Sunday, August 31, 2014

Love Letter


My sweet love is always so busy, but he still takes time out to write me a note. He is the best. I don't know how I ever got so lucky.



Friday, August 29, 2014

Charleston, SC

Our neighbors from Arizona, Janice and Steve, moved to Charleston (where Janice moved from). Janice always had a love for Charleston and always talked about it. I can see why now; it is so beautiful.

Before heading to Charleston, we stopped to see Janice and Steve. We have missed them so much. They were our adoptive parents in Arizona and would always make sure that we were okay and took care of us. Steve had to work, so they decided they would meet up with us later that evening to do dinner.

Charleston has so much history. From my understanding, it was one of the first English colonies during the colonial period and first named the settlement "Charles Towne". 

The first thing we did was do a horse tour. We saw some of the most beautiful buildings. Most of these buildings have a standard that they are supposed to be kept as it was back in the day. If there is a new building added, it has to keep the same look on the outside as the buildings close by, so it blends in.


One of my favorite parts was Rainbow Row, homes on a stretch of road that were painted pastel colors in the 1930s and 1940s.





Travis loved the cobblestone roads. They were simply beautiful.


We loved on the horse that helped show us around town.

We then strolled around with Tyler and Caroline and visited the shore line. 


Travis picked up a flower made out of Charleston sweetgrass for a couple of dollars to help some boys for a basketball tournament. 


The view was gorgeous.



We then decided to check out the Old Exchange Building & Provost Dungeon. You could actually see old post cards from back in the day (and if you must know their handwriting is pretty fancy!)


And underneath, there was a dungeon that would keep prisoners by the British, including pirates.


One of the most interesting things was the sea wall {below}. It is one of the oldest walls in the US.






There was also a hidden area of gun powder!



 
 

George Washington also entertained guests on the second floor.



Caroline and Tyler left us to go shopping. We could shop anywhere, and we wanted to explore Charleston some more. The buildings and churches were so beautiful. {I know I have said it plenty of times before, but it really was}.



We sat down for a little bit and Travis started looking up jobs in Charleston. He was ready to move in a heart beat. LOL.

We then got back up and started walking around again. We walked all the way the College of Charleston, where one of Travis' friends played baseball for.


We met up back with Janice and Steve to get some drinks before dinner {Tyler and Caroline joined us as well}. Thankfully, Janice made reservations to eat at Poogan's Porch. Poogan's Porch was INCREDIBLE. It was pricy, but so worth it, some of the best food that Travis and I ever ate! :)


One day in Charleston is not enough. There is so much to do. We can't wait to visit again. 

We miss you Steve and Janice! So glad we got to see you.



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Myrtle Beach Vacation

When Caroline and Tyler first asked us to come with them to Myrtle Beach, we could hardly wait, but felt like it it was FOREVER away. We knew once we got back, Travis and Tyler would have just about a year to go in their program. We couldn't wait to put our toes in the sand, not worry about anything {Travis & Tyler especially} and just RELAX.

It was about a 12 hour drive. We stopped half way in Tennessee where  Tyler and Caroline are from. We stayed with Caroline's parents and it was incredibly fun because we got to visit all their animals {horses, cows, and cows}. Their parents lived the kind of life we only dream of!

The next day drive started off nice.



But as soon as we got to Myrtle Beach, it started raining. 


It didn't take too long to clear up though and as soon as it did, we hit the beach and put our toes in the water.




We walked the beach. Tyler and Caroline showed Travis some little creatures that lived in the sand.


 

 



 

We spent most of our time on the beach, sun bathing, put our chairs in the water, and of course, explored some of our time in the town, but most of all just RELAXING. And not having a care in the world. Which was much needed.

And of course, we ate. We hit up places like Dirty Don's, the River City Cafe and Drunken Jacks. Drunken Jacks, we had an awful long wait, BUT it was SO worth it. Their hush puppies are the BEST!

 


We celebrated the fourth of July a little early watching fireworks at the pier. And played putt putt one night.



And of course, we got lots of ice cream because everyone LOVES ice cream!
I am still craving this, thanks Yum Yum shop!


We also hit up Charleston {that will be in the next post} which was more beautiful than ever.

Tyler's family also came to Myrtle Beach. His sister-in-laws mother has a place up there, and they hosted a Shrimp Bowl, which included shrimp, lobster, potatoes, corn and sausage. It was our first ever.



It was an experience like no other. It was AWESOME!!!!!!!! And I so hope that we get to do it again. :)



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