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 visited the South Carolina Aquarium for the first time. I swiftly blogged about it in June. #oops #FAIL
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??).
I went to my first ever tennis match at the Family Circle Cup and learned that this is a quiet event (who knew?!).
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!
Scott’s parents left and mine came in on the very same day (zZzZzZ)! We celebrated Easter at Boone Hall Plantation, commemorated the Royal Wedding, and my parents picked out their future house!
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?!)
Y’all helped me decide that I am a Carolina Gamecocks fan, I poured my heart out on 9/11, and we had our 3rd beer tasting party,
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. ♥
My first guest blogger, the hilarious Brooke at Veggie Table, shared her great honeymoon in Charleston with us (yay – thanks again!!!)
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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