We just returned from a very relaxing week on Sanibel Island. Here’s a quick break down of the wildlife we saw:
alligator – and there’s a good story involved. Taylor, comment?
alligator snapping turtle
school of fish
We just got back from a wonderful vacation in Seattle and Orcas Island. Here’s a quick trip photo montage for those of you who are interested. Click “Read More” for the rest of the pics.
Here it is. Our Christmas photo extravaganza. The entire set of Christmas pictures can be found at Flickr.com. Just click here. You have to sign up with Flickr in order to see all the private photos. To sign up for Flickr.com go to this tutorial that I created on how to sign up with Flickr.
Here is a picture of St. Nick from “Miracle on 34th Street” at Macy’s. There are a lot more pictures when you click “Read the rest of this entry”
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We have officially returned from our Christmas trip south in time for New Year’s in New York. I hope that everyone had wonderful and happy holidays. I have a lot of blogging left to do to catch everyone up on our trip home.
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Our friend April came to visit on Sunday. She’s in town for business, but we managed to steal some of her time. Yes, they are standing in snow.
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It’s been a busy couple weeks, and I’ve been a slacker about posting. Sorry about that. I added the aquarium post but didn’t write about the rest of our trip home for Thanksgiving. So, here goes.
We flew in pretty late Tuesday evening, and by late I mean we got back to Marietta after midnight late. We went to the aquarium on Wednesday and then had dinner at our favorite Atlanta Mexican restaurant, Sala, with my mom. We then met Taylor and her friends at Don Pablo’s for a quick round of charades where I won best comedic impression of a thug rapper, and then saw “Rent” at Parkway Pointe. That was late night #2. On Thursday, Ashley got up early (before noon, early morning #1) to cook her most requested Thanksgiving dish – apple pie. Memama came over around noon, and we ate Thanksgiving dinner around 3:00. Marc and Amelia came by around 4:00, so that Amelia could have the squash casserole she had been craving all day. (It’s okay to admit it, Amelia.) And Ashley and I left for Newnan around 4:45 for our second Thanksgiving dinner at Jana’s. Jana went all out for Thanksgiving with more than enough to eat for all twelve of us. She even included a chocolate fountain.
We left Newnan around 10:00…Late night #3. On Friday, we did absolutely nothing most of the day and then met up with our good friends Annie and Brenton for dinner and some good quality time at Atlantic Station. We got back a little earlier than the rest of the week, but it was still rather late. I’ll say late night #4. On Saturday, I went to Newnan to spend some more time with my grandparents, Dad, Jana, Spencer, and even Matt for 5 minutes or so. Ashley spent the day with her mom and grandmother. We met back at the Osborne’s around 6:00 to get ready for the UGA/Georgia Tech game. Uncle Jerry Brown came over just in time for delicious nachos. And though Georgia barely edged out Tech, we did come away with a win… late. Late night #5.
I flew out early Sunday morning, and Ashley left for Charlotte on Monday (early mornings #2 and 3.)
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We went to the Georgia Aquarium on November 23rd. I promise to expand this post later, but in the meantime just take a look at this photoset of pics I took.
Ashley and I flew down to Atlanta for the Georgia – Auburn game. It was a great weekend for college football in the South… with one exception – 4th and 10 and we let a wide receiver get wide open… how did that happen? But I digress. I’m really glad that we got to watch a game in Athens this year. I look forward to football Saturdays in Athens all year, and I thought when we moved to New York that I wouldn’t get any more.
Plus, I always enjoying watching the games with my dad. We missed our Cade’s Cove trip this year because of the move, but at least we got to watch a game together.
I thought that Spencer would get a kick out of both bands playing together at the half-time show. So, I took a small video clip with my camera. – Half-time Show (it’s only 30 seconds because that’s as long as I could record.)
And yes, that’s the view from our seats. They really aren’t that bad especially when the action gets close to the nearer endzone.
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well, if you don’t, it’s 7. I promise we’ll stop counting off our visitors once we’ve hit the designated limit.
The Mahan’s flew in on Thursday, October 27 for a chilly, Halloween-ish weekend in New York. We all met up for dinner at our – mine and Ashley’s – favorite Jamaican restaurant, Maroon’s. Maroon’s has lots of great southern dishes, wonderful macroni and cheese, the best jerk chicken, grits, etc. Fantastic!
On Friday, we met at another favorite restaurant – Mama Mexico’s. After dinner, we went to see the Producers which now ranks as one of my favorite broadway shows. And I finally get Ashley and Taylor’s inside joke -”your tie is Ah-SKuuu”
Interesting side story here. Marc and Amelia didn’t have in-depth conversations with many New Yorkers excluding Ashley and me. But on Thursday night, we had a fairly long conversation with a video store clerk while we were touring the Village. And then on Friday night after the Producers, we stopped at Dale and Thomas popcorn in Times Square (best popcorn in NYC,) and the guy behind the counter is none other than the video store clerk. I don’t mean someone who looked like the video store clerk… it was the same guy. He and Marc recognized each other. Weird, huh?
On Saturday, we went uptown to take the NBC tour and then took a stroll around Central Park. Here are a couple pictures from Saturday. To see more, you’ll have to join Flickr and let me add you as a Friend. (Our blog isn’t very picture friendly. It sort of blows our the proportions. But they look better on Flickr. I think it’s the page layout…but I’m not sure.)
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My dad took the train up from Philadelphia this Saturday, and I met him at Penn Station. Ashley and I gave him our patented “first time visitor tour of the city.” ©
First, Dad and I got off the subway at the World Trade Center site and walked around the site and through St Paul’s. We then met Ashley at the apartment and went to the roof for the spectacular view. It was a beautiful, clear day, and we could see the entire city. It’s an incredible site for someone who has never been to New York before.
We then went for lunch at the South Street Seaport. The restaurants there aren’t that great, but it’s fun to go sit by the water and eat. We then went on the Staten Island Ferry… a must when you’re visiting the lower Manhattan and the weather is so nice. After the ferry, we took the subway to 66th street and walked through Central Park along with every other New Yorker who has been couped up inside for the last 8 days waiting for the rain to end. After the park, we took Dad to Times Square just so he could get a taste of it. I think that all of the sights, advertisements, and people really impressed him (as they do everyone visiting New York for the first time.)
Dad and I rode back to Penn Station around 7:00. We had been touring non-stop since 10:00 that morning, and we were both exhausted. It was definitely worth it.
Here we are in Central Park. I look a little goofy… must have been the angle…
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