travels

“Our Town” Reading And Atlanta

The fangirl in me will fly to San Diego for SDCC to see a one hour long panel staring a cast of people I adore because that’s how hardcore I am (The Last Ship).

That same fangirl drove to Atlanta a few weeks ago to meet up with a wonderful friend to fangirl over the Avengers cast doing a reading of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder.

It was a one of a kind, amazing experience.

My friend sent me a picture of the ad for the play a few weeks before with the message “Wanna drive nine hours and see this with me?” She was being funny but my answer was literally HELL. YES. With a cast like Chris Evans (*flailing*), Robert Downey Jr, and Scarlett Johansson?! In Atlanta?! How could I say no?!

So I bought a ticket, booked a hotel room and proceeded to count down the sleeps until I saw Chris Evans in person. The reading itself was for Puerto Rico, which only added to my desire to go. A night out for a great cause? Count me in.

This was the first time I’ve ever road-tripped by myself. At 31 years old I set out on my first solo adventure more than an hour away. I took back roads for about 40 miles and it was gorgeous! Cotton fields, corn fields, horses, forest, tractors…basically my home town! I had an amazing playlist full of country hits to keep me going and I was feeling blissful!

Upon arrival in Atlanta, my friend and I settled into the room and got ready like true girls do! We pre-gamed with some prosecco and did our makeup, chatting and catching up 💛 #perfection

The reading happened at The Fox Theater. The theater was beautiful and the reading was even more incredible. Pictures weren’t allowed and I am not one to break rules. Our seats were phenomenal. Between Scarlett’s emotions, Jeremy Renner’s humor, Mark Ruffalo playing Jeremy’s father and Chris Evans not having page 12 (talk about a funny moment! He has such a great sense of humor!) it was captivating. We laughed, we cried and we soaked up every minute. RDJ was the stage director and narrator and he did fantastic. To see these amazing stars up close and in such a personal and raw state–once in a lifetime. I still can’t believe it happened. I want to go back and do it all again.

The next morning I toured myself around a little for coffee and breakfast, and checked out the Georgian Terrace Hotel. I stayed at the Hyatt Atlanta Midtown and I highly recommend it. The area was clean and nice, the staff was wonderful and our room had a great view. Thoroughly enjoyed lazy-ing around the room before I had to head out.

And then I headed home back the way I came. I did a little soul searching along the way; the play was very moving and made a lot of great points about how we live today. Take the time to truly communicate and look at each other when you speak to someone. Appreciate every moment. We only get to do this once. We don’t get to go back. So take it all in, embrace experiences and people. Say I love you. Be honest. Life is short. Live it well and meaningful, whatever that is for you 💛

Let’s see where fangirl life takes me next….

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Weekend in North Carolina

My daughter and I disappeared to Laurel Springs, NC a few weekends ago with my father and stepmom. My husband had to stay back due to work but I took it as the opportunity to be independent and take my first road trip with my little one.

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Traveling with a toddler is not easy. B is so easy, but sometimes life happens and seven hours in the car is a long time for anyone! She threw up for the first time on the way there and it was so sad but she was such a trooper. I think it was a toss between reading books and watching Frozen that upset her belly. We survived though!

We arrived late the first night and I couldn’t wait to see our surroundings the next day! Having grown up in rural Maine, I love the mountains and the outdoors. I’d move to the mountains in a heartbeat.

The first day we went the to Brushy Mountain Apple Festival. I bought so many crafts! I really enjoy buying homemade items for the holidays. It adds warmth and hominess. B thoroughly enjoyed the music and the apple cider. I bought so many apples. I’m still baking with them, haha!

The next day we drove around visiting all the sweet little towns in the area. We drove to Banner Elk, Boone, and West Jefferson. Man it’s beautiful up there! It was rainy and overcast but that didn’t stop our explorations. I honestly think it just adds to the experience. Charleston hardly ever feels like fall or winter, having the rain over the weekend while in the mountains made me feel right at home (Maine home that is lol!)

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B and I left Monday morning. We enjoyed delicious treats, amazing accommodations, wonderful family time making memories, some classic cars and she got to add another experience to her little world. She slept like a champ all three nights and the ride home was just the two of us, no traffic and a lot of “Love is an Open Door” and “Charlie Brown Christmas”. My kind of road trip.

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One of the things I loved most about the area was the Christmas tree farms everywhere! Wouldn’t it be awesome to own a Christmas tree farm?! I’m obsessed. Where do you get your Christmas tree?

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Recharged

I spent the weekend at Middleton Place. I arrived after work on Saturday and spent 24 hours in absolute relaxation. No work, no laptop, no obligations. I had every intention of doing a heap of work and personal development when my husband surprised me with a night alone, but as soon as I arrived I knew that wasn’t what I needed. I needed to recharge.

Mothering a toddler is hard work! A house full of dogs who shed, teenagers coming and going, the husband and I passing our daughter off like ships in the night…it’s chaotic to say the least. And while I would like things to move a little slower and to have a little more sleep, I wouldn’t change a thing. But the occasional break is desperately needed. So that’s what I did.

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My husband and I came up with this genius plan (well, is it genius?) to take a night alone once a month. To do whatever we want individually. One of us gets a hotel, the other gets the house while one of our family member’s watches our daughter.

We are fortunate enough to have family very close to us, and they love spending time with Bailey Rose. And we cherish the relationships they have with her.

We believe space is important for us. Not everyone relationship is the same, but for us our alone time, separate alone time, is very important to us. We believe this arrangement will make us stronger together and allow for that recharge we both need.

Now, this isn’t a hall pass (lol). There is nothing impure about this. It’s just time for each of us to do whatever we want to do separate from the other and free of kids.

This weekend I visited Middleton Place, which is only 40 minutes from our house. Upon arrival, I was in love. The grounds are gorgeous, immaculate. I received a complimentary glass of wine from the bar right by my room and I strolled the grounds and gardens alone for over an hour. I let The Patriot and The Notebook soundtracks narrate my way through the gardens and I cannot tell you the peace and reflection I found. I was finally able to take a deep breath and relax.

I think that we, as mothers, tend to not allow for that deep, cleansing breath. We’re constantly running after, looking after, checking on, cleaning up after our little ones. It’s very hard to unplug and stop worrying. That’s one of the reasons I ended up going to therapy (which has helped immensely, despite the price tag. I’ll talk more about that later). I have to be honest, being alone last night was better than therapy. I didn’t need to talk out my feelings, I didn’t want to. I just wanted to find a little piece of myself I gave up when I had my daughter.

Maybe this all sounds selfish. I can understand where one would think that. But is self-care and focusing on your mental health selfish? I don’t believe so. I believe we need these moments to ourselves. I believe it makes us better mothers, wives, friends, employees. When you have that time to spend on yourself, you’re not doing it when it’s not appropriate. How can I be a good wife to my husband when I’m exhausted, beat down from a hard week at work and with my girl, too focused on work and growing my business? What good am I to him? I’m no good.

But I believe both the husband and wife need this time. It can’t be one-sided. One does not need it more than the other. BOTH need peace and space. Especially if you don’t enjoy ALL of the same things. And I’m pretty sure in every relationship, someone enjoys something the other doesn’t. If you think my husband is super psyched to go to the stable, you’d be wrong. haha! And if you think I want to go to the movies every single week, you would also be wrong. See? We like different things! And that’s okay!

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I spent my time strolling with a glass of wine and taking hundreds of pictures. I reflected on what this year has been so far, and how I want to close out my 31st year. I ate crackers and cheese and watched Frozen until I fell asleep. Exciting right? I had a blast!

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I had coffee in bed until 10am, watching HGTV and occasionally scrolling Pinterest. Then I checked out and met my mother and my daughter and we checked out the whole plantation. We spent the afternoon walking around and letting my baby girl run, meeting sheep, draft horses, a cow and even pigs and water buffalo. It was perfect, just the way I would have wanted to end my wonderful weekend ‘away’.

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And now I’m home, watching a Hallmark Channel movie and ending my Sunday with my husband. Home sweet home ❤︎

What do you think? Would this arrangement work for you? tumblr_noqpgorspi1qkl60zo1_500