Thursday, January 29, 2015

Paris Mountain

Ryan is currently on an easier rotation and we are loving it! Weekends actually feel like weekends! On Sunday we took the dogs to Paris Mountain and hiked the Sulpher Springs trail. Most of the four mile trail followed a stream and was very scenic with several small waterfalls. I love any size waterfall! We took the dogs and had a great time. The trail went up about 600 feet and I think we could all feel the burn the next day. Pepe didn't get off his bed at all!

My view for most of the hike. Pepe did not like that Scout was in front of him!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sunshine and Friends

We had the most wonderful visit from DeeDee and John Eric this weekend. The pictures tell it best...

They got in Saturday night (after John Eric RAN the Charleston marathon...I'm beyond impressed that he was still walking and talking and fun to be around. I would be passed out some where along the way!). Can you tell how happy DeeDee and I are to be drinking wine and talking? It's been way too long! I think we talked for three straight days. 

We made s'mores for our dessert in the fireplace. 

Sunday morning we brunched at Tandem in Travelers Rest.

And then walked around Falls Park and downtown. We were blessed with glorious weather that almost felt like spring.

DeeDee impressed us with her one-handed put-put swing! But in the end, John Eric won by a large margin. 

We tried craft beer at Community Tap and watched a good football game...

and vino on the rooftop of Sip...

and dinner at Smoke. Can you tell we all like to eat and drink? It felt great!

Ryan was off on Monday (we hadn't planned that it just worked out perfectly!) and we drove up to Caesars Head to look at the mountains. 

DeeDee gave Ryan a quarter for the view thingy.

This is Bald Rock and is a massive rock overlook on the side of the mountain. It obviously is a place for teenagers to declare their love for one another in spray paint. 

We saw American Sniper in the afternoon and it was amazing. Such a moving story. We cooked in Monday night and watched our favorite show - Shark Tank. It was the perfect visit and we promised not to go so long again without "real" Facetime! And next time they are bringing sweet Jane because we all missed her!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Merry and a Bright New Year

Before I forget all that we did over the Christmas season I better document! We had three Christmas parties with GHS and they were all fun. Miraculously, Ryan's schedule worked out where we could go to all off of them!

The first - and I think my favorite - was a tacky Christmas sweater party at the director's house. You can't tell in the picture, but Ryan's sweater had shoulder pads! There was a peds party at the children's museum and an internal medicine party at Carolina Ale House downtown. 

The Saturday after Thanksgiving we got our tree and I think this is the prettiest one we've ever had. We took it down last weekend and I'm still missing it.

We have enjoyed our fireplace so much! And Santa even managed to squeeze down our narrow chimney! (Stockings were left up only for the picture or there wouldn't have been a house left for Santa to visit). 

We really do enjoy messing with Scout. 

A group of med-peds residents from the Tacky Sweater party. 

We celebrated our 9th anniversary with delicious meal at Larkin's on the River. 

Christmas Eve brought the best surprise of all when Ryan got home 5 hours early from his ER shift!!! He wasn't supposed to get off until 10 p.m. but because of a light load they let him go home. We made it to our church's Christmas Eve service and then came home and built a fire. 

Honestly, I was dreading Christmas Day because Ryan was working a 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. shift and I knew I would be missing my family! BUT, Jennie and I had a wonderful day. We made our favorite things for breakfast (sausage balls for me, monkey bread for her), exchanged gifts, went for a walk and talked to our families. I finally got to "meet" her parents on Facetime! In the afternoon we went to see Unbroken and that put a nice reality check for me on spending the day in a comfortable home with plenty to eat! 

On the 28th we headed to Mississippi and after a long day in the car got to see Sis and her girls. Plus Mom, Dad and Net! 

I love this picture of Poppy!

We stopped in the library for a little play time during a cold walk. 

DeeDee, John Eric and Jane stopped by on their way home to Jackson from Memphis for a short visit. It was wonderful to see them and they are coming to visit in just over a week!  

Dad and Ryan playing Dad's new iphone. He went from a 1990s-ish Nokia bar phone to an iphone 6!

Thomas and Laura came up on New Year's Day and spent the night. It was so good to see them!

We spent New Year's Eve with Ryan's family and I don't have a picture but we had a good time! 

It was hard to leave but we came home to this little surprise - crocus blooming in the yard! I think the poor thing is confused and thinks it's spring!

Maybe I will be a better blogger in the New Year!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

We stayed in Greenville for Thanksgiving and had a wonderful time celebrating with friends!

We started the day with a trip to Starbucks and Falls Park. Ryan was having withdrawals from not being able to duck hunt so we went to look at the ducks there! And attempted a picture of two humans and two dogs. We didn't quite get it but we had fun trying!

It was so nice to have Ryan home for a day. He is working on Christmas (sad!) so we made the most of Thanksgiving!

Our friends Jennie and Craig came over for dinner and we had a feast: smoked turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and rolls. Followed by raspberry sour cream pie and chocolate chip bundt cake. I am so thankful for the new friends we have made since moving here and are going through this crazy residency journey as well!

The cooks! I can't take credit for the turkey - our neighbor, Don, smoked it for us the day before. I will take credit for heating it up!

Our feast was followed by a game of Qwirkle - basically Scrabble with shapes and colors instead of words. Craig won but I came in a close second! Maggie and Richard joined us later but we didn't take any pictures!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Biltmore and More

My mom has been here visiting this week and we have had a fabulous time! We've cooked, walked, shopped and then walked some more. She's cooked amazing suppers at night and spoiled us completely. I didn't want to take her back to the airport!

Yesterday we went to the Biltmore in Asheville and it was amazing. The house is over 4 acres with 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces. There's also an indoor swimming pool and bowling alley. 

The gardens were beautiful. 

No photos allowed inside but we found the downstairs with the kitchen and laundry room just as interesting - I think thanks to Downton Abbey!

Hurry back, Mom!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Caesars Head

Ryan took the Step 3 exam on Monday and Tuesday and we are both so, so glad it's over! Hopefully, that's the last Step exam ever! On Wednesday, he had the day off so we Caesars Head State Park to hike. It was beautiful!

This is the view from the outlook spot by the visitors' center. In the distance you can see Table Rock - another popular hiking spot. 

We did the Raven Cliff Falls Trail which leads to this overlook where you can view the highest waterfall in the state from across the valley. It's over 450 feet tall. It looked more impressive in person that it does in these pictures! It was an easy two mile trail and the perfect fall day to spend outdoors!

Along the trail we could see mountains peaking in the distance. So pretty!

And the night after the Step we celebrated at Wild Wings - Ryan's favorite place downtown. I'm so glad that (at least for a little while) the studying around our house will die down.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall Crafting

This morning my friend Jennie organized a little fall decorating get together and it was so much fun! We spent some time looking online for inspiration and hit up Michael's. I updated a basket I've had for a couple of years with some new flowers and berries but Jennie and Maggie were much more creative!

Jennie hot glued fall potpourri on a wicker wreath. It turned out really cute!

Maggie's picture here is upside down and I'm not sure why but it was really cute too. She made little rosettes out of burlap and then hot glued a little brown pearl in each. 

I can't believe summer is over and fall is here. Although I'm really enjoying walking in the cooler weather!