4.28.2011

Visit with Andersens

A couple of weeks ago Topher's family came to visit us. We had a very busy, fun filled week! Curtis found a 10k that is a pretty big deal here in Charleston, it's called the Cooper River Bridge Run. It literally has 40,000 runners and walkers and is the single largest 1 day event in all of Charleston. It starts in Mt. Pleasant, runs across the 2 mile Ravenel Bridge and ends going through historic Downtown Charleston. He signed us all up for it too! Which is funny seeing as how really only Topher and Anni are runners. But, you give this family a challenge and it will meet it. So, Venice, Curtis and Meg all got to training, (me, not so much) and we all managed to run it start to finish, (again, me not so much. I did have a stroller...and am in no shape at all). It was so neat to run and to be in that super charged atmosphere. Everyone was so friendly and you could just tell that everyone was running with their own personal motivations, and it just made it feel like you were doing something really worthwhile. The weather was great, the views were beautiful and the energy was just really neat.To reward everyone for their efforts Curtis and Venice got us all a beachfront hotel room on Isle of Palms. The plan was to just play at the beach for 3 days...but after everyone got sunburned on Day 1, people weren't quite as eager Day 2 or 3. Not to mention Curtis was bored by the late afternoon Day 1. Ha!! I guess it also posed a problem that on the morning of Day 2 we woke up to an absolute down pour. Not really the best beach weather. But, for the first day at the beach we really had a blast. Topher and his sisters skim boarded and boogie boarded. We built a sand castle...sorta. Made Gracey and Meg Mermaid tails. We had a lot of fun.So when there was the rotten weather we instead went to the Aquarium and played downtown. We also went to the U.S.S. Yorktown over on Mt. Pleasant and while they were here we enjoyed some awesome food! We went to a place called Hominy Grill where their slogan is "Grits are Good for ya!". The atmosphere, food and service were all awesome! I had fried green tomatoes, shrimp bignets, fried okra, deep fried cheese grits and shrimp bog!! What a southern feast eh?! So yummy though. We also went to, what in my mind, was the equivalent of a Southern Baptist Church Picnic type restaurant. The decor was ceramic pigs and the tables were of the picnic variety. We had styrofoam plates and there was an entire lunch cart just for coleslaw and pickles. :) Again, so so fun.

All together the trip was a huge success, and we all had a lot of fun. Come again soon Andersen family!
After Topher's family left we had a grand total of 4 days before our next set of visitors! My Dad and his wife and daughter came to visit us next. I will post about that next. But in the meantime, thanks for checking in on us!

6 comments:

Sierra & Ryan said...

Thanks for the update! Have you guys had any scares with the tornados?

Mythreesons said...

That food doesn't sound good at all! I do not think I would do well with Southern food, but maybe you can change my mind when I come visit. Is it funny that the food stuff was the most interesting part to me? I'm glad you guys are having such fun adventures out there!

princess jen said...

I think the food sounds fabulous! I love chicken bog and so shrimp bog sounds yummy to me :) I think I'm most jealous of the beach though... especially since it SNOWED this morning. Miss you to pieces!!!

Super Daysh said...

You guys manage to keep quite busy! I'm glad you had such a good visit with Topher's family. And way to go you for running the race with little Gracey! I'm just jealous that you have a beach, let alone beach weather to enjoy- but secretly- I'm glad you got rained out (because I get snow!).

Liz said...

That looks so fun! Josh misses the South so much. He says people are the nicest. I'm not sure I could handle the food... ;)

kristen said...

Charlston looks amazing. I hope we can come see you and all the beautiful sights some day. Will we see you this summer?