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Panama City Beach with the grands

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Another vacation with the grands in history. We reserved a 3 room suite and took DD#2, SonIL (not her husband, DD#1 had to work), and the 2 grands to the beach for 6 days. Monday was spent driving, checking in, and getting settled.

Tuesday the fun began. There were 6 pools, 2 were indoor and included a lazy river.

Then there is the beach,

and building sand castles.

The world's biggest beach chair.

Back to the room for lunch.

Then while the little kids "rested" the big kids put puzzles together.

After a nice rest, we met the other grand parent's at Capt. Anderson's for dinner. After a LONG wait for a table, we finally got seated.

First time eating calamari.

Since it is a vacation and we don't need to get in bed early, we took a trip to Funland after dinner. Driving cars, skee ball, and Guitar Hero are loads of fun.

It was a long day, and we all slept well. More fun in store for tomorrow.
Life is good.

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KRISLEEB 7/31/2011 1:47PM

    sounds like tons of fun!!!

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4DOGNIGHT 7/31/2011 11:31AM

    How much fun and in the most beautiful part of the country! I live right down the road in Fort Walton Beach!

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MAKULEWAHINE 7/31/2011 11:15AM

    What a wonderful family time!! We have so much to be thankful for, don't we? Love your pictures. Those kiddos are soooo cute and I love the calamari pic. Enjoy your days.

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LOUISEH54 7/30/2011 11:44PM

    Looks like everyone a having a wonderful! Enjoy!!!

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COLEENCOLE 7/30/2011 11:01PM

    Looks like a grand time.

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And a great Birthday party.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

What a great time we had with my grand mother this weekend. The grands (her great-great-grands) were so good, and kept her entertained. She got to watch them ride the 4 wheeler and little battery tractor,

We had family "wind sprints",

worked in the garden,

took lots of breaks,

got some bike riding lessons,

and enjoyed some family time with a puzzle.

Sunday was the big family dinner. My SonIL was the grill chef

and we did have a crowd

Grandmother with her children

and great-great-grands

We ate way too much, but had a great time. Can't wait to do it all again at Thanksgiving.

Life is good

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COLEENCOLE 7/5/2011 4:55PM

    Nice! And how old is your GM?

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CARLANNIE 7/5/2011 10:46AM

    How fun! Glad everyone got the chance to get together. Those things really have to be planned in order for people to break away from their busy lives so they can share family time together. Life IS good.

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KRISLEEB 7/5/2011 10:15AM

    That is super cool!! I'm looking forward to our family reunion this year....hopefully we'll have 4 generations present!!!

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KWHITEHEAD9 7/5/2011 12:15AM

    Looks like you had a great time!

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Another successful camping trip

Thursday, June 30, 2011

We had a few days with nothing scheduled, so packed up the camper and took the grands to Logan's Landing for a quick camping trip. We did a lot of swimming

Some kayaking

Had some fun at the playground

Went for walks

Stayed up way to late, and ate way to much (but I'm the grandmom, and it is ok)

It is amazing how well kids will sleep after a hard day of playing in the pool. DH even took the oldest on a short trail run this morning.

It was a lot of fun, but I was happy to return the boys to their parent's. Saturday we will go to my parent's for my grandmother's birthday party.

Life is good.

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KRISLEEB 7/2/2011 6:57PM

    sounds to me as if life is AMAZING!!

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COLEENCOLE 7/1/2011 3:18PM

    Everyone looks happy. Great legacy to pass along. A fun grandmom.

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MENOLLYRJ 7/1/2011 12:04PM

  Glad you had a fun time with the kids and made it back safely. I know when head home from a camping trip, we usually don't make it out of the campground before at least one of the kids is asleep. Playing is hard work!!

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CARLANNIE 7/1/2011 7:03AM

    Sounds like a fun time was had by all! Wow - how old is your grandmother?

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Missed my goals

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Well, June is almost over and I have failed to meet my goals for the month. I had hoped to ride 575 miles and only got 243.8. Between no scheduled bike rides, rain, storms, and clean up we just couldn't get a lot of miles in. But that is ok, we need the rain very badly, but could do without the storms.

My training for the 5K has been put on hold for now, for reasons that won't be discussed here. But hopefully I can start back in a month or two.

We will be taking the grands camping next week. Just going to a spot on the lake about 20 miles from home, but they don't care. Next week will be spent swimming, fishing, hiking, and trying to stay cool. Our oldest DGS will be spending the afternoon and night with us today and I'm putting him to work helping get the camper set up, packed, and ready to go. He doesn't know that yet, but he is usually good about helping if he can get something out of it. Last night our youngest DGS spent the night and we baked goodies to take. DH is working and missing all the fun, poor him.

Well, off to play Mario Cart with DGS. Wish I were better, it is a shame when a 4 year old beats you.

Life is good, even when you miss your goals.

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SCOUTHARPS 6/29/2011 11:22PM

  You did what you could. Enjoy the trip, I have something special planned for next month! Good for you, using child labor! emoticon

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KRISLEEB 6/28/2011 5:01PM

    You have a GREAT attitude!!! You'll get back on track!

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STORM551 6/27/2011 10:23AM

    The attitude is right about the missed goals and you can't control the weather-the camping trip sounds like a lot of fun and a relaxing and rewarding time. Enjoy the small pleasures in life they are what keeps you going. emoticon

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CARLANNIE 6/27/2011 9:39AM

    Those four-year-olds seem to have an inborn ability to play computer games. We, on the other hand, have to learn it all from scratch! My kids were the same way. And about your goals: didn't you know goals are made to reset? Such is life. Enjoy the camping trip!!!

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MENOLLYRJ 6/27/2011 7:17AM

  Enjoy making memories with the grandchildren. I still remember trips to the beach with my own grandmother.

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MAKULEWAHINE 6/26/2011 10:24PM

    You are right about celebrating life even with missed goals. The important thing is to make the goals otherwise nothing would get done:) Enjoy your camping trip and your family.

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LUVS2BIKE101 6/26/2011 8:12PM

    Family is so important. And you rode quite a bit for all the weather that you cannot control. You didn't fail in my book!

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MNCYCLIST 6/26/2011 5:32PM

    Well, you probably rode farther than you would have if you had set no goal at all! So congrats to you for getting in so many miles, and best of luck as you train to beat a 4 year old!

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HYJEAN 6/26/2011 1:27PM

    Sounds like you know the importance of just spending time together and enjoying each day that we are given.

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COLEENCOLE 6/26/2011 9:58AM

    You still did well and I suspect you were active in other ways. I hope you have a dry camping weekend.

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JUNETTA2002 6/26/2011 9:52AM

    You are right life is good all the time. You can get back on track this month.

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Up in smoke

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Today was the day I only work 1/2 day, so I don't have to leave till 1. There was a big storm moving through, so I waited for it to pass and left a little late. As I was driving down the street I saw a big plume of very black smoke rising from towards town, and thought it was odd for the forest service to be doing a prescribed burn now. As I kept driving I realized it wasn't the forest service, it was IN town. As I kept driving I realized I would have to drive right by it. Seems lightening struck an old cotton yarn mill in town and set it on fire. One mill collapsed, another is still burning. A big thank you to all the neighboring fire departments that came and helped control the monster. There have been no reported injuries so far.

The last mill closed in 2006 and crews have been dismantling the equipment and structure and selling the pieces. Glad I waited a few minutes and wasn't near when it got struck.

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CYCLINGSANDY 6/26/2011 4:14PM

    I am glad you stopped before you left and avoided a messy situation. Hopefully, there will be no injuries.

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SCOUTHARPS 6/24/2011 10:06PM

  Glad you didn't get in the middle of the mess! Cotton can be very flamable.

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COLEENCOLE 6/24/2011 1:59PM

    That was some fire. I am glad no one was hurt.

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KRISLEEB 6/24/2011 10:40AM

    that's crazy!!! Glad you were safe!

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MAKULEWAHINE 6/22/2011 11:23PM

    Talk about timing. I'm glad you are okay but what a sight that must have been. Someone was watching over you:)

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