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A Lovely Farewell to Summer…

"When summer gathers up her robes of glory and like a dream, glides away" -Susan Whitman

The hazy days of summer are drawing to a close, but before a new routine gets underway, our family was able to squeeze in a final beach trip to Hilton Head Island.
We settled into The Westin for the weekend, which is beautiful and child-friendly boasting four pools and easy beach access.

Eloise and I enjoyed exploring the area during our morning walks, and of course she played hard – swimming and making new friends- until crashing for her afternoon nap.
The highlight of the trip was spending time with our Hilton Head cousins and reliving some childhood memories in Harbour Town where we saw the legendary Gregg Russell perform under the oak tree delighting children and parents just as I remembered (he's currently in his 41st season). Storm clouds rolled in the final afternoon of our stay but cleared off just in time for date night (thanks to our lovely niece for babysitting).


Before heading home, we let Eloise loose on the beach to expend some energy. At 23 months old, she is always in running mode (or flying as she calls it) and doesn't meet a stranger.
Goodbye, beach!

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A Lovely Little Fourth…

“Every heart beats true under red, white, and blue…”- You’re a Grand Old Flag, George Cohan

Sunshine, sand castles, family dinners, ice cream, wave jumping and even a few date nights- it was another fun beach week celebrating the Fourth of July with Little Lovely in our favorite seaside spot, Litchfield Beach, SC.

Eloise had a ball playing hard and spending quality time with our extended family. Here are a few photos capturing some vacation highlights:

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Lovely Little May…

Does the calendar really say June 1? The last month was busy as we celebrated family birthdays, Mother’s Day, the end of Eloise’s first school year and turning 21 months old, a fun beach week, play dates with friends, and Memorial Day weekend to kick off summer. I’m grateful for all of the happy memories we made and excited for the sweet summer ahead!

Beach fun πŸ–:
{Special birthday date at our favorite spot, Chive Blossom}

{Mother’s Day tea β˜•οΈ}

{Celebrating Nonni’s birthday πŸŽ‚}
{Birthday dinner with the sweetest girlfriends at new favorite, 1801 Grille!} 


{Play dates and pool days with good friends πŸ‘­}

{21 months old!}

Memorial Day fun πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ:

Happy summer!

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A Lovely Fall Beach Weekend…

Tangled 

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!

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A Lovely Little Labor Day…

Labor Day traditionally marks the end of the lazy days of summer, so our family headed for the coast to spend a final beach weekend soaking in the sun, sand, and surf. Luckily, Hurricane Hermine blew through before the weekend began and left behind some amazing, cooler weather and azure blue skies.

Usually we are in a rush to get to the beach, but this trip we took our time and stopped for lunch in Historic Georgetown.
A bit of a well-kept secret, this charming city is dripping with picturesque homes, quaint restaurants and shops as well as rich history. My mother has always been fond of Georgetown and was sure to include a stop on our family beach visits, so I’m very familiar with the iconic Rice Museum on Front Street, fresh vegetable plates at Thomas’s Cafe and eerie ghost tours explaining about the town’s notorious haunts.  We enjoyed the gorgeous weather with an outdoor lunch at Alfresco Georgetown Bistro, which was quite accommodating to Little Lovely, and then strolled along the waterfront.Our destination for the weekend was Debordieu where we joined a few other families- 6 babies and one on the way- for some beach fun.    Eloise had a ball splashing in the water and digging in the sand, and mommy and daddy enjoyed taking in the beautiful view from the porch while she napped.  It was wonderful watching all of the children play together and having some adult conversation too. Happy Labor Day! 

 

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A Lovely Weekend Away…

A weekend away is good for the soul and especially when it’s spent in lovely Amelia Island, Florida. For the past few years, I’ve been a lucky spouse tagging along with Jody to a legal conference held there at the Ritz-Carlton.One of the most southern of the sea islands, Amelia boasts wide powdery beaches, moss dripping oak trees and the quaint seaside village of Fernandina Beach.

With baby staying home in the great care of our trusted sitter and her sweet grandmothers Jody and I were able to relax to the fullest- beach walks, reading, and sunning filled our days (as well as some conferencing).    

 The Assistants was a fun and light read where the clever girls win!

We were also able to enjoy cocktail hour and dine a little later than the early bird special visiting some of our favorite spots in Fernandina, including Espana and the most charming Le Clos.  

 
 A clambake on the beach at sunset was the perfect way to end the trip! Time away provides much needed rest and connection, but I must admit that we daydreamed a good bit about Little Lovely and our future family trips in Amelia. We know she’ll love it as much as we do.

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A Lovely Little Beach Week…

“Smell the sea and feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly.” -Van Morrison

For a week my little family and I did just this, relishing our first beach vacation together. My childhood summers were always spent at Litchfield Beach near Pawleys Island on the South Carolina coast, so it was special bringing Little Lovely to the place where so many of my happiest memories reside.  

 

The week was full of memory making of our own- long morning beach walks, fun family dinners, trying our first taste of ice cream, shopping the Lilly sale at The Joggling Board, and of course watching Eloise play in the sand and fearlessly jump waves with her dad. It was a delight seeing how she gradually felt more comfortable with the sand and surf each day. And being such a personable baby, she sweetly smiled and waved to everyone along the Grand Strand.

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
  
   

While the days of baking away under the sun and plowing through a stack of beach reads might be on hold for now I love creating our new, family traditions and can’t wait until next year.  img_6793-43