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.

4 Years Of Marriage Highs And Lows

 
 I can’t believe we have been married for four years. It just seems like yesterday my wife and I went on our first date and I watched her cut her chicken fingers with a knife. She was trying to impress me but what she did not know is that she already did.

Our marriage has not been at all perfect. We have had some knock out drag out fights and we have cried together, laughed together, danced together, and even stole stuff together. There is so many stories that are both good and bad to tell about my marriage that there is simply not enough time or room to do it in this blog entry. I have decided to hit the highs and lows in a top five fashion.

Highs
1. Our Wedding Day Duh!
2. When K-Dub was born.
3. When we bought out first house
4. Our honeymoon to Cabo
5. When we laid on the floor of our first apartment and watched a movie.

Lows
1. Miscarriage #1
2. Miscarriage #2
3. The death of my dad
4. Loosing our jobs in a 6 month period
5. The fight over the Altima

Now our top five things to look forward to in our marriage!

1. Everly Mae Funderburke Coming October 2015!
2. More Trips!
3. Raising our girls!
4. Retirement
5. More kids???

Happy Anniversary to my wife! Thanks for making these past four years the best a man could want! Love you!

One Of Those “My Wife Was Right” Moments

Yes the following tweet was true.

As many of you know, I have been trying to run 50 miles in one week so I have spent a lot of my time at the gym. I have already lost close to 45 pounds and my wedding ring is starting to be very loose on me.  My wife has been telling me to take it off and leave it at home so I don’t lose it.  I have not listened to her at all.

Last night I was running my 4 miles when my wedding ring felt really lose. I took it off and put it in the storage compartment on the treadmill. Once I finished my run, I grabbed my gym bag and started to head to the door.

I got home and started to make dinner when I looked down and realized that I left my ring at the gym. Without letting BrittWhitFun suspect anything, I sneaked away from the kitchen and called the gym and they had already found it. I told them to hold it and I would come and get it tomorrow night.

When I returned to the kitchen and my wife noticed the my ring was gone. It was like her “wifey sense” was tingling.  I told what happened and she turned her head and said that if I would have listened to her in the first place then it would have not happened. I just hung my head in shame and quietly made my dinner.

As a husband, I have had a lot of these moments where I should have listen to my wife. I don’t know if this is their super power or if they just know more than their husbands but one thing is always right. Your wife is always right and when she is not right his still is right!

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Where Has The Time Gone?

I sit here at work today trying to find something to blog about and let me tell you that sometimes blogging can be kind of a bitch. I sat here and wrote a few drafts when I happen to look down at my desk and saw a picture of Brittney and I when we first started dating. Not only am I thirty pounds lighter in this picture but it came to my mind that this was taken three years again.

I started to think about what was my life looked like three years ago. I was living in a small apartment with my roommate and his girlfriend. I had just got out of college and had that whole “I have no idea what I am doing with my life” thing going for me. I was working as a third shift cashier at the local Harris Teeter while also working two to three days at the last Blockbuster in the world that is open. I drove a beat up 1998 Jeep Cherokee that I had since high school. It sounded like a tank coming down the road. I loved it. I was barely making ends meet but was having the time of my life.

Then one day I came down with pink eye and had to go to the doctor’s office. What I did not know was that visit was going to change my life forever. That was the day I met my wife. We started to date and we had an instant connection and I knew that this person was a “game changer” that flip everything upside down.

Soon I got my first real job after college which I am still there. I moved out of that apartment and moved in with Brittney. After that we were engaged and then six months later we got married. After we moved in to our first house it was not long after that Brittney and I were expecting our first child and then January of this year our daughter was born.

Looking back on these past three years I am still finding it hard to believe that it has been so little time. What can I say? When you know, you know. Brittney and I don’t always get along but we have a deep respect for one another. She deals with my crazy one man dance parties in the kitchen, my constant complaining about our malfunctioning bathroom scale, my weird laughing in my sleep, and my loud and smelly man gas that usually is a result from eating too much Subway. I deal with her need to be right or to prove herself right, her crazy and somewhat expensive sweet tooth, her weird obsession with Keith Urban, and her “rage blackouts” that leave me crying in the corner. That last one is not true. Still we make it work. Thats love!

I would not change anything that has happened in the past three years. I would do it again if I had to but maybe with the whole staying thirty pounds lighter. I have a feeling that Brittney and I have so much more to look forward to. We are just getting started and now that we are parents, the real adventure is about to begin.

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Is My Wife Even Listening To Me?- A Love Story

My wife has a lot of rules in our household like if you cook you must clean it, to empty the vacuum cleaner after ever use, or to always call her when I am on the way home. These rules are just a few of things I must obey in order to make my life at home more enjoyable without fearing a sudden death. One rule that is big in our house is to always have your phone on you. I kind of take this to extreme cause I always have my phone on me consistently. If I don’t answer it’s because I am talking to someone else or I really don’t want to talk to you.

I have to tread carefully here when telling this story cause I want to make sure I set the stage just right. Yesterday I came home from work and my wife, little girl and my pregnant sister-in-law were waiting on me. The plan was to go to SAMs and get dog food and come home. Every time I get home from work it never fails that I have to poop. I am not kidding. It’s the weirdest thing. So I retreated to my bathroom to do my business.

After checking my emails, playing Angry Birds, sending a few tweets, checking Instagram, updating my Facebook status, and looking at my WordPress Reader I was ready to finish up when I realized something. Something that is the worst possible thing that could happen when going number two. I had no toilet paper! I looked around the bathroom cabinets hoping there would be roll under the sink that would magically appear but nothing. I looked around and for a brief second thought about using the washcloth in the sink. I would have to bury it in the backyard and never tell anyone. That just seemed like too much work.

Then I thought I would be clever and open the door and yell for Brittney but she never answered me. I continued to yell about three times but still no answer. I started to get a little discouraged and kept wondering how I was going to get out of this situation. Then I remembered that I always follow the rules. I reached into my pants pocket and got out my iPhone. I thought to myself that Brittney had to have her phone on her. Its one of our rules. I began to text her but she did not respond. I had no other choice but to text her untill she answered.

The following texts are real. No names have been changed and viewer discretion is advised.

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Finally my wife came and brought me some toilet paper and I was able to finish my business. The rest of the evening I reminded her that I followed the rule and had my phone on me. What was she doing you ask? She was in the baby’s room cleaning out her crib. I actually had to text her sister to tell her to check her phone. We had a nice laugh while she was reading my texts to her sister. I forgive her for not following our rules but for now on I will always make sure that our bathroom has some toilet paper when I have to go number two.