Archive for August, 2013

Charleston, SC – Prelude to the Beach

Monday, August 12th, 2013


Well bring on the southern charm and gobs of history dating back to the 1700’s!  One of the great things about living in Greenville is that we have so many neat destinations within a short drive from us.  After a year of living here, having a baby, settling into an old house we finally made time for a visit to Charleston.

char014webAlthough we would have loved to stayed in a beach house to let the kids run wild we learned that we should have planned that like 8 months ago to get a decent place…so we stayed here instead.

char015The Hampton Inn, and all it’s modern accommodations, made our weekend trip pleasant.  It was also right across the street from the main information center and the free trolly stop, in addition to many hotel elevator rides.

Isn’t vacation thrilling?


char020Friday night we decided to try one of the local, famous, ridiculously long wait restaurants highly recommended by locals and guide books.

Hyman’s Seafood Co.

So, with 4 kids, we waited along with 50 other people who were just as hungry…


char017webWe checked out most of the street and the Hyman’s General Store to kill time, and practice our pirate faces


and trying our best to squirm out of Dad’s arms.

(Thanks for hanging on to squirmy while I took pictures Harry,!)


Finally at our table we discovered it was a “good thing”

char021The food was indeed amazing, eating like the self-indulgent vacationers we were I ordered Shrimp and Grits my new favorite southern dish.

char026completely opposite of everything I should eat. Of course it was good!  It was smothered in butter, cheese and bacon, duh!

So after our 4 hour wait and 20 minute dinner we headed back for the night.  Logan has now taken to entertain the photographer in me with any bit of light he finds, even resorting to street light above ally-way trash cans.

 I love that kid

char025Saturday morning before we headed to the beach we walked around the famous King Street.






char046Wait, do you see a trend here?  Naa, me neither.

What little shopping we did, mostly to borrow their air conditioning and cool off a bit resulted in some sweet finds…


char024(Just kidding, Harry)  Yes the above pic is a very standard male outfit here.  I don’t think that husband of mine will ever wear pink shorts.  I tried to talk him into purchasing one of those belts unit we saw the $165 for the belt only.

Besides it’s not the belt that makes the man….


I always have kinda dug his cool daddy style…

Speaking of uniforms, thanks guys.  Always fun to see our local heros.


Next up was a bus tour of the historical area.  We like doing this in new places we go at least once to see what hidden gems we might want to check out later.


There are so many charming houses adorned by their amazing iron work gates.  Most of Charleston’s homes were built by slave labor.



And true to most of the homes in Charleston, some famous Revolutionary/Civil war character most likely lived here and it is haunted by his kid who died before the Deceleration of Independence was ever thought of for various reasons.  Sheesh, kids those days!

This is St. John the Baptist Catholic Cathedral


We also were able to visit the City Market which dates back to 1788…


where I’m sure they did not sell bacon soda at the time…


and be tempted to buy a kit to make She Crab Soup.


Overwhelmed at the amount of two additional ingredients we would have to add ourselves, we managed to find some already made for us at a yummy local restaurant without the long irritating wait (score!) before heading back on Sunday.


(great, his reaction to girls is getting weird.)


So grateful to be with all my guys…


next up, the making of National Park Jr. Ranger ‘s…

wild at the beach

Thursday, August 8th, 2013



Like opening the flood gates on their adventurous side, our evening at the beach was a much needed release of their inner wild.


We spent the weekend in Charleston, SC and headed to Folly Beach Saturday evening.  We learned that it is much easier to have a place to stay on the beach rather than drag millions of pieces of sand back to your downtown hotel

Watching Miles explore the beach for the first time was pure bliss

He liked touching the sand, eating it was not as much fun


The twins were in the water and would not come out.  Pictures were kinda out of the question, they spent hours catching the waves


Jonah ran, laughed, played in the sand, ran from the waves, ran from my camera and laughed some more.




and hitched a ride when the twins offered


we apparently need to spend more time here


so very grateful for our family and where we live



at the beach…

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

char002more to come




Thursday, August 1st, 2013

watching the world go by, till we get there.