Sunday, November 02, 2014

The Fair

This afternoon we went out to the Coastal Carolina Fair in Ladson, SC. We enjoyed an afternoon of cooler temperatures and fall festivities, including KK's first ride on a Ferris wheel.

Happy Halloween

My two monsters!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Katharine and Wyatt

Hug-a-thon

Scene: Matt and I hanging out in the master bathroom while I'm taking my nail polish off - a quiet, Saturday afternoon.

Matt: I could hug you all day.
Me: Awwww
Matt: No, I'm serious, I could hug you all day
Me: Why are we about to have a hug-a-thon?
Matt: Because I love you.

And those are the moments that I live for! Love my babes!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Family Vacation - Day 1

Today we are taking the kids on their first train trip! We are spending five days in Washington DC sightseeing and taking in the museums.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Global Youth Service Day

Today is global youth service day and the Roof children had an awesome opportunity to give back in their local community. An 8 year old boy, Jackson, started a non-profit to help feed kids in the Lowcountry who don't get enough to eat. Jackson attends the same elementary school as my kids and did a "change for change" fundraiser all week at school, where kids were encouraged to bring in their loose change to contribute to the cause. As a part of that effort, they invited students to attend a "packing party" at the Lowcountry Food Bank to pack grocery bags with healthy food to help kids get through the weekend without being hungry. Each bag contained two milks, two cereals, a granola bar, two cans of pasta, and two fruit cups. KK worked with two school friends in the "older kids" line and Matthew and I partnered up in the "under 7" line.

Apparently, these packing parties had been going on all year but this one was the first we had attended. Today's, the last one of the school year, had double the number of kid volunteers -- about 60. The result illustrated the old adage, "many hands make light work" as the kids packed 500 bags in only 45 minutes! And, everyone seemed to have a really fun time in the process.


This picture features an attempt to get a group shot of all the "pint-sized" packers right before the action got started. Also featured in this photo is the Director of the Lowcountry Food Bank who honored Jackson with an award for all his hard work with ihearthungrykids.org.

Check out their webpage for more information: ihearthungrykidsorg. In addition to packing parties, they sell t-shirts and tote bags to help support the cause and also accept direct contributions, see their support us page for more.

Egg hunt

Post-game pep talk

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday to Matthew!

Oh how times flies! We have spent the whole week celebrating Matt's birthday. He got an early birthday present when we assembled his bunk bed during snowpocolypse; we had yummy cinnamon buns on Birthday morning (complete with monster puppet as a gift from KK); the whole church singing to him at WNL; a visit from Grandmomma and Poppa; and birthday party at Chuck E Cheese coming up on Sunday.

We love you, Matthew!!!

Snowpocolypse 2014 update

Snowpocolyspe 2014
No, we have not been snowed in since January 28, I'm just struggling with finding time to blog. But, we did end up with school closures (3.5 days for CSU, 2 days for CofC, an early release, a full day, and a 2 hour delay for public schools).

And, as you can clearly see from the pictures, it was nothing like a Buffalo snow storm. But, we did have some ice which closed many of our bridges. The Ravenel Bridge (our biggest bridge and a suspension bridge) was closed the longest and then had to re-close again as the temperature began to rise because huge chunks of ice were falling onto the roadway.

Honestly, it really became a min-vacation for everyone and allowed for some post-Christmas R&R. I considered it a gift and was filled with gratitude for the chance to slowdown for a couple of days in the middle of the week. It doesn't happen often in Charleston but when it does, the whole town gets excited!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Snow days

I grew up in Buffalo, NY -- a town legendary for its snowy winters and, not coincidentally, snow days. Snow days in Buffalo tended to look something like the picture here. Basically, schools were closed for snow days because the act of getting children through the snow filled streets on those long yellow buses with no seat belts would likely kill us before we arrived.

In South Carolina -- where nothing could be finer and the residents are accustomed to balmy days and blue skies, snow days are a little different. Yesterday the temperature was 67 degrees and the skies were clear. Frankly, it was a pretty nice day (especially for January). However, rumors were building from our faithful weatherman that bad weather was coming. Temperatures nearing freezing and the possibility of sleet or snow (emphasis possibility). Decisions had to be made. The private college where Paul works closed at 3:00 PM yesterday (you know, the 67 degrees and clear skies day). The state school where I worked decided to close for today and we will see where we are with the weather on Tuesday afternoon. The local school district decided it could squeak out a 4 hour day this morning (those count as full days, you see) and would hold out on Wednesday.

As I sit in my family room typing this the current temperature is 39 degrees, there is no precipitation, and frankly, it is not such a bad day. However, my iPhone is telling me that by 3:00 PM there is an 80% chance of snow and 100% chance by 4:00 PM. My husband is bursting with excitement and keeps talking about preparing for the snow-pocolyspe (this is the person who should have grown up in Buffalo). I'm holding onto the edge of my seat in anticipation. Actually, I'm hoping to sneak in a couple of errands before we all go in to hiding from the "flakes."

I'll keep you posted and post a "local" picture when the snow-pocolyspe actually hits. But I've got to agree, nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina - where snow days are fun mini-vacations.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

SAIL

We are so proud of our girl! Yesterday we got a letter from the school that KK had tested into the gifted and talented program. She scored above the 96th percentile on a week-long series of tests. The program will begin in 3rd grade (next year) and will continue through the rest of her elementary school years. We always knew she was a smarty pants!

Matthew loses his 4th tooth!