Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Helen Tubing 2018

This morning Anna and Elyse and I drove up to Helen (after dropping Jessica off at Granny and Pa's house; she didn't want to go this year) so Anna and Elyse could go tubing down the Chattahoochee. It's one of Anna's favorite things to do very summer, and this is the fourth time out of the last five years she's done it (we never got around to it back in 2016; I think we got rained out the day we had intended to go). This was Elyse's second time.

Here are the pictures I texted to Jessica of the adventure:

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Six Flags 2018

Today we took the various free tickets Anna and the girls get as rewards from their schools and went all the way to Austell to get rained on at Six Flags.

Well, actually, our intent was not to go to Six Flags to get rained on, it was to ride rides and have a good time, but getting rained on is how it turn out. The girls did ride one ride and we all had a good time despite the storm.

When we got there, it was cloudy but not all that overcast:

So, thinking we had plenty of time and also being hungry, we immediately ate some lunch (that's a picture of the ceiling, which Jessica and I both thought was interesting; I didn't take any pictures of the actual pizza place):

Then went to Thunder River, the ride the girls like best. They rode it twice, and I rode it zero times:

(They aren't in the picture above, but it gives you an idea of what the ride is like.) 

This is me, waiting for the girls to go by the viewing area:

It's hard to tell, but this is about the time the girls got soaked:

While the girls were riding the second time, the storm came in, and we spent the next hour or so walking in the wind and huddling away from the rain:

Most of the rides were closed down because of the weather; after a while of waiting, we decided it was time for us to leave. The rides did start up again as we were heading for the exit, but it looked to us like another storm was coming in, so we kept going out. I took these pictures of colorful curving attraction tracks as we were leaving:

I call the following two pictures Six Flags Parking Lot After Storm I and Six Flags Parking Lot After Storm II:

(The sky didn't really look this foreboding; my camera app's Dynamic Range Optimization feature made it look that way.)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Callaway Gardens with Elyse and Mommy

Elyse really wanted to go to the beach this summer, but with everything else going on we didn't have time for a proper trip to Florida or Tybee Island. Anna's solution was to take Elyse for a three-day visit to Callaway Gardens, which has a beach, and also a butterfly center, and which is also close to Wild Animal Safari. Perhaps most importantly, Callaway Gardens is only a hundred miles from home, which makes for a great short get-away.

Here are some pictures Anna texted me of their adventures:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Miscellaneous Recent Pictures

Here are several pictures from the past few weeks (except for the first one, which is from January), some of which I took myself, some of which were texted to me:

Jessica, shortly before we moved out of our house in Loganville:

A few pictures from Elyse's Field Day, near the end of second grade at Magill:

Anna texted me this picture from one of their many recent Girl Scout trips:

Anna texted me this picture from Savannah while she and Jessica were there with their Girl Scout troop:

Here's Elyse, eating a cake pop and waiting out a thunderstorm in the cafe at Target, on the weekend that Mommy and Jessica were in Savannah:

The sky over Target after the storm:

Elyse in my bed reading with Tessie:

Me in the part-time instructors' office at Gwinnett Tech on the first day of summer semester:

Jessica set up, took, and edited this picture, and then texted it to me:

Friday, May 11, 2018

We Moved!

This morning at 10:00 we sold our house in Loganville to a charming young couple with two kids, who we believe will enjoy that house as much as we did when we were young(er) and had small children.

Then, for about an hour, we were technically homeless (all our stuff was in two storage units, my parents' garage and spare bedroom, the trunks of our cars, and a 20-foot U-Haul truck--except for the stuff we left in the garage at the old house, which we had to go retrieve tonight), until we bought our new house in Grayson!

Here's our big ol' truck, backed up to the garage and ready to be loaded by the movers we hired:

Here's Elyse, just barely fitting on the stuffed-to-the-gills truck:

(You wouldn't believe how much stuff is in that truck!)

Goodbye, Loganville house!

Hello, Grayson house!

We're far from all moved in, but we have a lot of our stuff here, and we know where the rest of it is. We don't get our Internet connection and phone until next Tuesday, but we will be sleeping here every night from now on, so this is truly home!

(This, by the way, is post number 550 on our blog! That's just a coincidence, but it seems fitting that a post about such a significant event would be connected to such a monumental number.)