Abaco Island, Bahamas – Our Photo Diary

 

For my thirtieth birthday, David surprised me with a trip to Abaco Island Bahamas. We went for an extended weekend – since it was our first real trip away from Finn, we were both feeling anxious about leaving for too long. David chose Abaco because it’s right up our alley – a little off the beaten path, lots of local things to check out, plus the bonefishing is spectacular.

We did a whole lotta¬†nothing and it was everything we needed. We were able to reconnect and relax, something we don’t get to do very often with a toddler running around. Our idea of vacation is to wake up without a plan and see where the day takes us. Sometimes we get lost on a random island in the Bahamas, sometimes we end up finding the most wonderful local spot to eat. I love the way we vacation!

One day, we rented a car (mind you, they drive on the other side of the road with the driver on the other side of the car!) and drove the length of Abaco Island to Cherokee Sound. Cherokee Sound has less than a 200 person population, the longest dock in the Bahamas, and world famous bonefishing flats. We spent the entire day wading the flats looking for bonefish. We did not see a single fish the entire morning, and David started getting frustrated. I convinced him to break for lunch and we could return when the tide was rising. When we came back, we saw dozens of HUGE bonefish! The water is so clear and spectacular that you can see the fish from so far away. It was absolutely amazing! We waded over 800 feet from shore (we could tell because the dock is 700 feet long) and were the only people in sight. David hooked a fish almost immediately.

People may think that David’s fishing habit gets in the way of our vacation. But the reality is, his hobby has taken us to places I never would have imagined! I think the most important thing a wife can do is be a partner to her husband – take interest in his interests. I truly love watching David fish, I love watching his eyes light up when he hooks one, I love the passion he has when he talks about it, I love watching him teach me all the ins and outs of it. His hobby creates our vacations! Now if only I can get my back cast better so I can fish too!

I would recommend Abaco Island to those who like an adventure. It’s not exactly easy to get to – we took three flights from DC, and had to go through Nassau. It’s not a resort town, in fact our hotel was essentially living amongst the locals. It was absolutely gorgeous, though, and boasts one of the world’s top ten beaches. You can see from the photos that the sand really are white!

Overall, it was a great trip and before we even left, we started planning our next adventure. David votes for Cuba, or New Zealand! Ha! But I’m trying to convince him he needs to go chase the trout out in Idaho and Montana.

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10 Must-Haves From The Nordstrom Winter Sale – All Under $50

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There are some really great sales happening today for President’s Day, but I keep going back to the Nordstrom Winter Sale. It’s just easier to shop at Nordstrom, since shipping and returns are ALWAYS free. I sometimes wonder how we can put a man on the moon, but we still have to pay ridiculous fees for shipping?! Anyone else? It just makes me gravitate towards online retailers who make it easy – like Nordstrom!

Anyways, many of these items I own myself, or have recently purchased through this sale. I have done a lot of research (aka read a lot of reviews) and these items are not only great options, but a lot of them are basics that are great for every season, and it’s just a bonus that they are under $50! Many are under $30! So Happy Shopping!

Circle Cardigan

 

Leith Easy Circle Cardigan

I own this and it’s one of my favorite sweaters of all time. It’s cozy, but easy to wear to work. Plus it’s longer, so wearing with leggings is totally doable. It comes in gray and this tan color. Currently on sale for $45.

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Roll Tab Tunic

 

Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic

I also own this in black and white and it’s my favorite work blouse. I would size down (if that’s an option). However, I ordered my normal size and it’s long enough to wear with leggings. Currently on sale for $28.

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BP Stripe Peplum Tee

 

BP Stripe Peplum Tee Tee

I own this and it’s the perfect peplum top. It comes in a bunch of color combinations and it a great transition piece for spring. Currently on sale for $21.

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Free People Laguna Thermal

 

Free People Laguna Thermal

I don’t own this, but I’m considering it since it’s easily one of the most popular tops on Intsagram right now and everyone raves about it. It has thumbholes! Which my husband will hate LOL, but it’s oversized and looks super cozy. Currently on sale for $30.

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BP Mock Neck Tunic Sweater

 

BP Mock Neck Tunic Sweater

Such a great sweater for such a great price! It also comes in 5 colors, but this pink one has stolen my heart. It’s technically a tunic, so order your size or one up to wear with leggings. Currently on sale for only $24!

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Leith Cozy Ribbed Pullover

 

Leith Cozy Ribbed Pullover

Another great basic sweater option that comes in a zillion color options. This one is more cropped, but it will be easy to layer. I love this red color to mix it up as we head into spring. Currently on sale for $35.

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Hailey Crepe Dress

 

Hailey Crepe Dress

A basic dress for heading into spring. I love that it has short sleeves. Currently on sale for $28.

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BP Twist Hem Tee

 

BP Twist Hem Tee

A great basic that comes in four colors. Currently on sale for $19.

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Zella High Waist Crop Leggings

 

Zella High Waisted Crop Leggings

I doubt I’ll buy another pair of leggings that aren’t made by Zella. These are the best brand I’ve found by far. These high-waisted cropped leggings are perfect for working out or hanging out. Currently on sale for $40.

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Zella En Route Hoodie

 

Zella En Route Hoodie

And Zella everything, please. This basic hoodie is super cozy and great for early spring runs. Currently on sale for $48.

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Life Lately – February 5, 2018

Happy Monday! Coming at you today trying to battle a little cold that snuck up on me this weekend. Thinking I might pop out and grab a Medicine Ball from Starbucks. I’ve heard good things! Apparently it helps fight the sniffles and sore throat, which is exactly what I’m feeling today. Yikes! I better fight this quick, cause that’s no way to ring in my 30th year.

Turning 30

Yep, my 30th birthday is right around the corner. I’m already feeling pretty spoiled after this weekend. My girlfriends took me out to C&O Restaurant in Downtown Charlottesville. We had way too much wine, the best scallops in the world and just awesome, hilarious conversation. They certainly surprised me and I’m so grateful for their friendship!

In addition, David surprised me with an exciting trip! More on that coming this week, but let’s just say I am counting down the days until sunshine and warm weather.

Finn

I can’t accurately put into words my love for that little boy. Every week, I countdown until the weekend when I get to spend quality time with him, and then the weekend goes by too fast. I’m pretty anxious about leaving him for an extended period of time, but he will get some spoiling of his own with his grandparents.

Finn is learning more words by the day. This weekend we taught him the colors, and he does pretty well with them. I’m so impressed at how much little kids know! Despite his tantrums, I could spend every minute with that kid and never get sick of him.

We took Finn to get his first haircut a few weeks back and he did so good! He didn’t want to sit in the big chair by himself, so I sat with him, but once we figured that out, he was an old pro. Once he was all cleaned up he looked like such a little boy. All of his baby curls were gone! Being the sentimental type, I saved one curl for his baby book. I cannot believe he will be two in just a few short months.

Other Big News

In other news, David is doing fine. He hasn’t had to travel much lately, although once we get back from our trip, he will have to leave again for work. He is training for another jiu jitsu competition, and was recently promoted with two stripes on his belt!

Juneau is still my favorite fur baby. He doesn’t get as much attention on the blog as his brother does, but he is still the best friend I could ever ask for.

We’ve made some progress in the house hunting journey, but more on that to come. It’s been a long journey, but things are looking up. I can’t wait to be able to share all of the ins and outs from our house hunt, some tips I’ve learned as a first time home buyer, and just more decor posts. All in good time… patience is everything right now!

Our Life In iPhone Photos

a snap from my husband who is determined not to get sick before vacation
david’s white belt, now with two stripes
bath time!
snuggling with my main man
brave little boy getting his hair cut for the first time
these two <3
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Motherhood Series: Toddler Tantrums

We’ve hit the inevitable stage of tantrums. Finn’s a good kid, he’s always been pretty mild mannered and even a little shy. Like any baby, he has his fussy moments, mostly brought on by needing food or lack of sleep.

In the past few months, Finn’s tantrums have been brought on by the simplest things. Frankly, I knew this stage was coming, but like every other stage and milestone we’ve reached with Finn, I was completely caught off guard. Granted, these fits don’t happen regularly, and when they do, they usually end with a sweet smile or hug. But when we are in full blown tantrum mode, the world might as well end be
cause we are all hanging on for dear life.

Here are some things that set Finn off:

  • Washing his hands
  • Not washing his hands long enough
  • Wanting to blow bubbles, but not being able to figure out the contraption
  • Eating breakfast
  • Putting on a shirt
  • Taking off a shirt
  • Eating lunch
  • Getting in a carseat
  • Being picked up by Mom instead of Dad
  • Turning the television down
  • Reading the train book instead of the Elmo book
  • Being picked up by Dad instead of Mom
  • Juneau sniffing his head
  • Going inside after being outside
  • Putting on pants
  • Changing a diaper
  • Not putting a diaper on fast enough
  • Combing his hair
  • Setting him down when my arms are full
  • Being in a grocery cart too long
  • Not being able to get past the lock screen on a phone
  • Watching Moana instead of Thomas the Train
  • When no one wants to play choo-choo for the hundredth time
  • Eating dinner

You get the picture. Hey, at the end of the day, the majority of this just makes me laugh, which makes disciplining a whole other story. Mamas, what little things do your kids throw a fit over?

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Things I’m Loving, Vol. 12

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Happy last week of January! Can you believe that we’re already a month into the new year?! Things have been a little crazy around the Gregory Household recently… more of that to come! But we did get to spend some time with our friends and their newest addition this weekend, and being around a newborn certainly puts things into perspective. This week’s Things I’m Loving includes a lot of basics, which I’m trying to fill my wardrobe with. You can’t go wrong with a nice sweater or a simple tee. Happy Shopping!

Things I’m Loving:

Treasure & Bond Varsity Tee

Treasure & Bond Varsity Tee

I just bought this is a deep pink color and I’m obsessed. I wore it all weekend long, David started looking at me sideways :). It comes in so many colors. I ordered up one size so I could wear it with leggings, but it fits oversized as it is, so order your regular size.

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Socialite Stripe Cozy Tee

 

Socialite Stripe Cozy Tee

This is a perfect transition piece as we head into spring. I can’t say no to a good stripe, and the colors are neutral, so it would be great for layering.

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Abercrombie Lace Trim Cami

 

Lace Trim Cami

Currently part of a major sale at A&F, I love the lace detail and the color on this one. It comes in other colors and patterns as well.

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Abercrombie Long Sleeve Waffle Tee

 

Long Sleeve Waffle Tee

On MAJOR sale, and that color is just perfect for early spring.

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Loft Leggings With Ankle Zip

 

Loft Leggings With Ankle Zip

I am obsessed with these leggings. The ankle zipper adds enough detail to disguise them as pants. Perfect for the office!

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