Last month, we spent two weeks in Summerville.
The girls and I stayed with my mom in her little condo first and we swam at her pool everyday. Grandma gave us a huge turtle float.
Grandma did a lot of cooking and baking. The girls helped and enjoyed wearing Grandma's aprons.
The girls enjoyed Grandma's cats' antics. We haven't spent a lot of time around cats, since my husband is allergic, so everything the cats did was interesting to the girls.
I took the girls to see Fort Sumter. I grew up around Charleston, but had never been. My dad would have loved to go, but his health wasn't great and the boat would have made him nervous. But he loved Charleston and stories of the Civil War.
I also took the girls on a carriage ride through downtown, something my husband and I had done with his parents before the girls were born, but hadn't done again since.
I showed them the market downtown where I often went as a teenager and we got ice cream.
Here, my youngest is reading the family Bible I used to pull off the shelf and read when I was a girl.
My youngest is learning to twirl Grandma's old baton, something else I did as a girl. My mom was a majorette in college. Her old baton sits with her umbrellas and walking sticks. It stays at Grandma's and my daughter practices whenever we visit. She is getting better each time we visit.
We spent a lot of time with my sister who also lives in town.
We made dinner on the grill beside the pool once or twice.
Since I grew up around Charleston, I still have some amazing relationships with people there. I took my kids to meet Coach Newton at his berry farm. I always knew he had a berry farm, but had never been.
The girls met Coach's niece and played around the farm buildings and in the chicken coop.
I took the girls to church one Sunday at the church where I was baptized, first took communion, and eventually married their dad.
On our first few visits, the cats were not so comfortable with us. But on this visit, they were much more sociable, affectionate, and even playful.
My sister and I took the girls to Hobby Lobby for the first time. Believe it or not, we had never been. We don't have a Hobby Lobby close by and we generally avoid shopping. But we loved it there! I don't think I can afford to go more than once a year, though.
Avril got a yarn hooking kit at Hobby Lobby, something I used to do as a kid.
She also got a pair of rollerblades she'd been begging for for months, and then she also promptly got a broken arm!
At this point in the visit, I attended to the Circe National Convention with my oldest daughter for a few days and evening. I had been in the Apprenticeship program and it was time for me to graduate. My husband, mom, and/or sister watched the younger girls, so that I could go to the Convention with my oldest. Here's the stack of books we brought from the Convention.
My sister helped babysit the younger girls while I was gone to the convention. She and her boyfriend of twenty plus years took the girls fossil hunting and they found some amazing things!
Mom came over to our rental house every night. One evening, she made us her famous goulash, fried potatoes, and cornbread, my dad's favorite meal.
Our rental was right down the street from my sister's, right next to the neighborhood duck pond, so it was a great spot to stay. My sister would come over on her golf cart and take the kids around. We all worked together to get Mom back to her condo in time for bed.
We made homemade ice cream with Grandma's machine.
Another Hobby Lobby project in progress, hand painting our own Nativity using some of Grandma's paints