ten on tuesday.

(disclaimer: iphone pics ahead!)

1. This post will include a giveaway at the end. So don’t skim. 😉

2. Tomorrow I have something SO EXCITING to share with you guys. It will include a giveaway too (or several). It’s not photography related but it’s something I love so, so, so much and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

3. This morning Brent sent an email to all of our friends with a You Tube video link. Brent is not a joke email sender so I knew this had to be good. Hilarious! Please click if you have a dad, are a dad, know a dad or just like to make fun of dads. Dad Life. (p.s. all you Dads out there living the “Dad Life”…you are amazing.)

3. A couple of months ago my Dad decided to gift me with a road trip for my 30th birthday. “Anywhere you want to go,” he said. My answer? Fairhope, Alabama. I’ve never really spent time in Southern Alabama and in light of what’s happening in the gulf with the oil spill I wanted to show my support with my (dad’s) dollars. So we’re here. At the Grand Hotel. I knew it would be fab, and it is. What I didn’t know was that my sister (!!!!!!) would be joining us! I cried like the baby sister that I am when I saw her sitting on the dock of my in-law’s house, beer in hand, smug look on her face. AAAAHHHH!!! So fun. I love my dad so much for making this happen.

4. We spent the entire day shopping. No touring or sightseeing for us (poor Dad). We hit every antique shop, resale shop, boutique, coffee shop, and bookstore in the town of Fairhope. It’s all in the name of supporting the local economy, I promise!

5. So. Regarding that outfit. Halfway through our day my sister and I stood in a dressing room together oohing and aahing over each other’s finds. And then she had to come out with, “can I tell you something about your outfit?” (Note to self: future answer to that question should always be NO!). She went on to tell me that the shirt I was wearing with that skirt was all wrong and that she rifled through my suitcase this morning when I wasn’t looking to see if I had something different. I didn’t. So she let me go out looking (apparently) like a goof and then sprung the news of my goofiness on me midway through our shopping excursion. I tried to defend myself by reminding her that I didn’t know she was coming on the trip. Her response: “So you just didn’t try?” Ouch.

6. We’ve laughed about that little exchange all day. It rivals the time she sent me a shirt she once bought but changed her mind about deciding it was “too prim” for her. I of course am the natural choice for prim hand me downs! So if you have any extra mumus or embroidered denim jumpers lying around, send them my way.

7. The people of Fairhope have seriously been SO kind and welcoming. It seems like every store and restaurant we’ve stopped in has been staffed by people genuinely interested in who we are, where we come from and what they can help us with. Case in point, chats at an antique and bookstore this morning:

8. In said bookstore I found a pretty hilarious sign on the restroom door. And then I took a picture for a little bit of proof!

9. I bought a magic necklace today. And tweeted about it. In case you’re wondering, a magic necklace is a piece of jewelry that makes everything you put on look amazing. I finally had to take Meghan’s advice and take it off when I was trying on clothes because I couldn’t decide if I loved the shirt I was trying or just the necklace! The picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s an old piece (antique store find) made of increasingly sized pieces of slimly cut wood. Love.

10. We had Gumbo for lunch today: (well, we had Facebook too.)

And the tasty Gumbo made me proud of the t-shirts we picked up in downtown Fairhope in support of the Gulf Coast. They’re being sold to raise money for the grassroots Save Our Shore program which seeks to create oil absorbent hair booms to be used to protect the delicate shorelines. It helps that the art on the back is pretty. So we bought four.

(Hey Brent, I got you a T-shirt!) And I got one for one of you too.

Just leave a comment today and the next time I blog I’ll pick a winner using random.org and have it sent your way (Hanes Adult Large).

monicaJuly 6, 2010 - 8:53 pm

Looks like a cool place to visit.

Melissa HunnicuttJuly 6, 2010 - 8:56 pm

Wow! What a great gift from your dad. Envious!
Happy Belated!
=)

Monica BradfordJuly 6, 2010 - 8:58 pm

Looks like a cool place to visit.

nickiJuly 6, 2010 - 8:59 pm

what a fun trip! Your 30th is never ending :). You deserve every fun minute of it!!!

ValerieJuly 6, 2010 - 9:09 pm

What a great bday gift…time with your family and helping a community at the same time. When I got my hair cut a few weeks ago, the salon mentioned that they are sending all of the hair “scraps” to help with absorbing the oil. I wonder if it’s for the same organization?? I’ll have to ask next time.

KellyJuly 6, 2010 - 9:10 pm

What a fun trip! I was JUST looking at the Grand Hotel for a short getaway this fall. It looks gorgeous!

My friend just had her hair cut and donated it to the Oil Spill Relief. I am going to remember that the next time I get mine cut!

chesleyJuly 6, 2010 - 9:12 pm

always wanted to make the trek there! looks like fun!

EBPitcherJuly 6, 2010 - 9:14 pm

Sounds like you are having a great time! I love the shirt! And gumbo!

MeganJuly 6, 2010 - 9:18 pm

What a fun birthday gift to spend time with your dad and be surprised by your sister. Sounds like a fun trip!

angieJuly 6, 2010 - 9:19 pm

Looks like a fab trip. What a thoughtful Dad! Great post too!

angelaJuly 6, 2010 - 9:19 pm

I love your outfit! Sisters dont know everything ALL the time. You are adorable

Lacey RJuly 6, 2010 - 9:42 pm

What a perfect gift from your Dad! He’ll never be able to top that one! And, Dad Life was indeed hilarious! It reminded me of the hilarious Toyota Swagger Wagon video!!

amy emeryJuly 6, 2010 - 10:03 pm

great tee shirt–and super great gift and surprise (sister) from your dad. today would have been my dad’s birthday–he passed away when he was 54 (and I was in my late 20s)–13 years ago. treasure the moments. and SO what is wrong with the shirt/skirt combo? too funny–i have two sisters! LOVE them.

Meg DuffyJuly 6, 2010 - 10:14 pm

I think the shirt is very cute. Looks like a fun day and what a great dad you have to go shopping with you.

TinaJuly 6, 2010 - 10:22 pm

How fun! And how goofy do I sound now after I said how cute & trendy you look when you posted that photo on Facebook… haha!! I’m obviously fashion-challenged…and for what it’s worth, I still think you look cute in that outfit {or maybe it’s the magic necklace! 😉 } Either way…looks like you had a blast!

Elizabeth holderJuly 6, 2010 - 10:24 pm

What a cool idea
A road trip with your dad
Must look up fairhope al. Myself
Thanks for the giveaway
Looking forward to more pictures

cathyJuly 6, 2010 - 10:35 pm

It sounds like a wonderful trip. I would love to take a trip with my sisters & dad. Then again we might kill each other. HA!

LaurenJuly 6, 2010 - 10:54 pm

Sounds like ya’ll are having fun! And what a great surprise to have your sister go along on your roadtrip too! Shopping at antique stores, boutiques, coffee shops….perfect! Love your wooden necklace. Oh, and the “Dad” video~too funny!

Stacey RJuly 6, 2010 - 11:33 pm

I love your outfit! You’re looking adorable as always! So there, big sis! 🙂

Lisa B.July 7, 2010 - 3:42 am

Sounds like a great shopping trip! I’ve been to Fairhope several time but have not been antiquing there…sounds like an item for the road trip list. The shirt is adorable! Has to be the most original one I’ve seen. Our gumbo is definitely endangered here in Louisiana!

KimJuly 7, 2010 - 3:46 am

Our elementary school just had a pediatric cancer fundraiser where the teachers would shave their heads if the students ment fundraising goals. The students raised over $14,000, the teachers shaved their heads, and the hair was sent to the gulf coast! The students were doubly excited to help with two causes. 🙂

AngJuly 7, 2010 - 4:34 am

You seriously have the most amazing family! It’s just so neat. I love reading about your adventures and all the memories you are creating. Thanks for letting us be a part of it!

P.C.July 7, 2010 - 4:39 am

So neat to see you guys having a blast.
Your dad and sis gave a great surprise!
P.S. Those T-shirts are great. I hope lots of people are still flocking to visit the coast–so glad you guys did!!
(also, no need to enter my name in the drawing)

paytonJuly 7, 2010 - 4:46 am

What a fun sister trip! My sister and I laugh like no other time when we are together. And she, of course, critiques my outfits.

MicheleJuly 7, 2010 - 5:16 am

Dear January,

Why are you so far away?

I can’t WAIT for you to come out here. Oh the shopping…. 🙂

LoriJuly 7, 2010 - 5:18 am

what a fun trip and a great cause!

Lauren HumphreyJuly 7, 2010 - 5:27 am

LOVE Fairhope, and LOVE the Grand! We go in the fall and stay for a long weekend (since we live S of Bham, it isn’t that bad of a drive). It is WONDERFUL! Glad that you guys are having a good time!

MarthaJuly 7, 2010 - 6:16 am

great post. i loved your outfit! i guess there are more of us fashion challenged ladies here. 😉 your sister is too cute and what a great surprise for you.

Michelle ArthurJuly 7, 2010 - 6:39 am

You guys look like you are having a ball. Your dad is amazing for suggesting your trip and getting your sister to go.

ellen pattonJuly 7, 2010 - 6:50 am

Sounds like a fun trip! I wish I had a sister. 🙂

KeriJuly 7, 2010 - 6:52 am

I so hope that I have as wonderful 30th birthday as you. Love the blog. Love the support shown.

AbbyJuly 7, 2010 - 6:53 am

I totally adore your writing … you make me feel like I was with!
Yay for Saving our shores!

KathyJuly 7, 2010 - 7:20 am

Aww, what a sweet dad you have! Not sure how I found your blog anymore, but that tshirt is great!

JenniferJuly 7, 2010 - 7:29 am

So glad you’re having fun on your birthday trip! And in your defense I think your pink skirt/white outfit is cute! 🙂

Kathy C.July 7, 2010 - 7:37 am

super cool trip! yeah for fun dads!!! 😉

HuyenJuly 7, 2010 - 7:59 am

I thought your outfit wasn’t bad. I’m glad you had an awesome time with your sister and supporting the local economy down there!

MeridithS.July 7, 2010 - 8:10 am

LOVE that you chose Fairhope. Last time I was there it was with a tour and we didn’t get to shop in all those little cute little places. But did get to stay at The Grand! Glad you are helping save the gumbo!

MomJuly 7, 2010 - 8:16 am

Love this post and so glad you two are having fun with your dad. Are those Mola handbags I see? Love them!

Erin in IAJuly 7, 2010 - 8:17 am

Love the necklace find!

RhondaJuly 7, 2010 - 8:29 am

Cute outfit!! Love the necklace and t-shirt! Looks like you are having a blast. What an awesome Dad!

Carol MoyerJuly 7, 2010 - 8:41 am

Erin, the resort looks WONDERFUL – what a great Dad you have!! The YouTube video is funny.

Gretchen ClarkJuly 7, 2010 - 9:31 am

what a fabulous vacation!!! I love looking at your photos 😉

AmberJuly 7, 2010 - 9:36 am

What a thoughful gift from your Dad! I hope the rest of the time was just as enjoyable.

CamilyJuly 7, 2010 - 9:52 am

I love it when your posts make me teary! I’m missing my family and have to admit, it made me weepy that your dad suprised you with your sister! Love that.

TammyJuly 7, 2010 - 10:43 am

Looks like you guys had fun! Love towns with old little shops.

SarahJuly 7, 2010 - 10:55 am

What a fun trip! And of course I’d love the shirt!

Liz CJuly 7, 2010 - 11:34 am

LOVE Fairhope. When I was a child my family lived in South Alabama and would vacation in Fairhope. I remember the sunsets, sleeping on the screened in porch and the jellyfish 🙂

ShonnaJuly 7, 2010 - 12:24 pm

LOVE that you chose to go support those affected by the spill!!!

Natascha GambleJuly 7, 2010 - 1:14 pm

I still love reading your blog 🙂 thank you for sharing!!!

AnneJuly 7, 2010 - 1:21 pm

The video made my and the kids laugh out loud. Thanks for that. The guys in the videos are my husband and all of the husbands of my friends! Being able to personally relate to it makes it just that much funnier. I am going to snag this for my FB page. Give Brent a hug for finding it. Too funny.

Melissa JonesJuly 7, 2010 - 1:38 pm

Love the necklace!

Shannon MarieJuly 7, 2010 - 1:49 pm

I’m jealous of your trip. Looks like you three, had a wonderful time.

DonnaJuly 7, 2010 - 2:07 pm

Dads are the best!
I think you’re outfit looks cute!

Beth PJuly 7, 2010 - 2:15 pm

Father daughter time with a bonus sister thrown in sounds WONDERFUL!!! Enjoy every minute!

KymnJuly 7, 2010 - 2:26 pm

The pictures are wonderful, I get so much inspiration from your photographs. Thank you very much for sharing!

Sarah StegallJuly 7, 2010 - 2:30 pm

I just LOVE road trips! Such a great time. I think we may just have to make it to Fairhope soon!
Thanks for the chance to with that cool shirt 🙂

kelliJuly 7, 2010 - 2:51 pm

What a great trip! Looks like you had a wonderful time with your dad and sister.

AngelaJuly 7, 2010 - 3:06 pm

What a super fantastic creative Dad you have!!! My dad is super and fantastic, but not that creative 😉 Hope you’re having a fantastic time!

SarahJuly 7, 2010 - 3:08 pm

What a fun day!

SierraJuly 7, 2010 - 3:24 pm

What a special trip! Love the support you are showing too!

Angie SandyJuly 7, 2010 - 3:25 pm

Looks like a great trip, I pray for all of you on the gulf coast.

TarrahJuly 7, 2010 - 3:43 pm

I am tres envious of your trip- and love that your dad surprised you with your sister. P.S. If you ever want to get Ed of your magic necklace, I’d happily give it a good home. 🙂

DebJuly 7, 2010 - 4:25 pm

Thanks for sharing your great finds. Sounds like a fun place to visit!

HeatherJuly 7, 2010 - 4:36 pm

I think what you did to show your support is amazing. And, I loved your outfit! Thanks for the chance to win!

shelbyJuly 7, 2010 - 4:52 pm

what an awesome gift from your dad! so cool!

Laura from WVJuly 7, 2010 - 5:00 pm

Before I read the comments your sister made, I was thinking your outfit looked cute hahaha I must be clueless too.

NatalieJuly 7, 2010 - 5:32 pm

Looks like you’re having fun! 🙂

Carrie DavisJuly 7, 2010 - 5:34 pm

You crack me up. I’d be pretty proud of myself if I had put together the outfit you have on in the picture 🙂 Your dad sounds awesome – what a fun road trip!

JuliaJuly 7, 2010 - 6:59 pm

I am in love with your father for his gift of his time/ road trip for your 30th! What a wonderful gift of making memories together!

LisaJuly 7, 2010 - 7:51 pm

The GRAND Hotel…where Tim and I spent our honeymoon…isn’t Fairhope simply amazing! So glad you enjoyed your trip there!

Amy T.July 7, 2010 - 9:52 pm

What an amazing/thoughtful gift your dad gave you!!! I need to remember that one about 25 years down the road. Looks like you had a fabulous time!!!

Sarah FJuly 8, 2010 - 6:28 am

Hey I have that same necklace!

christi :)July 8, 2010 - 8:28 am

Hilarious video! Thanks for providing me much entertainment while I wait out my 3 hr layover in dfw. Have u seen the sienna minivan rap video? It’s along the same lines & is so funny – esp when dad’s dressed in his feather boa for the tea party. Reminds me of Joel dressing in dinner jacket to serve @ Maggie’s 8th bday “high tea”. Or a certain supper club member dressed as a superhero to please his wife’s kindergarten class… gotta love these guys!

j.j.July 8, 2010 - 11:41 am

i’ve been dying for a place like that – there are tons of occasional sales here. and what a find, huh? you gotta love a magic necklace:)

Jennifer FIkeJuly 22, 2010 - 1:50 pm

Have Fun!!

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