We’re Baaaack

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We’re back from Hilton Head! We had a wonderful time. We spent most of our days relaxing by the pool or strolling on the beach. On Wednesday, we went to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. It was a guided tour provided by Disney Vacation Club and was very enjoyable. We were hoping to see some alligators, but it was too cool for them that day. Thank goodness for us, we all had on jackets — mine and Brian’s were courtesy of the souvenir shop at the Hilton Head Wal-mart. I told Brian that these were all the clothes that they put out for the tourists who thought that they were coming to a warm place. lol Actually, it was only cool in the evenings and early mornings. The days were nice. They did say that it was about 10 degrees cooler than normal.

Anyway, at the wildlife reserve, we walked to Ibis Pond. On the way, I asked Josh if he remembered what an ibis was since we’ve learned about them while studying ancient Egypt. His reply? “No, but I know we’re on vacation.” In other words, “I’m not doing school, Mom.” That kid cracks me up! I immediately said that I was going to have to come home and blog about that. lol

We didn’t see any alligators, but we saw fiddler crabs, an oyster bed, ibis, wood ducks, moor hens, egrets and more. It was a very cool place.
We were supposed to go down into the marsh on Thursday, but it rained. So, we hung out in the room for awhile. I read, the kids watched movies — Disney movies, free from the gift shop. It cleared off after a bit and we went to the pool, where the kids had a blast on the huge slide. It took Brianna two days to convince Josh to go down the slide, but once he went, that was all she wrote. We couldn’t keep him off of it.

My mom had a big announcement on Tuesday. The man she’s been dating asked her to marry him. So, my mom’s getting married. Charlie and his daughter and son-in-law had gone down to Hilton Head on Friday and had a room near ours. They stayed until Tuesday. The funny thing is, none of us were surprised by the proposal. There’s another funny Josh-story related to this. He asked my mom a few weeks ago if she was going to marry somebody. (As I said, none of us were surprised by this!) She said no. Then, a week or so ago, Charlie came to church with Mom. He’d brought a picture of his boat, with a close-up of the motor to show Brian. Brian wasn’t there that week, but Charlie showed Josh the picture. The Thursday before we left, we were in my mom’s room printing directions to Hilton Head off her computer. We were talking about Charlie. I said something to Josh about Charlie being nice and about him showing Josh his pictures. Josh says, “So, if I want to marry somebody, I just show them a picture of a boat motor?”

I replied, “I don’t think he wants to marry YOU.” We all chuckled, but apparently Charlie wanted to marry somebody! 😉 So, anyway, I’m happy for my mom. My stepdad passed away nearly seven years ago and she’s been lonely. Charlie is very good to her and I haven’t seen her so happy in a long time.

Anyway, back to vacation. Other than a bit of rain and some cool nights, the weather was really nice. It rained when we left on Friday, but it quit by the time we got to Savannah (our side trip) and we got to enjoy the city. We’d never been there, so we decided to take a trolley tour, knowing that we’d never learn anything about the city just driving around ourselves. It was really cool. However, I’ve been on the computer all afternoon and evening catching up on emails and blogs and updating our flat traveler blog, so if you want details on Savannah, you can email me and I’ll give you the link to our FT blog, where I went into more detail. Forgive my laziness. 😉

I did think that those who know us would find it very amusing to know that we just had to eat at the Hilton Head Chick-fil-A on our way out of town on Friday. lol I’ve never seen a more nondescript Chik-fil-A. Everything in Hilton Head was nondescript, though. Not only that, but everything was hidden in the woods! We drove past Applebee’s the night we went there to eat, even though we’d already seen it twice and were looking for it!

We didn’t get home until nearly 11:00 Friday night. We all had a wonderful time, but were very glad to be home…and thankful, too! I know that we were covered in prayer. We drove through some really horrible rain (as in, people pulling off on the side of the road and my speed-demon dh driving 40 mph on the Interstate!) and some road construction in Atlanta. There are probably fingernail marks on the inside of my van door! lol It’s good to be back. Thank you all for your prayers for safety.

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  1. Hilton Head sounds like a lot of fun! I will have to mark that down as a place I want to visit. I’m happy for your mom. It sounds like she found someone really nice.

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