Thinking about summers at the lake with my family.
I (Ali) would spend nearly every weekend in the summer on Smith Lake in Alabama. Boating, swimming, horseshoes, 4-wheeling... it was my absolute favorite place in the world.
I remember looking at Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom when my dad got the phone call saying the property was ours.
I remember standing on the land, completely covered in trees, imagining what it would look like after the house was built.
I remember watching my dad walk through the build site, checking every job for perfection. I remember picking out paint colors, and shopping for linens for ALL THE BEDS.
I remember NYE polar bear swims then jumping in the hot tub to warm up, pool and ping-pong tournaments, and riveting games of mexican train.
I remember trying deep-fried turkey on Thanksgiving, and massive shrimp boils spread across the kitchen table.
I remember feeding the fish crackers from a baby bottle at Ryan creek marina, cliff-jumping, and cruising to find the ice-cream boat.
I remember when the dock ramp snapped in half during @amber and Russel's reception, leaving a very wet bride and groom and 20 people to be shuttled back to land with a kayak and a paddle boat, yet somehow NO ONE GOT IT ON FILM.
I remember Anders' baby blessing, surrounded by our entire family on both sides.
We built that beautiful lake house from the ground up, and enjoyed the heck out of it. And now that we are all grown, it's time for my parents to sell it to another family who will cherish it as much as we did.
If you find yourself in Alabama, go to Smith Lake.
Feed the fish at Rock Creek Marina,
eat fried catfish and Snickers from Ryan Creek Marina, pretend to be James Bond and fly through the small inlets on a jetski,
and soak up that gorgeous blue sky.
Do it for me, please?
I don't know if "Throwback Thursday" is still an actual thing or not, but today I'm wishing I was back on a cruise ship deck watching an ocean sunset with my hubby, so here ya go...
HIGHLIGHTS 2019: Οι καλοκαιρινές διακοπές μας!
Τα μυστικά των Κυθήρων:
Ένα ελληνικό νησί γεμάτο φυσική ομορφιά και πολλές δραστηριότητες, που αν και δεν ακούγεται ιδιαίτερα, κάνει πραγματικά εντύπωση στους λάτρεις μιας φιλήσυχης ζωής. Ο Ευάγγελος, Creative Director της @sandteam.gr επέλεξε τα Κύθηρα για τις καλοκαιρινές διακοπές του.
Κρήτη, το νησί της φιλοξενίας:
Φιλόξενη και έχοντας τη φήμη της «λεβεντογέννας», η Κρήτη είναι –και για εμάς– από τα ομορφότερα νησιά της Ελλάδας. Φέτος, ο Λεωνίδας που είναι ο Designer της ομάδας, την προτίμησε για τις αυγουστιάτικες διακοπές του. Δικαίως…! Η αρχοντική Κέρκυρα:
Καταγάλανα νερά, σοκάκια που θυμίζουν την ιταλική Βερόνα και τοπικά καταστήματα με το παραδοσιακό λικέρ κουμκουάτ, είναι μερικά από τα πράγματα που χαρακτηρίζουν το νησί της Κέρκυρας. Ακόμα ένα check στην travel-list της Θεοδώρας, της Copywriter της ομάδας μας, εξετελέσθη!
HIGHLIGHTS 2019: Our summer vacation!
Kythira, the island of secrets:
A Greek island with natural beauty and lot of activities to do, which, despite the fact that it does not sound very impressive, it really attracts the lovers of a peaceful life. Evaggelos, the Creative Director of S & Team, chose Kythira for his summer vacation. And he definitely didn’t regret it!
Crete, the land of generosity:
Hospitable and with the reputation of "the land of the brave men", Crete is –for us too– one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. This year Leonidas, who is also the Designer of our team, preferred Crete for his August vacation. Fairly enough...! Corfu, the Great:
The crystal blue waters, narrow alleys reminiscent of the Italian Verona and local shops with traditional kumquat liqueur, are some of the things that characterize Corfu island. Another check on the travel list of Theodora, our Copywriter, been done!
When I kept my Pen aside and held a pencil for a while!!! #reminiscing