“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” – Mark Twain
This year, having spring fever coincided nicely with our family’s spring break, and we packed in events, outings and a beach trip into our week.
The break kicked off with a beautiful Easter weekend and some quality time with family and of course the Bunny.
My dress is by Devon Baer Design and Eloise’s pearl heirloom dress is from Posh Pickle.
We also had a special time taking Eloise to her first Disney on Ice performance and watching her eyes light up as her favorite princesses took to the ice.
The weather was perfect for outdoor activities, so we ventured to Cottle Strawberry Farm for berry picking and eating one afternoon and to Riverbanks Zoo for a morning visit before the crowds arrived.
Eloise’s adorable strawberry watercolor dress is by Little English and her bonnet is from The Beaufort Bonnet Company. Mid-week, we packed up and left town for some relaxation at Litchfield Beach. Although it was a little chilly, our Little Lovely was determined to play in the sand and water! I was grateful for taking long walks, taking in quiet sunrises and even taking time to finish a book, A Man Called Ove.
As an added treat, my mom and brother joined us for a few days. Eloise loved her time with Nonni and Uncle Dillon, and we even got to sneak away for a date night at the charming Caffe Piccolo in Pawleys Island.
My spring fever might not have completely subsided, but breaking from routine to enjoy family and make memories has us all feeling refreshed and recharged.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” -L.M. Montgomery
The weather this fall has been unseasonably warm even for South Carolina, so we took advantage of the continued summer to plan a beach trip over the long weekend.
Nothing on the schedule except for beach walks and watching some football (for Jody) which meant plenty of time to play and relax.
Dinner on the patio at Bistro 217 was the perfect way to end the day (Eloise is a big fan of their homemade banana ice cream).
We took one more beach walk before heading home. Until next time!
We return to hear the waves rolling onto the beach one after another connecting us like blood.
We were listening long before we came here, remembering wind spinning salt through interrupted sunlight.
This is a place where dreams return like fish tangled in seaweed.
Whatever sorrows come are folded into the sea, rinsed clean and kept- unbearable secrets.
-Marjory Heath Wentworth, SC Poet Laureate
Fall at the beach is a special time. The crowds have disappeared, the weather is cool, but the sun is warm enough for long walks. After a busy few weeks, it was nice to slow down and relax at Litchfield Beach for the weekend.Waking up to this beautiful sunrise we bundled up Little Lovely and headed out for a brisk beach walk. The wind was whipping so we moved inland to escape the chill.
Our plan for the morning was to visit Brookgreen Gardens, an expansive sculpture garden and natural preserve celebrating its 85th anniversary. Founded in 1931 by Archer and Anna Huntington Brookgreen has become a cultural center featuring the largest and most comprehensive collection of figurative sculpture in the country. The oppressive heat usually deters us from visiting during our summer beach week, but a lovely fall day was perfect for meandering through the grounds. Brookgreen will soon begin its Night of a Thousand Candles when the live oaks are strewn with twinkling lights and handlit candles shimmer nightly throughout the holiday season. We also visited the zoo on site, and Eloise enjoyed seeing the animals from her cute stroller. We were all ready for a rest and with renewed energy we played on the beach in the afternoon sun. Little Lovely is certainly a beach baby and had so much fun running around and picking up seashells. Our day at the beach ended with a delicious dinner at local favorite, Frank’s Outback, which is especially cozy in the fall with fire pits and heaters providing warmth while you dine alfresco. A relaxing weekend away – hope yours was too!