6/14/10

Date Night!

Brett and I had our first date night in awhile while on vacation in Destin, FL with my side of the family (thanks Mom and Dad). It was only a few short hours but getting to spend focused time on each other was so good for us. I felt like I was in college again. Here is the obligatory beach pose that strangers kindly offer to take for you when they see you trying to do it yourself at arms length.

We walked from our condo to the Back Porch for some indoor/outdoor dining only to discover their power had gone out and we'd have to wait almost an hour to be seated and eat. We were on foot so we sat out back on the picnic tables and people watched, trouble shot the Typepad blog problem, and talked about how much the girl in front of us looked like me in college. SO MUCH.

She ended up offering to take our photo. Then she and her parents were seated at a table next to us. It was like we were all on a date together. Ha! Apparently the power came back on and we enjoyed the local fare and ice water with lemon in pretty pink plastic cups.

I wore my new shoes even though my nail polish was slightly worn from all the pool time.

We walked along the beach and picked our way through the boogery, mossy seaweed that had collected all week along the shore line. Not as bad as tar balls, but not so fun to find in your swim suit. We decided our precious date night was our honorary anniversary celebration and made it official in the sand. Not that kind of official! It was still light outside.

We had a fabulous week in Destin with my family but Sunday was extra lovely thanks to this little time spent together. The last time I was in Destin was the summer before Brett and I were engaged so it was special to finally enjoy it as a married woman and mama to boot!
It's been quite the exciting eight years! Here's to many, many more.


xoxo,
Rachel

43 comments:

heyjenrenee said...

awwww, you guys are super cute and it looks like you had a rad time. congrats to you!

Amanda said...

Happy 8 years! My husband and I met while both stationed at Fort Walton Beach. We have a lot of great memories on those beaches also!

Early-mid June is terrible for the scratchy red seaweed, sorry about that!

chelseybell. said...

you two are adorable together. good for you guys that you got some alone time together!

Elsie Flannigan said...

aweeee.

i love this.

hana said...

You made me laugh with the comment about the obligatory pose you strike when strangers offer to take your picture when you're trying to do it yourself. so true. :D Congratulations on your 8 years!

Tori said...

Oh my gosh. My yearly two week trip to FL is in less than a month. I am so excited now

Roxanne said...

I *knew* you were in Destin!!! I miss the Back Porch oh so much. If you get the chance to head down to the Destin Bridge, turn right at the last road before your cross it and then immediatly look for a sign on your left for "Dewey Destin's" Best seafood you'll ever have! Also, if you get a chance, drive down 30-A to Seaside. There's lots of cute shops (a cupcake shop in an airsteam) and an amazing record store! Ahhh, I miss it there. Enjoy Rachel!

Quiet Violet said...

That last picture melts my heart! Congratulations on 8!

CrowNology said...

You are Both Gorgeous!
Congrats!
xo
Andrea

miss james said...

love that last photo. you look gorgeous!
happy 8 years! XO.

Leigh-Ann said...

so adorable Rachel and Brett! You are one of the sweetest couples, xo.

Alice said...

You are stunning in that last photo! Love!

Gingiber said...

So glad that you had a lovely time with your husband. I just had a weekend away with my husband for the first time since Violet was born. It was much needed as well.

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said...

aww, super cute pics of you and congrats on the 8 years!

My hubby and I are going to British Columbia (he's from Vancouver) for a week...wihtout our two kids! I can't.freakin'.wait.
I think it will benefit everyone (and alawys, it's a vacation to spend it with Oma, Opa, & Grammie to boot!) I'm looking forward to seeing the ocean too, since we live at least 15 hours in any direction from one.
Sarah M

Lydia said...

you two are so cute :)

jadie said...

ahh you were in destin?! i live nearby and was just there for our 1 year anniversary earlier this month.
glad you had a good time!

angie may said...

congrats on your anniversary! its so happy to hear a success story! you two look very happy! :) aaaw.. hehe! <3

Lexi said...

I love the "make it official in the sand" remark--hee hee! That last pic of the 2 of you is gorgeous. Sounds like a fun time!

mrs boo radley said...

Happy 8! Wonderful pictures.

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

YOu guys are too precious!

Sarah Mullanix said...

Looks amazing! Happy 8th! :)

Antonia Krajicek said...

Looks like an amazing time. I have so many good memories of Destin. It makes me miss it, especially with the mention of the Backporch!

cococricketsmama said...

What great pictures Rachel, happy anniversary!

AshleyAnn said...

"not that kind of official" my mac thanks you for the coffee I spit on it while laughing.

Meg said...

aw i really love that last photo. how sweet. happy 8 years!!!

Michelle said...

Aaw - so lovely! :) You too are so sweet. :) Happy eight!

malori said...

I just about died when you said "Not that kind of official". I wasn't even thinking of it that way lol. Congratulations, you two are such a cute couple :)

Amie said...

Congratulations! What a fun time to celebrate begin together all these years. Here's to 8 more!

Jazmyn Alexandria said...

Aww how exciting! :)

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Gretchen said...

Your shoes are SO cute! Can I ask where you got them??

The Sisterhood said...

So glad that you got a nice night with the mister...eight years is something to be so very proud of--my most sincere congratulations to you, my dear. =)

Love,
Sarah

Angela said...

Aw, what a great date night!! You guys make a stunning couple <3

seesuestitch said...

I love the last picture, you guys look great! glad to hear you liked your stay in Florida. I'm down in Miami and these past weeks the days have been gorgeous!

Sue

RachelDenbow said...

Gretchen,

Thanks! They are from Marshalls.

Sal said...

aww. happy anniversary. i love the last photo of you two. just beautiful.

Mrs. Dontje said...

happy eighth anniversary! so glad you got some special time together :)

Mandi said...

Congrats! And many, many happy years to follow. You guys seem like exactly where I hope Phil and I will be in 8 years. Happily married, with beautiful kids. Oh, and at the beach. ;)

amy lapi said...

aww yay! i love this post + these photos. you kids are the cutest.

Maggie Whitley {Gussy} said...

date nights rock, and how special to be back in Destin 8 years later :]

i loved your little photo story.
xo.

Angie said...

How sweet you two are!

lili est folle said...

happy 8 years!! ;p

Melissa Mann said...

I can't believe you were in Destin, FL! Only an hour away from me!! Glad you guys had a good vacation :-)

CAPow! said...

it looks like you guys had so much fun! I <3 florida!