We’re Back!!

Hello and good evening!

I am so sorry it’s been over a week since my last post. We had a GREAT vacation. I was going to  blog while we were gone but decided to cherish the 7 days with Cori and the kids. We got back Tuesday at 6pm. Since I didn’t go grocery shopping before we left, I had to run to the store before I could relax from the drive. $350.00 later and 1.5 hours later, I was back home. (yes, $350.00!!) The sad part is I still feel like we need more.       =(   After unloading and putting everything away, Cori and I grabbed a Corona Light and watched True Blood in bed. It was a good one. 3 beers later and I was a little silly. opps. I think it was lack of food and too much beer. It’s alright though, we had a fun just the 2 of us.

I was going to blog about the trip Wednesday morning but my internet was down. Go figure!! Ugh, I was so upset. I finally got online (or so I thought) and wrote almost a whole blog when I lost the connection. I was so frustrated. I called Comcast and they came out to fix it today. Yay! I am connected again.

Now…..about our trip. Man did we enjoy ourselves. We left a day early (Tuesday night) and drove for 3 hours before getting a room at the Holiday Inn  in Gainsville. We were up and on the road before 9am. We stopped at Starbucks for a quick pick me up and I got some oatmeal. If you like oatmeal and haven’t tried theirs yet, it was good. They give you dried fruit, mixed nuts and brown sugar to top it off. It was just about lunch time when we got to my grandma’s and we were hungry! We all had turkey sandwiches and some kettle cooked chips. That night for dinner we had some slow cooked pork roast. It was yummy. I had a big salad and a small piece of the pork. (oh, and 1 small red potato) The next morning we headed to the Georgia Aquarium. It was Bailey’s first time and our 2nd time going. The boys were so excited to see the whale sharks.

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Yea, it’s not easy to get all 3 of them looking at the camera (and smiling) all at the same time. You’ll also notice I don’t have pictures of my food because I told Cori “No Blogging.” Lunch at the Aquarium was pretty lame. Nothing too healthy so I had some granola and a apple that I brought with us. After a few hours we walked over to the Coke-Cola factory. I could have skipped it for the $50 it cost us all to get in but the kids and Cori loved it. They had 64 Coke products out for sampling. I made sure to only try a few and just a sip at that. Chase didn’t use the same caution and ended up not feeling so hot. Cori and I decided to walk through Centennial park before we drove the hour back to Grandma’s. When we got back to the house she had Shepard’s Pie waiting for us. Oh it was soooooo good. Shepard’s Pie is one of my favorites. Friday morning we woke up and I had this yummy bowl of Oatmeal, a banana and 1/2 cup of coffee. Oats were Kashi Truely Vanilla brought from home. (okay so I snuck in a picture! haha)

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It was just what I needed to get me through the day at the Atlanta Zoo. That is one of the best Zoo’s ever. Lunch options there were about the same as the Aquarium, pretty lame and unhealthy. Cori even agreed this time and we both snacked on some Natures Valley Granola. We left the Zoo around 2ish and went to the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Atlanta. I was bad and ordered a burger and a ice cold Stella on tap. The burger was heaven and worth every calorie. Bailey got to sit in her first high chair and was quite proud of herself. I was pretty impressed myself.

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Ah, I love these people.

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I skipped dinner back at the house due to the late lunch/early dinner burger. =) Saturday morning we packed it up and drove to Clarkesville to their other house. 2 hours later Cori was taking the boys on an adventure walk in the woods and I was taking a nap with Bailey. I decided not to work out this day and opted instead to have a few drinks. hehe. Cori and I got a 6 pack of mix and match beers from ingles. I LOVE INGLES! Oh my goodness, they have everything. As Greg says, “Ingles Rocks!” Get this, you can make your own peanut, cashew, and almond butter. Doesn’t get any fresher than that. Oh, and bulk bins with oats and granola. We need to get an ingles down here. Whew, anyways. I made 2 big pizza’s and 3 small pizza’s for dinner. 1 small one for each of the boys, 1 small one for Greg, 1 big fresca pizza (fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, spinach and mushrooms) and 1 big cheese and pepperoni pizza for grandma. We had a lot of pizza left over.

Sunday we all went to the Tallulah Gorge. What a beautiful place. We got to see some amazing waterfalls andwalk over 1000 stepsto the bottom of the Gorge. We found out once we were there that you can get a permit and actually go in the water! How cool is that? Next time we are so going to get a permit. I carried Bailey in the sling the whole time and boy was I feeling it on the way back up the stairs. Cori was in charge of the boys. (who both did awesome) Dinner that night was burgers and since I had just had one, I made myself a big salad  and had just a bit of the meat with some mustard. Monday we all went to Helen andwalked around. All the shoppes and restaurants are old German style and really neat to look at. We didn’t buy anything because it was all really expensive and touristy. (is that even a word? sorry)  We left Clarkesville that night and headed back to their house in Mc Donough. We were all packed and ready to leave in the morning. I said my goodbyes that night because I knew we would be leaving early. Cori and I were not ready to come home yet. We were out the door by 7am and after a quick stop in Orlando to have lunch with Katy and Janet (and 11 hours later) we were home. Ahhh, so there you have it. It was a much needed and appreaciated vacation for my family.

Yesterday morning I spent the day unpacking, cutting the grass, weeding the back yard and cleaning the house. I  think I used up every bit of energy I had. Well, I couldn’t stop to blog so what else was I suppose to do? haha. One thing I did miss that I hit up first thing was my Green Monster smoothie! I had one yesterday and this morning.

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This was where I was sitting yesterday morning when I realized my Internet wasn’t working. How sad right? Today has been just as busy. I fixed the sprinklers in the back and front yard, my mom came to visit for a few hours and  my friend Tammy who just moved back from South Carolina came by too. She brought her fiance, daughter Coral and her new baby Hendrix. It is now 9:40pm and I am just as tired as I was last night. Tomorrow will start back to normal. The boys and I are meeting up with a couple boys and their mom from their baseball team. GO RED SOCKS! My mom is coming over to sit with Bailey. I’m looking forward to spending some q.t. time with my boys.

See you for breakfast,

ashley

ps- I didn’t realize how much I would miss blogging. Yikes!

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    mom said,

    Yay for my daughter’s blog to be back.. I missed reading it every day.. I missed my girl and her family.. Nice visit today.. Excited to hang with Bailey in the morning.. Love you sweetpea!!


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