Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Month in Georgia Part 1 : Cumming to Grandma's in Winder

Since Daddy works from home, we came up with the brilliant idea of going to Atlanta for an entire month. Daddy can work anywhere there is a wireless connection and a quiet place to concentrate. Since the drive is anywhere from 11 to 12 hours, we had to make the trip worth it by staying longer than a week. We also made this trip a test run, to see if there is a possibility of doing this in the future. After a week of planning and packing, we packed up the car and headed South on July 3rd. We took the scenic route down 29 this time. We drove past UVA and through the hills and valleys of Virginia. It was a much more interesting drive than driving down I95 to I85. Our first stop was at the Miess' House in Cumming, GA. Kim, T-Bone, Joey and Jacob were wonderful hosts. They had a 4th of July party, WITH A GIANT SLIP AND SLIDE!
There were also a few kiddie pools set up for the wee ones to play in.
Daddy wanted to take Fletch down the slip and slide, but unfortunately it's hard to get momentum sitting down and holding a 24 pound baby. So they scooted their way down together.
Luckily no one took any pictures of me going down the slip and slide. I went down quite a few times and it was a lot of fun. You kind of crash into the inflated wall at the end and then get spit out the side. After all the sliding and eating from a delicious smorgasbord of food it was dark outside. Time for FIREWORKS! The kids had a blast playing with sparklers.
I didn't think Fletch was quite ready for the fiery hotness of burning Ferrotitanium. So Daddy held a sparkler for Fletch to admire.
After we burned through all the sparklers, it was on to the fountains, roman candles and the big guns.


The next day was spent recuperating for a bit before heading to Grandma's house for the following week.  

Grandma works from home just like Daddy, so it was interesting to watch them work at desks right next to each other (especially on conference calls). I think that Fletch and Mama were a bit of a distraction for them throughout the day, but they both managed to get their work done. 

While we were there, we went to the YMCA to swim one day. It was extremely hot that week, so we stayed in the water a lot longer than usual. Friday night, Grandma and Grandpa Neil watched Fletch while we went out with T-bone and Kim to see an Ozzy Osborne cover tribute band.  You should have seen those two men get so excited over a cover tribute band. The beer was cheap and we probably had too much considering our plans for the next day. On Saturday, we all packed into the Xterra for a short road-trip to Tallulah Gorge at Tallula Falls. We doused ourselves in bug spray, strapped Fletch into the Ergo Carrier and hit the trails. Tallulah Gorge is the largest gorge on the East Coast. We did the scenic trails, but did not go down the millions of steps to go across the gorge. It was pretty hot and I had a large baby strapped to my back. Side note: Parts of the movie Deliverance were filmed at the gorge. It really is a sight to see. (The gorge and the movie.)



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