Mini Beach Getaway

Last Saturday, after Parker's birthday party, Doc and I were lucky enough to get to hop on a plane and head to Florida to spend a few days.  This was a last-minute trip we planned, originally scheduled to fall between Doc's job switcheroo but since he ended up staying with his same company, it was just a nice end-of-summer long-weekend getaway.

It was the perfect time to go to the beach.  The weather was perfect and, as you can see from my auto-stitched picture above, we didn't have to share the beach with too many people.  The locals said it would pick up again the following weekend for Labor Day.  I'm glad we went we did, especially since we beat the tropical storm's arrival.

I didn't take too many pictures because a) it was just the two of us and it's hard to get pictures together and b) all we really did was lay out on the beach or by the pool everyday.  The goal was to relax as much as possible, and that's exactly what we did.

I don't normally make a huge habit out of staring at my feet, but when there's a beautiful blue ocean just past them, I really can't think of a better view.

One of the last things I threw in my bag as I packed was my good friend Mr. Ziploc. I'm so glad I thought to bring him with me!

Call it cheap, call it redneck, call it whatever you want.  I call it the most genius Kindle cover ever, as there's not a speck of sand or saltiness on either of our kindles and we were able to read just fine!

So that's my little tip for you.  Don't spend money on a fancy shmancy waterproof case when you can just use a ziploc bag.

One of my very favorite parts about being on vacation is going out for breakfast.  Mostly because I love breakfast food and also the idea of getting to start the day with no real hurry to be anywhere.  I rarely eat breakfast at home because I'd rather spend a few extra minutes snoozing instead of sitting down to eat before going to work.  And if I do eat breakfast, it's not really breakfast, but more like a handful of goldfish or crackers or cookies.

So on this mini vacation, we went out to breakfast every morning!

The first morning we stopped at this cute little donut truck.

We thought we were fairly early since it was before nine (which is early for vacation!) but I guess the donut world gets going way before that.  When we arrived the only flavor left was chocolate covered with sprinkles, which at one point in my life would have been my first choice anyway so I wasn't too upset.

Our second breakfast was spent at a local coffee shop.  Definitely not somewhere you can usually find either of us, but the yummy smell lured me in.  I had an iced coffee (decaf) with a chocolate croissant.  I was a little leery of the croissant.  I thought it was one of those pre-made pastries that had been sitting in a display case for days, but it was delicious!  Doc had a blueberry banana smoothie with protein (yuck!).

Day three's breakfast was at a little place called Sugga Pies.  It was another nice morning to sit outside.  I had a regular waffle and Doc had a sausage, egg, and cheese croissant.  It was good.  Not the best, but still pretty good.

Our last day we went back to Another Broken Egg, a place we visited last May.  This place is insanely good!  I had a huge plate of Huevos Rancheros and Doc had eggs, bacon, and sausage.  It was so delicious!  But, it probably wasn't the best idea to eat there before spending the day shopping at the outlets.  I was in a food coma and in bad need of a nap and there's nothing fun about trying on clothes after stuffing yourself silly!

This is the only shot of the two of us we managed to get and it's pretty terrible.  We ate outside at Red Bar one night and as we waited for our food, I set the camera timer and ran around for a picture.

Oh, and one night we ate in Rosemary at a tapas restaurant and had chocolate fondue for dessert.  It was so good!

I didn't really intend for this to be a post all about food, but I guess that's what its become.  My bad.  After spending four days doing nothing but eating and laying in the sun all day, I felt like I needed to detox or something when I got back.

Obviously while we were in the area, we got to check up on the beach house.  I took some pictures and will share 'em with you next!