Friday, October 26, 2018

What I Enjoyed This Week: Busy Times

How much do you think Hannah enjoyed her cookie?

Oh, my goodness!  What a busy week!  After our fantastic trip to Charleston, I felt like I needed a week to recover, or at least a couple of days.  Did I get them?  Of course not!  ;)

After our return on Sunday, we were able to get almost everything unpacked.  I took Monday off from school so we could finish unpacking, go grocery shopping, recover, and get ready for CC on Tuesday.  We had a great day at CC, but as always it was exhausting.  Then Wednesday afternoon, I took Rachel north of Houston to an appointment.  That took all afternoon and evening, time I enjoyed with her, but wishing we could have stayed home.  Thankfully, yesterday we were home most of the day; we only had to leave for Mary's ballet class although I had to go out last night for a CC meeting.  I have no plans to leave the house today for which I am extremely thankful!

Despite the busy-ness, I had a good week.  I did not get everything done that I had wanted, but I feel like I accomplished the important things.

Here are a few things I enjoyed this week:
  • being home!
  • our new facility at CC.  We outgrew the last one which is an excellent problem!
  • spending so much time with Rachel Wednesday
  • the sun which finally came out Thursday afternoon
  • good fellowship last night at our meeting
Tomorrow Sarah Beth and Rachel have soccer games -- if the fields aren't too wet, a problem this whole season.  I am also running a 5K, and I feel ready for it.  While I know I will not win, I do hope to get a new personal best time.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Recap of our Wonderful Time in Charleston

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Charleston where we took another tour with Landmark Events.  I cannot recommend this company enough; if they offer a tour anywhere near you, do yourself a favor and join it!  I highly doubt that you will be disappointed.  

Or you could do like we do and drive to a tour that is not near you which is what we did last week.  2700 miles.  We had a great time even though John was not able to be there.  :(

Isn't this door in St. Michael's Church beautiful?

The first day, we visited Fort Moultrie where the American War for Independence started.  Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures there.  Afterwards, we visited the Huguenot Church which is the only Huguenot church still being used as a Huguenot church, and it is hundreds of years old.  We learned how the dispersement of the Huguenots after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes benefitted many places in the world, especially the area around Charleston.  Then we visited St. Michael's Church which had this lovely stainless window.  We also toured a couple of cemeteries and learned about influential men like the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  To end our day, we took a tour of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon.

We started Wednesday at Fort Sumter where the first battle of the Civil War occurred.  Actually, we started the day by riding a ferry out to the fort.  That was fun!  We saw a few dolphins and enjoyed the wind in our faces.  

While there, the children had a relay race carrying various flags from the Confederacy.  I think Daniel is carrying the South Caroline Civil War flag.  Rachel and Mary participated, too, but I didn't get a good picture of them.

Then we visited the H. L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship in warfare.  What an interesting artifact from the Civil War!  The story of how it was made, how the men learned to sail it (is that the right word?), and how it sank the Housatonic, is all fascinating.  Adding to its intrigue is the search for it, how it was found 150 years after it sank, how they identified the men who were aboard, and the restoration process.   We had a wonderful docent which made the experience that much better.

Thursday morning, we drove to the Old Sheldon Church ruins.  Isn't it beautiful?!  Both the British and the Union troops burned it.  We learned that they did this because the patriot preachers and the Confederate preachers gave such fiery talks about independence and secession, and they wanted to stop them.  

Thursday afternoon, we toured Boone Hall Plantation which has the distinction of being one of the few places to still have slave quarters -- not in use, of course.  They were built of brick which is why they have lasted so long.  We learned some interesting things there about plantation life, how slaves were treated, and how many slave owners did not even want to own slaves, but they did not know how to get out of it. 

On Friday, we visited the Yorktown, a retired aircraft carrier.  I didn't take any pictures there, either.  Actually, I was the only one who did any touring of it; my mother took my children through the submarine tied up next to the Yorktown.  Since I'm claustrophobic, I thought I should sit that one out.  My children really enjoyed it, though.  Later that night, we had dinner on the fantail.  That was neat.

Have you been to Charleston?  Have you visited any of these places?  What did you think?

Saturday, October 6, 2018

What I Enjoyed This Week: The Sun!

I started this new blanket a couple of weeks ago, and I really enjoy it.  I have been knitting easy patterns lately (since Hannah was born, really) because I did not feel like I had the mental energy to work on anything that required some thought.  But I decided to tackle something more difficult this time, and it is going well.  I have made a few mistakes, but I am learning to catch them before I get too far down each row which saves me a lot of work.  :)

This sun actually came out this week a couple of days after raining almost every day for the past three weeks.  Soccer games and practices had been cancelled, so that has not been any fun.  But finally, my girls were able to practice this week.

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:
  • A Southern Woman's Story by Phoebe Yates Pember.  This book was an amazing look at the inner workings of a hospital in Richmond during the Civil War.  The author tells about her adventures and misadventures during her years of being the hospital matron.  The misspellings, poor grammar, etc. just lend to the authenticity of this book.  
  • the sun!
  • being able to go to CC this week since we had to miss last week due to a sick child.
  • having a neighbor who was willing and able to pull my van out when I got it stuck on our property
  • having supper with a couple of friends
  • a field trip yesterday to the Crocodile Encounter
  • antibiotics for sick children
Rachel has a soccer game today, but that is all that we have planned for the weekend.  I am glad about that because I have a couple of busy weeks coming up, and I could use some time at home Saturday to get ahead.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?