Archive for : January, 2012
The secret’s out and it feels so good!
I was wedding-day-giddy last Thursday night after coming clean. Wedding-day-giddy mixed with some post-bachelorette-party-pukey to be exact. NO, not morning sickness (girlfriend’s been luck-y). Paranoia pukey. BUT, the truth of the matter is – anything can happen at anytime and right now I choose to enjoy this pregnancy and share my excitement.
I am an open book (shocker!) and hated having to keep our exciting secret from y’all. Now that the secret’s out, I have so much to catch you up on.
BUT, before we get there – I need to say something overly obvious. Although this here blog centers on my adventures in Charleston, a new focus has arisen. It’s called – I’m.gonna.be.a.Mommy and it’s kind of a big deal. Don’t be confused. Pregnancy is an ADVENTURE and I will continue to live IN CHARLESTON (for-ev-er), so relax and keep reading. For reals. Charleston is the setting, my life is the plot, and all of you peeps are the characters. Ya with me?
So about that open-bookness, I must
tell warn you that I promise to give you way too many details about this pregnancy. Aches and Pains and Oohs and Ahhs. I know no other way. However, I will be sure to include Yays and Awws and No Way Reallys just the same. OPEN BOOK SYNDROME comin’ atcha!
The first 13 weeks, in summary…1. The Boobs: They’re bigger than ever. I know. Imagine. 2. Sleep: Holy exhaustion. We have this recliner that sucks me in often and won’t let me go. Let’s just say it gets more action than the hubs (sorry, love!) 3. Being 80 Years Old: Ugh, my sciatica. And the baby only weighs an ounce. (I’m totally screwed.) 4. Crying: I’ve always been a major sap. Now, it’s worse. And once I start I can’t stop. That’s right, my eyes are pretty much swollen on the regular. 5. Dreams: More like nightmares…and lots of ’em. Vivid oh-no-you-did-ent kind of misery. My days of sound sleep are o-vah. 6. Potty Time: I’ve peed 3 times since starting this post. 7. Food: When I’m hungry, I’M STARVING and must eat IMMEDIATELY. Okay, so – nothing here has changed!
I think that pretty much covers the major changes that I’ve been experiencing – minus the obvious belly growth!
I plan on posting weekly updates with pics and stats, so stay tuned for the first installment later in the week. Also, I will be adding a pregnancy tab to the top of the blog – a place where you can find my pregnancy journey, from the beginning.
Thank you for all of your support and love following our big announcement. Love to you all!!! ♥
p.s. A post about our visit from the Dominy fam is coming your way this week. =) Why is it they can’t live here again?!
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High Temperature: 60°
Sit still for 5 minutes if you can.
You won’t regret it.
It’s two short songs.
YOU CAN DO IT!
Happy Birthday (yesterday), Scott!
I LOVE YOU!!!
Cross your fingers and toes (and eyes and all things crossable).
Positivity breeds positivity.
And I’m breeding something special =)
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High Temperature: 69°
Does anyone even say “what’s up” anymore? Well, whatever…I do!
Here’s what’s up – in list form…
1. American Idol season 11 starts tonight! I’m excited for the talent, but not for the commitment.
2. It’s official – Emily Maynard from Brad’s second Bachelor run will be the next Bachelorette. YAY! I know I need to focus on the current season of The Bachelor (and all the corresponding crazies), but I like knowing what’s next on tap. ALSO, it’s comforting to know that Scooter will be watching the the next Bachelorette season with me mos.def. Why? Cause he’s hot on Emily!!! (Yup – she and I look NOTHING alike. Opposites even. Nice.)
3. We have some VERY exciting visitors coming this weekend. Repeat offenders (in a you-only-offend-me-if-you-love-me kinda way) – Christina and Mike!
‘Member them from the 4th of July?!
But, extra special bonus? The arrival of a yummy first offender…ETHAN, their handsome little man!!!
Cannot wait to kiss this face! ♥
4. You know I have to brag about the weekend weather for our company, right? So sorry! (40+ degrees warmer than our hometown in NY. SCORE!)
Relax, Sunday’s far away and a 30% chance ain’t no thang.
5. I am openly obsessed with the people and the humor behind Young House Love, Sherry and John (and Clara and Burger). If you’ve never checked out their blog,
where have you been? DO.IT.NOW! Their blog success and adorkableness encouraged me to get a kick-start in the blogging world. Well Sherry recently wrote a very candid and honest post about how her life isn’t perfect. I mean, whose is? Well, I for the first time, put on my Twitter big girl pants and TWEETED SOMEONE FAMOUS. I dorkily said…
[Enter the crazy part.]
I, in return, received THIS…
6. The NY Giants are 1 game away from the Super Bowl. They play the 49ers on Sunday. GO G-MEN!!!!!!!!
Taking it back to the old school – Giants training camp 2006
7. Charleston made ANOTHER list. A-duh. This time it’s Fodor’s “Go List: 21 Places to go in 2012.” Check out the list here. Charleston and Oahu, Hawaii happen to be the only destinations of the 21 that are located in America. Yeah. Book.the.trip e-quaintenances!
That’s all for now. Glad to be over the hump, how ’bout you?
Time for some Idol!!! xoxo
p.s. Follow me on Twitter if you don’t already @chucktowncharm. I’m still learning, so bear with me!
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High Temperature: 68°
Don’t worry…this ain’t ma thang. My opinions are scattered and varied and I lose interest quickly.
However, I HAVE to mention how flooded Charleston has been with politics – especially in this past week!!! Ya see, the story goes that the winner of the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary has gone on to win the nomination since 1980…so it’s all kind of a big deal around here. The Primary will be held this Saturday, January 21st, so the madness has been kicked into super high gear!
My Dad met Jon Huntsman for some waffles at Honeymoon Cafe on Daniel Island. He shook everyone’s hand. [This just in: Huntsman’s reportedly dropping out and endorsing Mitt Romney like.right.now.]
Both Mom and Dad went to Rick Santorum’s question-and-answer session at Daniel Island School.
My parents also went to Mike Huckabee’s forum at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre in downtown Charleston. They said it was a lot of fun. I question their fun-o-meter, but they didn’t ask. Ha!
Romney, Santorum, Paul, Gingrich, and Perry will be in Myrtle Beach tonight for a debate and there will be one more debate in South Carolina on Thursday.
If Charleston gets a Ron Paul sighting, we’re there! But if I’m being honest, these kids know more about politics than I do…
So…serious question…will all of the commercials stop post-January 21st? Pretty please??
Did I lose you? Don’t worry – me talking politics is a major, circumstantial FLUKE!
p.s. Off to Starbucks for a celebratory we-have-a-Monday-off Frappucino. =)
p.s.s. I will catch up on responding to comments today…PROMISE!
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High Temperature: 56°
So I promised to be better at documenting the month of January for 2012 (since I failed at this last year). And so far – crap.
Well, the 1st of January was Dad’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad!!!
YES I am wearing a Giants jersey and NO I did not shower.
On the 2nd, we finally checked out Shem Creek Park. It opened in October and we’ve been wanting to go since then. It’s basically a really long pier, but we loved it. Water? Boats? Marsh? View of the bridge? Yup – works for us! It was a great way to play around with the camera. By “play around,” I mean use the camera on automatic. Yeah – we’re rebels. (GET IT?!) Check out some pics!
Note: Confederate flag
Yes, I guess I will live in this house with a boat garage. okaythanks.
We had a couple of cold days at the beginning of last week, but the past two days were in the 70s! Today, we finally put Christmas away for good (THANK GOODNESS) and watched the Giants beat the Atlanta Falcons. Actually – we killed them. GO G-MEN!
Yesterday (chronological order is SO overrated!), we checked out The Main Squeeze – a new smoothie and juice bar at Belle Hall. I’m officially obsessed. They only use fresh fruit and vegetables and none of their products are more than 200 calories. YUM!
I highly recommend the Hawaiian Honeymoon!
We journeyed downtown afterwards for some fresh air, linner (lunch/dinner) at Mellow Mushroom, and some picture-taking of course!
Now that you’re all caught up, I will try to go back to blogging each event separately (versus in a cluster like this post)! I guess you could call me a little blog-rusty! ;)
I hope your 2012 has started off on the right foot!
I may share my New Year’s resolutions by the end of the month. What? I’m still brainstorming!
p.s. How bout that picture quality? Much better, right?!
p.s.s. I totally forgot to include 2 sets of awesome visitors in *2011 in Review!* Oops! Diane and Steve visited in March…
AND Laura and Trevor visited in September. They loved Charleston SO much, they plan on moving here someday!!!
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High Temperature: 73°
12 months is a long time. As promised, with each year, those months feel shorter and quicker and, well, sneakier. Here goes my first attempt at a year in review! I suggest a beverage and a snack break around June/July…it was a busy year!
Disclaimer: *Charm* wasn’t born until March of 2011, so (as you’ll see), January and February are pretty fuzzy. This fact reminds me why I not only write this blog for YOU but as a documenting tool for ME. =) Also, I planned on highlighting each month with just ONE picture (“Highlights, Sarah, HIGHLIGHTS!”). Fat chance…that lasted 1 month!
The Year 2011!
1 – JANUARY
We were fresh off our snow-filled trip to NY, SO happy to be home in 70° weather. We took a trip to the beach, took some trips downtown, and celebrated Scott’s 32nd birthday. (Apparently, by ourselves according to the picture above!) Hmph – I’ll document this January a little more seriously ;)
2 – FEBRUARY
We went to a fun Super Bowl party with great friends where I won an award for my garbage bread – yay!
We had an awesome visit from our awesome Scottish friends, Jeremy and Carrianne. Martelle even came down from Charlotte for a bit to visit (you remember him, right?). We all fawned over Baileigh-boo and had a fabulous time! If only we lived a little closer!!! xoxo
All of us, minus gorgeous Carrianne (if only pictures could take themselves!).
Lastly, we went to Brewvival and had a ball. We need to get on the tickets for this year, STAT! Chucktown peeps, if you like beer and good food – do it, do it, DO IT!
3 – MARCH
We had our second beer tasting at the house, celebrated St. Patty’s Day at Westbrook, and pimped out our patio.
And shall I not forget, I published my very first post on *Charm of Charleston* where I introduced Spikey to the world!
Dead already? I think so =(
4 – APRIL
April was bizzzz-eeeeee!
We had our first Bridge Run experience (sans the actual running part). What a fun time downtown. Can you say MIMOSAS?!
Pool weather, it was!
The Brewers stopped by for a quick 5-hour visit on their drive down to Florida (I think this was April and not February??).
Scott’s brother, Johnny, came down for his first visit. Scott’s parents’ also came down for their first visit, overlapping Johnny’s by a few days. Good times!!!
I went to my first Southern wedding…Buffie and Jay’s!
AND THEN, we slept =)
5 – MAY
We checked out downtown Charleston’s Farmer’s Market for the first time, I drooled over the best.burger.ever from Coleman Public House, we soaked up some 90° days, I confessed my ridiculous issues with blinking, and I met the lovely and talented Christina behind Hungry Meets Healthy!
6 – JUNE
We bought the iPad 2 and went to NY for 23 days. We saw all of our favorite friends and family, went to our friend Katrina’s wedding, and spent as much time as possible at Scott’s parents’ lake house. The biggest event? Mom and Dad said goodbye to living in the Northeast and MOVED TO CHARLESTON!
::How ya holdin’ up? Snacky time? Hang in, we’re halfway there!::
7 – JULY
Well, I blogged once a day during July (er, 31 blogs in 31 days) and loved-every-second-of-it!
Big things happened this month. BIG! Christina and Mike visited from NY for the 4th (!!!), Scott and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary in Charleston AND our 3rd wedding anniversary, we bid farewell to Spikey while welcoming Spunky into the family, Mom and Dad closed on their house, and we found out that we were pregnant.
8 – AUGUST
We celebrated Shark Week by watching a screening of Jaws on the lawn at the Aquarium – FUN! We checked out the ginormously spectacular tree that is Angel Oak and fell in love with Kiawah Island. Mom, Dad, and I went to the 8th Annual Wine Stomping Festival at Irvin House Vineyards. I did some cleaning that resulted in this flashback, this one, and this one. Luckily, we dodged a large bullet that was Hurricane Irene. And on a Debbie Downer note, we found out the worst news possible – that we lost our baby.
9 – SEPTEMBER
EXCLUSIVE: Scott was busted for being his bad@$$ self and experienced the rare comfort of the back of a cop-mobile. A-gain. Did I forget to share that in September? (Jokes, it’s our neighbor’s “ride.” Yes, we’re cool enough to stage fake arrests. What?!)
10 – OCTOBER
We celebrated our house anniversary, I shared my you-can-barely-see-me magazine debut, I was invited to and attended Southern Living’s Taste of Charleston event at Boone Hall Plantation, I had a week-long birthday celebration, we went to Charlotte Oktoberfest (where Scott’s homebrew was on tap!), and visited Asheville, NC!!!
11 – NOVEMBER
Scott received his ribbon for coming in first place for his saison in the Savannah Homebrew Contest, we experienced a gorgeous sunset on Sullivan’s, checked out Middleton Place (whoops, still need to blog about this!), and had a 36-hour Knupp marathon IN CHARLESTON. We also hosted Thanksgiving for the 2nd time – this year with my parents, brother (for his first Chucktown visit), and brother in-law. =)
12 – DECEMBER
Scott and I went on our first annual trip (oh yes, it’ll be an annual thang) to Brookgreen Gardens for Nights of a Thousand Candles. Ahhh – romance. ♥
ANDDDDD…I basically slacked for the rest of December!
And there was my year is a very large and wordy nutshell ← typical ME!
Seriously though, 2011 year was filled with MANY ups and some pretty down-in-the-dumps downs. I blogged through it all and am very grateful for the opportunity to share my life with YOU. Thanks for the memories 2011, but 2012 is going to be MY YEAR!!!
Happy New Year, loves! ♥
p.s. If you actually read through this entire post, we are officially best friends forever.
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High Temperature: 60°