I love to photograph my grandkids or any kids for that matter as it is one of the best ways to capture the innocence of a child. It’s like when they learn to talk, you never know what might come out of their mouth. Well the same can be said for when you photograph them, you never know what you might capture.
This past weekend I took a trip to Louisiana to visit my youngest daughter to share in the joy of her upcoming baby, who is due at the end of the month. My oldest daughter was also there with her two kids so we got to enjoy a little mini family reunion.
Because of my love of photography and because I had yet to get photos of these three together it was time for a photo shoot.
Oldest – 13, Baby girl – 3; Baby boy – 2
This brother and sister have a special bond and considering the 10 year age difference it makes their bond even more special. I hope they stay as close as they are now for many years to come.
Baby boy is all boy and as adorable as he can be. He can talk up a storm and is on the go from the time he wakes up until he goes to bed. I pray that he will accept his little sister into his world with the same love and devotion as the two above.
March 2nd marked a year ago that we started our RV journey that would take us from Tennessee to Florida and back several times before setting down in Tallahassee back in October. During those first few months we had some very memorable moments. Some of which we have been reminiscing about these past few days, so I decided I would share those moments with all of you.
1. March 15th. We drove all the way to Mississippi to pick up our eight week old fur baby, Oscar. He was born with beautiful blue eyes (they changed as he got older) and milk chocolate fur. I don’t know what we were thinking at the time in getting a dog, a puppy none the less when we were just starting our adventure. Looking back now, I’m glad we did, because he has been a big blessing for Greg. Pets are just like children in the fact that you make whatever sacrifices you need to make them happy and healthy.
On the way home!
2. March 27th – April 10th. We were staying in Moore Haven which was about a 15- 20 minute drive from Lake Okeechobee, which meant fishing. There’s just something about being on the water, the calmness and serenity of it makes life so much easier to deal with.
We spent several days on the lake in our kayaks. I only caught one or two a day, but always caught the biggest. On what would be our last day on the water, Greg spotted an alligator about 5-6 feet from his kayak. I was probably about 15-20 feet away. He was not having any of that and we were out of that water real quick. Had we been in a boat, it wouldn’t have been as scary, but in a kayak, the last thing you want to encounter is an alligator. Plus he was not a little one, he was a BIG one.
3. June 3rd- 6th. A few days on Lake Guntersville in Alabama will help take all your worries away. This was absolutely the best place we have stayed at. Our site was right at the water’s edge and the sunsets and sunrises were beyond amazing. We were able to fish every morning and afternoon. Our Hobie kayaks were the paddle type so you just sit back paddle with your feet and use the steering handle to maneuver all around. It was amazing. Oscar loved sunning himself, looking over the edge or enjoying time in my lap. He truly does the water. The amount of fish we caught was not enough to get excited about, but the fact that we were on the water enjoying the beauty of nature was what made our time there memorable.
4. June 24-28th. We wanted to take our oldest grandson on a summer trip. We had originally wanted to go to Louisiana, but our plans had to be rearranged so TN it was. Our drive there included a flat tire which was a memory in itself that I don’t want to relive. The memorable moment was our trip to Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg. Our grandson loves animals, especially sea life so we thought this place would be a great destination.
Because we have to have a way to carry the kayaks we had a rack on top of the truck. The rack adds height and can be a problem when you park in a garage parking lot. I’m the guilty party doing the driving that day and not thinking I pulled into the parking garage. Luckily I found a spot on the top floor, which meant I didn’t have to drive down into the garage…for now. Thinking ahead we knew we would have to remove the rack in order to get out at the end of the day, but for now we planned to enjoy the aquarium. Once we viewed all the animals and enjoyed our visit, we headed down the strip to find lunch. Unbeknown to us the place we were headed to had closed so we had to find something else. By this time we had walked the entire strip. Now mind you my grandson is not athletic, never exercises and we are taking him way out of his comfort zone. We chose a place to eat, which was the worse place I’ve ever eaten at and the most expensive for what we ordered. The grandson wouldn’t even eat. While looking for a place to eat, we were also looking for a place that might sell a tool we could use to remove the rack, but had not spotted one, so I used my phone to search for an auto parts store.. The only thing we could find was Ace Hardware, which per the GPS was on our way back to where the truck was. So we walked and walked, but never saw ACE Hardware. I called them to confirm address, clerk confirmed and told me we were close so we kept walking. Eventually we were past where the truck was, so I called ACE again, spoke to another clerk and again was told they were just down from where we were. I guess what they didn’t understand was we were walking, not driving. After several more blocks we give up, went back to the garage we parked at and asked security for help. If only we had done that in the fist place we would have saved ourselves a lot of walking, but this memory wouldn’t have been as funny. Our grandson was so mad knowing that we could have saved all that walking and just gone back to the garage in the beginning. We thought it was funny and still laugh about it today.
5. July 9th. Having one furbaby wasn’t enough, as daddy Greg thought Oscar needed a playmate, so on this day we drove to Mississippi again, different breeder to pick up our baby girl, Harley. She is Hershey chocolate and a tubby tail now. Hard to believe considering how tiny she was the day we picked her up. It took a while for the two of them to get use to each other, but now they are inseparable.
There were many moments that were special to us, but these 5 ring out on top. We long to add to these memories and in time we will. Feel free to share a memorable moment you have had on your adventures in the comments below.
I can’t believe that 12 years ago today I was spending my morning in a hospital waiting for my first grandchild to be born. We already knew we were having a boy and we’re looking forward to this day for a long time. We had hoped for a normal delivery, but our little guy didn’t want to come and after two weeks past the due date, the doctor agreed to a c-section. So January 6th we were welcoming a new baby into the world. We had had it all worked out that I would be in the delivery room and was afraid that the doctor wouldn’t allow me in on a c-section delivery, but who was I kidding, my daughter wasn’t taken no for an answer. She was nineteen, her first child and scared to death and it didn’t matter that her husband would be with her, she wanted her mom too. Thank God I was able to go in and see the miraculous birth of my first grandchild.
I always thought giving birth was great, but getting to be on the other side of the screen was the most awesome experience I have ever had. Fast forward to today where we are celebrating that handsome baby boy turning 12 and I have to ask myself where has the time gone? I can’t wait for Saturday when he gets a surprise birthday party at his favorite restaurant that his Nana took him to on our first lunch date after we moved back to Tallahassee in October (pic above is from that day). He loves hot wings and come Saturday, he will get to eat as many as he wants.
Having Christmas in Florida can sometimes be disappointing, especially when the weather is in the 80’s, which is the temperature today. We have now been in Florida for two months and it has definitely been an adjustment getting use to the heat again. However, Greg is loving the high temperatures, but I could do without 80 degree weather in the winter months.
Living in an RV can make decorating for Christmas an interesting concept, but I think we handled the situation quiet well. At only 3 feet tall, the tree fit best on the table, although for most of the month it sat on top of a cabinet next to the TV, but I couldn’t add the presents, so in order to get a good pic with all the gifts, I moved it to the table once I took down the sewing machine, which stays on top of the table more than anything else.
We spent Christmas Eve with my daughter and her family and had a wonderful time. She cooked some wonderful chicken and dumplings, broccoli casserole and a corn casserole as well. For dessert, I made my famous eclair cake that is always a delight to eat. After dinner, we opened gifts. It takes getting use to going to my daughters house as opposed to having everyone at home for Christmas, but with only an RV, there really isn’t room for everyone to actually have space to enjoy the moment. At this time of the year, I really miss my big house and wish things were like they use to be before RV life took over.
The youngest, Madison, is now at the age that she knows how to open presents and enjoyed all of her stuff. Here she’s modeling her matching hat and scarf and a purse. She kept that scarf on pretty much all night, even after bath time, she wanted her scarf. Hopefully the temperatures will eventually change and she’ll be able to wear them outside.
Off with the hat and scarf and on to modeling another purse and her lite up Frozen slippers.
Colby, who is eleven, is into Dr. Who and wanted as much Dr. Who stuff as he could possibly get, so I got him the whole set from head to toe. He’s such a big brother and loves looking out for his little sister. She had to get in on his pictures as well.
At the end of the night we had to get a picture of all us.
Another pic of Madison looking totally adorable in front of the Christmas tree.
We arrived in Florida on the 18th. I had lined up an RV park for us to stay at hoping that we would be happy with the location and the park itself considering there are limited RV parks in Tallahassee. We could not have found a better place. I really believe this is the best place we have stayed in since we started living in the RV. Despite the sites being close together, the grounds are immaculate and I am a very big stickler for parks keeping the grass mowed and grounds kept up. Tallahassee RV Park has the best groundskeeper I have ever seen. He is out every day doing something whether it’s mowing, raking and blowing pine straw or weed eating. I know a few parks that could take lessons on how to keep the grounds mowed and cleaned up.
Upon our arrival we got settled into our spot only to discover that our satellite would not work. It’s located on top of our fifth wheel. We noticed our neighbor had a satellite on the ground, which was almost even with ours, so we should be getting reception. After two days, we finally figured out what to change on the receiver to get reception and after talking with Direct TV we had local channels again. To say we were excited was an understatement as we were both tired of watching news out of New York and cable didn’t provide us the opportunity to use the DVR. When you live in your RV having the comforts of life is more important than if we were just camping on the weekends.
The furbabies have gotten accustomed to their new surroundings and drawing attention from everyone they encounter. They really love the warmer temperatures. Most days the temperature is in the upper 70’s to mid 80’s.
We bought a car, which will make getting around town easier and definitely make our gas bill cheaper as it only takes $25 to fill it up and it gets 37 miles per gallon as opposed to the truck that cost $60+ to fill up and only gets 7 to 14 miles per gallon depending on whether we are pulling the rig or not.
Last Saturday I met up with my daughter to take the grandkids to the pumpkin patch. My two year old granddaughter was hilarious running through the pumpkins. She would touch them with just 1 finger on each hand and then run to the next pumpkin, laugh as she touched it and then run to the next one. She really loves being outside and totally enjoyed seeing all the pumpkins and scarecrows. However, during the past week she got real sick with a fever, cough and runny nose. Mommy took her to the doctor to discover she had an ear infection in both ears. Hopefully antibiotics will heal her up soon because when I saw her today she wasn’t doing so well.
My grandson got his report card this past week and he has greatly improved this year over previous years. It’s hard to believe that next year he will be going to middle school. They really grow up fast.
Two reasons why I’m in Florida!
If any of you find yourselves in Tallahassee, Florida drop by Tallahassee RV Park and stay a while. Call first to make sure they have a site available as spaces fill up fast around here. Most days there are no vacancies, but that might change once football season is over. And if you’re not a fan of Florida State you might want to stay elsewhere until the season is over as this place is packed with NOLES fans every weekend. GO NOLES!!!!