Monday, 20 January 2014

Sebastians 3rd birthday implosion and Cowpens.....

Today is Sebastian's 3rd birthday.  The boys have been very good about it.  Just goes to show how much their relationships have changed in the last six months or so.  Seb did well, he loves the box of wooden track, his scooter and his new car garage.  

Here is Seb with his garage and wooden track, just before we got dressed to go out for the day.

Amazingly we left the house before 9am on a Sunday!! We had word of a scheduled building implosion in Greenville.  We have never seen one of these in the flesh before, so we could not miss the opportunity.  We gave the boys a quick snack and headed out the door with directions in the sat nav.  We didn't really need them.  As we got nearer we started seeing people on the bridges in town.  Scott Towers has been home to low income seniors for decades.  Recently some significant structural problems with the building were discovered, so it was decided to bring it down.  We arrived at a junction off Church Street, where people were gathering.  It was hard not to miss the 14 story building against the line of low level housing surrounding it.  We parked up, and walked to a better vantage point.

We heard a series of explosions, and seconds later, the building began to fall

The building came down in about 14 seconds.  I am going to try and upload the video of it, Isaac's commentry is just too cute. In fact, here it is  They were plenty of people watching, the last time a building was imploded in Greenville was in 1997.  Not sure we will ever see another of these in the flesh, it was so worth leaving the house early.

This gave us the opportunity to try and eat at IHOP.  We normally try and go between 10.30-11.30, and it has always been too busy before.  Not today.  We got there about 10, and managed to get a parking space, despite how busy it was.  We walked in, Paul gave our name at the door, and we only had to wait 10 minutes for a table.  It was well worth the wait.....  Everyone (except Isaac) cleared their plates.  While we were eating, we were toying with what to do with the rest of the beautiful day.  I had read somewhere that it was the 233rd anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens.  We looked it up and discovered they had lots of things happening.  So we jumped in the car and headed up the interstate.

45 minutes later, we arrived at Cowpens National Battlefield.  We parked up and headed towards the visitor centre, past the memorial.  There were people dressed in clothing from the time of the revolutionary war.  We were lucky enough to arrive in time for a guided tour.  It was absolutely fascinating, and was one of the decisive battles in the South.  This was such a good guided tour, and we learnt much about the battle.  We were on the tour for about an hour, double the time the actual battle took place! If you want more info, please check out the link here.

There were people of all ages participating in reenacting the battle, and the lives of the people who played a part.  Once the tour was over, a couple of young lads invited us to see the cavalry horses, all kitted up I the gear they would have carried at the battle

This was not exactly the boys idea of fun, but they were very good.  They didn't really listen, but I think they enjoyed seeing the people all dressed up and the tents that were set up as the camps.  It was such a beautiful day, and so lovely to be outside

We drove home, with Seb having a sleep on the way.  He then skyped with various grandparents, so they could see him open his presents.  Thanks guys, he loves all of them (apart from the remote control car thing mum, seems to freak him out!!!!)

The boys had dinner (Paul and I were still full from breakfast!), and we sung happy birthday to Sebastian, and he attempted to blow out his candle.  He did a fairly good job, with a bit of help and encouragement. He looks scared of it here, but honestly, he loved it.

See, here he is tucking in!

I think he had a good day.  He has certainly gone to bed happy.......

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