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DYLANism: the Truth about Easter ~ Busted

~~ here is an oldie but goodie that I saw in my Reader yesterday as I reread this year’s Easter Post. This post from 3 years ago was an intro for things to come…..


Easter morning went off without a hitch this year. Through a series of poor communication, that my family is getting famous for, our girls ended up with four Easter baskets each. [same this year in 2018 ugh…something has to change!!] We have enough Easter candy in our home to fill a small Dollar General!

Dylan! Where did all that candy go?

Daddy! Whah do you mmmmean I have too much cammmdie. Dis isn’t mumpch at all!

We had Easter dinner. Ate our fill and beyond. Then clean up was left to moi, a.k.a. the Easter bunny.

So while I was cleaning up Dylan decided to go back to our computer and play with her adopted-pet stuffed-dog-thingy that she got for Christmas. You adopt your stuffed toy, give it a name, and then log on the computer to find out all about it; history birthday, favorite foods and such.

She came out of my office and confronted me about 3 minute later. She walks up into my face and firmly states, “I know who the Easter bunny is!”

Before I could get out a word she says, “its YOU isn’t it? I know it is.”

Me: “ahhhh…”

Dylan: “the receipt from the Target store is laying on top of the desk and at the top of it is everything that was in my Easter basket….”

Me: “ahhh….”

Dylan: “See? Ring pop. Peeps. Peeps. Chocolate Bunny. Sweet Tarts. Jelly Beans. Its YOU! I know its you, isn’t it?”

Me: “ahhh… Mommy and I bought you some stuff we thought we knew you would like to get you an extra basket cause you and Skylar have been so good this year.”

Dylan: “I knew it. I knew it…”

Seven years old! She is so going to be out smarting me when she becomes a teenager.

…or before. I am so in trouble!

I guess we will have to have a plan for Christmas. Pay in cash? Not very likely for this Santa Clause.

Easter Bunny's credit slip

Easter Bunny’s credit slip

When was the last time you turned 10 years old?

We are in peak birthday season here in 3D.

My oldest just was spoiled, er, enjoyed her 10th birthday.

Yes double digits now!

Do you remember when….

I could still pick her up?

….and still get some air when I tossed her?

…or her getting married

Daddy, I want to get married. You don’t mind do you?

or learn to swim


Or get a new sister…

or become the first best present I ever had?

Kids ARE a gift!

Yes she is 10 now!

But I know what you are thinking…

We did not want to spoil her but treat her 10th birthday just like any other normal birthday…

…with breakfast in bed

Oh and there was the birthday party with 10 or 15 of her closest friends

It was at the trampoline place but she wanted it with a football theme..

She scored!

She soared high in her trampoline b day

Yes, jumping there in the center in the pink pants with her friends looking and falling around her.

I was kinda nervous watching her. Most of her girl friends are into gymnastics now and all of them were doing flips and cartwheels on the trampolines .

Each one would get bigger. Bigger flips. Bigger cartwheels, Bigger bounces.

Does anyone else hate the words from their kids, “Hey watch this and see what I can do?”

Remind me to tell you the story of when I tried to jump over the hammock..

Well the hours of play time were up and we herded all the sweaty happy kids to the pizzas and cakes. Mommy pointed to the ‘Thank You‘ notes that Dylan had typed up for each one of her party friends.

She said, “take a look at those.”

So I opened one up and read…


She typed these up two days earlier and printed them on the computer but nobody told her what to say.

She is a planner and an organizer like that. The over the top thank you note blew me away.

(I’m not that creative on my best day)

She has always been a’ happy kid’ since day one. And this note illustrates how thoughtful she is too. Yes every kid got this note.

Not every kid read them as i found several on the floor. But that is another story.

She had a great time.

We / they had a great time.

No bones were broken

or teeth lost.

….Another successful party then!

Happy  10th Birthday Dylan!

One down, one more party to go!

Have a great weekend everyone and a very special Easter holiday!

He has Risen!

I’ll try to do better next time knuckleheads.


Just another weekend in the life of a Charmed one….

Last Friday, as I was reading a new comment from an old friend, my wife got a text asking if Dylan would like to spend “an overnight trip on a ship” this (past) weekend?

Are you kidding me?

Here it turns out a small group of Girl Scouts from Charlotte, NC had a package plan that they paid for with their Girl Scout cookie money funds and one girl had to cancel at the 11th hour. And it was a pretty sweet deal, especially to fall on the lap of a 7-year-old out of nowhere.

The trip included dinner at CiCi’s pizza Friday night, then an Oceanography class, scavenger hunts, a trip to the local aquarium (to play Shark tag?) followed by a movie in 4D, as well as a Harbor Tour around Charleston’s harbor. All meals were paid for.


A great weekend falling on her lap from completely out of the blue!

But wait! It gets better……

It wasn’t until a few days later that I found out the ‘ship’ Dylan and the Girl Scouts were going to spend the weekend camping on was an AIRCRAFT CARRIER!

the USS Yorktown, Dylan's B&B this weekend.

the USS Yorktown, Dylan’s B&B this weekend.

Can you imagine?

They were staying aboard the USS Yorktown. And, after all the boat tours were finished on this retired giant by the paying tourists they had the place to themselves. This included running amuck all over the flight deck in the evenings and bunk beds 3 and 4 bunks high.

So we lost track of our little ‘Charmed’ one until Saturday afternoon (and some 300 pictures later on the spare phone) when we could accompany her and the small band of Girl Scouts on the Charleston Harbor Tour in the itinerary.

I enjoyed this tour a lot as it gave you views of Chucktown that we rarely get a chance to see unless we are playing tourist. I loved the views as well as the history of some of the forts. I am not sure if the girls got as much out of it as they just chased each other around the boat, whenever they were not looking for dolphins.

Remember this pic from the Charleston Postcard last week?

Castle Pinkney (left foreground housed Union prisoners) and Fort Sumter (right on the horizon guarded the harbor by the Union) , start of America's Civil War

Castle Pinkney (left foreground housed Union prisoners) and Fort Sumter (right on the horizon guarded the harbor by the Union) , start of America’s Civil War

You can barely make out the two forts I mentioned. Here is a better view of the first fort, Castle Pinkney, built circa 1790. This forgotten fort was once the look out and protection in Charleston’s harbor.

the Castle Pinkney, built circa 1790.

the Castle Pinkney, built circa 1790.

 Remember this scene from Pirates of the Caribbean?

a Pirates

 Well the Castle Pinkney was once the end to 40 or so pirates’ lives by hanging back in the day. Hung out on an island before entering Charleston as a warning to other pirates ye say?

Our tour boat then chugged us out to Fort Sumter, the Federal fort to protect Charleston in the 1800’s.

the new and improved Fort Sumter

the new and improved Fort Sumter

I heard lots of good facts about this fort, too many to bore you with list here. The fort has been reconstructed though after its bombardment in the Civil War. One little known fact however was that one of the commanders of Fort Sumter was a Col. Abner Doubleday, who later went on to create our national pastime, Baseball. And a view from the air shows you that Fort Sumter is in the octagon shape of Home Plate in baseball. Hmmmm…

We got to see Charleston from the sea then as well. Remember these houses from Postcard? Yes, that was / is the skyline that greeted travelers approaching Charleston from the sea.


…as well as our proud Cooper River Bridge today….

The new Arthur Ravenel Bridge, formerly known as the Cooper River Bridge. Get over it!

The new Arthur Ravenel Bridge, formerly known as the Cooper River Bridge. Get over it!

 Another interesting sight on our tour was this:

new Beamers off the boat

new Beamers off the boat

Charleston is third largest port on the US’s east coast; the entering port for lots of international trade. This is a parking lot full of brand new BMW’s. If you scanned the parking lot, they seem to go on indefinitely….

..and more new cars

..and more new cars

While on the water we saw other types of fun, relaxing traffic illustrating how others spend their weekends. Besides the speed boat traffic in and out of the harbor and up the bordering rivers we saw…

Sailboat traffic

Sailboat traffic…Nice!

As well as…

Sea Kayak traffic

Sea Kayak traffic

And even several pods of dolphins on a sightseeing harbor tour.

Dolphin traffic

Dolphin traffic ~ Skylar thought they were Sharks

It was a great way to get a glimpse and some colors of ‘the Lowcountry’, and an entirely enjoyable afternoon.

some of the colors of the Lowcountry

some of the colors of the Lowcountry

At the end of the tour Dylan made her way back to her aircraft carrier, while the rest of my family sought out some grub. Just coming off the water we were in the mood for some sea food. Opting for this rustic and scenic seafood restaurant, advertised by this beauty…

A cute little model to 'lore' you in

A cute little model to ‘lore’ you in

Shem Creek is a stream that flows out into the harbor and the sea. It is the home, or destination for many of the local fishing and shrimp fleets in the area. The ‘advertised’ views are nice and we had a great seafood dinner while the sun slowly set.

The sun going down on Shem Creek

The sun going down on Shem Creek

It looks almost 'frame-able' doesn't it?

It looks almost ‘frame-able’ doesn’t it?

Dylan had her aquarium trip on Sunday, complete with an educational show on Sharks. I hear it was OK.

Hoping on a Shark

Hopping on a Shark

We gathered her up, fed her, bathed her, and sent her off to nap (do you think the girls got much sleep on a rolling, empty air craft carrier without their parents?)

All in all, this ‘Charmed’ girl has had quite a summer including Disney World to radio stations and stairclimbing to aircraft carriers. It’s going to be hard to beat!

And let’s not forget about our youngest child following in Dylan’s wake.

Exploring some new things too

Exploring some new things too

She is making a splash herself this summer.

My summer? I can’t seem to get my modeling career off the ground.

Don't ask....

Don’t ask….

Have a great week everyone! I’ll try to do better next time!

What’s next?

Hey gang!

I wanted to share something that appeared in my Inbox this morning from the American Lung Association’s Event Planner, Margaret Ann Mabry:

‘Hey Andy! I hope you all are having a great week! I just looked at the stats for the Climb, and Dylan is only $15 away from $500!! I’m so impressed. Please let her know that everyone who raises $500 gets a special recognition at the Climb. I appreciate all you guys are doing! Can’t wait to see you both on Saturday.”

Margaret Ann Mabry | Development Manager

American Lung Association in South Carolina

44-A Markfield Drive | Charleston, SC 29407

Isn’t that so cool?

So I wanted to take a minute a publicly thank all our family and friends who have supported little Dylan in her fundraising efforts for the Lung Association. There have been several very very generous gifts to Dylan that have really ‘Wow’d’ us. So thank you to everyone for your kindness and love!

And $15.00 more dollars till she hits the $500 donation mark!

Can you believe that?

I have never done that. It would take me 3 years to raise that much for the ALA. She currently is the 4th highest fundraiser (follow her goal HERE or you can add to it HERE) of all the participating climbers this year. As a team, I Can Beat My Daddy is currently in 6th place, thanks largely to the love shown to Dylan.

Not bad for her first year.

And if you haven’t been following along closely, she actually did that promo spot on the local country music station,

…along with Margaret, the station DJ Garrett Doll and me. It was quite an experience and a lot of fun.

Kickin 92.5

If you are interested you can listen to it here.

But her first radio experience didn’t end there. She was given a tour of the radio station, shown how a radio station actually runs its music on air (very interesting I thought) and then given some radio swag like a Taylor Swift concert t-shirt….

ala concert tee

…and the promise to go out on the radio’s customer appreciation catamaran that Sunday.

Again, pretty cool for a little 7 year old.

What Is next for this girl?

Thanks to Garrett and Margaret Ann for getting Dylan on the air!  A few of you have suggested, with her fun smile and charm,  she would actually be better suited for TV.  Hmmmmmmm….

Wish her, I mean, us well on Saturday. And thanks again for all your generosity and the love!

YOU are awesome!

high 5


If you are interested on where all the donations go to for our Lung Association Stairclimb you can check here for the good news it brings to lung cancer suffers, clean air lovers and kids with asthma.

An Understatement

courtousy  of Beach treasures

Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it.

Mike Myers
That was a perfect quote I found last Father’s Day about being a Dad.

And if you couldn’t tell by my Valentine’s Week post, I really enjoy being a Dad to my two little, or not quite so little girls. They are so much fun and I enjoy being a kid again with them. Somehow we have developed a loving family , despite all the daily drudgeries going on. And I feel so blessed with these two gems.

Mom has instilled a love for crafts in the girls and they have really taken off with them. Skye loves to paint while the other likes to draw and create things. When this is combined with a holiday and a loving, sweet, happy child these days are priceless!

I bet I received a hand-made Valentine card almost every day for two weeks before Valentine’s holiday from my oldest daughter, Dylan. And she gets into it so much, trying to do her best to show everyone how much they mean to her.

Heaven help someone if she sees one of her cards in the trash can. She will get upset and tell you about it. I left a hand-made Valentine’s bag (present) of knick-knack snacks in front of the trash can and she questioned me about it and told me I couldn’t do that. She really made me feel bad. But in my defense, I only have so much room on the refrigerator door for these treats. Right? But .night after night she really puts her heart into each and every creation.

How can a Dad not feel good about a good happy child like that?

Want to see what I am talking about? Here are some treats from my first grader. This is the outside of one V-Day card …



 and then this was on the inside…



Kinda neat although I appear to be a doctor dressed in a green smock that day. Here is another favorite sample…

v  day card dad 001See all the detail and thought that went into the dress she was wearing? (yes that is supposed to be Dylan on the card, if you couldn’t guess) She then got a little creative with stickers on the other side of the card.

Here is another one that touched my heart a week ago….

A tribute to singing songs on the way to school in the morning. I'm so modest...

A tribute to singing songs on the way to school in the morning. I’m so modest…

 Yes it did.

Yes it did.

Yes it did.

Its taken from one of the songs we sing on the way to school that Dad occasionally ad libs on. Know what song I mean? 

But you can see the love and passion Ms. Hallmark has in making her cards. I have to guess this isn’t unusual for some kids. But is sure nice to see her be so passionate about something so nice, especially since I am often the receiver of these works of art.

We have built a very special relationship. Yea, Fatherhood’s pretty cool!

Like this….

At school Dylan’s teacher uses a ‘clip-up ‘ chart of various colors designating students’ good behaviors for the day. Last week Dylan was on the highest color 4 out of the 4 days of school. Mommy has told Dylan anytime she can get 4 ‘Purple’s in a row she can have a treat. Dylan said she wanted another “Daddy Night“.

So, on a good night to go out, Dylan and I negotiated and agreed on a restaurant to go to when I got home from work. I just asked her for a few minutes so I can put my things away and transition from work to home.

In the meantime, Dylan ran upstairs and put on her favorite Sunday dress for our dinner date (It was at the Cookout). I was flabbergasted! She put on her favorite nice dress to go out on a dinner date with here Dad…..

And then covered it up with her jean jacket to keep warm, like a lady of the south.

Dad's Night date

Dad’s Night

We had a nice time. I opened and closed the car doors for her although she confessed, “Daddy, I can do it myself“. After we got home she changed out of her fancy dress and asked if we could do her most favorite thing in the world, Wrestle!

And we did. And I won, She has yet to beat me although that doesn’t stop her from trying amongst all the tickles and tosses and body locks.


This past Friday she had two hours off from school in the morning due to the temperature being so cold (its true). I was getting ready for work as she woke up and walked in my bedroom. She asks, “Daddy,  Can I come to work with you? I don’t want our nanny to take me to school today. I would like you to. Can I come with you to work?”

I spent all of three seconds considering my options. “Of course you can Dylan. Go get dressed warm for school.”

I wouldn’t, couldn’t miss a second of my greatest thing.

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