VACATION DAYS FIFTEEN AND SIXTEEN: THE 4TH OF JULY AND VACATION WRAP-UP

28 Aug

I am finally to it. The final vacation post! I am combining both July 4th and July 5th since there isn’t a whole lot to write about for our final day. So here we are at Friday, the fourth of July…only almost 2 months late… 😉

That morning Kori, Zach and I got up, packed up stuff for the day at the lake to follow then went to the Peachtree Cafe for breakfast with Kori’s family. Her older sister Megan and her younger sister Kelsey both have kids and it’s always fun to see everyone and how they have changed. It was my first time meeting Kori’s new niece (Megan’s baby) Annlee and she was a happy little chunk. 🙂

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Zach and I went to school with Kelsey and Megan as well as Kori so we’ve all been friends for years and her parents were just extended family to us so it was great to catch up. We had to head right out after eating though because Zach and I, Kori and Larry and Larry’s boys Camden and Cooper were all headed to the lake. Lake Lanier is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, over 600 miles! Larry’s dad has a lake house up there where we spent the day.

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Once we got there we all sat around talking on the dock and watching the boys jump in repeatedly with Larry being forced to do so as well.

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We didn’t sit too long though because we were anxious to take out the boat! It was a perfectly gorgeous 4th of July and great boating weather. Sunny, warm enough to swim but not sweltering hot and we were pumped for lake time. Everyone, including the dog, took off for a cove to tie up in. I had made a quick buddy in Cooper and he begged to sit by me in the boat. 🙂

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Love those two brothers reaching up for the bridge, they are pretty darn cute kids! Once we’d found somewhere out of the main flow of traffic it was swimming time. The boys were fearless when it came to jumping in.

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As were we. 🙂

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Although I did NOT execute any flips like Zach. That has never been my strong point. 😉 We hung out here a good while soaking up the sun and paddling around working up an appetite.

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Good thing we did because we had plenty to eat when we got back! It was a typical 4th of July feast with burgers, pasta salad, chips and a giant cookie and we chowed down like we were starving. The boys wanted to tubing immediately after eating but we made them wait a bit first and watched some of whatever World Cup game was on at the time (I’d currently lost most of my interest since the US was out!). Then we made our way back to the dock again and their other boat this time.

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When we were ready to go out Larry’s dad and step-mom declined going which meant we stuck Zach in the driver’s seat since he’s always a trusty driver.

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Cooper went first with Kori for his first ever tubing ride!

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He was a little champ and did great. You could tell he was a little nervous but ended up loving it. His brother Camden went solo next (brave little guy) and I think Coop was more concerned for Camden than he had been for himself! He kept saying to Zach “Don’t go too fast now okay? Be careful when you turn okay?” 🙂 It was precious.

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Kori and I tried riding together but this pretty much failed repeatedly. Our first attempt we tipped the tube before Zach even truly took off…

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Our second attempt we managed to stay on briefly but got wiped out HARD when we were over the wake. That’s what happens when you stick two adults on a one person tube… Everyone continued to take turns until on Kori’s ride somehow the tube cover came off. We still aren’t quite sure how that happened but it almost got sucked into the motor when Larry and I dragged it aboard!

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We’d debated staying at the lakes for fireworks but didn’t know exactly where they would set off or how great they would be. We made a consecutive decision to head closer to home and view them from the Mall of Georgia…sort of. By view them from the Mall of Georgia I actually mean view the Mall of Georgia’s fireworks from over 10 miles away!! When we started getting even close to the mall there were cars EVERYWHERE. I mean literally people stopped on exit ramps just sitting. Cars pulled off in the medians…I’d never seen anything like it! We inched past the mall and it was so swarmed that it seemed everyone in the state of Georgia was there. My first thought was “Those people aren’t going ANYwhere when this thing is over…” We finally found a parking lot that was only 110% crowded instead of 400% so we squeezed into a space and set up a blanket. I entertained Camden by drawing things for him like a dog, an octopus and a horrible rendition of Wolverine.

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Despite being so far away the firework show was still pretty good! We had 2 sleepy boys but they managed to make it through the whole thing.

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I love that picture of Zach and Camden. 🙂 He will make such a great dad!

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We wanted to all get Mellow Mushroom pizza when we were done but unfortunately they were closed. 😦 It’s a popular pizza place down south that I really want to try sometime! Instead we all headed back to Kori’s apartment to eat leftovers. The boys had a second wind and they were showing off all their hundreds of comic book character toys to Zach. Larry is a major DC comics fan and has passed that love on to the boys. They were getting the biggest laughs from Zach incorrectly naming all the characters based off of what they look like such as “Lion Angel Man” for a hawk character and “Brownie Man”. They thought he was the funniest thing in the world right then. 🙂 We stayed up late talking and playing a little Phase 10 before our last night of sleep in Georgia.

Saturday morning Zach and I got up and had the large job of packing before us. It didn’t take too terribly long though and before we knew it we were saying our good-byes and hitting the road.

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It was a beautiful day for driving which was nice since we had about 9 hours in front of us! Literally the whole trip home was uneventful. No weather, no traffic, no sights, no incidents, really nothing interesting at all haha. We talked, played games (we love car games), stopped for Qdoba in Knoxville and I dozed off and on some. We did have some really beautiful skies as the sun started to go down.

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We got home around 7pm and were SO excited to see our kitties. 🙂 We took a much needed shower but guess what? Vacation wasn’t over yet!! Hillary came and picked us up and the 3 of us went out to the reservoir to watch the firework show with Josh and his family.

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Vacation started with Zach and Hillary and ended with Zach and Hillary. 🙂

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We watched a pretty decent firework show with many, many fewer people around than the night before!

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We came back home after and vacation ended the exact same way that it does every single year- with Pizza King.

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And THAT my friends was vacation 2014. 🙂 Only about, oh, 44 weeks or so until the next one…. 😉

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