sharing summer


Last month my hubby and I took a quick trip up the California coast to Santa Barbara with my brother and sister in law.  I had no idea how much we needed the get away until we got away.  Does that make sense?

We'd been planning the trip since the spring and were really looking forward to it and then life happened and we started to think maybe the timing wasn't right for us to go.  There seemed to be so many loose ends at home, I was fighting a cold, the dog had allergies, the money could be spent on plumbing know the drill, anything that might keep us from going.

Thankfully we resisted the urge to cancel, packed our bags, gassed up the car and headed north.

Our first stop was the cute little town of Carpenteria. We always stop off at Reyes Market for a burrito, a walk on the beach and hit a couple of our favorite antique stores.

After lunch we got back in the car for the 45 minute drive to Santa Barbara.

We stayed at the Franciscan Inn which is a quick walk from the sand.  My sister in law and I checked in as the guys wanted to hit the links and she and I never lack for things to talk about.  After dropping our bags off in our rooms she and I headed down to the beach with a cup of coffee and our complimentary cookie in hand.

The room we stayed in was actually a little cottage suite complete with tiny rosebud wall paper and a charming wooden headboard.  Surprisingly my hubby loved the room and insists it is the only room we will stay in when we go back.

We did a little hiking, visited the mission, shopped on State Street and ate and ate and ate...

The weather was perfect, the company was entertaining and easy and the food was scrumptious!

We had the. best. time. ever...

It was such an important reminder to us that a marriage needs to be given priority, nurtured and invested in.

We've decided we need to get away at least a couple of times a year even if we think the timing isn't right, the money isn't there or the world will stop spinning if we leave home.  A healthy relationship has a trickle down effect on everything else in your world and is worth whatever the cost to maintain it, but then you already knew that.

xo, Patty


  1. Amen Patty. Glad you had a wonderful time

  2. Patty, You sweetheart, so glad you took the time to refresh your marriage. all the other problems will be bigger if the marriage lacks nurturing. You and your husband are so cute too. I loved your pictures...especially the evening shots. Blessings to you and your man, xoxo,Susie

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  4. A beautiful place to get away to with your hubby! A little Heaven on earth.

  5. I am so glad you had fun! Earl and I have made getting away a priority over the years and have found that it is such a great way to disconnect from all the things that distract us. It is a wonderful way to focus on each other, our relationship and having some fun together. Your trip sounds so wonderful, it makes me want to get away again :)

  6. Thanks for the marital inspiration, Patty! My hubby and I don't get away too often either. Just a little day trip here and there. Our anniversary is in September, so we're hoping for a getaway weekend. I'm glad you had such a good time in Santa Barbara. I've heard it's a beautiful town!

  7. Such true words... glad you did get away for what sounds like a wonderful time! Your photos are beautiful.. would love to see a pix of that cute little "cottage suite"... funny that hubbys sometimes love those and not sure why! My hubby likes things cottage and even flowery and soft colors. We always seem to let life get in the way of "going somewhere" and this just inspires me to try not to let than happen. You always inspire me!

  8. It's always wonderful to take off for a few days together. The evening photos with the sunset colors, the pier, and the lights... wow!

  9. So true that there are always so many loose ends at home.
    Glad you left them behind and took this fun adventure.

  10. Why is there no picture of your adorable cottage room?! Your hubby is a cutie and you two are an adorable couple!

  11. Oh what a wonderful get away! I am glad you did it. And continue doing it in the future. Just what a marriage needs. :) Kit

  12. Gorgeous, gorgeous! I've always wanted to visit Santa Barbara! It's on my list! :-)


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