Thursday, June 27, 2013

lady vacation.

When you are less than a week away from a much awaited homecoming, sometimes a little antsy-ness sets in. I anticipated this antsy feeling and convinced my Mom and my big sister to come out and visit me the week before R's arrival. That way, when I get butterflies in my stomach thinking about how he'll be standing in this house at this time next week, at least there are people around to squeal about it to. My plan worked and my Mom and sister have been keeping me busy with beach days and cocktail hours and they've endured their fair share of squealing from me. It's been a wonderful week of girl talk and wine and sun. 

When the women of my family congregate, cupcakes are usually involved. We consider ourselves connoisseurs that must taste test every cupcake we happen upon as a matter of duty. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. 

I took them on my self-invented Norfolk Wine and Beer Tour. I've kind of perfected this little hopscotch through Norfolk that takes my visitors to the Mermaid Winery, O'Connor Brewing, Smartmouth Brewing, a dinner stop at an unbeatable Mexican restaurant  then a final stop at The Birch, or Beer Snob Mecca. So if you're in the area, please call me up and let me show you the beverage tour of Norfolk!

No trip to Virginia Beach is complete without a trip to the beach. I like to take people to to quieter beach on one of the Navy bases here. The first day we went, the waves were so strong, it was a workout just to stay standing in the water. We were exhausted and sandy by the time we got home and slept with the sound of waves still in our ears. 

Another must-stop local place I love here is Chick's. Virginia Beach's signature drink is the crush, a fruity concoction over crushed ice, and I think Chick's has the best. They also have the best patio, right along the Chesapeake Bay. I brought the girls here and we enjoyed a lazy, humid afternoon on the patio with steamed crab legs and icy cold crushes. Perfection.

My sister, Melissa, is a food blogger (you can check her out over at her blog, The Hungry Milwaukeeian. I warn you though, if you are hungry, to enter at your own risk...) and she takes unbelievably lush photos of food, like this lobster mac and cheese, and basically makes you want to drool on your keyboard. 

No girls trip is complete without a spa night. We popped some champagne, soaked our feet, did blueberry facials, and Googled cat videos. Because that's what relaxation is all about. 

Of course, the one boy around the house has been soaking up his fair share of attention as well. 

It's been really hot here this week, so we decided to wait until late afternoon for another beach day, to avoid the midday heat. We were rewarded with a deserted beach, glass like water, a storm rumbling and thundering way off in the distance, and a gorgeous rainbow followed by a picture perfect sunset. We each took turns floating gently on the boogie boards. It was the most beautiful beach evening and I was so glad to share it with my two favorite women in the world. 

Hopefully the next time I write, it'll be about how glad I am that my sailor is finally home! 

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