips along your way.
The lime will go on grey, but then will dry white. If you hate it, you apparently have 5 days before it really sets in, so you can power wash it off. I used that time to power wash where I accidentally got paint on the wood. Ugh. I’m a sloppy painter.
I love how it turned out. It’s been up for a few months now and still looks great! Lime is good for the rock, good for the earth and a cheap alternative to paint. The entire house took us less than a week.
We still need to paint trim and our siding, and lime wash the chimney….but here’s our progress so far! Let me know if you have any other questions!
This year, possibly more than ever before, people are feeling the itch of the travel bug. Being at home for months on end last year absolutely had me begging for a good vacation. One with unlimited food and drinks and blue water and NO CHILDREN.
Luckily, I wasn’t alone and some friends of ours invited us along on a trip with them.
We started planning this trip almost a year ago, so we were beyond ready when it was time to go. We used Under the Sun Travel Agency to help plan our trip and I don’t think I will ever travel internationally without a travel agent. The travel agent asked what we wanted, gave us some resort options (with pricing). Then, when we decided where to go, they booked our resort, our flights, our hotel transportation.. all of it. We paid them a deposit to secure our spots and then we just made payments until it was paid in full.
We flew out from Tulsa and then to Houston. In Houston, we were delayed due to weather so when we got to Cancun, so did the rest of the planet. We were in line for customs for nothing short of 58394895789 hours. Pro tip: The bathroom sinks had no water. Bring hand sanitizer.
Once we got through customs we were on our way. Mostly. Once we got past the vendors, we got out to the parking lot where we found that we had no shuttle driver because we were like 3 hours late. Whoops. We gave them our name and waited in line for our turn. And if we didn’t have that wait we would not have been able to enjoy a drink from the margarita cart. It was $19 and worth every penny.
Pro Tips: Wear shorts, not leggings. It was hot AF. Have sunglasses and a pony tail holder handy because again, hot AF.
The ride to the resort was typical. Fast and furious. Also, Cancun stinks. Be prepared to think someone else in the shuttle crapped their pants. Seriously.
But, once we got the resort, all was great. The lobby itself is gorgeous and airy and marble, swoon. It felt very upscale and made the traveling experience merely a memory. Or maybe it was the margarita.
We got into our room rather quickly. The rooms are beautiful. All of the rooms have an ocean view, we had a Jr. Suite King, which is the most basic room. I will happily take basic any day because we still had a giant jacuzzi tub, and a hammock on our balcony. One of our friend couples upgraded to the seventh floor (we were on 2) and their room was exactly the same as ours, but obviously a better ocean view due to the height. The other couple we went with was the third floor, and they also had the same room we did. Moral of the story: Only pay to upgrade if you just really want a better view.
We spent our entire trip basically eating, drinking, floating the pool and relaxing. The food was great. Here are the on site restaurants:
Spice– The buffet. We had to wear a mask to enter and to move around. You tell the employees what you want, and they put it on your plate for you. The menu varied nightly. We were lucky and got Mexican food on the night we arrived. My friends weren’t as lucky and had Italian the second night. They didn’t love it. We never had anything at Spice that we didn’t enjoy, but we didn’t go on Italian night. I will say the waiter came and tried to sell me a baby lobster on our first night, and it kind of soured my mood. I was afraid they were going to spend the entire time we were there trying to upsell us. Luckily, that wasn’t the case. This is a restaurant where you need to wear resort wear to eat, so left the pool and changed clothes to eat lunch there.
Pelicano’s was our favorite place to eat. We had breakfast there daily, and lunch almost every day. The one day we had Spice for lunch, it was because it was raining outside. Pelicano’s is poolside and you can show up in a coverup over a dry swimming suit. Highly recommend the Egg’s Benedict and the Avocado Toast as breakfast meals. I’m not usually a breakfast girl but I become a different person on vacation. Fish tacos, and Shrimp tacos were amazing for lunch. I also tried an appetizer that I can only describe as seafood stew. I wish I could remember the name but it was like a Bloody Mary in a bowl and it was octopus, shrimp and crab. It wasn’t my favorite but now I can say I’ve eaten octopus. The beauty in an all inclusive is that you can order things you normally wouldn’t try.
Asiana – we got reservations for the Hibachi and it was worth the wait. Even if it was 9:00 on Friday night. The show was fun and the food was delicious. We each ordered our own desert the waiter looked at us like we were fat (maybe it was meant to share with your spouse??) and he was right. It was a lot for one person to eat but then we were determined to finish our fruit and coconut ice cream because we had a point to prove. Make the reservation for sure!
Maria Marie- Good enough that we went twice! Elote was delicious, whatever I got was not called fajitas, but it was definitely fajitas (sorry, didn’t get the name, again! But read the menu description and you’ll find it) Deserts were amazing. Regret not getting a soufflé.
Casa del Cafe- This is the coffee shop. Vanilla Latte was good, Caramel Macchiato was better. Their ice cream was delicious ( I got coffee, Husband got chocolate chip, it was yellow, don’t let it scare it.) We got stopped by four people on the way back to our room asking where we got ice cream. Plan to visit the coffee shop every morning because the in room coffee is awful.
Time Out Sports Bar– Was supposed to have bar food and drinks. They had an awkward quote on the wall, no snacks and my mojito was seltzer water with mint. Fail. We wanted cheese fries, real bad. No luck.
Room Service- Was good! Justin got a burger and didn’t love it, but we did get a huge plate of fries delivered to our room, and there is really nothing like laying in a jacuzzi tub watching TV and eating fries. #Paradise
Besides eating and drinking, we really just hung out in the pool and played in the ocean. There was a lot of seaweed, which can’t really be avoided but the clear water and the white sand made up for that for sure. The hotel does a great job of coming through with a tractor (I’m sure there is a technical name for what they use and I don’t care what it is) and cleaning up seaweed in the mornings.
The most magical part of the beach was seeing TWO Mama Sea Turtles coming onto the beach to nest. We stayed back, didn’t use flash, were quiet and watched as one got nice and cozy next to the tents on the beach.
The next morning at breakfast I noticed that the nest wasn’t roped off and apparently I’m a sea turtle advocate because I immediately asked about it. They told me they moved it and that didn’t sit well with me at all. So, I looked it up at and found that there is actually an organization that relocates the sea turtle nests and takes them to a hatchery. Info here. Whew.
Covid protocol called for us to have a negative Covid Test before coming back to the states. They did offer a Covid Insurance for $29 per person to ensure we had a place to stay in the event of a positive result. We happily paid for that. We had the covid test done on the second floor of the hotel (the hotel pays for it) and had our results via email within about 6 hours. Then, we just uploaded the results to our flight check in and we were on the way! The only place that required us to wear a mask was Spice.
All in all, if you are thinking of Hyatt Zilara Cancun, do it. If you are looking for an adults only all inclusive, do it. I looked at prices of the resort itself and I encourage you to use a travel agent. I’m sure we got a great price because we booked during covid, but our travel agent is always posting great deals.
Have you ever stayed in Cancun? Or do you have an all inclusive that you recommend?
Made cream cheese chicken chili today. I have informed my family this is the only food option available for the rest of the week. This is dinner. There are no options. This is the only thing on the menu until this weekend. 😂 do not try to come to my house and eat anything other than cream cheese chicken. I don’t care if you are allergic to chicken. This is not Burger King. Have a good day.
2 boneless chicken breasts 2 blocks of cream cheese 3 tbsp ranch season 3 tbsp taco season 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can chili beans, drained 1 can rotel
Throw everything into your crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred chicken, return to crockpot. Stir. I topped mine with shredded cheese and sour cream.
Eat for eleventy days or until you order pizza instead. Enjoy.
J and I have been eating overnight oats every morning for about a month. Last week I didn’t get around to making them and I suffered this week… so that’s the first thing I did today. Here’s a quick and easy recipe!
To make one jar:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup almond milk
1 scoop of protein powder (optional)
1 tablespoon of sugar free pudding
1 serving of fruit
Combine dry ingredients and milk in a mason jar. Stir. Add fruit. Close jar and refrigerate overnight.
I like to play around with flavor combos. Today I made Blueberry Cheesecake by using Sugar free cheesecake pudding with a serving of blueberries and I made Chocolate Covered Strawberry by using Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding and sliced strawberries. The possibilities are endless here!
These will get us through the next few days. Normally I make enough for all week but I need more oats!
Ever since I was a little girl, all I wanted to do was write. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love to read. It’s just always been one of my favorite things to do. When I was in first grade, our school participated in a program called Book It! You had to read a certain amount of books and in exchange you would get a free personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut. I’m here to tell you that I took two things very seriously; reading and pizza. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, so any opportunity I could get for something other than Hamburger Helper or Ramen Noodles, ya girl was all in. Book It was my gateway drug. I remember sitting at a plastic kids table in our living room with a stack of books and just reading through them all, one by one, and making sure my mom put them all on my list. And I still wasn’t the top reader in my class, (thanks a lot, Brandon). I imagine that right along with my love of reading, my competitive streak was also born in 1st grade.
I didn’t let Brandon ruin my life though. My love for reading continued to grow. I read every Baby Sitters Club (and Baby Sitters Little Sister) book that our local library had, and then I managed to get my parents to buy me a new one for my own collection, every payday while we were out grocery shopping. Of course, I would start reading as soon as we got in the car and usually it was read and added to my pile of finished books by Friday evening. (Just in time to watch TGIF.. SCORE!)
After I drove my parents to point of bankruptcy with my reading addiction, (and likely bought Ann M. Martin a used car). I decided to turn to writing. I started with writing scripts for my friends and I to act out, all based on Baby Sitters Club of course. Naturally, I was Kristy, the bossy one…. (some things never change). I’m still a control freak, but man, if you know what you like you just can’t help it.
Anyway, throughout school I continued to write here and there. Mostly atrocious poems about heartbreak, you know, typical 11 year old shit. In High School, I wrote a poem in our keyboarding class and my teacher encouraged me to enter it in a local competition at the college.
I entered it and I got to go to the competition, and spend the day on the campus. I saw that my poem hadn’t been judged yet. I figured it wouldn’t even place, so I wasn’t too concerned. After a few hours of exploring exhibits I came back to double check things before we left. As I rounded a corner there was a girl standing in front of the poem wall, and she was bawling. Not, like the single delicate tear kind of crying, but sobbing. I cautiously moved in closer and she was reading my poem. My writing had led someone to tears. My fictional work about a high school girl committing suicide, had won first place. If a kid entered a poem like that now, I’m sure it wouldn’t be allowed to be entered, at least not without a giant TRIGGER WARNING sign draped against it. And I’m not saying that’s wrong, I just can’t help but think that those words were just hanging there for anyone to see and it feels like it was a completely different planet.
But something changed in me that day. My words had moved someone. I had caused this much emotion, and it felt good. Is that sick? I kind of feel gross for even saying that.
Anyway, I decided then that I absolutely wanted to be a writer. Maybe a journalist because that seemed like a reasonable choice? So, when I was a junior, I did a project for school over what career field I was going to pursue. I interviewed a local journalist, and he told me “Find another career. The hours are awful. The pay is awful. Find something else to do.”
Hey all! I’ve mentioned before that I redid our entire house while we were at home in 2020 during the pandemic. I’m sure it was mostly an anxiety thing, controlling what I could while everything else felt out of control. (Thanks Olaf). But, none the less, I am obsessed with how everything turned out. We still have a handful of things to finish up around here. Some small (outlets, light fixtures), some large (adding a second bathroom, remodeling the first bathroom…) but we have turned our focus to paying off debt so those things have been moved to the back burner for the time being.
However, I thought now would be a great time to show what we’ve changed! Basically I woke up one day and glanced around our completely white farmhouse and I was OVER IT. I was trying to keep the house very neutral in case we ever decided we wanted to sell, but I hated the idea of living in this blank white canvas. Especially after being in this house for five years with no plans of leaving any time soon.
So, one day I just started changing things up and it just escalated from there. I ended up repainting our entire house in about a month. Talk about tennis elbow. Do not ever do that. Would not recommend to a friend!
Anyway, here are the before and after pics, with details!
This before photo was before we put down flooring but you get the drift. Nothing fancy, but man that dark green paint makes the bench pop. The paint color is Ripe Olive by SW. I picked up the rope cross from a craft show a million years ago and I made that sign. My husband built the bench. This actually used to be a closet, but I love how much more functional it is as an entryway all together.
Next, we move on to the living room. The one thing we didn’t change was the fireplace. We had redone it with barnwood from one of the oldest barns in town after it was torn down. I also whitewashed the brick and we cleaned up the tile floor, and Justin built a gorgeous mantle. Painting the walls from white to green around it made it pop even more. Here’s the progression.
And then there’s the rest of the living room. When it was all white (Dover White by SW by the way) it felt massively huge. Which can be great, but it’s already huge, and long and weird. Painting a dark color helped to make it feel so much warmer. This was again Ripe Olive by SW. The rug is from overstock.com and the curtains are from Walmart (can’t find the link, sorry!). I took down all of the farmhouse signs and hung up my husbands guitar and some other odds and ends.
Also, please enjoy the tumbleweed that I rescued from Northwestern Kansas. I literally chased it down the street while my husband and daughter judged me. Also, I covered myself in thorns because who would have known tumbleweeds are covered in thorns. Justin inserted a bunch of twinkle lights inside of the tumbleweed. It’s pretty magical when the batteries are not dead.
Now, moving on to the dining room. I had ran into this room being a little too boho and hung up a basket wall. After a few months I took it down, because I think my style is more Western Boho than Boho, boho.
Here’s another progression. The dining room used to be divided! We had a divider up and a breakfast nook because who doesn’t need a table next to their table? I never felt more free after we ripped down that half wall. The wall color is Peppercorn by SW. Curtains were from Walmart. And my shelves were thrifted!
Now moving on to the kitchen! We went from wood cabinets, blue cabinets, white cabinets to black cabinets. I finally feel like it’s hit the sweet spot in our kitchen. Be prepared for another progression.
I love the subway tile Justin put down, and the new countertop. He cussed the whole time, but he did such a good job.
I’ll just share a bit of the bedroom because it’s had it’s own post already but I love it so much and it should be included for sure. This was the biggest change from farmhouse to Western for sure. Get the cow here.
I’m looking forward to finishing up the house and getting the last bits of rooms done. I’m having so much fun adding more pieces here. Do you think I’ve hit the western boho vibe?
Happy New Year! We are BACK on Tybee Island because we can’t get enough of this place. Last night we celebrated our 10th anniversary (New Years Eve) and today we are just taking one more day to enjoy the island. I thought while I have some downtime this may be a good chance to recap our trip!
Instead of a hotel, this time we rented a VRBO on the North Side of the island. It’s so quiet, and the beach is close to empty. Waking up the morning to walk the beach has become my new favorite activity and I’m not sure how I’m supposed to go back to Kansas tomorrow.
We rented Fin’s Watch from Anderson Tybee Adventures. I love this condo. It’s clean, it’s so cute, has everything we could possibly need (including 2 bikes that we never managed to take out) and it was less expensive than a hotel room! For just the two of us it has been the perfect size. I would absolutely recommend this place. After a small trip to the grocery store (don’t forget coffee!) This is all you would need for a trip!
The only downside would be if you wanted to be on the South Side of the island, close to all the restaurants and bars. For us, it was a toss up. We really enjoyed the peace and quiet on the uncrowded island, but it’s a LONG way to walk or bike across the island after having a drink with dinner. I think next time we will opt to stay in a condo closer to the South Side. BUT all in all we loved this condo and it was so incredibly peaceful. If you aren’t going to want to spend time downtown, this would be perfect.
The first time we came to Tybee was NYE 2018. I had accidentally discovered this place because I was sick of being cold all the time when we went on our anniversary trip. I googled East Coast beaches with fireworks for New Years Eve. The rest was history. During non-pandemic times the City of Tybee puts on an incredible firework display off of the pier. It can be seen from basically anywhere on the island. In 2018 we hung out downtown popping in and out of bars (you can walk around with alcohol here as long as it’s not in a glass bottle). Then, we hitched a taxi ride (we used Breezy Riders) back to our hotel. We went out to the beach at 11:50 to watch the fireworks. It was perfect.
This year has been a bit different of course. (Whoever would have guessed we would be walking around with masks on?) But even in a pandemic, it’s been an amazing time. Tybee’s peak season is summer so this is great time to visit while social distancing. I hate crowds so this is perfect for me. Lots of room to spread out, open air seating, and not much to try to do inside.
Besides eating and beachcombing, the only thing we have done is had a photo session done. Tangible Traditions Photography met up with us on North Beach to do our 10th anniversary photo session. It was such a fun session. Krystena is so talented and got our images back to us quickly! I would highly recommend her for a photo session on Tybee!
We ate at a handful of different places on this trip:
Rock House- for the third time in a month. This is old faithful. Never had anything bad from there. We did burgers this time. And their mojitos are perfect.
AJ’s Dockside– We ate there for New Years Eve. Reservations are required since the pandemic started. It was ok, but not great enough to want to go back.
Coco’s– This was the best meal of our trip. I had surf and turf, the husband had tuna steak. They were both mouth watering delicious. If you are coming to Tybee eat there for sure.
Pier 16 was good! We ate there on our last trip. It feels a little more fancy and modern, but you won’t be in the only one in a sweatshirt and messy ponytail. We both had fried seafood platters. Typical yummy fried food.
Agave– We ate there the first night. It was close enough to walk from our condo. I had a pineapple stuffed with steak, chicken and cheese. So so good.
North Beach Bar and Grill- Ate here for lunch on New Years Day. They had black eyed peas which was a big deal for me because I literally brought black eyed peas to cook in the condo if I couldn’t find any.
Breakfast Club– The PMS omelette was so good. This is a have to eat kind of place.
Other than eating we just walked around on the beach, collected shells all over the North Side of the island, avoided stepping on Jellyfish (there were a lot!) and watched the boats float past. Perfect socially distanced anniversary vacation. I love Tybee during the winter during the off season. It’s nothing short of perfect. The weather is gorgeous. Bring pants and long sleeves, maybe a t-shirt or two and a jacket. I wouldn’t worry about fancy clothes. Tybee is not a “dress up” kind of place. Jeans and a cute top are more than enough to dress up for dinner. The whole island is such a relaxed vibe.
We did jump in the car on a rainy day and go to Saint Simon’s Island, and Jekyll Island. I’d love to see those a little more in depth. I’ll post about that trip at a later time.
The final full day of our trip was Thanksgiving! I had to say I was a little nervous that no where would be open and we could have to eat gas station food for Thanksgiving dinner, but luckily I was incorrect. I will say if I was doing this trip again, I would have preferred to stay in a VRBO just so we weren’t stressing and looking for a place to eat, but honestly then we may not have been able to try so much of the amazing food that Tybee has to offer.
On Thursday morning we woke up and got ready to head into Savannah for some sightseeing. Savannah is such a beautiful city and I was over the moon excited to be able to share it with our kids.
Our first stop was Monterey Square, because well, that’s where we could find parking near Forsyth Park. We walked the square while I gawked over the Spanish Moss trees (my favs) and then we made our way to Forsyth Park.
Fun fact! Parking is free in downtown Savannah on Holidays. At least it was for this holiday. We had no idea before we got there, so it was a nice surprise once we got downtown. Downtown was more crowded than I imagined it would be, but it was still enjoyable.
Forsyth Park was everything I imagined. There were spanish moss trees lining the sidewalks. People from all walks of line were out enjoying the fresh air. Some were walking, some were running, some were rollerskating… there was even a yoga class taking place in the grass off to the side of the fountain. Oh goodness, I may be from Southeast Kansas but all of this appealed to the not so hidden Hipster Section of my heart. I could have stayed all day and watched people but, ya know, toddlers.
After Forsyth, we hopped back in the car and drove to the historic downtown area. We parked and walked straight to the Riverwalk. My poor family allowed me to take a couple (hundred) family pictures. I loved showing them the river, the cobblestone, and the terrifying stone steps.
By the time we finished our walk we were starving, so we thought we would head back towards Tybee. We checked the areas between Savannah and Tybee, but none of them were open. So, we drove by to Tybee on a hope and prayer. Thankfully, Pier 16 was open and it was one we wanted to try out anyway. I got the most delicious chicken salad. Maybe it was because I had been eating nothing but carbs for days (not the usual for me) or maybe it was a magic salad, but it was so so good. Everyone else got burgers and they were all delicious. We got very lucky with this place!
After lunch we went to the hotel and suited up for the beach. It was maybe 82 degrees and gorgeous. I couldn’t believe how busy the beach was! It was nothing like the live beach cam from Hotel Tybee that I’ve watched over the summer but I was surprised to see so many people in the water, in November! There was still plenty of room to social distance, but still I was just surprised! I like going to Tybee in the off season and outside of New Years Eve this is the busiest I’ve seen.
We had so much fun playing in the waves, building sandcastles and soaking up the sunshine. We stayed out and played for a couple of hours, enjoying every single second.
When the kids were finally worn out we went back to the room, to rest and get ready for dinner. I had noticed that The Rock House was open and I already knew that I was getting a Gator Po Boy because I was torn between it and Shark Tacos the previous night. I also had a mojito because well, they know how to make a good mojito.
We got up earlier the next day and headed back home. For a very last minute trip, I loved every minute of it. I love Tybee in the off season. Can’t speak for the busy season, but maybe one day I’ll visit the beach during the summer. We will actually be headed back there at the end of December for our 10th anniversary trip. I can’t wait to get back, eat even more amazing food and enjoy a few quiet days with my hubby.
This is a continuation of my post from Monday regarding our Thanksgiving road trip to Tybee! You can find that post here.
On Wednesday, our first full day on the island, we woke up early and got around for a fun day. We started with coffee from Tybean.
My caramel macchiato was delicious. The shops at Tybee Oaks don’t open until 10, so we headed to North Beach. North Beach is the quieter section of the island, and also it’s where the Light House is located!
I’ve already climbed the Tybee Island Lighthouse once, on our last trip, and I’m terrified of heights so I wasn’t about to volunteer to go up there with a four year old. My 18 year old wasn’t interested either so we went to the beach while my husband and our 13 year old climbed the lighthouse.
However, he did send me a picture of the amazing view. Also, he send me snapchats of myself on the beach. Creeper.
They also visited the Tybee Museum in Battery Garland. My husband said we should have visited it the first time we went because it was very cool. For more information on the lighthouse and the museum go here.
While at North Beach, we did what toddlers like to do. Stand in the water and run away from the tiny waves while screaming like our lives depended on it. I could walk in the water and look for shells all day long.
After the others joined us, I took some time to practice playing with my camera and took some pictures of my 13 year old. So glad that she has always been super willing to be my photo subject.
After our photo session we hopped back in the car and went to Tybee Oaks for some shopping. These are my favorite shops on the island. They are super cute and it’s a bunch of handmade things from local artists. I got a new sand dollar ornament for our tree and it makes me happy every time I look at it.
After shopping we went to the Crab Shack for lunch. Collectively we had 2 BBQ Pork Sandwiches, and 2 Deviled Crab Sandwiches. It was a nice stop for lunch, delicious food and they have gators that you can see and feed!
After that, we had some time to kill so we ran back to the hotel for potty breaks, and to hang out for a few minutes before heading out to our next adventure, a dolphin cruise!
We hopped on board with Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours. Chip was our captain, and Lisa was our first mate. The tour was so fun. We got to see Cockspur Island and the Cockspur Island Lighthouse. We were also able to see the border of South Carolina, which I found super fascinating. I never thought that the border would actually be lined with rock. I really thought it was just an imaginary line.
It did take a while to find some dolphins, and we were out a little later than they had planned but we did finally see dolphins. I loved them and so did my kids. I will forever remember our 4 year old giggling as she watched the dolphins play. I highly recommend Captain Mikes! Lisa was so funny, and they both made the experience very memorable.
After the cruise, we headed back to our hotel to rest for a bit before heading downtown for dinner. This time we chose The Rock House. My husband and I had shark tacos, our oldest had a burger and our middle child had crab legs because she is a little bougie. I’m pretty sure they also have the most delicious mojitos I’ve ever tasted. OR it was just that good because we had at that point been with all three of our kids for every single second for 3 days straight.
Who knows. Anyway, our food was so so good. We knew we’d be back again. In fact, we went back the following night!
After dinner we went to Wet Willies for a couple more drinks to take back to the room and we walked out to the pier. The moon looked amazing poking behind the clouds and reflecting on the water. There is nothing more peaceful than listening to the waves at night. It was worth the walk out there for sure.
We all ended up going to bed fairly early again, which is a major bonus of vacation. Sleep, glorious sleep. Stayed tuned for part three, the final installment of our family Tybee trip!
Last week, we took a family road trip to my absolute favorite place in the world, Tybee Island, Georgia. I’ve been trying to get an opportunity to sit down and recap it, while dealing with holiday projects! It’s been a crazy few days! However, tonight my daughter mentioned that my biggest fan happens to go to school with her and has been asking when I’m going to make a post about our trip, so I figured I should not leave my adoring public hanging on any longer.
We started our trip by jumping into the car around 4 AM and heading out of town. We like leaving crazy early because we are delusional and we hold out hope that young kids will sleep for a majority of the drive. We were wrong, as always.
We decided to stop in Nashville for lunch and to stretch our legs. For the most part I can say that this was a horrible idea. First off, we only had road snacks on the way there and we were basically hangry when we got there. We parked at Cumberland Park and walked over John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge to downtown Nashville. The bridge was very cool and we got some incredible views of Nasvhille.
This was about where the magic stopped. It was crowded and loud and honestly with three kids in tow and no food in my body I felt like I was losing my mind. I couldn’t take in much because I was trying to keep eyes on my kids (specifically my four year old) AND every place we tried to step in to, to grab some food, was closed. We ended up at Margaritaville, and the food was just not very good. Nashville has been on my travel list for a while, so it was a bit of a let down, but I think we may try it again when it is just the two of us. We did leave there and head down to the Music City Walk of Fame. It was fun finding some of our favorite singers starts, such as Reba, Miranda Lambert, and Johnny Cash.
From there, we jumped back in the car for a couple hours and then stopped in Chattanooga to sleep for the night. I will for sure go back there! I wish I had gotten photos, but it was dark. It was clear and clean and quiet and it’s been added to my travel list. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Lookout Mountain. The only downside was that their grab and go breakfast didn’t include any meat. We decided to pass on muffins and apple juice and we hit the McDonald’s drive thru instead.
Once back in the car we finished our trek to Tybee. Just before Savannah I started to notice palm trees, and then I loudly pointed them out every single time we passed them. My family is so lucky, obviously.
We stopped by Hotel Tybee to see if we could check in early and much to our surprise, our room was ready! After hauling all of our things up to our room, we immediately went to the beach. Hotel Tybee is in a great location for this slower time of year. The hotel is right on the beach and the only thing separating the building from ocean is a public parking lot. It’s right next to downtown, so you can easily park your car and stay parked for a majority of your stay. I think it would probably be a bit crowded during peak season, but I loved it during this slow time. Also, I’d like to say that I really liked Hotel Tybee! It was clean and while all of the hotels on the island are older (which is part of the charm), you can tell that the owners are putting a lot of effort into bringing it up to date. I would absolutely recommend for your Tybee Island stay!
After playing on the beach, for a bit, we ran downtown for grown up refreshments because that’s what adults do when they have been in the car for 16+ hours with a 4 year old that was asking us every five seconds why it is taking so long. After stopping at Wet Willies for daiquiri’s (Tybee Island is open container legal! You can carry your drink around all over town while walking. However, it has been voted that there are going to be changes to that rule after January 1, 2021.) By the way, I got the “Naked Willie” which is sugar free. I liked it, my husband did not. However, I don’t drink soda or extra sugary drinks and he is in a serious relationship with Mountain Dew and Monster, so take that for what its worth.
To soften the blow of drinking slushies in front of our kids, and not being able to share with them, I offered to get them some ice cream. I noticed a super cute frozen yogurt store when we had first walked down town, so I ushered the kids inside. Beau & Arrow’s Frozen Yogurt was amazing! They have a wall full of flavors to choose from, and you just tell them what flavor you would like, and then you can choose from a huge selection of toppings. I saw everything for toppings from sprinkles to gummy bears. Pre-covid you would be getting your own yogurt, but ya know, pandemic, so they were happy to fill it up for you. You pay by the weight and honestly, I thought that the price was very affordable especially for a vacation spot. We might or might not have snuck a bite of our toddlers birthday cake with gummy bears (market research obviously) and it was delicious. Also, the owner is such an incredibly sweet woman, who is also from the Midwest originally. I loved talking to her while we were there. And if you think I’m going to go back in there for my own frozen yogurt on my next trip, when I don’t have to share with kids, you are absolutely correct.
With our treats in hand, we headed back to the beach to build a sandcastle and my 13 year old daughter decided this was a good opportunity to go into the freezing ocean up to her waistline in a hoodie and blue jeans. I mean, YOLO.
After a while of staring at her and shaking our heads, questioning where we went wrong, we decided we’d better head back into the hotel room to have her change and hopefully avoid hypothermia.
After a change of clothes, we headed down to Sting Ray’s for dinner. I had the crab cakes, the older girls had crab legs, and the husband had a tuna steak. The toddler had a corn dog that she probably licked before proclaiming she was full. Everything was so incredibly good and worth the visit! I will visit this one again!
After dinner we trekked back to the hotel and passed out before 10:00 EST. because vacation can be exhausting, even when in your favorite place on the planet.