Our next adventure was a day exploring St Augustine. Josh and I went there on our way home from Savannah. It is the oldest town in America. So yet again, my dad was in history heaven. We started our day walking through the gates of the city.
Stopped in front of the oldest school building, and quickly headed to the "historical adventure."
Our guide was great. He kept calling all the plaques historical tweets.
After the tour we climbed into the watch tour and looked as far as we could see.
It was free day in the fort so, hey why not. It was pretty cool. It took something like 26 years to build it. The stuff it is built out of is found out by the ocean. They dig it up, form it, and then it has to air dry for nine months. I guess it is good stuff. The fort still looks awesome and it was built in the 1700s.
After all of the history fun, we sat for a while, drank coffee, and looked up facts about St Augustine on our phone.
Snapchat fun of the day.
At the end of the day we headed to the beach to watch the waves and just chill.
Until next time St Augustine.
Next on Dad's trip was Savannah. Josh and I went there for Thanksgiving last year, we both commented how my Dad and one of Josh's brothers would love it. So I decided to take Dad for a day.
Dad read EVERY plaque he could find. I had a walking tour book and dramatically read it aloud while we walked around.
Dad and I both have a love for pralines, we found a "fabulous find." They were amazing. While we were walking around on our tour a local man stopped us and asked if he could help us. (I guess we looked a little lost, stopping and reading every plaque and me dramatically reading aloud, I can't imagine what gave him that clue) He told us no matter what we did for the day we had to eat at Mrs Wilkes.
The line outside we stood in for TWO HOURS to eat at Mrs. Wilkes.
The menu taped on the door. You walk in sit with ten people who were around you in line at an already set table.
Now, think of every southern food you can imagine....
Fried Chicken, Sausage, Beef Stew, Meat Loaf, Cabbage, Snap Peas, Macaroni & Cheese, Butter Beans, Black-eyed Peas, Rutabega, Squash, Rice & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Yams, Pickled Beets, Red Rice, Collard Greens, Okra & Tomatoes, Brown Rice, Potato Salad, Apple Salad, Macaroni Salad, English Peas & Noodles, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw *Seasonal Menu subject to change. Not all items available every day'
That is what their website says is on the table, along with sweet tea
Our table didn't even put a dent in all the food. When everyone finished (which was cut a little short by two people not knowing the cardinal rule when in public, no talking about religion or politics) we all took our plates to the dishwasher, paid, and rolled out of the place. Totally worth the line! Everyone should go!
Until next time Savannah!!!
snapchat fun for day 3
.As a kid my Dad loved car racing. I remember many summers going to visit him and we heading to the dirt track to watch the normal Saturday night races or the "Grandaddy" of that racetrack, the Showme 100. (The track was in the showme state and they went 100 times around the track. Original, uh?) As I grew up Dad even had his living room decorated in the Mark Martian motif. So when he came to visit a trip to Daytona was a must.
We got there late because I95 was shut down due to a car wreck. The 1.5 hour trip ended up taking almost 3 hours. So, they rushed us to our group where we started the VIP tour. I know NOTHING about the sport but it was really cool to see Dad getting to see all the history. He is not really into car racing anymore but he still enjoyed it.
The picture of the road above is a mockup of the track turns. The turns sit on a 31 degree angle.
The winner of this years race. Can someone tell me why there is grass on the hood? Everyone thought the grass was so funny, I decided I had asked enough dumb questions for one day. Sometimes the clueless blonde knows when to ask later :)
The press box view
This light was pretty cool I thought each ring is a model of all the tracks they own
This picture I thought was neat, the first Daytona races were held on A1A and the beach. Some races had to be cut short they said because of high tide coming.
When we were taking our picture in the winners circle they said do the Igy shuffle and showed me what it was. Well you know me, why not?!? Well, the reason number one not, I looked like an idiot when they took the picture.
A model of the first Daytona winner
This was a replica of the father of Nascars office.
We made it to the finish line of our tour, I still really didn't learn a lot,but it was a lot of fun looking around, watching Dad,and seeing all the background things. Like did you know they let 500 people sit in the winners circle area in a building, park at the winners circle, food and drink included, $6,000 for 11 events?!?! There have been 18 live births out a the speedway, and many other triva facts.
Snapchat fun from the day.
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Happily Ever After. So often we see this at the end of Disney movies, read it at the end of books, or during wedding times it is printed on things. What does Happily ever after really mean? I know we all know our life isn’t going to be like Cinderella, Belle, or one of the other Disney princess. The whole movie they are struggling, then they get the kiss that changes everything, and they “live happily ever after.” Why in our minds, do the struggles end at the kiss?
Think back to the times you were dating those were the easy times. I mean come on let’s be honest. We were all still on our best behavior, you weren’t living with them, seeing them at ALL times, happy, sad, and every other emotion in-between. So why do we think at the end of the movie their struggles stop? I mean let’s sit back and think about it. If our before the kiss (dating) was the easiest, then that is how it would have to be for Disney movies, right? If Cinderella had it “easy” before the kiss can you imagine what was coming after the kiss? Can you imagine marrying someone just because you spent one evening with them and it was "enchanting." I think we all had to kiss a few frogs before we found our, "prince." What if her enchanting night was a frog? That would be a fun conversation....
"The shoe fit!"
"Let's get married."
....after the wedding.....
I think we could all fill in the blanks with fights they had. Can you imagine marrying someone that you truly had only spent one evening with? I mean come on, think of the fights you had your first year of marriage and you felt like you knew them.
So, back to my question, what truly is "Happily Ever After." I don't think it is at all what is in a book, or showcased at the Disney parade. I think it is the mess we create in marriage. Nothing in marriage is truly neat, tidy, planned out, and clean. I don't think Happily Ever After truly means it all worked out perfectly. I can't imagine being with someone who just always agreed. I would get bored. I think Happily Ever After is truly learning to do life with someone else. It is the opening up, letting go, learning to be loved while learning to love. Yeah, I have always been loved by family, but I let's be honest a spouse's love is different than a way a parent or that type of family loves. Happily Ever After is the waking up before the crack of dawn to work out because I know that I am going to work at school and then at the office for at least an eleven hour day and won't have the energy the workout at night. Happily Ever After is the late nights when we wake up on the couch with the little box popped up on the tv asking if we are still watching. Happily Ever After is working through blending "my parents," and "your parents." Happily Ever After is learning how to live together. Learning how to still fit in, "me" time without the other person filling left out. Happily Ever After is admitting you don't know it all and that I am willing to learn. Happily Ever After is the fights, the hurt feelings, the emotions. Happily Ever After is the look I get when I have yet again burned another meal, or just happen to pull into another restaurant on our way home because I just have no clue what to cook. Happily Ever After is when I get in bed at night and sometimes find little pieces of glass in the sheets because he was too tired to take off his work clothes the night before. Happily Ever After is living on a teacher's salary knowing his dream will get us farther and we need to make sacrifices for it. Happily Ever After is real life. No no one's life is Disney perfect, but as I said before I actually think it would be boring, and it wouldn't let the great times be as great. If all you ever ate was Chick fil A chicken nuggets, they wouldn't taste near as amazing when you get them ever once in a while. I love the mess we have created. The fun times are so much better because of the struggles.
Happily Ever After is exploring new worlds, new cultures, new lives. Happily Ever After is the laugh I hear when I walk in and say, "I think the beach is calling our name." Happily Ever After is the smile I get when I walk in the office after a long day of him trying to run the office alone. Happily Ever After is when he reaches down and kisses me on my forehead. Happily Ever After is when he walks in with my coffee in the morning. Happily Ever After is the smile I see after I drag him to another place, and he ends up loving it. Happily Ever After is OUR LIFE. It is what we have made of it. It is so much better than any Disney Happily Ever After I can imagine. Happy Anniversary, Thank you for being my Happily Ever After. I love you.
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Now, we had different reasons to go Waco than most. Josh wanted me to see Glass Doctor headquarters, Dad always talks about a Czech bakery in West, we love Dr Pepper, and why not stop by Magnolia Market. To be honest with you. I have never watch fixer upper. I know SHOCKING! I wanted to go to magnolia market to eat at the food truck Milo. Milo is ran by a guy I went to college with, and the pictures he always posts reminds me of Eat Street Markets in Brisbane and we used to love to go there and chill. So why not?!?
We went to Magnolia Market first. They really had cute t-shirts, hats, and gee gaw nick nacks. Middle of the week on a chilly day was a perfect day to go. There was tons of free parking once we drove around to the back, and honestly there were no crowds.
After we walked around, tried Milo's truffle fries, and people watched we headed to see Glass Doctor headquarters. I was honestly shocked how small their headquarters were for such a big group of business. It was really good to see it though and really put Dyer Group more into perspective. I am so glad Josh suggested to go, walk around, and interact with headquarters.
Next, we headed to the Health Camp. It is a restaurant that has been featured on many lists. It was a while in the wall old school hamburger and shake place. Wow! It didn't disappoint. There is nothing like an old fashion grilled cheese.
After the Health Club we headed to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. They had a whole special exhibit for Nolan Ryan. I was pumped. They had his original contract, his prospect card, and many other cool things.
I would say we used our extra day very well saw Glass Doctor, and did everything Waco for sure. On our way back to Dads we stopped at the Czech bakery in West, Texas. Yep did not disappoint!
Have you been to Waco? What did you like? What did you enjoy?
Last weekend was a rough weekend in many senses of the word. I went to Charlotte after work on Friday, worked for 13 hours Saturday, slept four hours, got on a plane, flew to DC (for 30 minutes), then flew to Orlando. If you know me well, you know I require a lot of sleep. I know my friends with kids laugh at me saying that, but I was the kid would get sick at church camp, just from lack of sleep. So last weekend I slept a total of 10 hours with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night combined. That with everything else going on, it was a rough weekend. I say all of that to say how amazing the weekend ended.
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