October 3, 2012

Insta Tuesday - Catch-up! (warning: this is a pretty long post,so be prepared!)

I love doing these linkups, but I am terrible at getting them done on time! It doesn't help that we just got back from a 9-day vacation on Sunday and I have been feeling a little bit overwhelmed since we got home. We had this vacation planned for a while and then I got offered my new job so it was a little crazy getting in after a 10-hour drive on Sunday then having to get up and start a new job on Monday. Anyway, I know that I have been slacking when it comes to updating about my vacation so I'm going to do it via Insta Tuesday since I took quite a few pics. Hope yall are ready, there are a lot!!

We started our trip at about 4pm on Friday afternoon.

About 4 hours later, we made it to the Sunshine State! About 3 more hours and we made it to my mom and dad's in Port St. Lucie. It only took us just over 7 hours to get there. Take that Google Maps.

**Side note: About 45 minutes into our trip, S reaches for his wallet just to find that it wasn't in his back pocket. He immediately turns around saying that he thinks he left it at home in the pocket of his work pants. NOT the best way to start our trip! The first couple hours out of town are the worst, too. So, we drive allllll the way back home just to find out it had actually fallen out of his pocket and was stuck in the cushion of driver's seat. Two hours wasted right off the bat. Good thing we were able to make up some time doing 80-85 since the speed limit is 70 :)

I was really excited to see my mom and dad and we had a great time with them. It was kind of nice to be able to drive to see them instead of having to fly home. It was the first time that we saw their FL place and it was super cute.

We had several dinners on the lanai, you cannot beat having a screened in patio! We cooked out a bunch and on the last night, S and I cooked din for my parents. Everyone but me had surf 'n turf (filet mignon and scallops); I just had scallops because I don't eat red meat, but it was still delicious.

S and my dad took a fishing charter morning so mom and I went on a shopping trip! I got a few more really cute pieces to wear to my new job.

I found a copycat recipe online for Olive Garden's berry sangria. It was awesome :)

One night, we ate at this cute little cajun place that my aunt recommended. I had the bbq shrimp and it was pretty tasty! I think that was the first time I ever really had authentic cajun food. S and I also checked out this cute little place in Jensen Beach called Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House. We enjoyed some happy hour snacks and a couple drinks overlooking the Indian River.

In addition to eating yummy food, we played tennis, swam in the pool, and went to the beach.

After spending a week in Port St. Lucie on the East Coast, we drove three hours south then west across the Everglades aka Alligator Alley to Naples.

We opted to stay at the Hilton instead of with S's cousin, which was fine with me. It was totally worth it. Even though we weren't right on the beach, we still had a really pretty view from our room.

Naples was gorgeous!

This girl was driving me crazy, who does this??! Everyone knows you're not supposed to feed the seagulls! She deserved whatever she had coming to her, and by that I mean poop on the head.

On Saturday, our second to last day, S and his cousin went to play golf at his cousin's country 
club. I went and did some shopping at one of the most beautiful outdoor shopping centers I've ever seen then went to the club to hang at the pool. Waterside Shops:

This little guy wanted to hitch a ride home from shopping with me :)
Country Club:

Sunning myself at our hotel pool.

Because we decided to go to Naples at the end of the week, it added a few hours onto our drive home. We also stopped in Orlando on the way to have lunch with my cousin at Bahama Breeze. All in all, we had a great vacation and I came back feeling refreshed and ready to start my new job. Today was my third day and so far so good! You probably saw the pics that I posted the other day about having my own office...it is awesome. Hope I didn't miss out on too much and you all had a great week!


Jane said...

Gorgeous! Wow! Even if your trip started out a little rocky the rest of it looks like it was amazing. I have such a hard time getting off vacation mode. I've been back from my last trip 2 weeks this weekend and I still feel like I haven't gotten entirely back in the swing of things.

Janna Renee said...

Oooh I love Sangria! I can't wait to go home to Florida for Christmas!!

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