sean and i were able to get away for a few days this weekend while some great friends took our kids.  we headed up to a borrowed house in pebble beach – it was amazing, and just what we needed.  we bounced around from pebble beach to monterey, to carmel, to pacific grove.

pics from top left, clockwise: on the beach in carmel, at cannery row brewing company for dinner, in the banana republic dressing room, on the pier in monterey, another pier in monterey, on the coast trail in pebble beach.

biggest shocker of all:  we ran together.  we haven’t done that since our honeymoon!  sean hasn’t run since because it bugs his knees (3 too many knee surgeries).

something felt really surreal about this beach, like we were on a movie set.  not sure exactly why.  maybe it was because it was cold, yet still so many people were laying out?  crazy tourists ;)

there were so many adorable cottages in carmel.  walking the streets and window shopping was about the only thing we could afford to do there!  and somehow, we walked right past anthropologie and i didn’t even see it!  sadness.

a cute little deer couple out our window one morning.  yep, we were staying on a golf course (fancy!).

 i loved this mossy stuff hanging from all the trees!  it made it a mix of romantic and spooky.  the deer were literally standing on their hind legs to eat the stuff!

this was our view from our misty walk the second morning.

 good to know

 our future’s so bright…

because sean does so much work in this area, he knew a couple that has a rental company in monterey.  they let us borrow a tandem beach cruiser and we had a little too much fun ;)  right after we made the serious faces, i burst out laughing and spit all over the back of sean’s head – oops!

 we had such a fun mix of walking, playing, driving (we turned 17-mile drive into 37-mile drive), snuggling, relaxing, dreaming, and just being together.  we took the weekend to write out our goals (5 year, 1 year, now…) for our businesses, and also to talk about specific family issues (parenting stuff).  it was great to take the time to talk through the things we don’t always have time for, or make time for in our day-to-day.  reconnecting is good.  so good.



  1. 1

    That’s awesome…my hubby and I need to do that! I bet you two feel recharged!

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    I LOVE this! I think too often we neglect investing in our marriages and it takes its toll. The two of you are adorable, spit or not(and hey…he said “in good times AND in bad, right? :)) So glad you got away together(& looking forward to our time away in Central America in a few weeks).

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    Loved reading this. I was just planning last night for activities to do with my husband on our anniversary trip to Wilmington, NC. You reminded me to be intentional about not just what we do, but in talking about the important things.

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    Eve Mitchell says:

    We lived in Pacific Grove for 18 months a few years ago. (we are a military family). We loved it there!!! Hoping we get back some day.

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    I used to live in Monterey, and we’re actually moving back there this winter! It’s so nice to see my home so well represented! And it looks like you had a blast. I know this is weird, but we should totally be friends. You sound like you’d be right up my alley.

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    What a great weekend! I wish we could do something like that. I’ve yet to leave Easton, and can’t imagine doing so anytime soon…but it does sound dreamy. Reconnection is so important! I love the bike pictures! Y’all are precious!

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    We went to Monterey on our honeymoon, and stayed at the Seven Gables Inn. It was magnificent! This GA girl always dreamed of visiting CA so my husband planned our entire honeymoon. Love your weather!

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    So fun! I miss the central coast so much and these pictures only made it worse! ;) Glad you guys could get away. It’s always nice to spend time like that together and remember “I still really like being with you!”.

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    Great photos! I love those trees – the hanging moss looks so enchanting. Looks like you two had a great time! :)

    xo-Kimberly {allons-y kimberly}

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    I haven’t been to Carmel since I was a kid, but I still remember how cute it was.

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    brittany says:

    Hi Friend! I popped over here to see your site, oh my and what I found was inspiring! Sounds like a wonderful time in Carmel…. You guys are so dang cute!

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    I love that moss stuff as well. Loved the photos – you are a great photographer. I am going to steal the idea of writing down your goals. My hubby & I are headed to the beach next month and this will be a good thing to do.

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    What cute pics of you guys in the sunglasses and on the tandem. How fun!! Glad you guys got such a wonderful time away. Much needed. :)

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    It sounds like you had a great time! It makes me want to getaway with my honey!!

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    Amy Carney says:

    Such a cute couple you are! We live in Santa Cruz and Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur are our favorite day trips. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area! Thanks for sharing…

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    ahhh, i SO agree. my hubby and i just went away to palm springs for the weekend and left our son with granny. it was MUCH needed. loved your pics. =)

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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    Looks like fun!! I grew up in Fresno and we loved to visit Monterey that area.

    Just received my messenger bag and other goodies the other day. My girlfriends are JEALOUS! ha! I LOVE it! Thanks so much!

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    HOW FUN!!!

    You are starting to make me hate Texas. Just kidding.. sort of.

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