{Photo 288/365}  This was my third time in Charleston and I have yet to “experience” the city.  History and character everywhere.  Such a lovely place — beautiful buildings, churches.  Art galleries everywhere.  Energy. Fabulous restaurants and shopping. Simple.  Warm southern hospitality.  Fabulous destination, I can see why people love to live here.  I want to go back, next time I will extend my stay to explore and learn.  To take it all in.  I didn’t want to leave, but I did, I miss my boys — all three of them.

Overcoming the Nevers

{Photo 286/365}  My alarm went off at 3:30 this morning; my flight departed at 6:30 — Charleston, SC bound to attend my publisher’s annual Author’s Marketing Summit.  My plan today was to get some rest once I arrived.  Massage.  Pedicure.  Shopping on King Street.  Then, a quick bite to eat before I headed to bed, early.  While I was eating alone at the hotel restaurant, I got a text message from Brooke, the Senior Editor, Publicity Manager — she was insistent about seeing me.  My text response was, “I’m a crusty mess been up since 3:30am got a massage {my hair is greasy} and I haven’t eaten yet today…”  This didn’t prevent her from stopping by.  After I gave her a BIG hug, since I hadn’t seen her in one year, she smiled and graciously pulled my book out of her bag and handed it to me.  I had NO idea I was going to get this today – truly.  In fact, the publication date was estimated to be the 15th — I was thinking I would see it next week on my door step.  But no, here it is…I’m holding it in my hands…this project, my heart, my soul has poured into.  I was speechless, still am.  Excited.  Emotional.  Happy.  Nervous.  Here I sit now, in my hotel room, just me and the book.  Reflecting.  Praying.  Joy in my heart.  Grateful for the journey.  Looking forward to what lies ahead.  {now I can start filling the “pre-orders” –> download the introduction, watch the trailer video, order the book here}

Almost Undefeated

{Photo 274/365}  The season went by fast — we had so much fun.  This was his first year playing, tackle,  he loved it!  He’s already looking forward to next year.  The coaches were great with the boys, we were truly blessed to be a part of this team.  Today was their last game.  They were 9 and 0 — the team to beat — and today, that happened, we lost.  They played hard, and the other team did too.  I walked up to Zane after the game and he said with a big smile on his face, “Mom, we FINALLY lost!” Then he gave me a high five.  The boys didn’t care — they were so excited about their new footballs and the trophy they received, and of course they were itching to go to the end of the year pizza party.  So, that’s what we did.  memories.


High School Football

{Photo 273/365}  I think this might be only the second high school football game that I’ve been to in 20 years, since I graduated from high school.  WOW, did it bring back memories.  Mascot and cheerleaders.  Marching band and dance line.  Crowded bleachers and concession stands.  It wasn’t cool for me to have my camera, both of the boys were sure to tell me that — I embarrassed them when I tried to get the mascots attention to snap a shot with them together; oops.  They saw their friends, but spent most of the night sitting with me wrapped in a warm fleece blanket watching the game instead of roaming around socializing.  We had fun…just the 3 of us.  It was youth football night, so Zane got to go down to the field during half-time.  He really loves football, I think it’s his sport. fun.


Same Thing Different Day

{Photo 254/365}  Another fabulous day…to S W I M!  I checked out the forecast and it looks like today may be one of our last to enjoy the pool.  SO, last minute we invited the cousins over and it worked out — YIPEE!!  These guys had a blast.  We live so close, yet we rarely see one another with our full lives and hectic schedules.  It worked out great…they played while my sister and I caught up on life.  family.

Embracing The Bike Basket

{Photo 246/365}  We love to go for bike rides down here — explore.  My mom picked this bike out when she was visiting a couple of years ago.  At first I felt a little “mary poppinish” every time I would take it out for a spin.  I don’t know…it was the seat…it was the big white basket…it was the bright shiny fenders…the carrying thingy on the back.  But now — I embrace it!  I love the bike!  It’s comfortable, it’s convenient, functional.  Today we biked to Subway for lunch and discovered a park we didn’t know existed, fun.  Then I used the timer on my camera to capture this picture.  I love our adventures.


{Photo 245/365}  We always go out early in the morning.  Watching the sunrise is one of my favorite things to do.  He was keeping an eye on the shore land as it faded off in the distance.  We ended up going about 13 miles out today.  Our guides, who we have every time, Neal and Rob call Zach — Zach-Attack — they love him and are always delighted to answer his many many questions.  We caught several fish, but no keepers.  It was a perfect venture…nice breeze, calm waters, and just enough clouds to protect us from the sun’s rays.  I go for him.  For quality time.  It’s our thing and we have fun.


{Photo 244/365}  We were looking for something to do today, Zane got to choose…and this is where we ended up.  We played 4 games, we had all won 1 by the third, then I took the 4th — kinda.  Every other one of my turns they played for me.  So, I didn’t really win. really.  The best part of bowling is the quality time we spend together.  talking. laughing. connecting.  “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” -Victor Borge

Day One of Many

{Photo 241/365}  Zach was up way early, ready to go!  Zane, he sleeps in — I had to wake him up.  Me, I didn’t pay attention to the details.  Apparently the back to school paper work clearly stated that school started at 10:00 not 8:45 like it typically would.  SO, notice the empty parking lot the boys are standing in for this picture?  Yep, that would be us, the only ones at school “on-time” — so I thought.  To kill time, we headed over to Starbucks, we talked, they ordered their favorite and I had another coffee.  It was great bonding time, but I must pay attention to details.  Details, Teri, details.  They both had a great day — they love their teachers, their classroom, the new students, and just being back into the swing of things.  I do to.

Water Park

{Photo 238/365}  Zach’s hockey tournament just happened to be where my friends were meeting for a play date at the water park.  I love how things work out unexpectedly.  We all got together and enjoyed hours sliding, rock climbing, rope swinging, laughing, and connecting.  We could not have asked for more perfect weather.  Zach had a blast entertaining this little guy, he loves babies and playing with the younger kids.  So sweet. What a perfect end-of-the-summer gathering for all of us…3 mammas and 8 little nuggets!  fun!