St. Augustine and Our One Year Anniversary!

Last weekend Keegan and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary!

To celebrate, we decided to get away and stay at a sweet little B&B in St. Augustine, which is the oldest city in the US! (This year it will celebrate its 450th anniversary.)  Man, did we have a great time.

The Bed and Breakfast was called Southern Wind Inn and was probably built over 100 years go. It was tucked away outside of the main tourist areas in a great little neighborhood by the Historic District. Everything is walkable in that little city, so we loved it.

Southern Wind Inn in St. Augustine


Our favorite picture of the weekend ❤

We spend the weekend checking out the adorable boutiques. I’m telling you, we checked out every little store. They had such a great variety of boutique clothing, cigar shops, bars, themed restaurants, and ice cream places, and we enjoyed every single one!

Keegan and I really loved having a weekend where we could just do whatever we wanted. If we wanted to grab a drink, we did. If we wanted to grab some ice cream, we indulged. If we wanted to spend 10 hours looking for a ring with an anchor on it, we had time to do so. (And I did find the ring at the last shop thank God.) It was really nice being able to relax without feeling guilty. Also, there are pirates who just walk around the city. No joke.

Here are some of our fave pics from the weekend:


Grabbing some ice cream at Kilwin’s

Isn’t Zultan the guy from Big with Tom Hanks?


Yes yes, we got him the pug shirt.

One of the many pirates

On Saturday night we grabbed dinner at a restaurant suggested to us by a few of the locals called The Raintree, which is a giant old house divided into different dining areas. The food was great and the atmosphere was perfectly romantic for our anniversary.

Dinner at The Raintree

Dinner at The Raintree

Sunday morning we ventured over to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine on the other side of the city. The mass wasn’t our favorite, but the cathedral itself was beautiful!

Sadly we didn’t have time to see the Castillo de San Marcos, which draws in a lot of people. It’s an old masonry fort on the western shore of the bay. Next time we go back, I will wear walking shoes and we will take the tour!

Outside of the fort. Yes those are cannons in every open crevice at the top.

Outside of the fort. Yes those are cannons in every open crevice at the top.

I know everyone says, “I can’t believe it’s already been a year since you got married!” but it very much so feels like a year. The year since our wedding has been the best of my life. Starting with THE best day ever known to man, then achieving my goal of hitting the OtterBase Recruiter Challenge, getting promoted, going on trips to Mexico and Cayman Islands, Keegan getting promoted, and moving to Florida all in one year? Yeah. That sounds about right. I don’t know if we could have fit much more in!

Year Two of marriage should be a little less eventful now that we’ve moved. We’ll probably start planning bigger trips like Europe instead of tropical island trips like we have in the past. We already feel like we live in paradise, so we don’t have to “get away from it all” quite yet!

New favorite thing about Florida: From where we live, everything is walking distance. We have TCBY, restaurants, Dunkin Donuts, shopping, the gym, and Publix all within a mile. Because I don’t have to commute to work, I can quite literally go an entire work week without driving, and I love it.

Odd things about Florida: The license plates start with numbers. What? I’m used to the ol’ CZZ 1671 and BNS 7127. But now I have the numbers first. You wouldn’t think it’s weird until you have it.

Books I’m Reading: I finished Outlander! Now I get why it has such an awesome fan base. It’s like Harry Potter meets Fifty Shades meets Michelle Moran. There’s historical fiction, a lot of sex, great writing, and a little magic. Now I’m onto Dragonfly in Amber.


Memorial Day Weekend 2015

This weekend, Keegan and I lived it up!

We started the weekend off with a twist and a snap of our fingers at the Jacksonville Jazz Fest downtown! It was my first time being in downtown Jax, and it was my first jazz festival–both were very cool. There were different stages and venues set up throughout the downtown area featuring local and more well-known jazz artists.

One of the music venues was at Jacksonville Landings which is a right along the St. Johns River. Such a prime spot. There are restaurants, bars, shopping, you name it. We had a drink at Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant and Pub. The drinks were great and the waiters wear kilts. What else could you want out of an Irish pub? (I’m reading Outlander right now and had a very difficult time not speaking in a Scottish accent. The MacKenzies! The MacCools! They would have been clansmen. I’m sure of it.)


Jacksonville Landing-what an appropriate Memorial Day picture

Then we went to American Grill to watch the artists play from the outdoor patio, and that place was not our fave. Service took forever, and Keegan’s bar stool was falling apart. Probably won’t be going back there, but Keegan and I got a laugh out of it!

Then we went to the heart of the fest, there were hundreds of people on walking around and sitting on blankets, soaking in the music from all of the talented artists. It was a very cool sight.


At the end of the night, we went to Bragan Field to see their Double A baseball team-the Jacksonville Suns! (My friend Abby calls Keegan and I “Brigan” and I literally typed the field name as “Brigan Field.” Whoops.)


This was a cool minor league stadium. The facility is fairly new and the grounds looked well kept. Even though our team was shut out, it was a beautiful night for a ball game!

On Sunday morning, we woke up early again and spent the whole day relaxing at Jacksonville Beach. As you know, I’m definitely a fan. It was hot and humid with some decent waves; my perfect kind of day. Keegan and I decided we are going to take surfing lessons in the next few weekends. Watch out for that!


You probably thought this was going to be an epic shot of us surfing. Not yet.

Mid-afternoon, we took a break from the sun to go to World of Beer, which is SUCH a cool bar. It kind of reminds of Hopcat, though Keegan would kill me for saying that. Nothing could possibly rival, honey!

We took advantage of their breakfast and bottomless Bloody Mary special.

Holy cow. Us-1. World of Beer-0.

The special is only $19, and a drink alone is $12. Give me some bottomless Zing Zang and Tito’s vodka, and call it a win! As their name suggests, they are known for their beer selection. They have 50 craft beers on tap, and over 500 bottles. Their diverse drink selection and open atmosphere will definitely have us back again!


After (obviously) Ubering it home, we relaxed, and Keegan brewed up a new batch of IPA. It’s fermenting in our office closet right now. Weird placement, but he thinks this batch will be great!

We had an awesome weekend getting to know our city better and I can’t wait to keep exploring!

Starting tomorrow, I’m going to do a Wordless Wednesday post every week, where the post is a picture instead of a blog. You know I will include some commentary, but let’s see how this goes.

Xoxo mi love from jax

Books I’m Reading: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’m only about 200 pages into the first book and already know I’m going to love the series. If you’ve read it-don’t spoil anything! My mom and Aunt Linda made me watch one episode with them, but it was the one where Jamie is in jail with Black Jack. AHHH. His hand! The nails! You are the most despicable, disgusting pathetic excuse for a man, Jonathen Randall! I could have puked.

Favorite New Florida Thing: The geckos. These things are everywhere, and I love them. They’re always jumping around from sidewalk to stick. From stick to grass. From grass rock. The little things have nothing to do, and they’re so entertaining. Much less reprehensible than Black Jack to say the least.

Jacksonville Beach

It’s finally the end of the day! Now that we have Monday out of the way, let’s reflect on how awesome the weekend was.

Keegan and I spent all day Saturday at Jacksonville Beach. It was mid 80s, low humidity, sun was shining: basically what every Michigander dreams of during the dreary winter. Keegan and I basked in the glory of the sun with our shades on and our stresses off. As fate would have it, we woke up on Sunday looking like a pair of lobsters. Burned everywhere. As my sister said, “You got rid of your Michigan skin. Once that peels off you’ll have Florida skin and never get sunburned again!” I like your thinking, missy.

Nonetheless, we had a great time at the beach, and here are a few pics so you can pretend you were there, too!

Our first run along the ocean.

Our first run along the ocean.

At one point, the man on the left was buzzing around on a motorized scooter flying this titanic kite, which could very easily haven taken out a small group of first graders. That was a definite first for me.

At one point, the man on the left was buzzing around on a motorized scooter flying this titanic kite, which could very easily haven taken out a small group of first graders. That was a definite first for me.

Come on. This is too good to be true.

Come on. This is too good to be true.


Trying out a few brews at The Green Room.

Here we are back in heaven.

I’ll have a post up very soon about the craziness that was making the move to Jacksonville. Have a great night!

xoxo mi love from jax