Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Look Out World! Here I come!

I LOVE to travel and always take advantage of the opportunity when it presents itself.  I mainly do this because I know one day, when I settle down and have a family, that may not be possible (for example: studying abroad in Paris for 5 weeks).  It is only March and I have so many trips planned for this year and I'm so excited!  I love experiencing new places for the first time and visiting places I have already been.  Traveling also gives me an excuse to take plenty of pictures, which as you know, I love to do! :) So here is my traveling itinerary for 2011 so far....

Jekyll Island {March 3-6}
My mom had an art conference at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and my brother and I tagged along.  It was so nice to get away.  The weather forecast predicted rain all weekend but we didn't see a drop! The temperature was just right but still too cold to lay out.  We wanted to stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, but they were booked, so we made our reservations with the Hampton Inn.  It is brand new and was sooo nice! The nicest Hampton I have ever stayed at.  My brother and I checked out the beach and the hot tub the first day together. I was so happy to see the ocean I squeeled. Lol!  It was nice to walk along the beach and look for sand dollars. Cody found one but I wasn't so lucky. Once mama got back to the room, we headed to the Jekyll Island Club hotel to look around and visit the shops.  That night we ate at our favorite resturant, The Crap Trap, on St. Simons.  I had the grilled shrimp and she crab soup.  I can't visit that place without some crab stew.  It is sooo good! I bought my 10th tshirt from there and we headed back to Jekyll. 
Saturday, we slept in and visited Driftwood Island while mama was in her afternoon meeting. I have always seen beautiful photographs taken there and I wanted to get some to ulitmatley make black and white and frame for my dad for Father's Day.  That afternoon, once mama was out of her meeting, we went back to St. Simons to shop around the village. We love the village and always have to visit while we are in town.   We ate at another favorite, the 4th of May, for dinner.  I had crab cakes with veggies and they didn't dissapoint! The 4th of May is also famous for their dessert.  We got a slice of chocolate cake and a slice of strawberry cake to-go and enjoyed it later in the room. The strawberry was my favorite. It was amazing!
Sunday, we checkout and took one last walk along the beach.  We also went back to the Club Hotel to visit a couple of shops we didn't visit the first day and then we made our journey home. I always enjoy trips with my family and this weekend was no exception!
Here are a few pictures from our weekend....

Our wonderful room with the most comfortable beds!

One of my favorites. Cody and I exploring Driftwood Island.

So beautiful!

Love this!

Cody and I went to pick up mama one day at the JICH and this is how we found her...
enjoying a Bloody Mary on the front porch.  I decided to join her! :)

We visited the Sea Turtle Center.  I love turtles!!

The historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Cody and I had a picture made with this tree when we were little.
We had to recreate it! So cute!

The beautiful boardwalk that went from our hotel to the beach.
One last walk on the beach before heading home!

 Statesboro {March 12-13}
This weekend I will be going to Statesboro to my aunt and uncle's house.  My cousin, who lives in Atlanta, will be coming as well.  Saturday we plan to get hit the shops and boutiques early and enjoy a good lunch at some point in the day! I always enjoy spending time with my cousin. We are the same age and best friends.  My aunt loves having us as well since she doesn't get to see either of us that often.  We laugh all weekend when we get together.  It will also be the weekend before my cousins birthday so we will be celebrating that as well.

 Jacksonville {March 19-20}
Let the Bachlorette Weekend begin! My friend Amanda Burch (who's engagement pictures I featured in a previous post) is having her bachlorette weekend in Jacksonville.  We are going to spend Saturday soaking up some sun and later enjoying wine and seafood. This bachlorette weekend will be really laid back and spent catching up with our girlfriends while celebrating Amanda's upcoming marriage.

 New York {March 23-27}
Ok...so this might be the trip I am the most excited for! My childhood friend Abby and I will be going to visit our friend Kristin who lives in Manhattan. She is attending PA school in the big apple and this will be our last chance to take advantage of a free place to stay before she graduates...JK KRISTIN! Lol.  I have been to NYC before (with Abby actually) and cannot wait to see places I didn't get to explore my first go round.  I have a list so far that includes: walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, seeing another Broadway play, spending more time in Central Park, Kleinfield's ("Say Yes to the Dress" film location), China town, SOHO, Little Italy, and of course eating at some good resturants.  It will be great to visit places that "locals" visit since Kristin has lived there for a couple of years.  I am also glad I won't have to spend all my time waiting in lines to see the Statue of Liberty and The Empire State building since I saw those places on my first trip. Yay for 5 days in New York during my favorite time of the year...spring!

Fernandina {April 1-3}
This weekend will be very special to me.  My friend Amanda Burch will be tying the knot with her sweet fiance, Tyler Kirkley.  She asked me to photograph her big day and I am so honored to do that for her.  I'm sure I will be nervous but happy at the same time to be apart of their day.  The wedding will take place on the beach outside of her grandparent's beach house and the reception will be held at the Residence Inn.  This will be the first beach wedding I have ever attended and I'm so excited! My mother has agreed to go with me (which didn't take much convincing since it's at the beach) to be my right hand gal during the festivities!

Costa Rica {May 28-June 3}
This week I will be on a mission trip with my church in Perry, Grace Church.  We are going to teach bible school and do a few other things.  Last year my mom went and she is going again this year.  It will be nice to have her there.  Along with working, we will zip line through the rain forest, visit some shops, and the beach.  I know this will be a rewarding experience. I am blessed with so much and feel this is my opportunity to give back in some way. I love working with children and can't wait to see their smiling faces!

Panama City {July 15-17}
Bachlorette weekend #3 starts here! This weekend is for my childhood friend Sarah Lamar.  We are going to have a fun weekend! We will also be throwing Sarah a stock the bar/lingere shower while we are down there.  I can't wait to start planning it. This is another weekend I'm most excited for! I love Sarah and can't wait to give her one last fun weekend with the girls before her big day!

Young Harris, Ga {July 29-31}
This will be my last trip of the summer (my bank account will probably be glad). :)  My mom and I will travel to Young Harris, Ga which is located almost on the TN line.  Sarah Lamar will be marrying Trent Tallent at the Brasstown Valley Resort.  It is a beautiful place located in the mountains.  As I wrote about in a previous post, I will be a bridesmaid in her wedding. I am TOO excited to do this and so incredibly honored Sarah asked me to play such a special part in her wedding day.

So...my world travels started last year when I went to Paris and have steadily continued until this point. Look for blogs about my trips as they roll around.  I love traveling and feel I am a lucky girl for each opportunity that I'm given.  I feel it's so important to experience new places and I'm thrilled to be doing just that!

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