On Sunday I drove to Alabama to pick Allie up. This was actually the first time I have driven to get Allie by myself so naturally, I wanted to make it fun and special.
On Monday, I went to work and Allie joined Zach at the church for a few meetings and worship team prayer time. It was very special for Z to have her there and introduce her to a lot of folks. Later on, she and Zach's mom went to lunch in Decatur (Al's fav spot - Sun in my Belly) and then a little shopping around Little Five Points (another favorite area for Allie). She was as happy as a piglet in a puddle! Haha They had a great time and even shopped AGAIN on Tuesday. Ha! We are so thankful Allie is able to spend time with Zach's mom and that they have such a close relationship. Again, so many blessings during our treasured time with Allie. We always pray that God stretches our time with her and he ALWAYS does.
Monday evening kicked off vacay for me (I took off the remainder of the week to spend time with Allie) and we spent it over at Avalon with our friends Alex and Whitney. Avalon is a new live/work/play development over in Alpharetta that is really nice. This was our second time over here and it was so fun!
These two cuties waiting outside Antico Pizza.
So. Good. After enjoying Antico, we headed next door to Caffe Gio- the dessert and coffee counterpart to Antico. Isn't this place adorable?
and Allie went all out and got a fresh cannoli!
This year we tried a different carriage house rental- a two bedroom, one bath cheery, modern hideaway.
Besides being in a great location, it was the perfect amount of space for us this time.
First stop after settling in- COFFEE.
Thursday morning we picked up our bikes since we LOVE riding bikes together.
(If I didn't have a bike, I think the next best way to cruise Rosemary would be in one of these vintage Scouts! My sister loved these old cars. Isn't it so awesome?)
Naturally, our first destination on the bikes was The Donut Hole. It's become tradition now for us to ride bikes to this local restaurant just beyond the boundaries of Rosemary, pick up sugary pastries, and bike back to our house to devour them.
Done and done.
Thursday's weather left much to be desired. It was dreary and rainy most of the day so after we had lunch in Seacrest, we stayed in and watched a movie until it cleared up late afternoon.
Some of my favorite times to go to the beach are either at sunrise, at dusk/evening, or after a storm.
The peaceful solitude is so refreshing to me.
After lunch at the Summer Kitchen Cafe, we headed down to the beach to get some much needed sunshine!
Birds of a feather...
Afterwards we headed back to La Crema for chocolate fondue!
Besides all of our typical Rosemary activities, much time was also spent on music during the week.
On Saturday before heading home, we got in a final bike ride before heading to brunch.
The ocean was on our left and down below, the Pearl pool, patio, and cabanas were on our right.
Cuban-style french toast.