September 19, 2016

Busy Bee Birthday Beach Week

Someone celebrated her 49th birthday last week....and my oh my how this chick loves to draw out a celebration for as long as SHE can!!!

At a charity auction last year we purchased a week in a beach cottage on Fort Myers Beach and decided to use it for my birthday week with our good friends Don and Kelly. 
It was just a small place; two little bedrooms, a full kitchen, small family room, a shared bathroom in the house, a covered deck and a (semi) open aired bathroom under the house. 
I wish I'd had a picture of the outside was essential as we'd declared immediately that no one was to do #2 INSIDE....that would be done OUTSIDE. It worked out well...and we learned that we're all pretty 'regular' people!

We arrived on Saturday. (my actual birthday) Kelly had been saving this bottle of champagne from her birthday in February and then from our vow renewal in May. Apparently we don't drink enough champagne!

We were only 30 minutes away from Lolo and Linds so they joined us for dinner on Saturday to celebrate the person who birthed them. (also Lindsay's sweet boyfriend) 

We grilled burgers, had cake and then played a rousing game of Cards Against Humanity. 
I highly recommend playing this game with people who have an open mind and a wicked sense of  (very dark) humor. was Lolo's last weekend as a civilian; she started the police academy this past week! 
We went into the week with NOT a plan in place; and that worked out perfectly. 
 We went out to eat one night and decided that our cooking was of much better quality than any of the touristy beach we cooked some great meals each night. 

 We had a few rain showers and a lot of gorgeous sunsets!

The Coach went into the office a few times, but was able to do most of his work from the cottage. 

 We walked every day getting our vitamin D and some exercise too. Callie's first trip to the beach....she didn't mind it at all. Cocoa was happy to just be with us. 

 I'm reverting to a 6 year old again...collecting treasures from the sea. 

It was a great week relaxing with some of my most favorite people. 

Cheers to growing older and enjoying every minute of it!
Happy September my friends.


  1. Wow! What a fun birthday celebration. Love your photos. Nice that the pups made the trip, also. Hope you have a beautiful September. xoxoxo

  2. What an awesome birthday you had... Those sunsets are to die for... WOW.... That's what I love about the west coast of FL.... Beautiful... Sounds like a cute little beach house.... Great set of pictures... Glad the girls could join you for some of the time...


  3. What a great birthday celebration!

  4. Sounds fun. Except for maybe the bathroom set up?

  5. Looked absolutely fantastic...except for that whole bathroom problem. Happy Birthday!

  6. it sounds pretty darn perfect. happy 50th year!

  7. It sounds as if you had a perfect week celebrating your birthday. I personally think you are much too young to talk about growing old, but I love your attitude!

  8. You don't even look like you are 29 to me. I will never believe it.

  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! No-plans beach trips are definitely the best.

  10. happy birthday!! you and your people always have the best get-a-ways!! love your new addition to the family! i have heard that card game is fun, i have to get it!

  11. I need to catch up! Lolo is at the police academy????
    Just wait...50's are THE BEST!
    I absolutely love that last picture. Sometimes those getaways that don't have plans are the best! Especially when you decide that #2s need to be done outside, and everybody has their own poop schedule! :)
    Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  12. And I missed your birthday, too! Happy belated birthday! 49? You don't look it at all. And you celebrated at my favorite place on earth, a beach.


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