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Sorry!

April 27, 2012

I have been horrible about posting to the blog, sorry guys.  I’m still trying to figure out a good way to share pictures because WP and Picasa don’t play well with each other.  I’m not sure I’m a fan of the changes (apparently Picasa and G+ are one now?) so if you could suggest a good WordPress friendly pic hosting site, I’d appreciate it.

The past few months have been fun, most notably Xavier came to stay with us over his Spring Break.  We were still at Mistletoe State Park, Adam had to work during the first part of the week but the kids and I found plenty of stuff to do around the park, and it was already warm enough to swim.  I turned into a lobster on Easter thanks to an ill-fated (but hilarious) day out on the canoe.  We went to a nice sandy beach to swim and play, and then when it was time to head back we noticed the boat had quite a bit of water in it.  The wind had picked up, and we were against it on the way back.  The trolling motor gave out about halfway there, and Xavier was taking turns paddling and bailing out water.  It was quite an adventure!

Adam had Thursday and Friday off, so we headed down to Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta for the weekend.  We spent Friday in Atlanta, our main objective was the Georgia Aquarium, that was amazing.  We had to keep reminding Audrey that it was real, and that the tanks weren’t TV’s.  She loved the dolphin show in particular, as well as the penguins.  After riding around in circles trying to find Little 5 Points (so many new developments, ugh) we finally found it and had dinner at a little Thai restaurant.  Xavier had sushi for the first time and loved it!  😀  We spent Saturday at Stone Mountain–went on the cable car to the top of the mountain, that was a  bit nauseating for me, but the views were spectacular.  Audrey couldn’t believe that those “tiny buildings” in the distance were the big city we’d just been in.  Then we went to the park attractions (sort-of a theme park really)–Audrey really wanted to ride the train.  Xavier braved the SkyHike, the wait was too long for Adam or I to go though.  I really want to try it this summer.  When you stay at the campground, you get 2 days at the park attractions for the price of 1–the second day is good all year, so we plan to go back.  The campground is nice–a bit expensive, but we had full hookups and even cable TV.  The bath houses are nice with large laundry rooms, and there is a big common area with a volleyball court, playground, picnic tables, and swimming pool.  We can’t wait to go back, but this time we will definitely go back to the RV to eat–the prices on food in the park itself are ridiculous (especially for the quality of food, blech).  The laser light show on the mountain that night was awesome–I tried to get pictures but it was too dark.  It was certainly worth waiting on the shuttle bus to/from the campground.

We’re in the city now, it’s strange.  While I definitely miss the lake, the lot rent here is much cheaper, full hookups are nice, and Adam’s commute is much shorter.  We still plan to spend at least 1 weekend a month (if not more) up at the lake though.  It is nice not having to drive 30-45 minutes just to go grocery shopping.  We also renewed our YMCA membership, so there are workouts, swim lessons, ballet classes, and the water park pool on our agenda now.  We are also thinking about trying out an Aikido school in town.  It’s getting hot already (high today was a surprising 97!), I’m afraid to see what the hottest part of summer brings us…

For now, here’s a link to our pictures (at least until I come up with a better solution):

https://plus.google.com/photos/108425997176209043800/albums/5736100622269936481?authkey=CIrZgafH-MrV9wE

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Long time, no see.

December 7, 2011

Sorry I have been lax about updating the blog, November was a busy month and December is shaping up to be one as well.  Aside from visiting family in NC over Thanksgiving weekend, we’ve been hanging out at Mistletoe State Park, and even had family visit us here earlier in November.  We’re big fans of this state park–while it may be a bit pricey, it’s still cheaper than our rent/utilities by a long shot, and we receive a 10% discount as Friends of Georgia State Parks, and the GA State Parks camper club gets us a free night of camping every 10 nights.  The views and wildlife are wonderful, the hiking trails are a lot of fun, and in general it’s just a nice place to be.  Having heated bath houses with laundry facilities within a short walk of the campsite is also huge perk.  We’ve gotten familiar with the rangers, camp hosts, and even some of the campers that stay for more than just a weekend.  I wish I’d had more time for volunteering, but Audrey keeps me pretty busy along with day-to-day chores and cooking meals from scratch most nights.  I do sorely wish I had a hitch on my Subaru, because dumping the “stinky wagon” should not be something a tired husband has to do in the dark after a long day at work.  😦  Anyway, my phone is misbehaving so I don’t have any pictures to post this time.  I promise a better post soon!

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First week

October 17, 2011

Well, we made it through our first week, it’s been great.  The weather finally cleared up at the end of the week and we were able to put up our awning.  We’ve taken the canoe out several times, exploring nearby coves and a nice little island just across the channel.  We also went fishing, it was a little complicated in our canoe, but Audrey managed to catch the first fish!  It was tiny, but she was thrilled.  The cats have both been outside on the harness, Callie likes it a little too much, while Nora just wants to get back to the camper as quickly as possible.  Adam put up the hammock we got in Mexico for the first time, it’s much too comfortable.  A new neighbor came by to give us some homegrown tomatoes (mmm) and said “You better not let him put that swing thing up, it’ll make him lazy!”

I think this weather is spoiling us a little too much though, these sunny 80-85 degree days aren’t going to last long, in fact the forecast is calling for rain starting tomorrow night and lower temps.  ::sigh::  I also find myself planning the week’s meals around the weather, having Adam cooking on the grill gives me more space to cook in the galley.  I have just slightly more than 1 square foot of counter space, but managed to make Indian chicken makhani the other night!  We’re still trying to work out a few kinks, it’s interesting living when you have to be constantly aware of your water usage, potty usage (feline and human), propane, trash production, and so forth.

Internet access has been surprisingly good here, hopefully that will continue when we move to another campsite next weekend.  I’m currently sitting outside using my cell as a hotspot for my netbook.  🙂 Here are pics from this week:

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Settling in?

October 12, 2011

While we’re not exactly “on the road” (we have to stay close to Adam’s work during the week), it’s strange to say “settling in” because we’ve already moved once in the same campground, and will only be staying here for another week and 1/2 before heading to a different campground.

We love our new campsite!  We lucked out on Sunday and snagged a perfect site–it is much more protected, has a little deck overlooking the lake, a trail to the beach, and is right across from a really nice bath house with a laundry room.  Audrey played with her sidewalk chalk while I folded laundry.  We are one of only two campers on this loop right now, so it seems super private.  We went on a walk along the beach the first day here and found persimmon trees, Audrey and Adam had never eaten one before.  Only one was ripe, but it was yummy!  The weather has been rather dreary, we haven’t been able to put our awning out because of the wind/storms, and I’m trying to work out a solution to the cold and damp that seems to be invading the trailer.  It’s supposed to be sunny and warm this weekend though, so hopefully a good airing out will help.

I’m in the process of making the TARDIS feel a little more home-y, I put a Van Gogh inspired Doctor Who poster above our bed, and added a magnetic board to the non-magnetic fridge.  I found a “Tardis Sweet Tardis” cross stitch pattern on Etsy, I haven’t cross stitched since I was a kid, so it should be fun to have a project.  We ran to town yesterday and Audrey had her first “real” haircut (she’s only had trims so far, mostly by me).  She had tangled it up really bad the day before and it took me at least 20 minutes to get the knots out of her tender head.  She was also having trouble keeping it out of her face with the lake winds, so she was happy about the new style.  I think it will be much lower maintenance, a boon with our new lifestyle.

A few more pictures:

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We did it!

October 9, 2011

Yesterday was our first day of living full-time in the TARDIS!  It’s been a rough week full of moving stuff to storage and cleaning, but we made it.  We’re spending the next two weeks at Mistletoe State Park, our site is waterfont but on a point so it’s extremely windy, so we’ll probably move tomorrow once all the weekenders have left.

Last night was tons of fun, despite our exhaustion we went to the state park’s fall festival!!  Audrey had a blast, they had a scavenger hunt for little ones and she got a little bag of candy.  We also went on a hayride just after dark, that was a lot of fun.

Here’s pictures!

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