Tuesday, April 30, 2013

get moving in a positive direction for PPD

For most women, the birth of a child is a joyful event that triggers a flood of positive emotions. Sadly, this is not the case for all women. About 20% of women experience feelings of overwhelming hopelessness and despair after the birth of their new baby, resulting in what is known as postpartum depression, or PPD. 

While I did not suffer from PPD after the birth of my children, I have friends who did, and I have seen first hand the debilitating effect on the family unit. The first year of motherhood would be all the more challenging if you faced this issue.

On Saturday, May 11th, Postpartum Support Charleston is hosting a 5k run and Family Fun Day at 8am at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. This is a great way to honor Mother's Day weekend and support a cause that helps women and their families. I have run many events on Daniel Island over the years and it is a beautiful, peaceful place to jog 3 miles with your family.

"The annual Moms' Run is a celebration of the moms in our lives and all they go through for us. We come together as a community to honor mothers and to give extra attention to postpartum depression, which impacts about 20% of mothers," said Holly Fisher, board president for Postpartum Support Charleston. "I think we can all agree that motherhood is tough, especially in those early days when we're tired and stressed from the constant care of a newborn. Add to that postpartum depression and some women are really struggling. Our mission is to get those moms the help they need and deserve."

10th Annual 2013 Moms' Run & Family Fun Day
Saturday May 11th
8am- noon
Blackbaud Stadium- Daniel Island,SC
Race registration is $25; $30 for stroller registration (includes t-shirt);$15 for children 10 & under.
*Register today and receive a t-shirt, printed bib, and race bag. Prices increase May 1st.
For more information and registration details, visit
Family Fun Day includes putt-putt golf, jump castle, face painting and more for registered participants and a suggested $10 family donation for non-race participants.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Citadel Parade

"Wanna see something cool, Mom?"

I feel like I hear this every 5 minutes lately, and with twins who are 9 it's usually in stereo and it's usually about Lego. Flip it back on them and take your kids to see something really cool this Friday. The Long Grey Line is the last Citadel parade of the year and you don't want to miss it.

Kids love the spectacle of the mass of cadets, the pageantry of their uniforms, and the decorum of the parade.

The Long Grey Line Citadel Parade
click here for link to Citadel website
click here for Citadel parade schedule

Friday, April 26, 2013

smoke and mirrors

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!"
-L. Frank Baum, from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Recently, we saw a matinee of the new movie 'Oz The Great And Powerful' at the Terrace Theatre in West Ashley. I love this theatre because you can find popcorn for the kids and an espresso for yourself. In the summertime, they play the old classics here free for children and it is where my boys first saw the movie 'The Wizard of Oz', larger than life on the big screen. The new movie 'Oz the Great and Powerful' delves into what life was like before the magician actually became the Wizard we know and love. Through the use of smoke and mirrors, we think that Oz is a perfect place where nothing ever goes wrong and there is nothing to fear. As you and I know, there is no such place.

When I took this picture at Brookgreen Gardens and the amazing field of tulips, it brought to mind the field of poppies in the movie we had just seen...

People have asked me if the vivid colors and surreal sunny days here on the blog are actual or retouched. I confess I try to use mostly all my own photos and I do tweek them a bit sometimes! I often have to go back to a place we've visited to get the best angle I can bearing in mind that I have about 2 minutes of your time to sell the idea to you. Oz would not have seemed half as appealing without that bright yellow brick road to lead us there. However, not all of our adventures go swimmingly. What they say about working with kids and dogs is true, it can be tricky...

On one recent day trip, I forgot my phone charger, almost ran out of gas in a secluded area, and got us lost twice. In the picture below, my son wiped out while running full tilt into a giant mud puddle. We had just arrived at our destination and had no spare clothes (the hand gesture here is saying "really Mom, now what am I supposed to do?!")...

Like Oz the Great and Powerful, I choose to stay positive and edit the grim reality out! The shot below was taken from our first kayak paddle of the season. Landing on your knees in an oyster bed is not a great start but my son soldiered on and had a great day...

Things don't always go as planned no matter how much we plan for an outing, and while I do edit most of these mishaps out (I do really want you to try kayaking after all!), I think our kids benefit from each and every adventure we try. Now I'm off to PluffMudKidville where the sky is always blue!

Stay tuned for more on the Terrace Theatre summer movies for kids! (* I personally wouldn't recommend Oz the Great and Powerful for young children. Those monkeys are even scarier this time around!)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

3 for kids for this weekend


2013 Blessing of the Fleet
Sunday April 28th 2013

A Year With Frog and Toad at the Dock Street Theatre
Based on the great books by Arnold Lobel
Saturday April 27th, 2013 3pm
135 Church Street, downtown Charleston

Marion Square, downtown Charleston
Saturday April 27th, 2013
9am - 2pm

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mt. Pleasant marsh trail

Is it safe to go outside yet? The pollen this season has been brutal and has limited our treks outdoors at times. This great local honey from Pickens, SC has been a constant staple on our kitchen table as a natural soother when the pollen gets the best of us. As the pollen subsides, here's a walk with a view and a breath of fresh air...

Marsh View Trail is a permanent gift from the Mt. Pleasant Land Conservancy that serves to protect green spaces for us to enjoy... forever.

Located next to Whitesides school off Rifle Range Road and behind the Mt. Pleasant Water Works building, this site has an excellent dog park and the butterfly garden pictured here...

Now is a perfect time to sit on the bench and spot a butterfly. Next, walk the trail...

Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful marsh view at the end of the trail. Thanks Mt. Pleasant Land Conservancy!

Marsh View Trail
click here for map
free parking and water provided at the dog park
Winston approves- this is a perfect dog walk!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

teeth seekers

You've heard of shell seekers, but what about beach combing for shark teeth...

On the back side of Sullivan's Island, there's a great shark teeth beach...

Paddle to it and walk the beach for big, perfect shells...

and cool shark teeth...

The spray from the water's still chilly, but the sun is warm and the paddling feels great...

Happy hunting!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Artfields... for kids?

 close shot of the sculpture installation "Bobble Tree In Bloom" by artist Ray Giddens

Absolutely! This weekend, my son and I made the trek to Lake City with some friends to attend the first annual dynamic Artfields festival. I can honestly say I would not have had the same experience had I not been viewing it through the fresh eyes of a nine year old. Children don't miss a trick, do they?  My son and his ten year old friend noticed details I would have otherwise missed and had some interesting perspectives on the exhibits, their sideline commentary making it all the more intriguing for the adults present. Herewith, some impressions from a child's eye...

Artfields is the creative endeavor of Lake City native Darla Moore. Born and raised here in 1954, Moore went on to attend the University of South Carolina. She then pursued a career in finance through the 1980s and 90s and became one of the top earners in her peer group dominated by men. She was not only the first woman to ever grace the cover of Fortune magazine, but was also one of the first women (the other being Condoleeza Rice) to be admitted to the Augusta National. This trailblazer has never forgotten her roots and spearheaded the nonprofit Palmetto Institute in 2002 as a means to promote "prosperity for South Carolina". Artfields is the latest layer in the continuing effort to revitalize and strengthen local industry. We were impressed with the newly constructed venues here and by the way the entire community rallied to make this art festival a success.

interactive coffee stir stick art installation by artist Jonathan Brilliant - This amazing work stands inside the Artfields welcome center Hub with many other featured artists and work shops too. Park here at the hub lot (free) and you will find it an easy stroll to Main Street and all the other venues. You can register here with a valid picture ID to vote on your favorite works. You will be given a notebook to jot down your picks and you can enter them in at home via computer or here at Artfields.  

a nine year old's view- Do your favorite picks match your child's? It's interesting to see which pieces they fall for and why!

a special piece commissioned by Artfields 

Ever wonder whatever happens to all those really old text books? One artist has found a way to re purpose them...

Be sure to check out this amazing exhibit titled "Bookzilla II"

Get involved by adding your own touch to the ongoing outdoor wall mural!

Muralists Sam Ogden and Jessica Diaz welcome your children to jump right in on their huge project. Artfields is a great way to get your kids involved in art and leave their own signature on Lake City.

Artfields 1st annual Epic Southern Artfest
Registration and parking (free): Artfields Hub at the ROB
245 South Church Street
Lake City, SC
*89 miles from Charleston, SC - allow 2 hours (visit 'Plan your trip' on the Artfields site)
Ongoing Friday April 19 - Sunday April 28, 2013. *Only venues with winning artworks will be open on Sunday, April 28th.

*Pmk tips - Don't miss: the special installations pictured above as well as one called "Before I die...", 'Expanse'- an oil painting by Mt. Pleasant artist Sheryl Stalnaker located in Beach Combers on Main St., the killer Basil Honey soda from Charleston's own Cannonborough Beverage Company located in the square, and Joe's Barber shop on Main St.
Do wear comfortable walking shoes and allow an entire day. Pack extra water and snacks.

Visit the fantastic Artfields website for more details. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

the end of a sad week

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who lost their lives in our nation this week.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

only in the south

In the South, we are known for sugar coating things, lest something seem unseemly or unappealing to our Gone With the Wind sensibilities. We simply give it another name thereby smoothing over any ruffled skirts. For example, this is not a cockroach...

It's a Palmetto Bug (now doesn't that sound better, y'all?). This is not our native azalea...

This scruffier, rough-round-the-edges version is!

Gorgeous in it's own right...

Here are a few other tidbits we have picked up on recently that fall under the 'Who Knew?' heading (as compiled by two 9 year old Southern boys!):

Our friend the fox sometimes naps in trees. They mark their territory with a scented hormone or pheromone. We were dismayed to learn these cute fellas actually smell like skunks!

Butterflies die within 2 weeks in the wild. They can exist in the controlled environment of a butterfly house for up to 4 weeks.
We also learned that even the most picture perfect garden has a hidden mud puddle or two!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

flutter by

Lately, they flutter by. So we read...

Then, we look more closely...

and we understand what makes these butterflies flutter by...

Want to see them for yourselves? Here are some great butterfly gardens to visit:

Blooming Butterflies at Edventure
*exhibit opens May 9th!
Columbia, SC

Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience at Brookgreen Gardens
*open now through October
Murrells Inlet, SC

Cypress Gardens Butterfly House
Moncks Corner, SC