Friday, June 6, 2008

My first crack at this official "blogging" thing....

Well, after several years of MySpace blogging and posting I have finally decided to get a "real" blog and hopefully will do a little writing here two or three times a week. I'd love to be one of those people that blogs every single day but to be honest....I don't always have something to say and I guess sometimes I have to be "in the mood" for writing. I guess my real reason for starting this blog is to not only keep friends and family up to date on what's going on in our lives but also so we'll have something to look back on. This will be the grown-up version of my "Dear Diary."

A lot of stuff has been going on these last few months. We've had a couple of deaths in the family recently. We lost Robert's grandfather a few months ago and my uncle George last Sunday. Of course it's been a little over a year since my mother and grandmother both passed away but life is still moving on. I miss my loved ones so much it makes my heart ache but God is mighty and merciful and keeps me going every day. Some days are more of a struggle than others but for the most part I do alright. I have found that I can still miss them and think of them every day without bursting into tears. I owe that all to God. Without Him I'd surely be a mess.

So far this year we have been able to see a little more of our new home state. In March we took a trip up to LaFayette to spend a couple of days with our dearest friends, Jeff and Victoria. While there we went to Chattanooga to Ruby Falls on Lookout Mountain and we went to the Chickamauga Battlefields. We also took in the beautiful views from the Georgia side of Lookout Mountain when we spent the day at Rock City. On a clear day you can see seven states from there. We took lots of pictures to remember the day.

Memorial Day weekend brought visitors from Florida. Robert's brother James and his wife Alacia came up for the weekend for some much needed R&R. Unfortunately for them we scooted them out the door as soon as they arrived that Saturday morning. We (me, Robert, James, Alacia & Robert's parents) all piled into the Durango and drove up to Helton Creek Falls, Lake Chatuge and Brasstown Bald. After a day of walking/hiking and sweating our way through these beautiful places we went to Mom and Dad's so James and Allie could see their little house in the woods which at that time was under some much unexpected renovations. Before heading home we ate dinner at Cobb's Mill which has the best garlic butter soaked yeast rolls I have ever had in my life. Yummy! Sunday night we celebrated Robert's 36th birthday with a cake that my neighbor Tina made him and Monday we went to Turner Field to see the Braves beat the Diamondbacks. It was an awesome game. I got to see Matt Teixeira break a bat in half because he hit the ball so hard. Half of the bat flew all the way to second base and almost clocked Chipper Jones in the head. Speaking of Mr. Jones....I got a real up-close-and-personal picture of him on third base playing a little "yankey my wankey" with himself. I couldn't get that shot again if I tried! We all came home sunburned and cooked out on the grill. The next morning Robert and James spent a half hour running through the house trying to catch a chipmunk that Momma Kat had brought in with her. Two grown men in their skivies running around the house trying to catch a tiny squirrel....that was a sight to see!

Last Saturday Robert and I spent the day at Stone Mountain. My company was holding the annual summer picnic at a pavillion at the park late that afternoon but everyone got free admission to the park and all the attractions. It is definitely a place to do out-doorsy stuff with the kids. We'll have to take Skylar there when she is old enough. The view from the Rock was amazing and I really enjoyed touring the Antebellum Plantation. Robert and I have discussed making that a new thing we do...visiting old southern plantations in our spare time. With a baby on the way though I am afraid we won't have much spare time for long.

I'm going to close this for now as I have to be heading to Dahlonega to pick up my cousin Amanda who is coming for the weekend.

Love to all!