Friday, January 28, 2011


We had a FANTASTIC time in Charleston. (However, we didn't take any pics. So you'll just have to believe me!)

Since I've logged many, many days in Charleston, it is one of the most comfortable places for me to be. Andrew was in conference sessions all day Monday and Tuesday. So it was just Henry and me taking on the town.

We stayed at the fantastic Francis Marion Hotel right downtown. Way back when, I used to work at its sister hotel, the Poinsett, in Greenville. And--of course--I dropped that little bit of info when making our reservation, which resulted in an upgrade. We had a fantastic view of the city and the water.

Visiting Charleston in January gets you very easy access to some of the city's most popular restaurants--thought we did have to stick to the kid-friendly ones. On Sunday night, we waltzed into Jestine's and sat right down. We also enjoyed some fabulous seafood at Hymans (I had oysters that are shucked in-house).

Charlestonians, as it turns out, think Henry is pretty great. We were stopped more times than we could count by people who were adoring Henry. It happened everywhere we went. (I loved that southern friendliness. Doesn't quite happen like that in Charlottesville.)

During the days, Henry and I spent wondering around the city, doing some shopping and eating. We took an excursion to the aquarium on Tuesday morning, where Henry was more interested in the 4th graders there on a field trip than any of the fish!

I'm sorry we don't have any pictures. I had my hands full with Henry and our evenings were pretty quick--trying to grab some supper and get Henry in bed on time.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Brief Reunions

Because Henry was sick last week (at this point, our pediatrician was right on--"He'll be sick from September until April."--she told us as we were preparing for full-time day care.) our trip to Greenville was VERY short. But it was totally worth it.

Andrew stayed with Henry when he went to bed so that I could reunite with the rest of the Fab Four. We enjoyed a delicious dinner and were able to do some serious catching-up. Our four hours (ha--how appropriate) together flew by.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to see Chrissy and the family. MAJOR BUMMER. But we did enjoy a brief lunch with the Chaneyworth crew as we were heading out of town on Sunday. With the three kiddos joining us, there wasn't too much time for in-depth conversation--who am I kidding--there wasn't ANY time for in-depth conversation. But just being together was like being home. K--is it really possible that we've known each other now for over 16 years?! That's almost as long as we lived not knowing each other. Love you.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Painting and painting some more!

With our 3-day weekend, Andrew and I painted our main floor with a beautiful green color. It is tough to really get the effect in photos. But I wanted to post some.

The first pic is of the magnificent gift Andrew's parents got us for Christmas this year. They had an artist in Austin take a photo of Henry (the one on our Christmas cards!) and paint a portrait from it. It is breathtakingly beautiful! And it looks magnificent against the green walls. We love looking at it every time we're in the kitchen.

It was a bit of a tough job, squeezing in coats during nap times and right after bedtime. But we pulled it off. And it looks so great, I'm ready to tackle the next room.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

One More Christmas

Mom, Dad, Greg, Krista, Kesiah, Addie, Gwen and Charlie all came up to C'ville for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. We had a blast!

Addie getting excited about her new art kit.

Gwenny and Henry.

Henry getting help from his cousins on some gift unwrapping.

The girls were such big helps in handing out gifts right and left.

Krista & Charlie.

Mema & Baba and the grandkiddos. Unfortunately, there just wasn't one with everyone looking forward. (Sorry Dad. I chose the one with the babies looking at the camera!)
The whole Dodson clan.

Sweet baby Gwen, striking a 'I'm so cute' pose.

Celebrating the arrival of 2011.

Henry LOVES his new rocking horse.

We were doing some old-school pot holder weaving. We got a little giddy in the process.

Kesiah Rose with her new DS something. She is a wiz! It was hard keeping up with her. But it actually was really fun.

Smiley Charlie. Love that baby boy.