The South

Where tea is sweet and accents are sweeter; summer starts in April; front porches are wide and words are long; macaroni and cheese is a vegetable; pecan pie is a staple; Y’all is the only proper pronoun; chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy; everything is darling and someone is always getting their heart blessed. -unknown

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Pirate House

Our trip to Savannah had one thing on the itinerary before we left....go to The Pirate House. (And go to The Lady and Sons, so I guess it was really two.)

I had been to this restaurant while on a trip with our youth group after we went to somewhere? in Georgia and brought VBS to a small church. I remembered there was a lot of history to the restaurant, but couldn't remember all about it.

Brent's grandmother actually worked here at one point!

You can read all about the history of the restaurant here.

We were seated next to the Herb House inside which was quite interesting.Here is picture of Brent and I inside....

OK, sorry. I don't have a picture of Brent and I inside because people (our waiter) don't listen when I tell them how to use my camera. "Push the button half way for it to focus, then push it again." Is that hard? Anyway, the picture is way too blurry.

We had a great time at the Pirate House, and as we were leaving, our tour bus was stopped outside the restaurant, which made it perfect timing for us to go seek out our next adventure...
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Trip Continued...

On Thursday we began our tour of the city on one of the local tour buses. It was a tour set up so that you could get on and off the bus at the different stops along the way. The first stop we got off at was the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Our tour guide said that if you think it is beautiful on the outside, then wait until you see the inside.

On the historical marker below it mentions that much of the structure was destroyed by fire in 1898. Inside there were a couple of pictures of what it looked like after the fire. I am still amazed that they were able to rebuild the place in 2 years, especially since their resources during that time were very limited, compared to today.Luckily when we arrived it was one of the times when the inside was open for viewing.

This was one of the MANY stained glass windows inside.
This next picture was of the front of, what I would call an auditorium, but I know that isn't the correct terminology, so forgive me. There were so many ornate and beautiful things to look at. This picture was looking back toward what I would call the balcony.
It was well worth the stop along the way to see this!!!

More to come.....

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Our Trip to Savannah

Brent and I decided than instead of letting our frequent flyer miles expire, (from our Indonesia trip,) we would take a trip. We decided on Savannah which is where we honeymooned almost 12 years ago. We loved the city and couldn't wait to go back. This time we were going to stay in the historic district and take in the sights and a tour or two.

While we were waiting on our flight, we were informed that our plane was having some maintenence issues, which eventually turned into our flight getting cancelled. Luckily the airline tranferred us to another airline, and we only had to wait a couple of more hours. Because of our long layover that was supposed to take place in Atlanta, we actually got to Savannah about the same time. That is not without mentioning that we were almost "those people" that are seen running through the airport in Charlotte, NC to catch our next flight. Anyway...
We noticed this plane at the Montgomery airport before we left. It looks just like Air Force One, and even said "United States of America" on it. Interesting!!!When we arrived in Savannah we took a taxi to the hotel and decided to walk down to River Street and grab a quick bite for the evening and then went back to the hotel.
On Thursday we got to The Lady and Son's restaurant at about 9:45 to get our name on the list for lunch. Since we got there so early, we had no trouble getting a table for lunch time. Here is a picture of the outside of her gift shop. Above the gift shop there were numerous windows like this. I just loved all of the flower boxes!
The food was soooo good. We both opted for the buffet, and were not disappointed. It was definately an experience I would recommend to everyone.
More on the rest of the trip to come.......

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

That's My...

The other night Brooks and I had an argument about getting in the bath tub. It escalated with me finally yelling, “I am your mother, and you will do as I say.” Brooks then said, “Yes ma’am” and proceeded to go get his bath. After he got out of the bathtub, he came and apologized and said he was sorry for arguing with me. He has the biggest heart.
That’s my Brooks.

Reese had to go to the doctor today for a cough. (I believe it is related to asthma.) Dr. T was asking Reese about using his inhaler, which has a mask on it. Reese then told Dr. T that he was Darth Vader when he used it. He then went into a lengthy discussion with Dr. T about how Anakin Skywalker turned into Darth Vader. He is such a thinker.
That’s my Reese.

My husband took off work today to take Reese to the doctor, even though he has a crazy amount of work to do right now. He is such a giver. We are going on a trip soon and he let me plan the entire thing, knowing I would be happiest deciding what we would be doing each day.
That’s my Brent.

Today is Wednesday, which means that instead of going all the way back home, and then coming all the way back to Montgomery for church, we just go to my parent’s house for supper before church. It happens every Wednesday. They provide supper for us every week, and a couple weeks ago I tried to pay for a pizza for all of us, and dad wouldn’t let me. The boys cry often when it is time to leave their house, even though they will see them in a couple of days.
That’s my parents.

Melany comes every morning and picks up the boys and takes them to school, and every afternoon she brings them back home. She takes our recycling to the recycling center every week. Barry has helped around our house more times than I can count, and has on numerous occasions kept one of the children when they were sick. We have called them and woke them from a dead sleep to ask them questions about the boys or about injuries, and they have never minded doing any of these things. They offer to help us more times than we can accept.
That’s my in-laws.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Spit it out!

Brent and I recently bought some vitamins because we want to be better about taking them. As dinner was winding down last night, we remembered that we hadn’t taken them yet. I began clearing the dishes away and he got the vitamins out and laid one on the table where I had been sitting. Reese was still finishing his food and Brent sat back down to finish up. I came back over to the table and couldn’t find the vitamin. Brent thought quickly and looked at Reese and asked him if he had taken the vitamin. Reese nodded his head in sadness. Thankfully he hadn’t swallowed it yet and we made him spit it out. What possessed him!?!?!
They finished eating and we got Reese’s “homework” out. He had a laminated flip chart that had letters on it, and he had to match some little letters with Velcro on them to the chart. He did a good job and got to the end and couldn’t find the “U”. I didn’t think to much about it because this assignment gets passed around from child to child each night. I just figured the “U” was missing. A few moments later our dog Harley coughed up the letter “U” onto the kitchen floor. What in the world?

I guess I need to have a talk with the whole family, including Harley; that we do not eat things that do not belong to us.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Is it easy?

So after I commented in my last post about how Reese had been so sweet lately......he was "moved to RED" yesterday at school.


His note said he was not obeying. When I asked him what he was doing he said, "I was not listening, I was not obeying, and I was not being nice."

Why is it so hard for him to understand it is easy being good. I went over and over this last night with him. "Reese when Mrs. H tells you to sit down, it is EASY to follow those instructions and sit down."

"Reese, it is easy to be quiet, you just don't talk."

"Reese, it is easy to listen."

My question is....does it ever become easy raise a 4 year old?