On Tuesday afternoon, Hubby and I decided to go see the Morris Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse is located to the east of Folly Beach. It is dangerous to actually go on the island where the lighthouse is located. However you can get a great view of the lighthouse from the beach on the far east side of Folly Beach.
Today’s the last post about Monday of our trip. After dinner on that Monday evening, we went back to the same place we saw the sunset on Sunday.
It was another gorgeous sunset. Afterwards, we headed back down to downtown Folly for some shaved ice. Yummy!
While we were in downtown Folly, I checked my Facebook. I found out one of my students from my first few years of teaching was going to be a father. What a memory from our trip.
Once again, I’m going to share it via a slideshow.
Join me next week for the Tuesday of our trip. It was a beach day for us. However, I walked down the beach early in the morning, met up with Hubby for an early breakfast date, and visited the Morris Island Lighthouse. We also went back to see the sunset which was once again gorgeous. So there will be several blog posts highlighting our beach day.
After we were finished with the Aquarium, we decided to visit downtown Charleston. We found out that in certain areas you can park for free. Okay, you have only an hour to be parked there. But not paying anything to park is great.
After going to the Middle Falls, we went to the Vistor’s Center. I finally found Hubby’s souvenir from my trip. I found a magnetic that is a piece of wood from one of the trees in the park with the words Letchworth State Park etched into the magnetic. So cool!
Thanksgiving 2017 was totally different than Thanksgiving 2016. Last year, we were in Disney. This year we were at home.
We started the day by sleeping in. Both boys slept in which is typical for the Wee One but not the Imaginative One. He must be going through a growth spurt because he complained about being tired even after sleeping in longer than normal.
After watching the Macy’s Day parade, we cleaned a little bit before heading to the Senior Center to help serve food. I wanted to help but they told the adults to stand on the side and have a drink while waiting on the boys.
The boys helped clear tables and serve some of the seniors. Then they helped clean off the tables. I helped with moving the centerpieces off the tables so they could be put away.
While we were there, we were allowed to have some food which was very generous of them. So I ended up with TWO Thanksgiving meals.
Here are some photos of our time at the senior center:
After we were finished with at the Senior Center, we went home, finished cleaning, and cooked the meal.
The Wee One and the Imaginative One helped get some of the food ready. The Wee One set up the table.
After the table was set, the boys decided to watch Moana because we had watched it exactly the year before at Disney Springs. The Wee One knew a lot of the lines of the movie.
I had gotten the plates and bowls at the Dollar Tree. They were made in Canada not China so the dollar a plate is a good deal. Both the Wee One and the Imaginative One are notorious for breaking plates, bowls, etc. . . so it is a good idea to have $1 plates and bowls.
I woke up early on Monday morning so I decided to walk on the beach. The problem is I was still wearing my pj’s. Not many people are up at that time so it really did not matter what I was wearing as long as I was decent.
There is not much to say about these photos because they will speak for themselves. The sunrise was gorgeous.
When I got back up to the house, my family was beginning to get up for the day. Hubby and my niece were outside. In fact, Hubby decided to take a dip in the ocean before breakfast.
My niece took photos of me in my pj’s with Hubby in the background.
When I got back to the house, the sun was completely up and was absolutely beautiful.
Join next Saturday for photos of the South Carolina Aquarium.
While we were in Geneva, New York, the volunteer/ worker at the tourist information suggested Seneca Falls. It was about 20 minutes east of where we were at that moment. Molly had never been there before so we decided to take her advice.
She actually gave us two pieces of great advice. Seneca Falls and Char Burrito Bar.
This is the second part of my series about tips for non park Disney trip. I’m not planning to write anymore unless, it is highly requested for other ideas.
When you get to the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC), you have 3 options. Take a monorail to EPCOT, take a monorail to the Magic Kingdom and monorail resorts, or take a ferry to the Magic Kingdom.
If you decide to take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom and monorail resorts, make sure you are getting on the right monorail. There will be plenty of signs.
The first stop on the monorail after the TTC is the Polynesian. Here are my tips about the Polynesian.
Go down to the check in area. Ask for a lei. They will give you a lei.
Head to Captain Cook’s, the quick service restaurant on the first floor of the Polynesian. If it breakfast time, Hubby’s suggestion is that you get Tonga Toast. My suggestion for lunch / dinner time is the Hawaiian flatbread. Yum!
After you order, they’ll give you a pager type thing. One of the quick service hostesses will bring your food to you so head outside to eat your treat.
Head to the Pineapple Lanai for Dole Whip. The Dole Whip float is delicious!
Check out the decor of the resort.
Take a walk on the beach. Swing on the swings on the beach.
The Grand Floridian There are 3 ways to get to the Grand Floridian from the Polynesian.
Walk on the beach – There is a pathway. I highly suggest this way because you will walk past the Wedding Pavilion.
Take a ferry.
Ride on the monorail.
Enjoy the decor. There is so much to see while you are in the Grand Floridian.
Head over to the Disney Vacation Club building to see the Mary Poppins fountain. Ask a cast member to direct you to the DVC building. It’s a must see.
Listen to the Big Band. There music is fantastic.
If it is Christmas time, the gingerbread house is a must see.
Go outside the front doors. If Richard the door greeter is there, take a photo with him. He is a legend at the Grand Floridian.
The Magic Kingdom Entrance area There are 3 ways to get to the Magic Kingdom Entrance area.
Follow the path – We did not do that.
Take a ferry.
Ride on the monorail.
You cannot get past security, etc. . . unless you have a ticket so there is not much to do there. You can try to get a photo of the entrance area. If it decorated for Christmas, take photos of the tree.
The Contemporary You can either walk to the Contemporary or ride the monorail to the Contemporary. My suggestion is walk because you will get to see Space Mountain as you are walking to the Contemporary. It’s totally different walking up to the Contemporary instead of riding the monorail.
Once you get there, there is a coffee stand on the first floor. The smoothies they sell there are delicious!
Head to the fourth floor. Chef Mickey’s is there and other shopping. Head to the balcony. You will be under the monorail. It is cool to stand there while the monorail is going over your head.
While you are at the balcony, cross the bridge to Bay Tower. You will get a wonderful view of Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon. So totally worth it.
Go up to the highest non Disney Vacation Club floor. Look down onto the fourth floor and the fifth floor where the monorail station is. So neat.
Head back to the first floor. Go outside to find the Mickey Statue. It is a perfect photo opportunity.
Ticket and Transportation Center Ride back to the Ticket and Transportation Center on the monorail.
This weekend, I took the Wee One to the Second Street Market. They were having a free pumpkin decorating event. Since he is 12 years old, I decided to take him because it would probably be the last time he would be able to do the decorating. He did not want to go at first but then ended up having a blast creating Jeff, his pumpkin.
They had feathers, stickers, pom poms, rolling eyes, and pipe cleaners to use to decorate your pumpkin. You could use a nail to help poke holes in your pumpkin so you could add the feathers and pipe cleaners. Since the Wee One is older than most of the children, I allowed him to safely poke holes in his pumpkin. He had a blast doing that.
The final product – Jeff the pumpkin
There is one vendor we go to whenever we are at the Market. They have the best granola and jams. The Wee One enjoys picking out a jam or jelly while I get my favorite granola.
Another vendor at the market sells hand crafted Popsicle. The Wee One enjoys squeezing Wilbur the pig. He was not going to get a Popsicle at first but then changed his mind when he saw the cookies and cream one. I got the apple cider flavored one. It was fantastic.
Some of the other things we saw while we were at the market.
The Wee One had fun when we were at one of the veggie vendors had beets and turnips. He told the Wee One to turnip the beet. The Wee One responded by picking up some of the beets and gently dropping them. He told the vendor “Drop the beet” in which the vendor laughed. Such a good memory.
After we were done at the market, we ran some errands. While we were at Walmart, we saw this Mickey and Minnie display.
A co-worker gave me the big pumpkin on Friday afternoon. Check out the size difference between Jeff and the Big Pumpkin.
Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.
I mentioned the Hunley when I did the book review for The Girl on Legare Street written by Karen White. I shared a few of these photo collages in that post.
You can only visit the museum where they are restoring the Hunley on the weekends. So that’s where we went on Sunday afternoon.
Have you heard about the Hunley? It was a Confederate submarine that sunk an Union ship during the Civil War. After it sunk the Union ship, it disappeared.
No one knows what caused the Hunley to sink and disappear.
In 1995, it was finally found.
The Hunley was not brought to the surface until August 2000. All of the men were found perfectly preserved.
In 2004, they buried the men in Magnolia Cemetery. (Sidenote: My mother-in-law’s grandparents are buried in the same cemetery.)
They are currently trying to remove all of build up on the Hunley.
And they still don’t know what caused the submarine to sink. Here is a link to the possible theories.
I got to visit the Hunley in December 2000 when I went with my in-laws to Charleston. You could not actually see the Hunley just a model of the submarine.
I would highly suggest going to see the Hunley if you are in Charleston. It does cost money to go into the museum. Just be aware of that.
I’m going to be taking a break on this blog series until the first Saturday in November. In October, I’m going to be sharing 31 days of gluten free foods so the entire month will be dedicated to just recipes.
When I return in November, I’ll be sharing photos from Sunday evening.
If you roll over the photos, there will be a caption.
6:00-7:10 Getting ready for work
My dog thinks I speak whiny dog.
Mixed Butter and Apple Cider Jam Sammie
The apple that ended up being left at home
Mixed berry green smoothie
7:15 – 7:45 Commute to work
Sky heading out of my neighborhood
Boys heading to their bus stop.
More coffee and my smoothie
My book on tape
Sky at work
7:45 – 3:45 Work. No photos will be taken of students.
My day consists of planning time, breakfast club, inclusion, lunch duty, and dismissal duty.
Breakfast club is when I pull students for intervention during their breakfast time. Two of my students thrive on breakfast club.
My room needs straightened up.
View from my window
Getting ready for Breakfast Club
My classroom on wheels! – LOL!
Planning with coffee and water
3:45 to 4:30 – Commute home
Music for the ride home
Music for the ride home
Why is it 86 degrees? Tomorrow it’s supposed to be in the 60s.
Mom, what’s for dinner? Greeting me at the car door.
4:30 – 6:30 – Dinner and Relaxing
Dinner – Homemade chicken nuggets, French fries, pickles, and celery
Planning out my Write 31
I cleared 11 boards!
6:30 – 9:10 – Taking the Imaginative One to an evening activity – The Wee One was with his grandma.
Made a quick stop at Aldi
Next up was Rite Aid
Look at the healthish junk food at Rite Aid
The County Courthouse at dusk
I need my Dole Whip
Today’s Polar Water
Coloring (Not all of that was done tonight.)
Waiting on his shake
My basket of fun
9:10 And so the adventure is over . . . Tomorrow is a new day!
Now onto my PSA for the night. As we were driving home from the next town over, it was pitch black. Luckily I had on my brights because there were two people walking along side/on the road. They were walking on my side of the road with their backs to me. One was wearing a black shirt. If I had not had my brights on, I would not have seen them. Please be careful when walking at night.