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Scenes From a Morning Walk

June 9, 2015

We’ve only been here for a few days, but I can already tell that one of my favorite things to do on this trip will simply be to take long walks exploring the island. It’s just so beautiful here– and so quiet! I went on a three mile walk this morning and only passed a few cars and zero people. I’m sure it gets more and more crowded as summer wears on, but Block Island in June is wonderfully uncongested. 

Here are some scenes from my walk:

Later, we explored another beach:


…and got a library card for the island library!

Waiting for my parents to arrive now…their ferry should be here any minute! 

A Hike in a Hollow

June 9, 2015

One of the reasons we were excited to visit Block Island was because it looked like it had some great hikes…and you know we like a good hike. Winking smile 

My friend Gretchen recommended a few to us, and yesterday we checked out one of  her recommendations: Rodman’s Hollow.  It didn’t disappoint! 


As you can see, Lila started off walking but spent most of the hike in the Ergo.  Can I just say how much I’m loving the Ergo on our hikes lately?  We also used it in Santa Barbara.  I never thought that we’d still be using it with her at 3 years old, but it is still working out great! We have a more expensive hiking backpack, but it takes up SO much more room—and, as I told Ryan yesterday, the Ergo is infinitely more comfortable for me—just lighter I guess?

Not sure what today holds—after two days of sun, it’s gray and windy out there! My parents get in this afternoon, and it’s Ryan’s birthday, so we’ll have to come up with a special dinner or something. Smile


West Coast—> East Coast

June 7, 2015

California one week…Rhode Island a few weeks later!

When I was in grad school, a fellow poet wrote a lot of amazing poetry about  a place called Block Island. I knew I wanted to visit someday, so last December, when we were trying to figure out where we wanted to travel this summer, I threw that idea into the ring.  We wanted to go somewhere we could drive so that we could take the dogs, and at about 16.5 hours away, Block Island was just within our driving limit. I mean, 17 hours in the car with two dogs and a three year-old– what a great start to vacation, right? 

In actuality, the drive up wasn’t that bad. We split it up into two days and stayed in a hotel in West Virginia the first night:


Although I will say, I was very glad to see the ferry boat when we finally arrived at Point Judith.  A short one hour ferry ride later:


…and we were there! We made it to our rental house just in time to catch a beautiful sunset:


 We spent today mostly just at the beach…in the morning, when we got up:




 …and in the afternoon as well:



 Our house is about a ten minute walk to this beach– which we had practically all to ourselves, both times! Loving how quiet and low-key Block Island is– just what we wanted!

Blog posts from our travels are always some of my favorite to look back on, so I’ll try to blog semi-regularly while we’re here. 


Greene Street Eats

May 29, 2015

I’ve mentioned this before, but our favorite market in Huntsville is Thursday’s Greene Street Market. 

It’s been going for a few weeks now, but we’ve been out of town. Yesterday, we finally managed to make it to market! 

The popsicles are always, always a hit:

Rainbow for her; lemon buttermilk for me. So good. 

We also picked up peaches, kale, strawberries, spinach, and potatoes. We’re making more of an effort to get at least some of our weekly produce from the farmers markets around town, and I think we’re doing a pretty good job! 

Last night’s dinner:


 …included both the spinach and the potatoes. 

Lila’s ballet recital is tonight– I’m VERY excited!! 

What would they do if I dressed her in a red sequined tutu for the performance?

We might find out. 


Wrapping up California: the wedding!

May 27, 2015

On Staurday night, the whole reason for our trip out west finally arrived: the wedding!

Ryan’s cousin was married at the Fess Parker hotel in Santa Barbara– it was *such* a pretty setting for an outdoor wedding, and the weather was perfect!

Here are some of my favorite pics:


Then, early Sunday morning, we drive back to LAX and made the long trip home to Alabama. Someone was wiped out from the weeks’ festivities:


She spent almost the entire flight sleeping, which meant that I got to enjoy one of my favorite Lifetime movies, Lying Eyes:


California was fun, but it feels so nice to be home!


Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

May 22, 2015

Hi friends! Happy Friday!

We only have a few more days here in the California sun. Although yesterday, it was actually cloudy and chilly. We spent the morning exploring trails at the botanic garden with Ryan’s parents, who got in on Wednesday:

Cloudy, but still beautiful! 

The night before, Ryan and I enjoyed an anniversary dinner, sans Lila (thanks, Mimi and Grandad!). On the recommendation from some friends who used to live in SB, we tried out the Hungry Cat and oh. My. Word. 
It didn’t disappoint. I’ll be dreaming about the calamari for years to come:


More family time today. Have a great weekend!

Hike, Beach, Bite

May 20, 2015


I can’t remember the last time I wrote a post at night…or two posts in one day. Strange to think I used to blog twice a day, every day! 

This morning, we headed out for a hike. We were aiming for the Tunnel Trail, but I think we ended up in something different. It was still beautiful– but tough! All uphill, basically. Lila was a great trooper. 

        We returned home for lunch with some sandwiches we picked up. Egg salad and avocado: 


After naps all around, we headed about 15 minutes out of town to Carpinteria Beach, which we’d read was a good beach for kids. Indeed:



  Finally, before heading back to Santa Barbara, we walked to a burger shack, The Spot, for a light (ha) dinner:

 We also got milkshakes. Because vacation. 

Off to end this night with The Bachelorette!  


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