I can’t think of a place that I would’ve rather been to spend my 23rd birthday weekend than Avalon, NJ with the boyfriend & our friends, Mike & Julie. You may remember Julie from basketball season. I met her at HACC and we’ve been great friends ever since.
These two are a match made in heaven, and are going to be married in June 2012! They recently got engaged and asked us if we wanted to join them on a beach trip! We couldn’t go for the entire week, but headed down after work on Friday.
We had beautiful weather the entire weekend, which wasn’t supposed to be the case, but God pulled through and answered our prayers for an excellent time.
This post is basically going to be a plethora of pictures from our experiences there…maybe a few foodie pictures, but for the most part, it was all about the memories (:
We stayed at the Beachcomber Resort, which was just across the street from the beach access.
It was at a great location, within walking distance to the little shopping strip as well…oh, and Wawa (:
The first morning we were there, I set out on a 5 mile run…mainly because I’m nosey and was excited to explore the new-to-me area. I really wanted to see what all was around.
First, I headed around the neighborhood. There were runner-friendly sidewalks everywhere, but I found my way to the beach. Then, I proceeded to run through town until I made it to the bridge.
There is something SO serene about running near water & early enough in the morning that you’re one of the only people out and about.
See my shadow on the bridge?
Avalon, NJ is a very quaint little area which I adored. It was family friendly, unlike OC, NJ & OC, MD where you tend to see a lot of partying, etc. This was quiet and peaceful with a sweet little strip of shops and things to do in Stone Harbor.
Not to mention, the place was SUPER gluten-free friendly, which was great to see…especially because Julie has some pretty strong food allergies. When I got back from my run, Julie & I headed to Coffee Talk which was actually somewhere that Taylor Swift used to play, while the boys headed to Uncle Bill’s Pancake house.
I got some amazing coffee and we sat & chatted for awhile about things God was teaching us, our families, and anything else that came up in conversation.
When we got back to the room, I had some breakfast.
Fiber One Cereal, chunked banana, & chocolate Light Muscle Milk
Post breakfast, we got geared up in our beach apparel and headed down to the sand. It was already turning out to be a beautiful day!
Don’t mind the frizzy hair (: Jarid didn’t. Haha.
Julie, Mike & I played frisbee on the beach while Jarid napped for a little bit. He drove us the whole way after a long day at work, so it was totally reasonable that he was a little tuckered out.
We all headed back to the room to grab a bite to eat for lunch in the afternoon and stayed by the pool until it was later in the evening.
I’m pretty positive that I could do anything with Jarid and we would make it fun, but this trip had adventure written all over it. It was my first weekend away with someone I was dating and it couldn’t have been better. Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure he’s the one ;)
Must be the adorable dimples or the goofy smile that drive me wild (: Okay, enough gushing…back to the trip!
Mike & Julie were SO sweet. They got a chocolate cake, frosted it, and sang “happy birthday” to me when we went back to clean up at the room!
Jarid wanted to give me my birthday presents before we went out for our “date night”/birthday dinner, so I happily obliged.
Remember when we went to the Aquarium and got an artist drew a picture of the two of us?
Welllllll, Jarid made me a copy and framed it for my birthday! (:
AWESOME! His parents also gave me a sweet card & gift (which I forgot to take a picture of. It looks just like THIS, though). I never imagined I would like the parents of the person I was dating so much. Even the times we spent at their house chatting on the couch were so enjoyable.
For the grand finale, the boy gave me a large-ish box which contained
THIS! I was in shock and awe. I’ve never owned a REAL Coach bag. I couldn’t believe how amazing he did at picking it out! I love that I can match it with black or brown. It is JUST the right size, not too big, not too small. I think I smothered him in kisses after he gave it to me. So thoughtful.
You better believe I made the immediate bag switch from my old to my new before we went out. The place we found in one of the books about the area was called the “Sea Grill” and it was highly recommended.
Turns out, we were both caught off guard when our waitress told us the way the restaurant worked…See, you don’t give your order to the waitress at this place, you take your “tab” up to the chef’s window, order something off the blackboard menu, and tell the chef exactly what size and how you’d like it cooked.
I ordered grilled chicken and a baked sweet potato to have with my salad bar, while Jarid picked the crap imperial stuffed shrimp. He let me try it, and I can say without a doubt, I will be ordering that next time.
He helped me finish off my chicken. The restaurant was a tad dark, so the photos didn’t come out so hot, but we had an amazing dinner.
Afterward, we did a photoshoot by the bay on our walk to the shops.
I actually LOVE this picture (:
Part II of “the good life” coming up next ;)