the wonderful colors of the leaves and.......the beach!!!!!
Yep, you heard that right, the beach! It's been a tradition for about 6 years to head to St. Simons Island in the Fall with John's parents. We continued the tradition again for 2012 and had a blast, as usual!
John and the kids bought a new toy while we were there, a casting net, and it kept them busy for hours!
Lily Clare enjoyed scooping the dropped fish off of the sand and putting them back into the tide pool.
Three shrimp were caught and John promised Sam that they could cook them and eat them....ta-da!!!
On our way off of the island and headed home, we took a little detour and visited Fort Frederica. It's the fort where the British settled and fought the Spanish to eventually start the British colony of Georgia.
I'm in love with Spanish moss!!!!
Family fun at the fort!
A little brother / sister love on the tour!
After our tour, we hit the road and headed back to Alpharetta. Such a neat drive between SSI and our house! We take back roads and drive through so many quaint, little towns. I am always wanting to stop in these little towns and visit and take pictures and John is always racing the clock and trying to set the new record for our commute! Well, believe it or not, I got him to stop twice for me!!! Yep, felt like I won the lottery!!! He pulled over for this:
I love the apiary building!!! Do you know what that is?!?!? An "apiary" is where beehives of honey bees are kept. This is in the town of Gardi, GA and fronts the railroad track. It's estimated to have been built in the early 1900's and was originally a general store before it was used for the apiary.
The cotton fields...well, they are just a perfect Southern sight! The kids had never really paid attention to the surroundings (that's what happens when you have a DVD player in the car) and when we pulled over and they stared at the white puffs...they were amazed. I grabbed a couple of pieces and the amazement doubled! Such a different sight from what we see on a daily basis!
What a great trip and even better to stop and smell the roses, er cotton, along the way!
O-N-S-I-B-L-E.....sock it to me, sock it to me, etc. Well, that's not exactly the song that Aretha belted out years ago, but it's the song that we're singing in this house! Do you recall this blog post? Guess what??? Lily Clare was recognized as a Responsible First Grader this month!!! We are so proud!
And look at all of this swag!
A free meal at Shane's Rib Shack, 2 free meals at Chili's, a free round of mini golf, book marks and a pencil!
Way to go sweet girl!!! We love your responsible little self!!!!
I don't have a favorite season, because I love something about each one of them. But there is something special about those first few mornings of Fall when you walk outside and you are surprised by the cool temperatures. The humid air is gone and you have to run back in for a jacket to keep you warm! I do love that!
I do love getting out the Fall decorations, having a fire in the outdoor fireplace and pulling out the boots and sweaters! I do love to watch the chameleon-like leaves changing from the summery green to the oranges, golds and brown of the new season! I do love to pull out my chili and soup recipes! Yep, lots to love about Autumn!
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot If only I could fly~ Laurie
Wow, a month since my last blog???? I wish I could say that I had been hanging out here:
or doing something like this:
But the unfancy truth is that I'm a:
I have two kiddos that want to be involved in every after-school activity (I'm thankful to have outgoing kids!) and I kinda have a problem with walking past a volunteer sign-up sheet and ignoring it. For some reason, I always pick up the pen and write my name. (I'm grateful to be able to stay home and do these things!) So, not complaining about it...it's just a fact. And by the time 9:30ish comes around and I can finally sit down, my brain is a bit too fried to blog! So, as I sit here next to my sweet, little feverish Lily Clare (woke up with a yucky fever), I finally have some time to catch up.
September brought us birthdays for Lily, Chandler and Nana. We celebrated all of their special days a little early while we were in Alabama for Labor Day.
Our Webelos Scout is on duty for popcorn sales!
We were amazed by the "blue moon".
I had an incredible "girls weekend" at the cabin. Who would have thought that we'd able to get nine women together for a road trip on the first try! A big shout out to all of the guys for playing Mr. Mom for the weekend. As we were all sitting around the dinner table, we realized that we had left almost an entire neighborhood mom-less! But no catastrophes occurred!
We didn't take hardly any pictures. But of course, one of us eating!
I took everyone "back in the woods" and we had a great hike to the Chattooga River!
I am so blessed to have these girls in my life! A drama-free weekend filled with so much laughter! (Oh, and lots of food!)