Cruisin’ the Carolinas

Remember that time I had a blog? Yeah… it’s been a while, but what can I say; the holidays are just full of so many fun events that I spent my time being out and about rather than at a laptop. And so here it is, the tail end of December and I’m about to fill you in on my Thanksgiving trip to the Carolinas!

This year, my family and I decided to convene at my sister’s place in South Carolina. She’s a busy medical resident and her schedule didn’t allow her to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday. My best friend lives close by in North Carolina, so I decided to visit with her as well. I figured the warm weather wouldn’t hurt either!

I flew from Chicago to Charlotte, NC, and Candace, her husband, and son (my Godson, Colton!) picked me up for dinner. Look who we ran into! My friends Evelyn and Chris from Chicago, who recently relocated to the area. It was pretty awesome to be able to catch up with them, and also introduce friends from different chapters of my life.


Back at the house, Colton and I had lots of silly time before bedtime. Oh, and he said he wore this shirt just for me – I love this kid!


The next day was lots of fun too. First, breakfast at a super cute southern diner.IMG_3740

This kid loves BACON!



Then it was time to come home and play. Man, 4 year olds can really wear you out!


First we rode bikes up and down the driveway (taking a break to attend to some very important paperwork, as you can see). Then it was time for swings! “You have to pump your legs to swing higher!”


After all of that activity, it was time for a snack… cupcakes it is! The photo below is my favorite of the post. Because Colton wanted ALL THE SPRINKLES! A kid after my own heart.


“Look, I did it!”


Colton’s masterpiece… or as Candace called it, “The diabetes special!” heheIMG_3777

Here is my (relatively tame) version!IMG_3781

After such a fun day, it was soon time to head over the border to South Carolona. Road trip!


Upon arriving into town, we went out to dinner with my sis. There is some surprisingly good/authentic Thai food in the rural south!



The rest of my time in SC was very laid back and relaxing. Dr.Sister worked several long shifts at the hospital, so my parents and I kept things pretty low key. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them this casual before in my life! I honestly had no idea that my dad even owned a sweatshirt, no lie.


You’d think with everyone else on their laptops, I would have gotten some blogging done, but I was too busy spending some quality time with my sister’s cat, Sir Pounce de Leon. Thankfully, we are on a first name basis and he lets me call him Pounce!


We had a great Thanksgiving meal too, with my mom, sister, and I whipping up some great dishes. Food-wise, it was probably one of the very best Thanksgivings. But people-wise, we definitely missed being with our big, extended family up north! Still, it was nice to spend some quality time with my immediate family, and do things like go for long walks, explore the area, and have movie nights.  Before I knew it, it was time to head back to Chicago! This time I flew out of the exceedingly charming Greenville airport.


I had a lovely time in the Carolinas. I definitely plan to go back when it’s warmer so I can take advantage of the hiking and lake activities!

4 Comments on “Cruisin’ the Carolinas”

    • Thanks girl! I’d love to visit the area again, but probably won’t get there again so soon 😉 Enjoy your trip, can’t wait to hear all about it!

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