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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's Offical..............I'm Southern

This past weekend I was in Arizona home of parking lots and chap_ stick as I call it. Yes I was born in that place and spent most of my childhood hiding my fair skin from the sun and frying eggs on the side walk in the summer. When I was 16 I ventured off and left it all behind and moved to South Carolina to go to College. I have lived in South Carolina this whole time except for a short four year military detour to Utah, we won't talk about that now. Everyone knows how much I love it here I feel like it's the best kept secret ever. I used to be such a big city girl or so I thought then after this weekend and the anxiety I felt driving around this enormous place of freeways, and houses on top of houses on top of strip malls. I was so thankful to be on Southern soil again. I have a ton of pictures from my trip to add to my ever growing work load of editing but until then I have compiled a list of reasons why I love the South, and a couple shots from my 100% true southern front porch.
1. Southern Hospitality- an indescribable quality that you only know when you've experienced it
2. Quaint phrases, like sugar, baby, honey sweetheart and no matter how old you get you will always be miss 'first name' and Mr. 'first name'
3. Sunday supper w/ friends & family
4. Driving through the country just because
5. You can wear the same wardrobe almost year round, but still have 4 seasons
6. the smell of lilac and gardenias in the spring air
7. Front porches w/ swings and rocking chairs & yes people really do use them
8. The Food, say no more
9. Central location, a few hours in every direction and you can be just about anywhere
10. Fl, is only 5 hrs away which has everything from the Keys to Disney to vacation at
11. Blue ridge parkway which is amazing, and the Biltmore estates
12. Atlanta Braves (sorry my hubby made me put that)
13. TN mountains
14. You can now understand the "you might be a redneck if" jokes
15. Savannah (hello Paula Deen:)
16. Charleston, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach all in one state!!!
17. Money goes a lot longer way out here, you can actually buy land and a house without going bankrupt
18. It's called the Bible belt for a reason
19. Southern Estates & plantations
20. People are taught manners out here
21. There is so much History & deep roots
22. There is always something fun to do from, fine dining, festivals, art galleries, shopping, museums, open air markets, carriage tours, outdoors stuff like hunting, fishing, golfing,
23. Everything is slower out here
24. Pastors & Dr's still make house calls
25. Our license plate is so cool and it says "In God We Trust"
26. People out here love their state and love their college football
27. Our state tree is a palmetto tree (aka palm tree) and it is proudly displayed everywhere
28. People really do treat you like family out here, you will always have 5 invites to every holiday
29. You can say anything about or to anyone if you add "Bless your Heart"


Anonymous said...

Bless your heart - you are a southern girl! Lovin the images of the cuties!

Tiffany Rushforth Photography said...

Great shots Nichole!
Love the front porch!!