Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Across the miles...family never changes :)

Happy Monday Y'all! I'm a little tired and sunburned from this weekend, but it's ok because I had a fabulous time hanging out with my family. I've actually been really fortunate to have two weekends in a row to spend with my them recently; last weekend I was able to fly home to Michigan and watch my little sister and my cousin graduate from college. Then this past weekend, my parents came down here for a visit and we went to Charleston for the weekend. (Cam has been traveling for work...more on that later...) My family is really close, so my whole life I was always used to us just being together all the time. Now that my sister and I are older and I live out of state, things are different and we don't get to see each other nearly as often. So when we are able to be together, we don't take that time for granted and I think we all cherish it a lot more.
 I'm really glad that I was able to be with my family to celebrate some special events in the last week and a half--my sister's graduation, my dad's birthday, and Mother's Day. My sister, Melissa, and my cousin, Olivia, both went to Western Michigan University and they were both in the same program--Textile and Apparel Studies w/ a emphasis on Product Development. (So basically a mix fashion merchandising and fashion design) It was really neat to be there to get to celebrate with both of them, and they were able to sit next to each other at graduation and have their names called right in a row. My sister is actually a year younger than my cousin, but she worked really hard and took a lot of credits every semester and took summer classes, and was actually able to finish her undergrad degree in only 3 years so I'm extremely proud of her! It was nice for all of my extended family to be able to celebrate together, and although it was a short weekend, it was really special.
 Then this past weekend, my parents and Melissa made the trip down from Michigan to visit me, and I'm so glad they were able to see another season in South Carolina! They got in on Thursday night, and we had dinner in downtown Greenville.
Friday, we all had a nice little dinner in my apartment that my dad and I made together, so that was fun. Then (early) Saturday morning, we got in the car and drove to Charleston for the weekend, and I was really glad to be able to share this amazing city with my family.
I love Charleston. It was my third trip there since moving to South Carolina in July, and I just think it's the most wonderful place because it's the perfect combination of the city and the beach. It's got great shopping and amazing restaurants, and then it's also so steeped in history and has the most gorgeous architecture. Then when you drive up the coast in either direction of Charleston, there are all these great little barrier islands with beautiful beaches. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great beach vacation because it really is the best of all worlds.
Anyway, we went to the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning when we got there, and it was a blast! There was all kinds of delicious food, and because I've always gotta include the details about the food in my blog, I had some delicious Nutella crepes, yum!
It looks kind of gross, but it was really good!
It just so happened to be the day of the Charleston Dog Show, which was taking place of the middle of the Farmer's Market, so I was in heaven with all the puppies running around! (I wish I would have taken more pictures of the dogs!) We had beautiful weather, so we did some shopping and some sightseeing and lots and lots of walking!
My dad's birthday was this past Monday, so I got him a gift certificate for the restaurant Slightly North of Broad. We had a delicious dinner there Saturday night, and I'm glad we were all able to celebrate his birthday together, even if it was was a few days later!
Preppy & Boho
Cute parentals
For dinner, I had the sauteed duck breast which was served with a green pea, goat cheese and confit duck risotto, glazed carrots, and a honey thyme reduction, and this dish was was divine. (If you've never tried duck, you should...it's like chicken, but chicken-ier...that's the best way I can think to describe it!) For dessert, I had SNOB's take on Strawberry Shortcake; it was a cornbread/creme brulee hybrid topped with macerated strawberries and blackberries and vanilla ice cream. I regret not taking a picture of this dessert because it was honestly one of the best things I've ever eaten. (I am on a mission to figure out how to recreate it at home, so if anyone has the recipe, let me know!!) Saturday night, we went out with my friends Katie and Adam who just recently moved to Charleston, and it was a lot of fun.
 Sunday morning, we got up and the weather was gorgeous and hot. We went to Fort Moultrie to check it out (since I can't take a trip without making everyone go to at least one museum!) and it was fairly interesting and had some nice views.
Then we had a lovely Mother's Day brunch at Shem Creek Bar & Grill; this place was really chill and casual and it was great to sit out on the deck by the water. It was so nice to be able to be with my sweet momma on Mother's Day, I am so thankful for her!!
Nothing says Mother's Day like fresh Carolina oysters and mimosas!
After brunch, we spent the rest of the day on the beach at Isle of Palms swimming and laying on the sand for a few hours before heading back to Greenville. My family left to go back to Michigan this morning, but spending time with them these past two weekends was so special and I know that no matter where in the world life takes me, the closeness I have with family will never change :)

1 comment:

  1. Congrats to your sister! That's so great that you got to fly in and see her graduate! It looks like y'all had so much fun in Charleston! I LOVE it there!

    P.S. Thanks so much for following my blog! Have a great week!

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