Have you ever questioned your own sanity? I don't do it frequently - but last Friday my husband, two of my sisters, and I packed up our entire lives (well, everything that would fit in a 16' moving truck and our cars) and moved 1200 miles from home to Charleston, South Carolina.
Gotta be honest, the move itself was pretty awful. If you've never packed an entire house in a just a few days, loaded a truck in 10 degrees in the snow, and attempted to fit WAY more than possible in the space you might understand.
- Quick tip: If you're moving 4 adults and have a 3 bedroom house, garage, and basement, your stuff will NOT all fit in a 16' truck -
We had help packing from a few amazing friends, plus my sisters & dad, and actually managed to clean the house before we left.
This year we've done 4 of the 5 things recommended not to do all in one year:
1. Got married
2. Sold our house
3. Moved out of state
4. Changed jobs (still working on the new ones)
The only thing we didn't do is have a baby. (Sorry relatives, not happening)
Apparently we are insane. However, we're loving it!
Two friends of ours offered to help us move, so they were amazing and drove our moving truck the WHOLE way. We drove 14.5 hours the first day - but it ended up taking us almost 18 - blonde moment on my part.
Yet another moving tip: if you're caravaning 3 cars and a moving truck everything takes longer - also, double check Google Maps for a time estimate. I thought it was 12 hours from Bangor to Harrisonburg, VA - turns out it was 14.5
We made it - FINALLY - to our "halfway" point at almost midnight, somehow without all falling asleep at the wheel. It was an awful drive too, tons of construction, and then about halfway in there was torrential rain for the rest of the drive. We got to sleep for about 4 hours, and then had to hit the road again.
6AM was our on-the-road time for day two. We needed to get to our apartment complex by 4PM at the latest in order to get our keys to our new apartment and actually have somewhere to sleep.
The one highlight of the trip was driving through the Shenandoah Valley at sunrise. Oh my goodness......SO GORGEOUS! I was driving so I couldn't take photos (thus all the pictures from our new home instead) but I wish we'd had time to stop at every gorgeous view!
After another long drive - this time only 7ish hours though - WE MADE IT!!!
The best part of this whole move is that once we finally arrived and were done with the drive we then had to lug all of our crap up three floors! Holycrapseriously?! We MASHED it, honestly thanks to Dave, and our friends Paul and Jess. I can't lie, I am so completely glad the move itself is over.
Now for the fun stuff - our new home is amazing!
It was pretty chilly for our first week, but 48 degrees in January is pretty darn good compared to what we're used to in Maine! We went to the beach anyway - obviously!
The sunsets here are pretty incredible. Even when the wind is blowing we we're freezing!
On their last day (Thursday) we took them into the historic district of Charleston to explore. We started off with brunch at Hominy Grill - so far our favorite brunch spot in the area. It is so freaking good. And since it was a random Thursday morning we didn't have to wait.
Just like true southerners we all ordered biscuits and gravy, we were being brave. It was absolutely amazing. I don't really do food photos (someday I will, working on it) so I didn't really think to take a photo of our meal, but suffice it to say all of our plates were clean.
We walked from Hominy Grill over to King St. to check out the shops, and then headed to Market St. to show them the Historic City Market.
After the City Market we walked down towards the Battery and spent a little time playing in the park.
I was trying to take a photo of the light fixture.....and the boys decided to pose for me......
We absolutely LOVE the charm of the Charleston historic district, how could you not!?
Even the alleyways in our new city are beautiful! I know I took at least a thousand photos.
Megan is our in-house handstand queen....anywhere and everywhere!
Apparently we are all 5 years old...swings are too much temptation to resist!
Until next time, Charleston, you've been lovely. I can't wait to discover more of your charm!
Dreamer, decorator, wife, business owner, personal fitness trainer. 20-something.