Thursday, January 25, 2018

Oh, What a Year! 2016 Replay



2016 was a year like no other and yet a year of vague familiarities.

Sorrow

Joy

Pain

Hurt

Love


You know, a year in the life of a not so very normal person.


God is gracious not to let us see our years in advance. How could we stand knowing so many sad things would happen and many overlap. Some of those sad things would bump into joyous moments and those are the ones we cling onto, knowing that the mixture saves us from total despair. 


We started out the year getting our pool deck redone. What a mess, but we survived!




We also attended the Celebration of Life for our BIL in North Carolina.....We were sad to lose Johnny way too young.


My sweet and beautiful MIL, Matt, Charley and John at the service



In late 2015,  Jinks and Moody merged with Warren Averett forging a pathway to retirement for the Superhero.  Although a little scary (big move for someone who has owned a business for 40+ years scarier for his wife) it was a wonderful merging of two great firms.  
It was also the first time the Superhero's office has been this clean because someone who loves him worked her tail off getting it that way.


Letters from the sign on their building.

There was a special wedding...

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Spence


Me with the happy bride..


In March we spend a few days in Ocala visiting our kids and grandkids...






In May, Katie invited me to attend a mother/daughter dinner .......I was so honored.

Had a nice visit with Katie, her two girls and her husband. 

While I was there, I got the news that our dear Uncle Hugh died peacefully in his sleep at age 98.  We miss him and his sharp wit, but what a life!  He was indeed a special man. When he called me and was ready to hang up he always said "tell your husband that I love his wife." 


Matt went to Ireland.....he left us at home!

The sisters took a trip to Mississippi.....we had a good time, but Cathy kept trying to leave by way of the closet...

We stayed in the New Orleans room....every room had a theme.   We found out later that we were the only ones staying.  That was a little frightening.



The Superhero got a new hip.....


On my birthday we traveled to see my dear friend...


Her beautiful and sweet daughter...


and picked up our grandson Charley who came to spend a few days with Nana and Pappy!  We had so much fun!


July was also birthday celebration with two of my long, long time friends.  We see each other at least once a year to celebrate our birthdays which thankfully are close together or we would never see each other!


Good times!  These two know ALL my secrets!  I am so good to them!



In August we celebrate a number of birthdays, including my two sons, a daughter in law, a brother, a niece and of course the Superhero.
Throw in a couple of anniversaries and it's quite a month.

I seem to only have photos of one of said birthdays.....my son David.


Sweet September and my younger sister turned 60......finally all the sisters are in their 60's!   Some of us got together for a little birthday celebration at Runaway Island.  It was fun and the food was delicious!

My sister Debbie.... otherwise known as the birthday girl.... and her husband Mike


November and our 21st Anniversary.....we celebrated in New Orleans.  I had never been!!!

One of my favorites.....we went there every day!


We saw some very strange sights....



Took a great horse and buggy ride through the city....



And went to dinner for our Anniversary.


Every year has sad days.  We celebrated the life of my cousin Jo....

Sister Cathy, Aunt Evelyn and me


SIL Lois, brother Tommy, cousin Claire, sister Cathy, me, sister Debbie and her husband Mike and Jo's brother James and his wife

Jo's husband Steve with the sisters

Then we had Thanksgiving...





Christmas......





And another year ended.....Goodbye 2016

Oh, the years go by...things change....
I hope to see you again soon.....to recap 2017!
Spoiler.....I already know how 2017 ends!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Living Backwards.....Our trip to Savannah

At least for the time I'm catching up, I feel like I'm living life backwards on the blog!  
It also looks like all we've done is travel which is absolutely not true.....but I do want to get our travels down to remember later.

So......going way, way back to August 2015, we took a short vacation to Savannah, GA.


We stayed in this great Bed and Breakfast.



Once we found a place to park, we walked everywhere.....we did take a tour on a bus like the one pictured.

This fountain is in one of the many parks in Savannah.  




The waterfront.  







The port in Savannah was used to bring slaves in for trading.  This statue made me sad thinking about the families that were torn apart during that sad time in our country.



Just a pretty place we walked by.  Decided it was a good place for a photo.  



This was an interesting sight.  The guy carrying the flag was running through town.

I did not run with him!


The sign outside our Bed and Breakfast.....the Foley House Inn.  Y'all, it was wonderful!  They had great breakfasts, then at 3 p.m. they had tea time and at 6 p.m. happy hour.  
I didn't think we would make tea time or happy hour, but it turned out to be just the right times to get back and take a break from walking.  I loved it because those were the times we met new people and made new friends!


The parlor inside the Foley House Inn

The door at the end of the hall was our room.  





This was where we had breakfast.

Tea time and Happy Hour were held in this room.

Our room.


Old Savannah Cotton Exchange




We did a tour of The Colonial Cemetery......




We realized in walking around, that our B&B was right next door to the Independent Presbyterian Church, so even though we didn't bring church clothes, we went and enjoyed it so much!  Everyone there was so friendly and it turned out the pastor knows out pastor.  Small world.



The courtyard looking out our bedroom window.  It rained most of the time, so we didn't actually go into the courtyard.


We took Uber for the first time ever .......he wasn't a serial killer even though I insisted he would be.......and went to The Pink House for Russell's birthday dinner.


They bring one candle in a silver candlestick for birthdays.

Our time in Savannah was one of our favorite trips ever.  We met so many nice people and just had a nice, relaxing time.  We did tour the house where "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" was filmed.  Our B&B was right across the street from where the bus stop scene from the movie "Forrest Gump" was filmed.  

As I write this, months after the fact, it sounds boring to me, but it was so much fun.