4th of July in Wilmington was full of new Friends, Fireworks and Fun! 🎉


We met the Cheeks on a group trip to Nosara Costa Rica a few years ago, and immediately hit it off.  Then our kids finally met in Charleston at a mutual friend’s wedding this past Spring, and they hit it off.  So it only made sense to get us all back together for everyone’s favorite holiday, July 4th!  🎆

I was especially excited to see the Cheeks new home…a gorgeous historic colonial that they completed renovated and just had featured in this month’s issue of Southern Living magazine.  It was even more magical in person than in photos, and Lindsey’s eye for design is nothing short of inspiring.  Every inch was perfection.  Be sure to pick up the July issue of Southern Living to get a glimpse inside their stunning home!

The kids were so excited to see each other and immediately were off on the trampoline, swinging from the live oak, swimming in the pool, and sliding down the giant bounce house the cheeks put up for the kids…basically Disney Land in their magical backyard, which made it super relaxing for the adults. 

4th of July morning we headed over to the Cape Fear Country Club to pre-party and watch the kids show us their moves on the diving board before the real celebration. 

The Cheeks were having 30+ people over, and we ended up meeting so many of their awesome friends and all their kiddos.  There was potato sack racing, more swimming, corn hole, and plenty of sparklers…celebrating freedom at its finest.  

Our last full day was spent boating around the Intracoastal Waterway, tubing, and searching for sand dollars on the white sand beaches around the edge of Figure Eight Island.  Such a gorgeous setting and a relaxing day of sun soaked fun.

We had to squeeze in one parent’s night out, so we got the kids settled with a sitter, got ourselves dolled up, and headed downtown for drinks at Satellite Bar and Lounge and then dinner next door at Vivian Howard’s new restaurant, Benny’s Big Time.   


The next morning we gave the kids some time to play before we headed home, and I snuck over to Lindsey’s store, Gathered, where I picked up the sweetest Amy Moffatt marsh scene painting and oohed and ahhed over all the beautiful pieces she has curated in her store.  

There were lots of hugs, talks of the next get-together, more hugs and a few sad faces when we finally pulled out of the driveway to head home. 


Fortunately we are just a short 4.5 hour drive away, and we hope to get back to this sweet Southern family and city again sooner than later.  Until next time, Wilmington! ✌🏼


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