30 people. 3 sailboats. 1 week in paradise. We just got back from sailing around the British Virgin Islands, y’all! As you might expect, it was amazing. One part camping and one part Caribbean vacation, this trip was adventurous, beautiful, and pretty affordable. We are SO blessed to have incredible friends – Will & Carrie – who grew up sailing and organized the entire trip, including our itinerary, boat rentals, budget, and groceries. And thank you to more talented friends – Win & Mason – who captained our boat, L’Attitude II. I know nothing about sailing, and because of these awesome people, the trip was relaxed, carefree, and just about perfect.
I had never been to the Caribbean before and always pictured lounging at some resort, staring into the clear cerulean waves from a white, sandy beach. And we’ve done the resort thing before (our honeymoon in Costa Rica), and it is everything it’s cracked up to be. But I have to say – sailing is the way to go. It was just… gorgeous. And so fun. We had 3 boats between all of us friends, so we’d caravan across the waters each morning to our next destination. We saw giant turtles, flying stingrays (no idea they did that!), and lots of pretty fish. We snorkeled almost every day, played sand volleyball, hiked around for some amazing views, and drank too many rum cocktails (the rum is amazingly cheap down there!).
It was also our first real ‘friend vacation’ as a married couple. We’ve done trips by ourselves and trips with our families, but this vacation was entirely different. Most of the people were Michael’s friends from college, and it was a blast for me to get to know them better and to make some memories as a couple with them. Vacations with friends are something I hope we do every year.
I could go on and on, but I’ll hold off. Have you ever been to the BVIs? What did you do there?!
thankful for cold, cold Green Bay water to fling myself into on sunny 80 degree days
thankful for amazing Wagon Trail brownies (absolutely delicious every. single. year.)
thankful for cute texts from a husband who misses me but also loves me enough to let me go on vacation without him
thankful for a flight cancellation that led to a 5 hour car trip with my dad and great conversation about jobs, our family, and what matters most
thankful for lost luggage that allowed me a mini shopping spree on the airline’s tab (hello, new jeans!)
thankful for early morning coffee in the quiet
thankful for our deck which gets just the right amount of sunlight and gives me the feeling i’m in my own treehouse in the woods
thankful for sweet time with my sisters who seem to be funnier and more fashionable every year
thankful for whatever law forbids chain restaurants or shopping malls from popping up in Door County
thankful for walks with my mom
thankful for my nana and gampy who birthed this wonderful, large family and gifted me 24 years of summers at my favorite place on earth
merry christmas, all! my sister and i are heading out today for chicago to see my family. i really can hardly wait – my nana and gampy are already at the house, my youngest sister is home from college, my mom has White Christmas ready to be watched, and my dad has promised fresh homemade cinnamon rolls (he makes the best ones!). they have lots of snow on the ground and i can’t wait to go sledding (never too old, right?)!
i’m looking forward to watching modern family (we’re obsessed) curled up in my parents’ bed with my sisters and some quiet time of reflection and prayer in our reading room (my favorite room in the house). my aunts are also throwing me my first bridal shower while i’m home!
i always get pretty emotional during christmas. thinking about the love of God embodied in a child. being overwhelmed by how much i love and cherish my family. and, this year, missing m. it seems unnatural to part with my best friend for my favorite time of year, but i know we have every christmas from this time forward together. thank God for that.
i’ll be posting randomly over the next week or so, so please say hi if you’re also on the blogosphere! wishing you all a merry, merry christmas!
i love a good road trip. m & i will be traveling this weekend to asheville, nc to see his brother (and my soon-to-be brother-in-law – how crazy is that?). jeff will be competing in the green river kayaking race. i’m really looking forward to seeing him in his element! it’s about a 5 hour drive, so i thought i’d share some of my road trip faves.
just bought this sweater (on sale!) and love how soft it is!
my j brand jeans are always a favorite. they’re stretchy without stretching out. tom’s shoes are incredibly comfortable, and they’re always a good buy since every pair of shoes bought will guarantee a pair of shoes for a child in need.
can’t resist fruity candy in the car.
i’ve mentioned that i love to read. m and i started to read books together when we were dating (it’s so much more fun than watching a movie!). we read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close earlier this year, and i highly recommend it. now we are reading m’s pick – Killer Angels, which chronicles the battle of gettsyburg. i’m not usually drawn to historical fiction, so this has been a good exercise for me.
and where would a road trip be without some good listening? we are making our way through tim keller’s sermons on marriage (amazing), and i will be forcing m to listen to the new taylor swift album until we both know the words by heart.
we both love the tunes of mumford & sons. this album seems to embody autumn to me.
do you have any road trip musts? i’d love to know!