Friday, June 11, 2010

I Left My Heart in Georgia

I’m starting to lose track of what day it is. It’s kind of fun that way. I do know that the last two days were very special. We met up with some friends in Georgia who have become very dear to us. We have all been pouting that we live so far away from one another.

This family has 3 daughters. One of them who is into cosmetology. She gave Kayla a haircut and showed her how to apply mascara for the very first time. And she gave Kamica a makeover. She did a stunning job and my jaw literally dropped as I saw my daughter and the future I was facing as the dating years are fast approaching flashed across my mind with amazing force. I’m not sure I’m ready! HA HA

I smelled a magnolia flower. Huge flowers with a lovely scent.

I tried sweet tea. How can you be in the south and not try sweet tea? I am not a tea drinker but I wanted to try it. At first I didn’t really care for it, but then it grew on me and now I’m ready to try some more. We were made an amazing meal with a chicken/rice casserole and a pineapple casserole with bread, peas, and grilled corn on the cob. For dessert we had a yummy strawberry cake concoction.

It’s getting really ironic how the rain keeps following us on this trip. We tried to head into Chattanooga, Tn to walk along the river front but a storm came in. So after chatting and sitting in the cars for about an hour, we all headed back for a late movie and a second dessert of brownie and ice cream.

We did however make it into Chattanooga on Thursday night. Very pretty! It had a great atmosphere down there and our family had Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for the first time. I really think I’m way over my limit on desserts! I’m getting full just typing about it.

We stayed up until 2:30 am talking last night on their beautiful Southern front porch complete with rockers and porch swings. I’m tired today but it was worth every second and I’d do it all again.

I’m dubbed “Mama Sanchez” and “Idaho Mama” to my Georgia girls and it endears them to me even more (if that’s possible).

My Southern friends are a blessing to my heart. It’s amazing to think we met online about 5 or so years ago. I look back and now think that it is a God-ordained friendship. It tears me up to be so far away from them! But I am so thankful for this opportunity to get to come to Georgia, spend time in their home, meet their boyfriends and just “be” together for a little while.

The funny thing is … I started talking Southern! I didn’t intend to, but knew from the “get-go” that it would be very easy for me to pick up since it’s so catchy to me. Sure enough, I was talking to my daughter and she said, “Mom? Did you just say that to me in a Southern accent?” And I was like, “I think I did!” Then I heard myself do it a few more times during the stay. So funny! There must be a Southern bone in me somewhere.

Today, we headed into the Smoky Mountains. Got a late start because of our late evening and honestly – just because we were all dragging our feet not wanting to say goodbyes. Stopped in Gatlinburg, TN for an hour or so and went in a few shops. Cute place but super packed with people and cars! Crazy. Then we stopped in Cherokee where my youngest got to feed a 4 mo old baby grizzly bear a bottle and we all got to pet her. She was so cute. What a cool thing for us to get to do and we all enjoyed it! The only sad thing was it was at a petting zoo and we felt really bad for some of the animals – especially the bears and tigers who were in small confined areas on cement. Not much natural about it. I hate seeing animals pace back and forth ; knowing they so long to be free.

I was hoping we’d have an early evening tonight but it looks to be another late one because of our little adventure through the Smoky Mountains. But there will be time to rest. Right now we’re living life. Really living. Going out there and seeing things, seeing people, doing things we don’t normally get to do. It’s one of the reasons I love road trips so much.

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