Friday afternoon, Ian and I sneakily packed the car and headed to Murrells Inlet to surprise my mother-in-law for her birthday! While she was out at dinner, several of us hid our cars and hung out at her house until she came home. She came up the stairs from the garage to find a kitchen full of family and friends. She was shocked!
|My MIL with her father (left), best friend (hugging), and her in-laws|
|My husband is hot|
|Ian with his paternal grandparents|
|Make a wish!|
On Saturday we woke up and had breakfast and then went down to the marshwalk of Murrells Inlet for a stroll. Even Drake got to go. He was in pure heaven!
On Sunday I traveled down to Folly Beach (right outside of Charleston) to spend some time with my family. They rented a house for an entire week. Even though I could only be there Sunday thru Wednesday, we got in some really great times.
|The house we rented|
|Making our way down to the beach|
|Middle sister Sarah, Mom, and me|
|Shopping on King Street in Charleston --|
me, Mom, youngest sis Laura - and a great new Cynthia
Rowley dress! I promise you'll see it soon!
|Evening cocktails at Market Pavilion - my favorite rooftop bar in Charleston|
|The New Yorkers - Sarah and boyfriend Cameron|
|Me and Mom en route to dinner at Rue de Jean|
|The marsh behind our beach house ...|
|... where we got to put out crab traps! This stone crab went back in the water. He was a little too small for us.|
|But we did catch almost 20 blue crabs, which Laura made into a hot crab dip one night.|
|The sunset as I was talking to Ian on the phone one night.|
(He couldn't miss any work, so I went solo.)
|Paddleball with Cameron. And yes, we spent the |
majority of the time chasing the ball around.
|Me and Laura|
And some really great news to share ... my sister Laura got engaged! That explains the champagne in the above picture. Here she is with her fiance, T.
We couldn't be happier for them and we girls also couldn't ask for a better future brother-in-law. And Ian is particularly stoked ... he and T. get along like peas and carrots.
It's great to be back! Tomorrow I'll be showing you some updated home pictures, and get ready for next week ... I am going to devote it solely to the debut of our professional wedding pictures. So if you don't like weddings, consider yourself forewarned, ha!