Sunshine State

Hello, hello! Whelp, we made it back by 9:30 last night. Just about 12 hours shy of when our day at the airport started. I almost wept tears of joy when the gate agent called our last name πŸ˜‰

On to more exciting things. This weekend was an absolute blast! We had no trouble getting there, which was fantastic.

We stayed at my uncle’s beautiful place in Ocala, FL. As soon as we got there, I poured myself a drink and sat out in the sun waiting for The Graduate and the rest of the fam to arrive.

Reunited and it feels so good πŸ™‚

We spent the rest of the afternoon soaking up the sun, enjoying beverages and laughing until our sides hurt. Apparently, I was also glued to my glass the entire day.

After the sun set, we figured it was time to come inside and start eating! We had some fab BBQ along with a few other tasty sides.

Over the past four years, I’ve realized that UF folk love all things blue and orange. Even down to the cupcakes. Hey, I didn’t hate it πŸ˜‰

Lindsay’s graduation was at 6 PM on Saturday, so we spent the morning relaxing with a manicure and pedicure. We had lunch at this great restaurant that served tons of “Southern comfort” type meals. I ended up getting a salad, but I tried a bite of my first fried green tomato and it was tasty!

After we ate our fill, we took some pictures with The Graduate. She looked beautiful, per the usual – and I was very proud of my UF inspired outfit πŸ˜‰

The graduation was surprisingly quick. We got home much earlier than we expected, which was good because we were able to stayed up chatting, eating and drinking before calling it a night. We had to get up pretty early toΒ sit in an airport all day fly home.

And now, here I am! Back in good ol’ Northern Virginia ready to start another week! I love going on trips, but the first day back to reality is always a little rough for me. I just want to still be on vacation mode πŸ˜‰

Vacation mode or not, I’m off to earn some dolla bills πŸ˜‰ I’ll catch up with you soon! Enjoy your day!

Let’s chat – Is the first day back from vay-cay a struggle for you too? How’s your Monday looking? Busy? Laid back? Let me know!Β 


24 Comments on “Sunshine State”

  1. Sounds like a fun trip! YES, first day back is always rough…I like to take an extra day off before heading back to work so that I can unpack, grocery shop, do laundry, and relax a bit before hitting the workworld full-force again.

    Today is a short day at the office due to a dr appointment…yipee!

  2. You are so cute! This looks like such a fun time. Is that a tray of sweet potato fries I see?! πŸ™‚

  3. Cait says:

    wow girl what a FUN weekend for you πŸ™‚ def needed I’m sure! those cupcakes look yummmy!! Im sure from my trips I’ll be hoping to remember who I am after one flight, recovering for 3 days and then getting BACK onto a flight ha. Monday = work. homework. and hopefully sleeping to get rid of this sickness 😦

  4. dressed2dish says:

    Ah first day back from vacation is always a struggle for me! I loveeee your skirt – so cute! You look gorgeous! I tried my first fried green tomato last summer and I loved it too! πŸ™‚

  5. Sounds like such a fun weekend! It definitely is a struggle for me to re-enter the real world after a vacation! And unfortunately, Monday isn’t looking so good for me. It is about to be very busy!

  6. The first day back is always tough! Actually, if I go on vacation for a week, the first week back is always pretty difficult, haha

  7. Well I’m not going to lie I’m not the biggest Gator fan but I do love your outfit! Glad you had a nice weekend! Today I take my last two finals of the semester and I am ready to be done!

  8. Looks like you had fun! When I was younger, I reallllly wanted to go to UF. My aunt is a volleyball coach and lots of her girls went there, so it made me want to, haha.

    The hardest thing about coming back is unpacking your suitcase. I’ll always just let it sit there for a few days, haha.

  9. Your floral dress is super cute. Where did you get it?
    Glad to hear you had a good weekend πŸ™‚

  10. Sarah says:

    Looks like a fun trip and that BBQ, yum! All of my UF friends are beyond obsessed with all things orange and blue!

  11. Glad you had fun! I don’t know why but I love going to graduations – I get so excited for the graduates and the new chapter they are about to encounter! Have a great Monday!

  12. So much sunshine!!! I’m jealous! πŸ™‚ And so many cute sundresses!

  13. Yes. I seriously need to get back into butt to get my finals done with. I hate coming back from vacay I lack any and all motivation.

  14. Jenny says:

    What a a fun little getaway. The weather was kinda meh lol For some reason Friday night was nasty and there were random bouts of rain on Saturday. Graduation for me was so exciting but so sad 😦

  15. Ashley says:

    Coming back from anytime away is hard to get back in the groove for me. I want the fun times to last! Monday has be super quite! Loving ODU being in exams!

    P.S. I have the same blue and white skirt and you just gave me a new idea of what to wear with it! I was boring and have a navy top with a cream sweater! haha

  16. I think the worst bit about coming back from vacay is having to get everything ready for work the next day…..sigh…’s to the next holiday! πŸ™‚ p.s – love your style!

  17. Looks like such a great time!! Glad you had a good vacation. πŸ™‚ The first day back is always a bit tough for my unless it’s after summer break or something (sitting at home really makes me want to get back to school and have something to do!!)..but if I was busy on the vacation, then coming back to school seems so boring.

  18. Looks like you’re having a great time in sunny Florida! I’m glad you finally got out of the airport! πŸ™‚

  19. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! says:

    I always dread the first day back from vacation becasue you are still in VACAY mode! It’s hard to get back into the swing of things after having such an awesome time. But such is life….

    I love your outfit by the way! Cute skirt!

  20. Brittany says:

    What a great trip πŸ™‚ I’m glad ya’ll had so much fun!!! Girls trips are so great, and needed at times =) love you bbff!!!

  21. What a fun weekend!! Monday’s are definitely tough for me, but I usually try to have an extra tasty breakfast to make up for it!

  22. Awesome trip! Also? LOVE the orange & blue! Even though I’m a Tiger (Auburn) & not a Gater, I think we can be good friends, simply because of the orange and blue LOL! =)

  23. Olivia says:

    I love love LOVE UF! That’s one of my top schools that I’m looking to go to, which is perfect because I freakin’ LOVE orange + blue together! (especially orange-my favorite color of all time!) I’m seriously so glad I found your blog! love it!

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