Jess and I didn’t go on a girls trip last year, so we wanted to try to get together this year to hang out and get some time away. We decided it would be fun to go to Wilmington (Jess lives in Charleston) since we haven’t been there since our high school reunion back in 2010. We thought it would be fun to hit up some of our old stomping grounds that we used to frequent as well as relax at Jess’ beach house in the nearby Oak Island. Jess couldn’t get off work as early as she had originally planned to so I ended up meeting up with Rennie, Dad and Christopher for a visit. It worked out perfectly since it had been some time since we saw each other last. Dad made his amazing Louisiana style cajun jumbalaya and it was delicious!
I planned to meet up with Jess later that morning, so I decided it would be fun to catch up with an old friend I have known since elementary school that I went to church with! My friend Sara go way back and it has been at least 13 years since we’ve seen each other last. We’ve reconnected on Facebook of course, but due to my tight schedule while I was in town, I was never able to pay her a visit. Until now! We enjoyed a delicious breakfast and it was so nice laughing and catching up just like old times again! Our lives have changed dramatically, however in some ways, we are the still same girls we were from the same ‘ol beach town. Jess and I met up later that morning and we enjoyed catching up downtown walking through stores an grabbing a bite to eat for lunch. One fun fact… We wanted to go to our favorite pizza joint “Slice of Life” and we were so bummed when we arrived to it’s usual spot and saw that it was no longer there and had turned into something different. How could that be? We asked each other. It was a favorite throughout the town and certainly our favorite place. We begrudgingly ate there anyway. I got a salmon sandwich and Jess got a salad. Not the same as the yummy pizza we had set our minds to, but it would have to do. We left the restaurant with full bellies only to realize that directly across the street from where we were standing was in fact… you guessed it. “Slice of Life”. Ugh. Really? Of course they didn’t close! They just expanded to a bigger building! So… we must partake in the delicious pizza another time but at least we know now that our beloved pizza place hadn’t gone under. We met up with Jess’ Mom and her boyfriend for a delicious dinner that evening. They suggested Oceanic and I wasn’t going to complain since it was arguably one of the best restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. We had a tasty dinner with beautiful views and great conversation. It has been many years since I had seen Jess’ Mom and I really enjoyed talking with her. After Dinner we picked up my brother Chris for a night out. We had so much fun taking shots, playing pool, bar hopping, dancing, doing some Karaoke. So much fun! Chris recently turned 21 in February (so crazy how time flies) and it was our first time out on the town together! He was so fun to have along with us and I’m not sure we’d have as fun of a time without him!
After a late night out, we decided to take it easy the next day, and then drive up to Jess’ beach house in Oak Island. We were pretty beat so we did a lot of lounging around. I rented a movie from red box, the Nicole Kidman flick “Before I Go To Sleep”. It was really good. It is very suspenseful and keeps your interest. After that, we enjoyed a walk on the beach with her sweet dog Ruby and then met up with Jess’ Mom again for dinner in South Port which is pretty close to Oak Island. The next day we decided to go paddle boarding in Davis Creek, a nearby inlet that funnels to the waterway. There were rumors of alligators there, so I was a bit nervous but everything ended up just fine and it was a nice relaxing time in nature. Just what the doctor ordered! We ended with some shopping in South port in some of their cute shops that had clothing stores, antiques, a lunch by the water and ice cream! Even though sometimes people change and they end up not being who you think they are, it was still a fun trip and can’t wait until I can make it back up to Wilmington again.