Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Hamptons

I have so much still to document from our first married summer. During these last few months, whenever I even thought about sitting down to blog, the sunshine seemed to call my name and I couldn't bare to spend one more second indoors. Thus, I have fallen months behind. Here is my pathetic attempt to catch up.

In June, we spent a weekend in the Hamptons with some of our dear friends. We rented a three-bedroom, two bathroom little beach cottage with four other couples. You do the math. 10 adults + 2 yummy babies under one roof = air mattresses in every living space possible. It was an absolute party. In my mind, that's the only way to do the beach house thing - the more the merrier. Scott and I had never been to the Hamptons before, but we easily watched the first two seasons of ABC's Revenge in about two weeks. Thank you, Baldwins. So we thought we were ready for any party Victoria Grayson would throw our way. I told Scott I would only answer to Emily Throne all weekend as we tried to take down the Grayson Empire. Needless to say, I thought we had a pretty good idea as to what the Hamptons would look like. But boy, when I saw the wooded area our neighborhood was in, I was pretty shocked.  The greenery here on the East Coast is such a nice surprise. There were even "Watch Out for Deer" signs on the road. Straight up forest, I tell you. I thought our home was so charming and the pool was just dreamy.

We were so lucky that all the guys were able to sneak away from their offices for the weekend. I had to work late Friday night, but when I got home we packed our bags, picked up our rental car, and missed the traffic. I'm madly in love with our city life, but I really miss driving with Scott. Not sure if it's the freedom, independence, or our impromptu dance parties - but it always feels good to hop in a car and just go. Even if I did fall asleep in the passenger seat about half an hour in. Sorry, babe.

The next morning, we all woke up and obsessed over these two babes during breakfast. Sweet Caroline and Ruby are just to die for. Seriously Rue, those legs.

We were staying in East Hampton so Main Beach was only a short drive away. The sand was soft and the water was warm. We hadn't been on a beach since our honeymoon to Hawaii and this was such a welcomed sight. 

^^^Love these Larsen's. They are such a good time. Ruby, I could eat you.^^^

^^^Kenz and I doing what we do best. Us Arizona girls could soak up that sun all. day. errrr. day.^^^

The boys reverted to their 13-year-old selves and played two-hand touch on the beach and frolicked in the water. They all looked so happy to be released from their desks and enjoying summer. I remember thinking this was so good for Scott's soul. 

^^^That child can sleep anywhere, I swear.^^^

^^^Sweet Caroline just chatting with the girls about The Bachelorette. And that bathing suit, get outta town.^^^

We all ate lunch at the beach side burger shack, layed out, and even fell asleep for an hour in the sand. There's nothing more soothing to me than letting the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore rock you to sleep. We were out. 

^^^Tyler, Sara Jayne, & Caroline Baldwin^^^
This darling family left us for Palo Alto just weeks after this trip. In a way, it was our last hurrah. We miss them so very much. 

^^^Austin & McKenzie Hyde^^^
I adore these two. Kenz was kind enough to photograph the entire trip. 

^^^Matt & Kenzi Komenda^^^
Kenzi is such a champ and coordinated the whole thing. She is amazing. Matt is pretty cool too. 

After our beach day, nothing sounded better than a chocolate chip walnut cookie from Levain Bakery. Thankfully, one of their three locations is in the Hamptons. You bet we hit that up. 

And lucky for Scott Maddux, there happened to be a seafood shop right next door. We planned to barbecue  the next day so we needed to get all the fixins. Scott and Nate had their hearts set on buying living lobsters and cooking them. I don't think either of them had done this before, but there was no convincing them otherwise. And I figured we'd be getting the full New England experience. So, I went along with this little experiment. Spoiler alert: the next morning, we found them dead in the bucket we put them in. Don't worry, the boys still ate them hours later. I still don't know if that was healthy?


We ate dinner at this darling New England restaurant called Harbor Grill. I tried clam chowder for the first time. When in was delicious. We liked it so much we even went back for brunch the next day. That night we played games until 4:00 in the morning and I felt like we were in college again. After hours of Battle of Sexes, Mofia, Dip, Dip, Dip, and the infamous paper bag game, we were pooped and my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard. 

The next morning, we drove around a nearby bay and then spent the entire day poolside. It was glorious. The boys played catch for hours. Sharks and Minnows and maybe some Marco Polo happened that afternoon. The best part was the big barbecue we had that evening. If that spread doesn't say summer I don't know what does. Scott got his lobster and was a happy man. 

After dinner we all cleaned up, packed our cars, and headed home. Scott and I made one last stop downtown admiring it in all its glory. We ate ice cream on one of those cute benches and reminisced about our fun weekend with great friends. We're so very grateful for the relationships we've made with such incredible people during this stage of life. Being so far from our families, friends easily become your family out here. These people make our experience out East so much sweeter. Here's to the Hamptons.

1 comment

  1. Okay this is totally my favorite post yet. Those top photos on the steps? MEMORIES! Goodness, KYLEE I seriously almost got teary eyed thinking of YOU looking back at these photos some day. Such good documenting here. You could be such an amazing reporter...oh wait. ;)



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