Monday, August 23, 2010

First Anniversary in Sunny Florida!

We had an amazing trip for our first anniversary! It was a month or so after thanks to Dental school but it worked out perfectly!

I took a few pics... so here's the highlight reel:
  • Dave's awesome Mom let us borrow her sweet ride to take on our 15 hour road trip! We had a few minor speed bumps regarding with XM radio station we could stick with but besides that the ride was brilliantly smooth! Thanks Opal!
    • And of course every road trip has necessities:

  • The weather was great! We had at least a few hours of sunshine each day except for our last day which was fine, as we were exhausted from a fun dinner and a long crab hunt with Lindy and Ryan!There were clear days,

And there were stormy days,

  • We enjoyed being walking distance to The Back Porch. It was nice being able to enjoy a daily Back Porch Punch or Frozen Vodka Pink Lemonade while basking in the sun!

  • We made a Wal-Mart trip so we had some snacks at the condo and I'm super jealous that you can buy wine and champagne at WalMart's everywhere else!
Daily morning mimosas!

  • Loved laying out at the beach, there was no oil or tar balls anywhere! And there were hardly any people there. (Probably due to the oil spill scare) But we enjoyed having our pick of chairs and plenty of room to play in the rough waters!

  • Finished The Nanny Returns sitting in that chair! It was good, took a while to get going, I was bored at first and couldn't quite remember everyone from the first Nanny Diaries book. But once it picked up speed I loved it!

  • We hunted for crabs on the beach at night, caught a few, lost a few... but had fun nonetheless!

    • Dave scared me by showing me how many tiny crabs were actually running around... it looked like a horror movie preview.
  • We enjoyed downtime on our balcony with some tunes and some scrabble!

(I beat Dave by about 40 points... I may not be smart enough for Dental School but I can kick some butt in Scrabble!)

Nightly glass of vino on the balcony!

  • I got the courage to wear my new beach hat! 
I even sported it on a trip to Seaside for dinner at Bud & Alley's Taco Bar

  • We LOVED our first visit to Seaside (I'd been before, so really it was Dave's first) Going for a low key night, we opted for the Taco Bar and were pleasantly surprised that The Truman Show was playing in the courtyard! So we got some gelato and enjoyed the show on the lawn. It was the perfect evening. :)
Our view from dinner:

  • Dave planned an entire day for our anniversary celebration! It was perfect! Started with a yummy breakfast on the balcony, followed by some shopping, laying out at the beach with beverages, dinner at the best restaurant in Destin, Louisiana Lagniappe, fireworks over the bay, an anniversary gift and a walk on the beach! (See I told you it was perfect!)
Our breakfast view:

Shopping was fun but I didn't find much, all the stores had their fall stuff out and it's hard to buy wintery clothes when you're in your cover up...
But I did score the J.Crew Pixie Pants for half price!

Beach Time:

In the shade - saving our skin from wrinkles! Mom would be proud!

Ready for Dinner:

Surprise fireworks Dave planned they do every Thursday at some Casino down the bay.
Thanks for planning the best anniversary day I've ever heard of, you're the best!

  • We got lucky that our bff's were going to be in the same part of Florida for their 2nd anniversary trip! They came down at the end of our trip and we got to spend our last 2 nights with them, it was the perfect ending to our perfect trip! We always have fun together, here's the proof:
Pre-dinner balcony pics!

On the walk to dinner, Lindy was inspired and wanted to have a photo shoot for us!

Then the guys started with the "That's what she saids" and it was all downhill from there...

Not a bad spot to wait for a table, toes in the sand and drink in your hand!

Our table was ready and this happened... haha!

  • We ended the night with a long walk down the beach hunting for crabs maliciously slamming the net into the ground at crabs. We may have had one too many Back Porch punches b/c we didn't catch very many crabs and we were definitely stumbling but that's probably because walking in the sand is hard!

  • It rained the next day so we laid around the condo reading and watching tennis and headed to Seaside to have a pre-dinner drink or two, some yummy appetizers and a game of cards at Lindy and Ryan's townhouse! (Which was beautiful by the way!)
On their balcony:
Look what I spotted on their balcony! Looks just like mine. :)
Dinner at RedBar wasn't just dinner, it was an experience of a lifetime! Seriously, some of the best live music with some of our best friends eating and drinking some of the best food! It was definitely a night for the books!

Dave ordered after dinner coffee and we all made fun of him.

I hope you enjoyed the highlights of our trip! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, or Comment! Peace my friends!


opal said...

You two are just fun people! I love reading your blog, Christine!

Sweet Simplicity said...

I have been wanting to read The Nanny Returns. You look great in the hat!

katie@tulsadetails said...

Did you stay at the Destin Gulf Gate? I got married in Santa Rosa Beach, but we stayed there before the wedding. :) Looks like a great trip!