Monday, January 24, 2011

do the charleston

I am trying to catch up. Little by little. I totally do not want to skip this post because we had an amazing vacation in Charleston over New Years with Brian's family. It came just when we needed a break after the craziness of the holidays, a busy December at work for me and lots of passing Lila back and forth.

I love the snottiness of Charleston. The whole attitude that the city exudes that it allows us to come and visit but we will never deserve its history and prestige. We rented a house on Kiawah Island, just south of Charleston and had a wonderful time exploring the history of the island. It was actually warm enough for us to enjoy some time outside.
Unlike the rest of the south that has been living in a frigid tundra for the whole winter, Kiawah actually had farmers markets open. And animals running around, not dying of hypothermia. Lila was about to launch herself out of Brian's arms and start crawling after that chicken. Why do we always have to keep her from having fun?
We of course were total tourists and went to see the oldest oak tree in North America, the Angel Oak. It was huge; mind-blowingly huge. The limbs were so heavy that they rested on the ground at some points. It is amazing to think how many wars, families, changes this tree has witnessed in the last 1400 years.
We had a great time exploring the city and introducing Lila to all of our favorite places. It is so fun to take Lila to a place we enjoyed together and making family memories.
Truth of 2011: We do well as a family when we disconnect from our lives every now and then. Anytime we can take a break from the never ending beep of emails on phones, laundry loads and errands, we need to jump on that. And just enjoy life together.
I'm gonna soak up the sun
Gonna tell everyone to lighten up
I'm gonna tell 'em that I've got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame I'm looking up
I'm gonna soak up the sun
~"Soak Up The Sun" by Sheryl Crow

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