Friday, July 28, 2017

Sullivan's Island & Fort Moultrie, SC

For one last summer weekend, we took the boys to visit Sullivan's Island, SC which is the island off the coast of Charleston.  First, we wanted to take Evan to Fort Moultrie because he loves any and all military forts and history.  We didn't want to take the ferry over to Fort Sumter this trip since we wanted to spend some time at the beach too.  Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter sit just across a narrow inlet from one another and are the sites of the beginning of the Civil War when Confederate troops at Fort Moultrie fired on Fort Sumter and took that Fort just 34 hours later.  Fort Moultrie had been an important fort guarding the Charleston Harbor since 1776 so there is a lot of history there.  It is a real brick and mortar fort so Evan really liked exploring it.  After we explored the fort, we stopped for some yummy gelato from a "famous" spot on the island called Beardcat's Sweet Shop before heading up to the beaches at Isle of Palms which we had heard were great beaches.  Of course, what we found was a very overcrowded beach and less than stellar facilities so probably not the best beach for a day trip.  We should have just enjoyed the beaches at the southern end of the island.  Still, it was a good day for everyone.

Crossing the big Hwy. 17 Cooper River Bridge from Charleston to Mount Pleasant.  Evan definitely wants to visit the USS Yorktown soon.  Apparently, the fifth grade at his school does a really big (albeit expensive) field trip to Charleston so he may wait until then.  

We stopped for lunch at a yummy barbecue restaurant.  My sandwich looked a bit messy, but it was good.  It was smothered in their homemade pimento cheese which sounded crazy but was worth a try.  I ate a lot of it with a fork because it was so messy. 
Sweet Mattox shows us the way to the fort. 

There was an interesting story about the flag that was flying from the Civil War time period.  

The boys and I enjoyed the little museum in the Visitor's Center. 

But Evan couldn't wait to get out and see the big guns.  Ha!  Fort Moultrie was an active fort until World War II. 

We were checking out some of the hidden rooms inside and underneath the fort.  The sun was so bright, and I had left poor Grayson's hat in the car.  Sigh. 

I just love those boys. 

It was a pretty hot day so we didn't hang out too long up on top in the full sun. The boys mostly enjoyed exploring inside the walls. 

I wanted a picture with Brody to signify the last time he was here inside my tummy.  He is quite a bit bigger now.  I wish we would have gone out on the beach there to take a similar picture.  Oh well. 

We stopped very quickly to see the Charleston Lighthouse which is a newer construction lighthouse made of metal.  

A picture of the boys in front of the lighthouse.  I zoomed in just to see their faces.  It was so bright. 

Beardcat's was a refreshing treat with some yummy and interesting flavors.  Olive oil and sea salt?  I decided to try their chocolate and hazelnut mixed together to see if it tasted a little like Pinkberry.  It was good.  I got Eddie Biscotti Almond Crunch which I think he liked. 

Mattox was just happy to be on the beach filling his bucket again while big brothers cooled off in the water. 

The boys played together in the sand for a while. 

A frustrated Mattox calmed down after a drink of water.  I just know this baby is going to be so sassy when he starts talking.  

Sweet Grayson is just so easy going and does not mind the sand on his toes. 

I love sandy little feet enjoying the beach. 

And sweet babies enjoying the water. 

Playing with Daddy. 

I didn't really capture how crowded this beach was, but you could barely move around on the sand.  Ugh.  I hate crowded beaches.  

I just love his happy faces! 

For some reason, Mattox was making spit bubbles here.  Boys.  Ha! 

Ugh to me in a bathing suit these days, but we love spending fun summer days with our babies. 

And we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset over the marsh on the drive home. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bowling on Base

For another Saturday outing, we decided to take the boys bowling as it has always been one of their favorite pastimes.  This is a big military region so we knew the bowling facilities on military bases are sometimes cheaper and nicer and decided to try one out.  Eddie has a civilian military ID since he works for the Marine Corps based out of Beautfort, SC.  However, the army base at Fort Stewart is closer so we decided to try going there.  They also have a nice water splash park that we were going to try, but it started storming just as we arrived.  An indoor bowling game was the perfect outing for a rainy day. 

Evan always loves the planes and big equipment on display at military bases.  Here, there was a tank and helicopter. 

Evan started the games to show little brothers how it was done. 

He was still pretty good. 

Mattox got to use this cute dinosaur to help him roll his ball. 

Evan tries to bowl like a pro. I love his little foot kicked up when he throws the ball. 

Big brothers love helping little brother. 

I didn't bowl so great, but I did get a strike!  Mattox was excited because he thought that whole pizza was for him. 

He wanted to do it by himself.   He looked so cute in his bowling shoes. 

Evan tried to pick up the spare. 

Daddy helped Mattox push his ball harder. 

Brody was excited about his spare! 

I loved watching these boys play the second game. 

Daddy didn't bowl nearly as well as he used to in college, but he did break 100 at least. 

I love that the boys watched their brothers play and were so attentive. 

I think Daddy and Mattox scored a Srike! 

Yes, that big brother arm around little brother melts my heart! 

And Evan got a spare.  He liked that his little video was a pirate ship. 

Brody is a great cheerleader for everyone. 

Daddy won, of course, and the other boys were all fairly close. 

Just a fun day at the bowling alley for eveyone. 

I just love my "middle" boys. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Another Day at the Beach

Another Saturday in July that we spent at the beach.  We love that we can spend so many lazy Saturdays on the beach.  There are a lot of things we miss living here in coastal Georgia, but it is nice to be close to the beach.  We will just have to vacation more in the mountains to see fall leaves and snow.  For this trip, I didn't even take the good camera and just captured pictures with my cell phone camera.  For this beach day, we enjoyed our favorite beach park at Hilton Head Island.  It is called Islanders Beach Park and does feel more like a spot that "locals" enjoy.

I could just sit back and watch them play all day on the beach.  They do play really well together in the sand.  I love that this beach isn't usually as crowded so they have plenty of space to play, and we can watch them easily from our chairs. 

I just think Grayson's face is so beautiful with his little lips pursed. 

Someone had a little catamaran on the sand.  The boys played together in the sand a long time.  

Grayson does love the water. 

Cutie with his tongue sticking out. 

I love that Daddy captured me and Evan laughing together about something.  I can't remember what was so funny.  He was probably being silly. 

More of my nature photography.  Haha!  The birds were flying around Evan. 

Evan and his bird pal


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