UncategorizedStill Here and My Birthday September 19, 2012Yes, I’m still around. And I have some big news. But, I can’t tell you yet. Such a tease, right? Seriously, though, some pretty big stuff has been going on around here lately. We’ve been working on this project for quite a while and have been working nearly around the clock lately (the reason I’ve been more absent here). I’ve been waiting to post when I could make the big announcement, but the serious rain in our area over the last few days keeps delaying it! And I couldn’t wait even one more day to say hello to you lovely ladies…I’ve missed it here! Today is beautiful, though, so I am so happy to say that most likely tomorrow, I’ll be able to make a big announcement that I’ve been dying to tell you all about for months. And that also means I’ll be able to blog more. Since this is about all I’ve been working on since July and I can’t share it with you, I’ve had no brainpower left to post other things. Thankfully, you guys can be in the loop now!!! So enough of my taunting and teasing you…check back tomorrow for the big announcement! I’m so excited I could just burst! Today, though, I wanted to share a lovely little trip that we took recently. My birthday was last week and my sweet husband surprised me with a camping trip to Charleston. Did y’all know I love to camp? Some people are surprised to learn that… Anyway, since we got little Gracie, we’ve really wanted to take her on a camping trip and we LOVE Charleston, SC so it all came together. It was the best surprise ever!!! We had lunch at one of my very favorite restaurants in Charleston: Fleet Landing. It’s right on the harbor. This was the view from our table on the back porch. We had one of my favorite foods: shrimp and grits. It was so good. If you guys haven’t been to this city, you have to go. It has the best food, the best views, so much history, and one of my favorites is the architecture and old homes. For a home design lover like myself, it was the perfect birthday to spend hours walking our dog around the residential area and along the water. Here are some of my favorite homes we saw. There were SO many…it was hard to choose just a few to share with you guys. I love the huge porches on all of these old homes. And I love the blue shutters that we saw a lot of. I love this traditional black and white too. We love the gas lanterns that most of these have outside. Only I could go to a city like this with a well-known shopping district and millions of things to do and just want to look at houses, but I’m good with that. Chris and Gracie got so tired…he kept saying don’t you think we should turn around? I kept saying, “just one more street.” I loved it 🙂 That night, we tried a new place we hadn’t been to before…Five Loaves Cafe. They focus on organic and locally grown food. It was the best thing ever. We walked up to a white building, dark stained wood door, and galvanized lighting…I felt like I was walking up to my home (this is exactly how I envision my dream home in my head!). The outside made me happy 🙂 Dinner was even better. I always love a good steak! We had the most wonderful time. I was a very happy girl. The last picture I’ll share with you is by far my favorite of the trip. This was the morning of my birthday just laying in the tent before we headed out for our big day. I know it catches me at a very awkard angle, but it is so precious, I just don’t care. Thanks, honey, for a wonderful birthday.