This has been the view from our balcony all week:

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And this has been what I’ve done all week:

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I think I have read more this past week
than I have in the past 3 years.
I’m not kidding.
Mike was in meetings all day,
so I took my book down to breakfast,
LINGERED over my coffee (an hour each morning I think!)
and then carried my reading out to the pool or beach.
Divine, I tell you.

I finished this:

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FINALLY!
I really don’t know how many years it’s taken me.
I’ve put it down for months at a time without resuming reading.
Michelle is convinced I started reading it before Mike and I started dating.
I don’t know about that,
but I’m going to go with the excuse that graduating college, getting married, buying a house and having a kid are, well, good excuses.
That, and the book IS 1,000 pages after all.

So, with my feet propped up…

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(thank goodness for the pedicures we got before Margie’s wedding!)

I delved into this gem of a read next…

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48 hours and it was done.
That’s how good it was.
Ange really gives the best recommendations!
I had to pick up another book at the gift shop because I underestimated how much reading you can get done with zero distractions around 🙂

Tuesday evening, I tagged along on one of Mike’s business dinners.
It started with a tour of Amelia Island,
where I learned many interesting facts,
one of them being that the most common shark in the area
is a Shovelnose Shark.
Also, the occasional Great White.
And the story of a Manta Ray the size of our trolley that obliterated a woman and her boat a few years ago.
Sarah Greenslade, this kept me out of the water.

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The tour ended at the restaurant Espana,
where, once again, I tried to feign interest (and intelligence) in science smarts.
We sat outside by candlelight
where the chef cooked Paella right next to the table.
The food was truly phenomenal.

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The owner grows his own herbs in the back garden!

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The resort was beautiful!
We really are so grateful that we had this opportunity.

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Probably one of the most unique aspects of the beach was the amount of
SEASHELLS!
More than I’ve ever seen in my life.
I found conchs, and even a real live hermit crab!
It was giant, too.
Makes me feel like I got ripped off all those years at the Jersey Shore.
No wonder my hermit crabs always died.
They clearly were not on par with these Super Hermits.

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So, in conclusion,
the weather was fantastic,
the beach was gorgeous,
the pool was relaxing,
the food was incredible,
and the company was the best of all.
Mike and I really enjoyed the week together.
Although, there were the conflicting emotions of missing Julia so much.
a BIG thank you to the Smiths and the Sharps,
who watched the J-Monster for us while we were away!
We can’t believe how lucky we are to have family that loves our little girl enough to keep her with them for over a week!!
She is probably the most exciting part about going home for me.
I will miss the rest and relaxation,
the non-existent schedule,
the ocean and the pool,
and being waited on hand and foot,
BUT
I am so ready to go scoop up my little girl and smother her with hugs and kisses! 
To tuck her in at night and be there when she wakes up in the morning.
I have missed her so very much,
and yet have enjoyed my time immensely.
I want to go home so badly, but I don’t at the same time???
Oh the schizophrenic emotions of a mom on vacation. 🙂

Thank you, Mike, for taking me with you.
And most of all I am thankful to God who provided us with this getaway.
It has truly been rejuvenating 🙂

And with that I bid a final farewell to summer.
Bring on Autumn.

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