Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Quick beach trip to Stone Harbor, NJ

Happy hump day!

I hope everyone is have a fantastic week!!! The weather here in Pittsburgh is so nice...it finally feels like summer! Yippee!!!

Today at work we are having an employee appreciation picnic...so excited to sit outside and enjoy the weather at lunch time!!! Ahhhhhh.....

So, last weekend was awesome!!!!! I got home from my trip and then called the cat sitter to come back again and went on ANOTHER trip! HA!!!

My little sister had their family vacation last week and invited me down to hang with them for the final couple days. We normally all go together but this year the only time her family could go (due to sports and summer camps) was June and no one else wanted to spend June at the Jersey shore (the water is freezing then) so their went alone and my older sister and I popped in for a few days when we could.

This is Saturday when I arrived...I LOVE the beach, Stone Harbor, NJ...the sound alone is sooo relaxing to me (gulls, ocean waves, laughter)....serenity!


It was a little cold...as you can tell by my older sister. It was not as cold as she is making it seem but according to her she was "freezing"! HA HA! We still got tan though - HA!


This is my adorable nephew making friends with the planter frog in a store in Stone Harbor.


I went for a walk early Sunday before anyone else was up and got this beautiful sunrise picture!!


Another sunrise with the dunes...


Sunday morning we all walked down to Coffee Talk. We love this quaint little coffee shop (their oatmeal is delicious!!!). My niece loves it because Taylor Swift goes there with her family...see the pic in the background. Kyleigh is a HUGE TayTay fan!!! 

Next door they also have a fresh juice shop called The Juice Girl.  It was great for fresh cold pressed juices and smoothies!! I got an apple cider shot and green veggie drink and the kids all got smoothies - both were awesome!!!!  YUM!!!


Here is the little sister and her family toasting with their coffees and smoothies in Coffee Talk!


My niece Alyssa was shopping and saw this magnet. She bought it for me and then they stuck it on my car when I was not looking! HA HA! I love it so much!!!


As quickly as I got there; it was time to begin the 7 hour drive home. It was totally worth the drive to be able to spend time with my adorable nieces and nephew on their vacation! 

I was stuck in stopped traffic leaving the beach when I spotted this cool nest on top of the power lines. I think it is an osprey but I am not sure of that...so cool though!


My favorite purchase I made over the two day vacation was an adorable striped, short sleeve cardigan that goes perfectly with all my simmer dresses for work! Yippee - it was a great deal for something I can wear almost every day! Here is a picture from my desk at work...


I hope every is having a fantastic week. Please heed my warning...life is SOOO short...if given the opportunity to go somewhere or do something (no matter how short the duration or long the drive) DO IT! I drove 7 hours each way to spend 48 hours at the beach and I am so happy I did! We had so much fun and made so many memories!!! I want to be a part of as many happy and awesome memories as I can for my nieces and nephews!!! Spend as time as you can with those you love...life is short!

Every drive really far for a short amount of time? Taking a vacation this year? Where are you going? Do you go to the same place or change it up every year?
 
HUGS TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU! Thanks for reading!




19 comments:

  1. I'm glad you were able to have a nice trip to the shore. Life is way too short, we have to enjoy.

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    1. I completely agree - long drive but we have to savor every second...no one is promised tomorrow!!!! Have a great day!

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  2. Way to make the most of life! Isn't it great when we figure out what is really important and then manage to be present?

    Happy Hump day back at you!

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    1. Being present is EVERYTHING! I try really hard to think "what if I don't wake up tomorrow?" Would I regret not making that drive, or helping that person or something I said or did. It helps keeps the important stuff in focus! Have a great day Linda!

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  3. It sounded like a fabulous trip and time for you and your family. I have two more stitching retreats (in the fall) on my calendar and maybe a few day trips. Enjoy your Wednesday!

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    1. That sounds wonderful!!! I have a close friend at work that goes to stitching retreats and also wood carving retreats! Neat stuff so you must be talented Robin!!! Have a fantastic week!

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  4. We have made the drive to Chincoteague Island (7-8 hours) for a weekend before. We were a lot younger then, though. Not sure I'd be very excited about doing it again. It would depend why we were going. We are taking a vacation this year. We don't always because my husband is a workaholic and it kills him to take time off. I let him know in no uncertain terms that we were going on a cruise with our friends this year. I didn't give him a chance to say no. We'll be sailing up the New England coast to Canada and Nova Scotia. I can't wait!

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    1. I have always wanted to go to Chincoteague Island...I heard so many awesome things about that place when I worked near Michigan! I can not wait to see pictures from your cruise...I have been to Nova Scotia either! So jealous!!!!! Have a great week Stacy!!! Hugs

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  5. Cold or not, it looks heavenly there on the beach

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    1. That was my thought Ann...I love the atmosphere and being with my family!!!

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    2. I completely agree Ann!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!!!

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  6. Hello from coastal NW Oregon.
    Stella

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    1. Hi there! I love new blog friends - it is nice to meet you! Have a great day Stella!

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  7. You are so blessed and so is your family. Nothing like those memories you are making. Hugs!!

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    1. Thank Terri! I definitely feel blessed!!! Have a fantastic day! :-) HUGS

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    1. It really was Julie! So much fun! Have a great day!

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  9. What a wonderful time. So very cool.

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