Thursday, July 22, 2010

This Just Makes Me Happy!

I am SO ready for some BAMA football! Bring it on, and ROLL TIDE ROLL!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!

On the Fourth of July, I joined my Wedgwood family for a day of fun in the sun at Hawaiian Falls waterpark. A group of us singles took a picnic dinner and had a blast slip-sliding away. After the park closed, several of us headed into the ballpark across the parking lot to find a prime spot for the upcoming fireworks. And a prime spot it was! We were literally right under the fireworks! We got rained on by ash and debris from the fireworks, but it was so worth it. The fireworks were spectacular! Of course, it would have been better if they were set to patriotic music, but I guess you can't have everything. :) It was a great way to celebrate America's birthday.

Grand Finale!

Flying High

On the flight from Georgia to Texas, I was thrilled to have an exit-row all to myself. That meant I could sit in the window seat without having to feel claustrophobic or climb over someone to go to the restroom. ;) So... I enjoyed looking out the window and seeing the amazing cloud formations and sunset as we got closer to Texas. And apparently it had been pretty rainy in Dallas that day, so as we got closer to ground I looked backwards out the window and was greeted by a faint rainbow! How cool!

Peachtree City Independence Day Parade

This was my second chance to attend the annual Peachtree City Independence Day Parade. It's usually held on the 4th of July, but since this year the 4th was a Sunday, the parade was on Saturday the 3rd. All five of us (including Harley) piled on the golf cart to head to the parade. Harley LOVES riding on the golfcart, and seems to really enjoy the parades too. It helps that some of the groups throw out dog biscuits and he always gets his own bomb pop popcicle too. We met up with my Uncle Alvin and cousins Alex and Adam (and their dog Max) on their golfcart and had a great time watching the parade, acting silly to get more goodies, and celebrating America's birthday.
Don't look too closely at this next pic - Uncle Alvin is flipping me off!
A few of the fun "floats" and groups
When we got home mom fixed us a delicious steak lunch while we played in the pool before I had to get ready to fly back to Texas - it was an amazing 3rd of July.

Another Day in Paradise

While I was in Georgia for Papa's funeral, I was able to spend a couple of days at my parents' house, and the main thing we did while I was there is hang out at the pool. Ah, it was heaven! It was really hot there, but the water was so refreshing. We lounged and relaxed, played several competitive games of HORSE, and soaked up the sun. Even the dogs enjoyed being out there, both in the heat of the day and in the peaceful twilight hours. Ahh, paradise...

My Papa

While we were in Germany we got the news that my Papa, my mom's dad, was in the hospital with various issues. His health declined really quickly, mom left after only 4 days in Germany to return to Georgia, and the rest of us returned home two days early, thinking he had actually started improving. Unfortunately, he took a turn for the worse a couple of days after we got back to the States, and he passed away on June 25, 2010.
My Papa was a kind, gentle soul. He loved his family, playing the slots at casinos, Christmas, golf, playing games and doing puzzles, his dog Roscoe, and most especially his wife of 50+ years who passed away three years before him. So many of my happiest memories include Nana and Papa - so many holidays and family vacations. Christmas will not be the same without my Papa there; we all miss him very much. But we're thankful that he's no longer suffering here.

Hey, Papa, hope you get a hole-in-one on the heavenly golf course. Fore!

German Adventures, Day 10 - Munich

On our last day in Germany, we headed north to Munich so we would be able to stay close to the airport for our early flight the next morning. It was POURING down rain as we drove, and we encountered a few difficulties reading the map and finding the hotel - it wasn't as close to the airport as we thought. But, we finally found the hotel, checked in, pulled out our jackets since it was still raining, and headed into city centre to see a few of the sites. First stop was the famous lion statues; you're supposed to rub the shield for good luck. So we all rubbed the shield. :)

Then we hit the Marienplatz, the main square, to see the famous Glockenspiel on the Neues Rathaus (new town hall). We had a little time to kill, so we rode the elevator to the top of the town hall tower. I bet the view would be incredible during nice weather, because it was pretty remarkable even with the overcast and rainy skies. After we made it back to ground level, we walked out into the rain to see the Glockenspiel - we heard the bells ring and watched the dancers twirl and the knights joust on their horses. I remember really enjoying the Glockenspiel back in 2007 but this time, not so much. Maybe it was the fact that we were getting soaked in the blowing rain. It just wasn't quite as impressive.
Finally, we walked over to the Hofbrauhaus, one of the most famous restaurants in Munich, and a meal I had been looking forward to for the entire trip. When I ate there in 2007, the wiener schnitzel was SO GOOD! Again, this time, not so much... I don't understand why they would change something so good. The schnitzel this time was not pork, it was veal, and I was not impressed.
But we sat at the table with a German man - it was his birthday, and he was on his fifth really large beer, but he was quite friendly and tried to converse with us in English as much as possible. He offered to take a photo of us, and then said we had to have the beer in the photo with us, and pushed it into my hand. So, here's the photo with me and a really large beer, with a nose rosy enough to make one think I'd been drinking it!
On the way back to the car, we stopped by what was my favorite church from my 2007 visit - the Theatinerkirche. Back then I didn't get the opportunity to go in because it was Sunday and they were having services. So when we entered this time, I was so pleasantly surprised. Everything was white - all the carvings, the walls, everything. It was gorgeous! The dome was amazing, and the only thing missing was an organ. It was such a lovely way to end our trip.

The next morning we left the hotel before 7:00 to return the rental car and catch our flight back to the States. We had switched our flight to two days earlier than initially planned, so we didn't have seats already assigned. I was worried we'd all end up in middle seats, but somehow we were given seats all together, in bulkhead. It was so much better than expected - lots of legroom. Thank goodness for small blessings!