there are still a few weeks until summer but here in the midwest, it's been insanely hot for the past two weeks. a couple of days ago, i received a package from the beach people and it could not have come at a more perfect time. inside was the majorelle roundie towel and jute tote bag along with a personalized note. after opening, i got a call from carter saying he was coming home early. we made lunch, packed a bag, and decided to head to the lake with the hope to spend the afternoon in the sun. an hour later, we arrived and realized that after the monumental rainfall over the past month, the entire lake was flooded. we parked at an empty campsite and walked on to the flooded shoreline. it was a peaceful afternoon, laying there together under the shade of a lonely tree. 

we've got some exciting trips coming up this summer and i'm looking forward to bringing the majorelle with me! it rolls up and fits perfectly in the jute bag. it's so soft and big enough for two which has me excited for the summer days to come. thanks again to the ladies over at the beach people for sending this beauty my way!



Our second stop on our Florida trip was to Cocoa Beach. We spent four days at the Hilton Oceanfront Hotel and it was the perfect spot for our stay. We spent the first day lounging by the pool while mapping out where Carter would need to travel for work. Most of the job sites he visits require a lot of time and patience mapping out unlisted back roads and there was no better place to work. While Carter spent a few hours each day in the field, I kept myself busy. 

Each morning, I grabbed my coffee to go and made my way to the beach to write. Then I spent a few hours working from the hotel restaurant enjoying a delicious breakfast with a view. I found out one morning that the space station was doing a launch so I walked down past the pier to get a better view. You can't tell from the photo above, but there was a tiny flame that was visible until it made its' way through the clouds. And of course, we ended up visiting during the men's world cup so we found ourselves spending a few exciting afternoons at the hotel's tiki bar. The staff there were all so friendly and accomodating, something we appreciate so much.

We really fell in love with Cocoa Beach and were sad to say goodbye. It reminded us of all the reasons we enjoy and miss living on the beach. Hopefully we make our way back again soon. 



Our first stop in Florida was a 24 hour stay in Daytona Beach. We arrived in the early afternoon and the city was in full summer party mode. We checked in to the Holiday Inn Oceanfront where we were upgraded to a corner room with a beautiful ocean view. We relaxed for a while on the balcony enjoying the cool, salty breeze before heading down to the bar to grab a frozen drink. We sat poolside listening to live music and researching where to grab dinner. The weather called for storms, so we walked down to the beach for a quick dip and to watch the tide go out. Afterwards, we cleaned up, grabbed a cab, and went down to the boardwalk. We walked around for a bit, admiring the colorful town before ending up at The Lucky Rooster for dinner + drinks. With an early morning ahead of us, we called it a night and made our way back to the room. We spent a few minutes watching the stars from the balcony before heading to bed. The next morning, we watched the sunrise before packing up and hitting the road. 

I think most of our twenty four hours in Daytona were spent on that hotel balcony and I wouldn't have had it any other way. 



for whatever we lose ( like a you or a me ) it's always ourselves we find in the sea. 
 - e.e. cummings



we just returned back to the midwest after an incredible week on the east coast and are already plotting our next visit. charleston is so special to us. we moved there when we were twenty-two. we lived in a tiny studio apartment overlooking a creek. my favorite room was the kitchen. we would sleep in on weekends and cook pancakes. one day, carter traded some old bike parts for a couch and moved it into the kitchen so i could sit and write while looking out at coleman boulevard. it was the city that inspired me to turn my passion for creating into a business. and it was where we dreamed of traveling the world together and someday returning to raise a family by the shore. currently, we are pursuing two of those dreams. after this visit, we are brainstorming and praying about our return. 

we spent the first few days in mount pleasant, revisiting some of our favorite places; poe's tavern, page's okra grillred's icehouse, and the greatest spot in the world, d'allesandro's pizza. we woke up early to run the bridge, spent hours on sullivan's island, and caught up with old friends before heading to folly beach for our annual trip with carter's family. after spending the first part of the week constantly on the go, it was nice to settle in at my favorite home on folly. i love to wake up early and catch the sunrise with my father-in-law. we sip on coffee and rock on the porch while watching surfers and dolphins swim by. sometimes we walk down to grab breakfast by the pier. usually smoothies, acai bowls, or breakfast burritos. and then we claim our spot for the day. some of us sit with our chairs in the water, the older guys play bocce or kick a soccer ball until someone sprains an ankle (ahem, husband...) the younger boys play in tidal pools or chase birds, and the girls flip through magazines. you can find me doing all of these things. i'm lucky if i get a few minutes to myself where i can relax. 

we snack throughout the day and sip on cocktails before dinner where we sit on the deck enjoying the company and the breeze. i think we managed to stay up until midnight one of those nights, the six of us playing card games and laughing hysterically over drinks. but for the most part, i was dozing off to the sound of the waves shortly after ten. 

when we are in charleston, our lifestyle is different. we slow down. we ride bikes all over town. we comb the beaches for wildlife, never taking anything from where it came from. we appreciate the way the tide rolls in and out. we spend hours sitting together, and find ourselves dreaming about raising our children here just like we did years ago. we live more intentionally and love more deeply here.  and whether or not we settle here again someday, this place will always be dear to our hearts. 

a few photos from my camera from our time in charleston. sadly, i lost the first half of our trip while cleaning out my hard drive. you can see more photos from past visits here