Next month I get to spend a week in the Outer Banks. This is the vacation I have been looking forward to all year. This will be the first truly relaxing vacation I have had in years. Don’t get me wrong I love my Disney vacations but they really are not relaxing. Yes they are great for escaping from reality but I’m still up before the sun rushing to get out the door to catch a bus to get to the park to get through the line and get to our breakfast reservation on time. And by the end of the night all I want to do is fall into bed. And don’t even get me started on Disney with kids, that was like a stress level 20 on a scale 1 to 10. And the Gulf Shores Trip last year was a stress level 50 on that same scale. I have a pile of books to take with me and two movies I’m going to take with me and I may not get to read or watch them and I really don’t care. I’m sleeping past 7 am and taking an afternoon nap if I want. All I know is the Outer Banks is good for the soul, or at least this Southern Belle’s soul.
I have not fished the book yet but if you are going to read one book the rest of the year I highly recommend Grateful American by Gary Sinise. This book has made me cry and made me laugh in just a matter of minutes from each other. I am so glad I chose to make this a car read, listing to him tell his story has made me appreciate his story even more. Already I have purchased two movies I have not seen, started rewatching CSI:NY, and I’m thinking about rereading both Of Mice And Men and The Grapes of Wrath. He has a passion for everything he does and you can hear that passion in his voice in every chapter of that audiobook.
🌄 Last Week I spent a few days in the Smoky Mountains. That was the most relaxed I’ve been in a while.
🥩 I say I only go for the food. I swear I’m a foodie.
🦒🦘🐅🐘🦓🦍 I picked up a new obsession while I was gone, with all these zoo shows on Animal Planet.
🐕🐄🐎🐖🐑🐐 Of course I already loved Dr Pol on Nat Geo Wild.
📖 I finished my first 5&10 book and getting ready to start my second.
📚 I’m starting to pile my OBX reads. Can’t wait to be back in Corolla, the Outer Banks is good for this Southern Belle’s soul.
📱I am trying to take a personal hiatus from Facebook, we will see how that goes. But honestly I don’t do a lot on Facebook anyway.
⌚️I have joined the Apple Watch group. I didn’t think I would want one but I like it.
🏈🎀 The five year old is playing football and the four year old is cheering so this past Saturday morning was spent in the blazing sun watching them.
🏁 I don’t follow NASCAR like I used to but I’m not going to lie when I saw the headline Dale Earnhardt Jr was in a plane crash my heart sunk. He was my first NASCAR love. I’m glad him and his family and crew all survived.
📺 I still can not get into this new BH90210. I was super excited for it and it had been a big let down to me.
🏰 I think we have created a Disney Monster. The other day we had some stuff for the kids so we put it in an old Disney Parks bag we had and as soon at the four year old saw it she asked if we went to Disney without her.
🌅 I purchased Where the Crawdads Sing, looked at it and decided it would be my vacation read when we go to the Outer Banks in October.
📚 I thought I was getting my reading groove back but not really. I think part of the problem is I have so many books I want to read I just can’t decide which direction to head.
📚 5 & 10 Reading Update: This past weekend was a little hard, for a change I was not the first one up and we had stuff going on each day. But I got my pages read. I’m really enjoying this. I am further in this book this way than I would be if I tried to just read it.
⚓️ A Disney Cruise with the kids might actually be on the horizon. I’m already thinking about their fish extender and door magnets!
📖 I usually enjoy reading on my Kindle but it seems right now I am on a kick where I only want to read actual books.
📔 Has anyone read Where the Crawdads Sing? I am hearing so many good things about this book, I might have to check it out.
🎃 I am not ready for all this Halloween stuff I am starting to see.
😭 My little man starts kindergarten tomorrow. I can’t handle this. He will be heading off to his first day with his Spider-Man backpack we got him.
I hope everyone is enjoying the July fun on Instagram. I love taking pictures and visiting fun and exciting places, so I am loving being able to share some of my pictures with you.
Ever since my Memorial Day Reading Marathon I’ve had a reading slow night. I’m reading a book and I like it but I’m just not into it. I’m hoping this weekend I can find my reading groove again. Hopefully I can finish the book I’m currently reading because I have a book in mind to read this weekend.