Memorial Day Weekend 🌞


Lawd, has it been a week already. The holiday and staying home Tuesday really threw me off. But this weekend was great! I hope everyone else had a good Memorial Day Holiday and weekend. I’ve been seeing a lot of discussion over how to celebrate this holiday when the deaths of millions in the name of our freedom is not something to celebrate. But I feel the total opposite about it.

We’re lucky we live in a country with the freedom that we do. And I think a day to celebrate those that lost their lives for it, is a great way to pay tribute to them. Not to say getting smashed, actin’ a fool, and only acknowledging it as a day off is the appropriate way to celebrate – but as long as we remember why we get this day, why it’s important, and who we have to thank for it, I don’t see a problem in celebrating and enjoying a day off work and school.

I drove to my parent’s house Thursday evening and had to time it perfectly because we had so many on-and-off storms going on that day. I waited for one wave to pass, hopped in my car, and tried to race the second part home. I got lucky, and drove home in total sunshine!

Friday morning, we got up early and met our adventure buddy Cheryl to put the paddle boards in the water. It was windy as HAYELLLLLL out Friday, so I don’t know what we were expecting it to be like???

We drove out the OBX and there were white tips on the sound, so we looked at the beach, and noticed it wasn’t bad, so we drove down to Coquina Beach and put them in there.

1. I have never paddle boarded before. (See attached trophy photo ^^)
2. Why did we think the open water was a good idea on a windy day?

No, there weren’t white tips on ocean, but shit. It took all of 3.5 seconds for me to lose sight of my shit on the beach. It took me 11000000000x longer to paddle in than it did to get out. My little noodle arms couldn’t handle it. If you caught my Instagram stories, it went a little like this:


I made it back to shore what felt like hours later. Shivering. Dying to bake in the sun.

I collected shells and made a star fish in the sand. I was in a large straw hat and kimono, walking around the beach like an old lady. I’m so afraid to get sunburned because I think I have a sun sensitivity because of the Stelara I’m on. So I’m trying to stay covered. Where’s the SPF 100???

We grabbed smoothies at the Outer Bean (I still love Front Porch more, though. I always will.) And lunch at Barefoot Bernies. I wasn’t thrilled with the food, but their bang bang shrimpies were the BOMBBBBBB.

Saturday morning, my family left for Charlotte, and I left for Norfolk for brunch and photos with Starr. The Green Onion is OUR SPOT. They have the best peach sangria and a great brunch menu!

We drove to the rooftop parking of the mall for a different view and to take a few photos before grabbing coffee and heading home.


On Sunday, before driving back home, I met with a friend who wants to start a blog!! I’m so excited because she already takes the cutest Instagram photos! I shared everything I knew and have learned in the last couple years, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with! She leaves for Europe in a couple weeks for school and I’m dying to see her photos! You can follow along too if you’re interested – follow her @briannajwarren and be the first to know when she opens her blog to the public!!

What did you do over the Memorial Day weekend?


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