Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gobble Gobble! Part 2

We always have a great time in Charleston and this Thanksgiving was no exception.

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The first morning that we were there, we took the girls to the local children's museum. We had always heard good things about it, and it certainly didn't disappoint. It was a perfect way to get the girls out for a little while!

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We all signed up for the Charleston's Thanksgiving 5k race, even though only the guys ran it. SuSu sponsored turkey costumes for the Gobble Wobblers and the kids - aren't they so cute?

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The race ran right by the house, so we went out to the corner to watch for the guys to run by. Maddie and Anna were so cute in their costumes, and they would stand on the sidewalk with their hands out so runners could give them high-fives.

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Anna surprised everyone by running a good bit of the last part with Steve!

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We were amused to see that our turkeys made the local paper's website the next morning!

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Pumpkin pie!

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We took the girls over to the Patriots Point Naval Museum and let them explore the USS Yorktown and all of the aircraft.

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I think we were looking for dolphins here.

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One of the events that Anna and Maddie had been most excited about was getting to visit the school where SuSu teaches. They even roped SuSu into an impromptu science lesson!

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The perfect segue from Thanksgiving to Christmas - a good round of carols!

Gobble Gobble! Part 1

We got ambitious this year for Thanksgiving and decided to do a whirlwind visit to Raleigh as well as spending the holiday in Charleston. Why did we decide to spend so much time in the car? I don't know. But we certainly enjoyed getting to see so much family (and apologies to everyone we didn't get a chance to see - I promise we were only there for about a day and a half! We'll come back soon!).

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The girls got a kick out of getting to stay in a hotel. The hotel had a restaurant at the very top of the building and they loved getting to eat breakfast up there.

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We took the girls on a little walk around N.C. State's campus - Steve's old stomping grounds for his master's program. It was pretty chilly so we stopped and got the girls hot chocolate, which is one of their favorite treats. You should have seen their faces when the barista asked if they wanted whipped cream AND marshmallows!

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A funny note about Anna's sunglasses - I was scheduled for Lasik surgery the week after Thanksgiving, so I had to wear my glasses for a couple of weeks, including during our Thanksgiving trip. Anna wanted to be like me and so she insisted on wearing these glasses everywhere so "she could see"!

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We attempted to eat at a local place for dinner and based on the website, we went to a place that we thought was a better version of Chuck E. Cheese. Well, it was...but it was also very much a bar and not at all a family-friendly restaurant. We were pretty much the only people in there though so we just rolled with it, and the kids had fun. So eh. Parenting win?

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Steve's aunt Mary came by the hotel for a drink, and we got the chance to catch up while the girls ate some dessert.

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We spent most of our time at Steve's grandparents' house. He got to spend a lot of time with them while he was at N.C. State and he always loves getting the chance to go back and see them again.

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The kids adored their dog, Daisy. She was a big source of amusement the whole time we were there!

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Joan also has a bunch of bird feeders, and Maddie loved seeing all of the feathered friends. Especially once she spotted the binoculars!

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