Monday, July 1, 2013

A Cave and a Pony

Hey, y'all.  Hope everyone had a good weekend. We spent a night in Atlanta just hanging out (and ate here - YUM!).  The only picture I think I took this weekend was of this crazy sky that appeared Friday evening.  We came out of Target to this (no filter).

Kinda spooky, right?

The little one has been with the in-laws the past few days, and hasn't wanted to come home to us yet. We miss her. 

Today I'm finally posting about last, last weekend.  That Friday, my mom and sister-in-law came to town to watch M's new and improved swimming at one of her lessons.  Afterwards, we hung out at the mall and toy store (M's reward for being so "brave").

Riding the train w/Memaw  |||| Getting a "Build-a'Bear" gift from my sis-in-law for her good "swimming" |||| Pretending to be asleep with her new pony, whom she named Thunder Pony

That next day we decided to spend the day at a cave park near my hometown.  (That meant we could spend the night at Memaw's house, which is always a treat for M.)


I was nervous about M and the cave because caves are obviously dark, weird, wet, etc. -- but so very cool.  I wanted M to think they were cool as well.

On the way down into the cave (as our walk got darker, wetter, and cooler temperature-wise), I remember her exact words to me: "Mommy, I think I don't like this." I was so tickled when she told me that, but I also remember thinking, Oh, my, oh, my.  Please don't let this get ugly. All I could do was assure her that it was gonna be a fun experience.

Thankfully once we got down there, she got a little more comfortable. Obviously it was nothing like anything she'd ever seen before, but luckily, that turned out to be a good thing. 

I took a few pics, but they're all pretty awful because the lighting -- or lack thereof -- in caves.





The tour was great -- M enjoyed it!  I loved hearing all the history (and myths) of these caverns.  M liked the 12-story high views, light show, and stepping in all the dirty puddles (These days I rarely put M in white shoes, but I chose to put them on her this day.  I'm a genius.).  We had to watch where were going at every step because it was so wet, slippery, and at some points, hilly. Thankfully no one had to be picked up off the ground. 

Speaking of wet, my hair was a MESS by the time we came out of the cave.  The tour guide warned about the overall moisture in the air, but I had no clue just how much it would affect my mane. I mean, I DO live in the South, where humidity is nothing new.  Apparently the humidity in a cave is a little harsher. I came out of there looking a HOT mess. Ha!

The park also other fun things for the kids, like panning for gems and crystals.



Her findings.



And mini paddle boats.



And, of course, a train (w/her train buddy, Memaw).

I remember coming to this park as a little one, and thinking how cool the gift shop was.  M thought the same thing and chose to take home a little bag of purple gems (sorry, I don't recall the official name).  She was in awe. 



We finished the weekend with church & lunch with my mom.


It was a great one!

Check back in a day or two. I'll be posting a few pics of the hike DK and I went on today. In the meantime, I'll use this child-free time to clean and do a little more preparation for the new class I'll be teaching in the fall.  My brain has gradually began to transform back into teacher mode. I was proud that it took an entire month off, yet I knew it wouldn't be long.

Enjoy your week, good people!

Love,
G

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