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Monday, July 30, 2012

Screamer Writes Again...

Hello readers of Momma's blog...

Screamer here.


Once again, I'm in trouble for having a little fun.  :-(

Momma says I have broken a glass bottle that she really liked, knocked picture frames and memory jars onto the floor, lost her seashells, and awakened everybody in the wee small hours of the morning one too many times.

Not true, I tell you!
It's simply not true!

OK, maybe breaking the bottle is true...but it was pink.  PINK I tell you!  And that's a GIRL color.  So it needed to go.  Doesn't that justify me breaking it by sending it rolling down the stairs and crashing into the wooden trunk on the bottom landing at 4 A.M.?  Come on now...you know you agree with me.  Pink is so yesterday!

As for the picture frames and jars...I was just trying to rearrange them.  Momma has no eye for decorating.  I was just trying to help.  Really!

And the seashells?  They smell like the beach...and tuna fish!  How does she expect me to resist them?!?

And by waking everyone up in the middle of the night...well once again, I was just trying to help out.  The grownups keep saying they need to get more exercise.  I figured chasing me around would help.  I love playing real life cat and mouse with the tall ones as the cat and me as the mouse.  It is so much fun!  It makes me laugh to see them coming after me only to have me make a quick dash under the bed at the last minute.  HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  What fun!!!

Only all of those things were just making Momma and Brian cranky.  It seems I was interrupting their beauty rest or something like that.  And Momma complained that she couldn't go back to sleep after her early morning exercise.  So what?!?  She should just sleep during the day in a nice sunny spot like I do!  But she disagrees.

So now I have to sleep in the bathroom.  Seriously folks...the BATHroom!  Where is the justice?!?  Hannah and that DOG don't have to suffer such indignities!  Hannah told me she has been sleeping next to Momma at night ever since I was reassigned to the downstairs bathroom.  And that DOG...SHE has a nice comfy bed on the floor next to the humans.  But I, I, have to sleep in the BATHROOM! In a peanut M&M's box!


Well, ok, I'll admit it IS kind of comfy with Momma's old pillow in it.  That was nice of her to give that to me.

But it's in the BATHROOM!

No justice, I tell you!

Won't you please talk some sense into Momma?  Please?  Pretty please with tuna flavored Greenies on top?  (Well, maybe only one or two since I really really like those...)  But you get my drift...I really need your help!

Love and purrs,
Screamer (AKA "Bad Cat")

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vacation for Five, In Which There was Finally Water Play! And Free Chicken, Too...

Day four of our vacation for five didn't dawn bright and sunny like we were hoping.

Nope.
It was cloudy, grey, and a bit cool...
and threatening rain.

And there were three girls who desperately wanted to go to the pool...
and the rock slide...
and the paddle boats...
and the canoes...

And there were two parents who knew we were going to have to give in...
and hope the rain held off!

So we did.
And it did.

We were almost the only ones at the pool.  For a while, the girls were the only ones IN the pool.  By all reports, the water was cold.



Then it was off to the rock slide...
Three of us braved it...
G and M at the top of the second slide
Here comes M...
With G to follow...
And even though you can't really see him...Brian came down too.
Two of us chose not to participate in this event...
The other M
Me, with my sunburned nose, keeping all the towels dry  :)
(Don't judge.  This picture is just to prove I was really there.  Remember, I was sick the day before...)


After heading back to the pool for a while and some lunch, it was time to head out on the lake...

These three ventured out on a paddle boat...

While Glo and I paddled out in a canoe...

I don't think I've paddled a canoe since my days as a camper at Lazy W and Camp Desoto!!  But I did pretty well.



Then we switched a passenger...

G joined Brian and M in the paddle boat while M joined me in the canoe...



More swimming and play followed the boat rides until the sky turned black again and thunder caused the lifeguards to call everyone out of the water...


That was ok though.
We had big plans.
It was time to dress like a cow and drive 40 minutes to the closest chicken eatin' place...

Mooooo!
(I'm so gonna' get in trouble for posting this one!!)



We had a tween cow, a speedy cow, and a giggly cow with us that evening...





It was a fun evening, capped off with a quick trip to Publix where we bought doughnuts for Saturday morning breakfast.  Because you know...we were on vacation...doughnuts for breakfast are ok on vacation...

Saturday was also a repeat of day one...in which we packed three children, two adults, and a dog and all of the various and sundry items required by said children, adults, and dog BACK into the Camry that is NOT a family of five plus dog kind of car and returned home....

Monday, July 23, 2012

Vacation for Five, In Which There was Illness and Gold

Day three of our vacation for five dawned with lots of rain, with the threat of more rain throughout the day.  Another day of no swimming or water play.  

On top of that, I was sick...
Stay in the bed kind of sick...

So Brian was on his own with three girls who needed to get out and do something.  

After considering some options, a destination was chosen...


The cooler was once again packed with sandwiches, drinks, and snacks, and they set off on another adventure...this time at a gold mine.  While I was sorry not to be able to go off and play with them, it all turned out well.  I would not have wanted to go down into the gold mines.  And that would probably not have been the destination if I was with them.

Now, I wasn't there, so I can't tell you too much about the pictures other than what I was told...

Which makes this second or third hand information...don't hold me to any high standards of accuracy!


Panning for gold before the tour of the mines

Everyone found a few flakes of gold!

Outside the entrance to the mine





Going underground into the mine



Lunch afterwards...I'm pretty sure that wasn't what they packed in the cooler!
I missed them while they were gone, but I'm glad they got to go exploring and see the gold mine.

Plus, I couldn't tell you the last time I had that much quiet time alone!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Vacation for Five, In Which We Drive and Climb

Day One:  In Which We Drive...
Day one of our vacation for five began with the packing of three children, two adults, one dog, and all of the various and sundry items required by said children, adults, and dog into my Toyota Camry.

Now, I love my car.
It's great!
Really!!!
But it is NOT a family of five plus a dog kind of car.
(Thank goodness we weren't taking the cats too!  YIKES!!)

Our destination was Marble Hill, Georgia.
With a stop at Brian's dad's house to drop off the dog.
('Cause you know...it's easier to ask someone to come feed the cats once a day instead of coming over a couple of times each day to feed all the critters and walk a dog...Thank you, Rachael for feeding the Hannah and Screamer!  And thank you, Grandpa Bill and Gramma Julie for taking care of Cookie!)

Yep, that about sums up day one.
Packing.
Driving.
Oh, yeah...don't forget the unpacking!

Day Two:  In Which We Climb...
Day two started out with the threat of rain and didn't seem like a good day for swimming and water play.  So we packed a cooler with sandwiches and drinks and grabbed a bag of snacks and set off on an adventure...destination Amicalola Falls State Park.

I love that name...Amicalola.
It's fun to say...Amicalola, Amicalola, Amicalola.
(OK, typing it was a little more challenging...)
I was excited to go just because of the name, not because I knew anything about it.  ;)

We started in the visitor's center where we met Arlis and one of their legless lizards...I mean, well, you know that creature that starts with S and is five letters long.

The only one brave enough to hold the legless lizard!

Amicalola Falls is the location of the Appalachian Approach Trail, the 8.5 mile trail that leads to the base of the Appalachian Trail.  


Don't worry...we didn't make them hike 8.5 miles!  However, the first mile of the Approach Trail runs alongside the creek and the falls.  604 steps make that possible.  Our friend Arlis suggested that we hike UP on the East Ridge Trail and then come DOWN the 605 steps.  Sounded like a good suggestion so we set off on our hike, water bottles full and springs in our steps.


The arch at the beginning of the trail
Pondering the crooked tree..."Dad, how did that tree grow that way?"
Happy hikers


The hike got a little strenuous as we went up the mountain, but the girls were great and didn't grumble. We were rewarded with some gorgeous views along the way...




When we got to the top, we could hear the rushing water of the falls.  And we started seeing signs like these...

 The first one...not too ominous.  We knew we had 604 steps to descend.

Then there was this one.  Guess they mean it when they say stay on the trail!

Then there was this one...

If that doesn't strike fear in your momma heart, not much else will!  And the girls decided it would be a good idea to stay on the trail, which made the parents' jobs a little easier.

Our first view of the falls, from the top of the falls looking down...

Then we set off down the stairs...the many, many stairs...
And I was very glad that we were going DOWN those many stairs.

Looking back UP some of the stairs we had just descended


The falls...which were just amazing in person...the pictures really don't do them justice...





Whoa...a picture of all five of us!!


OK...so maybe they did venture off the marked trail just a tiny bit...SHHHH!!!!

This tree had the thickest trunk I've ever seen.  The three girls aren't even stretched half way around it!

I love this next picture...we were had to duck under this branch and as we did, one of the girls put her hand on it for balance and commented that it was really smooth.  That, of course, made the other two need to touch it.

 The happy hikers were rewarded with a picnic lunch at the end of the hike.  I'm pretty sure turkey and/or ham sandwiches, orange slices, and potato chips never tasted so good!