Friday, November 25, 2016

Taking It All In

This is our last day in South Carolina, and even though there have been many high points through the week, today's adventures certainly topped them all. Here's hoping to visit again soon!

Daddy, Porter & Stella in the Distance

Finding Sea Shells at Morris Island

Morris Island was amazing! The seashells you can find here are just incredible. We all found a few keepers worthy of taking home.

Seashells at Morris Island

Morris Island Lighthouse

The first Morris Island Lighthouse was built at the southern entrance of Charleston in 1767. However, due to the fierce battles of the Civil War, it was destroyed. The second lighthouse, which you can see in the pictures below, was built in 1876.

Daddy & Porter at Morris Island

Although the beacon has long since been extinguished, the Morris Island Lighthouse is still quite a sight to behold.

Stella and the Morris Island Lighthouse

Boat Ride out to Morris Island

After enjoying our time at Folly Beach, we chartered a boat ride out to Morris Island. It was a blast, and we got to see several dolphins along the way.

Riding to Morris Island

Check out the video below for a sweet moment of Stella loving on her brother:

Folly Beach

I could get used to life at Folly Beach! So could the kids...

Playing at Folly Beach

Also, we found several great shells, tons of hermit crabs, and 2 shark teeth while we were there. It's a fantastic beach!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Dinner in Charleston

Here's my boy and me enjoying our Thanksgiving dinner at the beautiful California Dreaming restaurant overlooking the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina:

Momma & Porter

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Carriage Ride through Charleston

For our first trip to Charleston, we thought it would be fun to take a carriage ride through the city. Our horse was wonderful, but our tour guide... not so much. At least the kids had a good time, and we got to see some beautiful sites.

Kids in the Carriage

The video below is of us saying hello to our lovely carriage driver:

Taking Photos at Isle of Palms

This morning, we dressed the kids up and took them to the beautiful beach on Isle of Palms. Our goal was to get a few half-decent photos of these little stinkers for our annual Christmas card.

Little Weirdos

Praise the Lord! We got more than a few good ones!

One Handsome Boy

I got several pictures of the kids holding hands. I just love that!

Holding Hands at the Beach

I saved the best pictures for the Christmas card, but I think these all came out pretty well too.

Love These Kids

Oh, this girl! It's hard to tell from the photos below, but she was absolutely covered in sand by the time we left the beach, including her face and hair!

Sandy Stella
These digital scrapbook creations were made possible by Melissa Bennett's "Carolina Coast" quick pages.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Swinging Around

While at Deep Water Vineyard, the kids found an adorable horse swing to try out.


Check out the video below of Stella having a fantastic time on the swing:

Deep Water Vineyard

After enjoying the Charleston Tea Plantation, we headed over to Deep Water Vineyard which is also located on Wadmalaw Island.

Porter & Daddy at Deep Water Vineyard

This place was great! Brian and I enjoyed tasting all of their muscadine wines, while the kids got to say hello to their friendly farm animals.

Charleston Tea Plantation

After visiting Angel Oak Tree, we then headed to the Charleston Tea Plantation located on Wadmalaw Island. We took a trolley tour of the estate, and it was wonderful!

Porter & Stella on the Man O' War Trolley

We thought it was hilarious that our trolley was named Man O' War. If you've spent any time in Lexington, Kentucky, you know the name of Man O' War, arguably the greatest thoroughbred race horse of all time. Turns out, the Charleston Tea Plantation actually purchased the trolley from Keeneland, which is Lexington's famous race track. 

Porter & Stella on the Trolley

On the trolley tour, we got a chance to make a stop at the greenhouse and see how new tea plants are grown. Below, you can also see the kids acting like little weirdos... which is pretty common for them to do when I have the camera out!

Checking out the Greenhouse

Angel Oak Tree

This morning, we had the opportunity to visit Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island.

Angel Oak Tree with the Family

This amazing tree is in excess of 500 years old! It really was awe-inspiring.

Angel Oak Tree in November

Catching a Ride Back

While at Isle of Palms, we walked, and walked, and walked some more! On the way back, Stella got tired. Good thing Daddy's always there to help her out.

Stella on Daddy's Shoulders

Sweet & Rascally

Oh, this boy! He is as sweet and rascally as he looks!

This digital scrapbook creation was made possible by Melissa Bennett's "Life Is Boys" quick page album.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fort Sumter National Monument

After touring Patriots Point, we then boarded a paddleboat headed for Fort Sumter .

Ft. Sumter National Monument

I can't say we were all that impressed with Ft. Sumter (mainly because we were pretty tired and hungry at this point), but I'm glad we were able to add it to our travel log.

The Family at Ft. Sumter National Monument

Enjoying the Boat Ride

Here's Stella enjoying the boat ride over to Fort Sumter National Monument:

Stella Bella

USS Clamagore Submarine

Our last stop at Patriots Point was to visit the USS Clamagore Submarine (SS-343). In 1945, this sub began its 30 years of service during the Cold War.

Boarding the USS Clamagore Submarine

The spaces were pretty tight, but it was fun to go through.

The Kids inside the USS Clamagore Submarine

USS Laffey Destroyer

After checking out the aircraft carrier, we then boarded the USS Laffey Destroyer (DD-742), the most decorated World War II era US Destroyer still in existence.

USS Laffey Destroyer

Of course, the kids loved looking all around the inside of the ship.

Stella inside the USS Laffey Destroyer

Here's Porter giving me a wave from the top of the destroyer, aptly nicknamed "The Ship That Would Not Die."

Porter on Top of the USS Laffey Destroyer

Captain Porter

Here's Porter in the captain's chair on the USS Yorktown:

Porter on the USS Yorktown

I liked both of these pictures so much, I couldn't pick between the two. So you get blessed with a double dose of Captain Porter. You're welcome!

One Good-Looking Kid

Sweet & Sassy Stella

Oh, this little stinker! She is so sweet and sassy.

Little Stinker

Patriots Point

Today we are touring Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. We're all pretty excited to see an aircraft carrier and a submarine up close!

Porter at Patriots Point

Of course, pretending to shoot cannons at things is pretty fun too!

Stella at Patriots Point

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Beach Baby Stella

This girl truly loves the beach with all her heart!

Stella at Sullivan's Island

Sullivan's Island

Let our beach vacation begin! Last night, we arrived at our hotel in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. As soon as the sun was up, we were headed to Sullivan's Island to visit our dear old friend, the ocean! Here's a totally awkward photo of the family posing in front of Sullivan's Island Lighthouse:

Sullivan Island's Lighthouse

Although it was a little cold and windy, we did had fun! Check out the video below to see a snippet of our time at the beach:

Monday, November 14, 2016

Lil' Monsters

Here are the kids thoroughly enjoying their Wendy's create-a-monster kids' meal toys:

Porter & Stella Monsters

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trying to Work with Kids

Here's an example of what life's like when you try to work from home with kids...

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Stella's Preschool Picture

Stella's preschool picture is here, and I think it's pretty darn cute!

Preschooler Stella

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Being Together

Oh, these two! I so love the moments when they actually want to be together...

Porter, Stella & Blu