seriously.. over Thanksgiving we took a trip with the express purpose to see my Grandparents in Florida.. WOW.. we had a wonderful time.. here are a few super quick things from our trip..
dropping our pup, Sparkles, off at her Puppy Hotel (Indian Hills on Maize)..
oh my gosh.. it was the saddest time ever.. well, emily was like, OKAY.. let’s GO!!!
I can not tell you how great this place was – I called and checked on her, they sent me emails.. like this..
two hours in to our drive, we had stopped at SIX restrooms.. SIX.. and we were taking 400 across Kansas, through MO – and there are not a lot of larger towns to stop at super nice bathrooms… example..
yeah.. we went through a few wipes after that stop.. but ya know, that was one of the cleanest. first night we made it a bit outside of Nashville, TN and stayed with some friends..
back in the car.. took a short drive after our visit with our friends.. we stayed next in Macon, GA.. here are the kids snoozing waiting for Tom to check in to the hotel..
on down to South Georgia – we found some boiled peanuts.. i LOVE them, the children.. not fans.. these were gas station variety.. NOT the proper road side..
we were able to stop and see Tom’s newest niece – Riley – I think she was like 5 days old..
stayed with tom’s parents for a couple days – went wakeboarding, chopped down a tree..
stopped in at my Brother’s house in Savannah on Thanksgiving and had a great visit with them
We got to my grandparents house.. had a wonderful few days visit.. Kids went to Legoland.. then we started our trip back..
stopped in Augusta, GA and stayed with more awesome friends.. got to see Aunt Connie…. go to Rhineharts..
here are our kiddos together.. love them.. good times.
also got to see an old friend I’ve not seen in 15 years – is that right? Buddy – and meet his family and wonderful wife I’ve become good friends with thanks to facebook..
as we were leaving Augusta, headed East on I-20 – we went to Hopeland’s Gardens – where tom and I had our wedding ceremony almost 10 years ago.. tried to get some sweet images, but when your kids have been on the road 10+ day, there is not much sweet left..
then we headed to Charleston for a few days.. again called friends we have not seen in about 7 years and met them for an impromptu dinner.. went to Middleton Plantation.. it was wonderful.. goregous.. amazing.. and they were so kid friendly
and another from Middleton
gosh.. i tell you – Spanish Moss just makes me calm..
we stopped and had dinner in Columbia, SC with tom’s aunt and uncle.. LOVE them.. then on to Atlanta for the night.. wonderful hotel.. Chick-fil-a for breakfast AGAIN.
stop for the night again outside of Nashville.. and then HOME!!!!
TWO weeks to the day!!!
Sparkles was soooo happy to see the kids!
1. abby,pointing to a vending thing in a restroom, “mom, what is a ‘con-dom’? … me very unthankful for her new reading skills.. “um.. well, uh.. it’s a PERFUM, see” and I pointed to the machine next to that one and it had perfume in it.. THANKFUL that cooper was in there too and said, yep abby – that is a perfume machine.. … I know, I KNOW.. I will have to undo this, but a restroom in rural Tennessee was not the place….
2. another restroom, emily in a stall for a bit to long.. I notice her flip flops fell to the floor.. I say, “emily are you okay?” em replies, “yep, just getting my poop out” .. and yes, there are 3 people waiting at this point..
3. yet another.. emily again repeating story number 2 above.. me, “emily are you okay?”… emily, “yeup.. finishing up”.. okay.. then a minute later.. me.. “okay, em?” Em, “yeup, just getting dressed”… Noooooooooo..