Thursday, October 27, 2016

Life Lately

A few pictures of what has been going on ............................

We have had a busy week with doctor appointments. Rebecca went in for her annual
check up with her allergy doctor. 
Our church finished up a series about faith in the movies and Rebecca got
to meet some of her favorite movie characters.
I had the chance to visit Rachel in her computer programing class.
They had different stations to visit and each student had made a
computer program that told a story. Rachel's was about animals.
Picked Rebecca up from school with this guy in the backseat :)
A new boot camp place opened up in town and I have been
going to the morning classes. The class kicks my butt!

Rebecca saved up her money and with help from Nana she
was able to buy a Hatchimal. It is an animal that comes in an
egg and you take care of it and out hatches a bird!
She was pretty excited about it all.
I have been a little bit obsessed with Halo Top ice cream for
awhile now.  The grocery stores can't keep it in stock. I was at Kroger
the other day and was so excited to see all the ice cream! They recently
 came out with more flavors and I bought one of each :)!!
And still more soccer. I have to admit that I am ready for soccer
season to be over! Only two more games left to play!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

PDQ + The Farm + Augusta

We had a good and pretty busy weekend.  On Saturday, Rachel and Rebecca both had games. I took Rachel to tennis, watched Rebecca's soccer game and then back to get Rachel. We went home to change and then to church for the Fall Festival.  It was fun, but super windy and the girls are getting older.... I think maybe it was our last year to go.  We met my parents to see a movie and went home to go to bed!

Sunday, we went to church and then I decided we were going to go on a little Sunday afternoon car ride. I had heard about a restaurant called PDQ and I wanted to check it out. The nearest PDQ is in Evans GA ( which is just outside of Augusta, GA).I googled and found a pumpkin patch/dairy farm nearby and decided we would make a day of it.

We all agreed that the chicken was good!! It is probably a good thing
that PDQ is far away or I could go there a lot. PDQ stands for
"people dedicated to quality".
Then we drove to Steed's Dairy Farm for some fun.
Steeds used to be just a dairy farm, but over the years they have expanded and
at fall time they do the corn maze/pumpkin patch/hayride kind of thing.
It was very similar to Washington Farms, but smaller and less people.
We learned how they milk cows these days--interesting.
We all tried our luck at the corn cannon.
We briefly wandered through the corn maze. It was pretty
beat up and I am not a huge fan of the corn maze.
Trying to rope a cow. It is harder than it looks.
We took the mandatory hay ride and the girls also did a little zip line.
I made them sit still and smile for a picture :)

After the farm, I checked the map and we were about 15 minutes from Augusta.
I don't know a lot about the town, but I knew there is a river walk area, so I
decided we needed to go take a look.  We have never been to Augusta, and I
wasn't sure if we would be back, so I tried to make the most of the opportunity.
The Savannah River
Augusta has a long history. We learned it was founded in 1735 by the
British. They they used the river for transportation and trading goods.
We were able to see Saint Paul's Church. It was the first church in
Augusta and founded in 1750. The cemetery has many famous
people buried in it. Some of the gravestones had dates
from 1815 and older.
It was a good weekend and a good day!
Ready for the new week.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Girls Trip to Tennessee

Last week, the girls were out of school on Monday for Columbus Day, so we decided to take a girls only weekend and drive up to Tennessee. Last time we were in TN, the girls were so little, so it was good to be back for another visit.

We made it to Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon and decided to walk around the downtown
area by our hotel.
We wandered down by the aquarium and river front area. There are tons
of sculptures around town and lots of places to explore.
The Moon Pie store was right around the corner from our hotel, so
we had to go in and buy a pie.
Walnut Bridge-- only for people and bikes
Sunday morning I got up early to run and explore the city a little bit.
One of my favorite things to do in a new place is to get out and run,
especially early before all the people are out and about.
I ran the winding staircase. So many great places right by the river.
Sunday we started at the aquarium.
My brave girl!
Then we walked across the Walnut Bridge and had lunch.
On the other side of the bridge there are two parks and we checked them both out.
The water fountains at Coolidge Park and we rode the carousel.
We made a stop at a famous ice cream store Clumpies on the way to
the second park. The line for ice cream was long, but so worth it.
I have a friend that had told me about "cardboard sledding"
at a park in Chattanooga and I had read about it too, so I was
determined to find the sledding hill. We found the park
 and had a great time sledding. I took videos that won't work,
 so just take my word for it :).
We walked back to the hotel and the girls were ready to swim.
I was ready to rest my feet. We managed to pack a lot into the
first day.
Monday we started at Ruby Falls. It is a water fall that is
inside of a cavern. We took an elevator down and then walked quite
a while and finally saw the waterfall.
The girls and I climbed to the top of the tower and took in the
view of Chattanooga.
Next was Rock City!
At Rock City we followed lots of trails.
We wanted to climb to the top and see the view. From the top,
you are able to see seven states all at once.
Lovers Leap and waterfall.
Rainbow Walk. Rock City was an interesting place to visit and
then it was time to go home!
It was a great weekend with the girls.