A couple weekends ago, my sister and I woke up really early and drove several hours to visit my cousin at UNC Wilmington. My sister and my cousin and I are all really close and love each other a LOT, but now that we’re adults, we live and school and work a few hours away from each other. Through our childhood, we have tons of shared memories of Richmond, VA parks and mountain trips and 4th of July’s at Cape Hatteras, but all of those memories involve our whole families and a lot of boy cousins. This is the first time that we’ve spent a weekend together in our adult lives as just the three of us, so it was a big deal.
I consider this first adult cousin weekend a success. We had lots of girl time and got called “future heartbreakers of America” by a random man on the boardwalk. The best part of the trip was getting to explore this beautiful place I’d never even visited before. I love Wilmington. I love that there are palm trees. I love that there is a beach and downtown area within 15 min of each other. I love the weather. I love that there’s an Olive Garden. I love that my baby cousin lives there now. Its perfect.
We spent Saturday afternoon enjoying the incredible Airlie Gardens. This place is beyond words beautiful. Just look at these photos that I took with my cell phone:
That night we went to the beach to watch the sunset.
And on Sunday we walked around downtown and the boardwalk. More pretty:
I just loved it. It was so refreshing to spend time with my sister and my cousin and see that we’re all adults and we still love each other a lot and we’re happy to make the effort to spend a whole weekend together just because. As kids we’d always promised each other that we’d keep in touch and plan vacations together as adults, but this was the first step that made me feel like – yes – we will actually do this. And maybe we won’t have to drive so far because we all love Wilmington enough to set up a life there. You’re perfect, Wilmington. I’ll be back.