A “lost” post recovered

The first week of school is behind us and we are starting the second one. My post from last week didn’t work from my iPhone so here it is:

August 16th, 2010

Well… Colin and Davis happily entered their classes this morning. There were no problems (except a teary-eyed mother!) Davis kept saying, “I’m thrilled to be in Kindergarten!” He was giddy with excitement. Their sweet teachers were so well-prepared for the morning and everything was perfect. On our way to school, it’s our routine to pray for our day. Today we prayed for a year filled with encouragement, friendship, and learning. I’m excited about watching the year unfold and seeing my children flourish. We love our school and know that they are in great hands with their teachers!

Here are a couple of photos. They are blurry but sweet memories. Colin took Davis by the hand and took him to his class. Precious 🙂


Growing Up Fast

Today was a sweet day. I can’t believe the school year is winding down! Davis had his Preschool spring fling today and loved the jump castles and big slide. Davis will start kindergarten in the fall and Colin will be in first grade. Where does the time go? Miles will be ONE on June 1st! Unbelievable…

Here’s Miles at Balfour Park.


Colin tells me yesterday, “So it looks like me and Anna Scott are going to get married”. Ack!!! What?!? This from my 6 year old who doesn’t like anything “girly”… When I asked him to explain he said “Well, we smile at each other and wink at lunch”. Oh okay. Is this how it starts?!

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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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Palmetto Bluff is my favorite vacation spot in all the world… you know you’re in for total relaxation when the staff uses the word “porching” to describe their afternoon appetizer service on the porch of the Inn overlooking the May River!

Chad and I have been to Palmetto Bluff about half a dozen times and we never get tired of it. It’s the perfect getaway for us. It’s less than two hours from home and is an easy drive. The boys love the freedom that they have there (it is VERY quiet) and just revel in family time where we have no distractions.

Our dear friends and their three children joined us for a few days so our “porching” became a little more active than usual…

We stayed in a wonderful house in the West Wilson section of Palmetto Bluff (courtesy of a sweet friend) and had an absolute ball! We rode bikes, went swimming, picnicked at Moreland (where we were visited by a friendly dolphin), played bocce and croquet, made smores in the evenings, went for golf cart rides (at night too!), ate good food, played table games, grilled out, and enjoyed wonderful fellowship with family and friends. Chad and I even got to have dinner at the River House Restaurant, thanks to Courtney Boryk who owns a fantastic babysitting service in several cities. If you’re ever in any of the cities she services, check her out! The boys loved her and she did a remarkable job.

Davis was a good sport and rode with Miles in the bike trailer so that we could take a long bike ride. Once we convinced him that no-one could see him and think he was a baby, he enjoyed being pulled around instead of trying to keep up on his little bike with training wheels.

Colin, on the other hand, is now the best bike rider in our family! He’s definitely better than me. He lost one of his top two teeth early in the week and speculated that the tooth fairy wouldn’t be able to find him at Palmetto Bluff.  She found him and he got to pick out a special treat at RT’s Market.

Vacations are a little busy when you have six children running around! In the photo below, they are waiting for the dolphin to reappear. We were at the dock at Moreland for over 30 minutes and the dolphin was right there. I couldn’t catch a photo of it with my iPhone though 😦

Our time together was rich and sweet. It’s good to get away for a change in perspective. We get so caught up in the busy-ness of everyday life. We forget to enjoy the little things that really matter. We are in a particularly busy season of life right now. My parents have been away, work is more time-consuming than usual, and life with three boys — one of whom is an active nine-month old — entails a lot of running around. I’ve written before about trying to lead an organized life and how I’ve finally come to the realization that it’s not going to happen anytime soon! It was so precious to enjoy things that I’m usually too busy to appreciate.

Although though it’s a stretch to claim that we are “burdened”, I am certainly “weary” so the verse below was perfect for our vacation:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest

Matthew 11:28

We certainly had rest. Physical, mental, and emotional. It was just what I needed. While biking along the bluffs overlooking the river, I was reminded that He leads me beside still waters and restores my soul.

We left Palmetto Bluff restored, refreshed and rejuvenated.

We were a little sad to leave but the boys had a surprise waiting for them when we got home… Gram Gram and Papa were at our house after being gone for three months!! We celebrated by going to dinner at Brixx in Mount Pleasant.

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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A Little Independence is a BIG Deal!

A well-kept secret is that the best hot dog on Daniel Island comes from the Halfway House on Rhoden Island Drive. The boys were thrilled when we let them walk up to the window, order hot dogs the way they like them (with ketchup AND mustard), “pay”, and carry them over to River Green park.

Davis was beside himself. He kept saying, “This is a BIG privilege!!” They were jumping with excitement as they tried to get the attention of the girl inside so that they could order through the window.

They decided that they wanted to eat at River Green park because they love racing around the “track” of red stones. They are also infatuated with large machines and trucks and wanted to see what was going on at the house under construction across the street.

While they raced and ran and played and watched the machinery, I just relaxed on a bench and took in the view of the marsh — and the more beautiful view of my little guys 🙂

Mitchell Wharf

It’s hard for me to describe how excited I am about the upcoming home site release on Daniel Island.

Part of me is quite nostalgic because I have so many sweet memories of our family playing and picnicking on the beach below the bluff when the land was undeveloped.

We would put on our old shoes and fill an LL Bean bag full of food and bottles of water and head through the brush until we came to an opening. From there it was easy to make our way down to the beach. Someone had tied a  rope to a tree that hangs out over the Wando River and the boys would swing back and forth as best as they could. I remember how little Davis was the first time we went out there. I think I had to carry him down and he didn’t like getting sand on his feet!

It’s weird to think that 13 families are going to build homes on our old “stomping ground” and that the beach will then be off-limits to us 😦

But… what an amazing piece of property! The views are absolutely spectacular and I don’t know of any other property on DI where there is such a nice beach along the river. We loved sitting there, hidden from the world, watching the boats go by. The boys would let the waves lap at their feet but then squeal and run back to the bluff if a boat came by and made the “waves” bigger!

I will post some photos later but this is on my mind today. I went out a few days ago and saw that steps have been installed where we used to clamber down from the bluff.

I’m excited for the people who will eventually live there. I hope a couple of my clients end up buying these lots so that I can always have access to our special beach 🙂

Port Sunset

Colin is obsessed with the Port of Charleston. I don’t say that lightly. He even wanted to have his birthday party there! Colin is 6 and talks like a true authority on all things related to the port. On our way to school each morning we take the 526 bridge over the Wando River. While I enjoy looking at the beautiful scenery and boats, Colin observes what’s happening at the port. Our conversations often go like this:

“Look Mom!! A Maersk and a MOL are there today” or “I wonder why MSC has two cargo ships at port?”

The boy knows how many cranes there are at the Wando terminal, how many ships pass through on a given day, that MSC stands for “Mediterranean Shipping Company”, how many crew members are on a cargo ship during a transatlantic voyage, and that the Emma Maersk is the largest cargo ship ever.

So needless to say, this photo will soon be printed and framed in his room! Chad took Davis to the river to watch dolphins and captured this fabulous photo on his iPhone.

I think it’s pretty cool that little boys love stuff like this. I learn something new every day being in a family of boys and it brings me so much joy. Who ever thought that I would find a port sunset photo beautiful? Well, I certainly do when I can see it through the eyes of my beloved son. 🙂

Class Parties

I keep asking myself why I signed up to help with both boys’ Valentine’s Day Parties this year.   And I’m still trying to figure out how they ended up on two different days??!

I really did plan to do all the shopping early this year. It was on my list at the end of January. But somehow I never got around to going to Target and getting all the “stuff”.  So, the last 48 hours have been a whirlwind. My house is covered with pink and red items — party favors, goodie bags, cups, plates, dinnerware, teacher gifts, cookies, Valentine’s cards, and LOTS of candy. I can’t wait to be free of it all tomorrow!! One down — one to go…

Seriously, my boys have the absolute best teachers at PCA (Palmetto Christian Academy). Mrs. Emily Faile is Davis’s teacher in K4 and we think the world of her. She engages the children from the moment they arrive at school and her classroom is a very nurturing place.

Miss Aimee Schultz is Colin’s Kindergarten teacher and we are so thankful for her! She has a very gentle way about her that is perfect for children. She prays for our children by name daily and has such a sweet spirit.

Both Colin and Davis love going to school each day and are learning so much.

Happy Valentine’s Day to these special ladies who take such good care of my boys while they are away from us!

They are each a blessing to our family!


I’m so excited! It’s a beautiful day today and the sun is shining. I’m at the office getting caught up on a few things and this is the view from my office window:

When I left home, Davis asked me to take a photo of him and Miles. He was in a great mood today! We got to Skype with my parents this morning which absolutely made Davis’s day. He has a special relationship with his Papa and misses him very much. Here’s the photo I took:

I’m heading out shortly to show one of my favorite houses on Daniel Island to some dear friends. I think that it could be perfect for them!

What an awesome day 🙂

Published in: on February 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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More Photos of the Boys

All right… many of you have asked me to post new photos of the boys. Here are a few. Enjoy!

Miles earlier today:


Miles a couple of weeks ago: 


 Davis’s first day of school:


Colin and his friend Sam in Greenville.


Published in: on September 18, 2009 at 11:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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