Monday, July 31, 2017

Charleston Harbor Boat Cruise

We took a boat cruise around Charleston Harbor.  It was a hot day and the breeze off the water felt so nice and cool.  Our guide was so knowledgeable about the area and all of it's history that we learned so much!

It was a great way to see and learn more about Charleston.

Learning about the history of the churches of the area; see how the steeple is leaning?  This particular church survived a massive earthquake and has been leaning ever since. 

Fort Sumter 

Remnants of fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island; the fort used before they build Sumter 

We happened upon this overturned boat

Luckily it appeared that no one was on board and the coast guard was there helping

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is a cable stayed bridge that connects Charleston to Mount Pleasant; it was completed both under budget and in less time than contracted.  

Shrimp boats at port

Castle Pickney
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Checking out the South Carolina Aquarium

My husband and I spent a wonderful morning at the South Carolina aquarium.  While not the largest aquarium I've ever been to we did love that the aquarium focused so much on all the natural wildlife found in and around South Carolina!  

Diamondback terrapins

The whole second floor was full of Lego displays and creations all centered around the exhibits found there! 

With this rare albino alligator on display we just knew we had to buy one of the younger boys an albino alligator stuffed animal.

I loved this lego replica of this famous Charleston fountain!

You might also like this sneak peek into our trip with pictures of our hotel, pool, and the area.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Weekly Wrap- Up: The Week I Was Gone for 4 Days

Our weekly wrap- up is quite short this week.  My husband and I got away for a nice 4 day weekend alone in Charleston South Carolina without the boys-- alone!  It was very relaxing and just what I needed.  The boys spent a fun filled 4 days with their grandparents and were just as happy having a vacation from mom and dad.

Tuesday Ian made us some chocolate chip cupcakes from scratch.  We then cleaned up and went to run errands.  We went to the library, the bank, the grocery store, and the post office.  I also spent a lot of time doing laundry and getting caught up on all the household stuff that hadn't been taken care of while we were gone.  The boys were kind enough to cooperate and work on some school stuff each completing a few pages in their summer math books and doing some reading.

At the last minute the boys and I decided to head out to a local sunflower farm on Wednesday.  They had spent the morning playing outside in the sun and we spent our afternoon outside too.  The boys went jet skiing and played in the sand.  Alec spent a good portion of the day with his nose buried in his latest book; The Candy Shop Wars Arcade Catastrophe.

Thursday the boys all started their day watching a new episode of Wild Kratts all about penguins and then Alec went to his room to listen to his book and CD and work on some Pokemon drawings.  We had to make another trip to the orthodontists office for a broken wire and the boys managed to squeeze in just a bit of schoolwork before we headed out. Ian had a friend over and we all played Trivia Crack.  The boys played in the sand and ended up swimming in the rain.

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