Exploring Charleston

As. you could tell from last weeks posts it was mine and BrittWhitFun’s anniversary. We decided that instead of taking the usually trip to the beach to go somewhere we both have never been. So after some talking my wife decided to book us a weekend in Charleston, SC. I have always heard that Charleston was a beautiful town that was full of local artist, good food, and some great local beer. I have to say that after a long weekend I have never been more sick of food and beer but it the greatest way possible.

We arrived in Charleston Friday afternoon. We were both starving. We decided to stay in Mt. Pleasant cause it was cheaper and there were plenty of stuff to do here also. The first place on our list was some good lunch. After some suggestions from our friends we ended up at Shem’s Creek Bar and Grill. I of course had to try shrimp and grits for the first time and it did not disappoint. We sat near the water and watched people paddle board in the creek. I tried an IPA called Damn Yankee that was very good.

After lunch we headed to Isle of Palms beach. This beach was cool. There were plenty places to park(for a $1.50) and lots of shops. The beach as amazing. The sand was so soft. My wife and I took a long nap on the beach and just relaxed with one another.

Soon it was time for dinner. We headed to our hotel and checked in and then went to Melvin’s Ribs and Que. It was a lot of food and I could not even finish it but it was good what I ate. Then we went to a bar and had some drinks and desert. before calling it a night.

The next day we got dressed and headed to Charleston. We stopped first at Another Broken Egg Cafe. After waiting for a table for an hour and another hour for our food we indulged in a cinnamon roll that was out of this world followed by a Hello Lucy. The food was worth the wait! So good and I wanted to steal there little cute mugs but my wife told me we did not need another one.

After breakfast/lunch we explored the market place. I loved this place cause it was nothing but local artist and chiefs. We bought a few gifts for some loved ones and ourselves and I did manage to get a nice coffee cup. We even found a cool Charleston Christmas store and bought some ornaments for our tree this year.

We managed to find a cool wine bar and sat down and enjoyed a couple of glasses before heading out to see some sites.

The first place we went to was Washington Square Park. This place was so cool and it had plenty of shade. It was behind this beautiful church. After cooling off we headed to Waterfront Park which had an awesome view of the water, a pier, two splash pads, and a water taxi. It was just so neat to walk through.

By this time we were tired so we got to our car and went to Starbucks and grabbed some iced coffees. I fell asleep cause according to my wife I can fall asleep anywhere. True story.

I had made dinner reservations for us at an upscale restaurant called Magnolia’s. So we headed back into downtown and made our way there. We had some great martinis to start us off. We then were seated and indulged ourselves in some fried Mac and cheese and palmetto chesse, which now that I am typing this makes it sound bad for my stomach. My wife got a salad and I got buttermilk fried chicken that was out of this world. I wish I could have stopped myself long enough to take a picture of it. So good.

After dinner we went to the hotel and chilled out for a little and then headed back to Isle of Palms again. This time we just got some ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s and walked on the beach and looked for shells. It started to get dark and we headed back to our hotel for some rest.

I must say it was a great vacation with my wife. It is not every day we get to have some alone time. She did a great job about being away from the girls all weekend. Sunday she was ready to get home and I really can’t blame her. I was missing them also. It was a great anniversary with my love. I still can’t believe we made it to six years and I can’t help but feel we are only getting started.

Do Your Bunny Ears Hang Low?

 

So this weekend was Easter and I have to say that my daughter had a blast! Everywhere she went it was for a celebration and I think that my kid was in an extreme sugar high due to all the candy and chocolate she consumed. One thing is very certain and that is that my kid not has an extreme love for jelly beans. One of the great things about Easter weekend is that by the end of the day you are left with an exhaustion that is so unbearable that you are crawling to the foot of your bed. Maybe I am being silly but that was the way I felt Sunday night.

Our fun and festive weekend started on Thursday at K-Dub’s daycare. They had a festive Easter egg hunt, which was the first of many, and each kid got to get their picture taken wearing bunny ears. I was sent the picture below and I have to say that I smiled. Seeing your kid happy I the ultimate reward. Isn’t the reason why we parent? When we picked her up from her fun-filled day at school she ran towards my wife with open arms and completely left me in the dust. My feelings were hurt but every dad knows that no one compares to mom. True story. The entire way home we were told stories about her friends Jonah and Aubrey and Eric. It was actually the cutest conversation I have ever had with her. I am so glad that she has friends.

 On Friday, which was Good Friday, I had to work cause the newspaper never closes. My wife was off and took our daughter to my mother’s house where we have a standing tradition of dyeing eggs, making Easter baskets, eating breakfast, and toping it off with a big egg hunt. It is considered my mom’s Easter and she loves having all of her grandkids together. I think they like it too. It’s always fun to see what is in going to be in K-Dub’s basket when she comes home. Maybe next year I will get to go but for now I love seeing picture like this of my sweet daughter and nieces.   On Saturday, we had a little family fun. We decided to dye our own eggs. K-Dub loves it and I have to say that I had a blast myself. After we finished with dying eggs we did another egg hunt in our front yard.  

Finally it was Easter and K-Dub came downstairs for breakfast to be greeted with the basket that the Easter Bunny left her. It was filled with coloring books, a ball, chocolate bunnies, and bubbles! She loved it but got mad when we told her that candy was not going to be what she was going to have for breakfast.

After we ate breakfast, we got ready and headed to church and enjoyed a great Easter celebration at The Lift!

After church we went to my wife’s sister’s house and ate some great chicken, mac and cheese(my recipe of course), and some even more amazing carrot cake. I was miserable in a great way after all that amazing food. After the kids ate and napped, we did a final egg hunt and watched them fight over eggs and other toys before saying goodbye and heading home.

I was so tired but I had a 11 mile run to do that was by far the hardest thing to do. By the end of the night I passed out and did not move a muscle until the next morning when it was time to get up and head to crossfit.

I love Easter but like most holidays, I am so glad to see them go or in this case hop away.