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A Lovely Little May…

“In the marvellous month of May when all the buds were bursting, then in my heart did love arise.” -Heinrich Heine

The month of May has been marvelous and very busy between finishing a kitchen renovation, celebrating birthdays and Mother’s Day, and a quick getaway to Charleston.

Birthday dinner with my best girl 🎂Dinner with wonderful friends 🍾 A special Mother’s Day celebrating my mother’s birthday too💗

This weekend we tried a new boutique hotel in the Elliotborough neighborhood of downtown Charleston, 86 Cannon. Run by a stylish couple, Liz and Marion, along with their two cockapoos, Sully and Gus, the charming spot offers five guest rooms in a fully renovated historic home built in 1860.

I was impressed with the gorgeous interiors and close attention to detail making our stay luxurious, including cocktail hour in the salon and specialty truffles from Christophe Chocolatier left in our room to ensure sweet dreams. We were well located near upper King St. and walked to brunch at the lively Rarebit followed by shopping at Skinny Dip Charleston {make sure to go upstairs to the cafe for some frose}. After meeting up with friends from out of town, we made our way to dinner at one of our favorites, Rue de Jean. A very fun evening!

Even a brief jaunt to Charleston is special, and we were ready to get home for Eloise’s first dance recital.

Hope your May has been marvelous!

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A Lovely Spring Break…

“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.

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A Lovely Little Bluff…

the river never broke a sweat.

it went for miles around us,

running in place

in search of a silent moon.

the darkness was her perfect partner,

leading them all

to the finish line,

where the morning

threw its hands up

as the winner of the race.

we stood on the sidelines,

rooting for time to suspend us,

staring down the clock

and knowing this was

not the end,

but the beginning of our journey

toward forever.

the running river by Marcus Amaker

Nestled on the northern bluff of Beaufort overlooking the May River, aptly named Bluffton is a charming coastal village that has grown in recent years to feature gourmet restaurants, boutiques and the beautiful Montage Palmetto Bluff resort, which was our weekend destination.

The area is special to us as it was the setting for our wedding ten years ago at Oldfield Plantation and now home to Jody’s family. In fact, Little Lovely was able to spend time with her cousins while we had a night away.

After checking into our guest house, we walked to Wilson Village and enjoyed an alfresco lunch at Buffalo’s overlooking the water before exploring the property.

We grabbed our books and a cocktail at the River House to enjoy the view and springlike weather.

From water sports to nature trails, there isn’t a shortage of recreational activities, and hopefully our next stay will be a little longer so we can take advantage of the award winning spa.

For dinner, we hopped on the shuttle and headed to the Canoe Club, a “river to table” restaurant offering sweeping views and local seafood.

After our meal, we found a spot by the fire pit to roast s’mores and look at the stars. A sweet ending to a relaxing day.

With our extra hour of daylight savings, we had time for a walk before meeting up with Eloise and her cousins for brunch at Cahill’s Market.

Hope you had a restful weekend too!

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Ten Lovely Years…

10 years

120 months

522 weeks

3,652 days

87,600 hours

52,588,800 minutes and

315,567,360 seconds

Today marks our ten year wedding anniversary. On a picture perfect November 3, we stood in front of cherished friends and family overlooking the Okatie River in Bluffton, S.C., and promised to love each other forever. Then we danced under the stars before embarking on our happily ever after.

I’ve been reflecting on the ceremony led by my dear friend, Chaplain Mel Baars O’Malley, who spoke of our relationship in terms of life’s journey. During the past decade, we’ve experienced so much life, growing into ourselves, becoming parents and a family with our beautiful daughter, and learning together how to manage the joys and difficulties along our journey.

It’s only fitting that we celebrate ten years traveling together and creating new memories of shared experience to add to our story.

“What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel

That they are joined together

To strengthen each other in all labours,

To minister to each other in all sorrow,

To share with each other in all gladness,

To be one with each other in the silent, unspoken memories?” – George Elliot

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A Lovely Fall Break…

“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!

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A Lovely Little Apple…

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple” -J.K. Rowling

The weather was so beautiful yesterday that we decided to hop in the car and head up to Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC. Only a two hour ride from Columbia, Sky Top is the perfect destination for a day trip. In addition to acres of varietal apple trees, the orchard features a market of specialty apple products, fresh cider and delicious goodies, including hot apple cider donuts. There is a playground and tables outside where we were able to have a picnic lunch before we started picking.

Eloise was proud to help select the ripe fruit and place in our basket, and we are planning to make some apple crisp together this week. Make sure to add this fun, family activity to your fall list!

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A Lovely Little Folly…

Happy Labor Day!

Our family spent the holiday weekend in Folly Beach, SC, visiting with cousins, playing on the beach and cheering on the Gamecocks to their first win of the season!

Eloise was so excited to follow her older cousins around and particularly enjoyed her cheese quesadilla dinner at local favorite, Taco Boy. Mom and Dad were also excited to sneak downtown for brunch at The Grocery and King Street shopping (so many great Labor Day sales).

{These Gamecocks were ready for a win!}{Brunch at The Grocery}{Skinny margarita at Taco Boy 🌮🍹}

Hope you enjoy your day off!