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Friday, February 27, 2015


Today was the boosterthon as Lon's school. Like the Jag-a-thon at his old school.  You get pledges and run.  This year they had to run in the teacher's parking lot since the rains made the field so wet and miserable it was unfit to run on.
Here comes Lon's class!   The fourth and fifth grades were out running at the same time.
Walking up to the starting line
The field of runners
Can you stop talking so we can run?

After the National Anthem, and a pace lap, they were off!
Some laps were walked, deep in conversation

Lon showing off the 1/2 of the noise makers. There were two blown up balloon things that got smacked together.  The kids were not supposed to have them, I got this half back after the photo so I could continue making noise and cheering for Lon!

Water break. It was a little chilly, 38 at the start, it warmed up to 40 towards the end of his time.
The chaos that was getting numbers recorded. Lon did 34 laps. He was trying to time it to get the 35 in, and not go over since once they got the 35, they had to sit out the rest of the time.  Too many kids in too small a space.
It was fun, Lon had a good time.  28 laps was 2 miles!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fourth Grade PTA Program

Tonight was the PTA Fourth Grade Program.  I was not sure when it was, until this afternoon!  Of course we were not going to miss it ! It started at 6pm

A good selection !
Of course nothing ever starts on time.  Mark amused him self by taking the yellow yarn and a beat up nickle he found in Lon's coat pocket and wrapping the yarn around the nickle.  He hopes Lon finds it. He hopes Lon wonders how the yarn got wrapped around the nickel.

Our principal and PTA leader opening the show!
Taking the stage. The great thing for Lon's class was they were the third spiritual. They got to stay on the stage, the other two classes were on risers off to the side!
Getting ready to SING!
He is really singing!
Yes, he was supposed to wear his Spann t-shirt and black slacks.
Darn! It's over!

Half Day

The day after our fizzled snow day, we had a scheduled half day.  Half days here get out at 11am.  We were lucky enough to pick up Austin too!
Being goofy waiting for lunch.  Austin did not think we could get a real lunch at Dairy Queen. They do have meals, but they are only hot dog meals. He was sort of disappointed we were not going to have a lunch of just ice cream!

The goofyness was not ending!   Austin liked talking about turkeys. Not sure why. Lon jumped on that too. Soon everything we talked about was turkey related.
No ice cream until the hot dogs were gone. Ice cream is the best reward!

After getting homework done, then it was Disney Infinity game time!  Ranger is in the tall condo watching the game. We think he plays when no one else is home.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snow Day

Yesterday, Tuesday,  they forecasted ice! Cold temperatures, nasty road conditions. They cancelled school at 4pm on Monday.  This was premature.  The cold never got cold enough to freeze much of anything.
Lon spent Monday night at Jacks, but they were back for breakfast. I promised them Belgian waffles, strawberries, whipped cream and bacon.  I said 8:30 they were back by 8!

Lon did not really want the strawberries, he still loves his maple syrup. Jack made up for it, he ate all the strawberries!  And they both polished off the bacon!  Yay!

After breakfast they put on a play for me. They used the stuffed animals as the actors. All about a mine. It involved ghosts, gold and a mine shaft.  It was called, Hey, this is mine!  Very cute

Then Alec came over and they played up in Lon's room for a while.

Lunch time.

After lunch when the boys decided to have a nerf battle upstairs, running through the hosue, I kicked them outside. Dressed warmly of course.

Lon was in bed early ! He was worn out from his snow day. While the snow and ice never came, Lon had a great snow day!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Blue and Gold Banquet 2015

Tonight was the Blue and Gold Cub Scout Banquet.     Lon would be advancing to Webelos 2. Next year it is Boy Scouts!
Mark got to hold Baby Connor !! Such cute boys

Lon waiting for the festivities to begin!  It was nice sitting and talking with him while Dad went and helped cook the pork loin and chicken for dinner!
Lon and Daddy watching the other dens move up

Lon's turn
Lon's Den, they are all now Webelo 2s!
Listening to how well the boys did this year!
Pinning on the Webelo's badge!
Proud Moment!
A Webelo!
The boys were going to sing us their camping song. Which is really cute. Lon took the microphone and started the song, but it was not well rehearsed.  I was proud of Lon for stepping up and taking the mic.
One of his den mates took the mic next. It was hard to hear them overall. Dinner was just about ready!
In the buffet line.  There was all sorts of yummies, the pork loin and the chicken were great. They had Brasilian Rice.
I did talk to  the gentleman who made it. He told me about a couple of great places to go for Brasilian food up in Goose Creek!  

The Blue and Gold Banquet was great fun!

Now on to work toward the Arrow of Light! The highest rank a cub scout can get. Lon is determined!

2015 Family Expo

Last year we went to the first family expo! This year was much bigger, and better organized. Not sure if we won anything yet. Last year we won the family membership to the Charleston Aquarium.

Lon is checking out the books at Usborne books.  They have some fun ones.
The train store from Summerville was there too!
Getting information on emergency preparedness

A pony, a real live pony!  So sweet. He was 22 years old.  They were telling everyone about pony parties! We probably are not going to have a princess pony party any time soon, but it was fun to see the pony
Lon is having fun

Being goofy.
They had a place to plant green bean seeds! Lon decided to give it a try. We will see if they grow!

We filled out the treasure hunt forms and turned them in. Keeping our fingers crossed!

The family expo was about twice the size as last year, we spent over 2 hours seeing everything. We had a great time.

We decided we were hungry, so after the family expo we went to Valentinos. It had recently been re-done by Robert Irvine for the show Restaurant Impossible.   It looked much nicer inside.  Before it just looked very tired.
The show will air sometime later this spring.
The rolling pin divider wall is interesting.
The food was good. Mark got a burger, Lon got a slice of pizza and I had a veal parmesan sub. The slice Lon said was good, Mark liked his burger, he got onion rings with it and those were fantastic! I stole two of them. My sub was good but it was very lonely on the plate. That was the only thing on this large plate. It looked sad.
It was worth seeing since it was re done. Hopefully they will have more business now.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dr Visit

Lon had a doctor visit today.
 Sweetgrass Pediatrics seems like a good practice.  Lon would not let me take a picture of him in the navy blue disposable shorts and no shirt.
 So there is not pictures. I do have updates!
Lon is now 4'7". Yes, you read that right, FOUR FEET SEVEN INCHES tall. A foot shorter than his mother and he is 9. NINE!
He still has not broken the 60 pound mark. He weighs in at 59.1 pounds. She said keep feeding him as much as he wants to eat, but healthy foods. Which is what we are trying to do.   His arm bump is now gone. That is good news!  He is wonderfully healthy !

Monday, February 16, 2015

Cats like bones!

Who knew a cat would chew on a bone!
Ranger is not happy that Scout has the bone
Scout is really having fun with the beef bone.
Mark kept putting the bone back in a bowl, but Scout was not liking it in the bowl, so he would put it on the floor where he liked it
Despite all the pleading Scout still did not share.
Ranger did get some beef bits, so don't feel too sorry for him.

Happy President's Day!

Today was a day off school! I had originally planned on us going up to Cowpens National Battlefield.  I looked up the hours and it was going to be closed today!  Time to move on to another plan!  I opened up the book South Carolina One Day At A Time and it was at Georgetown County.  Sounded like a good plan.   So off we went.  The weather, I was pretty sure, said it was going to be a chilly start but into the 50s and sunny for the day.  This was not how it turned out.

17A going north
Love these old shacks along the side of the road. I hope that I can get more photos of them, as I am pretty sure they will be gone soon

Our first stop of the day!

The gardens have lots and lots of sculpture.  More than 450 of them, sculpted by over 200 different artists.  The Huntington's bought three plantations and merged them to form Brookgreen. Anna Hyatt Huntington was a sculptor.  He was Archer Milton Huntington.
At the welcome center.  They have all the plants that are in bloom on the table. I can imagine that during the spring and summer the table is very full.
Lon liked the dog sculpture.  We then had a long conversation about what would happen if we found a stray dog. Would we bring him home too? Wouldn't that be cool? What would Daddy say? Or should we just bring him home and hope for the best?  All good questions.
There were wild turkeys roaming around the grounds.
Love the colors of those birds
Giant grey squirrel. These are huge. They have a little masked face.  They are also very fast
One of the sculptures we saw in the movie. We watched the welcome movie before we went out into the gardens. It was only 10 minutes. The docents were impressed that Lon wanted to watch it, or would even give it a try
Into the a sculpture area
Lots of sculptures, more than we could probably absorb on one very cold day.
It was 36 degrees.  It was not getting warmer.
I love old wrought iron work
A little boy and a lamb sundial. Lon was looking for the sun.

Photos of the sculptors creating their art
This one is called Susan. Lon thought that was amusing
There is ice on this pond!
The whole sculpture.
Really? MORE ICE!  Lon was so cold at this point we were heading back to the welcome center. Windy and 36 is not a fun time outside
Lon and the Lion.
Lon did part of the booklet, Brookgreen Detectives. He did not fill out all of it and they understood.
He got a ruler and a pencil anyway!
Back in the car, leaving Brookgreen. We will come back when it is a little warmer

We drove up to Murrell's Inlet. 19 miles south of Myrtle Beach.  We looked for a place to eat. Many many places were closed for the season. We looked for a seafood place that was open and had more than one or two cars. We chose a seafood place since Murrell's Inlet boasts that it is the Seafood Capital of South Carolina.
The place we chose was Inlet Crab House.   The music playing inside was the same station we had playing in the car!
This glass was the parking lot. What a great option. There were some oyster shells near the edges too
Lon still warming up.

Looking at the shipwreck map on the wall.
Adult portion flounder basket.
Lon ate most of it.
I got cod. It was very good.
After lunch we went up to Garden City Pier.  To see the beach.  Well, we saw it. Lots of seagulls, It was very pretty and still cold.
That was about as far onto the beach as we got.
From Murrell's Inlet we started back south, we stopped at Huntington Beach.  This is across the street from Brookgreen.  It is now a state park, it used to be owned by the same people that owned Brookgreen. The Huntingtons. They also had their winter home there, Atalaya.
We did not really stop on the causeway, just went really really slow. Slow enough to take some photos.  It had warmed up to 37 by this time. There were no alligators anywhere to be seen!

Lon in the giant Adirondack chair! This one is painted in Game Cock colors!
Equal time in the Clemson chair!

These were in front of the gift shop. We did look and realized we did not get postcards at Brookgreen!  So we got some from Huntington!! Lon will work on those after school tomorrow

There was an additional charge ($2.00 each) to go into Atalaya. But we wanted to see it
More information about the Huntingtons!
This is the indoor studio space. It seems that they took everything out of the buildings. I am not sure why they stripped out everything for the buildings.

They told us that Mrs. Huntington used real bears she got from the Bronx zoo as her models for the bear sculptures she did.  She let them roam around her studio space as she worked.  Not sure I would do that. Lon said he would not do that in a million years.

They have signs on the walls that tell you what the area used to be. I would love to see pictures of the place before everything was taken out of it
The central hallway. There was a courtyard on each side with the rooms around the outside.

Getting ready to walk to the beach
But not before we checked out the out buildings. This is the oyster shucking house. Lon says he still smells oysters. They loved seafood. They had an oysterman, and oyster shucker and and a seafood provider on payroll.  They had a lot of servants for just the two of them.
This is where the bears lived when they were not frolicking around the studio
The beach
Lon did not really want to go any farther onto the beach, let's just take the picture and get going !
It really is as cold as it looks
Back across the causeway. This is a  rice trunk.
Lon thinks it is cool that he knows what these are all about. They help regulate the water in the rice fields
More birds!
Great blue heron! How cool is that? Lon spotted him!
On our way to Georgetown. We decided to stop in the historic district to get a snack and see some museums.  Not as easy as it sounds!
On the side of the South Carolina Maritime Museum
It is from the Norwegian ship, Leif Ericson. I think they said it was a steamer.
The museum was free but donations accepted.
It was small but seems to be growing. It had some great wooden ship models.
some of the stuff that was inside. Lon thought the morse code key was the coolest thing ever!
Scars from the big fire.
Three large buildings are gone. The fire happened since we moved here, so it was not that long ago!
The Rice Museum. We were looking forward to seeing this. We have been learning lots about rice!  Sadly at 3pm, they had already closed.
The Gullah museum was closed, as was the Georgetown County museum. The Kaminski house had also closed for the day.
We went in search of a pastry.   There was nothing that looked good to Lon or was open.
We found the Kudzu bakery! WOW.  Lon was able to get a slice of chocolate cake. Really good cake, I got a cheese danish. I wish I had gotten three! It was very good!
Lon thought this was a cool fountain. It drained right into the street
Random gate
A garden at the far end of Harbor Walk.  I can not remember what it is called right now,  I will post it as soon as I can
Same park.  Nice fountain
Kaminski House. The tours were over for the day, but they had a public restroom! The gift shop was nice and warm. The ladies there were very nice to us. Even though we did not buy anything.
Next to the house.

Lon wanted to get a shot of the boats with they oyster processing plant behind them.
so I did.
It was after 4, time to go home. It had warmed up to 41 in Georgetown and by the time we got to Summerville it was 46. Lon was sad that we were not going to have weather cold enough to cancel school in the morning.
Lon and I had lots of fun. We found two places we want to explore on another day trip, The Hobcaw Barony. It is a nature interpretive center and that is all I know about it so far. It has a very cool sounding name.
There is also a plantation house called Hopsewee that sounds like fun. They are closed on Mondays.
Planning our summer trips!