Sunday Evening – Day 4 Part 3

After we were finished visiting the Hunley, we spent the rest of the evening at the beach house.  The kids were wanting to play on the beach and get into the water so they had time to do that.

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Finally the Beach – Day 3 Part 2

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

We finally got to Folly Beach. It took us 20 to 30 extra minutes at the very end of the drive.

Folly Beach is a barrier island with only one road going in and out of town. Since it was Saturday afternoon, tourists were traveling to the beach for their vacations or local people were going to the beach.

We got stuck in the traffic because of that back up.

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The sign welcoming you to Folly Beach

Since we were the first of our family to get to Folly, we picked up the keys and headed to the house. When we got to the house, there were two vehicles in the parking area. We were confused until Hubby went into the house. The vehicles belonged to the cleaning ladies. Whoever rented the house the week before had left a mess. It was taking them longer to get it clean.

So what did we do while they were cleaning? We went out to the beach. The Wee One was anxious to get into the ocean.

A little bit later, my mother-in-law showed up with food for us to cook. It was interesting trying to figure out how to use a gas stove because neither of us had ever used a gas stove before.

We sent out Hubby to the local store to get butter, ketchup, mayo, and mustard because we didn’t have any of that in the house. He came back with everything but butter. He heard the b sound so he thought we said buns.

As we sat down to eat, my sister-in-law and her family showed up. Fortunately, she had frozen some butter and had brought it down. She saved the day because we were eating corn on the cob with our dinner.

The rest of the evening was spent unpacking, walking on the beach, and sitting on the porch.

Here photos from the beach that evening.

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We had to be careful on the beach because there were loggerhead turtle nesting areas throughout the area. The Imaginative One even said he saw the flipper imprints of a loggerhead turtle close to one of the nesting areas. So cool.

Join me next Saturday when I attend church at the Folly Beach United Methodist Church.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Ropes Course and Zoo) Part 2

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Museum) Part 3

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium once again) Part 4

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Arboretum)

Mine, Mine, Mine – Day 3 Part 1

Mine, Mine, Mine – Day 3 Part 1

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

Today we are going to visit the Reed Gold Mine in Midland, North Carolina. It’s located about 30 minutes away from Charlotte. Best of all, it’s free except for the gold mining which was $3.21 per pan.

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I often take photos of the boys when they have to sleep in the same bed on vacation. The Imaginative One was actually awake but pretended to sleep.

Then Hubby decided to jump on the bed so he could wake up the Wee One.

We were located down the street from the University of North Carolina. Once I realized we were driving past it, I could only take one photo of a random building on the campus.

So what is the Reed Gold Mine? It’s actually the first place in the United States that found gold. Gold was found in 1799, 50 years prior to the California Gold Rush. In fact, there are many former gold mines in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.

I thought of the Pocahontas song,

We went on the self guided tour of the area.

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Walking to the underground area of the mine – Such a beautiful area

Here is the inside of the mine:

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The Wee One did not want to go in the mine but changed his mind.

We enjoyed checking out the Upper Hill of the mine area. It’s above the underground mine so we had to be careful because there is still some open shafts. Fortunately there was signs reminding us to be careful or there were fencing around the open shaft areas.

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We decided to have an impromptu photo shoot in front of the 1895 Stamp Mill.

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This is the 1895 Stamp Mill. A family from Springfield, Ohio decided to try to revitalize the Reed Gold Mine. They did find some gold but were not successful.

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Some signs and equipment on the land

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After exploring the mine, we panned for gold. Actually I watched the boys and Hubby pan for gold. They allowed me to get on the other side of the trough so I could get photos.

We found two gold flakes worth a few dollars at most. Still it was a cool experience.

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After we got done at Reed Gold Mine, we traveled down to Folly Beach.

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Taking photos at the Welcome Center to South Carolina. I love how they used the frame prop.

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Random Shots

Top – Outside the welcome center – They did not want to take the photo. I told them that one day they will appreciate it. The lady in the next swing said “Yes, you will.”

Bottom Left – They had Google Maps on a big screen.

Bottom Right – The Imaginative One was bored of my taking photos.

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Taking photos in front of the South Carolina map

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Beautiful flowers outside the welcome center

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The BBQ chicken wings and fries that the Wee One and I shared from Zaxby’s. Yum!

Join me next Saturday where I’ll finally be on Folly Beach.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Ropes Course and Zoo) Part 2

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Museum) Part 3

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium once again) Part 4

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Arboretum)

Monarch Butterflies (Dealing with Grief)

As many of you know, I have a monarch butterfly tattoo on my left shoulder.  The top of the tattoo has purple dots because that was my sister’s favorite color.  One top wing has 2 dots which represents the fact there were 2 of us and she was 2 years younger than me.  The other wing has 4 dots which represents the fact that her birthday was on September 4th.  Our birthdays were also 4 months apart.  I was actually 2 years 4 months older than her.

 

Why did I get a Monarch butterfly on my shoulder?  One year ago on August 28th, Tanya left her Earthly body for her Heavenly body.  Every since her death, I’ve seen Monarch butterflies when I’ve needed her.

Today’s post is going to list the special times I’ve seen a Monarch butterfly since August 28th, 2016.

August 30th – We were cleaning out her apartment.  I was sitting in my car when a Monarch flew by me.

September 2nd – Right after her funeral, a Monarch flew by my aunt and myself.

September 5th – I was waiting at Young’s Dairy for my family from Pittsburgh.  A Monarch flew by me.

Sometime in September – During dismissal duty, another Monarch flew by me and up into the sky.

Last weekend in October  – Hubby and I were visiting Louisville to give me time away from all of the pressure I was feeling.  It was the 2nd month anniversary of her death.  There were a lot of Monarchs flying around purple flowers.

Thanksgiving – This one was truly when I realized it was her.  I cried tears in the bathtub in Cabana Bay Beach Resort because I was missing her.  Later that day, I was at the entrance of Animal Kingdom.  I saw a Monarch butterfly.  Then at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, I saw another one by giraffes.  She knew I love Disney and giraffes.

August 5th – I finally visited her grave.  Later that day, she visited me when I was working at a tent for DeMolay and Rainbow.  We are both majority members.

August 20th (Today) – I was missing her.  I went to talk to the Imaginative One who was outside.  Suddenly a Monarch was flying around the yard.  When she came to visit me, she would sit outside on our little patio.

Also in June – I was walking on the beach on the 10th month anniversary of her death.  Suddenly I felt a tap on my shoulder.  No one was there.  I know it was her telling me “Traci, I’m here with you.  I’m walking through life with you.”

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Even though I know she is still with me, I still miss her.  I often have the urge to call her because I want to talk to her.  No one will ever understand the feeling of emptiness that I feel.

During the next week, I’m going to be sharing my feelings as the year anniversary of her death approaches.

Here’s the schedule for this coming week:

Monday – Menu plan Monday

Tuesday – Dealing with Grief Post – Don’t know what yet

Wednesday  – New series – My visit to Rochester, New York

Thursday – Writer’s Workshop

Friday – Dealing with Grief Post – Don’t know what yet

Saturday – More of my Folly Beach trip

Sunday – Dealing with Grief Post – Don’t know what yet

Monday – The night my life changed forever 

Have a magical day,
Traci

Our Rainy Drive Home

Photos from our rainy drive home from Kentucky.

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.

The Way Down

The First Night

Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

Berea College Tour

Thursday Afternoon – Noodles Nirvana, Old Town, Farm Store, and Random Statues

Jammin’ on the Porch

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Jammin’ on the Porch

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.

The Way Down

The First Night

Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

Berea College Tour

Thursday Afternoon – Noodles Nirvana, Old Town, Farm Store, and Random Statues

After we had a picnic supper in our hotel room, we went to Jammin’ on the Porch.  On Thursday evening, various people gather and play bluegrass or country music.  Everyone gets a chance to play their instrument and sing a song of their choice.  Some played guitars, fiddles, or even washboards.

During the summer, it is actually held on a porch in Old Town.  During the winter months, it is held at a local center.

The musicians gather in a large circle.  They go clockwise one after the other twice.  We only stayed for one round because there was a threat of a bad storm coming.

Out of respect for the musicians, I don’t have any photos of the actual musicians.  Instead I have some photos of the center that it was held in.

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Here is a link for more information about Jammin’ on the Porch.

Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.

Have a magical day,

Traci

Noodles Nirvana, Old Town, Farm Store, and Random Statues

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

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The Way Down

The First Night

Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

Berea College Tour

After the college tour, I went to pick up my mom.  We went to the Old Town part of Berea for our lunch.

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Old Town is known for their artistic expression.  It reminds me of Yellow Springs, a town close to where I live.

We ended up at a place called Noodles Nirvana for our lunch.  We loved the Pad Thai there.  Delicious.  I’m glad I looked up restaurants for us to eat at before we left.

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After we left Noodles Nirvana, it was time for dessert.  We went to a Fudge shop in Old Town for our dessert.  We got fudge and some chocolate treats for the Imaginative One.  I got myself some chocolate ice cream.  I forgot to mention that it was 80 degrees on that Thursday.  It was extremely hot for late March.

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We then went to an Amish deli to get our food for supper.  Mom had a lot of fun looking at all the different foods at the deli.

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The Birch beer we got at the deli.  Yum!

Berea College also has a farm store.  We stopped there to get the remainder of our dinner.  I got myself hummus, lettuce, and an apple while there.

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My dinner – Lettuce wraps with hummus, hard salami, and bacon cheddar cheese.

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While we were driving around, we found this statue.  I had to stop and take photos of it.

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Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.  That evening we went to Jamming of the Porch.  What’s that?  You’ll find out next week.

Have a magical day,

Traci

Berea College Tour

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.

The Way Down

The First Night

Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

 

 

Berea College is a tuition free college.  Each student who is enrolled in the college has to work a certain hours per semester.  Graduates end up having two different transcripts – one for their academia and one for their work.

In 1855, John Fee started the college.  He wanted a college that accepted ALL people – men, women, black, or white.  Soon after the Civil War, his college became a reality.

From the 1860’s until the early 1900’s, the college was not segregated.  Then a law in Kentucky stated that higher education was to be segregated.  All of the black students were sent to Lincoln Academy (I think that’s the name of the place.)

In the early 1950’s, Berea College was once again not segregated.

Currently Berea College has students from 40 states and 60 countries.  36% of the student population is not white.

 

A lot of the college was built by the students – both buildings and furniture.

Enjoy the photos from my tour.

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The hitching post from the early 1900’s.

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This building was used as the woman’s gymnasium in the early 1900’s.

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The President’s House

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Every week on Thursday afternoons, they hold a convocation / church service in this building.  The students are required to attend a certain amount of them during a semester.

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My tour guide – She is a sophomore studying nursing.  She is from California.

Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.

Have a magical day,

Traci

Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

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The First Night

The next morning, Mom decided she wanted to stay in the room so that I could go out and get photos of the college and Artisan Center without her hindering me.  (It takes her longer to walk around.)

Before I left, I had breakfast.  The motel had a continental breakfast.  I could not eat much of the food.  I took some eggs and sausage. Then I cut up an apple I had brought with me and warmed up some water for my oatmeal.

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The first stop I made was to the Artisan’s Center.  We usually stop there on our way to and from Disney.  When we stopped there in 2009, we began to listen to Harry Potter.  The Imaginative One ended up listening to all seven books in the next 6 months.

There is always interesting crafts there.

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After I left the Artisan Center, I drove to the town once more.  As I was driving to town, I found a decorated hand at a local bank so I stopped so I could get photos of it.

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I went to the town after visiting the Artisan’s Center.

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I found more of the decorated hands while in the center of town.

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I also stopped in a soap store.  The lady who was working in the store was so sweet.  I ended up getting some soaps and this bath bomb.

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Once again I took photos of the beautiful flowers in the center of town.

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I stopped in the college bookstore and signed up for a tour of the college.  It was a free tour.

While I waited for the tour, I walked around the artisan area of the bookstore.

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Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.  I’ll share more about the college in that post.

Have a magical day,

Traci

The First Night – Dinner, Town, College, and Sunset

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

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After we got down to Berea, we went and got dinner because we really did not eat any food on our way down so we were starved.

We went to Cracker Barrel for dinner.  I had chicken with an apple cranberry topping, baked apples, and a sweet potato.  Mom had fish, cooked cabbage, baked apples, and cornbread muffins for her dinner.

I loved the rocking chair wind chimes.

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After dinner, we went to the center of town.  I learned quickly there is one route that gets traffic jams because of the lights.  I avoided that route during the next two days.

Here are some photos of the town.

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While we were in town, we stopped at the Berea Coffee and Tea shop.  I visited there 3 times during the days we were there.  I got an iced latte with mint at the coffee shop.  It was delicious!

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Mom headed back to the car after we got done with the coffee shop.  Meanwhile I walked around Berea College taking photos before I headed back to the car.

(I’ll have more photos and information about the college in future posts.)

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The flowers were in full bloom that week so I took a lot of photos of the flowers.  (Ohio’s flowers were lacking at that point.)

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After we visited the town, we drove over to my mom’s friend’s apartment.  We ended up on a road that was basically back roads – windy and a single lane.  Luckily we only saw one car on the roads.

I don’t have any photos of the visit with my mom’s friend.

When we got back to our hotel, the sun was setting so I got a few photos of the sunset.

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Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.

Have a magical day,

Traci

Mom’s First Time at Second Street Market

My mom had never been to Second Street Market.  I had a chiropractor appointment on the first.  I had not been to the market for a while so I thought that after the chiropractor appointment I would go down there for lunch.

I decided a Thursday afternoon close to the opening of the market would be the best time for my mom to experience the market for the first time.

She had a blast while there.   Continue reading “Mom’s First Time at Second Street Market”

The Way Down

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.

 

During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there.

Berea is an hour south of Lexington.  It’s located off of Interstate 75.

We opted to take a different route instead of taking the more direct route of Interstate 75.  It took longer to get there.  However, we were glad we took the indirect route because we got to see some interesting places on our drive down.

Jungle Jim’s is a favorite of ours.  I was so excited to see the other Jungle Jim’s because I had only been to the one in Fairfield, Ohio.  The second stop of the day was at Jungle Jim’s.  (The first was the McDonald’s in Waynesville.  My mom had never been to Waynesville which is a cool little town.)

Mom opted to wait for me in the car while I ran into Jungle Jim’s since I was going to go in and out.  Enjoy the photos of my quick visit to Jungle Jim’s.

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The next stop on the way down was at Ulysses S. Grant’s birthplace in Pt. Pleasant.  The house was closed for the season so we were unable to visit the house.  However, we enjoy seeing the outside of the house.

The original bridge over the creek next to his house was built in Brookville, Ohio.  My mom lived in Brookville for 20 years so that tidbit was interesting.

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We continued down the Ohio River scenic byway.  Mom and I enjoyed reading the different signs.  One of our favorites was “Fat Man’s Dream Restaurant.”  We also saw a house that looked like a steamboat.  I wish there was a place to stop and take a photo of that house.

Our next stop was Ripley, Ohio.  Ripley is known for the John Rankin house.  John Rankin with the help of John Parker helped slaves escape from slavery.  It was one of the most active stops on the Underground Railroad.

We did not stop at the Rankin House because we knew it was closed for the season.

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While we were om Ripley, we stopped at a place called Rockin’ Robin.  It was an old fashioned soda parlor.  Soda jerks made the sodas just like soda jerks did back in the 1950’s.

I ordered a marshmallow Coke.  It was delicious.

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We did not stop anywhere else during our drive down to Berea.

Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Random Photos From Our Thanksgiving Trip – The Way Down

I’m not including the these photos in the Universal/ Disney blog post series.

Sometimes the trip back and forth to your destination can create some of the best memories.  That is certainly true for our trip in November.

We left for our trip 10 minutes after I arrived home that Friday.  We watched the sunset while on the road, got stuck in a traffic jam in Cincinnati, and then had my skid plate half fall off in Kentucky.  We had to stop at 3 different exits to try to fix it.

Here are photos from the first part of our trip down to Florida.

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The sunset between home and Cincinnati – And the traffic jam in Cincinnati
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Our stops in Kentucky – We were also listening to Harry Potter in preparation for our trip to Universal.
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Tennessee – It was midnight when we got to Chattanooga. They still insisted on reading before falling asleep.

The next morning was freezing.  We drove through Georgia and Florida before reaching our destination.

The Imaginative One and I enjoyed eating breakfast together and then he had to show off how tall he is by stretching out on the bed.

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We weren’t far from the Georgia border so one of our first stops was the rest stop to get photos with the Welcome to Georgia sign.

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We did not have good fall foliage in Ohio so I was glad to see pretty fall foliage in Georgia.  As we were driving through, I took a lot of photos of the trees.

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Some random dude walking on the side of I-75

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The drive through Atlanta was not that bad.  We do not like stopping in Atlanta because of the crazy traffic.

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We decided to stop at a Zaxby’s for lunch.  The Zaxby’s was about 9 miles away from I-75.  The drive to the Zaxby’s was absolutely gorgeous.

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The Zaxby’s was located in Jackson, Georgia.  Jackson is located in Butts County, Georgia.  We had some fun with the sign at the welcome center.

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Photos of Jackson, Georgia and the drive back to I-75

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Finally we were in Florida.

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Join me next Wednesday when I share photos from our trip home from Orlando.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Wishes and the Water Pageant Parade

Join me on Saturdays to see photos from our Universal Studios/ Walt Disney Resort vacation during Thanksgiving.

Join me on Saturdays to see photos from our Universal Studios/ Walt Disney Resort vacation during Thanksgiving.

  1. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 1
  2. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 2
  3. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 3
  4. Islands of Adventure – Part 1
  5. Islands of Adventure – Part 2
  6. Universal Studios – Part 1
  7. Universal Studios – Part 2
  8. Characters in Flight
  9. Disney Springs
  10. Port Orleans – French Quarter
  11. Pop Century
  12. Art of Animation
  13. Animal Kingdom Lodge / Entrance area of Animal Kingdom
  14. Boardwalk / Entrance of Hollywood Studios
  15. Yacht and Beach Club
  16. Contemporary / Entrance to Magic Kingdom
  17. Polynesian
  18. Grand Floridian
  19. Wilderness Lodge / Entrance to EPCOT
  20. Wishes

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The Imaginative One’s Confirmation

Last Sunday, the Imaginative One was confirmed at our church.  He was the only 7th grader.  The other two young men that were confirmed are in the 8th grade.

When I was confirmed back in 1988, I was a 7th grader and the other ones were 8th graders.  I think it’s cool that we both had similar confirmations.

From January until last week, Nick was on hiatus from weekend camp trips so that he did not miss very many classes.  He ended up missing two because of an ear infection and then for his cousin’s confirmation. Continue reading “The Imaginative One’s Confirmation”

Wilderness Lodge and the Entrance of Epcot

Join me on Saturdays to see photos from our Universal Studios/ Walt Disney Resort vacation during Thanksgiving.

Join me on Saturdays to see photos from our Universal Studios/ Walt Disney Resort vacation during Thanksgiving.

  1. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 1
  2. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 2
  3. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 3
  4. Islands of Adventure – Part 1
  5. Islands of Adventure – Part 2
  6. Universal Studios – Part 1
  7. Universal Studios – Part 2
  8. Characters in Flight
  9. Disney Springs
  10. Port Orleans – French Quarter
  11. Pop Century
  12. Art of Animation
  13. Animal Kingdom Lodge / Entrance area of Animal Kingdom
  14. Boardwalk / Entrance of Hollywood Studios
  15. Yacht and Beach Club
  16. Contemporary / Entrance to Magic Kingdom
  17. Polynesian
  18. Grand Floridian
  19. Wilderness Lodge / Entrance to EPCOT
  20. Wishes

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Wedding Chapel and Grand Floridian (Photos and Videos)

Join me on Saturdays to see photos from our Universal Studios/ Walt Disney Resort vacation during Thanksgiving.

Join me on Saturdays to see photos from our Universal Studios/ Walt Disney Resort vacation during Thanksgiving.

  1. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 1
  2. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 2
  3. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 3
  4. Islands of Adventure – Part 1
  5. Islands of Adventure – Part 2
  6. Universal Studios – Part 1
  7. Universal Studios – Part 2
  8. Characters in Flight
  9. Disney Springs
  10. Port Orleans – French Quarter
  11. Pop Century
  12. Art of Animation
  13. Animal Kingdom Lodge / Entrance area of Animal Kingdom
  14. Boardwalk / Entrance of Hollywood Studios
  15. Yacht and Beach Club
  16. Contemporary / Entrance to Magic Kingdom
  17. Polynesian
  18. Grand Floridian
  19. Wilderness Lodge / Entrance to EPCOT
  20. Wishes

The Imaginative One and I walked over to the Grand Floridian from the Polynesian.  As we were walking over, we passed the Wedding Chapel area.  The Imaginative One asked me if that is where his dad and I got married.  (Not even close)

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Once we got to the Grand Floridian, the Imaginative One and I checked out the gingerbread house while waiting for the Wee One and Hubby.

After we found them, it was time for the Imaginative One and my reservation at 1900 Park Fare.

After our brunch, we checked out the Grand Floridian a little more before getting on the monorail to the Magic Kingdom area so that we could get a ferry to Wilderness Lodge.

Later on in the evening, the Imaginative One and I once again visited the Grand Floridian.  We got to hear a choir singing Christmas carols which was awesome.

A cast member helped us find the Mary Poppins’ penguin fountain in the Disney Vacation Club villa.  That was on my bucket list for the three days we were in the Disney area.

Enjoy the many photos I took while I was at the Grand Floridian.

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Have a magical day,

Traci

My Aunt’s Quick Trip to Home – Throwback Thursday

In April 2014, we received word that my mom’s cousin,Kate, was diagnosed with cancer.  She was not given much time to live.

My aunt, Missy, lives in New York about 12 hours or so from where I live.  Since we did not know how long Kate had before she died, Aunt Missy and my cousin drove in for a day or two to visit Kate.

While Aunt Missy was in town, she made time to visit with the boys and I.  We went out to one our favorite places – Young’s Dairy.  Afterwards we picked up my cousin from where she was exercising while we were at Young’s Dairy.

These are photos from the visit with my aunt and cousin.  As you can tell the Wee One was not cooperating in the first photo.  The second one ended up being hilarious with the Wee One climbing on his brother’s back.

Sadly, Kate ended up dying on September 11th that year.

Oh and a cool thing is that my aunt is only 15 years older than me.  I’m 14 years older than my cousin.  My cousin is 13 years older than my oldest and 15 years older than my younger.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mama’s Losin’ It

Polynesian

Join me on Saturdays to see photos from our Universal Studios/ Walt Disney Resort vacation during Thanksgiving.

Join me on Saturdays to see photos from our Universal Studios/ Walt Disney Resort vacation during Thanksgiving.

  1. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 1
  2. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 2
  3. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 3
  4. Islands of Adventure – Part 1
  5. Islands of Adventure – Part 2
  6. Universal Studios – Part 1
  7. Universal Studios – Part 2
  8. Characters in Flight
  9. Disney Springs
  10. Port Orleans – French Quarter
  11. Pop Century
  12. Art of Animation
  13. Animal Kingdom Lodge / Entrance area of Animal Kingdom
  14. Boardwalk / Entrance of Hollywood Studios
  15. Yacht and Beach Club
  16. Contemporary / Entrance to Magic Kingdom
  17. Polynesian
  18. Grand Floridian
  19. Wilderness Lodge / Entrance to EPCOT
  20. Wishes

 

I’m sorry it’s taken me 3 weeks to get back to finishing my Universal/ Walt Disney World trip photos.

The Polynesian is on my bucket list of places to stay on the Walt Disney Resort.  It has been on my bucket list since I did my Disney College program in 1995.  One of my assignments in the classes I took there was to go with a group of friends to the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian.  Ever since then, I fell in love with the resort.

One of my friends I met while on the College Program also took me to the Polynesian to hang out on the beach area.

 

Back to the trip in November –

After we got done with the Contemporary, the Imaginative One and I traveled by the monorail over to the Polynesian.  I had gotten a message from Hubby saying they were leaving Pop Century and would meet us there.

While we were waiting the few minutes for him and the Wee One, the Imaginative One and I got a lei from the front desk.  If you ask them, they will give you one.  So cool.

After they got to the Polynesian, we stopped and got Hei Hei stuffed animal from Moana since we had seen the movie the night before.  Our Hei Hei has been in our Christmas tree and hidden all over the house.  Best $15 spent (I think that is how much it cost).

The Wee One and Hubby then got their leis.  Afterwards, they got breakfast at Captain Cooks because Hubby wanted Tonga Toast.

We split up once again because the Imaginative One and I decided to walk over to the Grand Floridian while the Wee One and Hubby took the ferry.

Later in the evening, the Imaginative One and I came back to the Polynesian to watch Wishes and to eat Dole Whip.  Yum!  I’ll share my photos from Wishes in another blog post.

Enjoy the photos from the Polynesian.

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Have a magical day,

Traci

Entrance of the Magic Kingdom and Contemporary

Join me on Saturdays to see photos from our Universal Studios/ Walt Disney Resort vacation during Thanksgiving.

Join me on Saturdays to see photos from our Universal Studios/ Walt Disney Resort vacation during Thanksgiving.

  1. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 1
  2. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 2
  3. Cabana Beach Bay Resort – Part 3
  4. Islands of Adventure – Part 1
  5. Islands of Adventure – Part 2
  6. Universal Studios – Part 1
  7. Universal Studios – Part 2
  8. Characters in Flight
  9. Disney Springs
  10. Port Orleans – French Quarter
  11. Pop Century
  12. Art of Animation
  13. Animal Kingdom Lodge / Entrance area of Animal Kingdom
  14. Boardwalk / Entrance of Hollywood Studios
  15. Yacht and Beach Club
  16. Contemporary / Entrance to Magic Kingdom
  17. Polynesian
  18. Grand Floridian
  19. Wilderness Lodge / Entrance to EPCOT
  20. Wishes

On Black Friday, the Imaginative One and I went to the Magic Kingdom entrance hoping to see the train show.  We missed it by a half an hour.  Since we missed it, we headed over to the Contemporary Resort.

The Imaginative One and I ended visited the Contemporary three times during that day.  We went outside on the fourth floor so I got some awesome photos of Cinderella Castle.  He and I also visited the ninth floor, the highest you could go without staying at the resort and being a Disney Vacation Club member.

Later on in the day, the whole family went back to the Contemporary on our way to the Ticket and Transportation Center.  Once again, we visited the ninth floor because Hubby was interested in what we saw.

Later in the evening, the Imaginative One and I went back because we wanted to see Wishes from the Polynesian.

Magic Kingdom Entrance

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Walking Up to the Contemporary

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Fourth Floor of the Contemporary

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View from the Fourth Floor

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View from the bridge to Bay Lake

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More of the Fourth Floor of the Contemporary

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View from the Ninth Floor

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Looking Down

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Magic Kingdom with Train smoke

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More Looking Down

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Outside the Contemporary

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More Photos from Inside the Contemporary

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Views from the Ninth Floor

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At Night

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Join me in two weeks for photos from my favorite resort – the Polynesian.

Have a magical day,

Traci