Monday, June 20, 2011

visit home

The weekend before last, Richard and I had several events that brought us home to South Carolina- sweet Leigha and Jonathan's wedding and a family reunion for Richard's mom's side of the family. We decided to add a mini-vacation on to the trip with an overnight stay at the Grand Bohemian in Asheville. It was beautiful, but I was thankful it was paid for using Marriott points! Richard and I were both disappointed there wasn't a pool (we are not huge mountain people- something we may should have thought about when we chose Asheville), but the decor is really cool.

the Grand Bohemian

our bathroom with a huge garden tub- didn't think to get a picture before the room got messy!

lobby of the Grand Bohemian

There are a lot of free spirits in Asheville (think dreads and tattoos galore), but there is also a ton of fabulous food. Between the Tupelo Honey cafe for dinner and the Early Girl Eatery for lunch, we didn't go wrong in our meals. They were excellent!

Early Girl- where I had delicious strawberry and sunflower seed pancakes

Our good friend Rebecca suggested that we visit the NC Arboretum, and the flowers there were really pretty. It's a fun setting with great trails, and had we been more appropriately dressed, we could have done some serious hiking.

quilt garden

hey hubby!

After our short trip to Asheville, we headed back to Spartanburg and enjoyed some local nightlife- the Wild Wing and the Main St. Pub. Quite the happening scene. ;) The best part was definitely the company!

loved getting to see Jeff...

and Meghanne and Caleb and Laurie and Daniel

On Saturday, we had great dinner at Richard's aunt and uncle's house with family we rarely see and then drove up 85 to Leigha and Jonathan's wedding. Leigha is truly one of the sweetest, happiest people I know, so we were thrilled to be a part of her big day. I, of course, left my camera, so this one is "borrowed" from Facebook. Thank you, Meghan Terry!

USC Law group with the glowing bride

We had Richard's family reunion on Sunday, and it was so good to see Richard's great-aunt and great-uncle, as well as our honorary grandmother, Mrs. Ruby. Family is so important, and I'm thankful for having a whole new family as a result of marrying Richard.

Mrs. Ruby slicing her a-mazing cake

the Clark/Webbs/Ousley's- Aunt Phalba, Uncle Bill, and Cousin Karen came from Brentwood, TN- we wish we got to see them more often!

Richard's family was kind to include my immediate family too

looking at old photos and telling stories- love hearing about who's related to who

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