Blog Vacation?

Apparently I subconsciously decided to take a blogging vacation!

Davis graduated from preschool recently and Colin graduates from Kindergarten on Friday. Then we’re in for the whirlwind month of June. I’m in the midst of planning Miles’s first birthday and Colin’s seventh birthday. Add our 11th wedding anniversary and Father’s Day to the mix and June is shaping up to be a very eventful month!

As you can tell, so much has been going on lately. Work has been incredibly busy and the end of school is always a super-challenging time 😉

Here are some recent photos:

Since we missed the ice-cream truck, the boys decided to have banana popsicles on the porch. Once Miles tasted Colin’s, we couldn’t keep him away!

Miles now has FOUR teeth and is getting HUGE.

Colin and Miles at a picnic at Waterfront Park on Sunday. Boy do  these kids need haircuts — again!!

Davis relaxing on our porch swing before sunset. We had a lot of fun on that evening. We all sat out on the porch until the first stars came out. We put candles on the table so that the porch light wouldn’t interfere with seeing the stars. Even though it was a school night, it was a great memory!

Here’s Miles looking like such a big boy!

On another evening, we all went down to the waterfront after the boys were already in their PJs. Of course, our reason for going was to look at the cargo ships!

Davis at his graduation from preschool

As you can see, life is crazy, busy, and WONDERFUL! I’m so thankful for the many blessings God has given me 🙂


Eleven Miles

I have to brag on my boy Colin. He joined us for a bike ride this afternoon and biked for over 11 miles!!!! We then treated ourselves to pizza at Vespa. Yum!! Their new selections are fantastic. Short blog tonight. Need to get caught up on Jack Bauer and head to bed. I’m so proud of my boy!!

Published in: on April 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Perfect 10

I write about the weather often. I know I do but it’s hard not to when it is so glorious!! After a hard winter, (in our opinion, not that of my friends in the northeast) this week has been a perfect 10!! Daniel Island has never been prettier and we are all LOVING being outdoors.

Here are some photos of our bike ride with Miles this morning. Grammie and Poppy took the big boys to church this morning so it was pretty relaxed.

Here’s Miles in his new bike trailer. He was pretty cozy in there and fell asleep once we got going.

We biked to Bellinger Island: a little nature preserve in Codner’s Ferry Park. Here’s Miles on one of the docks enjoying the breeze in his face.

When Chad and I first moved to DI, we would spend a lot of time on Bellinger Island. We think it’s one of the “hidden treasures” of DI and are certain that there are residents here who don’t even know about it. There’s usually a rope swing on the tree in the photo below. Kids put it up every year and spend summers jumping into the creek from the top of the oak tree below!

Miles and I by the creek. Don’t look to closely — the bike-helmet hair is not a look I love!

Our flowers are putting on a show right now! I love all the colors. We are grilling out again tonight 🙂

The boys have been camped out on the lawn at Smythe Park watching the Blue Angels perform at the air show. The jets are WAY to fast for me to photograph so the shot below is courtesy of our friend Pat Stuckart.

My parents took Colin to this same air show in April of 2006. He was 2 and a half. Where does the time go?? Here are a couple of old photos from that show:

Look at him now! Whew. Think I’m gonna go hug my boys…

Missing in Action…

The weather is perfect and I am “missing in action” from my blog! We are enjoying simply being with the family this week. Will post photos soon! We are having a ball  🙂

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I love traditions. I think they become part of the fabric of a family. My family had a few great traditions growing up but they were nothing compared to Chad’s family. The Johnsons have traditions for just about everything and I love it!

On St. Patrick’s Day, Chad’s mom has made corned beef and cabbage for as long as Chad can remember. There are many advantages to living so close to them –tonight they brought over corned beef, cabbage, cheese sauce, potatoes, carrots, green jello, and green coffee cake. What an awesome meal. At one point, I sat back and just looked at everyone. I wondered what traditions Chad and I will pass down to our children. What will “stick”? Do we actually have any traditions at all?

After thinking about it, I realized that we have everyday traditions and special occasion traditions like everyone else. We pray before meals and with our each of our children every night. We collect all birthday money from relatives and spend it at Toys R Us on their actual birthdays. We sing the same songs at bedtime. We check on the boys and re-tuck them in each night before we go to sleep. We make a Christmas photo book each year to preserve our memories. We go to Sweet Treats for ice cream when we go to the mountains. We order pizza and the boys wear their jerseys for the first Clemson football game of the season. We make special breakfasts on the weekends. We play Uno on vacations. We write down things we are thankful for during the month of November. We always buy new Christmas PJs. We spend New Year’s Eve with several of our dear friends. We watch Elf every Christmas. We visit James Island to see the Christmas lights. We buy coordinating Easter outfits. We sit on our top porch on the fourth of July and watch the fireworks over the lake. When we’re doing these things, they don’t really feel like traditions but I guess that they are!

I love Noel Piper’s book Treasuring God in Our Traditions. It got me thinking about traditions in a different way. How traditions help provide families with stability. How the anticipation of them is part of the fun.

Another tradition is wearing a silly hat on our birthdays. Here’s Davis at 4 and 5.

Coffee (and Psalm 121)

I’ve never been a coffee drinker. Chad drinks it and I love the smell of coffee brewing in the morning. I just never drank it. I liked coffee ice cream, coffee milk shakes, coffee cake… just not actual coffee.

That all changed while on a vacation soon after Miles was born. Don’t ask me why. I was relaxed and it seemed like an enjoyable thing to do while sitting on a porch swing overlooking a mountain range. BAM!! I was hooked. How did I miss out on this awesome beverage for over three decades? Then my friend Beth introduced me to the non-fat Toffee Nut Latte  (it’s not on the menu but they know what you’re talking about) at Starbucks and I finally understood the Starbucks hype!

Sadly, my affair with coffee has now come to an end. The caffeine was getting to me and adding two packets of Splenda to each cup didn’t help. So…I’m on a caffeine “fast” for the next several weeks. Maybe forever. Two cups a day had become the norm for me so this is hard. I used to get up really early, turn on the fire, do my morning Bible Study, and watch the sun rise. A hot cup of coffee was my companion. Now I feel lost without it!

It goes to show that too much of a good thing can become a problem. I had bad headaches the first week of cutting out caffeine. Now I’m only drinking water and milk and I really do feel much better.

But — boy, I sure do miss my coffee!! Every time I see someone with a hot cup of Joe… I feel the temptation 😦

So next time I’m in the mountains, I will take in the scenery without a hot cup of coffee and meditate on this great verse:

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains — from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved. He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:1-2.

I love that verse. When I am anxious and have trouble resting, it’s good to know that He’s awake and in control so that I can sleep.

And maybe the lack of coffee will help me to focus more on Him and what He’s teaching me as the sun rises in the morning!

(That’s actually a photo at dusk but I thought it was pretty ;))

One Weekend… Two Very Different Days… Both Awesome!

What is it about weekends that make me feel like a kid again? I love weekends. Even when I’m working, they have a magical quality about them. It’s like a break from “real life.” The weather was perfect and we took full advantage of it!

Chad, Colin and Davis finally got to take the kayak out on the lake in front of our house. This is one of their favorite things to do but the weather hasn’t cooperated the last few months.

Then Colin, Miles and I embarked on a turtle hunt while the other two had “Daddy and Davis Time” (which consisted of Davis planting apple seeds in order to grow apple trees— so that we don’t have to buy apples at the grocery story — but instead could just pick them off our tree). He was not deterred when we told him that apple trees don’t grow in Charleston.

The fun didn’t stop there. We really want to get a bike trailer for Miles. I’m not a great bike rider. I can get around fine but I need to refresh my skills before I attempt to pull a baby behind me. So Chad and I went for an awesome bike ride while the kids spent some time with Poppy and Grammie. It was BEAUTIFUL!

When we got back, my in-laws had made us an awesome dinner so I didn’t even have to cook. It was a really spectacular day!

So… Sunday was a great day for a completely different reason. We finally organized and cleaned out our garage. It took seven (yes SEVEN) hours but it is DONE 🙂

Miles had fun in the pack and play while Colin and Davis rode scooters. Habitat for Humanity came by today and picked up everything that we didn’t need. Hurrah!!! It’s a great feeling to have a clean and organized garage!

Published in: on March 15, 2010 at 6:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Anxious for Nothing

I’m a worrier. I don’t want to be —- but it seems I’m always weighing the worst case scenario in all of my decisions. On vacation, I try to put the boys in the room that’s easiest to get to in case of a fire.  I buy Tylenol before I need it (and restock it as necessary) to make sure it hasn’t been contaminated (like what happened when I was young). I make sure that Miles is breathing before I go to bed. The list is endless…Totally neurotic, I know.

I know all this worrying doesn’t get me anywhere. God knows the number of our days and nothing I can do will change that. If something tragic happened, would I grieve any less by worrying more? Of course not. The Bible tells us to be anxious for nothing. In fact, God tells us to stop our worrying! Why is it so hard for me to turn everything over to Him?

So… I’ve been praying for a peaceful spirit. To enjoy the moment instead of feeling nostalgic. To be at rest instead of anxious. Yesterday I read this verse:

When I said, “My foot is slipping”

Your love, O Lord, supported me.

When anxiety was great within me,

Your consolation brought joy to my soul.

Psalm 94:18-19

I’m grateful for these words and will try to rest in His promises! I just want to enjoy each moment…

Published in: on March 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm  Comments (2)  
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I can feel it coming…

I can smell it in the air… spring must be right around the corner! After an inexplicably cold winter (don’t laugh, my northern friends!!), the cherry blossoms are blooming, doves are making nests, and I am SO excited.

These little guys are nesting outside our office window. Of course you’ll notice that the photo is so much better than my usual photos since it was taken by Pat Stuckart (our IT guy at my office) with his amazing talent (and amazing camera)!

Colin is so excited about playing golf with Chad again! They haven’t been out on the course together in a while. I have a feeling that they’ll be out there this week, now that the weather is so nice. It’s hard to keep a six-year old engaged for a round of golf but Colin really enjoys the fresh air and time with Dad.

Spring “things” are happening all around. The Charleston Food and Wine Festival was last weekend and all around Daniel Island there is evidence that the Family Circle Cup is close at hand. I don’t know a whole lot about tennis but I love the excitement that the tournament brings to our neighborhood each year.

Yesterday I got to have lunch here on DI with a dear friend at Laura Albert’s Tasteful Options. We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather. It was a welcome break during a busy day!

And, of course Miles got to enjoy the nice weather too!! Spring, I’m so thankful that you’re here 🙂

A Day Trip!

I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with all that I’ve had to do lately! After working all weekend, I planned to take Monday off to get some stuff done around the house. BUT… my wonderful in-laws offered to take care of the big boys and instead Chad, Miles and I headed to the Market Common at Myrtle Beach. The weather was beautiful and spring was in the air so we decided to take a road trip up Hwy 17.

The Market Common is a great outdoor shopping area with some fabulous restaurants. It was fun to browse around and sit in the grass by the many fountains. There are really pretty park areas around the Common and it is fantastic place to walk around. We had lunch at PF Chang’s, which was a real treat for me. I’m not a girl who likes chain restaurants but I do wish that we had a PF Chang’s in Charleston!!

It was fun to get away for the day. I feel refreshed and ready to tackle the week ahead of me! I’m really lucky that I got to spend a Monday with two of my favorite guys.

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Sunday on Daniel Island

I’m so excited that it has finally warmed up! What a perfect day. Poppy and Grammie took the boys to church this morning and we had a wonderful brunch in the Grill Room at the Daniel Island Club. I hate missing church but am still really apprehensive about putting Miles in the nursery when there are so many sick babies right now. What a blessing that our church posts the service on iTunes so that I can still hear the message 😉

I’m crazy about the fact that it’s the beginning of March and we sat out on the porch and watched the golfers come in on the 18th holes of both the Beresford Creek Course and the Ralston Creek Course. The tide was high and we watched the boats in the creek across the marsh. It was SO relaxing! Just what I needed today. I wish my iPhone took better photos but it’s better than nothing…

Everything looks SO beautiful. The grounds around the island are really coming to life and I feel that spring is finally in the air!

The food was super and Stephanie Tate, one of our favorite servers, took such great care of us. It’s awesome to have a place like this for our family to gather and visit! Sitting on the porch is ideal for the boys. They love the fresh air and watching what’s going on beneath. If Miles hadn’t been hungry, we probably would have stayed and visited with the grandparents for another hour.

So now Colin and Davis are out riding their bikes with Chad & Poppy. Miles is fast asleep. I’m looking forward to the Weather Channel’s prediction of more good weather this week — we’re already making plans to go to the beach!

It doesn’t get much better…this is why I love living in Charleston 🙂

Tour of Daniel Island Homes – Video

My friend Terry Haas (of HGTV’s Designed to Sell) has put together a short video tour of a few DI homes. I think it’s an awesome idea since it gives a great overview of the different choices that Daniel Island has to offer. Terry takes us through homes, town homes, and condominiums in the video. What a fabulous way for someone who has never visited DI to get a taste of what we are all about. Thanks Terry! Great job 🙂