Wednesday, December 02, 2009

How We Spent Our Long Thanksgiving Weekend

After Thanksgiving Day spent down at my parents home, enjoying family, food and fun; we spent Friday driving up to Georgia and setting up camp just north of the Okefenokee Swamp. There were lots of fun memories to be had there, like:
  • trying to fish in a freshwater lake with saltwater bait
  • biking along some trails
  • our van battery dying (and Shane's) and no one having jumper cables
  • the wood not being seasoned and dry, and having to hunt for kindling to burn . . . dry pinecones work relatively well and they're so pretty to watch when they burn too.
  • roasting hot dogs over a fire
  • finding a birds nest and some hatched snake eggs
  • Chris finding a snake and PICKING it up! Crazy kid!
  • figuring out how to set up a tent
  • freezing our butts off in 35 degree weather (at least it was sunny)

The group we went with consisted of Jen and Shane (and their two boys), and their friends Scott and Sandy (and their daughter, son, and dog). Pictured above is the group of kids.

Matthew's favorite things about camping was going on the hiking trails with bikes and finding natural treasures. Lance's favorite things about camping was finding the snake and wearing clothes to bed and not being made to brush his teeth at night.

And . . . of course, while we four were freezing our tooshies off, my darling daughter went to see the Florida/Florida State game down at the "other swamp." She even got to High 5 Tim Tebow on his last ever "Gator Walk." I'm finally sitting here tonight watching the game - at 1 am in the morning.

you can't see them here, but my mom and daughter are right up front by the officers/guards in the hats . . . they got at the walk area about three hours before the walk happened.

Senior Day - Tim and Coach . . . it's so nice to see a guy show emotions sometimes.

Tim in action

Final Score: 37-10

My dad and I traded cameras for the weekend. He took my Nikon d70s for the game, and I took my daughter's Panasonic point and shoot for camping. I didn't want to overwhelm you all with the loads of photos that my dad took, but just a few memorable ones from Tim's (and others) final home game as a Florida Gator.

Okay, and before we made it to Thanksgiving, Nana and I took Kristen down to Gainesville to see a UF swim meet against FSU, and upon arriving home, I went with Jen to see New Moon (again . . . for the fourth time) and I still loved every second of it!


Cheryl said...

It sounds like a memorable weekend for all involved (what a neat experience for your daughter)! The pictures are wonderful!

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