Well we are still in Louisiana trying to get our house sold. We have been painting and doing some small projects around the house. We have had some interest in it, but no real offers yet.
We arrived in Tallahassee around dinner-time on the 29th and headed out to dinner with Bruce's cousin, Ted Duncan, and family. After dinner we went to Ted's house and the boys played the Wii with Ted while we had a great evening getting re-acquainted with Catherine, Drew, Mary Kate, my Aunt Anna Duncan. The next morning we did some shopping at the Indian Market (Suzanne's favorite) and then left for Foley, AL our New Years destination. (Unfortunately we didn't get a picture with Mary Kate!?!? and this group shot was tho one with the fewest eyes closed!)
We decided to stay here in Kingsland, GA for Christmas and then for the next four days. Suzanne has been having some pain in her lower back for the last few days since taking a tumble while playing with the dog on the 23rd. so on the 28th we went to a local Dr's office so that She could get an X-ray on her tailbone. YEP!! She broke her Coccyx! She is sitting, now, ever so un-comfortably on her do-nut pillow. :] On the 29th we packed up and drove to Tallahassee, FL.
We are just beginning our study of WW1 in school, but we couldn't miss out on the chance of visiting this museum that was just filled with information on WW2.
I hope the boys will remember the things we saw when the time comes. This museum was small, but packed with photos, newspaper articles and memorabilia from 1945. Their emphasis was on submarines, but they also had an interesting library for anyone wanting to do some research on records of the period.
This may be our last field trip for awhile :-( . Our house in Louisiana hasn't sold; so we will be heading back there to see if there is anything we can do to spruce things up, and get it sold, so that we can continue with the next phase of our trip.
Finally the weather co-operated and we were able to take the ferry to Cumberland Island; it was well worth the wait! For the first hour, a guide explained the history of the island, including showing us the ruins of the Carnegie estate; then we were left to explore on our own. It was beautiful! There are wild horses on the island that just roam free (something that made it a little exciting at times)! We saw evidence of coyotes, feral hogs and deer, but never met up with any. Parker and Hunter dipped their feet in the ocean, and were most amazed that we were the only people on the whole beach.
We've decided to stay in the area for the holidays; Bruce returns to work in a couple of days, to return on Christmas Eve. We've been so busy getting ready for Christmas, and trying to catch up on school work; that it was best to stay put for awhile.
The city of Jacksonville has an annual Christmas tree lighting and a lighted boat parade every year on the weekend after Thanksgiving, so we headed down to the Jacksonville Landing Saturday evening to see the many nicely lit boats. There was also the most spectacular fireworks show we've ever seen. The river is sandwiched between two bridges and somehow they managed to shoot fireworks to make it look like a beautiful waterfall was flowing from the bridges to the water. We bought ourselves a little 3 foot Frasier fur Christmas tree and decorated it for the holidays. Bruce couldn't pass up this helicopter Santa that our local Lowe's had on sale for the holidays (see pics).
We spent a quiet Thanksgiving in Kingsland, Georgia. I picked Bruce up at the Jacksonville airport on Wednesday night and spent a wonderful evening out in the city. Thanksgiving day was spent playing football with the boys and the dog while mom made a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, sweet potatoes, brussels sprout casserole, dressing, biscuits, mashed potatoes and apple pies (thanks to slow cooker and organization). We did school throughout the week, except Thursday, so that we can have time off school for upcoming field trips.
Our next home has been in Kingsland, Georgia (about 35 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida). We decided to pay for the month (much cheaper), and we've been here for 2 weeks so far. The RV park is in the heart of the city and owned by a hotel next door. The boys have been swimming almost daily at the hotel as the weather has been beautiful so far. The kids and I have enjoyed getting to know the area, sample the local treats (peach cider and pralines) while buckling down on our book work.
Today, we decided to take a break and visit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens(one of our favorite places to go). This is really a lovely zoo to visit. There are a lot of hands on exhibits; something Parker enjoys; Hunter, not so much. You can walk through an aviary where the birds are roaming free and Hunter was brave enough to buy food to feed them. Unfortunately, once he walked into the area with his little container of nectar...........well, you've all seen Alfred Hitchcocks' movie titled "The Birds"? He's going to have nightmares for some time. :-(
We are so blessed. Bruce is able to join us for Thanksgiving this year (a challenge for me to make the meal in the RV). We also plan to visit the Cumberland Island National Seashore which is 16 miles of white sand beach undisturbed (no stores, t-shirt shops, restaurants or hotels), where wild horses graze openly on the marshes and forest area. I can't wait!
We're still here! We decided to stay another day to let the nasty weather pass. Got a bunch of school done, hope we don't float away.
We've been staying in beautiful Stone Mountain Georgia for a couple of days now. We were able to see Jennifer (Bruce's cousin) and meet her husband Bill for the first time last night at a Mexican restaurant. It was great to see family again. Today, after doing a little bit of school work, we headed out to the Georgia Aquarium. It is the largest aquarium in the United States. We all enjoyed seeing and touching these amazing sea animals. It looks like we'll be changing our plans about heading south tomorrow, as there is a hurricane threatening the area, so we're keeping a close eye on it and will need to re-assess tomorrow.