Monday, March 30, 2009

Charleston

So I was afraid to talk about this before we left (exposing too much detail online and all), but now I can tell you all about our weekend away in Charleston. Mat had a student accepted to a conference hosted at the College of Charleston. As the advisor, he had to go along. And when he mentioned it a couple months ago, I leaped at the idea of going along with him. We LOVE Charleston! The idea of spending a weekend there sounded so good.

We left Friday morning and arrived around 2:00 after stopping for lunch at Chick-fil-a somewhere in SC. We were able to check into the hotel, the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. The previous times we've been to Charleston, we've stayed downtown. But those were work trips; this time we were footing the bill for the hotel. The worst part about staying in Mt. Pleasant is that you have to drive into the city and park the car somewhere if you want to do anything. And parking is so expensive! But it was nice to get out of the city at the end of the day and it's hard to beat the view.


Our first stop in Charleston was at a local yarn shop, Knit. Mat and Gage went down to the CoC bookstore and Braeden and I visited Knit. The yarn on the left is going to be a pair of socks. The yarn on the right could be a washcloth. I haven't made up my mind.


After Knit, we went to the Market. Mat wanted to go in a shop filled with flags, history books, etc. He took Braeden this time, and Gage and I wandered the length of the market looking at all the stuff, most of it crap. Then we met up and went to dinner at A.W. Shuck's, a place we ate at last time.

Gage slept in the pack-n-play and Braeden had his own bed in the room. To get them both to sleep, we turned off the lights and I climbed into bed with Braeden to snuggle. Mat went back into the city with a couple of the students to walk around. We all ended up falling asleep. At 8:30!

Saturday morning, Mat went off to the conference and we got to play. We went to the aquarium first. Right inside the front door, they have this big tank with fish and a turtle. On our first trip to the aquarium, Braeden was fascinated by the tank and that turtle. This time around, he was more interested in the remote-controlled sub that was inside. Besides, he was a little more interested in seeing the sharks this time around.


The newest display at the aquarium is a tank of penguins. They were so cute! And they loved the kids standing on the ledge in front of the tank. They would swim up to the glass and tap on it.




Braeden liked the penguins but his favorite part of the trip was the boat they had set up for the kids to play on. He loved driving the boat. It was tough to get him to leave but it was time for lunch.

We drove into the city and had lunch at a deli on King Street. Braeden liked eating a grilled cheese sandwich and eat potato chips. He also liked helping me with Gage, picking up Gagey's sippy cup and admonishing Gage not to throw his food. I love that he likes to help like that. We went back to the hotel and I managed to get both boys down for a short nap, just over an hour.

Then we went outside to the hotel's "beach". The hotel is on the harbor so there's not a real beach, but they have sand.




Braeden loves playing in the sand. Gage liked it too. He wasn't really sure about it, so he tried eating it at first.


Braeden wanted to take pictures of the sand, so I handed over the camera. This was his second time taking his own pictures. I posted the first batch to facebook but haven't put them on here yet. I'll add that to my to do list. Anyway, here's his picture of the sand.


I love those toes!!

I wanted to take them to the real beach, but the wind was blowing so hard and they were predicting thunderstorms. I was afraid we'd get caught in it, so I didn't want to stray too far from the hotel. When it got too much for me, I brought the boys back inside and we watched cartoons and ate goldfish. When it was time, we met Mat downtown for dinner. We didn't really have a plan, but we ended up at our favorite Charleston restaurant, Basil. Amazing Thai food! We ate there twice the last time we were in Charleston. The boys did great! They ate a bunch of rice and shared an order of chicken satay. And since Braeden was so good in the restaurant, I promised him a treat. Fortunately, Cupcake was still open so we slipped in just before closing and ate cupcakes! So good.

Sunday we got up, packed everything up, checked out of the hotel, and drove into Mt. Pleasant to find a diner for breakfast. Then we were on the road home again.

Great weekend!

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