Escape to St. Augustine

The Fetch Ranch has been a whirlwind of activity.  It feels so cliche to say, “We’ve been so busy!”–I mean, really, who isn’t?  My amazing husband whisked me away on a recent weekend to escape the busy-ness, and we headed over to St. Augustine!  We enjoyed our peace and quiet together wandering the adorable town.  The weather was gorgeous…we couldn’t have picked a better weekend to go.
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beach 2We did a little shopping and Glenn had his feet scanned for a pair of tennis shoes!  So cool!!  They checked where he had the most pressure and noted that he had high arches.  Then they matched the scan with the inserts in the shoes.  How fun!
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We had such a nice time and decided it has been way too long since we’ve had a little excursion.  We vowed to plan more of these weekend getaways into our schedule!  I wonder where we’ll go next?!

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Anniversary Weekend

Our first anniversary occurred over the weekend and to celebrate we took a little weekend getaway to Amelia Island, Florida.  What a beautiful place!  We left our house early Saturday morning and headed north about two and a half hours.  Before heading to our beachside resort, we stopped at a little farmer’s market and browsed through some cute little shops.  Then we located the downtown historic district and did more shopping and site-seeing.  We found a delicious place for lunch and picked up several trinkets during our shopping extravaganza.

After lunch, we finally headed over to our hotel and got settled in.  The weather was a little less than desirable…that is to say it was a little chilly by Florida standards and incredibly foggy.  Visibility was about 0.2 miles according to the local weather report.  This meant our ocean view was pretty much nonexistent.  I kept waiting to take a picture of our pretty view but it just didn’t materialize.  We headed out to the beach any way since this particular area is known for an abundance of sharks’ teeth!  Fun!IMG_2155
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IMG_2159Can you see how foggy and misty it was?  Maybe this picture of a wedding occurring in the afternoon will help clarify the dreariness of it all.  We had perfect weather for our outdoor wedding last year, so we were feeling pretty sorry for these folks.

IMG_2161And here’s our shark tooth hunting results…
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IMG_2152 The beach was covered with shells.  Finding those teeth was like finding a needle in a haystack.  We had so much fun searching (even though our toes were getting numb!), we just didn’t want to give up.  Here’s what we ended up finding:
IMG_2164After our excursion, we went to a salt tasting.  It is apparently the theme at this particular hotel.  They even have a restaurant called Salt.  The shop had a large variety of salts, some infused with different herbs, scents, and flavors.  We purchased some black garlic salt and a smoked salt.  Later in the evening, we exchanged anniversary gifts and headed out to a wonderful dinner!
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IMG_2171The weather the following morning was much nicer…

IMG_2178 So we went for another walk out on the beach.  We spotted these guys as we walked on the dock crossing the sand dunes!
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IMG_2176And of course we looked for more shark’s teeth.  We quickly became obsessed with the hunt!  It was like a Where’s Waldo puzzle.  Wanna play?  Where’s the tooth?
IMG_2184Can you spot the shark’s tooth?
How about now?
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Do you see it?  Maybe this will help:
IMG_2186Pretty tricky, right?  It was just this challenging in person!

We had such a fantastic weekend and a very memorable first anniversary.  Our gifts were very thoughtful and brought about a few tears.  We so enjoyed some much needed time together and we savored every single second of it!  Happy First Anniversary Honey!!

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Today marks the major accomplishment of our one year anniversary!  Yahoo!!!  In the spirit of the 9th of December, I thought I would take a moment to share nine things that I have learned from my husband.  Let’s face it, he is pretty darn easy to love and I am crazy about him, like giddy, butterflies-in-my-stomach, silly, happy, goofy laughing CRAZY!  He is perfect…for me.
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1.  Make careful choices about who you will give your energy to.
There are some people who really know how to push my buttons.  Sadly, I am the only one who knows they are pushing them!  They are oblivious to the fact that they have gotten under my skin.  My babe reminds me that I can choose how to react to their shenanigans even though I can’t control their behaviors.  This is a simple lesson that’s taking me a while to master.  What can I say, I’m a work in progress.

2.  Always do what is right.
My sweet hubby is such a great person.  Even when someone has wronged him, made him mad, or said something mean to him, he will say, “I won’t let them determine the kind of person I am going to be.”  I swear he is a saint.

3.  Reverse the situation.
I happen to have a tough time putting myself in someone else’s shoes.  I did not know I had this issue, but I have to face it…I do.  And I’m learning to reverse situations in order to put things into perspective when I just can’t see past myself.  My Love is great at this game and with him as my teammate, I’ll get better at this.

4.  Talk about everything.
He is my life partner, my partner-in-crime, my best friend, my true love….and to make sure we are 100% playing for the same team I have had to learn to share.  (I was an only child for 14 years until my sis came along so I’m not real good at sharing!)

5.  Be silent.
So, after I’ve finished doing all that talking, he has also taught me how important silence is.  I remind him that he asked for me to share everything (love you babe!), but I am learning that silence can be beneficial too.  Silence gives you an opportunity to learn a lot about the person you are communicating with.

6.  Take a moment to breathe.
Life gets chaotic.  Jobs, kids, family, pets, house, cars, life…we all have so much going on every day.  We like to take several minutes every day to just enjoy some quiet time and just breathe.

7.  Pay attention to people.
You know that show The Mentalist?  Well, that’s my husband.  He’s The Mentalist.  There’s a good chance he hypnotized me into writing this post.  He truly is the most perceptive person I have ever met in my life.  He always says reading people is easy, you just have to pay attention (probably why #5 is such an important lesson too!)

8.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.
I am a huge control freak.  Yeah, I said it.  Here it is in writing.  My dreamboat of a husband tolerates this to a point and when he has reached his max he will just tell me politely, “Honey, it just doesn’t matter.”  Totally blows the wind out of my over-reacting sails but I get it.  And I try my darndest to move on to my next issue.

9.  Count to 10.
Before making a quick decision that you may second-guess or even regret, count to 10.  There’s that silence at work again.  Chances are you’ll make a more fair decision.