All of sudden it's August in New Bern, NC and no one warned me! There is still so much fun to be had before Summer ends and I don't want to miss a thing.
Here is what is left on my Summer bucket list. Do you think I can fit it all in?
1. Take my Grandson Noah to the beach for a few days. His 3rd birthday is in August so the timing is perfect. I like to stay close to the beach because a toddler at the beach needs a lot of fun stuff.
Here are a few places that we are thinking about staying.
Palm Suites 602 W Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC
Islander Hotel & Resort 102 Islander Dr, Emerald Isle, NC
The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores 511 Salter Path Rd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
2. Movies on the Lawn. Almost like the drive-ins of old but without the station wagons.
Here are a couple of good ones coming up:
August 29TH-Bring the Kids and the popcorn
TRYON PALACE IS OFFERING MOVIES ON THE LAWN.
August 10TH-Date Night
DATE NIGHT MOVIES IN THE PARK FEATURING THE PROPOSAL
3. IT'S MY HUSBAND'S BIRTHDAY IN AUGUST
We both love to check out live music and here is what is coming up in August.
August 9th 2019 YPG River Jam with Trainwreck and Spare Change
August 10th The Bears are playing at the Garage. Fun Fact: The drummer lives next door and guitarist lives down the street so being a groupie is easy.
August 16th Footloose On The Neuse – Summer Concert Series with Lewis and Clark
Live music is booming the rest of the Summer and my favorite place to find out more is
The New Bern Music Calendar.
Back to school is in the air (and the stores) but there is still some time to fit everything in....if I hurry.
If You Still Need Some Ideas for your List...
Fast forward a couple years but a couple of days before last Christmas, he asked me to come to his home office. When I walked in the room, he shut the door and had a serious look on his face. For an instant, I had a bad feeling in my stomach. What happened? What’s going on?
But then I noticed his eyes. All blue and sparkling but nervous. He was rambling on about his car, or work, or something and all of a sudden he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was SHOCKED. He said he just couldn’t wait until Christmas and wanted it to be a private moment between the 2 of us. I said YES!
Oh and the white reeboks and weird jeans…they are gone. We plan to marry this year. We have already decided our honeymoon destination- Europe so be ready for some updates along the way.
David, you are truly the love of my life. If possible, I love you more every day. I am so glad I took the chance on you and made myself vulnerable. It’s a good thing my wings “were cold” right?
Thank you for your unconditional love, your silly jokes and for making me smile every day.
Since it's almost Father's Day I was thinking about my Dad. His birthday and Father's Day arrive at the same time this year. He recently celebrated his 80th birthday. I can't believe it's been so many years already. Time surely flies.
When I was little, my dad was always the fun one. He was my hero. When I heard one of his many cars (he was a car buff) pull up in the driveway, I was so excited to see him I would smoosh my face into the window of the door to see him walk up. Every time.
We didn't have much money. Actually we had no money. We were the kids that got clothes from the salvation army before the hipsters thought it was cool. Every now and then, my dad would find some extra money and he would take us for a 5 cent ice cream cone at Thriftys. If we were really lucky, we would get the triple scoop for 15 cents.
My dad has a huge soft-spot for stray animals. He would bring home so many animals our backyard turned into a genuine petting-zoo. We actually sold tickets to the neighborhood kids! We had an owl for many years that was my absolute favorite.
Along with this soft-spot for stray animals, my dad had an even bigger sense of duty to help those in need, especially when it came to people in our church. My dad was gone at work or church activities a lot. Oftentimes too much for me. He would come home every night completely worn out and fall asleep in his chair. I'm not going to lie, as a child I was very resentful when my dad was too tired to play with me but would get his tie and shirt on and go over and help someone in need without grumbling. Now as an adult, I understand that what he did took a lot of effort and strength. I know he missed us too. He was following what he thought was right. His duty has always been to help anyone or anything in need.
On church Sunday, I was always the first one in the car after my dad. While waiting for the rest of my family to join us, I had my dad all to myself. These moments made me so happy because he was proud of how I was always on-time, like him. One of the coolest things about church was that my dad would draw us little pictures during the very lengthy and dry church services to keep us entertained. I thought he was the best artist in the world. All of us kids would fight to see who got to sit on either side of him.
In high school, Saturday night was my big night. If I wasn't sneaking out to a punk concert, I was at our church dances. I had a curfew and had to be back "no later than 11:30pm", which worked out perfectly because that is when Saturday Night Live came on. After we would come back from the dance, my dad was always fast asleep. I of course always woke him up so that we could watch SNL together, and he never complained. In fact, he would go watch my favorite character, Mr. Bill, with me and my friends and we would all laugh and laugh. It was the best.
Aside from my dad being quite the doodler, he was also quite the letter writer. He would write me novel-sized letters every time I disappointed him (I still have them all) that always ended in “I love you daughter”. As you can imagine, I have quite the stack of letters! By the way, I love you too dad. ♥
One of our biggest points of contention was that I was quite the little punk rocker in my day. My classical music loving dad was no fan of my loud, rebellious, punk music. To this day, I'm still trying to convince him otherwise. I think it's working. The last time I saw my dad, I heard him humming along to the Ramones while we were in the grocery store. Don't pretend it didn't happen dad!
We stayed in touch off and on for years, but after a period of no contact, I was told that he had died from liver cancer. I’m glad to have met him. Really. This experience has given me the perspective to appreciate all the life, time and energy the man who actually raised me gave me.
While we may differ in our tastes in music, we are the same with our sense of humor, love of Thrifty chocolate chip ice cream and being quite the sticklers when it comes to being on time.
You know, after all of this talk about my dad. I need to go visit him. It's been too long!
Finally, I wanted to wish my dad a happy father's day and birthday.
Happy Father's Day and Happy Birthday, dad. You deserve it.
Love, your daughter,
PS. The last time I went to visit my dad, he was wearing this button I gave him many years ago. I had no idea he still had it. My dad is truly awesome.