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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Daddy and Lon on Saturday Morning

While I am still laid up, Mark went to Home Depot to get more gas for the grill. He comes home and tells Lon for reasons unknown they have a fire truck there, with people handing out stuff. Tours of the fire engines. And best of all, hot dogs.
Off they went!

The fire engines
Lon exploring the Engines

Lon is having fun
coolers! IN the fire engine!!
The hotdogs! Eaten on a cub cadet!  They brought me home the chips.
Daddy had a coupon for an Arby's shake. It expired on Monday. This was a good time to use it. Lon drank most of it.
They had a good day!

Monday, March 24, 2014

No Postings For Another Week Or So

I try to post at least once a week.   We have had to take a break. This is because I had knee surgery on March 18.  There was more damage than they thought. I am in bed, recovering for two weeks. Then we go to the doctor on the 31st to see how I am doing.
Hopefully I can be up and around doing fun things with the family and blogging about it soon!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Rite Of Election

This morning we got up at our usual Sunday time. We took Lon to his Faith Formation class, he did not want to skip today. We went to Charleston directly after that!
We all decided we were hungry and the first place we saw that looked good to all of us was Bocci's. It is an Italian restaurant.
Lon got a pizza, with pepperoni and basil. The chef did not put basil on the pizza thinking it was a mis print. No kid wants basil on his pizza. We sent it back to have him put basil on it. Lon ate a little more than half a plate sized pizza.
It was good pizza
Getting in a little bit of Daddy cuddle
Waiting for Mom on the corner of the Market.
Lon and I went into the Moon Pie Store. Lon picked out only one moon pie!  Mark stayed out in the nice sunshine.
We stopped at another candy shop. I bought Lon a cashew turtle. They had the plastic buckets for ice cream, the same size as from the Tillamook creamery. I got one from there and I have some sewing trims in it.  I asked if the buckets were for sale. He said no, but I could have one it I wanted. I did. Mark took it back to the car for me.
One back out in the sunshine, we found a face in the hole, and of course we had to do this!

There will be some beauty shots of town laced into the blog!

We passed a toy store, and in we had to go. This store specializes in Kapla blocks. They are more planks than blocks. Lon liked building with them.
This was second Sunday, so King street was closed to car traffic. They had buskers of all sorts, food trucks too!  This juggler took some time to talk to Lon and let him play with his juggling equipment.   He was a nice guy.

Studying a boot cleaner
The Cathedral Steeple

The Cathedral. Our destination for today!
There will be some pictures of the interior of the Cathedral. We got there a little early, so we could get a seat. We could not sit with Mark.
He is making his Rite of Election today. He is on his way to converting to Catholicism.  I am so very proud of him.

The Bishop processing in
It was not a full mass. There was no Eucharist. The fist, second reading, and the gospel.  Then the reading of the names.

Mr Tony reading off Mark's name
Mark standing up
The Rite of Election is now over.
Time for cake!
On the Cathedral grounds

Ghost sign.
Walking back to our car.
We did stop and get some ice cream on the way home.
The view looking behind us as we left Charleston!
It was a very good Sunday!

Family Expo

Saturday was the First Family Expo. It was held at the Convention Center in North Charleston.  
There was a lego table!
When we first walked in, there was a card Lon got for him to get stickers or a mark from 6 of the booths, and then he would be entered to win some great prizes!   Legos are a worthy distraction!
Pinewood Prep also had some building things. Lon  made a robot!
Tasty Creations was a place to stop and play with modeling chocolate.  They also would take a photo and then put it on a chocolate lollipop. I am not sure I could have eaten Lon's face.  So we gave that a pass. Lon could not get the blue warmed up enough in his hands to make anything, so he used it as a base for his creations. One he made a monster figure and the other one was a cat. They both looked great. He made a really good looking cat. Sadly we could not take it with us.
Yep, Big Joe is the mascot of Melvin's barbeque. Which is good. Three sauces, two are mustard based. Liked the dry rub! Lon did was not too much into trying the barbeque. Someday he will love it
They had cookies to frost and decorate with sprinkles. That was more Lon's idea of a good snack
Lon discovered the rainbow loom. We knew about them before, but I did not want to get one for him, thinking he might not like it. Well, he loves it. From that point on,  Lon wanted me to go to Micheals to get him one !
On the other side of the hall was another Lego building table. Mark got in on the lego fun too!

Working hard on his creation
Lon and the South Carolina Aquarium Otter.
We have the Aquarium on our list of things yet to do.
It was time to go home, we were going to Saturday evening Mass since we have a busy day on Sunday!

After Mass, we checked out yet another Chinese place. Still not one we want to go back to.
We will keep looking!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Mommy's Trip Around Charleston

While the boys were doing fun things on the Yorktown, I went first to a quilt show.
I like this quilt. I can see possibilities here
this one was good. I think I would have liked it bigger, then I looked closer at it.
Most of the quilting was done over in beads.
That was a ton of work, it looked wonderful!
I found parking near King Street, which is where I wanted to go. I was going to see the Williams Sonoma store to check on getting another pan.
I did not like the pans I saw, so I just bought some Oregon Sea Salt. They seemed a bit put off by me just buying salt.  I then discovered they have a Le Crueset store!  I walked in, they greeted me, a very nice lady name Martine asked me what I was looking for and why. I told her I wanted a small skillet just to cook a couple scambled eggs for Lon. She found me a perfect pan! It was not a small skillet, it was slightly bigger. It is exactly what I needed to get!  Then I was off to find this stationer's store I had heard about.  The following pictures are of the things I saw on my meandering walk all over downtown.  I never made it to the market, I must have walked around it. I did find the stationers. She was closed to attend a wedding.  I got turned around a couple times, not used to the water being on the other side. I walked down King, across Queen, down  Church Street, to East Bay, through the Battery, to the start of King. Then back to the end of King where I parked the car.

This now concludes my ramble around Charleston. I will go back and do this again.