And woke up to this:
...for her birthday morning.
For the first time in my life, I took an independent vacation. During college, when most people travel & such, I spent every holiday or vacation break with my family. I drove home for Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas & summer breaks. Grandma & Grandpa always came to pick me up for Spring Break, generally spent at the Marriott on Marco Island.
So it wasn't really all that out of my comfort zone to spend my first adult independent vacation at the condo...
And I missed you so much.
Miss Anna, my maid of honor, joined me, as we planned this to celebrate *our* 35th birthdays. To regroup & nurture our friendship that has survived our weddings, our children's births and the many miles that exist between Chicago & Charleston.
Upon returning to work, Miss Kathy welcomed me back in a true beach way.
And you could not have been happier to get the sand to play with or the castle building tools.
Mommy was pleasantly shocked to find the Amazon gift card artfully wrapped in the sand castle... :)