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Friday Favorites!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Hey friends!!! Happy Friday!!

How was your week??

Our's was good! And FULL. But we also had plenty of chill time too. The perfect combination of busy and relaxing...just how I like summer to be!

Here's a few FAVORITES of mine from this past week!!!

//ONE//
One of main reasons our week was pretty jammed packed is because my sweet Charlotte joined our pool's swim team!! Charlotte has always been a great swimmer and I have been trying to encourage her to join swim team for a couple years now. I swam competitively when I was younger and it is still my absolute favorite way to exercise!
It took some convincing...but once she found out a couple of girls she knows were on the swim team- she was sold! She had her first meet on Tuesday and girlfriend did amazing!! We had a blast cheering her on and I am so excited for her to challenge herself AND have a ton of fun this summer!
I will tell you what, and all you swim moms already know this, swim team is no joke! She has practice 4 times a week and one meet a week! Luckily, Aaron can take her to her night practices and her morning practices aren't a big deal. But wow. it's kind of a lot! HA! Thank goodness she is our only kid involved in an activity this summer! I am such a wimp when it comes to shuttling kids around to different activities! HA!

 //TWO//
My sweet Cora Maye caught a little virus earlier this week and had a fever and felt like crap for a solid two days. The first day she was sick, Charlotte, Celine and James got together and made her this "get well" card!!! The girls help James write his name and I can't even handle the cuteness!!! All 5 of my kiddos are a bunch of RASCALS most of the time...so I just love seeing when they are sweet and care towards each other!! (Makes me feel like I am not failing too much as a parent. HA!)
 //THREE//
Oh my goodness. If you have a kiddo in a size shoe 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 or 13/1- RUN to your local Aldi and see if they have these shoes!!!
We picked these up for Marshall and they are SO GREAT. They are made out of the "Native" perforated rubber...but are shaped like a sneaker and have some mesh and a little bungee toggle to keep the shoes on. There is a little velcro strap too.  They are SO sturdy and super cute!! And only $9.99!! I am super impressed with how "sturdy" they feel for a summer, rubber shoe! They come in a pink/purple for girls and this navy/turquoise combo for boys. Also- if you aren't into this type of shoe- they currently have knock-off crocs for $3.99 and a variation of Native "knock-offs." 
Aldi is SO random and I just LOVE it! HA!
//FOUR//
The RUG SAGA continues. If you read my post on Wednesday- I shared about how I ordered a 9 X 12 rug from Walmart, not once but twice- to have it delivered FOLDED multiple times. Well- I ordered another 9 X 12 rug from Wayfair and they promised me it would come rolled. GUESS WHAT. It got delivered yesterday and it was FOLDED.
AAAHHHH!
I called Wayfair and they were SUPER nice. They are refunding my shipping and my rug. They also called their warehouse to see exactly what the deal was. And apparently if you order a rug larger than 8 X 10- it will come folded because of size limitations. Who knew??!

So- since I got such a STEAL on the rug from Wayfair (under $115 with tax included), I have it rolled up and am going to leave it that way for the whole weekend to see if it can get the kinks out. If it works- GREAT! If not- I will ship it back to Wayfair- and because they are SO great- I won't be paying shipping to send it back.
Moral of the story: 1) if you order a big rug- it's going to come folded. 
2) Wayfair is amazing and their customer service is stellar. HIGHLY recommend them!
//FIVE//
It's Father's Day weekend!! We are going to be adventuring and I can't wait to spend some extra fun time with Aaron and our crazy crew.
Last year, on Father's day, we were surrounded by boxes in our house in Indiana and we (and I mean Aaron) were packing our U-Haul truck to move to North Carolina!!!
Crazy how fast this year has gone!
Look at baby Marshall!!! AAAHH. I can't handle it!!! :)

Hope you have a FABULOUS Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend!

Linking up with AndreaErika and Narci!


Also joining April, Christina and Natasha for their fun link-up!
Linking up with TifBeckyDella and Katie too!

This and That!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hey friends!!! Happy Wednesday!!

Um. How is it that we are already half way through the week?!? 
I feel like time has been FLYING by since the kiddos got out of school!
We've been having tons of fun and totally enjoying the slower pace!!

There is really no point to this post other than to check in and share a few things with you!!

First- fun news for Aaron- he got a new grill!!!
Which is also fun news for me- because grilling is my favorite to cook in the summer! Less mess in the kitchen...and I just think everything tastes better on the grill!

To break in our new grill- we made a bunch of chicken and grilled veggies!


I love using this olive oil spray on our veggies! For anyone doing Weight Watchers- it is 0 points and it has no fake ingredients in it! I liberally spray our veggies with it and then just season them with salt, pepper and a little garlic powder and italian seasoning. 
They are SO good!!
I usually use zesty italian salad dressing as a marinade for our chicken- but I had some of this Newman's Own Light Balsamic dressing in the fridge- so I used that as the marinade for our chicken. Oh my goodness- the chicken turned out SO good!! I first sprinkled the chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder and then dumped about a 1/2 bottle of the dressing over all of the chicken and then marinaded it for about 12 hours. SO simple. And it was super delicious! My husband said this is some the of the best chicken we've ever had! 
If you are looking for a simple way to give your basic grilled chicken some flavor- pick up a bottle of this dressing!!!

The kiddos and I went to the library yesterday to stock up on books and I checked out a couple books for myself!!! I used to read ALL THE TIME when I was younger and it is just something I haven't done much of since becoming a mom. I will be honest- sitting down and reading isn't something that currently comes "naturally" to me. I am going to have to force myself to do it- but I figure if I am making my kids read for 20 minutes a day- then I can do that too!! I have read several other books by Elin Hilderbrand- so I am pretty excited to read these two! 
So- I have been dealing with a major FIRST WORLD problem- but I wanted to share- since I (think) I found a resolution to my problem!!

Here's the backstory: we need a new couch pretty badly- but just don't want to invest in one just yet. Our boys are VERY rough on our furniture and I really just want to keep the one we have for as long as we can. Hopefully it will hang on for 1-2 more years!
So- our couch is a light taupe-ish brown color and our area rug is a very similar color.

There is LOTS OF BROWN in our living room. HA!
Since we decided we aren't going to get a new couch any time soon- we decided an inexpensive way we could get rid of some of the BROWN is to get a new area rug.  I found one on Walmart.com that I loved, the price was super great- so I ordered it!

Much to my dismay- it was delivered, FOLDED UP multiple times. So when we got it out of the package- it was basically ruined because there were so many kinks in it! We called Walmart customer service and they totally agreed it shouldn't have been folded...but said they couldn't really do anything about it. 
So- we returned that rug and I ordered it again- except- I had it shipped to the store- thinking- they would roll it since it would be shipped on a big Walmart truck versus being shipped/delivered by UPS. Well- guess what? The rug was totally folded, the exact same way it came the first time. UGH. I was so frustrated!! The good news is- the rug is returnable- so it's not a huge deal.

Well...I set out to find another affordable rug, similar to the one I liked from Walmart and was so excited when I found it on Wayfair's website! Since we are getting such a big rug (9X12) and we would have to pay for shipping if we wanted to return the rug- I called Wayfair to see if they could guarantee the rug would NOT be folded. Not only did they guarantee it- the customer service representative made a special note in my account and told me if it was folded- I would not be responsible for shipping. BOOM. Done and done. 
Even better news- the rug on Wayfair was on sale for $101!!! A 9 X 12 area rug, with free shipping for $101?!? 
SIGN ME UP!

Here's the rug I ordered...I am so excited to get it and I am just crossing my fingers and toes that it is rolled up as it should be and I can just put it right in my living room!
I just have to give a major shout-out to Wayfair. The guy who helped me order the rug and assured me it would not be folded was AWESOME. He even price checked the rug to see if he could find it cheaper any where else- because they price match. CRAZY!! 
I HIGHLY recommend them and will definitely be checking out their website again the next time I need to make a purchase for something for our home!!

Ok- so now that I have rambled on about grills and rugs...why don't you tell me something that's going on with you!!

Made any delicious recipes lately? Anything fun going on this week?? Made any fun purchases??
Tell me all about them!!

Hope you have the BEST day!


Friday Favorites!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Hey friends!!

Happy Friday!!

This is the first Friday since the beginning of the school year where I am not rushing to get ready for work at the same time I am making sure all the kids are dressed and ready for school. It's kind of a weird feeling NOT to have to be anywhere....but I think I will get used to it REAL fast and manage just fine! ;)

YAY for summer break!!

So- a bunch of random things for this "favorites" post- with most of them being food related. HA!

//ONE//
On Wednesday, I shared our Summer Schedule and what I hope to do with my kiddos each day! You can read about it HERE! Of course, snack time is one of the most important parts of our day- and I have found that if I feed my kiddos a good snack, that sets us up for a great rest of our afternoon. I am such a genius...right?!? HA!
The most efficient and FUN way I feed the kids is by using a party snack tray!
I pile a bunch of items in each of the compartments and usually put a sweet treat in the middle compartment. This time it was a chocolate chip cookie cut up into little bites :)
The kids will either take the snack tray out to the back patio or have a picnic in the living room. It's definitely one of the FAVORITE parts of their day...and for some reason...this little snack tray just sends it over the top for them! For me it's easy and there's little to no clean up- WIN-WIN for all of us!
//TWO//
I have shared MANY items that I love from Aldi...but I don't know if I have ever talked about this HUGE container of organic mixed salad greens!?! I eat at least 1 if not 2 salads every day and Aaron loves to a have a side salad with his dinner. We buy one of these containers at the beginning of the week and use it all week long to make our salads. This 16 ounce container of ORGANIC spring mix is $3.99 at my Aldi (prices due vary a little at different Aldis)!!! It's washed and ready to go and is definitely one of my most FAVORITE grocery staples!
Speaking of favorite Aldi items...I did a specific post on items I love from Aldi a couple years ago...would be you interested in me doing another post like that? Or are you kind of over "Aldi" posts? Aldi has become a lot more popular and trendy- so I know a lot people have shared their "go-to" items...so it might be overkill if I did ANOTHER post about that. 
Let me know!!!
//THREE//
Okay- final food item of this post! HA!
I know SOOO many people absolutely love this Everything But the Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe's...but I had just had to share my own personal obsession with it. HA!
It is SO GOOD!!!
I actually just got my first bottle of it back in April when we were in Austin, TX and we popped into a Trader Joe's to pick up a few things. I remembered all the hype about it and made sure to pick up a couple bottles of it. 
Well- we got home from our trip and I went through those 3 bottles of seasoning in like a month. HA! Lucky for me- my brother works right by a Trader Joe's in Raleigh (we don't have one in Greenville) and he was so sweet to pick me up another SIX bottles of it. 
He GETS ME. HA!
If you have not tried this stuff and you have a Trader Joe's in your town- go GET SOME. I put it on everything...cut up cucumbers, lunchmeat sandwich wraps, salads, grilled veggies, eggs...EVERYTHING! And it's so good!
FYI: There are a lot of different little "seeds" in this seasoning...so make sure to check your teeth after you eat it. HA!!
//FOUR//
Wednesday was our last day of school and we had our first "adventure" of summer break yesterday! We went to one of our local parks, had a picnic and then played at the park!
We happened upon this beautiful display of flags, called the Field of Honor. It was breathtaking! Each flag is in memoriam of a service member who has sacrificed his/her life for our country. It was such a special surprise to see this display and it got a great conversation going with my girls about the sacrifices of the amazing people who serve in our Armed Forces.
Picnic Lunch!!!
We use our Walmart picnic blanket EVERYDAY!!!
I got our's last year- and it is one of my most FAVORITE things! It washes SO well and we use it at the beach, at the park, in our driveway...everywhere! It is only $9.97 and you can find it HERE on Walmart's website or I am sure they have them in your local store!
(I just looked on Walmart's website and it looks like most patterns and colors are sold out...so you might be better off checking your local store for one!!)

//FIVE//
YAY for it being Friday and heading into the weekend!!
We are headed to the pool today and then are having a pizza picnic for dinner tonight!
Tomorrow- I have a fun surprise planned for Aaron and the kids and I are going over to a friend's house to swim! Saturday night is our family date night- first we go to church and spend a little time there- then we go to Mellow Mushroom for pizza!
On Sunday, Aaron's brother, his wife and their 2 kiddos are coming to visit for a quick little overnight! We are just going to grill and hang out and we are all so excited to see some of our FAVORITE people!
It's going to be a FULL, FUN weekend!
What do you have planned for the weekend?
Anything fun???

Hope you have a FABULOUS Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend!

Linking up with AndreaErika and Narci!


Also joining April, Christina and Natasha for their fun link-up!
Linking up with TifBeckyDella and Katie too!

Summer Time Schedule!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hey friends!!

It's a happy day here at our house...because it's the last day of school for my 2 oldest daughters and we will officially be on SUMMER BREAK!
YAHOO!!!
And also- WHOA. my kids are home. all day long. for a good solid 2.5 months. HA!

We love a good schedule at our house and summer time is when we MOST need one. 

My girls THRIVE on a schedule and while I wish I could say they were SO good at playing independently and being creative and always just so sweet and happy to go play outside- that is just NOT THE CASE. 
And don't even get me started on my 2 crazy, toddler boys. HA!

So- with that being said- I thought I would share what our summer schedule is going to look like and also a fun idea I found on how to make each day count. Because even though my kids drive me bonkers- multiple times a day- I know how PRECIOUS these summer days are that we get to spend together. And while I know I will never be the perfect, Pinterest mom- I do want to try my very best to create lasting memories that my kiddos will treasure forever!

Our Daily Summer Schedule

6:30 am -7:00 am- Kids wake up. Our summer rule is that you have to stay in your room until 7 am.
The girls are pretty good about this. This will be a new rule for the boys as they just started sharing a room. We have one of those "wake-up" clocks and I am crossing my fingers AND toes they get with the program pretty quickly. HA!

7:00 am - 8:00 am- Kids get dressed, make their beds, eat breakfast, and brush their teeth. Depending on the morning, the girls are usually really good about helping me dress the boys and making their beds for me (I am a lucky mama! :)

8:00 am - 10:00 am- Go to the gym. We belong to a gym that has childcare included in our membership (all the praise hands!!)- so the kiddos go to the gym daycare and I go workout, take a shower and get ready for the day. This is such an IMPORTANT part of our day. The kids LOVE going to the daycare and I truly need to work out to maintain not only my physical wellness, but my mental health as well!

10:00 am - 1:30-  Out and about. What we do during this time changes from day to day. Some days we might run errands, other days go to the park or go to the library. Most days- we will run errands or go to the park for an hour- then head over to our pool- which opens at 11 am. We will swim, eat lunch at the pool and head home around 1:30 so Marshall can take a nap.
1:30 pm- 3:30 pm- Nap time for Marshall and quiet time for the rest of the kids.
I allow the kids to watch one hour of TV a day during summer break- so usually they play for an hour and then watch a couple of shows for an hour! Sometimes instead of playing, the girls will color or make a craft and if they are really into what they are playing- they will "save" their hour of TV for after they take their showers.

3:30 pm- 5:00 pm- Snack time, clean up around the house and then head outside to play or go to a nearby park. If it's raining and we're all stir-crazy- we will go walk around Walmart (it's only 2 minutes from our house!) or go to the library to play and read. This is a HARD time of day for my kids- they are TIRED- especially my James- who doesn't nap anymore- but gets VERY cranky by this time of day. I have found that feeding my kids a good (but SUPER simple snack- I don't have time for anything involved) and getting them OUT OF THE HOUSE is what keeps us sane during this weird time of day!

Most days, I use a big snack tray to feed my kiddos and its a win-win for everyone! It's easy for me to put a couple different snacks in the different compartments and the kids LOVE having a "snack tray!"
5:00 pm- 6:30 pm- Play some more, wait for Daddy to come home (the most IMPORTANT part of our day- HA!), and eat dinner. 

6:30 pm- 7:00 pm- go for a family walk, kids ride their bikes, or we play in the back yard.

7:00 pm- 8:00 pm- Shower, shows if the kids haven't watched TV all day and bedtime. 

PHEW! What a day! HA!
It might seem like a pretty planned out day- but that's what really works well for us. I am not one of those "easy-breezy-fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants" moms and my kids REALLY like know what we are doing each day.

Ok- so check out this fun idea I found! I thought it was a really neat, simple way to make each day a little more fun!

I found this graphic on Pinterest and (I tried to find who created this image- but it wasn't linked to a certain blog!)

What a great idea to have a "theme" for each day of the week!

Also- I loved this post by Raluca, who writes over at the blog, Playful Notes. She gives such great parenting tips and I got a lot of great ideas from this post!

My biggest "goal" for this summer is to maintain a fun schedule so the kids and I don't feel all out of sorts...but also to just CHILL.OUT. I want to ENJOY my kids. This will probably mean the house is dirtier and the laundry stays balled up in the laundry basket longer. As much as this pains me (HA!)...I've got to let it go!! I love my kiddos so much...I don't want to waste any precious time yelling at them to pick up their legos...when I could join them on the floor instead and build something WITH them. 

I'd love to know your "game plan" for the summer!
Do you throw schedules and structure out the window?
Do you maintain a similar schedule to our's?

Whatever your summer looks like....I sure hope it is filled with lots of sunshine, laughter, the lingering smell of sunscreen, nights spent catching fireflies in the backyard and lazy days spent at the pool/beach/river/lake.

Summer time is my FAVORITE. You know how most people say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year? That's how I feel about June, July and August :)

We're ready for you summer- BRING IT ON!

I hope you have the BEST day!



Our 10th Anniversary Trip to Charleston!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Hi friends!! Happy Monday!!

I sure hope you had a great weekend!!

I took a little break from blogging last week because Aaron and I went on a trip and then we got home on Monday and then I just feel like the rest of the week was a BLUR! HA!

CAN SCHOOL BE OVER YET???
We have 3 1/2 days this week with Wednesday being the OFFICIAL last day of school.
Hallelujah!!!

Ok...so as long as you are okay with seeing a bunch of pictures of Aaron and me- I thought it would be fun to share about our anniversary trip to Charleston! This was our first time visiting Charleston and it was just absolutely INCREDIBLE!! We are obviously not Charleston experts by any means- but all the places we ate and visited were recommended by locals- so I will share them in the event you might want to check them out if you are ever headed to Charleston!!

So our actual 10th wedding anniversary was at the end March, but because of Aaron's work schedule, we had to plan our trip for over Memorial Day Weekend. We planned our trip back in January and with it being the first time we have been on a vacation, just the two of us, since our honeymoon, to say we have been anxiously awaiting taking this special trip to Charleston, SC to celebrate would be an UNDERSTATEMENT!

My brother, Garret and sister-in-law, Erica, who live in Raleigh, graciously offered to watch our FAB 5 for the weekend- so we headed up to their house Thursday evening. We all spent the night, then on Friday morning, we were up bright and early to give all the kids a bunch of hugs and kisses....and then we were OFF!!

We made a stop at Starbucks and then we were officially on "VACATION MODE!"
We arrived in Charleston right around lunch time. We parked our car and set out to find a yummy place to eat lunch. We heard about amazing things about the cafe, 5 Loaves Cafe, to eat at for lunch, so we put it in Google maps- which told us it would be about a 15 minute walk. We started walking....and walking...and walking. About 20 minutes into our walk- we looked at the map and it said we still had about 10 minutes to go. WHAT!?!?
Well...we looked a little closer at the time estimation and realized we had set the directions for DRIVING TIME. The cafe we were walking to was about a 50 minute walk. HA!

We ended up talking to a local- and he suggested we take a quick turn and head to a place that made great sandwiches. It was only 2 minutes away from where we were- and we were ALL OVER that decision!
We had lunch at a place called Persimmon Cafe- and imagine our surprise when we realized it was not only a cafe- but a laundry mat!
Our lunch was delicious and we had a good laugh about our little walking adventure :)
When we finished with our lunch, we decided to take a bike taxi back to the little loft apartment where we were staying. We had the BEST time talking to our bike driver and he gave us so many suggestions on places to check out!
We got all checked into our ADORABLE loft apartment (you can find it HERE on VRBO) and quickly headed back out to explore!
We were staying only about a block from an area in Historic Charleston called, "Rainbow Row." All the houses and buildings are bright colors and palm trees line the streets and it is just MAGICAL!
After we strolled through "Rainbow Row," we ended up at The Battery- which is a historical landmark and it stretches along the lower shores of the Charleston Peninsula. It was such a beautiful day and so much fun to walk along this gorgeous seawall!
Across from The Battery is Battery Park or also known as White Pointe Gardens. 
This was a gorgeous spot on the waterfront and it had the most beautiful southern mansions, cannons, cannon balls, oak trees, palmettos, statues, a gazebo, and incredible views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and the Sullivan Island Lighthouse!
After we got done exploring The Battery and the area surrounding it, we headed back to our little apartment to get settled in for the weekend. We went to the grocery store (there was a Harris Teeter super close to where we were staying) to get a few things and then we got dressed and headed out for a fun night in Charleston!

TEN years married!!!
LOVE this man so, so much!

We ate at a super cool restaurant called, The Macintosh, that our bike taxi driver recommended and had the BEST meal. We both got 'The Mac CAB' burger and it was RIDICULOUSLY delicious. The service was AMAZING- we casually told the hostess we were celebrating our 10 year anniversary and then a couple minutes later our waiter brought us over champagne!

After our awesome dinner, we headed across the street to listen to live music at a super fun bar called The Republic Garden and Lounge. So- a disclaimer about this place. I think this might be a place where "the college kids hang out." HA! But we were outside in the lounge area and there was an awesome band playing  and it wasn't sketchy at all. I will say, as we were leaving the "crowd" was beginning to change and all the women seemed to be wearing much less clothing than I am used to. HA!! Regardless- we had a great time- mostly because of the super fun band that was playing and the fact that we got to enjoy the evening outside.
We were out WAY later than usual- and had the BEST time. We ended up talking to another couple who was visiting Charleston who was also celebrating a wedding anniversary! It was such a fun night! 
The next morning, despite all intentions of sleeping in, we were up bright and early and headed out to our outdoor porch to enjoy our coffee!
We had the best time just chatting and planning out our day!
After a couple cups of coffee on our porch, we poured ourselves a cup of coffee to go (what can I say- we like our coffee?!?) and headed out for a walk!
*Side note: since we were staying at our own little apartment- we made our coffee with the coffee pot that was in our little kitchen and I brought to-go coffee cups I picked up from Walmart. We never went out for coffee in the morning- which saved us a little money and allowed me to make my coffee just how I like it (since I use dairy free creamer- which most places don't ever have)!*

Just a block from our apartment was a long stretch of water front area and you could see Fort Sumter! 
Morning walk along the water with coffee....life doesn't get much better!
On our way back to our apartment, we happened upon another beautiful row of buildings and I couldn't help but take a picture! The flower boxes were just STUNNING!
After our morning walk, we packed a cooler with sandwiches and drinks, so we could head out for a day at the beach!!! The owner of our apartment had beach chairs, beach umbrellas and a cooler for our use- which was SO nice!!

We were initially going to go to Kiawah Island- but per the recommendation of a local- we went to Sullivan's Island instead. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and it was so fun to have a picnic lunch at the beach! We took a couple walks on the beach, relaxed and enjoyed the sunshine and then headed back to Charleston!
To keep our day of adventure going, once we got back from the beach, we got out the bikes that our apartment had and headed out to ride up the HUGE bridge, named the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, that connects Charleston to Mount Pleasant!
What a FUN bike ride!! Our bikes were a little rickety so it was quite funny climbing up the massive hill...but we made it!!
At the top of the bridge!!!
We rode our bikes back into Charleston and headed over to a coffee shop that was on our "must-go-to" list. Bitty and Beau's is a coffee shop that employs individuals with disabilities and it was such a fun, special experience!
Aaron got the best frappe of his life and we had so much fun talking to all of the employees!
We got back to our apartment, chilled out for a little bit and then headed back out to walk to dinner!
We went to a super cool outdoor brewery, called Bay Street Biergarten, and totally indulged in some SUPER yummy food! We each got a delicious sandwich along with sweet potato fries, regular fries AND homemade tator tots. SO GOOD.

On our way out- we had to get a picture with the BIG bear statue- he was carved out of wood and just SO cool!
We continued to walk around Charleston after our dinner and happened upon the FIRST submarine in history to sink an enemy ship!
This submarine was INCREDIBLE and reading about the "spar-mounted" torpedo was just amazing!
We picked a vegan cupcake (YAY!) up for me at Cupcake Downsouth and finally headed home after logging about 17 total miles of walking. It was such an incredibly FUN day and we happily collapsed into bed!

On Sunday morning, we walked a couple blocks to the beautiful Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, where we attended mass and got a special anniversary blessing from the priest! We also sat in front of a person we know from our church in Greenville who happened to be in Charleston that weekend visiting friends! It was SO neat to run into her! She was kind enough to take a picture of Aaron and I in front of the stunning altar!
The Cathedral was so beautiful and it seemed like such a neat parish!
After church, we walked a couple blocks more to the Queen Street Grocery, which was a super cute little hole-in-the-wall place for brunch. Another recommendation from our bike cab driver and it did NOT disappoint! We shared a breakfast crepe AND each got our own breakfast. Everything was SO good!
After brunch, we headed back to our apartment, changed our clothes and walked down to the Custom House building- where a special patriotic concert was taking place in honor of Memorial Day!
Performing was a marching band from Atlanta and they were INCREDIBLE. Everyone in the band was dressed up in crazy, patriotic outfits and they put on the BEST show!
After the concert, we walked around a neat area of little shops, including the Charleston City Market and picked the kids up some souvenirs. Then it started to rain, so we headed back to our apartment and caught up on the last two episodes of Gray's Anatomy that we had missed on our little patio. It was lightly raining, but our patio was partially covered- so we stayed nice and dry- but got to enjoy the rainfall. I seriously CANNOT remember the last time the two of us sat down in the middle of the afternoon and just CHILLED. 
It was glorious!

For dinner, we drove out to Sullivan's Island again to eat dinner at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina.  We consumed WAY too many tortilla chips, enjoyed the YUMMIEST dinners and had such a fun time talking about all the fun things we had done on our trip! It was the BEST way to end the last night of our vacation!
The next morning, we were up super early to get our apartment in order and were on the road by 6 am, headed back to Raleigh! We had the most WONDERFUL time together- but we were more than ready to get back to our crazy kiddos!

One last picture in Charleston...this was right outside the door that led up to our fun little apartment!
We arrived at my brother's house right around noon on Monday and the kids were so enthralled with the show they were watching they barely even flinched when we walked through the door. HA!
My brother and sister-in-law reported the kids did a great job and their house wasn't destroyed...so I am calling that a major WIN. HA!
We were SO, SO thankful they watched the kids for us- it truly was a gift to get to spend a few days together, just as a couple!

We got all the kids' stuff packed up and headed home to Greenville!
We got unpacked and piled up in the playroom to hang out and play.
It was SO good to be together as a family of 7 again!!
So- as you can tell...we had a HORRIBLE time. HA!
Seriously- it just felt like a dream! It was the BEST weekend. I was SO worried the weather was going to be yucky- and it didn't start raining until Sunday afternoon. 
Totally not a big deal!
We did SO many fun things, had such a BLAST being together and truly fell in love with Charleston. It is just the most amazing place!

I am SO thankful for Aaron, our marriage and this vacation we were able to take together!!
And there you have it- my little long-winded recap of our trip to Charleston!
Hopefully you were sipping a strong cup of coffee while reading it! HA!

Hope you have the BEST day!!

Linking up with Johannah, Heather and Lindsay today!!



















 
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