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Meet My Family

When I started this blog, my youngest was five years old and my oldest was almost seven. I always called the youngest the Wee One because he was a tiny little human until recently. He is now taller than me and almost as tall as his dad. My oldest who used to be known as the Imaginative One is now 17 and is the tallest grandkid, something he is proud about.

These photos were taken on Christmas Eve between the rainstorms of that day. Very rarely (ok never) do we dress alike, so these are rare photos.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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Angel Oak

Near Charleston, there is the largest live oak east of the Mississippi River. The Angel Oak is located on John’s Island. It’s reported to be between 400 and 500 years old.

It’s free to visit but you need to make sure you are following the guidelines especially the one about not touching any of the limbs. They want to make sure the tree continues to survive for future generations to enjoy.

We stopped there the day after Christmas. When we got there, there were people there but it wasn’t too crowded. However by the time we left, the crowd had picked up. I loved the fact I was able to photograph the tree without too many people in the way unlike how it is in the summertime. There are always tons of people milling around because this tree is a must see. During pre-Covid time, you could bring a picnic lunch and eat while enjoying the tree. Now, you have to be masked up, follow the directed signs to the tree, and are not allowed to eat at the picnic tables.

Enjoy my photos of the Angel Oak!

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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55 Tradd Street

3.5 years ago, I wrote a review about Karen White’s House on Tradd Street series. Romance, Ghosts, and Mystery, Family Secrets, a Mysterious Reporter, and More Ghosts, and A Teenager, More Family Secrets, and a Dollhouse.

We went to Charleston for Christmas week. While there, we visited downtown Charleston and walked around a little bit. One of the places we ended up was at the corner of Meeting and Tradd Street. I had to investigate and find out where the house was located.

I don’t know if this actually 55 Tradd Street because I couldn’t find the house address. It’s either 57 or 55 because on one side is 59 and on the other is 53. I’m going to say it is 55 Tradd Street.

Whether it is 55 Tradd Street or not, it was pretty cool to find a place you’ve read about in a book. It puts a picture in your mind while reading the book.

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

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Saying Good-bye to Folly Beach and Hominy Grill – Day 10 Part 2

After we said goodbye to the beach house, we returned the keys to the house.  While we were in downtown Folly, we hunted for a new Folly Beach shirt for me.  Even though I already had a Folly Beach shirt that had been bought in 1999 during my first trip to the beach, I desired an updated one.  We finally found one that had a sea turtle on it.

I made one more stop in downtown Folly at the coffee shop before our long 20-minute drive to downtown Charleston.

Earlier in the week, we decided that our last stop in Charleston was going to be at Hominy Grill, one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston.

The Wee One decided he wanted to try the yogurt and granola which totally surprised me.  He ate most of the yogurt and granola.

All the Imaginative One wanted was French fries.  He is so picky about what he eats.

Hubby had eggs with chicken while I had a veggie omelet with potatoes.

After we were finished with our brunch, it was time to hit the road for the first leg of our trip home.  On the next blog post, I’ll share our adventure on the way home.

Have a magical day!
Traci

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Saying Good-bye to the Beach and Beach House Tour – Day 10 Part 1

Today I’m sharing multiple videos.  

One of the videos is us saying goodbye to the beach and 2 are tours of the house.  One is multiple videos that I combined together to create one video while the other is a video of the photographs I took of the house.  We were in the middle of getting ready to leave so there is going to be piles of linens laying around and the beds are going to be unmade.  When we got to the beach, they were finishing cleaning up so I did not get a video of the beach house while it was neat.  

Join me next week for the video of us saying goodbye to Folly Beach and then our final breakfast in Charleston.  We ate at Hominy Grill once again.

Have a magical day!
Traci

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Last Night on the Beach – Day 9 Part 7

Words cannot express the last night on the beach.  We walked around on the sand.  Looked for shark’s teeth and shells.  Stood in the surf for one last time.  Reminisced about the trip.  

All week I kept mentioning about the number of pelicans I saw that week.  As you will notice in the video, I took a lot of photos of those pelicans.

Enjoy our video of our last night on the beach.

Join me next week for the video of us saying goodbye to the beach and the tour of the house.

Have a magical day!
Traci

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Sullivan’s Island – Day 9 Part 6

After we were done visiting Fort Moultrie, we briefly explored Sullivan’s Island. I wish we would have spent more time exploring the island. I’ll have to put it on my to do list for the next time we visit Folly Beach.

While we were there, we went to the Co-Op to get lunch. I got the strawberry pecan salad which the Wee One also loved.

We also walked down the street to a pizzeria, homemade ice cream shop, and coffee shop. I got some delicious iced coffee while the Imaginative One got some mint ice cream. Yum for both of us.

The coolest part of the island was the street signs. They were these white thick poles with the name of the streets engraved on the poles. (There is an example of these poles on the video.)

Enjoy the video of our brief time on Sullivan’s Island.


Join me next week for our last night on the beach!

Have a magical day!
Traci

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Fort Moultrie Part 2 – Day 9 Part 5

Click here and here for more information about the tour of the fort.

This video covers 1794 until the Revolutionary War era. We also walked around the park next to the fort. We were able to see Fort Sumter from the harbor which was cool.

I hope you enjoy this video.


Join me next week for a tour of Sullivan’s Island where Fort Moultrie is located.

Have a magical day!
Traci

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Fort Moultrie Tour Part 1 – Day 9 Part 4

The rain stopped while we were in the museum. So, although it was wet outside, we were able to enjoy checking out the fort.

The fort tour begins with the World War II era and continues onto the Revolutionary War era. Today’s video only covers until 1794.

Click here and here for more information about the tour of the fort.

We enjoyed walking where the cannons were located. Since they were higher than the rest of the fort, the views from the cannons was remarkable. I also loved the fact the cannons had wheels and were able to be moved around easily.

I hope you enjoy this video.


Join me next week for the remainder of the tour of Fort Moultrie and the park next to the fort.

Have a magical day!
Traci

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On the Way to Fort Moultrie and Inside the Museum – Day 9 Part 3

Since it was very rainy, we could not play on the beach. We had already decided to take the boys to Fort Moultrie. With the weather, it was the perfect day for this activity.

Fort Moultrie was the fort built during the Revolutionary Time period. When the British fired on the fort, it was half built. The fort was made from palmetto trees and was able to withstand the cannon balls. The battle was the first victory for the 13 colonies.

The fort was built and rebuilt over the course of almost 170 years. It was in use until after World War II.

We had to cross the Ravenell Bridge in the rain which was crazy.

Enjoy my video of our drive to Fort Moultrie and the museum part of the fort.


Next week, I’ll share the video of some of the fort. The rain ended up stopping while we were in the museum.

Have a magical day!
Traci