Monday, July 4, 2011

Our 'Deep South' 4th of July Weekend

In past posts I had written about the college ministry that I helped out with. The pastors of that ministry were our close friends Jordan and Jessica. A few months ago, they were offered another, better job in South Georgia, and they took it. While we were thrilled they were offered such a wonderful opportunity, we were crushed that our best friends were moving five and half hours away!

Which leads to our 4th of July Weekend. We were missing them, and they were missing us too... so plans ended up being made for us to go visit them! We left Friday right after Justin got out of work and drove for what seemed like eternity. We arrived at their new home around 10:30 at night, and we stayed up talking.

The next morning we drove to Savannah, GA for the day. By time we got to Savannah and found a place to park, it was lunch time, so we all decided to eat at a seafood place on River Street called Fiddler's Crab House.
Jess showing off her crab legs for Jordan's iPhone (which was literally attached to his hip the whole weekend...)

The hubby taking a big bite of his sandwich...
After we ate lunch, we walked up and down River Street and looked at all the shops. Since it was a holiday weekend, there was a craft show for us to check out too. While we were walking through the craft show, Justin spotted (of all things) dolphins in the river! Savannah is close to the ocean, and evidentally the three dolphins were looking for food up river!
If you look closely, you can see a dolphin fin to the left.

After we were all shopped out, we walked around downtown to see all the beautiful and historic architecture. Savannah is full of historic parks and lovely buildings.
The Cotton Exchange building in Savannah.
All four (or five) of us in front of the Cotton Exchange.
Walking around all afternoon in the southern heat was tough on this pregnant woman!
When I saw this meter, I had to take this picture!
As we were walking back to the car, Jess spotted this cute little cupcake shop on a side street and we decided to check it out. It turned out to be a yummy stop! Though not for cupcakes, they had homemade popsicles! SO GOOD! I got a lemon one... not kidding, it was lemon juice, that was it! But it tasted so good after that first puckering lick.

We finally made it back to the car and drove to Tybee Island for a little bit of beach time. It was nice to wash off my tired feet in the ocean!
When we left the beach the sun was setting and we were hungry! So we stopped at an Applebees on the way home... the food was good... once we got it! It took 30 minutes for our appitizer, and 45 minutes for us to get our food! By time we argued with the rude manager, paid our bill, and left, it took us 2 hours and 15 minutes to get our food, eat it, and pay. It was crazy. We got home very late.

Sunday we went to Jessica and Jordan's church. A gospel group, The Perrys, were there! If you are an American Idol fan, you will remember their newest member: the singing police man from Sevierville, TN; Bryan Walker. It was fun to meet him; he's really nice.
After church Jess and Jordan treated us to a local southern buffet. We went back to their house for a nap; all of us were still exhausted from the previous late night. Once everyone was awake we started playing games.... and the boys finally beat us women at 'Sorry.' It only took them like twenty games.... Jordan made us his special ribs, Jessica made garlic bread and baked beans, and I brought potato salad I made before we came... Justin, he ate... Ha! After dinner we played more games and talked until 1 in the morning!

Justin and I got up early this morning and left around 7 am to get back home... Tonight we made burgers and smores on the grill, and we plan on watching fireworks from our back porch and light a few sparklers.

It was a very memorable 4th of July Weekend. It's crazy to think we will have a 7 month old next year this time!

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