Monday, September 29, 2014

Charleston Honeymoon

Our belated honeymoon was spent in Charleston, one of my favorite southern cities!! We stayed four nights at a condo/apartment we found through - it had loads of historic charm!! Unfortunately the few pictures I did snap definitely don't do it justice; think old wooden floors, original brick masonry with messy coastal mortar, white linens and a huge master tub. Our rental was right above Sticky Fingers, corner of Meeting and Hassel, so our hallways constantly smelled like smoked pork and bacon which I was not mad about!!

We were pretty centrally located so walking everywhere was easy, aside from The Battery which was still worth the hike.
Our trip consisted of sightseeing, walking, eating, sleeping - rinse and repeat!!

Now, for anyone who has been to Charleston before you know that I can't not mention the food!! We ate our way through Charleston at least three times a day if not more. My favorite meal of the entire trip was at T Bonz Gill & Grill; their Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries was simple but so so good!! It was actually my first time ever trying Pimento Cheese (the look of it always freaked me out as a kid) so I may not be the best judge, but with thick cut tomato, melted cheddar and homemade pimento cheese I was in love!!

One of my favorite parts of the trip was actually driving up and down the coast seeing all the different vacation homes and beach communities. Since I have been to Charleston once before in the winter time, this was something new and different from my last visit. We parked at Folly Beach for a couple hours to soak up some rays and left with a parking ticket in hand!! Oops... Tyler was thrilled because of course I assured him prior to parking there that there was no way we would get a ticket!!

My sweet stud

After our beach-capade we visited with my brother and his wife who live just north of Charleston. We ate at Sesame, which was probably the most interesting burger menu I have ever seen!! I had the Napa Valley burger which was topped with fig & bacon jam, bleu cheese, and red wine reduction. There was so many good things on the menu, we will definitely be back to try more!! ps. they also have adult milkshakes!!

via | Build your own: choose from beef, black beak, chicken, or turkey...
After finishing some burgers at Sesame, we went down to one of the local bars on the water. My brother is in the Navy so it was good catching up on their turf before his pending orders this fall. My brother was coming off a 12 hour shift on his 5th day straight!! So we relaxed for a bit watching the boaters and kayakers before he had to hit the sack. Sadly we did not take advantage of the dockside photo op...

On one of our last nights we did the Haunted Jail Ghost Tour which was alright. I have been on a walking tour through Charleston before and liked that much better. I was expecting to see more inside the jail when in reality we just walked through some stuffy, empty rooms. I didn't realize it had been used as several different things since it's original purpose - such as a police station and day care center, creepy...

After checking out at 10 a.m. we revisited our favorite breakfast spot of the trip, Toast. We love love love breakfast and this place was awesome!! I got The Eggs Meeting Street which is a fried green tomato, topped with crab cake, poached egg and remoulade sauce - heaven on a plate. Tyler's favorite was the Philly Breakfast Sandwich on a homemade biscuit. The only thing I regret was not doing the bottomless mimosas!!

Our belated honeymoon was an absolute success!! It was the perfect adventure for us to end our first year as newlyweds!! I've always loved vacationing with our family and friends but after this trip I can't wait to plan our next private getaway as a couple!! I can not add enough !! !! !!  Tyler is my favorite person and best friend, who better to explore with.

If you have any weekend trip recommendations please share!! 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Summer Highlights

Summer has blown by this year, as always. Not to say that I'm upset about this - I've already started fall shopping and enjoying my fair share of pumpkin spice lattes. I'm determined to have a decent wardrobe this fall/winter.
If you ask any of my friends I tend to avoid long sleeves and jackets, even when it is clearly too cold to be without. Time to grow up and don what you people call sleeves...

Anyways, back to the past couple months that are totally absent from my little blog.
Here's the highlights from a summer I haven't yet documented in any way...

May | Tyler and I went on a day trip to the mountains to witness the marriage of my lovely friend Sara and her now hubby Kyle. Their day was absolutely beautiful and purely Christ centered!! It was so sweet and spiritual, loved being a small part of that day!!

June | I had my first shooting lesson with my man!! He's still encouraging me to get my concealed but haven't found the time or motivation to do it just yet. At least I've now gained the confidence to shoot a 45 without wincing first!

July | Our belated honeymoon finally happened. We went to Myrtle Beach for a few days with our friends then slipped on down to Charleston to spend the rest of the week solo. Lots of eating, walking, and sleeping - just what we needed!!

Murrell's Inlet


August | I stopped spreading myself too thin working 48+ hour / 6 day work weeks. Leading up to this was an internal struggle with turing down the extra income but it was for the best. I ended one of my fill-in jobs and with it a bit of unwanted strain/stress on my schedule.

September | We decided to put our house on the market!! I think this is the cleanest our house has been and stayed since we moved in almost two years ago. Time flies but we are ready to find a better fit for our wants and needs in a home.