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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Vacation Day One

It's hard to believe we left almost a week ago, and this is the first I'm blogging about it.  And I really should be in bed, so this will have to be short....

We left our home in hot, sunny FL Tuesday evening about 8:30PM.  I drove until about 1:30 when both the car and I were running out of gas :-).  The Hubs took over, and he drove while I snoozed in short intervals until about 7:30AM when I resumed driving again.  We got to our destination, Gettysburg PA, about 11AM.  We went to the visitors center, took potty breaks, and decided that lunch was the first thing on the agenda.  We eat at the Appalachian Brewing Company, and it was YUMMY.  Oh, MY.  I could be as big as a barn if I lived closer. 

With lunch out of the way, we began our driving tour of Gettysburg which I had purchased in advance for about $17 new including expedited shipping.  That's a great deal, because it sells for $30 new there.  It's well done, if a little tedious for Sari, but with all the starts and stops, we only got a little more than half way done before it was time to go check in at our hotel and find dinner.  I scored a great deal on our hotel with a special internet rate which made it cheaper than a cottage at the local camp ground!  And it included breakfast for free and had a (small) pool that TJ and Sari took advantage of before dinner.  I watched them at the pool, but then I was EXHAUSTED and made them get out so we could go to the room and eat.  I begged the Hubs to go fetch Subway (which he did), and after that I swear I fell asleep sitting up.  I know it's true because I woke to that all-too-familiar head-jerking thing going on.  I did rally thanks to my after dinner nap for a trip to Brewster's for ice cream since it was right down the road.  After that, we needed no encouragement to go to bed! 

Here are a few pics from our Gettysburg tour:

 The view from Little Round Top is great, and really gives you an appreciation for the terrain.

One of the many monuments, this one for soldiers from NC

 This is the view from Devil's Den looking back up toward Little Round Top. 

Sari at Devil's Den.  Right after this, she almost slipped off the rocks (note the NOT-for hiking footwear) and grabbed my shorts to save herself.  Great, except my shorts had an elastic waist.  And the rocks behind me were COVERED with a teen aged youth group just sitting around waiting on someone to tell them when to get back on the bus.  And half of them were looking our way. And in falling Sari managed to pull down my shorts in the back and show my undies to all of was special ;-)

Edited to add-that night, Mimi asked me to come into the bathroom with remove a large tick from her lower body...I mention it because critters are going to be a vacation theme this year, just wait and see.
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy Birthday to my "Large Boy"

Today the child who made me a Mamma turns 14.  To be honest, there have been times this past year that it was so bad, that it was only by the grace of God that he has lived to see this birthday!  I love him dearly, but the repercussions surrounding his failure to grow in the womb have caused a myriad of issues with him and this year has been especially hard with teenage hormone changes adding to the mix.  But he's in his element up here, and he's been having a great time.  He always loves spending his birthday with family surrounded by people who all love him and wish him well- even if they do demand hard work of him too.  So happy birthday to my 5' almost 9" "large boy"!

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I'm still alive!

Okay, I'm on the road, and so I actually have a spare second to do a little catch-up.  If you'll recall, my oh-so-silent-lately blog was featuring the sound of crickets chirping because I had shot a wedding, and was knee deep in photo editing.  Well, that's done, I delivered the photo disks and they even gave me a tip (I shot the wedding for free because I'd never done a wedding before and so it was a portfolio builder for me and a big steeping out in faith moment for them to use me).  Almost everything went fine-one glitch with a camera setting that overexposed several shots, but other than that, I'm happy and I think they are too.

As soon as I was done with that, I turned my attention to my house-specifically the girls' bedroom and my bedroom.  See, the hubs promised to switch our bedrooms (we live in an old house and there's no "master" and definitely no "master bath", but if we switch then someday we can knock through the wall where the linen closet is and MAKE a master bath) while the kids and I are driving back from vacation. The problem?  Well, the girls' bedroom is always a mess despite me having spent at least a week of my life since January (spread out over several spurts) cleaning it up.  And our room?  Well, let's just say I was too embarrassed to even take a "before" picture.  It was RINGED with bags of clothes that some child had outgrown, or things that friends had given us for some child to grow into, and then to compound that was a lot of homeschool stuff that had migrated in but never out, and my Bible study resources, and clean laundry, and dirty was BAD!.  So I spent at least a week and a half cleaning them up.  And PURGING!  I took 6 large garbage bags of clothes to Goodwill.  One large bag of outgrown shoes, one bag of toys, and several odds and ends.  It was cathartic.  Hopefully the rewards will be on several fronts.  Tons of stuff just gone, my annual sorting of the outgrown clothes (almost) done (I still have to box up the things for TJ to grow into), and clean rooms for my husband to begin working in.  Paint colors are even picked, and the general plan is for him to pull all the furniture out of both of them, paint, rip out the carpet, and then put it all back in it's new home.  All while we are on the road.  Pray for him!

The rest of my time was spend packing, and all the other little things that you have to do to get out of town-holding the mail, making sure prescriptions are filled, getting books on CD from the library, etc.  Hence the continuing crickets chirping here at One Blessed Mamma.  BUT, I have internet, I'm on the road, and I'll post later about our trip...gotta go eat and start our day right now!
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