Archive for May, 2013


Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Monday morning we begrudgingly drug ourselves out of bed to head down to Heritage Park in Simpsonville for their annual hot air balloon festival, ALOFT.  It was our last chance of the weekend to see the balloons but we made it, it was hard to not be so happy and excited when we got there…


They had a Ring Toss competition, if they made the pole then they won $3,000.  The balloons would dive down and take their best shot….

It got a little congested around the ring toss area, I always wondered what would happen if they ever “crashed” into each other.  Pretty simple, one goes up, and the other goes down…

It was fun to see these guys up close…

One of my favorite photos, can you see the moon behind the ferris wheel?

Happy Memorial Day!

All Down Hill From Here

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Three days working on just this side of the yard, I’m so glad we took before pictures, just so our efforts don’t seem in vein.  We removed so many little oak trees, ivy very sad azalea bushes down the hill from all around our new veggie garden.

Here’s how it looked just a few months ago…

Then in progress installing our borders for our vegetables.

This is what it looked like when we moved in….

And here is all our labor at work…(note this is not the best picture as half of our mulch was watered and the other is still dry)

Today we added white marble stones to the path to make it easier to keep weeds under control

Among some of foods taking up resident here are…

And from the vegetable gardens neighbor garden, our Lavender is about to burst into bloom

Not shown here are tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, strawberries, field peas, and little pumpkins

Outside to the left of the garden was more weed pulling and trying to bulid some beauty in the mess of weeds and what looked like some plants trying to grow I added a bit of color to liven it up

I’m sure in the fall we will plant some bulbs here for spring blooming

For my neighbors to the north…no garden is complete without some resemblance to an Inukshuk  I’m kinda a rock or two short. (insert joke here)

The circle of rocks here are our attempt at a little fire-pit later down the road

Along with finding a cool oak tree hidden in the jungle of azaleas we added another tree.  I think we have over 100 trees on our property, what’s one more?  Funny enough this is only one of three that we planted just today!  Go Grilliot Arbor Day!

But for now we’re tired.  So we are going to try to kick back tonight to recover and enjoy our yard makeover

Memorial Day Weekend (Friday Night)

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Kicking off the Memorial Day weekend Friday night, downtown Greenville with their annual Scottish Parade

For you Mom….

After the parade we walked around a bit to enjoy the perfect weather

you know your in the south….

Downtown is not worth the trip if the boys don’t get tot walk through OP Taylor’s Toy Store.  They actually spent some of their birthday loot tonight!

It was fun to see all the bands playing at different locations downtown, Shakespeare in the Park, everything works so seamlessly.  I’m so glad we get to take advantage of it all this year.

We’re sprucing up the yard Saturday, can’t wait to show you pictures of that!


Grilliot 2013 Summer Activities

Friday, May 24th, 2013

With only 8 official days left of school I have been busy planning our summer.  After talking with a friend about how I will engage the boys I figured I would just put it into a post.  My goal was to see as much of the local area as possible and keep the boys and myself unplugged all while encouraging them to keep learning…with out feeling like they are in school  *Warning* A lot of these links will lead to lots of lingering on these sites, but this is the Casa de Grilliot plan for this year in no particular order

1) This guy’s apps, They are awesome. No kidding. Totally worth the $1.99. (Thanks Amanda!)

2) Math – THIS along with some math apps for the iphone…(yes this one is plugged in)  Keeps their minds going it feels like video games but not…I want to make sure the boys don’t resent me for making them do 50 math problems everyday, but I want them to want to do something that is fun.

3) My Mom bought them a really nice telescope for their birthday, we started looking at the starts and nearby planets, very cool and amazing the conversations that start out of that.

4) THIS Swing! 

5) They started learning about the Revolutionary War at school and so I have LOTS of books for them to read on that. (this is a great reference…look at the videos too!) The awesome thing about living here is that so many of the battles took place right around here, I have lots of day trips planned to check out the battle grounds.  Along with that are many hiking trails in the mountains and to local waterfalls.

6) Speaking of History, we started Story of the World in HomeSchool and never finished it.  There is a workbook that goes along with it, it is really good.  You can choose to do the crafts etc or not but my boys loved building Nomad villages out of Legos and learning how humanity started living and ruling.  It is very interesting… 
7) Story Starters we need to work on our handwriting around here….so we will be writing some too.
8) We are all going to Art Journal

9) I know I have mentioned Letterboxing before  I have a backpack with our stamp journals and stamp box ready to go, I just add waterbottles and were off…If you have never done this, go do it, there are so many and it gets you all out in nature.  I know my boys love the hunt. And it’s free!  Just make sure you take a stamp pad and your own “family” stamp along with a book.  Each of my kids has their own book, I make them sit, journal about where we are what we see or making a leaf rubbing for the little ones.  It’s a nice break before heading back to the car.

10) I ordered this Summer Activities it’s full of great ideas for all my kids, would be for yours too…like water balloon baseball….just fun stuff.

11) We started reading The Mysterious Benedict Society, I am actually reading it out loud to the twins, if you haven’t YOU MUST read this to your kids…crazy thing, It makes them NOT want to watch TV and WANT to go to school….great summer book

12) Then there is the local stuff, live music every Friday night downtown, The Greenville Drive games, farmers market Saturday mornings followed by walking along the downtown river and swimming lessons at the YMCA
13) We have local farms to go blueberry, strawberry and peach picking…then we freeze or can them. 

This probably sounds like a lot, but this is what we will attempt to do, we won’t be bored for sure, anyone local want’s to join us let me know!!  Now I just need to make my daily schedule to keep up with it all!!