Where We’ve Been & What We’ve Done: Part 1


Time is a funny thing. Sometimes it goes by so fast, sometimes it’s slow, and sometimes it’s somehow both at the same time.

You know? Those moments where time has passed and you say to yourself “has it really only been two weeks?! It feels like it’s been so much longer than that.”

Well, that last one is about where we are right now. We really can’t believe we left Jacksonville less than two weeks ago. Tomorrow marks two weeks and so much has happened since then!

Part of me feels silly for writing about all of this but many of you have asked for updates on our time on the road so here it is…

The Beginning

Josh and I left Jacksonville on the first Saturday morning in September. We drove to Charleston, South Carolina to stay for the night and do some site seeing. Our original plans consisted of historical landmark tours and carriage rides.

Unfortunately, we were actually so exhausted by everything we’d done that week in preparation for leaving that we barely made it through the four-hour drive. By the time we got there decided to just walk around downtown.

We’re still determined to make it back to tour the fort and some plantations. As it was though, there was no way that was going to happen. Those places had started to close for the day already and we were just too tired.

We did stroll through the market street and by all the touristy shopping though. That was fun.

We saw a huge gorgeous very formal wedding procession leaving a beautiful old church. At the front of the procession was a choir singing old hymns and the church bells rang for a long time announcing to anyone in ear shot the event that just took place. It was quite the sight to behold.

For dinner, we ate at the US Navy Fleet Landing restaurant. The wait time was pretty long but so worth the grits! I love grits and theirs had to be some of the best I have ever tasted. I want to go back just for the grits. They were that good!

We got to sit right on the water and watch as a light breeze caused the grass to sway making a ripple effect across the river. It was so peaceful. All of it was such a change of pace from what we had been living. A very welcome change.

The next day we made our way up to Norfolk, Virginia. Our first destination. The drive felt long but we made more stops than usual and came across some pretty neat things. At one point we stopped in Fayetteville, North Carolina for some lunch. The mall was right there so we decided to see what was in the food court. Turned out to be nothing we really wanted but the mall did have this cool mural.


We ended up going to Chipotle and eating outside. The weather was just so different than Florida’s August weather that we couldn’t get enough of it!

This stop might seem like such an odd and random thing to note but if I’ve learned anything on this trip, it’s to just take the time to stop and enjoy every little moment and place. I even wrote a whole post on it which you can read here.

We Made It!

We finally made it to our hotel on base and got checked in and unpacked. Time was already starting to feel like it all meshed together at this point. I honestly didn’t even know what day of the week it was. I’m used to structured weeks that keep me on track but change can be a good thing.

So here we were, at our destination. It felt great. The next day was a holiday and we spent it visiting some old favorite spots from the last time we were staying in Norfolk.

First stop, our favorite all you can eat sushi place because where else would you eat lunch on this amazing holiday weekend?

Enjoying Life is a Wonderful Thing!

We had found this great little hidden treasure of a spot last time that contained a Chinese tea house and garden (in case you don’t know, we lived in China a few years back and love little spots like this). We drove there and took a walk around just breathing in the clear air. It was dreamy.

Afterwards, we roamed around a local mall and spent the evening having dinner with an old college friend.

It was definitely a great way to spend the weekend. Especially because Josh would be checking into his new work command the next day and things would be more structured for the next few weeks.

Family Time is my Favorite!

My 25th birthday was the Wednesday of this first week. Seems like a big one and I had totally planned on celebrating in the evening with ice cream and a walk on the Virginia Beach boardwalk after Josh got home from work. The weather had a slightly different plan though. It had been so gorgeous all day. Josh got home, I looked outside: pouring rain. So much rain. Bummer.

Well whatever, I choose happiness. And that night, happiness looked like unhealthy chips and dip to ruin my dinner, ice cream, and a Redbox movie. The movie turned out not to be that great but who cares. We were safe, we were together, and it was memorable.

Besides, we were planning a drive to Annapolis to see my family for the weekend and we would all get a chance to celebrate again there. Which we did. With a giant over the top Korean meal at one of my new found favorite Korean BBQ places. (My Grandmother is from Korea and I love a good authentic Korean meal! Which is surprisingly hard to find in Jacksonville, Florida).


And this was definitely one for the books as our party of 20 friends and family passed dishes back and forth, talked over each other from one side of the table to the other, passed the baby around, and laughed at it all. Making memories together. It was perfect.

It’s been an adventure so far but I can’t think of any better way to spend it than with family and friends, visiting old places, and exploring new ones.

We hope you enjoyed reading about our adventure so far and we would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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