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 ūüôā

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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 ūüėČ

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 ūüôā

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¬†ūüôā

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 (http://www.charlestoncrepecompany.com/) 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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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:

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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.