Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks

So I'm a little behind the times - I just realized I never blogged about the Fourth of July! Independence Day is when my parents host a family gathering at their home each year. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and dogs converge upon Lodge Trail for a patriotic good time. This year everyone arrived on the 3rd, and we made plans to enjoy all the festivities that the rain cancelled last year. On the 4th of July we woke up and got ready for the Peachtree City parade. Unfortunately mom was sick with a fever, but Dad took a group over on the golf cart and I drove the car with a few others. The weather was amazing! Usually we are covered with sweat by the time the sun hits us, but this year it was comfortable - not too hot or humid. We were all a bit disappointed with the parade itself - it seemed a lot smaller and with less goodies than usual - but we had a great time waving our flags and showing our patriotic spirit.
Ben and Amy

After returning home and spending the majority of the day in the pool (another post on that), we got ready to go to the fireworks. Again, we were pleasantly surprised by the weather - we were quite comfortable hanging out waiting for the sun to go down and the fireworks to start. Interestingly, they started the fireworks before it was completely dark. I've never seen fireworks in a sunset before - strange! But it quickly darkened up, and the fireworks show definitely didn't disappoint.
Wyatt pitched a FIT when they took away his snowcone!
Fireworks in the sunset - strange!
Happy birthday, America! Thanks for sharing your birthday celebration with us!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tubing down the Chattahoochee for Dad's 60th Birthday

For Dad's 60th birthday, we drove up to Helen, GA to go tubing down the Chattahoochee. Dad's sister, Brenda, her four grandkids, and my cousin Heath, joined us on the river. It started off nice - not too hot, the water was actually a little chilly, and the current was moving us along decently. But it didn't take long for us to start getting stuck on the rocks. It certainly didn't end up being the relaxing float down the river that we were expecting, and we were all sore the next day from falling on and trying to pry/push ourselves off the rocks. But we had a good time regardless. 
Dad and his older sister, Brenda
I had 6 year old Easton's tube linked to mine, and after about 30 minutes of floating and talking about all sorts of things, Easton looked at me and said, "By the way, who are you? And how do you know my name?" It was so funny!
Um, okay, Sophia!
Being on the river wore Cruz out!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer Days, Post #10 (the final post)

Well, the summer has drawn to a close. Inservice started today, which mean life as I've known it for the last two and a half months is over. This is my final Summer Days post. It's been a great summer, and it's been a rough summer - regardless, I'm sad it's over, but at the same time I'm excited to see what this new school year holds. New students, new faculty, new challenges, new adventures, new priorities. Anyway, here's what the last "exciting" week of the summer held for me:

Day 74 - Rabbit watching
Day 75 - Pop-up summer shower. RAIN!
 Day 76 - After-work nap
 Day 77 - New decor for my bulletin board
 Day 78 - Everything is all bright and colorful after another afternoon shower
 Day 79 - More swimming in the bathtub for this sweet boy
 Day 80 - Last true day of summer vacation = 
Sonic, light reading, and the pool

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Shutterfly book - My Australian Adventures

If you know anything about me, you know I love taking pictures and playing with pictures (scrapbooking, Photoshop, etc.). So I decided to make a Shutterfly book of my adventures in Australia. I just ordered it last night, so I should get it in the next couple of weeks. I can't wait! Click here to for a sneak peak...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Summer Days, Post #9

My summer is quickly drawing to an end - we have only one week left before in-service, and students return to Cambridge two weeks from Tuesday! I'm not ready for summer to be over. Here are a few pics from my Summer Days this past week.

Day 67 - Brodie's last trip to the office for the summer
Day 68 - A beautiful, unusually crisp July morning
Day 69 - Changed out a 2004 picture for my new favorite 
Day 70 - Brodie enjoyed a fall-like evening on the balcony
Day 71 - Took Friday off, and Shawn and I took the dogs to the dog park that evening.
Day 72 - Worked on my summer reading poolside
Day 73 - An unusual sight - my bed is made! 
(check out the fun pillow Mom made for me)