Wednesday, August 27, 2008
We had a couple friends over to play after school. All of the kids were upstairs playing with the buckets full of costumes and dress up stuff.
Here is how the conversation went:
Renna: Ian! Isabelle hit me with her pom-pom!
Ian: Isabelle is tough, man! I mean, you can punch her and she doesn't even cry!
This was followed by a short silence. I was sitting downstairs listening to this, horrified! But I also couldn't help but laugh just a little bit. I mean, really! How would he know how tough she was? It sounds like he just incriminated himself!
I did go up and clarify that we don't ever hit anyone! But I am still chuckling at the conversation! Oh, the things that come out of the mouths of children!!!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Isabelle was excited about the day too. It means that we get a "girl day" at home.
By 7am we were loading in the car to head of to school! There is so much excitement at a school on the first day! We found his teacher and I said goodbye and gave him a big kiss! He didn't seem to mind too much that I kissed him in front of everyone...I will do it as long as I can!
His first day seemed to be a success. He likes his new teacher and got to make paper snowballs in art class. Eating lunch at school is pretty cool and he earned a sticker as a reward today. that is about as much as I could get out of him about his day before he was begging to go out and ride his bike! Sounds like a pretty cool day for a six year old!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
We took some time to enjoy the fountains at the waterfront.
You can walk under the water without getting wet (unless you splash like my kids and then you get soaked!)
Next was the pineapple fountain.
I think it is beautiful, but the kids didn't seem as excited about the water.
I thought this was a nice picture of the USS Yorktown and a sailboat.
During our walk, we encountered a fisherman that was willing to show us what he was doing. He pulled up his nets to show us what he had caught
Ian was excited to see the shrimp in the net
Then the man showed us the fish that his wife had just caught. The kids got to feel the scales and then watch as he was thrown back into the water. He wasn't large enough to keep.
Doesn't this ship look like a fun one to sail?
Next, we went down to this pier.
On the pier there are big "porch swings" that you can sit on and enjoy. It was a great end to our day and I can say that we ALL had a great time!
Monday, August 18, 2008
This is how our conversation went:
Mommy: What did you like the most today?
Isabelle: I liked it all, but I did really good on the balance bean. (I didn't misspell that, she calls it a bean instead of a beam)
Mommy: You DID do really well on the beam! You reminded me of the girls that we watched in the Olympics on television!
Isabelle: Yeah...but they fell off!
Friday, August 15, 2008
This is the view of downtown Charleston as we rode out to Fort Sumter.
The kids with Uncle Ben and Miss Jamie.
A view of Fort Sumter.
Uncle Ben and Isabelle took a break during the tour. They are sitting in one of the openings that the cannons used to shoot out of.
Many of the interior walls are filled with oyster shells.
A view of the new bridge that was built while we lived in VA. It is North America's longest cable stay bridge.
A view up to the top of the Fort
Everyone enjoyed the tour.
A view of the brige with the USS Yorktown, an old air craft carrier used in World War II.
And a traditional porch. We were told that the two staircases were meant to be a welcoming sign and that traditionally, ladies went up one side and men went up the other.
Ian and Isabelle played by themselves while we listened to the tour.
It is a crooked view, but a view nonetheless of one of the many church steeples in Charleston.
This is a painting on the side of one of the buildings. It used to be a hat store and if you look closely you will see that the whole picture is made of hats. You can't change anything that is 75 years or older downtown...so the hatman stays.
This is an old cobblestone road, affectionately referred to as "labor lane." Women ready to give birth were given a shot of whiskey and a free carriage ride down one of these streets to get things going...
Rainbow row??? One of the most publicized landmarks in Charleston is Rainbow Row. I think we found the real thing...but of course we couldn't see it fully because of the giant moving truck outside. Oh well...
We have been a little busy this week with a visit from my brother, Benjamin and his girlfriend, Jamie. The kids have had a great time with them both.
The visit started off great when Uncle Ben started handing out surprises for each of the kids...way to win them over! Isabelle was so excited about her new ponies and her pony bag, while Ian was completely engrossed in legos and a whole bag of Transformers from when Uncle Ben was a kid!
We have spent a lot of time playing and watching the Olympics!!! The kids have actually had a great time learning about the olympics and rooting for Team USA!
I will spend the next few days telling you about all of our fun adventures from the past week! Enjoy!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I had sent the kids upstairs for some reading time and when I went up to check on them, I couldn't find Isabelle. This is where I found her reading quietly. She told me later that it was a "cozy spot."
Monday, August 4, 2008
So here you have her posing for the camera...what a ham!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
David will now go through 6 weeks of induction before he gets to change his uniform and actually be called Chief. For now, he is called Chief Selectee.
Congratulations Baby! We are so proud of you! We know you have worked really hard for this and you deserve it! We are behind you all the way! Love you!