Back in October I got some timed passes to the National Museum of African American History. I had a two year old in tow, so I didn’t get to spend as much time as I’d like reading everything, but I liked the museum and thought everything was very well done. You start in the basement where it is dark and cramped, simulating the feel of a slave ship. Then you work your way through time. I’ve read a fair amount on slavery, but still learned plenty of new things. I thought the sports section in particular was incredible and a celebration of achievement. Some parts were tough, not unlike visiting the Holocaust museum. Others light; the music and culture section was similar to what you see at American history. The bottom line is that I’ll definitely go back, and recommend that everyone go. If you eat there, and you should, the BBQ chicken with Alabama white sauce was amazing. Smoky and delicious. The fried chicken was very good, but not spectacular. I also tried some stuffed rainbow trout and would recommend it. Every side I had was great, and the sweet tea was delicious.
To kick off the fall, we went to a family friend’s bonfire party.
EF was a little nervous around the horses and fire, but horses and fire are scary for good reason. #smartbebe
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We went to the happiest place on earth (would that be the one with screaming kids, or the one with 2 for 1 drinks?) to visit my aunt and uncle. If you don’t believe either are the happiest place on earth, just look at FJ. Hes smiling in every photo. I’d been wanting to visit The Villages for some time. I read an article about it which peaked my interest, and having been, it really does feel like going to a big state party school. We saw lots of active people enjoying clubs, and living it up. EF had a blast, and it was great to see everyone. One day, I will own a lanai.
LeBeef won a week at the OBX, so we went back this summer for round 2… Lil girl had no fear and was running headlong into huge waves, rolling around, and loving it.
Out of order, and way behind, but here it is. I’m going to go out on a limb and say best 4th of July ever! Thanks again to Pam-el-a and WinnDixie for hosting!
We went to the fall Richmond race. We also planned to smoke a brisket and go dove hunting, but our landowner canceled day-of on us… Still not real happy about that one. Had a great weekend though.
Due to pregnancy, small bebes, travel, and etc., we don’t get to go tubing every year, but this year we made it a priority. We went down to the woods and got a round of golf in, despite oppressive heat. The heat index at the end of the round was 106. It was indescribably hot. There is a picture (somewhere) of me lying on my back on 18. I felt like I was going to die. Fortunately our plans for the next day were much cooler.
Needless to say, a good time was had by all. It was a crazy adventure, especially with the weather. Just to give you an idea how of crazy it got at the end…
That from clear blue skys only an hour earlier…
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Last year, my Mom and Dad crowdfunded a coffee shop in my Dad’s hometown. I’m really proud of their accomplishments and how they give back. The coffee shop provides jobs, but it also gives the town a gathering place that has been absent for some time. I think is was a great idea, and I’m glad we could be a part of it.