Monday, August 24, 2015

the quiet season

"For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by the significant moments, the ones where something happens. Measurements of people's minute-by-minute levels of pleasure and pain miss this fundamental aspect of human existence. A seemingly happy life may be empty. A seemingly difficult life may be devoted to a great cause. We have purposes larger than ourselves."

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Really Matters In The End by Atul Gawande

Monday, August 24, 2015 - Early morning surf chat with friends. Contemplating what comes next...

Every new season brings a sense of great expectation. You can feel it approaching and know deep within your internal clock when it has arrived. As our family embraces a new season of life, we look forward to what changes lie ahead in each and every tide.

This post compiled to:

One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces - Ben Folds at Daryl Hall's House

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

this must be the place: fountains tied for favorite

"It is a happy talent to know how to play."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do you have a favorite Charleston fountain? We were hard pressed to pick a top notch favorite between these two, so we're calling it a tie: 

Charleston Parks Conservancy Waterfront Park is home to the gorgeous Pineapple Fountain. This symbol of welcome and hospitality beckons all to come and paddle, splash, and cool down. There are shady benches all around the area as well as grassy spaces to play and picnic.

 More here on the history of the pineapple as a symbol of gracious hospitality.  

Established in the park in 1990, this fountain is located directly in front of the City Gallery.

Also located at Waterfront Park (1 Vendue Range), this second splash fountain highlights the entrance to this park as you walk toward the swings along the pier. No matter how much your children grow, they will never tire of passing by here and running through the cold blasts of water!

All along the waterfront here you will spot dolphins feeding in the shallows. Be sure to pick a bench and sit for a while to soak up the last moments of summer...

This post compiled to This Must Be The Place - Sean Hayes

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

fountain play favorites

National Sculpture Garden Park - Washington DC

We've been gravitating to water all summer, even in the midst of hot city pavement. Here are a few of our favorite picks for fountains to play in - tune in tomorrow for our #1 go-to fountain for a local cool down!

Escape from the heat - Downtown Atlanta, Georgia 

Riverfront Park in North Charleston is always a top pick - have you tried it? A good sea breeze and view of the water, lots of shady benches, and music pumped in... what's not to love?

Charleston Parks Conservancy Chapel St. Fountain is always a good bet for cooling off in the shade downtown.

Daniel Island Waterfront Park is perfect for toddlers and big kids too!

Columbia Museum of Art

Friday, August 7, 2015


Returning from our trips and travels, I find we have reached our final destination... the end of summer. Can you believe how quickly the new school year is approaching? If you're like me, this part of August always finds us dead in the water; completely becalmed without a breath of energy to pack one last beach bag or take one last excursion.

 These days are too sweet to miss the last chances to revisit your summer wish list and cram in a few last top picks. Maybe you could:

Soak it all up before it's gone!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

the opposite of loneliness

"It is not so much a matter of traveling as of getting away; which of us has not some pain to dull, or some yoke to cast off?
-George Sand, Winter In Majorca. 

The opposite of loneliness for me is a jammed packed family vacation and we are about to depart for one. We are taking a break from tech, so this space will be quiet until August 2. I hope you'll check back then for dozens of new ideas to get us through til the start of the school year.

 I heard something about Paris mentioned, my hand shot up (pick me! pick me!), and I ran for my suitcase. As it turns out, I have been duped into an all-boy, soccer-centric holiday based around Paris St Germain vs Manchester United and Chelsea vs Barcelona. My fellas sure can cook up a scheme... in truth, I couldn't be more excited to tag along with these mega fans. Sometimes the best vacations are new experiences and I'm happy to quietly spectate, soaking up the moments as my little men meet their heroes. Meanwhile, I'm packing up my perfume and any other pretty, girly thing I can squeeze in among the soccer gear with a few new books for good measure:

  • *Reader recommended by 3 people! The Vacationers by Emma Straub: "When I turned the last page, I felt as I often do when a vacation is over: grateful for the trip and mourning its end. - The New York Times Book Review. Read the Review here
And a few more...

  • The Martian by Andy Weir: "An impressively geeky debut." - Entertainment Weekly. Our book club just chose this read and it will grip you from the very first sentence! Read the complete Wall Street Journal Review here. *PMK reader recommended.
  • The Opposite Of Loneliness by Marina Keegan: Smart. Short stories you will mull over and not forget. We lost this keen writer far to young. New York Times Review.
  • The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer: A how-to on letting life call the shots. Good Reads Reviews linked here.
We hope you and your family are enjoying every moment summer has to offer! If you're looking for fun things to do in the Lowcountry, dig into our archives and see what pops up. See you back here on August 2, and as always, thanks for reading.

- Leigh and the Pluff Mud Kids

Thursday, July 23, 2015

stars and street lamps

Everything looks different downtown underneath the stars. Kids absolutely love discovering downtown Charleston at night and the best part about summer is you can stay up just a little bit longer!

Before you go, check out the great Brian Lies Books website for all his "Bats at night" book series. Our favorite title is Bats At The Beach.

Also fun for kids after dark in downtown Charleston, try the very unique Desano Pizza at night.

Watch for Owls by Moonlight availability at Birds of Prey.

Did you know you can spend the night at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia?

Why take a walk at night? Because...

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This post compiled to Night Swimming - R.E.M.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Up and Coming: Super Saturday July 25, 2015

Take a look at any given day on the calendar and it's usually packed with incredible choices of family-friendly events in the Lowcountry. This Saturday, July 25th is no exception and I had to call it out as over packed! Listed here are but a few of the options that appeal to us. What will you choose?

  • SC State Parks offers a chance to show love for our fabulous state parks and help curb hunger in our state with their Pack A Park Truck initiative. Click the link for details. This is one we won't miss!

  • Odyssey Board Shop here in Mt. Pleasant will meet you at Isle Of Palms County Park Saturday from 10am to 2pm for surfing tips and paddle board demos.
  • Magnolia Gardens lady bug release is this Saturday (check this link for full story). The June/July issue of Skirt! magazine has a $5 off general admission coupon. Love that!