Monday, August 3, 2015

Vacation and Hard Labor

We went on vacation this past week with Chris' family.  We went to Kiawah Island - 28 people in 3 houses.  It took us 14 hours to get down there on Saturday...with some mishaps including vomit and Chris helping to rescue a baby from a car accident in front of us.  We were happy to be done driving after all that!

It was Josh's first time at the beach and he enjoyed it.  He was tentative about the waves at first but grew to enjoy them. 

Samantha's favorite thing (besides her cousin Jenna) was collecting shells along the beach with Nana.  She tolerated the waves but did have some fun in the water with her aunts one night. 

We didn't get to spend any time in Charleston (hard to tour with the kids) but we did spend a morning at one of the plantations.  The kids enjoyed it - there was a zoo area with animals ranging from peacocks and deer to armadillo and tortoises.

They had an enormous garden that we walked around for hours.  The kids enjoyed it a lot.

I was also able to successfully teach Josh how to "smell" flowers instead of pulling them off!

The kids were so exhausted from all the fun they were having that they both took naps each day.

Fortunately, the trip home was much better for us.  We left a half day early by driving after lunch on Friday.  We missed a lot of the traffic and were home in 11 hours.

Before we left for vacation, I painted the porch and sunroom floors.  I wanted to give them a few days to cure before there would be any foot traffic on them.  It's not much but it is a big improvement!

We have a lot of junk around our house - parts and materials left over from previous projects, tools that never found their way back to the workshop, and just random garbage.   Two areas we cleaned up this weekend were there area behind the garage...

...and the inside of the garage. 

Both are still ugly but they are major improvements over the "before" pictures (here's the behind the garage as an example).

Chris did a lot of yard work this weekend too.  He did a lot of trimming, chopping, and burning to make everything look more intentional. 

One last project was putting in some new landscaping in front of the privacy fence (even though the fence isn't fully primed or painted yet.  Once that's complete, we'll need to add a lot of mulch to really make it look nice. 

We have a lot of projects on the horizon - hopefully we'll have more pictures to share soon!

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