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.


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

Welcome to Jacksonville!

Well hello! I didn’t see you there. You must have just stumbled across my new blog: MI Jacksonville Life.

Last week, Keegan and I officially made the 1,139 mile from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Jacksonville, Florida. I thought I’d use this blog as a way to document this entirely new adventure outside of our “normal” and to keep in touch with family and friends back home so you can see our new normal.

Here’s a recap of why we made the move:

  • August 12, 1987: Sweet little Keegan Welsh was born in Cadillac, Michigan, where it snows 9 months out of the year. He quickly learns he is not a fan.
  • June 5, 2010: That sweet little Keegan grew into an extremely handsome man, met this silly girl named Brianna, asked me if I wanted to come over and watch the Tigers (duh), and we got married 4 years later.
  • 2011-2015: Keegan does insanely well at his role at W. W. Grainger and gets promoted a million times. He starts expanding his professional network throughout the US
  • Early February 2015: Keegan and I take literally 4 vacations in 2 weeks because we hate the lake effect snow for months on end, literally colder here than in Antarctica, white out driving and I’m probably going to run over that idiot driver going 3 mph on the highway kind of weather.
  • Early March 2015: Keegan interviews for a Manager of Territory Sales role in Jacksonville on Wednesday. Gets the offer on Thursday. We’re down in Jax next Friday to look at condos.
  • April 2015: We both make the drive from GR to Jax to begin our new life in Florida.

And that leads me to where I am now. Just a small town girl, living in a loooooo—oops. Sorry. That’s the local brew taking over. Two newlyweds starting a new, exciting chapter in our lives that I know will be filled with many fun adventures.

I’ll have more crazy stories about how we managed to make that move with less than 4 weeks in my next post.

xox mi love from jax