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I have always loved this time of year, which is why it is so exciting to celebrate our love around the holidays! And this year confirmed that.
The plans for Saturday evening were a surprise (for me), so we spent Saturday morning like most, doing stuff around the house, still unpacking boxes, putting things in the attic, cleaning, etc. But around 5pm or so, we sat in front of the tree with my gift to Brian, which stuck with the traditional 'cotton' gift idea. I decided that in order to jump start our sideyard renovation (big plans of a fence and little oasis from the world) by buying a 'cotton' hammock! I've asked Santa for a hammock stand, so we'll see if that works out! Otherwise we are looking forward to relaxing in it come Spring!
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Dinner was at FIG, one of the most delicious dinners I've had in Charleston (not to mention the awesome server that we had)! FIG stands for 'Food Is Good', and boy was it! Their menu is seasonal, so it changes frequently. After ordering a bottle of red wine, we started the meal with pumpkin soup, then moved on to our entrees... Brian had the Caw Caw Creek SUCKLING PIG CONFIT with roasted beets and sautéed mustard greens, while I had the RED PORGY (a light, white fish) with the skin crisped and served over pureed cauliflower and mustard greens. I honestly cannot decide which was better! So good!
From there, we walked briskly to the Gaillard Auditorium for the Charleston Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker. It was so good, and we were even inspired to buy our own nutcracker to commemorate the night.
Afterwards, we headed to the Embassy Suites downtown, where Brian had booked a room for the evening. Once we checked out the room, we headed down to Marion Square to stroll through the Christmas lights and then headed back to the room for the evening. I think we are beyond the hard partying phase of life, we've become a boring married couple for sure.
Here are a few shots from inside the hotel, which was the original Citadel Military College back in the day. It has since been restored and is on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
Marion Square always looks beautiful this time of year, with white lights in all the trees, and a giant colored light tree in the middle. Here's a photo of me inside the tree, as well as the view when you look up...
And an overall shot...
Here's a view of some of the other trees with the gorgeous church lit up in the background...
The Palmetto tree with the lights is my favorite, and we couldn't resist the shot with the full moon.
Sunday morning we slept in, but were still early enough to get the continental breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards we walked through the Holiday Farmer's Market in Marion Square.
It was also the second Sunday of the month, which means that King Street is closed off to vehicular traffic. What a great concept.... King Street as pedestrian only! It was great to stroll down the middle of the street, with tables from all the restaurants out in the road, as well as all sorts of musicians, from violinists, guitarists, cello, and bluegrass. It was also a chance for us to finish up our Christmas shopping!
And we got a few things for ourselves. ;) Like another reindeer...
Happy 2nd Anniversary Brian! Looking forward to spending forever with you...
This would be the perfect
spot for a photo of the two of
us from this weekend, however,
they all turned out TERRIBLE.
Maybe Monday will hold a better
photo for us!