Early Friday evening, my boy and I hit the road towards Ocean City, Maryland.
It was a long drive, about 5 hours. 2 and a half of that spent sitting in hours of non-moving traffic. But hey, it was the last weekend before school starts. What did we expect?
I don't even know how to start to tell the story of our trip once we arrived. I guess I could start by saying that we really really needed it? I hadn't realized how much time we don't spend talking & how much time we've wasted not being Us. We are one of a kind. We've been madly in love since we were in high school, and how I hadn't realized how different things have been lately I'll never know. This past year has been so wonderful all focused on Abby and all the love that we have for her, and what great we parents we are. But oh, I forget how much I love him.
How much I love him as him. Not just for being an awesome Daddy to the other love of my life, or loving him for supporting me & putting gas in my car. Loving him for just who he is. As my boyfriend. We're 19 and 21. We are still so young, and so in love. We were just kinda in a little funk for a moment. & This weekend I realized one thing: somewhere in there, he's still that same 17 year old high school football player who just about swept me off my feet.
Since we arrived so late on Friday we planned on just getting some carry out & crashing. As we were sitting on the deck contemplating what we wanted for dinner..then we remembered. It's only 10 o'clock, we don't have a baby to put to bed, we can still go out & do something! So, that we did. I took a quick shower, shared a couple cold beers with my man, threw on a simple black sundress & we hit up the boardwalk. My competitive boyfriend had to challenge every game in the arcade, as always..and I always trail along behind him with a million claw machine prizes, smiling and finding it super cute how proud he always is of himself.
After strolling the boardwalk for hours & picking through numerous little beach shops & sharing a giant bucket of vinegar soaked french fries & sipping ice cold cokes..we decided to call it a night. That is until we passed a 24 hour fishing shop & pier..
It was 2am, and this was by far the latest either of us had been out in months, we were exhausted..but a late night fishing trip for old times sake was just too good to pass up. We didn't even have to talk about it, we smacked $34 down on the counter and walked out with two fishing poles, a bucket of bait & 12 hours of the pier, just for us.
We drove back to the trailer that night (or morning I guess you could say) with no fish in hand, but we didn't even care. We had so much fun trying it didn't even matter. We drove down coastal highway with the windows down, singing country songs, and holding hands. We crawled into bed together and talked for a while about Abby and how she was probably sound asleep & loving life being spoiled at Grandma's..we kissed goodnight & were both snoring in each others arms within minutes.
The next morning I somehow still woke up extra early out of habit, kissed my sleepy man & headed to the beach with my new book. I won't get into it right now - but Jenna Jameson's Auto biography? Absolutely amazing. I would suggest it to anyone. But anyways..the beach is the best place to spend your morning in my opinion. I sit so long at the coast line letting the waves crash up on my legs..my chair is practically buried by the time I'm getting up to leave. The rolling in of the waves, the seagulls, the smell of the salty air, little kids running freely up and down the beach, warm sun hitting my oily-sun tanned skin..it's one of the most relaxing things a girl could ask for.
I could of spent all day at the beach. But this trip was supposed to be about the two of us, so around noon I headed back to wake up my still sleeping boyfriend and to go grab some lunch together. We chose our favorite restaurant in the city - BJ's on the bay. We go every summer & Jake always dies over the clams casino. We sat out on the deck, right on the bay & watched the geese float around and the crabs scatter across the sand. I enjoyed a yummy seafood wrap & Jake chowed down a Tuna sandwich.
After lunch we went back to the boardwalk for some daytime fun. We walked out on the big pier and watched all the millions of families bake in the sun & play in the waves. We sipped ice cold mountain dew and rode the haunted house, which was hilarious may I add. It was probably the longest ride I've ever been on & it was SCARY!
We later went to the outlets which was a big mistake. I always spend way too much money because they have such great sales. I spent a pretty penny on Abby's fall wardrobe from Carters, some new wedges for mama, a couple shirts for Jake, and a new sundress from Sunstations.
Later I sipped Mike's Hard pink Lemonade while taking the time to flat iron every strand of my frizzy beach hair while blasting music in the bathroom. I tried on about 4o different eyeshadow colors, applied and reapplied my eye liner & mascara until it was perfect...because that's what girls do, and I love being a girl.
I wore his favorite perfume and my new sundress with some new Victoria's Secret lotion that gave my skin a sparkly glow. He wore a simple black polo & a white baseball cap but looked absolutely stunning. We drove to Hoopers, a seafood place on the Bay and waited 30 minutes for a table. We talked, we laughed, we held hands...I was completely smitten by him.
That night we went home & simply sat on the deck, drank beers..and talked. Forever, and ever, and ever and ever. It was the perfect night to a perfect weekend. It was exactly what I needed and I can't believe how lucky I am to be in a relationship with the love of my life.
This morning, it poured. And we got to drive home in this. What fun!
All in all, it was a wonderful weekend that the two of us so needed. I love him so incredibly much and we are both so blessed to be in a relationship full of so much love. We are not perfect by any means..but we are in love. and we are us. & we forgot about that for a little while. But, we reminded each other this weekend and now I can't imagine us being so distant ever again. and I'm gonna love you, like nobody loves you & I'll earn your trust making memories of us. Jake & Brittany 6.19.06 - The quote I've put every where since the day we started dating, and its still just as true as ever baby. Love you ♥
With all that said, we still both had to agree that nothing quite compares to coming home to this.
She had a fun weekend at Grandma's but is happy to be home with mama & dada and we are happy to have her back. I missed her so much that I'm playing hookie from work tomorrow and spending a day telling her how much I love her, and how much her mama & dada love each other and how she very much changed our relationship for the better. After spending two days away from that face? & Then doing it for another 12 hours tomorrow? Nope, sorry..can't do it. It's okay to be a little irresponsible sometimes, right? ;)