Saturday, January 5, 2008

Vacation Is Almost Over...Boo Hoo!

As usual, time flies when your having fun. Tomorrow we will be leaving our little oceanfront paradise do drive back to Tennessee. We have had such a good trip, getting to spend time with family. We are not looking forward to leaving, but Kaylea and I are anxious to get home to Daddy and Angel. If they were here with us we could just stay forever.

Yesterday, we took a day trip to Charleston. While we were there, we went on a tour of Fort Sumter. Kaylea was interested in the old structure; however, I did have to explain to her, on her level, the importance of the Fort. Since it was the site of the first battle of the Civil War, I also had to explain to her the purpose of the Civil War and its importance in US history. Hopefully, she learned something on the tour and will be able to go back and share her discovery with her classmates.

After the tour we went to lunch and then walked through the outdoor market. Kaylea found a beautiful handmade Russian Matryoshka Doll that she fell in love with. She decided that she wanted the doll as her souvenir from the trip. It is truly gorgeous! If you are unfamiliar with the Matryoshka Doll, it is a hand carved and hand painted nesting doll. When you open the outer doll, there is a smaller doll inside and so on and so on. Normally, there are five or six dolls that nest inside one another. The doll that Kaylea found has ten dolls that nest. The smallest is about the size of a peppercorn. This will be a collectible for her to treasure for many years.

Today, we stayed on the island and went out to Salty Dog for lunch. Then, of course, we had to do a little shopping. We can't take a vacation without some type of shopping going on. Upon returning to the condo, we walked down to the beach to look for shells and draw in the sand.

Though we have missed Bub/Daddy terribly bad; it has been nice for Kaylea and me to have a little bit of Mommy/Daughter time. She has been such a good girl and I am so proud of her. She can really be a pickle at times; but moreover, she is a very kind, caring and loving child. I treasure each moment with her, the good and the picklish ones.

Good-bye vacation! We will see you again in a few months.