April 29, 2008
April 25, 2008
First stop...the jolly jump!We didn't think the kids were going to get off of this...it was so cool and tons of fun!It was a beautiful day to be out on this farm...it is a 1250 acre working cattle farm, owned by S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A. After we got out all our jumping beans we heading over to Joe the compost guy. He taught the kids all about the importance of worms! And then the best part was touching them :-)Hailey did so good listening at all the little stations...Here we learned all about seeds.They planted a green bean seed!Next was this 80+ year old Pecan tree...they learned all about what trees give us and how to tell how old they are. Hailey had fun sitting on the little tree stumps!See how she's holding her other eye closed?!? So funny :-) Then we went to Farmland...this is what the kids were really waiting for...the animals!
First we saw a big pig.Then this cute little pony...Hailey got to pet it!
This donkey was named Lucy. We learned that donkeys can hear 5 miles away and have the marking of a cross down their back! You can see the side of it in this picture running down her shoulder, the rest of it runs down her back. Then we got to feed the goats! They were super friendly!!These babies had just been born that morning!! So cute! Another cute pair...there are possums, their mom had been hit by a car the day before and the ranch rescued them from her pouch along with four other babies. Then we got to ride on this HUGE tractor ride!! It took us all over the ranch.
This is Mr. Tom, our tractor driver! Here's the cows! We even had to stop to let a few pass! It was lots of fun!! We will definatly go back!!
The Rock Ranch
April 24, 2008
P.S. I made a little header for my Thursday's Thoughts...Any of you are welcome to use it too. Just right click on it and save in your documents and load it like a regular picture.
April 22, 2008
And then the other two...I really like how it turned out! And here is a quick picture of Darren's new car! Sarah got some good one's last night of all our kids playing in the back seat of it!! It is really cool inside with all the computer stuff and video...You may think that's nothing, but for us that is a HUGE upgrade...I mean we just got tazers last summer :-)
I went to our Secret Pal reveal tonight. My secret pal was Crystal :-) (Cole's mommy) She was a great S.P. and I never caught on. We had lots of fun revealing ourselves to each other and we had quite a few new ladies join. There was of course lots of good food and then we drew new names for our next 6 month round. Mine's going to be fun :-)
I just want to let everyone know that Aric had a great doctor's apt. and he will have surgery on May 8th. Please visit there blog to get all the details (there are a lot!) and keep them and their doctor in your prayers!
April 19, 2008
Here's Miss Priss. She said it was too sunny while we were watching the birdy so she ran in the house and this is what she came out looking like :-}
My Memaw turned 85 this past Sunday and since we were out of town we celebrated a little later. I made her this strawberry cake that she loves. (I made it once before and she talks about it all the time) I decided to wait and make it for her birthday so it would be special.
Here is Hailey with Memaw. She is my dad's mom (she lives with them). Hailey gave her those marigolds, she planted them at preschool. Jack didn't want to get in the picture...he was to focused on getting a piece of "berry cupcake"!! Oh yeah...Darren got a new police car!! It is so cool! I can't wait to take pictures of it! I'll try to get some this week. He got a new one a couple of months ago (an old supervisors car) and we were thrilled with that one compared to his old one, but yesterday they gave him a brand spankin' new one!! It's a beauty!!
April 18, 2008
April 17, 2008
April 15, 2008
Okay....on to our weekend getaway!! This was Darren's weekend off so we decided to take a road trip up to Clayton, GA where my grandparents live in the mountains. It was a fun four hour road trip with the kids. Our DVD player broke on the way...don't know what is up with that!! That made for lots of crying and fussing and not understanding why we couldn't watch all the movies we brought with us!!! But once we all got over it things got better :-0 I decided to try out the slide show thing for a change....enjoy...there is even music so turn on your speakers!! The song is really fitting... If you click on the slide show you can view the pictures individually and with captions.
A big THANK YOU to my grandparents for letting us come see you guys. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to come back. The kids are already asking when is the next time?!?!
April 9, 2008
We love you guys!! Everybody here is praying really hard!
You Are Dr. Pepper
You're very unique and funky, yet you still have a bit of traditionalism to you.
People who like you think they have great taste... and they usually do.
Your best soda match: Root Beer
Stay away from: 7 Up
You Are Apple Pie
You're the perfect combo of comforting and traditional.
You prefer things the way you've always known them.
You'll admit that you're old fashioned, and you don't see anything wrong with that.
Your tastes and preferences are classic. And classic never goes out of style.
Those who like you crave security.
People can rely on you to be true to yourself - and true to them.
You're loyal, trustworthy, and comfortable in your own skin.
And because of these qualities, you've definitely earned a lot of respect.
April 8, 2008
We got a quick picture with "Sam" the engineer before we boarded. (As you can see, we're missing Daddy...he had to work this weekend)
"All Aboard!" We got to get on first since we were the "special group" That's the conductor that Hailey is walking with...there's a special story there...I'll tell more later :-) Jack was driving his train as everyone got seated. The boys sat together. Papa, Jack and Grandaddy-Great. And the girls sat on the other side. Me and Grandma-Great!
Grandma (my mom) and Hailey-B. I made goody bags for the kids to keep them busy. I filled it with things they picked out at WalMart the day before. It held them over pretty good.
Tom and Auntie-Joyce came and so did Sarah and Larry (with the boys) I didn't get any pictures of them :-(
So here you can see the boys side! The conductor is sitting with them. He is my Grandma's 1st cousin!! His name is Ernest. He has been volunteering on the train for about 5 years. We saw him when we rode on Thomas too. It was so much fun to have him there. We weren't sure if he'd be working that day or not so it was a big surprise when we saw him get off the train!!This is Lake Blackshear it is an 8,000-acre lake in the GA Veteran's Memorial State Park. The picture wasn't that great because 1. the train was moving and 2. it rained the whole day ;-)Here is a map of our trip. We started at the right in Cordele and went all the way to Archery and back. It was a 9hr. trip!! Our first official stop was in Americus. We got to get off for about and hour and 1/2. You could ride a little bus downtown and see the sights and eat lunch. We however had an insider! Our conductor called his wife and my Grandma's other cousin and her husband and they met us and we all went to lunch at a little hole in the wall restaurant! We knew all the main ones would be busy so this was nice! It was called Granny's Kitchen.
This was my plate!! I had fried chicken, green beans, cornbread casserole, and a biscuit!! YUMMY!! Talk about filling your tummy :-) And it was all home cookin'
This is my Grandma's other cousin Joyce.
Here she is with Ernest (he is Joyce's brother)
We made it to Plains, GA next. I grew up going to Plains. We used to have our Gattis family reunion here every Mother's day weekend. My Grandma's Grandma was from here and had a big house where we would all come together. Now that house has been sold and we have our reunions all over the place...where ever someone wants to host one. Plains was a cute little town. It's the home of Jimmy Carter....another story there...that cousin Joyce that was in the picture above...her husband Julian is 1st cousins with Ms. Rosalyn Carter (the First Lady). I guess everybody is related to everybody down here :-) She was there that day eating lunch. I didn't get her picture but my Grandma did.
We stopped here and got a taste of the famous fried peanuts. They were very good. But the best thing was the peanut icecream!! I didn't think I would like it but it was delicious!! So worth the rain to get the icecream!!
Then we got back on the train and headed on down to Archery. That's where Jimmy Carter's boyhood home was. There is a big farm there too.
This is a picture of the house that I took from the train door. We didn't want to get off and walk around because it was raining so much and you couldn't go in the house at that time because Jimmy Carter was there giving a little speech of some sort!! He waved to us as he got back in his SUV with his secret service guy :-)