Happy SEVENTH Birthday to Colin!

Well, it has been a full month. June brought us Miles’s 1st Birthday, our 11th wedding anniversary, the passing of Chad’s maternal grandfather, Colin’s 7th Birthday, and Father’s Day. What a month! It has certainly been emotional for our family. Sorry for the delay in sharing… here are some photos from Colin’s big day:

Good Morning Colin! Happy 7th Birthday! (The boys camped out in the playroom the night before).

Miles and Papa wanted to wish Colin an early morning “Happy Birthday” too!

Toy Story 3 was the theme for our birthday table.

After a fun morning at Vacation Bible School (where we celebrated with a Cookie Cake), we headed to the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry for a fabulous party. The staff planned a beautiful party for “King Colin” and the other knights and princesses. Everyone had a great time. If you’re considering a birthday party in Charleston, this is the best venue I’ve experienced. Christine took care of everything and Crystal (our party hostess) was AWESOME with the children.

After the festivities at the Childrens Museum wrapped up, we headed to Taco Boy for a GREAT birthday dinner.

And then we went home to open presents.

We got Colin new golf clubs so that he’s ready to play with Daddy and Poppy.

Apparently Miles would like to play golf too!

We ended the evening by watching Toy Story 2 on DVD  (in new Toy Story PJs) and building towers with Colin’s new Citiblocks. It was truly an awesome day. The day wouldn’t have been complete without our traditional photo in the “birthday hat” though!

Colin is my firstborn son. I remember the shock of the first moment I looked into his eyes. I was filled with a love for this little baby that I can never put into words. I knew that I would love my child but I did not expect the fierce emotion that welled up in me. This happened with both my other boys too but the sheer strength of emotion shocked me because it was so unexpected.  I can’t believe that was SEVEN years ago. I’m so grateful that God chose us to be Colin’s family! I pray that we raise our boys well.

Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children…
Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV

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Colin in the News!

I have to share the following article from the Daniel Island News about my budding angler. Captain Peralta was awesome and so was Poppy Johnson 🙂 The photo is small but my boy was REAL proud!

Fishing is a thread that ties the generations ~ by Greg Peralta – June 16, 2010

When my children share memories about their grandfather, the dialog often includes fishing. Thankfully, they enjoyed many fishing trips with my father and there is a significant pool of memories from which they can recall. In my experience, fishing is a thread that can tie generations of a family together. So when Terry Johnson called about a fishing trip with his grandson Colin, I was very keen to make the trip happen.

Given bad weather and conflicting schedules, we finally fished together last week. Prior to meeting Terry and Colin at the boat landing, I launched the skiff and caught several dozen shrimp with a cast net. Recently, the redfish, trout and flounder have had a definite preference for shrimp. With the live well full, I returned to the boat landing and found Terry and Colin waiting on the dock. Colin walked up, looked me in the eye and politely introduced himself. I was immediately impressed. We loaded up the skiff and made a short run to our first location. After staking out the skiff, I hooked a shrimp on a ¼ ounce jig, cast the line and handed the rod to Colin. Before I could get a rod ready for Terry, Colin caught his first redfish. It was small, but the excitement was great. After a quick picture, we released the fish. On the next cast, Colin caught a black drum. Two casts and two fish, Colin was proving to be quite the angler!

A steadily increasing southwest wind forced us to move to a small sheltered creek. The falling tide was concentrating fish in deeper channels. I staked out adjacent to a channel and had Terry and Colin cast to the deeper water. The bite was steady, but not great. At least we were out of the wind. After a brief casting lesson, Colin began casting and catching fish on his own. Colin was attentive, well behaved and a very quick study. He was also fast becoming a very good angler.

Slowly working the jig/shrimp combination through the channels, kept us in steady redfish action. Most were in the 18 to 20 inch range with a few larger fish mixed in. As the sun rose, it became unbearably hot. Rather than bake in the afternoon sun, we called it a short but memorable day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com or (843) 224-0099.

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Happy FIRST Birthday Miles!!!

Miles’s very first birthday was on June 1st. We had a ball! There are a lot of photos in this post so I’ll let the pictures tell most of the story…

Unlike my mom, I’m no cake decorator! Mom offered to make the cake for Miles but I insisted on doing it late at night on the 31st.

We celebrated with Miles’s first trip to the beach. We live 10 minutes away, but there hasn’t been a “good” time to take him in the last 12 months.

The expressions on the big boys’ faces in the photo below made me laugh. Were they jealous? They had cupcakes too!!

Then it was home for a nap and more celebrating!

The gifts were a hit! It’s always hard to know what to get for a one-year old. For my EIGHT friends who have babies turning one in the next six weeks, here are some highlights:  My folks did awesome with a Leapfrog Learning Table. Miles plays with it non-stop.  My brother’s family gave Miles a V-tech bug that he can pull around. It lights up and plays music. Great gift but needs a volume adjuster for the parents! Miles loves it though. Chad and I found this toy (I don’t know what you call it but the photos are below) at Target. Our pediatrician has something like this in the waiting room and kids seem to love it. Miles did too 🙂

Then we were ready for cake. Miles did not like our tradition of special birthday hats. He wouldn’t keep it on his head. It reads “I’m ONE today”.

And of course we have to get a photo of Papa and Gram Gram!! Miles isn’t looking at the camera but his sweet grandparents are.

It was such an awesome day. It couldn’t have been any better! I am reminded yet again of how unbelievably blessed we are.

Psalm 127:3 – Behold, Children are a gift of the Lord.

And here’s how my youngest “gift” acted when I kept putting that hat on his head… this photo cracks me up!! 🙂 Life is more than good.

May 2010 Real Estate Activity for Daniel Island

May Homes – Sold/Closed

– Details: 600 BUCKSLEY LN, #102, CHARLESTON, SC – $138,000
– Details: 1225 BLAKEWAY ST, #608, CHARLESTON, SC – $173,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #B303, CHARLESTON, SC – $238,328
– Details: 801 CENTER PARK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $290,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #B201, CHARLESTON, SC – $310,000
– Details: 1527 MITCHELL WHARF ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $369,900
– Details: 156 ETIWAN PARK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $377,000
– Details: 104 CURRIER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $395,000
– Details: 1916 MAHONE CT, CHARLESTON, SC – $465,000
– Details: 1709 SAILMAKER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $470,000
– Details: 1800 BEEKMAN ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $523,900
– Details: 1787 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $557,000
– Details: 1790 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $570,000
– Details: 1406 WANDO VIEW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $635,000
– Details: 1727 SAILMAKER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $672,900
– Details: 1731 SAILMAKER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $686,828
– Details: 250 ISLAND PARK DR, #103, CHARLESTON, SC – $699,000
– Details: 2455 SETTLERS ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $720,000
– Details: 126 BALFOUR DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $800,000
– Details: 231 DELAHOW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $940,000
– Details: 51 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,185,000
– Details: 370 RALSTON CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $4,650,000

May Homes – Under Contract

– Details: 106 CODNER’S FERRY, CHARLESTON, SC – $335,500
– Details: 236 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $516,000
– Details: 2018 PURCELL LANE, CHARLESTON, SC – $625,000
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #9210, CHARLESTON, SC – $94,900
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #2106, CHARLESTON, SC – $99,000
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #2114, CHARLESTON, SC – $122,500
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #6100, CHARLESTON, SC – $250,000
– Details: 2238 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $474,900
– Details: 2422 SETTLERS ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $552,500
– Details: 90 DALTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $940,000
– Details: 178 KING GEORGE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,295,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #B102, CHARLESTON, SC – $199,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #A101, CHARLESTON, SC – $249,000
– Details: 307 SOUTH LADD CT, CHARLESTON, SC – $368,000
– Details: 145 PIER VIEW ST, #403, CHARLESTON, SC – $399,000
– Details: 7061 SCHOONER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $469,000
– Details: 1433 HOOPER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $599,900
– Details: 315 GINNED COTTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $749,000
– Details: 604 CATTLE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $950,000
– Details: 125 PIER VIEW DR, #203, CHARLESTON, SC – $165,000
– Details: 1790 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $570,000
– Details: 370 RALSTON CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $4,650,000

May Homes – New Listings

– Details: 600 BUCKSLEY LN, #306, CHARLESTON, SC – $119,000
– Details: 400 BUCKSLEY LN, #212, CHARLESTON, SC – $164,000
– Details: 400 BUCKSLEY LN, #308, CHARLESTON, SC – $171,000
– Details: 1133 THROWER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $172,235
– Details: 1225 BLAKEWAY ST, #602, CHARLESTON, SC – $205,000
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #10100, CHARLESTON, SC – $220,000
– Details: 1162 BARFIELD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $249,900
– Details: 1406 ELFE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $322,000
– Details: 185 BRADY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $380,000
– Details: 102 JORDAN CT, CHARLESTON, SC – $399,000
– Details: 132 BRADY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $400,000
– Details: 236 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $516,000
– Details: 2281 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $569,000
– Details: 203 N LADD CT, CHARLESTON, SC – $574,900
– Details: 283 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $650,000
– Details: 1407 WANDO VIEW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $659,900
– Details: 1721 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $849,000
– Details: 2417 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $997,000
– Details: 47 DELAHOW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $999,000
– Details: 54 WOODFORD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,395,000
– Details: 520 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,500,000
– Details: 615 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,575,000
– Details: 635 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,795,000
– Details: 2 LAFAR ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,799,000

May Homes – Price Changes

– Details: 400 BUCKSLEY LN, #106, CHARLESTON, SC – $109,900
– Details: 1225 BLAKEWAY ST, #1004, CHARLESTON, SC – $189,999
– Details: 280 SEVEN FARMS DR, #202, CHARLESTON, SC – $199,999
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DRIVE, #4206, CHARLESTON, SC – $209,000
– Details: 1225 BLAKEWAY ST, #803, CHARLESTON, SC – $209,500
– Details: 100 BARNABY LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $384,900
– Details: 2209 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $389,900
– Details: 143 BOUNTY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $439,900
– Details: 1148 BARFIELD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $449,000
– Details: 2030 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $464,000
– Details: 4018 CROWN POINTE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $474,500
– Details: 2218 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $474,900
– Details: 1268 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $639,000
– Details: 8029 GIBBON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $649,900
– Details: 133 BELLINGER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $695,000
– Details: 110 BELLINGER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $699,000
– Details: 1118 BLAKEWAY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $699,000
– Details: 301 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $714,900
– Details: 703 CUNNINGHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $720,000
– Details: 1739 SAILMAKER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $729,900
– Details: 849 DUNHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $924,900
– Details: 521 PARK CROSSING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $945,000
– Details: 140 RIVER GREEN PLACE, CHARLESTON, SC – $949,000
– Details: 2417 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $997,000
– Details: 244 DELAHOW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,449,000
– Details: 15 WATROO POINT, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,815,000
– Details: 61 WATROO POINT, CHARLESTON, SC – $3,990,000

May Homes – Disclosed Short Sales & Lender Owned

– Details: 400 BUCKSLEY LN, #106, CHARLESTON, SC – $109,900
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #9112, CHARLESTON, SC – $149,000
– Details: 1133 THROWER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $172,235
– Details: 1162 BARFIELD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $249,900
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #H208, CHARLESTON, SC – $250,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #E102, CHARLESTON, SC – $259,890
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #H309, CHARLESTON, SC – $269,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #F109, CHARLESTON, SC – $289,900
– Details: 2374 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $309,900
– Details: 185 CARTRIGHT ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $309,900
– Details: 106 CODNER’S FERRY, CHARLESTON, SC – $335,500
– Details: 406 MILNER CT, CHARLESTON, SC – $349,000
– Details: 132 BRADY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $400,000
– Details: 1897 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $419,000
– Details: 143 BOUNTY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $439,900
– Details: 144 FAIRBANKS OAK, #6 3B, CHARLESTON, SC – $447,000
– Details: 6055 GRAND COUNCIL ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $449,000
– Details: 1513 JENYS ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $457,500
– Details: 236 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $516,000
– Details: 283 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $650,000
– Details: 1127 OAK OVERHANG ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $659,000
– Details: 110 BELLINGER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $699,000
– Details: 502 INDIAN CORN ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $699,900
– Details: 853 DUNHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $799,900
– Details: 851 DUNHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $850,000
– Details: 841 DUNHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $859,000
– Details: 521 PARK CROSSING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $945,000
– Details: 217 KING GEORGE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $995,000
– Details: 2453 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $997,500
– Details: 47 DELAHOW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $999,000
– Details: 615 CATTLE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,250,000
– Details: 611 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,295,000
– Details: 112 DALTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,295,000
– Details: 54 WOODFORD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,395,000

May Homesites – Sold/Closed

– Details: 49 WOODFORD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $141,000
– Details: 1327 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $165,000
– Details: 1299 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $200,000
– Details: 1462 WANDO VIEW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $230,000

May Homesites – Under Contract

2913760 – Details: 1864 BEEKMAN ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $425,000

May Homesites – New Listings

– Details: 1246 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $149,000
– Details: 1265 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $215,000
– Details: 1762 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $242,000
– Details: 258 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $317,500
– Details: 29 WATROO POINT, CHARLESTON, SC – $399,000
– Details: 266 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $599,000

May Homesites – Price Changes

– Details: 274 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $174,900
– Details: 122 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $250,000
– Details: 462 CREEK LANDING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $275,000
– Details: 530 PARK CROSSING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $298,000
– Details: 254 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,495
– Details: 15 DALTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,900
– Details: 266 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $599,000
– Details: 481 CREEK LANDING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $975,000
– Details: 15 SURR ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $134,900

May Homesites – Disclosed Short Sales & Lender Owned

– Details: 1246 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $149,000
– Details: 320 HIDDEN BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $250,000
– Details: 122 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $250,000
– Details: 448 CREEK LANDING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $275,000
– Details: 254 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,495
– Details: 258 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $317,500
– Details: 565 PARK CROSSING DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $395,000
– Details: 409 CREEK LANDING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $395,000
– Details: 481 CREEK LANDING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $975,000