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Today we tour

I grew up in Goose Creek, SC, right outside of Charleston and, while I spent a fair amount of time downtown, my young self did not appreciate the rich history the city has to offer so when I mentioned to my mom that I wanted to take the kids downtown and do a tour of sorts so I could learn some stuff and teach it to the kids she jumped on it and said she would absolutely love to give them a tour.

My mom is a 3rd grade teacher and is the unofficial but should be actual official downtown Charleston history expert. She does the school’s field trip tours and has such a way with children so I knew my kids were in for a very educational and enjoyable experience.

Here are some quick takeaways from the day.

  • My mother loves this old city. You can hear it in the way she talks about it. It isn’t just mundane history to her, it’s real and living and she truly enjoys sharing what she knows.
  • Charleston in August is incredibly hot. We’re talking 95 degrees and 100% humidity. We live in Pensacola so it should have felt like home but for some reason it was so much worse.
  • Kids are impervious to heat when there is something interesting going on. They never complained and even ran around and played tag when we stopped at the park for a rest.
  • Free snow cone samples are the best.
  • My mom knows more about Charleston’s history than the paid tour guides. There were times when she was explaining something about something that other people who were not a part of our group would stop and listen along.
  • There are graveyards everywhere.
  • And churches…
  • Rainbow Row and Rainbow Road are not the same thing.
  • Stroller wheels do not cooperate on cobblestone streets.
  • The Palm tree may very well have won the Revolutionary War for us.
  • Kait takes good pictures. She likes the camera and it would appear that the camera also likes her.

It was a really thorough and entertaining tour and I learned a lot of the stuff I had ignored as a child. My kids seem to like information more than I did when I was a youngin and talked about some of what they learned on the way back to my sister’s house in Moncks Corner.  I’m so thankful to have a mama who is so willing to pass down all of her knowledge about Charleston and the city’s role in our country’s fight to become independent.

Next time we’ll do another tour and learn about the civil war.

Kait took most of these fabulous pictures with her new camera. The ones that she is in I think were taken by her fiance.

Then my brother surprised us by showing up with his two boys and his Tesla and we were so happy he was able to make the trip to spend the weekend with us. It was a really great day.

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Bed hair don’t care

Good mornings have never been sweeter.

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6 hours later…

Still sanding.  

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I’m sitting here wasting time because I’m not sure what to write about and I’m using my writers block as an excuse to not get anything done so there is a giant pile of laundry to fold and the little girls’ room is in a painful state of disarray and my closet needs decluttering and why on earth do I have 100 squares of felt when I don’t even like felt?

If you know me in real life you know that I have had a problem living up to my minimalist standards the past few years. It’s as if settling down in one place, knowing that we don’t have to move soon because retirement is less than a year away, has kept me from feeling the need to be move-ready and we’re finding ourselves overrun with stuff that has no purpose other than to remind me that I need to declutter and get rid of stuff.

But we’re discovering lately a stirring. A feeling of possible changes in our future that has prompted my inner declutter bug to get back to work after years of hibernation. I’ve been tossing and giving away things right and left preparing for a move that may or may not happen in a year or two.

Maybe it’s the every 3 to 4-year habit of moving the Navy created in us that has us instinctually assuming it’s time to move on. Or maybe it’s God’s plan for us to have another adventure. I can’t be sure. What I do know is I have a lot of stuff to get rid of and a lot of laundry to burn.
I mean fold.

 

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I really want to write something but lately, like the last 4 years, my head has not been about that at all.  I feel like I lost my muse or something and every so often I walk around asking “Are you my muse?” like a little bird looking for his mother.

Alas, I may have to just get used to writing without a muse for now.

It’s not as if I don’t have anything to write about. I have 10 kids and one of them is Maggie and she provides so much writing material all by her little 3-year-old self. And my 22-year-old is getting married in November and there is so much that could be said about that like her dress is unbelievable and I need to cook 100 lbs of taco meat and she forgot to save all of the Avery labels she created and they were all deleted before we could print them out and that’s like 150 address labels people.

But putting my day down here on the blog isn’t as easy as it once was. Even still, I’m not ready to give it all up and I know I need to make an effort to write more regularly.

Here’s a picture.

We were at Gabe’s cello lesson and we were running late and I didn’t get Lanie’s hair done so I just put a barrette in it and that didn’t really take.

And here’s another picture.

Kait is actively working on getting Lanie to interact with her.  Lanie just stares at her like she is in the picture most of the time. I think it’s the glasses, which is funny because Lanie wears glasses herself.

I was going to write more but Lanie is fussing and her brother trying to entertain her ain’t doing the trick.

I didn’t have time to proof read this. I’m sorry.

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There’s nothing like cuddling together on Daddy’s pillow and reading a book about how not to care for a new baby.

These girls sure do love their Daddy. I wonder how he’s going to feel about the chocolate Maggie wiped into his pillow case from her face.

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People… It’s happened!

My oldest child, my 22-year-old baby girl, got engaged last night to this great guy that we’ve all taken a liking to.

More details to come on a date and any other necessary information.

Gosh, I’m so happy about this!

Photo credit: My ninja friend, Marty.

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Things Maggie Says

Rabbit was holding Lanie and Maggie was talking to her, trying to get her attention.

After about 10 second she gave up and said, we need to get another baby. This one isn’t smiling.

This child would like me to get her a new baby of her own. I’m going to encourage her to at least wait until she learns that babies can’t be carried by their necks.

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Last night

I’ve had these baby headphone ear protectors for when we have a loud music or sporting event to go to for years and last night at the Globetrotters game was Lanie’s first time wearing them.

It really wasn’t all that loud but she seemed uncomfortable so I put them on her and it was quite humorous to watch her reaction. She kept looking back and forth between Rabbit and me with a confused expression on her face. 

Eventually we took them off and she seemed to do better with all the commotion, smiling and dancing to the music, but it was helpful to have the ear protection to give her senses a little break.

Everybody else had a great time too.


No video this time because taking care of Lanie was a full time job but we really did enjoy ourselves and will definitely return the next time The Harlem Globetrotters make it back to our area.

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It’s handy to have a handy husband.

We have a a cold. It started in Christmas day and has kept hold of us this whole week. I’m the one that’s had it the worst worst so far but Ben and Matthew have been feeling pretty crummy too.

Rabbit, on the other hand, hasn’t even gotten a single sniffle (yet) and spent the entire weekend, while I was sitting around being fussy, doing this:

He had ripped out a cracked and well worn plastic shower stall, repaired the wall where moisture had caused some nasty rot, and created an awesome corner shower in the girls’ bedroom because he’s super awesome like that.  Grout, paint, and some new hardware and the bathroom will be ready for decorating.  The girls are thinking purple, pink, ponies, and glitter. 

It was a really big job and it’s almost finished. Yay!

I married very well.  

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