Monday, April 25, 2016

Birthday Fun

My birthday was on Sunday and the girls did such a great job of decorating and making me feel so special. It was great day spent with my family and dinner at my sister's house. A perfect way to start my 50th year!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Carpet Runner on the Stairs

When we moved into this house we inherited a set of stairs that were creaky. They also were bare hardwood steps that I found a bit slippery and dangerous. The combination of creaky and dangerous made me think we should add a carpet runner on the stairs. 

Realty photo of previous owners' decor 

We chose a neutral colored carpet with a faint diamond pattern from Lowe's and had it installed. The carpet is comfy and has made the stairs much less squeaky (a bonus late at night). I'm so glad we decided to do this and I love the look. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Restaurants in Virginia Beach

If you are planning to travel to Virginia Beach this summer I have a list of some of my favorite local restaurants. In no particular order, here they are:

Bubba's Awesome she crab soup and perfect view. Casual

Doc Taylor's Cute house turned restaurant with yummy breakfast, burgers, and sandwiches on 23rd Street. Casual


Y Not Pizza Terrific Italian in a fun environment. Casual/Family

Citrus Delicious breakfast at two locations in the area. Featured on Diners, Drive In, and Dives. Casual

Sunrise Cafe Another great breakfast spot. Casual

Beach Pub Locals atmosphere with great seafood and burgers. Casual

Big Sam's  Restaurant on the water serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Casual

Simple Eats Cute eclectic feel with farm to table options. Casual

Rockafellers Seafood and beautiful view are highlighted at this restaurant. Casual to Dressy

Chicho's Pizza Awesome spicy pizza at the beach. Casual

501 The best Michelob shrimp served with their signature sauce. Casual to Dressy

Aldo's Upscale Italian that also features my favorite focaccia bread. Dressy

Coastal Grille Delicious unique food options with the best wedge salad! Dressy

Jenna's Small restaurant serving yummy pita sandwiches and other tasty Greek dishes. Casual

Tubby's Tavern Restaurant/bar with great burgers and appetizers. Casual

Check out these delicious food spots when you're in the area. You won't be disappointed.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Fire

On Sunday evening we were at home and Lily and Shelly were hanging out with their cousin. Shelly and Kaden were outside when Shelly came inside telling us there was a large fire outside. 

When we looked outside, we saw the house that sits behind us through some woods on fire. It was such a scary moment. I called 911 while John flew out the back door and headed to the house that was on fire. Thankfully, when John got there the owners were already out of the house. We could hear the fire trucks on their way and were relieved as the firemen arrived and started putting out the fire. The flames were above the house and the scene was really scary.  

As it turns out, a large detached garage was on fire and burned to the ground. Some of the flames from the fire got into the attic of the house and the side of the home was burned but it doesn't appear there was any major damage to the home. There hasn't been any information about the cause of the fire. So relieved that the fire didn't spread and no one was injured.

Here's some news video about the fire:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Bay at Sunset

After dinner the other night we all went to the beach for a walk. It was a beautiful evening at the bay. The sun was just setting and the light on the water was so beautiful! It really gave us all a little boost. Love being near the bay, the ocean, and the beach.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Sofia's Going Away Party

Our niece, Sofia, is headed to Wisconsin for a new job opportunity.  We are excited for her, but we are sad to see her go. She's always been there when the girls need a ride or a little dash of fun. So she will really be missed by our family.

We attended a going away party for her last week before she left. We were all a little sad. But, we wish her the best of luck!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

The Mermaid Factory

Over Spring Break, we met up with one of my long time friends and her children and went to The Mermaid Factory. Before heading there, we walked on the boardwalk and had a yummy lunch at Doc Taylor's. It was a great way to spend the day together. If you're ever in the area, be sure to check out both places.

Ready to paint their mermaids

Wade's dolphin creation

The Mermaids and the Dolphin

New Friends

Lily and Delaney

Krissy and Shelly