Well, we’ve been in Savannah nearly a month now and the honeymoon hasn’t worn off yet. It does sort of feel like we’re in a bit of limbo right now, staying in this condo. Just makes me feel a little anxious and unsettled. We close on our house on the 27th of March and I can’t wait!

The weather has been cool and comfortable…mostly sunny days! Tybee is gearing up to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend. The parade is Saturday and I guess goes right by our condo so we’ll have a great view from our balcony. Lord knows I hate dealing with crowds so I’m glad we’ll be able to do our own thing. But we’ve definitely noticed more people coming into town…the hotel parking lots are filling up and tour buses and constantly on the street.

This past weekend we checked out the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market. It was opening day and pretty busy. There was the usual farmers with their fruits and vegetables; as well as vendors selling baked goods, honey, and crafts. They also had a face painter, live music, a bounce house, and food trucks. We ended up buying some cucumbers, broccoli, and strawberries. Josie had fun dancing to the music and got her face painted like a puppy. It was a fun couple of hours spent out of the house!

Sunday was a laid back day. Justin went to the driving range for a little while and then when he got home, we took the girls to the park. More kids showed up later and Josie had fun running around with them. And of course they all wanted Justin to push them on the swings since he can push so high! It always cracks me up the way kids gravitate towards him. I knew I found me a good man.

We were at the park as the sun went down and here’s a friendly PSA for my northern friends. Sand gnat bites don’t start to itch until like 24 hours later. I could feel myself getting bitten but the only evidence was small red spots. No itching at all. All of the sudden Monday night I was itchy and had welts like mosquito bites! The more you know…

Well I feel like I had more to say but at the moment all I can think about is getting some things done before Jillian wakes up.


Back in Savannah

I decided with a new adventure that it was time to start writing again.

If you haven’t heard, Justin’s job has brought us back to Savannah, Georgia! I never thought I’d agree to it, but I could see how unhappy he was in his current position. And he was very much appreciated in Savannah and kept in touch with his old boss for the last 3 years. So just before Jillian was born, when he told me his boss asked again when he was coming back (a higher position was opening up), I told him I was up for the discussion. The application process within his company is long so while we’ve known we were moving for a while, I think it came on as a bit of a surprize to some of our friends and family.

We put our house on the market a few weeks ago and it sold in just a couple of days. We still haven’t closed yet but it’s in the works. The movers came to the house Monday the 12th, Justin, Josie, and Pepper drove down Tuesday & Wednesday, and Jillian and I flew down Thursday.

It was definitely an adventure flying on my own for the first time, not to mention flying with an infant. I get stressed when I travel as it is but having Jillian added an entirely new level. But I told myself the night before that I would just go with the flow, that we’d be okay. I bought a new carrier and practiced getting her strapped in and out and it was easier than I thought it would be. The security line was short and even though we were departing from the furthest gate, I still had plenty of time to grab breakfast.

I opted for a first class seat for the trip from Detroit to Charlotte and I’m so glad I did. It was so nice to have that little bit of extra space with Jillian in my lap. She basically slept the entire time and only cried when she got hungry. And then of course as we’re making our descent, she blows up (and out of) her diaper. Thankfully we arrived in Charlotte a little early so I had time to change her before boarding to Savannah. It was quite the production, basically having to give her a bath with wipes in the bathroom! The flight from Charlotte to Savannah was less than an hour and very uneventful.

When we arrived in Savannah, it was the perfect airport movie scene reunion. I saw Justin and Josie but Josie hadn’t seen me yet. When she finally did, she ran toward me yelling, “Mommy!” Talk about heart-melting! We had to pick up the stroller and carseat from baggage claim and then we were on our way.

Justin had set up some house showings for us that afternoon. As he rearranged the carseats, I sat up front feeding Jillian. We had the car running so the AC could be on. When we started driving, the battery light came on. We didn’t worry too much about it at first. We went to lunch and then to look at a couple of houses. On the way home, Justin started to worry about the battery. Then the power steering went out. And then the screen said “shutting down to save battery.” All the sudden the dash started dinging with all these warnings. Thankfully we were able to roll into a gas station and get some help. Justin called for a tow and his boss was able to come give us a ride to get a rental car. Unfortunately the problem was the alternator which was not a cheap fix.

We had a relaxing weekend, going to the beach and looking at more houses. On Tuesday, Justin’s car was delivered by the moving company and somehow his brake line broke. Thankfully that was a cheap fix and he had someone at work help him fix it. Also on Tuesday, I had to take Pepper to the vet and then the girls and I looked at a few more houses. There was one we really liked and we almost put an offer on it with some contingencies.

For now we’re staying out on Tybee Island, which is about a half hour from downtown Savannah. We’ve got a short term, furnished rental for the next couple of weeks. It’s amazing being so close to the beach and having plenty to do nearby. I’m hoping next weekend we can do more exploring since we’ve spent the last couple of weekends house hunting. We do have an accepted offer on a house and will close at the end of March! I can’t wait to really put down some roots and start making memories here!

Day #6 of Gratitude

What in nature are you grateful for?

I’m grateful that I live in a place that has, for the most part, four distinct seasons. I love the cool air and crunchy leaves in the fall; the gentle snow and quiet of winter; the renewal and warmth of spring; and the sunshine and thunderstorms of summer.

And I’m grateful to have the opportunity to experience nature in new places. This past weekend, we were in Colorado, a place I had never been. Seeing the hills and mountains and trees and wildlife was absolutely amazing. I wish we had stayed another day or two so that we could have explored some trails.

Day #5 of Gratitude

What sound are you grateful for today?


I am grateful for the voice of my daughter saying “mama!” She said “dada” so early on that it became a running joke that we believed she could say mama, she just thought it was funny not to!

But now it’s an everyday occurrence. And she isn’t at the age yet where it’s “mom, mom, mommy, mom!” Although I’m sure those days are coming. So I am going to soak it in and let my cup runneth over every time I hear that sweet voice.

Day #4 of Gratitude

What food are you most grateful for?

ALL. THE. FOOD! Which is probably why I’m fat. 😀 Some of my favorite foods are pizza, sushi, coffee, ice cream. I love trying new things. I don’t get a lot of opportunity to try interesting foods which is part of why I love going on cruises. They have foods I wouldn’t eat at home like alligator fritters…so yummy! And at the ports we get to try local foods. When we were in Costa Maya, Mexico, we had a wonderful spread of traditional food like tamales and hibiscus water! It was fantastic.

Day #3 of Gratitude

What color are you grateful for?

I’ve never really thought of being grateful for a color. My favorite color is purple, pretty much any shade. For our wedding, my bridesmaids wore the color sangria from David’s Bridal. THAT is my favorite color. Not quite purple, not quite pink. A wonderful fall color…almost like a plum. We got married in spring and it was perfect for that too!

Day #2 of Gratitude

What technology are you grateful for?


I am actually really grateful for smartphones. Sure, they can be a real time-suck what with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and so on, but they are also a wonderful tool! You literally have the world at your fingertips. You get amber alerts, weather alerts, you always have a map with you, you can be up to date on the news, you can call or video chat with your friends and family, take pictures, settle a debate, and basically look up the answer to any question.

I love my smartphone but I do try to balance how much I use it. I give people my full attention when they are talking to me, I put it away on date nights, and I NEVER have it out when I’m driving. No call, text, notification is worth your, or someone else’s, life. *end soapbox rant*