Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fun in the Son - Hilton Head Island

Last week, J&J took off to the beach for "Fun in the Son". (Thanks to DT, who unknowingly, loaned me these pics from her Facebook page.)  This group of high schoolers from our church goes every year to a faith based camp.  This was the first year at Hilton Head.

July 13  Leaving Central Pres
I think they had a great time, judging by Julia's reviews.

She enthusiastically told me stories of worship time, soccer, running in the rain on the beach, her break out group, spending times with friends and dancing.

When asked about the trip, John just said, "good".
It is a "good" group of kids, a "good" summer activity, a "good" spiritual opportunity and I'm so glad they got to go!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Eat Georgia

Since we were out of town last weekend at the appointed time for Eat Athens, we just made a switcheroo to the plan.  We would modify our dining area.  Since we were in the Georgia Mountains, we would, of course, eat there.  I guess this installment would be more appropriately named, "Eat Hiawassee"!

This place has been around forever.  I remember eating here when I was growing up when we played football in Towns County and later as trips to the mountains would allow.  It has never disappointed.  Never. I looked forward to going this weekend.  After J&J finished their fried fish and cheeseburger, my guess is they'll look forward to their next meal there, too.

image from tripadvisor.com

We got there late and it was raining.  I didn't take any of my own pictures, but if I had... they would have been all smiles.  I've been here many times and while it has always been crowded, we never had to wait long.  I suspect that is not always the case, though.  It appears to be a favorite with locals as well as tourists.  Take time to visit nearby Sautee, Georgia and maybe Hiawassee as well.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Julia celebrated her 14th  birthday with Uncle Jim, Aunt Patsy, Nanny, our family and her buddy, MCP,  It was the first year every without a party.  No invitations, no balloons...no hoopla.  Just a birthday dinner after church.

Happy Birthday Jules

 Later in the evening, we did have birthday cake and ice cream with neighbors and friends. Julia requested plain birthday cake, no icing.  Easy enough.  Birthday cake is otherwise known as Cream Cheese Pound cake and is one of the secrets of life.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Family Reunion II

July is our family's month for reunions.  For the fourth, we gathered with some from my Daddy's side of the family and the next weekend, we got together with my Mom's side of the family.  Our reunion destination with this crowd is always Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia.  I have raved about this resort in previous posts and for good reason.  The cabins are arranged so nicely for big groups.  There are individual bedrooms that open off of a kitchen / living room area.  Depending on your needs, you can use the common area or not.  "The Sisters" always opt for the use of a common area which allows us to all eat together.  This year our numbers were down as so many cousins have moved (Michigan, are you kidding me???) or are just plain busy. Our numbers may have been down from previous years, but our fun wasn't. We ate, golfed, shopped, exercised (!) and read.  Then, our family dashed back to Athens to get ready for Fun in the Son.
image from hotelsharbor.com

Lots of winding paths that are beautifully landscaped and wooded
 for the walker, runner...
or lollygagger

image from Brasstown Valley Spa and Resort

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Amazing Cooper B

Most people would have given up.  Not Cooper.  Most people would have lost hope.  Not Cooper.  Most people would be bitter.  Not Cooper.  Most people would at least have a pretty bad attitude.  Certainly not Cooper.  Watch this viceo and see if you agree, Cooper B is an amazing kid!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Fireworks and Family on the Fourth

Some of my favorites gathered at my house for a little family time, food and fellowship on the Fourth.  We had such a good time.  As a bonus, the pool house was finished to accomodate the party.

I'm so proud of KB, who did all the work himself, except for the tile on the bar. His buddy, BM, helped with that.  It was a long, laborious project, but it is finally finished!  Yay!

We swam, played games and ate a lot.  Again, I borrowed heavily from Paula Deen.  Our menu included a few standards, but I have to say that I loved the grilled chicken with "Daddy's Tangy Grilling Sauce". (Find recipe below.)

We had so much fun with the Alabama and Tennessee cousins!  I was sad when they left. 

 Really.  I love them!

Don't let the face fool ya. This was fun.

When it was over, we were making plans for 2015.  It started with a "Share a Coke...."

... we decided Atlanta would be a great place to go for a 2015 celebration. Among other things, we can tour the Coca Cola Museum there. (I had hoped to get a Coke with everyone's name on it for the reunion.  I just couldn't find them all. After a valiant search, Julia and I gave up and decided the one above was the prize!)

I love it when you leave one event and you're planning the next!

Daddy's Tangy Grilling Sauce
Paula Deen's Southern BBQ Two Episode

1 cup worcestershire sauce
1 stick of butter, melted
2 lemons, juiced                                                         Combine all ingredients and baste on chicken.     

Eat Athens V (Amici's)

Located in the old Rocky's Pizza building is an Italian restaurant named Amici's.  This isn't a new establishment.  In fact, it is a regional chain with stores in Covington and Lake Oconee.  If I remember correctly, there was one in Madison, Georgia on the square in the 1980's. Still, it made the "Eat Athens" cut and we enjoyed it very much.  Really good Grilled Ahi Tuna Salad that was quite filling.  This restaurant was the site of the girls' lunch during our family reunion shopping bonanza, so we didn't get John's or Kenneth's vote.  Not to worry, we'll return to really size it up, but Jules and I would give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars!