Waycross, GA. or as I like to refer to our little trip as Waaaaaaaay-‘cross Georgia..
School is upon us and we can no longer deny the fact that the lazy days of summer are crashing to a close. The kids will be grudgingly turning in sooner, waking earlier and submitting to whatever form of homework their teachers proffer (while Hubby and I pray we can keep up and help them if needed–mostly we just stay out-of-the-way!). With the addition of cheer and soccer (which I’ve mentioned a zillion times already) as well as band commitments, I realized my traveling-for-fun weekends are done. So, I decided to take a “quick” 8 hour road trip up to spend time with my girlfriend in Atlanta. Her Hubby was traveling for work and her boys were on a school retreat, so the girls and I made the trek for a super-quick all-girls Road trip. Let’s just say, I’ve cured myself for a bit. I’m not as young as I used to be, but I can definitely say…..it was well worth the effort!
A visual “Quick Takes” of our road trip and the you can check in with Jen @ Conversion Diary and LOTS of other people, too! Enjoy!!
Our sassy girl found a little mailbox that reminded her of our cat during our little exploration of Roswell’s “Alive after Five” event in historic downtown Roswell. Tons to do and see and eat (if you want to wait an hour….)
Bulloch Hall. A pic for my Hubby who is a big Teddy Roosevelt fan….so this will do until he can see the childhood plantation home of President Roosevelt’s mum!
A pic for my meat and sausage and BACON loving boy! Provisions…quite the happenin’ spot as we picked up some sausage for my girlfriend’s lasagna the next day…sadly it was forgotten in the trunk until the next day! OOPS!
The girls enjoyed the burlap chairs and couches @ Provisions (a super quaint and old-timey spot) as well as great people watching and super tempting delicacies all around…dinner was CALLING!
The. BEST. Part of the evening (for the girls)…topless in the Beamer….”put your hands in the air like you don’t care!” They loved it and are now spoiled for all other vehicles. Poor dears.
Cruising through downtown ATL. The girls were fascinated by the toll booths–apparently they forgot we actually have a few in Orlando…***the girls were iPhone-shooting all pics from the car, not me.…PuhLEEZE!! I was white gripping that wheel like a maniac!!
Had to stop and get a photo OP with ‘Mater in a little used car parts/pieces place just south of Waycross. Although that doesn’t explain why our youngest’s shorts are pulled up like Erkel….ah well, whatcha gonna do?
***a couple bonus shots…
My girlfriend’s AHHHHHH-some deck. We most certainly spent ALL morning on this baby, chatting, reading, drinking coffee and enjoying the breeze, the shade and each other’s company. Simply the best part of their renovation–and their kitchen is to die for–but this….this is beyond peaceful.
Taz enjoys the deck also. What he wasn’t all the interested in were 2 little paparazzi who wanted to use his image on their Baldify app….
Nothing like a rainbow to settle your nerves after a good storm on the road
Last weekend, my girls and I took a road trip to see my sister, brother-in-law and nephews; while we were there, my sis, my girlfriend and I were going to see my friend’s daughter in “To Kill a Mockingbird”. It was a whirlwind weekend, rainy, cold and eight hours of car time, but we had a great time.
Quality time with my sister: a play AND appetizers/dessert (I know you are jealous…you should be), something that so rarely happens without at least one of our children present.
Catch up (in fast forward) with a good friend and praising God for His mercies and the works He has done in her family’s life after just a year ago their son being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. To just visit with her after their year that changed their lives and see the grace and growth and the LIVING that continues…HUGE. God IS good. Even when the circumstances purely suck.
Mass at our old church with a powerful sermon by a young priest who is simply ON FIRE and IN LOVE with our Savior. Seeing and hugging old friends and their growing children. Life goes on. We are blessed with the richness of friends and family and this weekend was but a small example.
Back to the road trip portion…..the girls come ready, they pack their own bag o’ goodies. Snacks. Games. Books. They are veterans of this drive and they know what it takes to stay busy and pass the time. In the end, they barely touched their bag (aside from the snacks) and we listened to their music so we could hear Taylor Swift (Mama’s iPhone needs to be updated with T’s music), they made up car games, sang songs, played on the iPhone, watched the world go by and took pictures. Love. Them.
They packed their own snacks. And dad vaccuumed the crumbs when we got home. oops.
It’s a long boring drive
Hoping the truck gets close enough to do “the sign”…you know ‘honk your horn, mister!’ he didn’t.
Searching for horses….
Finally. No offense to country music. After 8 hours though….Mama needed a change-up in tunes!
10 and 2, baby! It was comin’ down!
Should have checked the weather before we left….
Love. Free. Apps.
Rewarded by a group performance in the garage by Ty and his crew…PRICELESS! (he’s the one commanding the lead from the cooler/stage)
For the past four years, some of my girlfriends and I have had the amazing luxury of (ridiculously cheap) access to a phenomenal beach house in St. Augustine. It is large enough to grant each of us “space”, even if there are 8 or 10 of us (this year 4 of us) and comfortably decorated enough to not feel lost in the enormity of the house. Generally, we go in November and do some “Christmas shopping” but this year we opted for a post-holiday season retreat (November was booked..) and THAT was a seriously good call!! And so, enjoy a (mostly) photo essay of the weekend!
Friday evening. Subs for dinner @ 8:30 p.m. and a chick flick.
Saturday morning. Peaceful. Quiet. Sunshiney.
A walk on the beach. And surfers, too! With snow in the Northeast this morning, THIS is the reason “snowbirds” got it goin’ on!!
I did NOT make my bed!!
Antiquing pre-lunch waiting for our name to be called at Osteen’s. (cash only, baby! super yum, super reasonable and worth the wait!…..about an hour!)
A one-man band.
Cupcakes @ Luli’s! Yes. I ate the WHOLE thing. and I didn’t take a picture. SO. FLIPPIN’. DELICIOUS!
Boots with the fur…the whole club was looking at her….(thanks, Flo-Rida…that’s all the lyrics I know, though, so you’ll have to YouTube it yourself, I’m not sure it’s appropriate to link here….)