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Monday, January 19, 2015

Magnolia Plantation

This month you can get a buy one get one free ticket to Magnolia Plantation. They ask you to print out a coupon from their website before you go. The ticket taker was impressed I had actually done that.  
We finally got on the road at about 10. We had a great breakfast of mickey mouse waffles and bacon!  We brought Jack with us too

The road on the way to the parking area

From the back seat, is that a real swamp?
Yes, that is a real swamp.
with ducks
It's a long drive way
Little ponies and big trees
They are behind the ticket booth
They still had Santa's Village buildings set up. It was very muddy back there. The boys did not want to play there very long
We found the petting zoo. The first animal that came up to us was this lovely girl. She was very friendly. She loved the boys  even when they ran out of food
Petting the deer. Lon was surprised by how very soft a deer is.
Time to go see the gardens
Winter blooming camellias
They had a lot of them in the gardens




A rice boat model.
There was also a boat landing at Magnolia
Garden paths
The plantation house. It was built on the ruins of the first floor. All the was left after Sherman burned it.
Reading the history signs
A full size rice trunk.  Lon was not sure what it was at first since he had only seen models before! Then he started explaining how they worked to drain the water from the rice fields into the river.
flight
We are now on a mission to find the wildlife observation tower
A little history first


We found it!!  You can sort of make out the boys at the top.
There was another guy up there who started shaking the railing. This freaked the boys out.  It was not a very nice thing to do
The observation tower is on the far side of the gardens, time to start working out way back
The boys were amazed by this, is it a tree, a really thick vine? what caused it to grow like that?











a little bit about the tree pictured above
On our way out we passed the slave cabins.  They had signs that said no parking. so it was jut a quick photo

We had a good time walking through all the trails and seeing the gardens.
We like Middleton a little better, a bit more compact at Middleton and there are lots of people around for Lon to talk to about the plantation.  
It was a great day to get outside. 65 degrees on January 20!

Spanndriods Qualifier

On the 17th we had the Dorchester Two Robotics qualifier for the State Championships.  

Lon showing me his Core Values production



Watching as his team competes in the robotic portion of the contest
Showing off his pins. Every team got some pins to trade. Lon had a great time doing that.
the view from my seat in the middle school bleachers.

Round three. Each of the teams got three shots at a great score!
Only the best score would be counted
After a lunch break, the kids got their participation certificates, and they paraded around the gym.  Then it was time for some dancing. Burning off some energy!
Group photo!
Conga Line!

The teams all had a great time, but after the dancing and pictures it was time to find out the winners.
Sadly, the Spanndroids will not be going to state.  I know Lon gave it his best effort.  He did have a great time this year and is looking forward to getting back on the team when they re group next fall.

Home Show

We got tickets to go to the Home Show at the fairgrounds. The great people we got the palm tree from sent us tickets! We went on the 11th. It was fun. Saw alot of fun things for the house. We got a few estimates scheduled.
Upstairs screen door, estimate done and no
Patio resurfacing, estimate done and a big no
Garage door opener, estimate done and yes
New gutter on the wet side of the house, estimate scheduled

Lon got a chance to play with the Kapla blocks.
Those are very fun!


We had a great time at the home show!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Mickey Waffles

Today we got a great and wondrous thing in the mail!  A mickey Mouse waffle iron!
We had to try it out for dinner tonight!
The batter is resting, getting ready!

They worked great!
Most importantly, Lon thought they were great!


Happy New Year!

Just a little late!
We had a wonderful block party on New Year's Eve!   The whole street went up to the cul de sac!
There were fireworks! They are legal in South Carolina.   Mortars, Roman Candles and fire crackers!
One of the guys brought a log that he cut the center into a star pattern. He used a chain saw and cut it all the way through the middle.  They set the big log on a some little logs and lit a fire underneath.  At first it was just alot of smoke. Once it caught it was amazing!
Towards the end of the night, they were putting the old Christmas trees on top and watching them go WOOSH!

We have great neighbors! It was a great way to ring in the New Year!

Happy 2015!!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Harbor Cruise

Santa brought us a Historic Charleston Harbor Cruise for Christmas. The cruise was scheduled today at 1:30.
We got there a little early, so we had some time for pictures!
The piling colors were beautiful
The boys played while we waited. It was only 15 minutes!
Our boat, the Carolina Belle
Happy boy underway



The pineapple fountain

Perfect weather for a boat ride
Charleston
This island used to be full of trees and this is where they hung pirates.  I can not remember the name right now.  I am looking it up.
Fort Sumter



Birds in our wake

What a great day!
After the cruise we went over to Fleet Landing and enjoyed a late lunch, early dinner. Really, we need a word for that. Like brunch. Linner sounds weird.
We watched the Carnival cruise ship depart for the Bahamas.
Then we went home to watch some of the movies Santa brought us for Christmas

Great day!!