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Miami and Fort. Lauderdale


 
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa

   This is the fantastic hotel Jamie and I stayed in. ★★★★★     

Jamie Sapp and Ashley at Aruba (for dinner)

This was taken at a restuarant/bar/karaoke/beach side hangout. Who can say they were in Fort. Lauderdale and went to Aruba for dinner? (ha) 

After Dinner at Solita

The hotal clerk recommended a wonderful restaurant on Las Olas. When we noticed that they offered an $800 bottle of wine, we thought – ‘eh what the heck, we are on vacation…’ so we drank water instead!

Up, Up and Away... Over Fort. Lauderdale's crystal clear water

We had an absolute blast. We were busy looking for sharks and turtles while in the air, as well as waving to all the swimmers.   

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They All Start Somewhere…


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First Stop on the Vacation Train


Lake Hartwell

Lake Hartwell stretches 940 miles around, sharing parts of Georgia and South Carolina. Our house is located in Anderson, SC.

This is a view from the dock. (back to the water)

View from the dock. (back to the house)

Boat Ramp. View from the dock. (facing right side of the property)

View from the dock. (facing right side of the property) Don’t let the clay fool ya, it doesn’t make a mess at all (seriously). 

Me and my boyfriend, Jamie, hit the road at 8:20 am Friday morning and arrived at the lake around 12:30 pm, and were greeted by my amazing family. After a few hugs and kisses, store runs, and test runs in the boat, we grabbed a bite to eat and took a load off. After blowing up all the air mattresses and preparing them with sheets and pillows; everyone had arrived. We had a house full (about 18 people).

Come late afternoon, we attempted our first boat ride without much success. The storm rolled in with a vengeance. As soon as we left the dock, the wind picked up and the clouds covered the sky. After eight failed attempts to redock the boat, we finally were tied up and made a run to the house to avoid the lightening and dime sized rain drops. It was time to move all the furniture away from the screens on the porch and grab another bite to eat.

We sat around for a couple of hours to catch up on each other’s lives, and then it was time to prepare dinner. If you can’t tell yet, my family loves to eat. And with an enormous garden in the yard, everything is as fresh as possible.

After dinner, it was GAME TIME. Another thing my family is crazy about is board games. Apples to Apples, Cranium, Catch Phrase, Loaded Questions… you name it, we play it. Not only do we play them, but we play them for hours; in fact until bedtime. After a great relaxing night, we all made our way to bed; after claiming our air mattresses and determining who would sleep in what sections of the house to avoid the snorers. It would be an early morning full of fun, sun, boating and tubing.

We peeled our eyes open at what I consider to be an early 9 am. Breakfast was soon on the stove; eggs, fried hotdogs, bacon, sausage, grits, bagels… the whole nine yards. Next thing on the “to-do” list was to jump into our bathing suits and hit the water. After a boat load of friends showed up, we played a few games, including our favorite Corn-Hole. We had a few mid-day refreshers and headed to the water. All tied together on floats, inter tubes, and noodles, we waded in the bath-tub-warm water for a couple hours then made our way to the boat.

Tubing was next to be checked off the list. After a short ride on the tube, with Jamie flipping it right on top of me, we were off and bobbing in the water. I was ready to get back in the boat. My competitive nature took hold and I was a bit annoyed that Jamie knocked me off when I was trying to see if I could stay on longer than those who rode before me. (ha) Good thing I was finished because yet another storm rolled in. Time to repeat yesterday’s afternoon events; redock, sprint to the house, move all the furniture, and relax! (ahhh!!)

Next on my list was to shower and head to the kitchen to help my aunt start cooking. Cooking for 18 isn’t exactly easy, but with the guys on the grill and the girls in the kitchen, we got food on the table in no time. After a wonderful meal we were all ready to get the festivities started. The board games were brought back out; and let me add that we are not a geeky family… we get intense in our gaming. The table was cleared for some “adult ping pong” and the party began.

Thank goodness any neighbors are a nice distance away… we tend to get a little noisy. We cut up, laughed and carried on well into the night. I must admit there has never been a dull moment with my family; in fact some people can’t even keep up.

After we all eventually made our way back to our beds; the house fell silent. Until it was time to do it all over again. Sunday morning rolled around and the “to-do” list was almost complete. First, it was time to deflate beds, gather sheets and towels, pack our bags, and clean up the house. Once our “vacation chores” were complete it was time to relax again. People soon found their ways back to the highway and headed home; but not without a game of Rummikub and making plans to return again this weekend.

Me and Jamie will be packing our bags and returning to the lake this Thursday and Friday, along with others. Friday afternoon we will head to Clarks Hill, where we will celebrate next weekend with red, white and blue, fireworks, boats, friends, cookouts, and more lake water! Monday we plan to head back home – but not for long. My birthday is July 7 (Wednesday) and we are hitting the road again. This time we are going south to Ft. Lauderdale and Miami to celebrate my third annual 21st birthday! We will be gone from July 8 to July 12.

This vacation train keeps on moving… choo choo!

Stay tuned folks. I will surely be posting more pictures.

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Weather


Love this Summer Weather

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GOAAALLLL…


USA! USA! USA!

Landon Donovan’s goal gave the USA a 1-0 win against Algeria on Wednesday and sent the Americans to the second round of the World Cup.

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A Possible Second Dead Sea?


 …no   words   needed

A bird covered in oil flails in the surf at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast Thursday, June 3, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon has affected wildlife throughout the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon has affected wildlife throughout the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A Brown Pelican is seen on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast after being drenched in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Thursday, June 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Jumping for Joy in July


The month of July is always a great month for me. My birthday, the Fourth celebrations, summer time, boats, beaches and buddies… Couldn’t get any better.

Though I tend to think I have a birthday ‘month’ and that the fireworks have always been an early kick-off to my birthday on the 7th, most people would disagree with me 🙂 This year will be different. My boyfriend has big plans which will remain a secret until we get in the car for the eight hour drive to our destination.

First, we have plans to go to Clarks Hill for Fourth of July celebrations. We will stay the night then head back home to Savannah. I have never been there before, but my boyfriend, Jamie, has been going to the lake since he was just two months old. I am looking forward to sharing this experience with friends and a wide open lake!

Beachbirthday.jpg Beach Birthday image by carablystone

Our next July adventure will begin on July 8. We will have a birthday dinner the night of my birthday, July 7. All I know about this trip is that we are going to a beach in Florida, it is an eight hour drive, and we are staying in a hotel on the beach. We will be there for three nights and I can hardly wait. I’m not sure if the “not-knowing” is what is making me excited or that someone would plan such a great trip just for me.  I have a few guesses as to where we are going and have done my research through mapquest.com and hotel searches, but don’t want to spoil the surprise so, I.will.wait.

There will be pictures to follow 🙂

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