USS Truxton — what was I thinking?

Last week, my parents told me about an article in the Post and Courier about the USS Truxton coming to Charleston to be commissioned. This ship is a brand new Navy Destroyer so they thought that Colin and Davis might like to go and see it. The paper mentioned 30 minute tours during the two days that the ship would be at port. So (of course) I decided to take the boys. Since I tend to ignore the fact that I’m nine months pregnant, I thought nothing of taking them by myself.


So… we get there and there is no parking. The parking attendant sends me packing and tells me that I can park five blocks away at a neighboring parking garage. He also mentions that there may be a wait of up to TWO HOURS. At this point, there’s no turning back. I have two very excited children who have been promised a tour of a real life Navy warship. I diplomatically point out that I’m nine months pregnant and have a four and five year old with me. Is there anything we can work out? I was actually surprised when he softened his military demeanor and let me park in the restricted area, right near the entrance to the dock!


We then got into a VERY long line. After about 45 minutes, Davis decided that he had to go to the bathroom. I waited as long as I could but the line wasn’t moving fast enough. I finally asked one of the officers to direct us to a bathroom. They told us that the building was locked up and that we’d have to walk over to Fleet Landing (a restaurant a couple of blocks away). Obviously this was not going to happen! I then asked how they would feel if I took Davis to the end of a dock (out of sight of everyone in line) and let him “go” into the harbor. This didn’t go over well either (which I didn’t understand! I mean these are Navy men and women who live on ships and submarines— are you telling me that they would be offended by a four year old “going tinkle” into the harbor??).  One of the port police took pity on us and let us into the building to use the bathroom. This turned out to be a blessing because he then let us go straight to the ship and avoid the rest of the line. Thanks Davis!!


The ship was amazing. The boys couldn’t get over the fact that they were on a real warship. We got to see the place where helicopters land and are pulled under deck, the weapons stations, the launching area for surface to air missiles, the command center and much more.


Needless to say, the ship had many levels. I didn’t think much of this as we were climbing UP the very steep ship-stairs. This became a problem when it was time to come DOWN. This process would have been a dilemma even had I NOT been very pregnant. Colin was very brave and made his way down backwards, like he was climbing down a ladder. Davis wouldn’t have ANY of it. So… on the first set, I said a quick (but fervent) prayer and carried him down. This was VERY precarious. Thankfully a group of ladies and a fellow who I knew from the Chamber saw me do this and came to our rescue as we descended the next four sets of steps. Thank the Lord for sending them our way.


The boys had a very different experience. They loved every minute and decided that they both want to be in the Navy when they grow up. They had millions of questions which the kind crew answered patiently. It was good for them to connect with these wonderful men and women who serve our country. It was a good way to introduce the topic of our freedom in the United States and those who protect that privilege. We now pray for the Truxton and her crew often!


Published in: on May 11, 2009 at 10:49 am  Comments (2)  
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Running late this morning!

So… I woke up a little later than usual. Waking at 6:30 still gave me plenty of time for my morning Bible Study and quiet time. The boys can take it easy on Thursdays because they don’t have preschool in the morning. I let them go to the playroom to have some fun while I took my shower. I had just finished drying my hair and getting dressed when the boys ran into my bathroom with big grins on their face — looking like this:


and this:


even down to their feet!


Needless to say, I did not make it to work by 8:30!! They had colored their faces, arms, chests, legs, feet, and other body parts. It took several tubs full of hot water and LOTS of scrubbing to get them cleaned up.

I absolutely love being a mom. Although their shenanigans made me a bit late getting to my office, I wouldn’t have traded the looks on their faces when they ran upstairs to show me what they had done for all the world. They are good little guys and have really never done anything like that before. Somehow, they just got an idea that it would be fun to “decorate themselves” this morning! Unfortunately, I have to call a carpet cleaner for the colorful footprints they left on the playroom carpet (the ONE room that’s carpeted in our home!).

But… at the end of the day, it’s a fun memory that we’ll laugh about for years to come.

Published in: on May 7, 2009 at 11:02 am  Leave a Comment  

More weekend fun!

The weather has been great, the pool at the Daniel Island Club is open, and we had our first Farmer’s Market on Thursday — it doesn’t get much better than this!

I love this time of year! It marks the start of my favorite season. Granted, I don’t know how much I’ll enjoy it this year with a new baby arriving in a few weeks, but we made the most of it this weekend.

The Farmer’s Market was a hit! I’m so excited to see it make it’s debut on DI. The produce was magnificent, there was plenty of fun for the boys, and the dinner options were fabulous! We had stuffed crepes from the Charleston Crepe Company ( that were to die for. The crepes were stuffed with mushrooms, cheese, spinach and bacon! My in-laws picked up a delicious strawberry-rhubarb pie that we all enjoyed greatly. There was a jump castle there as well. I can’t wait to go again on Thursday.


Saturday we had an early tee-ball game. It’s amazing to see how much the boys have improved in such a short time. We love their coaches and feel that their encouraging demeanor is great for our little team. Since Chad was out of town, my father-in-law was gracious enough to step in and take care of the lineup in the dugout. It was great to see him so involved with the kids!



Then we were off to the pool. Since I’m not doing too much swimming these days, I basically sit in a lounge chair and watch the kids while I drink lemonade and eat something :). The pool set up is perfect for this since it is a “beach entry” and the boys have a HUGE area that isn’t more than three and a half feet deep.


My in-laws joined us and the fun began! The boys had a blast! My father in law took them to the deep end and treaded water while the boys jumped off the diving board over and over again. Colin (5) is a pretty good swimmer but this was a HUGE deal for Davis (4).  Unfortunately, my iPhone is slow and I didn’t get any good photos of them in the air but you can see the big splash!



Then they decided to be brave and go down the water slide. Now, if you’ve never been to the pool at the Daniel Island Club, this doesn’t seem like a big deal. Let me tell you, it is scary! I won’t even go down the thing … it’s filled with rushing water and twists around several times before shooting you into a pool of water.  Most kids get flipped over and come shooting out head first and on their backs. The boys tried it once last year and then wanted nothing to do with it. I don’t know what got into them this weekend but they went down the slide over and over again!! I’m sure it had a lot to do with Poppy (Chad’s dad) encouraging them to give it a try. After that, they were pros. You can see the slide in the background behind Davis in this photo:


We’ll take full advantage of the pool this summer. I love the fact that I don’t have to bring anything! They provide towels, sunscreen, drinks, and good food. On summer evenings, we’ll bring the boys pajamas with us and give them showers in the outdoor stalls. That way, when we get home, they are well-fed and ready for bed.

April Real Estate Overview

Below is the April real estate overview for Daniel Island according to the Charleston-Trident Association of Realtors.

In addition, the Association of Realtors just launched a new public website where you can search the MLS without providing any personal information. I’ve added it to the column of links on the left or you can visit

April Sales (Residential) 

2713441 – Details: 1225 BLAKEWAY ST, #802 – $221,000
2632834 – Details: 1225 BLAKEWAY ST, #1205 – $224,000
2632619 – Details: 145 PIER VIEW ST, #402 – $352,460
2901890 – Details: 118 BOUNTY ST – $390,000
2835789 – Details: 105 COOKE ST – $398,000
2834995 – Details: 2386 DANIEL ISLAND DR – $450,000
2829584 – Details: 1743 PIERCE ST – $630,000
2822171 – Details: 1216 HESTER PARK STREET – $634,878

Or Click Here to go view all listings at once. 

April Sales (Homesites) 

2910853 – Details: 1852 BEEKMAN ST – $230,000
2821194 – Details: 400 ISLAND PARK DR – $253,000
2834926 – Details: 429 RALSTON CREEK ST – $2,000,000

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April Properties that have gone under contract: 

2836360 – Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #3308 – $114,900
2902629 – Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #4207 – $234,000
2903444 – Details: 1701 SAILMAKER ST – $516,621
2825657 – Details: 1212 HESTER PARK ST – $649,900

Or Click Here to go view all listings at once. 

New Listings in April (Residential) 

2909276 – Details: 600 BUCKSLEY LN, #205 – $120,000
2909654 – Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #7300 – $235,000
2910675 – Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #E102 – $319,900
2910807 – Details: 2352 DANIEL ISLAND DR – $364,900
2911862 – Details: 100 MELLISH CT – $400,000
2909695 – Details: 185 BRADY ST – $410,000
2910836 – Details: 7056 SCHOONER ST – $429,900
2910079 – Details: 3039 BALTIMORE ST – $447,000
2910397 – Details: 6060 GRAND COUNCIL ST – $449,000
2910459 – Details: 1021 BLAKEWAY ST – $469,000
2911045 – Details: 1714 SAILMAKER ST – $537,955
2910681 – Details: 921 ETIWAN PARK ST – $549,900
2911049 – Details: 1710 SAILMAKER ST – $552,180
2911800 – Details: 1115 BARFIELD ST – $597,000
2909571 – Details: 1980 PIERCE ST – $599,500
2909527 – Details: 962 COCHRAN ST – $649,500
2909272 – Details: 140 FAIRBANKS OAK – $675,000
2909282 – Details: 1419 GLAZED BRICK ST – $889,000
2909312 – Details: 1243 SMYTHE ST – $919,900
2909816 – Details: 2449 DANIEL ISLAND DR – $1,175,000
2910666 – Details: 2455 SETTLERS ST – $1,179,000
2909851 – Details: 205 KING GEORGE ST – $1,300,000
2911615 – Details: 282 DELAHOW ST – $1,350,000
2911679 – Details: 627 ISLAND PARK DR – $1,549,000
2909386 – Details: 487 CREEK LANDING ST – $3,685,000
2909405 – Details: 370 RALSTON CREEK ST – $6,400,000

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New Listings in April (Homesites) 

2911374 – Details: 1265 SMYTHE ST – $215,000
2910998 – Details: 402 HUTTY ST – $230,000
2909355 – Details: 135 KING GEORGE ST – $249,000
2910876 – Details: 1299 SMYTHE ST – $249,000
2911907 – Details: 116 IRON BOTTOM LN – $275,000
2909704 – Details: 2 DALTON ST – $350,000
2910243 – Details: 3 DALTON ST – $395,000
2909478 – Details: 176 BALFOUR DR – $469,900
2910543 – Details: 568 PARK CROSSING ST – $539,000
2910641 – Details: 79 IRON BOTTOM LN – $539,000
2909899 – Details: 336 RHODEN ISLAND DR – $629,000
2910346 – Details: 44 WATROO POINT – $649,000
2910530 – Details: 565 PARK CROSSING ST – $695,000

Or Click Here to go view all listings at once.

If you have any questions, please email me at and I’ll be sure to respond promptly.