Starting to get Anxious!

As the warm weather approaches, I’m starting to get anxious that we’re not as well prepared for this baby as I thought we were!

Since he’ll make his arrival in about eight weeks (I think it will be earlier than that!), we need to get on the ball. We’re turning our guest room into a guest room/ nursery and using the fabulous bedding that I bought when Davis was born. Unfortunately, I still need to get everything out of storage, set up the room, stock up on necessities, buy large items (monitor, pump, infant carrier, swing — the stuff we had has either been given away or isn’t working), and, most importantly: DECIDE ON A NAME!!

Names are difficult! They are so permanent and giving a name to someone is such a big responsibility. They define a person. They can make a child the object of ridicule if we try to get too “cute” or miss an obvious flaw with our first/ middle/ surname combination…

The boys have their first official tee-ball game in the morning. After that, Chad and I are going to spend some time together and try to take care of some of the above. Perhaps we’ll have a name by Monday! Of course, I won’t be sharing it until our little guy is born or else we’ll be changing it again based on everyone’s opinions 😉

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Published in: on March 27, 2009 at 5:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Weekend Fun!

What a great weekend!

My brother in law and his family are in town from Boston this week and we’re really enjoying spending time with Travis, Amy, and “the cousins” (Lilli and Patton). We had an awesome weekend! The boys are loving having little playmates in the house and it’s so nice to catch up with Trav and Amy. We rarely get to see their family anymore. They used to live right near us in Charleston but Travis did his residency in Asheville, NC and they moved to Boston last year so that Travis could get his Masters in Public Health at Harvard. They plan to head to Uganda in January where they will serve as missionaries!! They visited Uganda a couple of months ago and we sat spellbound while they shared their stories and showed us their photos.

We visited a friend’s church on the peninsula on Sunday and then spent the afternoon having a picnic at White Point Gardens on the Battery. They day was absolutely gorgeous! The four children got to wrestle with the Dads, run around, climb on the cannons, play with puppies, and chase bubbles. They invented water games and played hide and seek among the huge oak trees.

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Days like these remind me of why I love living in Charleston! 🙂

Published in: on March 24, 2009 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Fed has announced a major expansion of its mortgage-backed security purchase program by $750 Billion.

Thought you’d find this interesting. We’ll have to see how the mortgage rates react to this news:

For immediate release

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January indicates that the economy continues to contract.  Job losses, declining equity and housing wealth, and tight credit conditions have weighed on consumer sentiment and spending.  Weaker sales prospects and difficulties in obtaining credit have led businesses to cut back on inventories and fixed investment.  U.S. exports have slumped as a number of major trading partners have also fallen into recession.  Although the near-term economic outlook is weak, the Committee anticipates that policy actions to stabilize financial markets and institutions, together with fiscal and monetary stimulus, will contribute to a gradual resumption of sustainable economic growth.

In light of increasing economic slack here and abroad, the Committee expects that inflation will remain subdued.  Moreover, the Committee sees some risk that inflation could persist for a time below rates that best foster economic growth and price stability in the longer term.

In these circumstances, the Federal Reserve will employ all available tools to promote economic recovery and to preserve price stability.  The Committee will maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and anticipates that economic conditions are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for an extended period.  To provide greater support to mortgage lending and housing markets, the Committee decided today to increase the size of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet further by purchasing up to an additional $750 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities, bringing its total purchases of these securities to up to $1.25 trillion this year, and to increase its purchases of agency debt this year by up to $100 billion to a total of up to $200 billion.  Moreover, to help improve conditions in private credit markets, the Committee decided to purchase up to $300 billion of longer-term Treasury securities over the next six months.  The Federal Reserve has launched the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility to facilitate the extension of credit to households and small businesses and anticipates that the range of eligible collateral for this facility is likely to be expanded to include other financial assets.  The Committee will continue to carefully monitor the size and composition of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet in light of evolving financial and economic developments

Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; Elizabeth A. Duke; Charles L. Evans; Donald L. Kohn; Jeffrey M. Lacker; Dennis P. Lockhart; Daniel K. Tarullo; Kevin M. Warsh; and Janet L. Yellen. 

Beekman Point, Daniel Island

Today is perfect! It is in the mid 60s and the sun is shining. I went out to Beekman Point where we are developming some new homesites and was absolutely stunned by the sweeping views. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to snap some photos with my iPhone but will try to do so later today.

It has been a really busy week and I feel pretty slack for not writing sooner. I’ve been feeling pretty tired during this last trimester of pregnancy and both work and home life have been amazingly busy.

We wrapped up the final session of our Bible Study yesterday morning and I’m so thankful for all I have learned! I hope our next one will be as instrumental to me as the one I just finished.

The boys get busier and more fun every day! School, tee-ball, swimming, playtime and daily life meld together into a beautiful tapestry of grubby hands, skinned knees, shining faces, bedtime stories, silly songs, messy spaces, endless prayers, and plenty of hugs that take my breath away. Can you believe that I’m reading my 5 and 4 year olds “The Black Stallion” and they are enjoying it?!? I wouldn’t trade my life right now for anything in the world 🙂

Here is a photo of what the boys put together to welcome Poppy and Grammie to our house. They did it on their own and were VERY proud of their welcome party!

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In addition, the real estate market is picking up. I’ve been busier than I’ve been in over six months. I’m daily reminded how much I love my career! This weekend, I helped a dear mother of two find the perfect home for her family. She is SO excited about it and I was thrilled to be a part of helping her narrow in on the home that would meet all of her needs and desires.

Back to Beekman Point. Here is a rendering of the area. It is on the south end of Daniel Island and a few of the homesites have expansive river views and large oak trees. Two of the homesites are much larger than our usual offerings. Initially we had planned for the pricing of the two large lots to be around $700,000 but I now believe that they will be in the low to mid $500,000s!!

Visit: http://www.danielisland.com/beekmanpoint/ for more details. I’ll add some photos when I’m able to upload them.

Published in: on March 18, 2009 at 3:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tee-Ball

Tee-ball was great! We took the golf cart over to the fields and got to catch up with a lot of friends. The boys’ coach is simply wonderful! His name is Berry Hudson and he was so patient and encouraging with the little players. Here are some photos:

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Published in: on March 12, 2009 at 12:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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This is why I live in Charleston

The weather today is gorgeous. It is 79 degrees outside and the sun is shining. My boys have their very first tee-ball practice today and it seems like the coach is going to be fabulous. The practices and games will be held just a minute from my house at the fields behind the Daniel Island School, unlike 70% of our flag football games last fall (although I hear that’s changing this year). As far as I’m concerned, life couldn’t get any better!

Two of Chad’s friends are coming to town tomorrow night to play in the St. Patrick’s Day member guest tournament here at the Daniel Island Club. It will be a lot of fun to see them! I’m sure that we’ll take some time to go out on the boat if the weather holds up. Here is a photo of the boys at the front of the boat when we were out a couple of weeks ago:

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Our other favorite thing to do is to go to the beach. As you can see in the photo below, we even go when it’s a little bit cool… easy to do when it’s 10 minutes away 🙂

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 Lastly, here is a photo that I took from our dock a few days ago as the sun was setting. It was breathtaking! I don’t know how well it will show here since I took it on my iPhone but I thought that I would give it a try.

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I love this time of year!

Weekend Wrap-Up

What a glorious weekend! The weather was perfect and we had nothing planned other than to spend time with the boys. It couldn’t have been any better.

Yesterday we had a picnic at River Green Park. We enjoy going there because it is pretty secluded and has spectacular views of the marsh and and golf course. The boys brought their fire engine and garbage truck and had a ball pushing them through the lawn and chasing one another. Colin decided that he would pack our picnic lunch so we had a very eclectic mix of food!

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I woke up feeling a little under the weather this morning and, by the time I had made our pancakes and eggs, we were running late for church. Unfortunately we did not make it, but we watched a video Bible Study: The Domino Effect that was created by our friends at Wayfarer Minstries (http://www.wayfarer.tv/dominoeffect/) and had a great discussion. The boys have spring pictures at their preschool tomorrow so we headed to the mall. We had lunch at Jason’s Deli (the boys loved the ice cream below) and found some great new shoes at Stride Rite and some fun spring clothes. We let the boys run the show and they had a ball making decisions about everything. 🙂

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I love weekends. They are truly a time to slow down and enjoy life. The boys made “clubhouses” in the playroom where they covered several chairs and a table with blankets and created a series of “rooms”. They have played in there for hours!! They even took our Coleman electric lantern in there and pretended to camp out. It’s so much fun seeing their imagination at work! They are so creative with everything that they do.

Published in: on March 9, 2009 at 12:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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New homesites coming in Daniel Island Park

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Above is the section of Daniel Island Park where homesites will be offered later this year. This photo is an aerial shot that was taken in February. As you can see, the roads are still under construction and the park areas are not yet installed. The aerial photo below was taken in October and has an overlay in yellow showing a (very preliminary) plan of where the homesites will be located. Just email me if you’d like a PDF with more detailed information.

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Published in: on March 6, 2009 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Seventeen years later…

Seventeen years ago, when we were seniors in high school, my husband and I went on our first date. We went to California Dreaming in Greenville, SC. Chad was not allowed to use his car (because he had gotten a speeding ticket the week before) so I picked him up and drove us to the restaurant! It was a stormy evening and a car in front of us on I-85 had a minor accident. We stopped to help and eventually ended up at the restaurant late for our reservation and soaking wet. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the beginning of the rest of our lives.

I love being married to my high school sweetheart. We have a shared history. Our parents have known us since we were children and it makes for a very special bond. I truly can’t believe that seventeen years have passed since our evening at California Dreaming!! Where does the time go? Seventeen years from now my boys will be graduating from college. I hope it doesn’t fly by just as quickly.

This evening, Chad and I went to the California Dreaming here in Charleston to commemorate that special date. It’s funny how I don’t feel much older today than I did back then! We now have children and responsibilities and those exciting first years of adulthood are only memories. I wonder — do people ever feel their age?

I’m so thankful for where we are in life. We are amazingly blessed.

Published in: on March 6, 2009 at 2:41 am  Leave a Comment  
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It is FREEZING today!! My thermometer said that it was 30 degrees. The sun is shining brilliantly and it looks warm but it is icy cold. Charleston in March? Who would have thought it would be so cold. We’ve lived here for almost 10 years and are astonished…

Well, the stock market dropped 300 points yesterday. Like everyone else, Chad and I are wondering what to do. Since we are relatively young, we’ll leave our money where it is and pray that the market recovers before we really need to access it. I feel bad for people who are my parents’ age and who have been counting on their portfolios in order to retire in the next 10 years. Maybe the economy will bounce back faster than we anticipate and they will be able to follow through with their plans.

The real estate market on Daniel Island has been pretty healthy in February. Here is an overview of the activity:

Residential properties that closed in February:

 

2831956 – Details: 600 BUCKSLEY LN, #101, CHARLESTON, SC – $173,000
2632335 –
Details: 145 PIER VIEW ST, #206, CHARLESTON, SC – $200,000
2632812 –
Details: 1225 BLAKEWAY ST, #1105, CHARLESTON, SC – $210,000
2713434 –
Details: 1225 BLAKEWAY ST, #908, CHARLESTON, SC – $220,000
2830460 –
Details: 1406 ELFE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $260,000
2902703 –
Details: 1119 BLAKEWAY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $385,000
2741325 –
Details: 952 COCHRAN ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $527,500
2824485 –
Details: 1026 BARFIELD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $540,000
2818207 –
Details: 1725 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $763,528
2825819 –
Details: 276 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $765,000
2821084 –
Details: 74 WOODFORD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $999,950
2824752 –
Details: 2437 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,150,000

Residential Properties that went under contract in February:

 

2835714 – Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #3209, CHARLESTON, SC – $149,900
2713437 –
Details: 1225 BLAKEWAY ST, #807, CHARLESTON, SC – $245,000
2904977 –
Details: 145 PIER VIEW ST, #416, CHARLESTON, SC – $350,000
2902267 –
Details: 4021 CROWN POINTE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $595,000
2833583 –
Details: 1110 BLAKEWAY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $765,000
2824849 –
Details: 7844 FARR ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $799,000
2816289 –
Details: 2429 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,075,000
2821760 –
Details: 47 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $2,195,000

New residential properties that were listed in February:

 

2905321 – Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #7210, CHARLESTON, SC – $129,900
2905418 –
Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #9202, CHARLESTON, SC – $179,900
2904549 –
Details: 600 BUCKSLEY LN, #201, CHARLESTON, SC – $185,000
2904200 –
Details: 100 BUCKSLEY LN, #306, CHARLESTON, SC – $189,000
2904588 –
Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DRIVE, #10306, CHARLESTON, SC – $235,000
2903681 –
Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #8111, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,900
2903414 –
Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #B203, CHARLESTON, SC – $369,000
2904819 –
Details: 101 JORDAN CT, CHARLESTON, SC – $384,900
2904353 –
Details: 2267 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $395,000
2905037 –
Details: 2247 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $420,000
2904842 –
Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #B406, CHARLESTON, SC – $439,000
2903448 –
Details: 1709 SAILMAKER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $483,365
2904792 –
Details: 205 FAIRCHILD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,900
2903444 –
Details: 1701 SAILMAKER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $505,699
2903765 –
Details: 7060 SCHOONER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $510,000
2904527 –
Details: 3023 BALTIMORE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $519,000
2903446 –
Details: 1702 SAILMAKER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $529,990
2904534 –
Details: 106 BARNABY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $535,000
2903447 –
Details: 1706 SAILMAKER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $538,090
2904480 –
Details: 1969 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $549,000
2904963 –
Details: 122 CODNER’S FERRY, CHARLESTON, SC – $634,900
2904049 –
Details: 8055 GIBBON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $649,000
2904692 –
Details: 118 FAIRBANKS OAK, #1 2A, CHARLESTON, SC – $749,000
2904169 –
Details: 124 FAIRBANKS OAK, #2 3A, CHARLESTON, SC – $750,000
2904281 –
Details: 272 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $875,000
2905646 –
Details: 250 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $899,000
2903878 –
Details: 506 INDIAN CORN ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $899,900
2905382 –
Details: 701 CUNNINGHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $899,998
2903396 –
Details: 6116 GRAND COUNCIL ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $999,700
2904757 –
Details: 212 KING GEORGE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,050,000
2904515 –
Details: 22 WOODFORD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,050,000
2903612 –
Details: 87 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,395,000
2905185 –
Details: 659 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,849,900
2905345 –
Details: 607 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $2,000,000
2905088 –
Details: 635 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $2,200,000
2904321 –
Details: 33 WATROO POINT, CHARLESTON, SC – $2,599,000
2903433 –
Details: 431 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $2,999,000

Homesites that closed in February:

 

2734089 – Details: 157 RIVER GREEN PLACE, CHARLESTON, SC – $525,000
2821352 –
Details: 179 KING GEORGE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $535,000

However, new listings are still far outnumbering the amount of sales which leads to excess inventory. Excess inventory translates into a sluggish market. Until we can work through some of the existing inventory and get to a healthy level of supply and demand, we’ll be in a buyer’s market.

For buyers, that is a very good thing! For those who have to sell — it’s not so good.

Published in: on March 3, 2009 at 2:35 pm  Comments (1)  
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