It had been such a busy semester, and I really needed a break. I was going with eight of my favorite and dearest friends, and I knew it was going to be fun. And it exceeded my expectations!
Ready to go!We headed to Hilton Head Island on Friday. We played Mad Libs in the car and sang to music and had a nice relaxing drive. Then we got to Mary Grace's house, ate dinner, met her parents, and went to bed! We had a very leisurely Saturday morning, getting up whenever and eating breakfast. Then we headed to the beach! It was cold, so we laid out in our long sleeves, but it was so good to be back at the beach! Laura and I went for a really long walk, which was great.
Shivering on the beach!
Karen and I - this pic cracks me up
For dinner that night, Mary Grace's parents made us the best food. Seriously, it was excellent. Bowtie pasta, broccolli, grilled chicken, fruit, and salad. Yum. On Sunday, we had another leisurely morning (that became the routine). Some of us went for a nice long walk around Mary Grace's neighborhood (or "plantation"). That afternoon, we headed to the J Crew outlet, shopped for a little while, and then we saw that the day had turned unexpectedly beautiful! Mary Grace led us to this great little beach, where we frolicked for a while. That was a fantastic time. It was so nice and warm and windy and beautiful!
All of us!
Me and Katie :)
Requisite jumping pictureThat night, Mr. Short barbequed, and some of our guy friends came over for dinner. We ate and made s'mores and talked. That was the day I gave about 6 "inspirational speeches." It was such a good day, I wanted to hold on to every minute. And every minute that I wanted to hold on to, I just told everyone! They laughed at me, but I cherish that day in my memory.
The next day we went to the Outlets because it was rainy and cold. Then we went back to the house and chilled for a while, until we went to Sea Pines. There we walked around the harbor and then we ate at Mary Grace's favorite restaurant, Truffles! It was DELICIOUS! It was beautiful in Sea Pines, at the harbor, and all the little shops.
At the harbor at Sea Pines
On Tuesday, we headed to Savannah! We got there around lunch time. We had packed a picnic, so we ate in one of the squares. Then we headed to River Street! It was so neat! We shopped on Broughton Street, and then Laura had to leave. The good news is that Carolyn joined us that day! I found an amazing store called Paris Market, or something like that, but they did this thing were a few times a week they had a "Writer in the Window." A writer would literally sit at a desk and write. People could leave ideas on a little blackboard. So cute! That store was incredible. I loved it. Then we met up with some of our guy friends. We split into two groups for dinner, and my group (all girls) went to Vinnie van GoGo's. Seriously, I think that was some of the best pizza I've ever had. It was such a fun day. I would love to go back to Savannah and explore some more!
On Wednesday, it was rainy back on HHI, so we watched a a movie and took naps and read books. It was nice. Then we headed to Michaels' for crafting supplies (this week at school, we have initiation for Tri Delt, so we were making gifts for our littles) and crafted the night away while watching another movie!
On Thursday, it was rainy again, so we hung around for a while. We went to a movie, The Adjustment Bureau (it was very good. I recommend it), and then we grabbed dinner at a place called Amigo's. DELICIOUS! We did more crafting that night and watched The Young Victoria (one of my favorite movies!). On Friday morning, we woke up, and most of us packed up and we hit the road.
Morning in Hilton Head
It was such a fantastic week. It was so relaxing and fun and I have so many great memories from it! I learned a lot, God taught me a lot of things, and I just had a great time. I'm refreshed and ready to face the end of the semester.
Till next time...
*Japan is still heavy on my heart. Please be keeping that country in your thoughts and prayers.