5.27.2009

Florida Re-Cap

We are back from our Florida trip & had a great time. It was our first time leaving both the girls overnight. And, we did it for 3 days & 3,000 miles away from home.
Here is a little re-cap of our trip!
We took the red-eye on Friday night from SFO to Savannah, Georgia (with a lay over in Chicago). A few hours before we left on Friday, Kate woke up from her nap with a fever of 102. Not how I wanted to start our trip! Luckily, Tylenol brought her fever down to 99 degrees within an hour & by the time we dropped her off at Kevin's parents, she was pretty much back to normal.
The flights were good, I was able to sleep despite being anxious about leaving the girls. I was very happy once we landed in Savannah, Georgia. (Cutest airport ever, by the way). We got our luggage & rental car & I was about to explode, since it had been 12 hours since I nursed, so I busted out my breast pump & pumped while Kevin drove. I know, I'm classy!
I made Kevin take the "long" way to downtown Savannah. We took a 10 minute detour so that we could drive into South Carolina. Gotta get all my states!

My main goal while visiting Savannah was to go to lunch at Paula Deen's restaurant, Lady & Sons. Unfortunately, they don't take reservations, so you have to stand outside in line to put your name in with the hostess. (They open for lunch at 11 am, but the hostess is outside at 9 am) We got there at 10 am to put our name in for lunch.
I stood in this line, in the rain, without an umbrella for 15 minutes:

The first reservation they had available was for dinner at 9:45 pm. Bummer. Not going to happen since we had to be in Jacksonville, Florida at 5 pm for the rehearsal dinner. The hostess recommended one of Paula Deen's son's restaruant, Uncle Bubba's Oyster House.
We went there & had some great southern cooking. I had the crab cakes. Kevin ordered the pulled pork sandwich (see below)

His sandwich was HUGE and it came with onion rings, a side of fries and a bowl of cheese grits. It was SO much food! It was good, but the amount totally grossed us out. There are some big serving sizes in the South.
After lunch, we headed straight down to Jacksonville, Florida & I got another state added to my list! Only 16 to go until I have gone to all 50!


Once we drover further into Florida, the weather cleared up and it wasn't as rainy.
We checked into the hotel at 3 & had an hour to get ready & leave for the rehearsal dinner. Both Kevin and I were SO tired since we had barely slept on the flight & had been traveling for 18 hours. We needed a nap, but that wasn't going to happen, so while I was showering Kevin went and got me some sweet tea from my favorite Southern restaurant, Cracker Barrel. Oh how I love Cracker Barrel. For reals.


All ready to go to the rehersal dinner with my caffeinated sweet tea!

The rehearsal dinner was at this great Martini Bar called Ocean 60.
It is a half a block from the beach, so after dinner a bunch of us went down to the beach & I dipped my feet in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time!


The next day, Kevin had to get up at 5:45 to go golfing with the guys (ouch!)
I however, slept in. I got 11
GLORIOUS hours of sleep that night. It was amazing.
I enjoyed coffee in my hotel in my pj's while I read. I had a slow morning by myself & then headed to lunch at where else? Cracker Barrel!
The wedding was that afternoon at a beautiful venue, Oakleaf Plantation.
I loved the Southern look & feel of it! Isn't it pretty?
Here are Kevin and I before the wedding:

With the bride & groom at the reception:
As the bride & groom left, we got to wave sparklers!
I have always wanted to do this at the end of a wedding (to bad it is illegal where we live!)

We left for home the next day (after having breakfast at Cracker Barrel).
We traveled 12 hours by the time we got home & we were so happy to see the girls.
We had a great weekend away & despite a busy weekend, it was relaxing & so great for the 2 of us to have time by ourselves.

We wouldn't have been able to do this without the help of our families who watched the girls for us while we were gone.
Thank you SO much Papa, Grandma Jill and Grandpa Jimmy & Mimi!

6 comments:

  1. I am SOOOO jealous! Good for you for getting away! And I would LOVE to go to any of the Deen restaurants :) Too fun!

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  2. Fun Fun Fun! I'm glad you had a geat weekend!

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  3. you look sooo beautiful and relaxed in the picture on the beach! love it!

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  4. Hi! That was Lake Tulloch, in Copperopolis.

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  5. i am totally a blog stalker...hope you don't get freaked out! but you are a great photographer and writer. i have 3 kids myself and live in indiana! i like to hear about the "glorious" sunny cal life!!! ha ha...you can always come visit me to get your indiana state highlighted!!!!
    casey r.

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  6. I'm blog hopping....I found your blog on Kelly's Korner main dish recipe entry. I couldn't help but giggle at your love for Cracker Barrel. I live in South GA (about 40 mins north of Tallahassee) so it was fun to read about your experiences in Savannah & Jacksonville! I'm hoping to one day experience California!! :o)

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