Friday, May 13, 2011

the week before...everything else.

We spent the first part of this week at the beach. I haven't been on the beach since Mexico, (in January), so I was way overdue. 

I can't get this song out of my head... ♥

Living on the west coast, less than two hours from the beach, has got me pretty spoiled. I highly suggest it.

My sister says this looks like "nope". No, I did not write that on the beach. It says "hope". ; )

The house was adorable. I could totally live there forever.

Loved these stairs... 

So cute and garret-ish. : ) 

My #1 criteria for houses: lots of light. Not only do I shrivel up and die if it's all dark and gloomy, but photography is extremely difficult. : )

They had the amazing Coke glasses, which I am collecting. They were made to drink cranberry juice out of.

No beach trip is complete without powdered donuts.

Very random, very awesome big wooden cat. 

I love how the tennis racket is labeled. It makes the whole thing make so much more sense. Not.

All happy, under the influence of sun and the beach and yummy things to eat, and un-distracted (no wireless...gasp), I finally buckled down and typed up the rough draft of my graduation speech.

My creative process included drinking a lot of weak, decaf coffee (I'm not so good with the coffee maker, apparently), and scribbling down several pages of random verses and quotes.

One week until my graduation. Yikes, hallelujah and please God, don't let me throw up during my speech. 


  1. If you need to throw up, I'll bring you a bucket. ;-)
    You're gonna do great.

  2. You're so lucky to live so close to the beach! My summer doesn't start for close to a month, so this blog post was like a mini-vacation for me during the middle of my day. Thanks so much!

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  4. Ooh it looks like you had an amazing time! Great pictures!
    Congrats about graduation! I'm sure you'll do great on your speech. ;)


  5. Your beach pictures are so crisp and clear and beautiful.

  6. My big sis graduated last summer and I had to speak at her graduation. I'm not a good public speaker to begin with and than I waited till the last minute to write my speech...yeah, not good. :D Good luck with the speech writing!


    p.s. Gorgeous house, btw. Reminds me of ours out on this little island in the middle of no where. :)

  7. Beautiful pictures. There's nothing like the beach.

  8. What a simply ADORABLE beach house, girlie!! Love, love, love!! It'd be fun to do a girl's party/sleepover/beach vacation! We should TOTALLY talk about doing that sometime!! How much was the rent? :P :D
    Fab pics, as usual.

    Love you!

  9. Your "two hours away" beach looks wonderful! I love beaches.

    Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! I'm sure you'll make an absolutely lovely graduation speech.

  10. I used to live at the beach, like litarally AT the beach, so I completely understand what you were saying like you were overdue for it. Your beautiful pictures bring back so many memories :)
    I love the pic with the manatee, well maybe the manatee himself does not know what the item he is holding is so they needed to label it for HIM! idk I still think its pretty cute :)

  11. That looks like so much fun! I love the beach. And that house/cottage is amazing! Just perfectly sweet. Good luck for next week :)


  12. take me next time you go to the beach, mkay? ;)

  13. WOW!!!! I LOVE that house. Especially the stairs.
    Good luck on your speech!

  14. That house looked so cool! I LOVE those stairs!

  15. Beautiful vacation!! So jealous! ;) Think my favorite part was the speech writing and your garret-ish room! (I'm off the hook for a graduation speech, but I had to recently write a 50 word bio of myself for the graduation program! It was torture)

  16. Those beach shots look like paintings....



  17. Your photography is so amazing! I felt like I might even be able to dip my toes in the surf :)
    I love the cute house you stayed in too.
    Congratulations on your upcoming Graduation !!!

    aka AudreyGardenLady

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  19. Graduation speech. I didn't even think of that... nope... I'm not giving one. That's that.

    I love the beach. I love the pictures you take of the beach. I love the pictures you take of food. *dies of hunger*

  20. I'm so in love with your little beach house. It is the epitome of seaside cuteness. LOVE the staircase.

    YAY GRADUATION!!! So exciting that you're giving a speech! :)

    Powdered sugar donuts mmmm.

  21. I have been craving the beach, and after reading your post, it's like ten times worse! Unfortunately, I live pretty far from the coast. Your pictures are gorgeous. Good luck on your graduation speech. You are a good writer -- I'm sure you'll do great!

  22. Stumbled across your blog, and I'm so glad I did! Your photography is awesome, your posts rock, and I'm a tad bit jealous that you're only a couple of hours from the beach! =D Congrats on graduating! And best of luck with the speech. I'm sure it'll be great!

    P.S. Weak decaf? That's. just. not. right. =)

  23. Lovely photos! And I love that house... utter Summer perfection! :)

  24. So glad to find someone else who takes magnificent food pictures! I love them...but I get such odd looks when I stop someone before taking a bite to take a picture (not of them but) of their food :)

  25. wow! These pictures make me so green with envy! so beautiful!!! And don't worry I saw "hope" at first glance!

    -Heather from

  26. love these pictures, those stairs are so awesome.

  27. Diggin your photos, and trip to the beach! I live on an island, and hardly ever go. Each time I do, I wonder what is wrong with me, and why I dont go more often!

  28. What brand are your shoes? They are so cute and comfy-looking! It's hard to find shoes to wear with skirts that aren't what I call "prim and dumpy" :)

    By the way, I really enjoy reading your blog!
    It's so sunny :)

  29. I am new to your blog so I wanted to say Hi! I really enjoyed reading/looking this post. It's so refreshing!:)

  30. This looks like such a picture perfect vacation! I'm jealous! Good luck with your graduation speech!

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  32. Ha! Funny thing is, before you even mentioned the stairs and I saw the photo of them, I was thinking, "Those stairs are adorable!" I totally agree with you on the house being *adorable*.

    Oh and also - I am a *tad* bit jealous that you live on the West Coast AND less than two hours from the beach. It takes us four and a half to five hours to reach the beach from where we live (we live on the East Coast).

    Oh and no worries - you won't throw up during your graduation speech. Why? Because I will not let you. ;)

    Have a lovely day, Polka Dot!

  33. P.S. I forgot to even mention this in my previous comment, but each and every one of those photos are absolutely beautiful! The lighting looks *perfect* in each one. ^_^

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  35. I love these! So summeresgue (I dont think thats a word but oh well) :P

  36. these pictures are incredible! I just found your blog and I LOVE the positively you give off! shine on sista!

  37. What would you say if I told you I lived at the beach and was able to go at least once a week? =D Awesome pics, BTW! That beach house looks awesome and it reminds me of the one we stayed in last summer. xD

  38. P.S. there are some really awesome coke glasses at the Dollar Tree... Just sayin' ;)


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