Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Our Trip to Charleston, South Carolina!

We had the pleasure of spending 5 days in Charleston, South Carolina. Sonia had a nurse anesthesia conference, which was paid for, so it was a somewhat cheap vacation. Noah still flies for free so we have to take advantage of that until he is age 2 or older! Carle Hospital paid for Sonia's flight, hotel room, and tuition for the conference. So the only things we had to pay for was my flight, food, and a rental car. Above is a photo of our rental car...I mean a mini SUV! We got a free upgrade, we were supposed to get a midsize car, but they did not have one so they gave us this Hyundai Santa Fe with XM satellite radio! Not a bad vehicle! We had a great time in Charleston, we would love to go back and visit again! Enjoy the photos we took during our time there!

A sidewalk in front of the Edmonston-Alston House in Charleston.

The Market in Charleston.

This is the barn where we met for the carriage ride. It was located near The Market.

Along the streets of Charleston during our carriage ride. It was such a beautiful day that Saturday, about 70 degrees and sunny! Sorry to those of you who had to endure so much snow and cold temperatures!

We walked along Battery Street and came to a nice park. Noah was getting bored in the stroller, so we decided to sit on the grass and play. This was a gorgeous day full of fun activities, including a carriage ride, tour of Edmonston-Alston House, and a walk along the river. This was the best weather we had during our time in Charleston.

We went on a tour of the Edmonston-Alston House, a beautiful, historic house located on East Battery St. in Charleston. This photo was taken accross the street along the river on the walkway.

Sonia and Noah on the porch of the Edmonston-Alston House on East Battery Street in Charleston.

The architecture of the private homes in Charleston that we saw was unique and beautiful. Here is a private home we saw during our carriage ride.

Sonia and Noah checking out the horse during our visit Sunday (our next to last day) to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, located about 14 miles south of Charleston.

A photo taken during the Swamp Tour at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. If you look closely, you can see a couple of aligators looking for dinner! YIKES!!

Sonia and Noah posing near a statue of a frog near the entrance of the South Carolina Acquarium in Charleston. This was a rainy day so we decided to stay indoors! Noah looks excited doesn't he?

Here is a photo of a beautiful church we saw in Charleston.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

House Shopping!

Sonia and I are currently renting a house. We plan on buying a house sometime this summer, probably end of June or early July. We have been looking on the Internet as well as attending open houses and such on the weekends. It's a great time to buy with the low interest rates and dropping house prices, however, it's sort of overwhelming because there are so many houses for sale!

We have narrowed the searches for a house in the following towns/cities: Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, and Mahomet. Depending on who you ask, any of these are good places to live with decent schools. There are many houses for sale in Champaign, Savoy, and Mahomet, not so much in Urbana, where we'd like to look at more houses. This would be closer to church and to Sonia's workplace.

Anyway, it had been quite some time since I posted a blog, so I thought I would post one. I have been busy running dad's group, caring for Noah, traveling to Iowa, taking 3 college online courses, etc. etc.! I am very busy, so that is my excuse...for now!