Thursday, August 9, 2012

Carolina In My Mind

We have been back from our trip to South Carolina for 2 days now and I wish we could go back already. Today was very painful as we went back to work after being on vacation for a little over 2 weeks. But I guess that is life! We did so much during our trip so I will try to recap the best that I can.

The first thing we did once we got home was go to the beach! The beach was so awesome, it wasn't miserably hot and the water wasn't boiling hot either. It was the first time this summer we were able to wear our bathing suits. I guess that's what happens when you live in Idaho during the summer.

(Having a blast at Isle of Palms!)

I finally was able to get my haircut and dyed! It had been about a year and a half since I have cut my hair, so it was long overdue. Chad came from Knoxville to see us. It was great seeing him! While he was there we drove up to Charlotte and went to Carowinds, an amusement park which is right on the North and South Carolina state line. It was so much fun! It was blazing hot the day we went and there were no clouds in the sky at all that day. We rode a ton of roller coasters. I used to be a huge roller coaster person and they never really scared me, but this time I was super freaked out on almost everyone we rode. I don't know if it's just because I'm getting older, but man did I turn into a huge wimp! Brandon was very sweet and didn't make fun of me (at least not to my face, ha!).

(This rollercoaster, named the Intimidator, was the first one we went on, and I regret that decision. So scary!)

(The family resting during our fun filled day at Carowinds!)

(Brandon and I being dorks!)

(North/South Carolina state line)

Brandon got to eat at his favorite place in South Carolina! We love our Zaxby's!

We went to downtown Charleston with my sisters during our trip. I have lived in Charleston my entire life and I still don't know my way around. It is pretty sad. But luckily my sister Kamilla knows her way around so she was our tour guide. I love going downtown. It is beautiful and so historical. We walked along the Battery, down to Waterfront Park, past Rainbow Row, and down to the Market. I just love my hometown!

(The harbor at the Battery)

(One of the Charleston mansions. Love the porches!)

(Rainbow Row)

(Brandon, me, and Jessa on the swings at Waterfront Park)

(In front of the big pineapple at Waterfront Park)

(Love my sisters!)

(Us in front of the Ravenel Bridge)

Last but not least, we were able to somewhat help my parents move into their new house! My dad put Brandon to work and had him rip up carpet and pull out staples from the floor. We missed the big move by one day. I wish we could see the house with all of the furniture in it. I guess we will just have to wait until our next visit. It was so weird seeing the house I grew up in being all packed up. But change is good! I guess my dad was preparing Brandon for when we buy our first house. I think Brandon is up for the task :)

(My childhood home.)

Our flight back to Salt Lake was very painful. We almost had a heart attack when we were woken up by a phone call saying our flight had been cancelled. Only to find out that the flight number changed and that was it. And then our 4 hour layover in Detroit turned into an 8 hour layover because of maintenance issues. That really sucked! But we survived and we are home safe and sound.

Needless to say, I am having James Taylor's "Carolina In My Mind" stuck in my head since we've left! I am so grateful for our trip to South Carolina and everything my family did for us! I really wish we lived closer because I miss them so much! But at least I will get to see them when they come out for our graduation in December! I can't wait.

We have some exciting things coming up in the Henrich home. One year anniversary, starting our last semester of college, graduating, moving, and Brandon starting his internship. We are excited to see where life takes us!