Summer Stories (part 1)

I thought I’d share with you some of the adventures the girls and I had this summer while I was on my blogging break –

One of which was a trip to Savannah to spend a week with Mom.  While we were there we went to Georgia Southern University and visited the museum of natural history they have there. The museum focuses on local cultural and natural history and the showcase exhibit includes a mosasaur. (yeah, I’d never heard of it either) 

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Isn’t he ugly? Those teeth!

Apparently, way, way, way, way back (like 78 million way backs) in time most of Georgia from Macon eastward was under water.  Scientists are finding evidence of all sorts of prehistoric sea life in South Georgia.  It was really interesting to see the fossils, including a prehistoric whale.

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Someone didn’t want to be a mosasaur’s lunch! Smile

They also had exhibits about the Civil War there as well.

It was a small museum, and we went through it pretty quickly, but it was a nice day trip and the girls and I learned new things.  We went with my mom and her friend Anne, who has become a special adopted grandma to the girls and I this past year. 

After we toured the museum we had lunch at a quaint restaurant (the Beaver House Inn) that featured home-style Southern cooking. We told my brother about it and he fondly remembers eating there in his college days with his buddies.  They loved the “all you can eat” aspect and the home cooking.  I’m sure the restaurant didn’t know what hit them when a bunch of hungry college boys showed up to get their fill of home cooking!

All in all it was a great day…

I’ll share more of our adventures with you in the coming weeks.

 

Lions, Koalas and Bears, oh my!

On Labor Day, as we headed home from Mom’s house, we decided to take a detour and go to the zoo in Columbia, SC.

SuperMan and I hadn’t been to the Riverbanks Zoo in over ten years and we wanted the girls to experience it – it used to be one of our favorite day trips from Savannah.

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It was a fun little excursion. We were rained on as we went through the park, but I was determined to see the animals in spite of the rain.  Which made for quite the adventure. Apparently, the zoo animals are not as adventurous as I am – most of them went into their “barns” once the rain came.

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I loved watching the big cats. (they were hot – it was before the rainstorm)

And the koala bears were just adorable. img_1975

They were sound asleep (apparently, they sleep 20 hours a day – why wasn’t I born a koala?!?) and they looked like stuffed animals, not real creatures.

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The giraffes were trying to get in out of the rain – Little Bit and I didn’t care.

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And the gorillas were being anti-social. I can’t say as I blame them. Bunch of tourists gawking at them…

I love this picture of Little Bit’s reflection superimposed on the gorilla – purely accidental but it turned out great.

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And her hand in the gorilla’s handprint.

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Wet people preparing to go get in the car and dry off:

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And then it was the three hour drive (in the rain) home.

This is what we do on Sunday

I rarely talk about my faith or my church on this blog, but I just had to share this.  One of the things we do as a family is volunteer on Sunday mornings in the environment at our church that is “Sunday school” for K-5th graders

This week, we had a “Monster Mash.” Basically, a day full of fun and games for the kids and the leaders.  The kids (and volunteers) were encouraged to dress up with Monster Hair-do’s and to let their “inner monster” out. (our theme this month was about self-control and learning to control your “inner monster” – hence the Monster Mash – mashing those inner monsters!)

One of the activities was letting the kids “dress” their leaders as “monsters” – and I have to say that we have some of the best leaders and some extremely creative kids. I was so proud of our kids (and leaders) and really enjoyed being a part of it.

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Even the munchkins got into the act:

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SuperMan and Little Bit REALLY had fun:

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I love being a part of our church! I love the fact that it is all about the simplicity of faith and of loving God and one another.  (and yes, SuperMan’s hair is orange & green)

So, how’d you spend your Sunday? Smile